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Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017

Veröffentlicht am 25. November 2017 von Markus W. in Destruction, Schmier, Mike, Vaaver, Bark, HellBender, Power Metal, Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Heavy Metal, Live, Tour, Live Review, Gebr. de Nobel

Destruction, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 24.11.2017

Just a few days after Hamburg-based metal icons Helloween played an impressive show in Tilburg it was another German metal legend that delighted Dutch metal fans with excellent songs, covering a time span of more then three decades.

Destruction hit the road for playing three shows in The Netherlands. The starting point of this short trip was Leiden. It was the Gebr. De Nobel that hosted this thrash metal attack with a setlist that was built with an oldschool approach - the thrash anthems.   

 

But before Schmier, Mike and Vaaver started their hellish thrash inferno it was a local band that kicked-off that night. HellBender calls Leiden their home base, something that became very obvious by the encouraging amount of metalheads in front of the stage. The harsh thrash/death metal mix of HellBender motivated more and more fans to leave the bar for enjoying HellBenders brutal riff attacks. Honestly, I haven’t heard of the guys before and I think it was the first time that they entered a stage in bigger venue. However, it was a striking metal set with songs that did their job as energizers. HellBender’s sound might not by the most innovative one, but the intensity and passion that was put into each note played that night led to a well-deserved and rewarding applause.

Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017
Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017
Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017
Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017
Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017
Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017
Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017
Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017
Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017
Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017
Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017

We stay in the Benelux but ‘move’ to Belgium. Bark, hailing from Antwerp, was next on the list. The band is still a rather new one with a foundation date in 2014. The noticeable thing with their performance is the power that comes with this five-piece outfit. These guys inflame a sonic blast and it felt like standing in the middle of a metal storm. Unfortunately there was a smaller crowd in front of the podium, which maybe also had to do with the fact that the songs felt very similar. It was a storm, blowing on a constant level right into your face.  A bit more variation wouldn’t have been a bad thing.

Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017
Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017
Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017

Finally it was time for Destruction to enter the stage. The trio didn’t loose any time and started right into a set that was build very much around the “Infernal Overkill” album. Schmier, Mike and Vaaver put smashers like “Antichrist”, Black Death” and the excellent instrumental “Thrash Attack” on the setlist; songs that belongs to the best German thrash metal ever brought to surface. These tunes are classics and it wasn’t a big surprise that fans celebrated each of the seventeen anthems with a 90 minutes mosh pit.

Destruction’s set didn’t include any minute for recovery. “Curse the Gods” marked the excellent beginning of a concert that included everything fans of the German powerhouse came for. “Mad Butcher”, “Release From Agony” and the ‘newer’ “The Butcher Strikes Back” (from 2000) led to a hellish metal party, with the latter being the closer of the regular set.

After a very short break the trio returned on stage for two more tunes. It was a blood curdling scream by Schmier that introduced “Thrash Till Death” before “Bestial Invasion” acted as the Grande Finale of a show that took fans back to the first half of Destruction’s impressive musical history. I guess that nobody, including the band, would have been disappointed by just going on for a bit longer, but due to a strict curfew (a disco party followed that night in the same room) the 90 minutes had to do the job, and they did. Witnessing a Destruction show is always a delight and so was this night.

 

Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017

Tracklist Destruction:

  1. Curse The Gods
  2. Tormentor
  3. Nailed to the Cross
  4. Mad Butcher
  5. Dethroned
  6. Life Without Sense
  7. Release From Agony
  8. The Ritual
  9. Black Death
  10. Antichrist
  11. Satan’s Vengeance
  12. Total Desaster
  13. Thrash Attack
  14. Second to None
  15. The Butcher Strikes Back
  16. Thrash Till Death
  17. Bestial Invasion

 

Location: Gebr. De Nobel, Leiden, The Netherlands

Date: 24.11.2017

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Photos VALLENFYRE - live at Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, NL

Veröffentlicht am 29. September 2017 von Markus W. in Vallenfyre, Photography, News, Gebr. De Nobel, Heavy Metal, Punk, Hardcore, Dark Metal, Doom Metal, Sludge

Vallenfyre played a powerful show at Gebr. de Nobel in Leiden, NL a couple of weeks ago. Here are some pics from the awesome concert.

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Live report FATES WARNING / PSYCHO VILLAGE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 03.08.2017

Veröffentlicht am 4. August 2017 von Markus W. in Fates Warning, Psycho Village, Prog Metal, US Metal, Power Metal, News, Heavy Metal, Modern Metal, Live, Live Review, Tour, Gebr. de Nobel

Being on their way to Wacken Jim Mateos and band decided to add two shows in Holland to this short trip to Europe and if Fates Warning's in town you should grasp the opportunity.

