Text by: Reija Myllynen
Photos by: Juho Karila
The beginning of October was dark with the Swedish and Ukrainian death metal ambassadors coming to town. Surely we were curious to see how Arch Enemy performs with their newly released album, but we also knew the support wouldn’t be leaving us cold either.
I have seen this band once before, in Nummirock. There they almost bought me with nice striking vocals, and
original sound, so expectations were pretty high.
And maybe they were little bit too high, because I got a little bit disappointed…
Even if there were still pretty much energy, there were some kind of irritating vibe, that something is missing.
Technically there were a couple of timing mistakes, and some problems with clean vocals, which isn’t too big of a
problem itself, because there were many things that eliminated those things out of mind, like for example the
vocalist’s unbelievable voice in many parts of songs, like exactly right dark sound in those throaty growls,
that’s something absolutely worth of hearing.
But when I add that, that it seems contact with audience were almost totally in vocalist shoulders, and
when I compare it for what I remember their Nummirock show, I had a feeling that they were somehow
holding their horses, and didn’t let them run as fast as they could. Not anyhow too transparently, just a
little things… motion is just and just enough in proportion to music style, speeches isn’t sound natural
and so on. None of those things is alone something that would make show less nice to watch, but together
those things sadly making too much troubles to not to notice it.
As a whole, pretty nice and energetic warm-up, but emphasizingly warm-up, I would miss little bit tougher stage
precerence and some technical polishing so I would say that I am convinced, even if they have so nicely
original sound that they have pretty good chances to get there.
Setlist: 1. Who’s Gonna Be the One, 2. Words of Wisdom, 3. Sit Stay Roll Over, 4. I Speak Astronomy, 5. Just Another, 6. Pisces, 7. Captain Clock, 8. No Hoard of value, 9. Bad Water
Why to hell it seems that all the best bands comes from Sweden? Ok I had kind of prepared myself that this would be
mind-blowing ( sold-out show, and so on), but still it was more amazing that I would have thought of.
The show begins disarmingly sure with nice effects, going is incomprehensibly energetic, and band clearly is
enjoying of being on the stage.
It is also very nice to see that their mutual stage chemistry is working smoothly and they keep contact with
audience truly in their hands with all the members of the band and the crowd is rewarded with
ironly professional encouraging.
Technically I think it were almost that near to perfect that is simply possible to play live, with nice headbanging and a couple of nice landing jumps. Rhythm kept going breathtakingly fast with nice and sharp attitude, as well as with majestic throaty growls.
After all, I have only one question left, when I’m gonna see them again?
Quite perfect music experience, nothing to add.
Setlist: 1. The World Is Yours, 2. Ravenous, 3. Stolen Life, 4. War Eternal, 5. My Apocalypse, 6. Blood in the Water, 7. You Will Know My Name, 8. The Race, 9. The Eagle Flies Alone, 10. As the Pages Burn, 11. Burning Angel, 12. No Gods, No Masters, 13. Dead Bury Their Dead, 14. We Will Rise, Encore: 14. Avalanche, 15. Snow Bound, 16. Nemesis, 17. Fields of Desolation