It was a quite nice and sunny November day in Köln, Germany when End Of Green played their show in the Undergound, a small club in city of Karneval. Support for this show, as already for some other shows earlier on this tour was Undertow. So it was a svabian package that night.
Undertow was the first band which entered the stage and the venue was already quite packed when they started. The band has a new album in their backhand (release date 06.12.13) which is called "In deepest silence" The big extra benefit for all visitors was, that the album was already to buy at the venue. So if you weren't there you have to wait till beginning of December. This tour was also the first one with the new guitarist Markus Brand, who plays in the band since a few months.
The band had a great sound from the first note they played and a look on the setlist shows, that it was a great mix between old stuff, but also new songs from the coming record. Starting with "Barefaced" which is also the intro to the new album, the band continued with band highlights like "Art of falling" and "Smoke Garden". Next to the intro Undertow played also "BoxShapedHeart" and "These boots" from the new album. The last songs was "44ce" which is actually the good ol' "34ce" from the album with the same title. But Joschi explained, that by being four band members again, the song needed an adjusted name.
All in all it was a great show of the four guys and I hope to see them more on tour on the coming months. If they come to your town, don't miss them.
After a short break End Of Green entered the stage. Eventhough the crowd supported Undertow in an excellent way it was obvious, that most of the visitors came for End Of Green.
I was surprised that the sound of the band was not that good during the first two song. The bass was too loud and the vocals were far too much in the back. But it became better and from "Pain hates me" on it was excellent. Michael Huber, or should I say Michelle Darkness, did a great job and of course his voice does the rest. It fits perfect to the songs and is probably a crucial part for the success of the band. The program was a kind of best off.. through all the records of the band with of course some tracks from the new album "The painstream" - which I actually liked most. Songs like "Hangman's joke" and "De(ad)generation" have just great melodies combined with a good punch. Talking about energy. There was a lot of it in the crowd, which made the whole event to a big party. A 'gothic" party? No way. Everybody had fun and it was weird to see the positive vibes and to listen to songs like "Tie me a rope" . That's rock'n'roll.
Also the energy of the band's performance was remarkable. The songs sound live much heavier than on the records.
It is in these days remarkable, that the band played almost two hours. In time when a lot of bands leave the stage already after 70 minutes (incl. encore) this was really value for money which was appreciated by the fans.
Small side note: It was almost shocking what came out of the speaker after End Of Green finished their gig. It was "Cherry, cherry lady" from Modern Talking. Who the hack had that idea?
So all in all it was a great Saturday night with rock'n'roll and fun. Good bands, good show, value for money, right attitude. Thumbs up.
- Bitter taste
- 3-double chime
- Art of falling
- Smoke garden
- These boots
Setlist End Of Green:
- Hangman's joke
- Dead city lights
- Pain hates me
- Final resistance
- Tragedy insane
- Goodnight insomnia
- Tie me a rope
- Don't stop killing me
- Death in veins
- Holidays in hell
- Drink myself to sleep
- Die lover die
- Dead end hero
- Empriness/Lost control
- Death of a weakender
Location: Underground; Köln, Germany