One of the first questions this time was about the opening act. Sixth months ago the support bands were heavily discussed amongst Fates Warning fans. After Fallen Arise and Armored Dawn didn't do anything for the main act in Haarlem and it was this time an Austrian band that got the task to warm up the crowd. Honestly, I haven't heard of Psycho Village before and expectations were low. After having seen the guys I must say that the duo did a good job. Even though their modern metal / alternative rock didn't fit to Fates Warning at all the guys tried their very best to use the momentum. Especially singer/guitarist Daniel Kremsner constantly tried to animate fans in the sparsely filled room. In the end Psycho Village received a pretty good feedback from a crowd that actually came for prog metal with the duo scoring a decent result. However, knowing that Sanctuary played the same night a show in Arnhem raised the question of why both bands didn't perform a shared headliner show. It was really hard for fans to decide where to go to and such a package would have helped also to drive a few more metalheads to Leiden.

Live report FATES WARNING / PSYCHO VILLAGE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 03.08.2017Live report FATES WARNING / PSYCHO VILLAGE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 03.08.2017

After a rather quick scene-change prog metal dinosaurs Fates Warning started their show with "From the Rooftop" and gave fans what they were asking for - more than 90 minutes of finest progressive power metal with not that many changes compared to the January gig in Haarlem. 

The setlist was almost similar, with one exception. "One Thousand Fires" was replaced by "SOS" from the band's latest longplayer "Theories of Flight" while the rest of the set stayed the same. Highlights from the earlier days have been played of which songs from "Pleasant Shades of Grey" got a bit more attention. Apart from that, songs like "Point of View" and "The Ivory Gate of Dreams: VII. Acquiescence" are great tunes from the eighties which go hand in hand with newer compositions such as "From the Rooftop". The only song I miss since a while is "Silent Cry".

Seeing and listening to Fates Warning live on stage is always a pleasure. These guys don't have any need to ballyhoo. Fates Warning has excellent songs in their musical repertoire, performed by musicians who share a common vision and passion for metal music. Jim Matheos and colleagues belong to the spearhead of progressive metal and the night in Leiden underlined again their importance and relevance.

Live report FATES WARNING / PSYCHO VILLAGE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 03.08.2017Live report FATES WARNING / PSYCHO VILLAGE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 03.08.2017
Live report FATES WARNING / PSYCHO VILLAGE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 03.08.2017Live report FATES WARNING / PSYCHO VILLAGE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 03.08.2017

Setlist Fates Warning:

  1. From the Rooftop
  2. Life in Still Water
  3. One
  4. A Pleasant Shade of Grey, Part III
  5. Seven Stars
  6. SOS
  7. A Handful of Doubt
  8. Firefly
  9. The Light and Shade of Things
  10. A Pleasant Shade of Gray, Part IX
  11. A Pleasant Shade of Gray, Part XI
  12. The Ivory Gate of Dreams: VII. Acquiescence
  13. The 11th Hour
  14. Point of View
  15. Through Different Eyes
  16. Monument

 

Location: Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, The Netherlands

Date: August 3rd, 2017

 

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

Veröffentlicht am 30. April 2017 von Markus W. in Civil War, Nightmare, Athanasia, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Live, Live Review, News, AFM, Napalm Records, Gebr. de Nobel

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

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Live review DARK TRANQUILLITY / OMNIUM GATHERUM / NAILED TO OBSCURITY, Gebr. De Nobel, Leiden, 17.04.2017

Veröffentlicht am 19. April 2017 von Markus W. in Dark Tranquillity, Omnium Gatherum, Nailed To Obscurity, Death Metal, Melodic Death Metal, Live Review, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Gebr. De Nobel

Time for part 2 of this Swedish metal Easter party. After having hosted Pain Of Salvation on Saturday night, it was Gebr. de Nobel who opened the stage  for another band from the North. Gothenburg’s Dark Tranquillity is on tour as we speak. After having been the support act for Amon Amarth over the last few weeks, the sextet added some headliner shows to their schedule. As with the Amon Amarth shows also Finnish death metal outfit Omnium Gatherum joined the Swedes; a tour package that also includes Nailed To Obscurity from Germany.

