I always thought that the sauna was invented by the Finns. But this night in Malmö proved me wrong. The sauna was developed in the Kulturbolaget in Malmo, Sweden. OK, maybe I'm overstating a bit, however, it felt like a sauna when Swedish In Flames, supported by Black Temple, played the first out of two gigs in the small venue in the South of Sweden.
The first heatwave that night was caused by three guys from Helsingborg. This almost means 'home game - time' for the trio, which also explained the fact that the venue was already pretty packed when the guys entered the stage.
Having with "It All Ends" a great album up one's sleeve their set became to a real enegizer. This raw and uncompromissing mixture of metal, rock and post-punk sounds good on CD, but gets even better on stage.
Talking about the stage; space was very limted but the guys used each sqaure centimeter to move and jump around, accompanied by big rock posing. This show was pure, real and grounded. Black Temple - an excellent opener.
After such a great opening and a short break it was up to In Flames to raise the temperature even more. I have seen the band almost to the day one year ago in Tilburg, Holland. While the 013 in Tilburg is a rather big venue the Kulturbolaget in Malmö is much smaller but with a lot of charm. No surprise that the show was sold out within no time, a fact that also goes for the second show the day after.
It was great to see the band in such a small environment; and in their home country. This gave the concert another, more intense and intimate, vibe.
In Flames ruled from the first note onwards. The really great thing tonight was the setlist. Having given focus in the new material 12 months ago, In Flames balanced the thing this time much more. Even though they didn't go back the the very beginning, songs like "Jotun" and "The Hive" from the fantastic "Whoreacle" album have been played. The crowd went crazy during the entire show, but I had the feeling that those old classics have been celebrated a bit more. And I also think that this was the moment when heavy crowdsurfing started. Maybe In Flames should seriously consider a 'the early years tour'.
And it wasn't only the crowd that enjoyed the show. Also Anders Fridén and his gang obviously enjoyed the time on stage a lot. This maybe also had to do with the fact of having kids and family around during this home game concert - small side note: special moment was when the kids had fun to throw paper gliders in the crowd :)
In Flames set down an almost two hours show that night which was great to see and watch. For me personally, it was cool to see the band in their home country in such a small venue, because this gave the entire a show a really different expression. This night showed again why the five-piece from Gothenburg became so popular. It's their music, their passion and their authenticity what you can hear and feel in each song and in each minute during the gig. No fake, just real metal on a high level.
It was close to 11pm when the spectacle draw to and end. "My Sweet Shadow" marked the end of this great night on a grey Thursday in Malmo and you could see many happy faces leaving th KB. Cool stuff.
Setlist In Flames:
- Jester's Door
- Enter Tragedy
- Darker Times
- Siren Charms
- Black & White
- Square Nothing
- Like You Better Dead
- Bullet Ride
- Food for the Gods
- Ordinary Story
- Crawl Through Knives
- Satellites and Astronauts
- The Hive
- Take This Life
- Cloud Connected (Encore)
- Where the Dead Ships Dwell (Encore)
- Deliver Us (Encore)
- Paralyzed (Encore)
- My Sweet Shadow (Encore)
Location: Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden