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Photo report TRIVIUM/POWER TRIP/VENOM PRISON, Patronaat, Haarlem, 10.03.2018

Veröffentlicht am 25. März 2018 von Markus W. in Trivum, Venom Prison, Thrash Metal, Power Trip, News, Live, Live Review, Metalcore, Modern Metal, Heavy Metal, Deathcore, Patronaat, Haarlem

Photo report TRIVIUM/POWER TRIP/VENOM PRISON, Patronaat, Haarlem, 10.03.2018
Photo report TRIVIUM/POWER TRIP/VENOM PRISON, Patronaat, Haarlem, 10.03.2018

Beginning of March I had the chance to witness a powerful metalcore package that's on it way through Europe at the moment. Trivium, Power Trip and Venom Prison embarked on a tour and I did some photos of the show for my friends of Zware Metalen. I don't want to withhold the photos from you, my dear readers. Therefor enjoy the photo-report and, if you have any chance, visit the show. It's worth it.

 

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Live report HELMET/ LOCAL H, Patronaat, Haarlem, 06.03.2017

Veröffentlicht am 8. März 2017 von Markus W. in Helmet, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, Rock, Patronaat, earMUSIC, News, Live Review, Live, Tour, Local H

It was almost 20 years ago that I had the chance to see Helmet for the first time. I still can remember the show in Nuremberg, Germany which was a part of the “Aftertaste”-tour. Having “Aftertaste” released a few months earlier and having with “Betty” and “Meantime” two great longplayers in their repertoire, Page Hamilton and his guys ignited a firework that was enormous. It also showed one thing to me – Helmet have great songs on their longplayers but seeing them live is a far more intense experience. That was in 1997 and in the meantime we are twenty years further in time.

After a six years period Helmet released their anticipated new longplayer “Dead to the World” and the band embarked on a tour through Europe, promoting the new album with quite some shows. One stop was in Haarlem one a grey Monday night and it was Local H from Chicago who acted as the opening act.

I haven’t heard from the guys before and therefor my level of curiosity was pretty high. It sounded like the guys are more rooted in grunge, at least that was what you could read beforehand. In the end I think that the description isn’t far away from reality. Considering that we are talking less about Soundgarden- or Pearl Jam-style grunge. These guys have more of the anarchic energy that Nirvana had as well.

It was quarter to nine when two guys entered the stage while the light in the room was still turned on. The duo was Local H, consisting out of Scott Lucas (all except drums) and Ryan Harding (d). Both aren’t rookies. Local H is existing already since 1998 which means that they can build on a more than solid foundation. What came next, after just stepping on stage, was a 40 minutes show that was a positive surprise. It was amazing to see, and to hear, the kind of power the guys released. This gig gave everybody a real boost on a Monday night. Local H are for the first time in Europe and obviously they enjoy it – at least when it comes to performance in Haarlem. Local H is definitely a band to keep in mind.

Live report HELMET/ LOCAL H, Patronaat, Haarlem, 06.03.2017
Live report HELMET/ LOCAL H, Patronaat, Haarlem, 06.03.2017

Curtain closed, 40 minutes passed by, curtain was drawn and Helmet entered the stage. Actually it was the second time that night since ¾ of the band (except Hamilton) joined already Local H for two songs. The quartet started furious into the evening. A Helmet show is an impressive experience. The first thing is the density of their sound. Hamilton and his three companions create a wall of sound that is standing out from most of the other bands. Each note and each riff is a well thought-through brick in this wall that hits the listener right into the face. Next to that it’s Hamilton’s passion and capabilities on the sixstring guitar that makes a show to a special moment. The kind of sounds he gets out of his guitar is jaw-dropping. He seems to become one with the instrument while being on stage and you wonder how the guy can do the vocal part in parallel.

The setlist featured many of the new songs. “Life or Death”, Bad News” and “Red Scare” are good tunes that even grow in a live setup. The aggressiveness that I missed a bit on the new album is back and makes Helmet to the expected power pack. However, I think that many fans were waiting for the earlier classics and they have been played – of course. The closing triple was the moment of this show when the venue turned into a real madhouse. “Wilma’s Rainbow”, “Just Another Victim” (from the great “Judgement Night soundtrack) and “In the Meantime” demanded and deserved the last drop of energy of fans before a satisfied crowd started their way home.

Helmet on stage is an experience that you shouldn’t miss. This is where it happens and whatever is ‘preserved’ on their records gives you just a glimpse of an idea. This was confirmed again in the Patronaat that night. Looking forward to the next 20 years with Helmet.