The Germans recently released their third longplayer “King Delusion” and this tour gave them a wider stage for presenting the new material, spiced up with some stuff from the first two longplayers. The room was already filled quite well when the five-piece from Esens entered the stage. Their 30 minutes was a well-received one, showing the band in good shape and form. Nailed To Obscurity stands for raw death metal that's rough around the edges; a sound that worked perfect for opening an evening like this. This guys nailed down a pretty good set that was rewarded by a very positive reaction from the audience.

Live review DARK TRANQUILLITY / OMNIUM GATHERUM / NAILED TO OBSCURITY, Gebr. De Nobel, Leiden, 17.04.2017

Finnish metal powerhouse Omnium Gatherum was next. 50 minutes of uncompromissing Finnish death metal filled the room, songs that cover a range from fast-paced headbangers to more epic numbers. The six guys played their 26th show in a row which had a bit of an impact on Jukka Pelkonens voice. However, fully motivated, this singer is a real front man that’s in constant interaction with fans, not standing still for second. Looking on the fans reaction I can report that Omnium Gatherum has already a solid fan base in Holland and I guess that the band made even some new friends that night in Leiden.

Live review DARK TRANQUILLITY / OMNIUM GATHERUM / NAILED TO OBSCURITY, Gebr. De Nobel, Leiden, 17.04.2017
Live review DARK TRANQUILLITY / OMNIUM GATHERUM / NAILED TO OBSCURITY, Gebr. De Nobel, Leiden, 17.04.2017

The earlier mentioned Amon Amarth tour package played a show some weeks ago in Utrecht, which means that Leiden is the second stop for Dark Tranquillity in The Netherlands in a short period of time. Main difference this time is the full headliner set that fans of melodic death metal got served as an Easter present. The interesting part of this Dark Tranquillity tour is the fact that the band performs with two guitaristjust recruited for the live shows. This has to do with the fact that six-stringer Martin Henriksson left the band already last year and it’s Niklas Sundin who took a time-out. This brought Johan Reinholdz on board and no less than Christopher Amott. Seeing the guys performing gave the impression of them being fully integrated in the band. Dark Tranquillity stood there as a band that performed spot-on and tight. The rhythm section with Jivarp and Iwers played with the rigor of a clockwork, providing a powerful heartbeat for the band’s performance.

It was the first time that band played in Leiden and they obviously appreciated it a lot. With full motivation the band nailed down a show that featured songs from “Projector” to “Atoma” and it’s a no-brainer that the focus was on the latest album. Six songs from “Atoma” have been played that night but also songs from the predecessor “Construct” and the 2002 release “Damage Done” got enough spotlight that night.

The crowd excessively celebrate each of the songs with some fans in the first row singing along each of the twenty tunes. Band and fans made this Easter Monday to a metal feast that was enjoyed by everyone in the room. These guys are a real powerhouse that even can handle line-up changes, like described earlier. In such a shape and form a next show in Holland in the near future would be a more than welcomed thing for fans – at least that’s what the delighted faces of the crowd expressed.

Live review DARK TRANQUILLITY / OMNIUM GATHERUM / NAILED TO OBSCURITY, Gebr. De Nobel, Leiden, 17.04.2017
Live review DARK TRANQUILLITY / OMNIUM GATHERUM / NAILED TO OBSCURITY, Gebr. De Nobel, Leiden, 17.04.2017
Live review DARK TRANQUILLITY / OMNIUM GATHERUM / NAILED TO OBSCURITY, Gebr. De Nobel, Leiden, 17.04.2017
Live review DARK TRANQUILLITY / OMNIUM GATHERUM / NAILED TO OBSCURITY, Gebr. De Nobel, Leiden, 17.04.2017
Live review DARK TRANQUILLITY / OMNIUM GATHERUM / NAILED TO OBSCURITY, Gebr. De Nobel, Leiden, 17.04.2017

Setlist Dark Tranquillity:

  1. Force of Hand
  2. The Lesser Faith
  3. Atoma
  4. The Treason Wall
  5. The Science of Noise
  6. Forward Momentum
  7. Terminus (Where Death is Most Alive)
  8. The Silence in Between
  9. The Pitiless
  10. What Only You Know
  11. Monochromatic Stains
  12. The Wonders at Your Feet
  13. White Noise / Black Silence
  14. Encircled
  15. Clearing Skies
  16. Final Resistance
  17. Therein
  18. State of Trust
  19. Through Smudged Lenses
  20. Misery’s Crown

 

Location: Gebr. De Nobel, Leiden, The Netherlands

Date: April 17th, 2017

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12 Most Favorite Concert Photos 2016

Veröffentlicht am 31. Dezember 2016 von Markus W. in Amorphis, Amon Amarth, Europe, Archer Nation, Queensryche, Doro, Undertow, Testament, Honeymoon Disease, Anvil, Long Distance Calling, Dark Funeral, Heavy Metal, Hardrock, News, Power Metal, Doom Metal, Thrash Metal, Black Metal, Death Metal, Rock, Cultuurpodium De Boerderij, 013, Gebr. de Nobel, Dudok, Live, Photos

New Year's Eve is an excellent moment in time to look back on the last 12 months and what's better than scrolling through photos made that year. I challenged myself in choosing my 12 favorites, which was not a too easy exercise. Anyhow, I've chosen these photos from various shows in 2016.

