Swiss Dark Metallers SAMAEL havenīt visited Northern Europe for a while, no wonder that a lot of people came to render their homage in the halls of Nosturi club.
Those halls opened for STALKER Crew - due to various unfortunate circumstances that should not be described in detail here - only after Black Sun Aeon had just finished their set. According to band mastermind Tuomas Saukkonen himself their performance had suffered due to massive technical problems, so perhaps it was better that big crowds and critics were still missing at this point...
BSA photo: Tina Solda; check the gallery, link above!
Chaosweaver probably read the STALKER review of their gig at Helsinki Metal Meeting, where I found that there wasnīt enough action on stage. Well, this time there was more of it, and as an introduction those Industrial-Goth-Rockers from Helsinki presented Fidgety Philip Jules - Profane Omen and Enemy Of The Sun vocalist - as special guest (after that Jules had to hurry to make it to his second gig that night, with the latter act, in another club)
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Once again Chaosweaver singer Cypher Commander acted as "puppetmaster of pandemonium", also the title of the bandīs debut CD. Somehow the tension and power did not hold up throughout the gig - still a band to keep an eye on.
Samael What was unleashed onto mankind then is difficult to be described in words. The phrase "being flattened by a wall of sound" only gives a vague idea, for almost 2 hours there was a constant onslaught of sound-walls rolling all over you, even if you were standing in the very back of the hall. I havenīt seen the guys live for quite a while and naturally expected a certain development - but THAT? WOW!! Front man Vorphalack appeared - in comparison to back then - as a real philantropic chatterbox (well, I mean IN COMPARISON), had the audience wrapped around his little finger at once and easily made them sing-along pretty much anything.
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Still the same were Basser Miseim and Xytraguptor on Drumset/Keyboard - both totally insane never-standing-still maniacs that are really difficult to photograph. And just like back then Samael are still difficult to categorize, between this Industrial chill and merciless Black Metal, sometimes rhythms to dance to, sometimes high-speed-carnage, sometimes doomy-gloomy steamhammer a la "Laibach". The gig offered a power trip through the bandīs discography, even early works like Worship Him, Blood Ritual and Ceremony Of Opposites were represented, even the Mini album Eponymous with "Rebellion". I enjoyed my fave "Rain" early in the set, which presented surprisingly few titles of the new longplayer "Above" (e.g. Under One Flag). Pretty clear that the crowd enjoyed this hit-onslaught incl. Solar Soul or My Saviour and called the band back for more...
Summing up, a highly professional, tight and elaborate multi-media showcase, including a screen featuring Samael artwork animations, and I would have taken photos of that, too, if local security had allowed that...Yet troubles like those should not impact such a great show, therefore itīs still