Earth – Sabbath Assembly – Lausanne @ Le Bourg – 24.04.11

Hi there!

Last week I missed a lot of shows as Weedeater and Zoroaster in Delémont and the infamous Cremona a Mano Armata festival. However I had the chance to finally see Earth live and the support act Sabbath Assembly was more than welcome.

I had a quite stressful and intense week with my German buddy Gag of Vomit Bucket Productions who has spent some days with me/us in Switzerland. We’ve recorded some stuff, drank a lot and had great times. Then, on Sunday, we had a great family Easter lunch with my family and 2 hours after GTH, FaBio and I met to go to Lausanne for the ending show of this year’s edition of the interestingly growing Impetus Festival. We were all quite excited but not as for a grindcore show or something you know you are gonna spit blood, feces, vomit and drink like a beast in the service of Lucifer; it was something else. In addition, seeing again the Simplon pass, some snow and breath the incredible good air of our Swiss alps is always enlightning.
Once we arrived in Lausanne we drank some beers (FaBio too!) and moved to the venue. The gig was already sold out since more than 1-2 weeks and the whole atmosphere inside was very promising.
Sabbath Assembly had already started so we took place and enjoy the show and the incredible “savoir faire” of the nice vocalist. Very hippie new age kind a spiritual moves correlated to an angelical/diabolical voice that can rip your heart apart.
Also musicalwise it was just great and I loved the arrangements. The album “Restored To One” was already spinning almost daily at house and my Ipod but this show was, wow!
We took then a break to smoke and get some other beers before Earth started. They are one my favourite bands for sure and I love their entire discography: from the drone, drug driven black holes of the first almigthy years to the incredibly full of energy and peaceful but still sometimes dark new outputs. What can I say? We were just astonished, nobody could even talk and between the whole set, when there was the breaks between song to song, we could just hear clapping and then nothing else. It was like a spiritual trip, a voyage into our inside and then still out on the desolate lands of a desert with only the soft air hitting your body. What a great experience!
To sum up Dylan is a genious, his wife an anti-bulldozer with an incredibly soft touch and peace on drums and the two new additions to the band just work perfectly, the cello draws so many great moments into the web of Dylan repetitions and I can just tell you that it was awesome!
At the end we drank some more beers and headed back home for an interesting and dangerous (?) 7 hours trip.
For sure, one of the greatest shows I’ve ever attended!

If you haven’t heard the new Earth album and/or you don’t know Sabbath Assembly yet, well, do something! They are both purely addictive!