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Crib45 / Keoma / HeadSkull

Stadt / City Helsinki 
Land / Country FIN 
Web see text / siehe Text
Datum / Date1.2.2013 
Bildergalerie / Picture gallery crib45_keoma 
Photos: Klaudia Weber 
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None of the bands in this package is really famous for their abundance of live-appearances, therefore it was clear for me to pick this option from Helsinki´s entertainment supply on this particular weekend. Moroeover, there was more than one birthday to celebrate – as the celebration with a lucious dinner caused a certain delay, I unfortunately missed the first band HeadSkull and their “Premium blues rock deep from the northern suburbs of Helsinki”, so far their own definition.

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When I arrived, Keoma had just started their set. This band was founded in 2008 and has released 3 EPs so far – and is difficult to place into a genre; Keoma themselves mention more than one: ”Alternative/Metal/Rock”. Melancholic, slightly doomy music, something drifting between Melodic Death and Grunge attitude - powerful riffs and heavy drumming, presented by a charismatic vocalist. Their intensity, as well as their style, can indeed be compared with the band that was to follow...

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“Being late” seemed to be the motto of this evening – as I heard later, there had been technical problems and belated soundcheck, bands started later and/or played longer than agreed – so the headliner of the evening entered the stage with a certain delay. I was not the only one anxious to see Crib45, because they were presenting a new line-up and brand-new song material. Nobody really knew what to expect... But what can I say, the new songs proved to be as awesome as those they had released on “Metamorphosis” - an exciting mix of growls, clean vocals, catchy tunes, tender moments (saxophone, piano) and brutal, massive sound walls with the intensity of Muse (imagine 3 guitars and 2 multi-instrumentalists, adding either extra percussion or extra synth /vocals) – a continuation of their style, yet with a “rougher” attitude than the older material, I´d say. Cannot wait that the new CD, which will be recorded soon-ish and will hopefully be released this year...

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The only negative aspect – the setlist (“through the borderlines”, “waiting for deliverance”, “fading hope”, “transcending”) could not be completed with “into the abyss”, because of club regulations. To everybody´s dismay, and naturally the band mastermind´s, who had intended it to be the “epic closure to the gig” - and probably also his “b-day celebration”... Well, at least Crib45 can be sure that they left audience hungry for more – hopefully soon!

The new Crib45 line-up:
Teemu Mäntynen (voc, git) – founder and mastermind
Ville Suovaniemi (git, voc)
Janne Pappila (bass, voc)
Sami Kurppa (keys, wind instruments)
Jussi Saarelma (keys, voc, percussion)
Jussi Pesonen (git)
Filip Franck (drums, voc)

Klaudia Weber

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