Silver Dust

Godset, Kolding - 2019

Text: Tobias Nilsson Photo: Lunah Lauridsen

Seeing the first support band of a tour can be an interesting thing. Sometimes it can actually be something good, and sometimes not so much. Sometimes you are left dumb-founded as to why the band is even there, as it seems to have nothing to do with what the main act is about.
And then there’s Silver Dust…

“God aften Kolding! Har I det godt? Ah, so it’s like that, yeah?”
- Kurghan (bass)


Silver Dust hail from Switzerland, was started back in 2013, and last year they released their third album, the horror concept album House 21.
So far, so good, and now that introductions have been made, let’s move on to the actual review.

I’d never heard of Silver Dust before, and had no idea what was about to come, but I could see the stage was cramped - a first band never have much space to begin with, and Silver Dust had further minimalized their working space by putting up two roll-up banners and some sort of dusted mirror-like contraption. When time came for the show to begin, the contraption was revealed to be just that - a magic mirror, where when the lights went down, an image emerged through the dirty surface, an image showing two dark, hooded figures walking up a windswept road. One was carrying and playing an accordion, the other a tuba or some kind of great horn. What the actual heck was going on now? For a moment I thought this was supposed to be a serious spook show, but apparently not. Now it was a comedy show. A dark one, sure, but certainly with a humorous intent.

The band stepped onto the stage then, Magma (drums) and Kurghan (bass) in long black leather coats, and Tiny Pistol (guitar) in a black frock coat and tophat. Last on stage was Lord Campbell (vocals/guitar), dressed in a purple garment, an even taller tophat, and bearing a silver knobbed cane. Yep, this was certainly not going to go down without a certain level of theatrics, that much was evident. Which is absolutely fine by me, I enjoy a good performance, and feel there should be a difference between seeing something live, and hearing it on an album.
Thus, Lord Campbell treated us to some ghostly electric boogie, he played around with different props from the story that was told through the magic mirror throughout the show, and my personal favourite, he interacted with the mirror! The best example of this was made in the organ / guitar duet, where Lord Campbell played against a hooded figure in the mirror, each taking turns, and then collaborating on Bach’s Toccata And Fugue In D Minor BWV 565.

This wasn’t all that surprised me about Silver Dust however. One thing is what the band can do with their own stuff, another is if they can get anyone to play along with them - and again, this was something Silver Dust excelled at.
As per usual, not everyone had shown up for the support band, and Godset was far from crowded when Silver Dust hit the stage. Not only was the crowd small, it was also standing some way away from the stage, except for a single, dedicated line at the security fence. This would not do! Lord Campbell, all enthusiasm, started out by sending guitar picks every which way, and then demanded that people should get their hands in the air, and step closer to the stage - and the Kolding crowd obeyed! I don’t think I’ve ever seen this work for a support band before, and absolutely not to this degree. I think the very enthusiasm of the band just got under people’s skin.
Later, Lord Campbell would also mingle with the crowd, when he asked for a Slipknot like jump. Everyone should get down on the floor, before jumping up in union. The first time was good, but for the second jump, the frontman left the stage, and went into the crowd to show us how it was to be done. Dedication.

The music itself was a wondrously varied affair as well. Heavy riffing, good for headbanging, was split apart by slower, spooky sections, and Lord Campbell’s vocals went from light and airy, to dark and sinister, to flat out growling, often within the same song. Some pieces called to mind something almost progressive, while other sections displayed the crazier sides of System of A Down. It’s hard to put a finger on a style, because Silver Dust contained so much all at once. It would have been really easy for this to break apart, but the band managed to keep it together, and tie a satisfying knot on it in the end.

If you haven’t guessed it by now, I was quite taken aback by Silver Dust. This was a completely unknown band hereabouts, playing in Denmark for the first time ever, travelling along with two giants of the metal scene, and they came in and acted like they were the headliner. And they got away with it! That’s one impressive feat, if you ask this reporter.

Setlist:

Libera Me
The Unknown Soldier
Shame On You
The Age Of Decadence
Forever
Toccata And Fugue In D Minor BWV 565 (Johann Sebastian Bach cover)
La La La La
The Calling
The Judgement Day
Ave Satani

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