Have a good start in 2017 and keep on rocking. Thanks for all your support \m/

 

All photos by Markus Wiedenmann

Amorphis, Tilburg, December 2016

Amorphis, Tilburg, December 2016

Doro, Leiden, November 2016

Doro, Leiden, November 2016

Europe, Utrecht, November 2016

Europe, Utrecht, November 2016

Dark Funeral, Leiden, November 2016

Dark Funeral, Leiden, November 2016

Amon Amarth, Tilburg, November 29016

Amon Amarth, Tilburg, November 29016

Testament, Tilburg, November 2016

Testament, Tilburg, November 2016

Honeymoon Disease, Leiden, October 2016

Honeymoon Disease, Leiden, October 2016

Archer Nation, Zoetermeer, August 2016

Archer Nation, Zoetermeer, August 2016

Queensryche, Zoetermeer, August 2016

Queensryche, Zoetermeer, August 2016

Long Distance Calling, Tilburg, May 2016

Long Distance Calling, Tilburg, May 2016

Anvil, Tilburg, April 2016

Anvil, Tilburg, April 2016

Undertow, Giengen, January 2016

Undertow, Giengen, January 2016

Just in case you want to see them all - HERE they are.

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Live review DORO / SPITFIRE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 24.11.2016

Veröffentlicht am 26. November 2016 von Markus W. in Doro, Melodic Metal, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Hardrock, News, Live Review, Gebr. de Nobel, Spitfire

Winter tours from Doro Pesch and band do have already a certain tradition and also this year the legendary metal singer started a smaller tour, bringing the band to several German cities and some locations in neighbor-countries. This winter touring activities started in Leiden, The Netherlands and the setlist looked very promising. The ‘Love’s Gone to Hell’ tour has obviously an oldschool approach with many song from the Warlock area ending up on the setlist.

The opening act that night was Spitfire, a band I missed so far. And since the name isn’t that unique it wasn’t an easy thing to find out more about the guys. You won’t believe how many bands are around with such a name. Anyhow, research was successful. This band is hailing from Norway and they play a hardrock/metal mix that includes rough and wild songs. The four-piece had 40 minutes to warm up an audience that actually came for Doro. Yes, there were some fans in the first rows and a respectful applaus, but the biggest amount of people stood at the bar or further in the back of the room. Spitfire tried hard that night with some highlights here and there, but in the end the show was too tense to really score. If this was due to the fact that it was the first show on this tour or if it was the sound they got (which wasn’t the best one) or if it was something else I don’t know. In the end it has been 40 minutes that have been OK, but it also didn’t lead to heavy disappointment when the last chord faded away.

 

Live review DORO / SPITFIRE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 24.11.2016

Time for Doro Pesch. I don’t think that there is any metal fan that never heard about Doro Pesch before. This name is a brand that stands for honest and authentic heavy metal, passion for what she is doing and pure joy of fan interaction. All these things built the red thread for this show  too. From the first note onwards the venue turned into a headbanging madhouse, constantly motivated by Doro who was again all over the place. It’s amazing to see her energy and this positive approach. She obviously enjoys what she’s doing a lot – even after 32 years in business. This is something that makes her so authentic which is for sure one reason for her popularity.

As mentioned earlier, the setlist she and her bandmates decided to go for was quite oldschool stuff, something I appreciated a lot. “Burning the Witches”, “East Meets West” and “All We Are” are metal anthems that belong to the classics in the bands discography, with Doro being loudly supported by her fans. No doubt that the name giver of this tour, “Love’s Gone to Hell”, was performed as well, “Warlock” was introduced by the appearance of the Warlock himself and “Fuer Immer” was more a big fan choir rather than the band playing the song. Normally I’m not the biggest fan of solo parts, but in this case even the drum solo that was integrated in “Earthshaker” was a treat more than an energy taker.

