• Paradise Lost - Draconian Times at HMV Forum

    3. Apr. 2011, 11:31

    Fri 1 Apr – Draconian Times 2011 Tour

    Paradise Lost are known for having long history of releasing records, which have been constantly successful over the years. However, many people would still indentify their fifth record, the Draconian Times as favourite. So after 15 years of hopes to once see the whole record performed at once, it finnaly happened in a span of 7 gigs around Greece and western europe. Their last appearance on this tour was in UK's HMV Forum.

    When I arrived in front of the venue, there was already queue although it was only 3 PM, which really amazed me. There was some kind of VIP experience for the people, who have bought VIP tickets at 4.30 PM, which included meet&greet with the band, attending at sound check and some free gifts, but after those people went outside still a group stood there in lines, some of them said they were there since 1 PM. After the nice afternoon in front of the venue, doors have finnaly opened and we were ready for the support group Ghost to show up.

    Ghost are quite visual group if you know what I mean. They give lots of emphasis on their image, as the lead singer was dressed in some kind of satanic pope, and the others were dressed in kind of hoodies that reminded me on the inquisitors. Their music however, wasn't my cup of tea. I can hardly even describe what their music was like. They had this very muffled guitar sound, which is something I usually don't like, and playing some doom riffs, with quite fast phase, at moments it reminded me a bit of The Devil's Blood or Mercyful Fate. The bright part was the lead guitar, which included some fine solos with also great sound. Anyway, they were satisfying for the crowd, as they got some good feedback.

    Everyone was waiting for Paradise Lost to show up anyway. And as they finally did it, the crowd went mad. They Immediately began with the great Enchantment, and continued with the rest of the album after. For the first time, there even was an extra guy playing the synthesizers, so the whole thing was completely live, except for the Charles Manson part. I forgot the dude's name, but it was a member of standard technician group for PL. Nick was again in his usual stage mood, not very energic and all. He had some contanct with the crowd that was similar to those on The Anatomy of Melancholy concert, speaking of which, I have to say that there was again a live recording of the gig, so there will be a DVD released for this tour aswell.
    After played Draconian Times, whey went off the stage, which was perfect for my taste, as it looked like independent concert. After they came back for »encore« they played some sugar stuff, some of their most popular tunes. The second encore included »Sweetnes« which was totally sweet, because I've never heard it live either, kind of surprising »The Rise of Denial« and the all-time anthem »As I Die«, which was also the last song of this amazing performance.

    All in all, I have to say I've finally lived what I dreamed of, and that I'm very pleased that I was able to be a part of that gig. I also have to say, that the company was great. Seeing so many loyal fans at one place at this special gig was really something. Another thing making me very happy, the whole thing will be released out, as a DVD, and I could remember it in a quite special way as well, saying – »I was on that gig!«.
  • Lady Gaga - The Monster Ball gig in Zagreb

    6. Nov. 2010, 14:11

    Fri 5 Nov – Lady Gaga, Semi Precious Weapons

    Lady Gaga. A first class superstar, zeitgeist and an incredible woman in every aspect. Since 2008 this woman is shocking the world audience with her image, personality, music and carisma.
    Thank god she went through Croatia on this Monstrer Ball tour, because I was really looking foward to see her live some day.
    And finally the fifth of november came to be. At 20 .00 the concert began. The band which performed as support group was Semi Precious Weapons. I didn't check out anything of this band before, except the clip I've seen on Youtube, where Gaga does some stagediving. Thank god they've only played for 30 minutes, because they really sucked. Music wasn't really interesting, nor melodic or whatever you would want it to be, and the singer was really weird.
    After hour of waiting Gaga hit the stage. It all began with some clips, which later appeared as intermezzo when they were changing the stage scene. First song was Dance in the Dark, with Gaga appearing on the scaffolding being lit up the way her shadows appeared large on the background giving some Michael Jackson impression. Later on, her show really developed in some kind of story about her traveling to the final goal - reaching the Monster Ball.
    During the concert, gaga had performed all the songs from her latest album, and most of the songs from The Fame. The most surprising part was performing Speechless and You and I, because she actually played Piano, which I didn't know she was playing before. The acoustics in the hall was generally good, at least at Gaga's part of show. The concert ended with encore – Bad Romance.
    As for the show itself, the stage performance itself was really amazing. I've never lived to see anything like this before. You could tell alot of work and planning was included in the performance itself. As for describing the whole event, I'd really waste too much time, because it was massive. Gaga appeared very good in my opinion. She gave us feeling that she enjoyed the show as much as we did.

    As for me, this show just made me respect her even more. She really is something special, and I really really believe and wish her to stay and be interesting on scene as long as Madonna is. She is everything other »music stars« failed to be. I hope she comes around soon to see her performing live again.

    and as in V for Vendetta - remember, remember the fifth of november.. Lady Gaga will always stay in my memory <3.
  • New Night Over Europe tour

    28. Mär. 2010, 13:41

    Sat 27 Mar – New Night Over Europe Tour

    I've been struggling to see Katatonia live for about 4 years now, and when I found out they're going to stop in Slovenia for their new album promotion tour I was jumping to the roof. Based on reservations, the show was sold out, and really.. the hall with capacity of 350 people was filled to the last.

    So after missing half of first song of Long Distance Calling outside, I finnaly settled somewhere in second row, where I pretty much staid till the end of the show. I haven't heard about these guys before and they really impressed me. They were pretty much quiet band since they only play instrumental music. They're nothing new, but still suit the show perfectly and i love the flowing melodies and progressive tempo so it was a very pleasant surprise.

    The next band on stage was Swallow the Sun. I've been listening to these guys since »Ghosts of Loss«. And they don't seem to let me down with anything they release. »New Moon« is a fantastic record and belongs to my top 5 of 2009. The sound and preformance were great, but I wish they would have played longer setlist. By the way setlist was:
    Theese woods breathe evil,
    Falling World,
    These hours of despair,
    Sleepless Swans,
    Don't fall asleep,
    Plague of Butterflies,
    New Moon,

    Finnaly, the big Katatonia came to rock the stage. The preformance was just amazing. Nothing to add, plain perfection. I've read somewhere on forums that they're boring live. What the fuck? They were exactly like I've imagined. The show was quite long, and the people were going crazy. It's fantastic feeling that everyone is breathing in the same pace with the band, and the attitude of people reflected on the band itself. You could feel they really enjoyed the preformance. Of course, they had to add that it's fucking hot in this sauna. Anders was wet like he was thrown in the pool. You could tell they're Swedish. Also the setlist was fantastic, but here's the problem with band like Katatonia. They just have too many good songs in their discography to play all the hits, so the first two albums didn't stand a chance. Probably also the reason that the Norrman brothers left band just recently has it's consequences. Their spots were filled with Sodomizer on guitars and Nille on bass.
    Setlist was something like:
    My Twin,
    Onward into Battle,
    The Longest Year,
    Saw you Drown,
    Idle Blood,
    Ghost of the Sun,
    In The White,
    Day and then the Shade,
    For my Demons,

    As a conclusion I'd like to say I'm very happy that they have gone through Slovenia, and that the show was one of my all-time favourite concerts. Fantastic atmosphere, a bit annoying croatian guy in my row, Great preformance of all three bands. This is how I'll remember this show!