For this 2022 edition of the Motocultor festival, after a cancellation in 2021, the bands playing over all four days included beautiful people, with a rather Rock concentration on Thursdays, for which we were not present, and three uninterrupted days of Metal from Friday to Sunday, with young bands to discover, but also heavyweights of the genre, such as Leprous, Kreator, Tarja Turunen, Apocalyptica, Sick Of It All, Electric Callboy, Bury Tomorrow or Behemoth, for n cite just a few.
As we saw in Friday’s report, the first metal day was filled with quality music, and the following day was no exception as you will see below.
Text and photos by Tetralens (tetralens.com)
The lineup went through a few line-up changes and turnarounds, but overall things got off to a good start with The Dali Thundering Concept band replacing Hypno5e. A beautiful stage presence even if the collective had to play in front of a still sparse crowd.
On the other hand, the Supositor Stage, a little out of the way, bathed in the light of the early afternoon, is invaded by people, namely a panel of metalheads visibly ready for the Ten56 tornado. This performance (as well as the one the next day, because yes, the new masters of French Deathcore replaced Lorna Shore at short notice) is to say the least heavy. This Saturday, Aaron Matts, Luka Garotin, Arnaud Verrier, Quentin Godet, and Steeves Hostin, ravage the stage with their energy, and ignite the public with a succession of tracks, each more devastating than the next. The fine team shares with us Aaron’s birthday, and Luka’s anticipated birthday, from the stage, showering the crowd with champagne, and with a profusion of good humor.
Following this set, I have the chance to talk with Quentin and Luka who talk about their pride in belonging to this very dynamic community of the rising French metalcore/deathcore scene.
Back at the Supositor Stage, I experience the raw rage of Viscera, a British deathcore band formed in 2019 that a friend advised me not to miss. And indeed, Jamie Graham and his acolytes, some of whom made a passage at Heart Of A Coward, offer a powerful set, with a sound marked by accomplished melodies highlighted by an effective rhythmic structure.
We continue in the same vein with Benighted, a French collective with an exemplary career. These Saint-Etienne locals wow the Motocultor audience with their brutal deathcore (with variations of grindcore) and their undeniable scenic mastery, via a varied setlist from their vast discography, including some compositions from Obscene Repressed, their latest album, released in 2020.
Quite a radical change of style for the rest of the day, with Lost Society on the Dave Mustage. These Finns are distinguished by a style at the crossroads of Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, and a little something extra that makes them stand out, a kind of trademark that unfolds around a keen sense of melody . Sami Elbanna, guitarist and supercharged frontman, and his band are constantly renewing themselves and cannot leave anyone indifferent. The scenic generosity sublimates the whole performance and we want more.
After a short break, I switch to the technical universe of Progressive Metal of Tesseract. The Brits, who are a benchmark in the field, delight both fans of djent and groove metal. Because if finesse and technical precision are central elements of their identity, we also note a powerful voice and a writing in constant renewal with a hypnotic imprint.
I hope you don’t mind if I tell you that I preferred the ethereal and enveloping sound of Alcest’s atmospheric metal to the boosted performance of Didier Wampas? Once again, the sobriety of this Black Metal, blackgaze, whose strength and depth mark you without difficulty, never ceases to move me every time. The songs are presented with a sense of melody mixed with that inexplicable something, which plunges you into a deep spleen and whose beauty makes you dizzy.
I continue the evening in a similar atmosphere, although marked by more darkness with the performance of Cult Of Luna. The Swedes plunge the Dave Mustage into a Post-Metal universe with powerful and slow passages, all according to a vibrant instrumental expression, which probes the darkest recesses of the soul. A very beautiful production that brings to life this gem of an album that is The Long Road North released in 2022.
My curiosity then leads me to Batushka’s set, a strange and hypnotic ceremonial orthodox black metal. These Poles deliver a moment suspended, thought, measured, cold, which leaves the audience glued to a performance as constructed as it is enigmatic.
I then have the chance to attend part of the sublime performance of Perturbator, which gathered many people around the stage at the end of the evening.
Saturday ends with Apocalyptica, these classic and symphonic metal geniuses from Finland. The cellos are in the spotlight and magnify a repertoire composed either of their own compositions or of covers like those that made them famous a while ago. The technical mastery of these outstanding musicians compensates for a slight lack of interaction with the public.
To be continued in the next episode…
This article was written by Tetralens, who is also the owner of all the photos you have seen above.
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TETRAlens brings together all the expressions of my photographic work, recent or dating back several years. I mainly present an extract of my captures of live concerts, mainly from the Metal and Rock scene, as well as a small overview of my other photographic subjects, such as landscapes, details and architecture. As far back as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to capture through my lens what my eyes wanted to immortalize: the sharpness of a light, the strength of a moment, the softness of a gaze, the energy of a moment, those things that make the world more beautiful. From a very young age, this passion has followed me in my daily life or in my travels, my eyes constantly looking at nature, cities and people as a source of inspiration to nourish my artistic expression. The most emblematic channel being live music, the events through which the human is a vector of the most positive vibrations.