The concert starts around 10pm and is opened by Black Oath, an Italian band that plays a kind of doom metal with clean vocals and some short screams by the bassist in a few songs. They use a face painting in black metal style, play really well and the audience appreciate their performance. Maybe they need a little more personality on the stage, but they are much applauded.
Then it is the turn of Mortuary Drape. The scenography is very essential, in practice there is only a curtain or a drape with the band’s logo hanging on the wall of the up–stage: the place is very small and does not allow the use of bulky sets. Anyway, Mortuary Drape steps onto the stage in their cassocks. Wildness Perversion is wearing a loose black shirt, complete with a purple sash, similar to those worn by bishops, but with a big golden inverted cross; in front of him he has a lectern from which a purple tablecloth with an inverted cross is hanging. The rest of the band is wearing red tunics with a black hood; the band also uses a face painting that together with the clothing is very aggressive and hard-hitting. The atmosphere reminds of a black ritual. The band has personality to spare and a great impact on the stage: their presence is impressive and it is a pleasure to see them, but they look too constrained and static because of the impossibility of moving around on the stage, unfortunately; I would have liked to see them on a real stage. The concert begins immediately with an old warhorse, "Primordial" from All the Witches Dance (1995), followed by "Mortuary Drape" from Mourn Path (1996) and above all the couple "Mother" - "Crepuscular Whisper" from Into the Drape (1992) that I adore. The audience are wild with excitement (sorry for the pun!!!), I'm taking pictures to the band and I am forced to scream and take pictures at the same time! What surprises me is the great participation of the audience: there are a lot of people and everyone wants to be close to the band, headbang and sing and shout together with the band; many know the lyrics by heart. There is much moshing and since the stage is low and is not separated from the audience, one can often see the microphone stands fall. When after “Vengeance from Beyond” Mortuary Drape leaves the stage, the audience call them loudly back on the stage, and the band comes back and gives yet another song, “Cycle of Horror”.
At the end of the concert I have a little chat with the guys of the band and ask them what they think about the reception received from the audience, and they are enthusiastic about it and tell me that it was very nice and they did not expect such a warm welcome, nor all that moshing. Too bad about the location! May be I am repetitive or too finical, but I believe that the band has been penalized by the smallness of the place, not only for the sake of the failed scenography, but also because of a constrained stage performance and above all because of the acoustics; but that is not their fault.
The band performed well, actually, I am glad, and after the concert I buy a souvenir T-shirt.
“Primordial” from Necromancy (demo 1987) and All the Witches Dance (Full length 1995)
“Mortuary Drape” from Mourn Path (EP 1996)
“Mother” from Into the Drape (EP 1992)
“Crepuscolar Whisper” from Into the Drape (EP 1992)
“Who Calls Me” from Buried in Time (full length 2004)
“Beyond the Veil” from the bootleg reissue of Secret Sudaria album (1998)
“Madness” from Secret Sudaria (1997)
“Necromancer” from Secret Sudaria (1997)
“Where Everything Falls” from In the Eerie Cold Where All the Witches Dance (split with Shining 2013)
“Tregenda” from All the Witches Dance (Full length 1995)
“Dreadful Discovery” from Tolling 13 Knell (full length 2000) and Black Flames of Blasphemy (EP 2011)
“Ectoplasm” from Buried in Time (full length 2004)
“Pentagram” from Doom Return (demo 1989) and as a bonus track from special editions of Secret Sudaria (1997)
“Vengeance from Beyond” from Necromancy (demo 1987) and Into the Drape (EP 1992)
“Cycle of Horror” from Secret Sudaria (1997)
Wildness Perversion - vocals
DC - guitars
SR - guitars
SC - bass
M. B. - drums
The opening act Black Oath