Supports: Aborted / Baest
Location: Rockclub Tapper, Tallinn (Estonia)
That was a weird rainy night in Tallinn, Estonia. Part of Hell over Europe III tour. The bands were different but I was definitely curious to see for the first time part of the remainings of Entombed, now renamed Entombed A.D.
Some of my Tempelores mates were there, Daniel and Vince, and it was cooler to be with them. Also, a bonus was to see Aborted again, as the last time I saw them was in 2017 when the came to Tallinn in the good company of Sepultura and Kreator. I could only expect good things, though that concert back then was sort of unremarkable. The third in the order of interest was Baest, a Danish band that I never heard of. I arrived pretty early at the venue, Tapper, a classic club to watch a proper metal concert. I can’t count how many times I climbed those stairs up because yes, that is not in a basement but on the higher part of a car garage. I arrived as the doors opened to get everything sorted and get a vibe of the crowd.
Expected the first band, Baest, to start at 7:20. No problem, it started 10 minutes after with a smoke blast and intro by Obituary, “Slowly we rot”. And there we have five Danish lads windmilling their glorious long hair. Good infernal riffs and devil horns all around and crowd engaging, the more they were asked by Simon Olsen, the lead singer to approach. It was their bass player, Mattias, birthday, or so he said. The crowd did not sing happy birthday. The highest moment of the night was the duo with Aborted lead singer Sven de Caluwé. Interesting how teenagers were jumping around. The concert did what had to do, 40 minutes, warm up, interesting vibe.
The second, and clearly to some the main band of the night, Aborted, came to the stage at a good fashionably 20:30. Smoke machines and a huge man, Sven de Caluwé, running up and down the stage. At some point, I thought it was groove metal we had there. The order to circle pit was fairly respected by the crowd, engaging in some commendable and energetic moshing action. When they were here with Sepultura and Kreator in 2017 the concert was much weaker. This time the synchronized headbanging was pretty solid for the Belgium band.
After all, it has been around since 1995, but truth be told it has all been around the lead singer, Sven. Simon from Baest came to help for one last track and there was still time for a couple of jokes about Mariah Carey, Instagram influencers. They were slightly lame, though. One wall of death and the teenagers go wild again. Finally, in the end, we got “rickrolled” which was totally unexpected.
Finally the main event, the classic death metal from Sweden, or the remains of it. The only members from the original Entombed are lead singer Lars Göran Petrov and drummer Olle Dahlstedt. Their intro to the band was from John Carpenter, “the Abyss”. The lead singer was mumbling as a drunk old man that has seen too much rock in is life. For sure he did. They covered some classics – “Left Hand Path”, “Chaos Breed” and “Supposed to Rot”, showing their credentials as part of the foundation of European death metal. At that time, all the teenagers have left the circle pit and only bald and quite overweight old men were left there. They also played the crowd pleaser, Wolverine Blues. We were getting closer to the end and the public was drunker and drunker. After “Torment remains” and “Revel in Flesh” LG was asking if a guy in the crowd was alright. Interesting enough they played the “Terminator” main theme almost at the same time. It seriously seemed he was in meditation mode but was just sobering enough to get moshing again.
Finally, the concert ended at 23:18 and we went away.
Worth to be there, weird to watch, might attend their show again.