Report Stygian Bough / Incantation / Wolves In The Throne Room at La Machine Du Moulin Rouge on 11/22022

On Wednesday, October 2, Garmonbozia Inc. brings us. And Doomstar Bookings All-American Poster in La Machine Du Moulin Rouge with Stygian Bough (Funeral Doom Metal, USA), Exorcism (Death Metal, USA) and Wolves In The Throne Room (atmospheric black metal, USA) . If you’re not familiar with the first lineup, it’s actually the joint venture of Eric Moggridge of Aerial Ruin and Dylan Desmond and Jesse Shreibman of Bell Witch whose debut album was released in June 2020 via Profound Lore Records. The exorcism is a group that has enjoyed a solid reputation since they have been around since 1989. This tour is an opportunity for them to introduce the album “Sect of Vile Divinities” (August 2020, via Relapse Records) to their European audience. Finally, the headliners, Wolves In The Throne Room, quickly asserted themselves on the global Black Metal scene and came to claim their rights in Europe over the album “Primordial Arcana” (August 2021, via Century Media Records).


If, at first glance, the song list seems a little short to you, think again because “The Bastard Wind,” which opens this performance, lasts nearly twenty minutes, just like “The Unbodied Air.” At this rate, the time given to the group on stage will likely pass quickly, which likely explains the complete lack of communication until the end of their passage. The audience at La Machine is small but nonetheless very present and very receptive, remarkably, to Stygian Bough’s deep and atmospheric music. Jesse Schreibman’s drums take center stage, with bassist Dylan Desmond in the back and bassist and vocalist Eric Moggridge in the back. His voice, perfectly fair and full of emotion, rises in a quiet room that allows itself to calm this venerable death-burial ensemble. The music is well composed and the overall sound quality allows it to be appreciated at its fair value.

Before continuing with The Unbodied Air, the audience applauds and cheers for the group, which nonetheless remains focused on its game. And in the corridors that leave his hands free, Eric Muggridge does not hesitate to wave his fist and wave his arms in the manner of a mysterious preacher announcing the torments to come. Several interludes through the title see the room transform into a cathedral where everyone remains completely silent for fear of breaking the magic of the moment. While accelerating the tempo behind his drum, Jesse Schreibman ensures the boisterous sections bring a new dynamic to the composition. Stygian Bough offers us an array of sheer sensory richness that we value most because it is presented with sobriety and humility. After a simple phrase: “Thank you very much, it was a pleasure to be here with you, Paris. We are Stygian Bough. The spell and the wolves in the throne room are next.”, the trio leave the stage.

Stygian Bough Group List:
1. Bastard Wind
2. Incorporeal air


After a fifteen-minute change of group led by Roadies forced to put everything away and lock in darkness to preserve the atmosphere of the twilight, a male voice recorded in La Machine appeared. Under the green light of the floodlights, occasionally punctuated by flashes of white light like lightning during a stormy night, the voice of a mad scientist explains how to bring the dead back to life. The frame is set, the incantation musicians can enter the stage, gather around the drums and wave their fists like a secret society meeting to carry out some dark design, then begin with a “carrion prophecy”. Only a small portion of the fans shake their heads but the band was clearly more than expected from Stygian Bough so many are raising arms in the direction of the musicians hoping to touch them. Then “atonement” arrives, after the phrase “Thank you, Paris!” We are a spell and we came here to kick your ass with some death metal! I sent a cavernous voice. The least we can say is that the change of style between the first set and the spell is brutal. Nothing can prepare us for the onslaught of raw energy, killer rips, blasting explosion and faces disfigured with carnivorous smiles now falling upon us.

Chuck Sherwood in the park and Luke Chifley in court grope the crowd and shake their heads furiously. In the center, John McEntee stands tall and chants the lyrics in his well-known cavernous scream. His long hair and white beard make him look like one of the fathers in Genesis. In ‘Demonic Incarnate’ and ‘Ascend Into the Eternal’, he steps across the stage, getting as close to his fans as possible. The fixed menu does not leave a second respite for the audience which creates a kind of general euphoria as more and more people get caught up in the game and start head-banging, raising their arms and screaming. The rest of the collection consists of “Postnatal Baptism”, “Moon Caribou”, “Impending Satanic Conquest” and “Siege Cell”. Far away from the stage, drummer Kyle Severn shows off his presence by beating his drum in full force. Announcing each upcoming track, John McEntee speaks only by shouting as the guitarist and bassist bare their teeth menacingly in front of an intrigued audience. Before leaving the stage for the leaderboard, the striker waved his guitar over the front rows as if to bless them.

Talisman set list:
1. The Prophecy of the Carrion
2. Atonement
3. Demon Incarnate
4. Ascend to eternity
5. Christmas
6. Moon Caribou
7. The impending demonic invasion
8. Cell blockade

Wolves in the throne room

Back in the dark, the stage is set for Wolves In The Throne Room to the sometimes atmospheric rhythm of mystical music for groups like Osi And The Jupiter or Vévaki. The attention to this kind of detail is interesting because it testifies to the added value that the surrounding gangs, such as Stygian Bough or Wolves In The Throne Room more than a spell, must bring to life. There is no doubt that some people find their music more enjoyable at home on high quality speakers and without the disturbance from the concert (standing up, sound issues, etc.); So this forces these musical groups to think about how to encourage their fans to come and watch them perform on stage. The music industry is at the center of the musings of an age of experience where, to distinguish oneself, it is necessary to step on stage to produce indelible memories. This evening’s concert illustrates this well, as nothing should break the impression that you are plunging into the heart of the night for a ritual yet to be discovered.

This also begins when smoke begins to rise from the stage at the same time as the rosemary scent. Organic voices reverberate around the audience, as if the room had been transformed into a huge array. Then Aaron Weaver, drummer, and Cody Keeworth, guitarist, entered the stage before a rather timid audience. After cleaning a few cymbals, Aaron Weaver lets out a agonizing rhythm that’s set for the rest of the band to arrive while the audience shakes their fists in rhythm. “Mountain Magick” sets the tone for performance under incandescent lights. In the preface to “Spirit of Lightning”, the sounds of a stormy night, decorated with howling wolves, reach us. In general, orchestras are very prominent compared to live music but the sound is still good. Depending on the songs, Galen Baudhuin (live member, bass) and Kody Keyworth take on screaming assignments in addition to those provided by team leader, Nathan Weaver.

After this stormy night, the wolves in the throne room announce “Angrboda” through the crackling of fire. Side by side, the guitarist and bassist slowly shake their heads, giving us the impression that we see twice as much as they look alike. Before the “Transformation Prayer,” the guitarist puts his instrument back on the smoldering dried herbs he uses as he walks around the stage, filling the room with fragrant smoke. The lighting doesn’t let you see more than the ghostly silhouettes, but that fits fairly well with the atmosphere the band instills in a few songs. The latter are also increasingly long (5 minutes for ‘Mountain Magick’ and ‘Spirit Of Lightning’, 10 minutes for ‘Angrboda’ and ‘Prayers Of Transformation’, and 12 minutes for ‘Vastness And Sorrow’) allowing the group to build the story Complete it unfolds before our eyes, to allow the air to float with an undeniably provocative force. This group structure allows “I’ll Put My Bones Between Rock and Roots” to culminate in front of a stunned audience that barely dares take advantage of the breaks between titles to give the band more than they deserve and which will eventually be fully expressed once that last song is completed.

Wolves’ Throne Room Appointment List:
1. Mountain Magic
2. Lightning Spirit
3. Angrboda
4. The prayer of change
5. Expansion and sadness
6. I will put my bones between the rocks and the roots

After going through the whole range of emotions that can be evoked by different groups like the one that prevailed this evening, the audience is drawn in. A small note on a point though, as everything is basic: the volume was quite loud during the evening, even those who wore earplugs struggled. But back to the performance of the teams! Stygian Bough opened the evening elegantly, putting purity and simplicity at the heart of his playing to make greater impact, while on the contrary, the spell spared no pains to unite the audience around his devastating chants. In conclusion, Wolves In The Throne Room manages to copy his compositions and their emotional power lives on without losing anything in honesty or sharpness.

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