I think the safest thing I can do, is compare A-Sun Amissa to acts like Dale Cooper Quartet and the Dictaphones or Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble. With a blend of drones, experimental ambient and dark jazz, this act convinced me from the very beginning. Their set was the slowest, the only one without a trace of percussion but nonetheless an awe-inspiring and highly immersive one. It gave me goosebumps and I'm damn sure that I wasn't the only one. For a period of time, the entire audience must have felt like they were extra's in the new Twin Peaks series.
- In the Belgian drone and ambient scene, Barst is pretty much the odd one. Most of our acts in this scene focus of layers of drones and soundscapes and a trance-inducing atmosphere. Not Barst. He turns his gigs into dance parties by throwing heaps of beats and percussion into his music. That's not all. He brings in some guest musicians too, including Monnik, who was able to showcase his throat singing and his fierce screams.
I remember thinking of one of his songs as 'Born Slippy' of the drone-ambient scene and another one of Front 242 meeting Aidan Baker, or something like that. Nevertheless, Barst live is always an adventure and in that aspect, this gig was no different. Even I, mister stiff, was dancing a little bit. This evening was getting better and better and the headliner was still to come.
The concert started like many of the Dirk Serries concerts I have seen in my life. Sluggish soundscapes and drones gently filled the room before the other two started interfering. The dynamic and often insane drums of Tomas turned the whole thing into free jazz while Kristoffer added a touch of gloominess. From then on, the music grew, gained momentum and intensity. Hell, quite often even Dirk Serries was headbanging. Yeah, headbanging, to jazz, because why not. This gig had more intensity that most of the metal gigs I have seen (and believe, that is a lot).