Posted in metal | music on June 13, 2014

by Wyatt Marshall

Vilkacis at Europa - 6/12/14 (photo via Invisible Oranges Instagram)
Vilkacis

Pitchfork's Northside metal show with Pallbearer, Hull, Planning for Burial, Yellow Eyes and Vilkacis was last night, and I stopped by to check out Vilkacis's set, the one-man band's first and only since a live debut (with a live lineup) at "a basement show about a year ago," according to Michael Rekevics, the guy behind Vilkacis. You may know Rekevics from one of his other projects, among them Fell Voices, Vorde and Ruin Lust. He's usually behind the drums, as he is in Fell Voices, and one thing that the bands he's a part of have in common is relentless, furious drumming. That was on display last night as the four piece tore through a roughly twenty minute set, full of big, anthemic melodies buried behind a wall of driving guitar, bass and drums. Intensity was on high--Rekevics screamed sans mic for a good bit of a set, a bass string was popped loose by the middle of song two, and it didn't stop until it was abruptly over, after "Blood Dream in the Fever of War" wrapped up, when the drummer kicked over part of his kit and the four unceremoniously exited the stage leaving the rest of us to come back down to reality. Catch Vilkacis again at Martyrdoom, when the band plays on a stacked Tuesday lineup with Mournful Congregation, Lycus, Lord Mantis and Evoken. That will be one hell of a show.

The show ran late, and I'm told Pallbearer didn't take the stage until nearly 1AM. An aftershow was planned at The Acheron with Savagist, Yellow Eyes and "Goat Pope," a band that according the Acheron "cannot possibly play at the same time" as Pallbearer. That performance was canceled due to the late hour, and while Yellow Eyes and Savagist performed, we'll have to wait for another day for some more info on the infamous and mysterious "Goat Pope."

For more metal at Northside Fest, Watain are playing Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Sunday (6/15) with T.O.M.B. and Kosmodemonic. Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a few pairs.

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Comments (8)

"the four unceremoniously exited the stage leaving the rest of us to come back down to reality" ... was this reviewer really at the same show as me? This band was sloppy, appeared to be lost sometimes, and spit on the crowd before they even started playing. Really metal, bros.

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 4:33 PM

By far the best band on the show.

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 5:22 PM

4:33 - how were they sloppy? I don't think you understand the kind of black metal bands Vilkacis is emulating.

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 6:01 PM

that show ran way too late for a thursday. also, am i the only one who is bothered by the fact that pallbearer's singer can't hit a single fucking note? when is that guy going to take singing lessons? i mean i'm sure the new record will be electronically tuned to perfection and i'll love it, but i can't get over how awful they sound live. he also keeps fucking up his guitar parts. sloppy shit.

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 6:43 PM

6:01 - sloppy as in they would get out of sync while playing fast. They'd attempt a legit black metal beat, all riff out at slightly different speeds, and then get to 1 at different times. Understandable, but not fun to listen to. If their stage mix was anything like ours, the snare was pretty tough to distinguish.

Also, you could see them confusedly looking around every once in a while, like they were all looking for a cue from the singer that wasn't coming.

All that stuff is fine, whatever, they were the first band. But the spitting? You're the opener. You gotta earn the right to be gross.

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 9:06 PM

In the business world you really have to somebody in some ways.

Posted by Naperville Cosmetic Dentists | June 16, 2014 12:34 PM

is that wayne rooney? no wonder i haven't noticed him in brazil...oooh

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2014 11:56 PM

wayne rooney! now there's a man who went from looking like a sausage to a sausage with hair on top who still can't score at the world cup.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2014 12:09 AM

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