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I’m not sure if it was due to the fact that ‚Kings Day’, a bank holiday in Holland that goes along with a big party in orange, was the reason for the smaller of two rooms in Gebr. de Nobel not being really over crowded that night. Could also be due to a vacation time as well. OK, we will not really find this out here and now, but for the ones who made it that night to Leiden things became a pretty good metal night.

Three bands were on the running order that Friday, starting with Athanasia. Honestly, I haven’t heard of the band before and I also didn’t expect too much of these planned 30 minutes. Surprisingly things turned out very well. The trio from California plays a kind of blackened thrash metal mix that got pretty good out of the speakers. The show in Leiden was the band's first one in Europe and even though the trio couldn’t benefit from a very good sound, the potential was obvious. Their show was a good warm-up for fans of solid metal and with each tune played that night, the band gained appreciation from fans. The guys are working at the moment on their first album and therfor I can’t tell you much about the songs played that night but they all raised curiousity for Athansia’s debut.

Live report CIVIL WAR / NIGHTMARE / ATHANASIA, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 28.04.2017
Live report CIVIL WAR / NIGHTMARE / ATHANASIA, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 28.04.2017

From newcomers to pioneers. Nightmare was next, a band with a history like a rollercoaster. There were so many ups and downs over the last decades that I stopped counting them. However, the metal institution from Grenoble released a new longplayer a few months ago with a renewed line-up. Maggy Luyten joined the French powerhouse and so did Olivier Casula (drums). The fivepiece group played a 60 minutes set, showcasing a band that was hungry for live shows. Luyten is, next to being a good singer, also a real front-woman, being in constant contact with the fans – on stage, as well as surrounded by fans in the middle of the room. Franck Milleliri and Matt Asselberhs provided sharp riffs and it was the only active founding member, Yves Campion, who build a strong grooving foundation.

Nightmare have released ten albums and have a big amount of song they can choose from. However, they didn’t make us of it and based the entire show on the latest release which was almost played in ist entirety. It was only „The Preacher“ from the 2012 album „The Burden of Gods“ that smuggled itself in the setlist which was a bit of an unusual fashion. All in all Nightmare played a solid rock show that lived by its authentic approach and passion of each of the five band members.

Live report CIVIL WAR / NIGHTMARE / ATHANASIA, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 28.04.2017
Live report CIVIL WAR / NIGHTMARE / ATHANASIA, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 28.04.2017Live report CIVIL WAR / NIGHTMARE / ATHANASIA, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 28.04.2017

Last but not least it was time for the main act to enter the stage and make an impression. As with Nightmare also the Falun-based power metal outfit Civil War comes with a new singer. Kelly Sundown Carpenter joined the band this year and the Leiden show was one of the first ones he did together with the band. Covered behind sunglasses the frontman did a good job. His voice fits perfectly with Civil War's music and also his entertainment skills are developed very well. Fully supported by his band mates the quintet performed a set with the biggest chunk of tunes coming from the band’s latest longplayer „The Last Full Measure“. Also „The Killer Angel“ made it with some songs into this set and in addition tunes like „Gods and Generals“ as well as „Bay of pigs“ got out of the gates very well. The latter was the most euphoric celebrated one out of all the tracks played that night, coming right before "Rome is Falling" It was this anthem of Civil War that ended a metal evening that showed that a good metal party doesn't necessarily need a full house.

 

Live report CIVIL WAR / NIGHTMARE / ATHANASIA, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 28.04.2017
Live report CIVIL WAR / NIGHTMARE / ATHANASIA, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 28.04.2017Live report CIVIL WAR / NIGHTMARE / ATHANASIA, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 28.04.2017
Live report CIVIL WAR / NIGHTMARE / ATHANASIA, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 28.04.2017

Setlist Civil War:

  1. USS Monitor
  2. Saint Patrick’s Day
  3. Gettysburg
  4. Sons of Avalon
  5. A Tale That Never Should be Told
  6. Deliverance
  7. Road to Victory
  8. I Will Rule the Universe
  9. Gods and Generals
  10. Tombstone
  11. Bay of Pigs
  12. Rome is Falling

 

Setlist Nightmare:

  1. Infected
  2. Of Sleepless Mind
  3. Tangled in the Roots
  4. The Preacher
  5. Red Marbled and Gold
  6. Indifference
  7. Ikarus
  8. Dead Sun
  9. Inner Sanctum
  10. Serpentine
  11. Eternal Winter
  12. Starry Skies Gone Black

 

Location: Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, The Netherlands

Date: April 29th, 2017

Tag(s) : #Civil War, #Nightmare, #Athanasia, #Heavy Metal, #Power Metal, #Live, #Live Review, #News, #AFM, #Napalm Records, #Gebr. de Nobel

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