My most anticipated band of day one was Squash Bowels and they didn`t disappoint. I`ve been a fan since their demo days and it`s always a pleasure to witness the power of old school gore. I was looking forward to see Mincing Fury but it was not gonna happen – all of us were really tired. We caught a bit of Cenotaph brutality but that was it.
The second day started for me with an intense performance of Impulsealer – a two-piece grind band from the Czech Republic with a Rotten Sound vibe, which is not a bad thing in my book. It`s like a caffeine shot without nervousness, jitteriness, and other side effects.
As you might already know Fleshcrawl vocalist Sven Gross lost his battle with cancer not long before Obscene Extreme 2021, so his bandmates we`re going to celebrate his life with help from the fans on the stage of Obscene Extreme Festival. And they succeed! The crowd went crazy and a bunch of fans ended up on the stage. RIP Sven.
And now It`s time to destroy the stage – Yacopsae and Schirenc play Pungent Stench! Guys, I don`t have much to say, really. Both bands were amazing and you should have been there. Our Latvian team enjoyed Pungent Stench tunes and were prepared for day three when things got out of hand for real.
Words can’t even begin to express how much love I have for Pungent Stench. It was the perfect final act for Obscene Extreme Festival 2021. Viva la Muerte!
I bought a ticket right after they announced that Martin Schirenc,the original guitarist/vocalist of the Austrian legends Pungent Stench will be playing the aforementioned band`s first two albums in their entirety. However, that was not the only killer performance at the festival ! Anyone who loves extreme music will find something to his liking at OE. Squash Bowels, Skelethal, Fleshcrawl and Spasm were my highlights, all delivering killer sets. My personal favorite band discovery was Sick Sinus Syndrome, total old school Carcass worship!
I also really liked the festival site in general. First of all, it`s quite compact, compared to other even smaller festivals that I have been to. This is quite convenient because everything is nearby and there is no need to walk long distances after going to the toilet, grabbing a beer, merch etc. The fact that the stage is near the hill is also really nice. If you get tired after all the rage you can sit on the bench or on the grass uphill and still have a perfect view on the band.
Do yourself a favor and visit this beautiful freak-friendly festival at least once.