Neurotic Deathfest

Neurotic Deathfest: What, where, when and who?

While some people are looking forward to March for the longer and warmer days, metal fans have their minds set on Tilburg, as the city gets ready for the hordes of true metalheads attending the Neurotic Deathfest 2012. Now, before we go into details, maybe we should give you some background information on this amazing event.

WHAT, WHERE and WHEN is the Neurotic Deathfest?

Although, as you probably guessed, it is primarily a death metal festival, it’s also the premier indoor metal event in all of Europe.  With modest beginnings back in 2005, when it was hosted in Rotterdam, the festival quickly grew in size and popular, moving to the city of Tilburg in 2008.

This year the festival takes place from the 2nd to the 4th of March, at the great 013 club, one of the best venues in the Netherlands, known for hosting concerts such as Children of Bodom, Mastodon, Epica, Eluveitie, Korpiklaani and many more.

WHO’S PLAYING?

Now this is what everyone is wondering and the factor that, without a doubt, makes a festival good. Any festival, even those of the size of Wacken or Graspop, will go to hell if they don’t manage to get a good roster of bands.

Also, considering that previous editions of this festival had some of the greatest names in the death metal scene, such as At the Gates, Autopsy and Obituary (2011), Carcass, Immolation, Bolt Thrower and Napalm Death (2010), among many others, the bar had been set very high. Thankfully, Neurotic Deathfest 2012 not only manages to reach that bar, but actually surpasses everything that had been done until now.

Metal fans all over Europe have been salivating non-stop since they heard about some of the great bands that will share their (granted, ass kicking and ear raping) music with them. Here’s an overview of some of the acts we believe you should definitely check out:

Let us start off with the legendary Cannibal Corpse, one of the most well-known death metal bands in history. The band has had a very long and fruitful career, playing all over the world for tens of thousands of fans at any given time.  Cannibal Corpse always has one of the most crowd-pleasing set-lists and always makes it a priority to play “Hammer Smashed Face.”  Not to mention we all get to watch as George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher continues to grow those muscles in his tree trunk-like neck as he headbangs for eternity.  With their upcoming and twelfth full-length album, “Torture,” Cannibal Corpse is hell-bent on crushing everybody who would attend their set at Neurotic Deathfest.

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Napalm Death have been grinding with us for nearly thirty years, and they show no signs of stopping.  With their latest release of “Utilitarian,” the group wants to make sure that you are with them when it comes to kicking fascists in the mouth.  The Grindfathers of grindcore have been so gracious as to provide us mortals with seminal albums such as “Scum,” “From Enslavement To Obliteration,” “Enemy Of The Music Business,” and “Time Waits For No Slave.”  The groups’ amazing blend of concussive and socially conscious death metal/grindcore never disappoints, and with legendary energetic live performances from this furious foursome, the rage of Napalm Death is something one should never miss.

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Faced with the task of crushing all theocratic scourge, Behemoth rumbles forth with a heretical fury that would rival an apocalyptic hellfire.  After having been cleared with a clean bill of health, Nergal has proven himself to be a man that not even God himself can bring down, and he brings his unholy companions with him to spread their gospel of darkness and true nature of humanity.  Bolt your feet into the ground if you stand before Behemoth, for their blasphemous incantations will send you into another world.

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Hailing from Long Island, New York, Suffocation has been one of the most influential bands in death metal history.  Their unique brand of brutal and technical death metal has made them always be spoken in circles of legendary heavy metal bands, and they are still going strong nearly 24 years later.  Albums such as “Effigy of the Forgotten,” “Pierced From Within,” and “Breeding the Spawn” are absolute classics for any fan of heavy music, and Suffocation‘s live performances are always ridiculously heavy and fun as hell.  Go watch vocalist Frank Mullen shake his hand in a spastic manner while you headbang relentlessly.

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One of the most gifted, interesting, and technically thrilling acts in brutal death metal are the mighty Origin.  Watching guitarist Paul Ryan, bassist Mike Flores, and drummer John Longstreth weave their explosive death metal magic is something one will be in shock and awe after witnessing.  For almost 15 years Origin has made their name by giving the world music it was neither prepared for nor heard before.  Since their inception we have watched as the band continued to improve their skills, and this past year they released one of the best records of 2011, “Entity.”  Riding off of that success, as well as completing North American and European tours, they are ready to make the 013 Club implode with their brand of mind-blowing technical brutal death metal.  Origin will not be denied.

