Dordeduh - live concert review

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Dordeduh live@Fabrica
Photo: Andrei Oprea

Saturday night I had the chance to watch Dordeduh live on stage, right after they have edited the very acclaimed first release ‚Dar De Duh', an album currently promoted via a mini tour through Romania. The expectations were high, especially since Dordeduh hasn't performed in Bucharest for about two years, according to Hupogrammos.

The trip to the even't venue was an adventurous slalom through the parishioners waiting for their encounter with the holy relics. I was surprised by the size of the queue at the entrance of Club Fabrica and I was glad to meet known friends with whom I often spend good time at metal concerts of this kind. The Club was almost full, making me believe that the band enjoys a high level of appreciation, proved also by the madness at the merch stand after each show, as people were looking into buying anything from CD to t shirts of each band who played that evening.

Sunset in the 12th House concerts stats after a small delay. This is a post metal project of the same folks as in Dordeduh. Besides Hupogrammos & Sol Faur, we meet there Sergio Ponti on drums, Mihai Moldoveanu on bass and Ovidiu Mihaita on percussion (he's the drummer in Dordeduh). As far as I understood, this band kept postponing the editing of their debut album, called ‚Mozaic', due the intensity of their Dordeduh activity, which didn't allow so much time for Sunset in the 12th House. Unlike in Dordeduh, the band members use more less common instruments, such as mandolin or tarabana. In my opinion, this musical project is going through a transition process, still searching for a personal style. The most recent compositions have a tribal feeling to them, and the metal influences are very diminished. I also consider that the elements shared in common with Dordeduh are going to vanish at some point, which is an important factor in the actual definition of a final style Sunset in the 12th House.

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Sunset in the 12th House live@Fabrica
Photo: Andrei Oprea

The band's performance was quite entertaining for the audience, as slow moments were nicely combined with higher tempo ones. I should also mention that the band's logo is another well inspired aspect of this project. It is created by the well knows graphic designer, Costin Chioreanu. The name Sunset in the 12th House has astrological origins. I personally believe that its meaning, besides the one officially stated by the band, is related to rebirth, as the 12th house is the house of great diseases and crises. Once the sunset ends in the 12th house, there's a beginning in the 1st house. Just like in spring, when the nature comes back to life and a new life cycle of the four seasons begins.

The next band on stage was from Timisoara, completely unknown until this moment, but a really pleasant surprise, especially when I'm talking about their style. Nomega have a well defined style for such a young band. It was some sort of ‚happening', like you see with noise musical projects from Japan. A very short sound check and the show started without any pre announcement. Most of the show was based on improvisation with a sound that combined stoner rock with strong psychedelic aspects. I can't categorise them exactly in one genre or another, but they made a good first impact. Their second guitarist was also responsible for handling the effects, increasing the psychedelic mood of the music. A very original moment was when a trumpet was used and how well it fit the whole music structure.

The show ended with a big thanks to everyone who put the band's name on the evening's poster then they made room for Dordeduh and allowed them to set up their instruments. It felt as if Nomega functioned as a transition between the two other bands.

I was expecting a spectacular Dordeduh show, but the first thing you notice is how small the stage was for the whole equipment used by the six pieces band. Yet, they made room for traditional instruments such as tulnice, toaca or tambal, all of them adding to a special atmosphere. The two percussionists switched roles, Ovidiu Mihaita taking over the drums and Sergio Ponti using the percussion instruments. Besides them, Flavius Misaras held the bass line, Galladin handled both the keyboards and the traditional instruments. In my opinion, Galladin is the connecting element in the band. Her imposing presence makes everyone more motivated and united. She also contributes to the band's album, and, as she's an astrology lover, one can easily find certain elements from this domain in the whole musical concept. Dordeduh is following a more atmospheric part of black metal, which is, afetrall, a natural progress since one noticed the progressive elements back to the album ‚Om'. Dordeduh is actually a continuity for ‚Om', also considering that they are developing a certain concept. On that album we met motifs connected to the human side of things, the metaphysical universe of a human being, the man-nature communion, etc. On ‚Dar De Duh' album, the astronomical equations take over, together with cosmic elements, each day is related to a certain star, concepts that have given birth to a lot of local myths and legends.

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Dordeduh live@Fabrica
Photo: Andrei Oprea

Back to the concert, the band has played all the songs on the album, plus some pieces taken from ‚Om'. That's how it seemed to me anyway. The show was of an extreme intensity and it was a real pleasure to watch Sergio Ponti living each musical moment at its max. Until now, Dojana used to be the opening song, yet now it was played at the end. There is a video accompanying this song, filmed by Costi Chioreanu and expressing very well the whole message of the band. Actually, Dojana is the only more non-metal song and it's not a part of the number 7 found on the album. Yet, it was a perfect choice for promoting the album and I consider it had a positive marketing impact.

After approximately one and a half hour of Dordeduh music, the crowd was satisfied and we can call it a successful event, from more points of view. The biggest proof of that was the very high amount of people in the audience. Soundwise, I say it was quite ok for the Fabrica club. But overall, I doubt the sound can be any better considering the poor acoustic of the whole place. This is something I felt at another event in the same location when I realised that if you stood way back, you'd perceive the sounds with some sorts of breaks in between. That's why I consider that a high priced ticket is not the best choice as it can easily affect both us, the crowd, but also those who perform on stage.

But, until future magic rituals with a tint of rock'n'roll, I wish you listen to and feel as much quality music as possible.

Lebovsky