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Amorphis / Before The Dawn / Amoral: Forging Europe Tour kick-off

Stadt / City Helsinki 
Land / Country FIN 
Web siehe Textende/see text
Datum / Date02.10.2009 
Bildergalerie / Picture gallery ForgingEurope_2009 
Photos: Klaudia Weber 

On their upcoming „Forging Europe Tour“ Amorphis once again want to show what real Norse men are about and before they set forth to the mainland there´s one last show on home ground with their companions in arms, Amoral and Before the Dawn at Nosturi, Helsinki.

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The guys of Amoral dared to enter the stage first and if their 80´s influenced music wasn´t already cheesy enough they couldn´t really avoid those wind machines either which made their hair fly oh so epically. Is this the new definition of hair metal? Back then the guys were a semi-serious metal band, with Idol winner Ari Koivunen on mic they lately try to appeal to a more broad or rather totally different crowd – there isn´t really a lot of metal left in this band. Most of the set just too easily slips into the realm of boredom, only with two songs you can feel some aggression and power. Also, the band seems more like Amoral featuring Ari Koivunen because Ari still doesn´t really seem to be integrated properly, every single band member just plays for himself, there´s no connection. And so also the crowd isn´t really convinced by this “ensemble”; maybe, for the good of all, one should think about alternatives…

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Before the Dawn
Many of those who all of a sudden had to go outside for a smoke when Amoral were playing slowly returned to the venue and saw a great rock metal show by the guys from Lahti. Even Tuomas Saukkonen´s usually rather harmless growling seemed to be a bit more powerful this evening. Bassist Lars Eikind, however, remains Master of Ceremony and so MC Lars once again managed it to captivate the crowd with his “angel-like” vocals. Some of the attendees, however, seemed to be a bit too “merry” to be able to clap their hands in time with the rather quiet “My Room” and only gave up after several more or less desperate signals from the stage. It´s also interesting to see that there are nowadays also other songs that have turned into crowd favourites and so with “My Darkness” and “Dying Sun” from their latest album “Soundscape of Silence”, the fans go similarly or even more crazy as with the so far biggest hit of the band and this evening´s showstopper, “Deadsong”. Thumbs up!

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Then it becomes pretty obvious for who most of the people here tonight have come. Shortly before Amorphis kick off their gig the club is packed – the wild crowd can´t hardly wait for the show to start. The lords of the Kalevala didn´t leave the crowd begging for long and from the first second on the atmosphere in the venue is just indescribable. Without being asked everyone just claps and shouts along – it´s a sheer delight. Even in the very back you feel like you´re in the middle of it all. The first half of the set focuses rather on non-single songs amongst others from their latest album “Skyforger”. In the second half the band then unleashes a fireworks of hits, first off the awesome “Alone”, followed by “Silent Waters”, “Against Widows” and the new single “Silver Bride”. With “House of Sleep” the Nosturi club was then shaken to the core so loud was the vocal support for the band, everyone was united in a big…errr…very loud choir. As a grand finale the guys played one of their classic tunes “Black Winter Day”. Fun for everyone involved and a more than successful start for the upcoming European tour (check the tourdates!!)


Kathleen Gransalke

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