Live report HELMET/ LOCAL H, Patronaat, Haarlem, 06.03.2017
Live report HELMET/ LOCAL H, Patronaat, Haarlem, 06.03.2017
Live report HELMET/ LOCAL H, Patronaat, Haarlem, 06.03.2017

Location: Patronaat, Haarlem, The Netherlands

Date: March 6th, 2017

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Live review FATES WARNING/ARMORED DAWN/FALLEN ARISE, Patronaat, Haarlem, 29.01.2017

Veröffentlicht am 30. Januar 2017 von Markus W. in Fates Warning, Armored Dawn, Fallen Arise, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Prog Metal, Prog Rock, Live Review, Live, InsideOut, Patronaat

Fates Warning is one of the most important bands in the fields of powerful progressive metal, no doubt. Over a period of 35 years (incl. the ‘Misfit’ years) the guys influenced many bands while constantly releasing albums that are milestones in metal. Regardless if it’s the groundbreaking first releases or the newer ones like “Theories of Flight”, Fates Warning always delivered excellent music that is a treat for your ears. Of course it’s a mandatory to see their show when they are close to your hometown. As we speak the quintet is on tour through Europe, a trip that included two stops in The Netherland – Uden and Haarlem.

When I arrived at the venue the first support band started their show already. Greece symphonic power metal outfit Fallen Arise have been the first ones that night and to my surprise the room was already pretty much packed. This is even more surprising considering the fact that Sabaton and Accept played the same night in Amsterdam which is just a few kilometers away. However, Fallen Arise nailed down a solid show that was built on their first two albums. It got pretty tight though on stage. The six guys could only use parts of the stage in the smaller of the two rooms, which basically means that the potential space for moving was one square meter per musician. Fallen Arise was a good start, but not more.

This didn’t change with the second band that night and one can ask the question according to what criterias the support bands for Fates Warning's current tour have been chosen. Band number two was Armored Dawn from Brazil, another sextet that had to do with the same space issues as their predecessors. The guys played in total five songs, based on their debut album that came out mid-2016. What was the gothic visual expression of Fallen Away became a ‘Manowar-like’ one with Armored Dawn and what’s a bit strange in this context is that the set included a Dropkick Murphy cover, ‘The Rose Tattoo’, which felt heavily misplaced - soundwise and stylewise. Talking about sound; no idea what the soundman did during Armored Dawn’s show, but the band didn’t benefit from his work at all. Singer Eduardo Parras was almost unhearable, the drum were too much in the forefront and also the entire mix was far away from being optimal.

Live review FATES WARNING/ARMORED DAWN/FALLEN ARISE, Patronaat, Haarlem, 29.01.2017Live review FATES WARNING/ARMORED DAWN/FALLEN ARISE, Patronaat, Haarlem, 29.01.2017
Live review FATES WARNING/ARMORED DAWN/FALLEN ARISE, Patronaat, Haarlem, 29.01.2017Live review FATES WARNING/ARMORED DAWN/FALLEN ARISE, Patronaat, Haarlem, 29.01.2017

After these two bands and a 30 minutes stage rebuild the curtain rose (actually the stage had a curtain that was closed during the break) for the band most people came for that night– Fates Warning. What to say? As expected, this show was a true highlight. Jim Matheos and has gang inflamed pure metal magic that night, taking the audience on a journey through metal that included four new songs as well as the brilliant milestones ‘The Ivory Gate of Dreams: VII. Acquiescence’ from the ‘No Exit’ release and ‘Through Different Eyes’ from ‘Perfect Symmetry’.

Fates Warning has a pretty stable line-up, something that benefits their music and sound a lot. However, next to the well-known Fates Warning icons Matheos, Alder, Vera and Jarzombek it was guitarist Michael Abdow who replaced Frank Aresti on second guitar. But since the axe man was part of earlier Fates Warning session it was to be nothing integrating him on this tour. This quintet nailed down a tight show that reflected 100 minutes of excellent progressive metal that combined history with present. It’s a pleasure listening to Matheos, a musician that becomes one with his guitar. Next Matheos more genius and introvert musical magic it’s power pack Joey Vera, building, together with drummer Bobby Jarzombek, a rock solid rhythm foundation for each of the Fates Warning tunes performed that night, all rounded off by a Ray Alder who obviously enjoyed every note he sang.

I think that there was nobody in the audience that night who was not impressed by a gorgeous concert of a band that stands for powerful progressive metal, performed in authentic and humble way. Fates Warning doesn’t need any gimmicks or fancy stage scenery. These guys have their songs, their setlist and their musical capabilities which is more than enough for concerts that are jaw-dropping moments.

There are two wishes though: Hopefully Fates Warning comes back soon to The Netherlands and hopefully with support band(s) that fit better to their music.

Live review FATES WARNING/ARMORED DAWN/FALLEN ARISE, Patronaat, Haarlem, 29.01.2017Live review FATES WARNING/ARMORED DAWN/FALLEN ARISE, Patronaat, Haarlem, 29.01.2017
Live review FATES WARNING/ARMORED DAWN/FALLEN ARISE, Patronaat, Haarlem, 29.01.2017Live review FATES WARNING/ARMORED DAWN/FALLEN ARISE, Patronaat, Haarlem, 29.01.2017

Setlist Fates Warning:

  1. From the Rooftops
  2. Life in Still Water
  3. One
  4. A Pleasant Shade of Gray, Part III
  5. Seven Stars
  6. One Thousand Fires
  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 Acquiscence
  13. The Eleventh Hour
  14. Point of View
  15. Through Different Eyes (Encore)
  16. Monument (Encore)

 

Location: Patronaat, Haarlem, The Netherlands

Date: 29.01.2017

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