Category: Concerts/Festivals

18-06-2017 As It Is
Support: Storyteller, ROAM
Written by: Nina Mende
Releasedate: 18-06-2017

It is a Sunday night in Wiesbaden. People were glad that it had cooled off a bit after an extremely sunny day. But we went into a hot venue: Kesselhaus, the little sister of Schlachthof in Wiesbaden. Read more of this article »

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15-06-2017 Killing Joke
Support: Grave Pleasures
Starts: 15-06-2017
Batschkapp
Frankfurt
DE

A hot summer day has come to an end with a small thunderstorm. So it was perfect that we were heading into Batschkapp to see a show of a legendary band: Killing Joke.

The venue was quite warm already and quite some people had come out already to see tonight’s event. The opening act was a quite unknown band from Finland. Grave Pleasures was their name. As they entered the stage on time, everyone was excited to see what the band would be like.

Grave Pleasures is a Finnish post-punk band from Helsinki. Formed in 2010, Grave Pleasure’s previous incarnation, “Beastmilk”, released a demo followed by an EP, and later debut full-length “Climax”. Members Mat McNerney and Valtteri Arino continued the band in 2015 as Grave Pleasures, following Johan Snell and Paile’s departure with the group. With new members, Grave Pleasures released “Dreamcrash” months later.

The sound of the band reminded a little of The Cure or Joy Division. The light was dim and the lyrics were dark. The band took over the little space on the crowded stage and performed their set of thirty minutes. A set, the audience got lost in. They were dancing along to the music, cheering loudly after each song. The band thanked them for the good reception and the positive feedback.

The set was short, but it was time for the main act of the evening: Killing Joke.

Killing Joke is an English rock band formed in October 1978 in Notting Hill, London, England. The original line-up included Jaz Coleman (vocals, keyboards), Paul Ferguson (drums), Geordie Walker (guitars) and Youth (bass). Their first album, Killing Joke, was released in 1980. After the release of Revelations in 1982, bassist Youth was replaced by Paul Raven. The band achieved mainstream success in 1985 with both the album Night Time and the single “Love Like Blood”.

As soon as the band entered the stage, the audience was blown away. The presence of each musician was breathtaking. The light remained dim. Candles and sticks of incense were burning on stage, to complete the atmosphere. The singer was surrounded by spots that added a gloomy and dark glow to his performance. He took over the entire stage with his performance. The other musicians moved around here and there but mainly sticked to their spots.

Killing Joke was playing songs of all eras of their almost forty years of band history. And the audience was fan enough to know the lyrics to each and every single song of the band. They sang and danced along, cheering loudly between and after the songs. The ground was shaking from the music’s bass and drums.

The band’s performance was almost theatric and absolutely extraordinary. Everyone loved it. Killing Joke talked quite a bit to the audience between the songs. The fans replied with high appreciation. It was an amazing night and a memorable show. One that left everyone behind speechless and almost blessed to have witnessed such an amazing performance.

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14-06-2017 Coheed and Cambria
Support: Dinosaur Pile-Up
Starts: 14-06-2017
Essigfabrik
Cologne
DE

Tonight we went to an exclusive show. Coheed and Cambria is currently touring Europe, stopping by in one city per country. In Germany, they stopped by in Cologne. And here we were, too. Read more of this article »

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WGT
05-06-2017 Wave Gotik Treffen
Starts: 02-06-2017
Ends: 05-06-2017
Leipzig
Leipzig
DE

The last day of this year’s WGT has begun. Today we spent the entire day at Täubchenthal. A medium sized venue in an old industrial building. The venue has a balcony above the dance floor and the stage is medium sized as well. Read more of this article »

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WGT
04-06-2017 Wave Gotik Treffen
Wave Gotik Treffen
Starts: 02-06-2017
Ends: 05-06-2017
Leipzig
Leipzig
DE

Day three of Wave Gotik Treffen. Today was a day full of back and forth between venues. All to see a nice variety of bands. The day began at Kohlrabizirkus to see Decoded Feedback. Read more of this article »

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WGT
03-06-2017 Wave Gotik Treffen
Wave Gotik Treffen
Starts: 02-06-2017
Ends: 05-06-2017
Leipzig
Leipzig
DE

Let there be metal! Well, that could be the motto of the Saturday at Wave Gotik Treffen. This day we spent at Kohlrabizirkus from opening until closing, because there were some pretty amazing bands up on stage that we want to tell you about. Read more of this article »

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WGT
Wave Gotik Treffen, Leipzig, 02.06.2017
Starts: 02-06-2017
Ends: 05-06-2017
Leipzig
Leipzig
DE

It is festival season and this weekend, we were at Wave Gotik Treffen in Leipzig, Germany for you. Four days of festival that is spread out all across Leipzig. Even museums and such participate in the festival. This way all visitors of WGT get free entry to museums and even the opera to learn about culture and history during the day and party at night. A beautiful thought and a great way to spend the daytime. There are also readings and cultural gatherings all over, so there will be no minute of boredom with all these options and places to go. Read more of this article »

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16-05-17 Vader
Supports: Thrashred Nox Vogora, Thy Disease, Decapitated
Starts: 16-05-2017
Nosturi
Helsinki
FI

Text & photos by: Juho Karila & Laureline Tilkin

Crushing the North -tour had to be one of the most anticipated events in Helsinki this spring. Bringing 5 bands, including the Polish legends Vader and the unfortunate Decapitated we can safely tell that we were stoked for the night. We are going to tell you why. Read more of this article »

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21-05-2017 The 69 Eyes
Knust
Hamburg
DE

A nice evening full of goth’n’roll was awaiting the fans of The 69 Eyes on a sunny evening in Hamburg. The Helsinki Vampires have been back for a couple of shows in Germany and it was great but also surprising to see them again. All in all, the last album Universal Monsters was released last year so I personally was not expecting the band to come back to Germany to play in clubs for one more time. However, this was the perfect chance for me since I missed them last year when they played live and surely I was expecting some surprises as well…. Read more of this article »

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13-05-17 - Metsatöll
Support: Vetten Äpärät
On the Rocks
Helsinki
FI

Text & Photos by: Juho Karila

It was a night of Folk Metal as the Estonian giant Metsatöll came to celebrate their 18th anniversairy. Not only it was a special show for the band but also personally for me; I had waited many years for a chance to see them live but there had always been something blocking my way. Not this night. Read more of this article »

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