in the last two weeks, i attended three concerts:
- the first one was by the norwegian prog black metallers enslaved in the z-7. the concert was really good, even though enslaved could have played longer in my opinion. unfortunately, the place was pretty empty, which is something enslaved does not deserves.
- the second concert was by the swedish prog death metallers opeth in the rohstofflager, with the ocean and cynic as support. the guys in the ocean apparently have an urge to move around. i’ve had it so often that stupid kids constantly jump you in the back if you’re standing in the front, but so far i never had it that band members constantly jump in front of you from the front. pretty annoying, somehow. anyway. they were ok. after them, cynic entered the stage. i never heard anything from them, but i heard some people praise them a lot, so i was really looking forward to hear them. well, i’m not sure yet how much i like them, i guess i should listen to their music intensively. but at least they sounded pretty cool. well, then, finally, opeth began to play. as usual, they were simply fantastic. here’s the playlist:
- heir apparent;
- the grand conjuration;
- godhead’s lament;
- the lotus eater;
- hope leaves;
- demon of the fall;
- the drapery falls (encore).
it’s nice to finally have heard godhead’s lament live.
- finally, i saw the german medieval metal band in extremo. the support was the cologne based alternative rock band the black sheep, consisting of four girls, who did a good job opening the gig. then, finally, i was experiencing in extremo. as a lot of famous bands, the concert was also attended by a lot of annoying kids who gave their best to chase people away from good places. anyway, after losing my very good place in the very front, i found a still good one a bit farer away. i don’t know too many albums of in extremo, mainly older stuff, so i didn’t knew at least half of the material, but i still enjoyed it. (they were also the first band i saw who used pyrotechnics.) but there were also lot of songs which i knew, for example vollmond, wind, spielmannsfluch and ave maria.
In Extremo are still my favorite and their concerts have always been great. I’ve never seen a band (Christmas 2 or 3 years ago) playing such tight set with 70% of them suffering from the flu. Their latest album is quite ok but a bit too mainstream. Their old is still the best folk/medieval metal out there and ages better than bands like Subway to Sally or Schandmaul :)
i still haven’t heard their last album (except probably some songs played at that gig)… and indeed, i liked them more than schandmaul (which i also saw last year).