Dark Fortress – The Cosmic End Tour 2023 I Matrix Bochum

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Dark Fortress – The Cosmic End Tour 2023 I Matrix Bochum

Mai 9 @ 20:00 - 23:00

SUPPORT: The Spirit & Asphagor


Formed in the Bavarian foothills when the second wave of black metal had grotesquely clawed out of the grave and
into the unforgiving light, DARK FORTRESS benefitted from the rotten fruits of right place and right time. Like their
black metal peers across Europe, the Germans were a product of a historically mystical environment—imbued
consciously or not—and a ritualistically inspired musical movement, and fans, eager to experience their otherworldly
din, poured unwavering praise on debut album, “Tales from Eternal Dusk”. For the past two decades, DARK FORTRESS
have gone from strength to strength. Across six full-lengths, the Landshut-based sextet stretched the boundaries of
black metal, while remaining pure to the tenets of a genre that pivoted (and continues to do so) solely around the axis
of the dark and all that resides hideously inside of it.
Despite spirited attempts throughout the aughts to plague mankind, Venereal Dawn took four grueling years to unfurl
out of DARK FORTRESS. The group’s seventh full-length is both a continuation and discontinuation of predecessor
“Ylem”. On the grimy skin of things, it’s very much recognizable as DARK FORTRESS. As with previous full-lengths,
there is no middle ground on “Venereal Dawn”. There is no compromise. But there’s uncharted territory on display as
well. In DARK FORTRESS’s none-blacker hearts, they’ve branched out, explored, and come back from their journey
changed men.
“The band was in an involuntary coma,” Morean reveals. “But in the background, a lot has been going on with all of
us. We’re in a different stage of our lives now—career changes, procreation, different priorities and obligations… A
while back, we had almost reached a breaking point. We were not moving forward in the way we all would have liked
to, and despite putting a lot of time and effort into ‘Ylem’ and the touring after and getting great response, it felt as
if we were treading water, which can be frustrating after all these years of working so hard. But we decided that
we’re not ready to call it quits despite all that.”
“After writing the songs for ‘Ylem’ I was on fire and I felt like I just wanted to continue writing more music right
away,” adds V. Santura, who also moonlights heavily in labelmates Triptykon. “But unfortunately that was not
possible. The actual studio work, the promotion afterward, and all the business stuff always tears me out of the
creative flow. And then it is hard to get back in. On top of that, Triptykon’s debut ‘Eparistera Daimones’ was written,
produced and also released almost simultaneously with Ylem. I had my personal breakthrough in December 2012,
where I finally got the first great ideas for the album.”
And great ideas they are. Songs like opener “Venereal Dawn” and “On Fever’s Wings” vampirically consume time across
their 11-minute frames. One minute DARK FORTRESS are soloing brilliantly, the next they’re taking the tempo through
an ancient cemetery. But they’re over in a flash, however. Elsewhere, the Germans captivate. “I Am the Jigsaw of a
Mad God” is arguably one of the centerpieces of “Venereal Dawn”. Perched at the album’s apex, it’s the perfect midpoint mind-fuck. Then there’s “The Deep”, loose strings resonating unsettingly against a backdrop of spiraling
Levantine note combos and hateful screams. When the percussion kicks in it crescendos evilly, like a cavalcade of
undead horsemen marching out of the sands of death. This is DARK FORTRESS’s spell and there’s no escaping from it.
But wait until “Venereal Dawn” lyrical concept hits. This isn’t light-weight stuff about Satan spawning crayon demons
or tirades against the fictional curses of Abrahamic religions. No, DARK FORTRESS, like its music, took a different
route, opting to spark the gulfs of our imagination. “It centers around the idea of living light,” says Morean.
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“The confrontation of our world with beings whose body is mere quantum quivering, but who possess sentience,
intelligence and a long history. The scenario is that the sun has acquired a new character which deforms and perverts
all life on the planet. The only way people can protect themselves fleetingly is to anoint their skin with living blood.
This has brought down civilization. The protagonist is one of those human sacrifices left to be devoured by those
beings. Halfway through the album, the focus shifts from the outside world to internal experience. The story of his
and mankind’s demise and transfiguration becomes one of deep spiritual upheaval and catharsis, to the backdrop of a
grotesque and extremely hostile world.”
DARK FORTRESS call black metal “the musical expression of emotional abysses.” Are you prepared to join them in the
manifold abysses on “Venereal Dawn”? Yes, we thought so.
(by Chris Dick / Decibel Magazine)


Mai 9
20:00 - 23:00

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