Words about the world opening up again part 2? Part 3? Hopefully the last part anyway… ah to be at a club gig again! The Frozen Oceans Abyss tour played in Tampere’s Olympia-Kortteli on March 18th. Local band Kuoleman Galleria opened with full energy and edgy yet funky energy, followed by the fan favorite Frosttide and the black/industrial headliners who had their comeback right as the epidemic was birthing, And Oceans.
The club gigs post lock down these past few years have all had a similar “getting back on our feet” aura about them… people are happy to be out but it feels a bit rusty and unfamiliar. Although there were not restrictions on time, or capacity, people tended to stick to the sidelines and came and went through out the gig. It felt there were more people in the audience in the beginning than the end, and the crowd wavered through out the night.
Kuoleman Galleria had a surprisingly solid and enthralling performance. With no previous knowledge of the band, they left me wanting more, or more like a “what did I just watch, I need to see that again” kind of lasting impression. Unexpected, unpredictable and a unique twist to the evening wit their dark yet groovy sound, and somewhat eccentric stage presence. Hope to see again soon!
Next up was Frosttide. Familiar faces and sounds all around! Somewhat comfort food of the evening. The audience was obviously full of hard core fans, and it felt like an intimate family gathering. Although the band seemed to take a little while to warm up after the all to well known hiatus of live performance, the crowd was pleased and they definitely woke the venue up for the final act.
And Oceans never fail to impress. With a balanced mix of new and old songs…and new and old members… they didn’t miss a beat. They played from start to finish as if there had never been a break in live gigs, and as if they had all been playing together since the start. The energy and chemistry between the band themselves and the audience was flawless and began to fill the void of gigless months. Although the crowd and atmosphere of the gig still had holes and an obvious unsettled, unfamiliar feeling, it faded once they hit the stage. Lets hope it fades all together and we can truly get back to this essential part of life!
photos and report by Serena Solomon
With the world opening up again, bands that formed during the lockdown are finally getting the chance to spread their wings. Noora Louhimo Experience was one of them! They had their best gig ever at Yo-Talo in Tampere 27.10.2021. The premier gig of Noora Louhimo Experience was definitely an experience to be remembered. A rich and vibrant show to wake up the senses after a year and a half near devoid of live music. Eccentric, bright, shiny and colorful outfits adorned all the musicians. Feathers, sparkles, fishnet, and bits and pieces from every corner of the spectrum were a perfect visual representation of what the sound and aesthetic of the band represented on their debut album Eternal Wheel of Time and Space. In addition to the core band, the live lineup also included three backup vocalists and a three piece brass section. Pekka Louhimo , Noora’s brother, also joined on stage for a few duets as well as harmonica accompaniment. I have to say it was also really cool to see Juuso Raatikainen doing his thing in a different setting. Needless to say, the stage at Yo-Talo was filled to the brim with talent and energy and although it was a Wednesday evening, there was a pretty decent turnout with enthusiastic fans.
Live Lineup inlcuded:
Noora Louhimo – Vocals
Samuli Erkkilä – Lead Guitars
JC Halttunen – Guitars
AP Kauppinen – Bass
Juuso Raatikainen – Drums
Sussu Ketola – Keyboards
Pekka Louhimo – Vocals,Harmonica
Anni Lintula, Riikka Liisukka and Petra-Miisa Juusenaho – Backup Vocals
Aino Heikkonen – Saxophone
Antero Salonen – Trumpet
Markus Larjomaa – Trombone
photos and report by Serena Solomon
In Prague, the heart of Europe, in Forum Karlín, the mighty Behemoth of Poland torn the venue apart but let’s take the things one by one as concert started with support band and second headliner. 12.1.2019. Here is the report and full gallery.
European heart, Prague, was exposed to some legendary squads from Scandinavia and closer Germany.
Norwegian (black) metal squad has shown Prague very nice concert while introducing their last album Eonian released this year. Also, we could hear some their older hit songs as Dimmu Borgir or Progenies of The Great Apocalypse. Dimmu’s show was closed by their mighty Mourning Palace from Enthrone Darkness Triumphant.
After Dimmu Borgir, German thrash metal legends played their set with some projection behind themselves and also in the front during the intro. The music was still thrash metal but full of pretty modern sound. To me, it seemed they had more fans in the hall than Norwegians before. Maybe the alcohol in between bands during the pause has helped in this matter a little.
Concert went well and sound was very good. Some fans complained about the sound quality, but I was pleased. There was only small hickup in the entrance regarding some formal stuff, but thankfully it was resolved…
Thanks to the bands for nice performance they have delivered, Nuclear Blast, Pragokoncert Bohemia and staff for making this concert possible and pretty much smooth.
Forum Karlín, Prague, Dec 9th 2018
Photography by Pavel Kovalančík