Something that's also very beneficial is the line-up which is stable since seven years. Doro, Johnny Dee (d), Bas Maas (g), Luca Princiotta (g) and Nick Douglas (b) played tight together as a band that's well attuned. Even though there’s ‘Doro’ on the banner it is the entire band that makes a ‘Doro’-show to what it is – great metal entertainment that’s based on excellent songs and a great vibe.

Great night, great metal and a good entertaining Thursday night.

Live review DORO / SPITFIRE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 24.11.2016
Live review DORO / SPITFIRE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 24.11.2016
Live review DORO / SPITFIRE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 24.11.2016

Setlist Doro:

  1. I Rule the Ruins
  2. Raise Your Fist
  3. Burning the Witches
  4. Fight for Rock
  5. Chained
  6. Warlock
  7. Bad Blood
  8. Fall For Me
  9. East Meets West
  10. Metalracer
  11. Fuer Immer
  12. Earthshaker (incl. a drum solo)
  13. Love’s gone to Hell
  14. Out of Control
  15. Revenge
  16. All We Are
  17. Love Me in Black (Encore)

 

Location: Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, The Netherlands

Date: 24.11.2016

Live review DORO / SPITFIRE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 24.11.2016
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Live review EXUMER/EXARSIS/COMA 7, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 04.02.2016

Veröffentlicht am 6. Februar 2016 von Markus W. in Exumer, Exarsis, Code 7, Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Speed Metal, News, Live Review, Gebr. de Nobel

The smaller of the two rooms at Gebr. de Nobel in Leiden, The Netherlands hosted one of Germany's most impactful thrash metal bands, Exumer. Esp. their debut "Possessed by Fire" belongs to the milestones in heavy German metal music and I could imagine the guys being far more popular today if they would have continued after having released their second longplayer.

But before they entered the stage, there have been two bands chosen to support Exumer on their tour.

It was Coma 7 from Israel that had to enter the stage as the first band of this metallic evening. The guys actually did a good job. Even though they mention thrash bands like Lamb Of God as influences I was more reminded of Downset while I watched their show. The heaviness might come from thrash bands but the way they build-up their songs feels more like a mixture of Rage Against The Machine and the mentioned Downset. Anyhow, the five-piece hammered quite some energy into the, at this time not too much filled venue and used the opportunity to also promote their upcoming EP "Hunger".

After such a powerful start and a short break it was time for the next gang. Exarsis from Greece kicked ass and took the energy to a next level. Talking about 'energy', the guys must be full of it, since they didn't stand still for a second during their 35 minutes long set. Headbanging and jumping around have been the credo for this show which went that far that the guitar strap of bassplayer Chris broke since it couldn't handle the power.

Musically, Exarsis felt like a raw version of Death Angel without reaching their level. The songs have been too much of the same only different and the high pitches of singer Nick became a bit annoying over time.

But again, Exarsis convinced with their power and did a good job, preparing the stage for Exumer.

Live review EXUMER/EXARSIS/COMA 7, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 04.02.2016

Exumer didn't take any prisoners during their 90 minutes on stage.

The band had a great start. "Winds of Death", "Journey to Oblivion" and "Brain of Evil" marked three different periods of the band, sticked together by the overwhelming power the five-piece spread on stage. 

The five guys have been pretty agile, small circle pits started here and there and each song brought fans closer to severe neck problems due to heavy headbanging.

The longer the show lasted, the more the venue turned into a madhouse and temperature was raising. As expected, Exumer perfomed quite some songs from the debut, which is still THE bands classic. But also new tracks have been a crucial part of the setlist which had with the mighty "Catatonic" a real highlight. 

Cleverly chosen, the encore included the title track of the new longplayer, "The Raging Tides", and the brutal "Possessed By Fire" which is to date the best song the band ever wrote.

Exumer released a cool new album a few days ago and underlined with their Leiden show that they still know how to play metal. Real underground headbanger stuff.

Live review EXUMER/EXARSIS/COMA 7, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 04.02.2016

Tracklist Exumer:

  1. Winds of Death
  2. Journey to Oblivion
  3. Brain of Evil
  4. The Weakest Limb
  5. Catatonic
  6. Fallen Saint
  7. Fire and Damnation
  8. Xiron Darkstar
  9. Vermin of the Sky
  10. A Mortal in Black
  11. I Dare You
  12. A New Mortality
  13. Shadow Walker
  14. Dark Refelections
  15. The Raging Tides (Encore)
  16. Possessed by Fire (Encore)

 

Location: Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, The Netherlands

Date: 04.02.2016

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