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Solefald @ Hellfest 2016 | FESTIVALPHOTO

Solefald @ Hellfest 2016



Solefald – 13:35 / 14:15 – The Temple

Wait, what the f*ck did I just watch?
Seriously, I didn’t have a clue about what was happening on stage. I never had listened to Solefald before, so it was a huge surprise for me. It certainly was something intense to experience, even though, from my point of view, the band’s music is generally way too « messy » to be really enjoyable to hear. So strange and off track that it quickly ends up weird.
However, I have to say that the musical execution was flawless (a special mention to the vocalists), from the beautiful nordic hymns to the (very) annoying exotic madness of « World Metal with Black Edges », for example. That said, I don’t understand why they feel the need to use so many samples, which constantly distort their live performance. After a while, I even found it difficult to take the band and their music seriously... All of this was too diverse to be on point, I guess, or at least put in a crazy way that was too much for me to handle.
Interesting point though: an artist, who was the first to come on stage, was painting a canvas throughout the show. It turned out to be a black and creepy horse head with the band’s logo written over it. I thought that it was a nice way to set up a dialogue between the arts, as if the band’s music itself was giving shape to the picture.
In a word, I went to the puzzling concert of an eccentric band. I’ll definitely give another try to their songs in studio version as soon as I get over my first mixed impressions.

Writer: Paul S
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