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To/DIE/FOR / Domination Black

Stadt / City Helsinki 
Land / Country FIN 
PRKL Club 
Datum / Date22.09.2012 
Bildergalerie / Picture gallery TDF12_gal 
Photos: Sandy Mahrer 
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Oh how much I had been looking forward to this concert. To/Die/For are among the first Rockbands I had been listening to, and up to now I just watched them at big events, not in such a familial atmosphere like PRKL Club, where you find friends quickly although you came there alone.

The evening begins with Domination Black from Karhula, Kotka, who play a different style than To/Die/For, musically they are not bad at all. Domination Black offer a mixture of Heavy Metal, Thrash and Progressive elements. In the beginning singer Matias Palm has problems, the voice sounds a bit thin. But that changes and in the end he uses a rougher voice – which he could have used right from the start. Still everything sounds a bit too similar for my taste. Musically they could work on some more variation, but this is no bad start of the evening.

More photos in the gallery, link in the top section!
After a quick changeover the main band To/Die/For enters the stage, and a lot of people are already waiting in the front. Nobody can stand still, this combination of raw energy and guarded grandeur affects everybody. Singer Jape´s voice is unique, and he is jumping around with his tamborine a lot, whereas guitarist Juppe rather focuses on playing. Sometimes there were problems with the samples, but the band made the best of their show, I have never found anything to complain about. Keyboarder Juska Salminen, again painted white like a djinn, dressed in a Bollywood-styled frock, seems to have problems with a monitor. Guitar-Hero Antza doesn´t get distracted and enjoys the show, as well as the two guys in the background, drummer Matti and Bassist Eza. The setlist contains a good mix of the new songs from the Samsara album and some old stuff. A great gig with great audience, what else could you wish for.

Sandy Mahrer, transl. K.Weber

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