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What were you doing when you were in your mid-teens?  I was just watching television and touching myself, no big deal.  Vogg and Vitek (R.I.P.) on the other hand were creating legendary technical death metal under the banner of Decapitated.  After releasing “Winds of Creation” in 2000, Decapitated had made it known that they were not to be trifled with.  It may sound like an oxymoron, but the band had originally given us a very minimalistic-yet-technical death metal sound, and they kept growing as musicians over the years.  After Vitek’s very sad passing, Vogg made sure to keep the Decapitated name alive as he knew it would be what his brother would have wanted.  With that emotional drive, Vogg and Co. had released “Carnival Is Forever” last year, and it kept with the same vicious form that “Organic Hallucinosis” had, combining whirlwind riffs with a crushing bass-heavy sound that propelled the group to a whole other level.  Now Decapitated are back, and they want vengeance and are prepared to exact it at the Neurotic Deathfest. —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-

From the land of Quebec, Canuckia, Gorguts was a group that took a regular style of technical death metal and transformed it into this esoteric and avant-garde monster.  After classic death metal albums such as “The Erosion Of Sanity” and “Considered Dead,” Gorguts found themselves at a fork-in-the-road and took the path less traveled.  This led them to a whole other universe of possibilities in expanding their catalog of death metal; combining their technical prowess with unique ideas and complicated song-structures that in turn gave birth to their album “Obscura,” an album that has helped define an entire generation of metalheads.  After Luc Lemay’s departure from Negativa, he resurrected the corpse of Gorguts and wanted to do more material that was in the vein of “Obscura,” and in that he found like-minded musicians from Dysrhythmia and Origin to help him complete that task.  Drummer extraordinare John Longstreth will be pulling double-duty at the Neurotic Deathfest as he will play with both Origin and Gorguts.  You cannot miss a legendary act like Gorguts perform not only classic tracks, but maybe some new ones, too.

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From the depths of misery (a.k.a. Birmingham, U.K.) came a two-man demonic force that was as vicious as a velociraptor named Anaal Nathrakh.  It was on purpose that little was known about the group until just a few years ago when V.I.T.R.I.O.L. (Dave Hunt; vocals) and Irrumator (Mick Kenney; guitar/drum programming) decided to step onto the stage and give their audience a horrifying and misanthropic look into their very own psyche.  Once having a pure and visceral black metal sound on records like “The Codex Necro” and “When Fire Rains Down from the Sky, Mankind Will Reap as It Has Sown,” the two murder junkies began to infuse a grindcore aesthetic into their sound, giving them this bombastic and crushing combination of black metal and grind, as well as chilling clean choruses that will send the most wicked of people into a mental breakdown.  Anaal Nathrakh have only taken the stage a few times, mainly for festivals and some special hometown shows, so it is imperative that you do not miss this misanthropic beast.

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Straight from the morgue comes a group that has listened to far too much Carcass in their lifetime.  Aborted have taken the extremely gore-laden nature of death metal and brought it into a more medically precise body bag, with Sven growling about medical mishaps and edible autopsies.  The razor sharp riffs and deafening drum patterns of albums like “Goremageddon: The Saw and the Carnage is Done,” “The Archaic Abattoir,” and “Engineering the Dead” have propelled these Belgium-born death metal maniacs to a whole other pedestal.  With the release of their latest album, “Global Flatline,” Aborted plan to slice-and-dice their audience into bits and pieces, sending their remains into shallow graves as their auditory terrorism bores itself into our collective eardrums.

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Swedish death metal bands tend to be a dime-a-dozen, but there are very few these days that can boast about having almost 23 years under their belt and still going strong.  Vomitory is that band.  Crawling out of the casket in 1989, Vomitory has given its loyal legions of death metal eight full-length albums, all of them are wonderfully groovy and heavy as the last.  Their chunky buzzsaw guitar tone is a staple of the Swedish death metal scene, but they manage to make it all their own as the band destroys all that stands before it.  Their last album, “Opus Mortis VIII” is a deliciously thick slab of death metal that does not disappoint.  Vomitory is capable of creating long-lasting and memorable songs that are likely to stand the test of time for the rest of eternity, and able to show new metalheads who are one of the strongest and most dedicated groups in the world of death metal today.  Vomitory will never stop.

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There we have it, 10 acts that we believe you should most definitely see while having the time of your life at the Neurotic Deathfest.  Keep in mind that we only included 10 just to illustrate how good the line-up is for this festival.  There are going to be over 50 bands there to keep all of you death metal maniacs satisfied.  If you would like to know more about who is going to be playing, check the festival’s website.

You can purchase the tickets for the festival at this website , at the following prices (get them before it’s too late!)

1-day ticket (Mar 2): € 32,50 in pre-sale (door price: € 37,50)
1-day ticket (Mar 3): € 45,00 in pre-sale (door price: € 50,00)
1-day ticket (Mar 4): € 45,00 in pre-sale (door price: € 50,00)
2-day combi ticket (Mar 3-4): € 80,00 in pre-sale (door price: € 90,00)
3-day combi ticket (Mar 2-4): € 99,00 in pre-sale (door price: € 109,00)

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Having grown up in the vast industrial wasteland known as Detroit, my sister subjected me to multiple albums by bands such as Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Exodus, I quickly became immersed in the world of heavy metal for life. Even with my love of the tradition styles of metal, I always found myself craving something louder and heavier, thus bringing me to the much more extreme side of this genre of music. With classic bands such as Dismember, Autopsy, and Napalm Death always dominating my stereo system, I felt content to dig as deep as possible into the depths of ghastly heavy metal, and all these years later I still haven’t hit the bottom.