and LES DISCRETS together on tour… that was supposed
to be a wonderful concert evening. And yes, I got not disappointed,
this evening was magical! Both bands have a brand new record out,
whereas LES DISCRETS have the edge over ALCEST.
For LES DISCRETS it is the very first tour after having
played only two shows (the one at Germany’s legendary Wave
Gotik Treffen was the first ever) and so I was much more curious
and excited to see them playing live.
was with almost 600 fans much crowded. No wonder, tonight’s
show was the only one in Germany. But also generally speaking
the tour was well-attended and successful with many shows sold
out in advance as well as at door. The venue itself was new to
me too, nearby the Turbinenhalle in Oberhausen. It’s a nice
club, huge and high stage, bigger than the Turock for example.
Only the lights… well… not that I wanted to have dazzling
floodlights with these bands, but at least more than the luminance
of a candle…
First up is
the local support :: HERETOIR
:: founded back in 2006 as a one-man-project, now grown
up to a duo and live even to a quartet. Unfortunately I only got
the last three songs because I hung out with Fursy Teyssier doing
n interview. But what heard I think HERETOIR have the right
touch for promising Post (Black) Metal. Only the breaks between
the songs were too long and too silent causing unpleasing moments.
As I read HERETOIR plan to enter the studio and to release
their sophomore later this year, so let’s see what they
are coming up with.
Setlist: Ausgeburt, Interlude, Retreat To Hibernate,
Graue Bauten, Heretoir, Inhale
act :: SOROR
DOLOROSA :: was totally unknown to me before, a
new band that still needed to be discovered ;) These gents play
Dark Wave or Cold Wave as they say, deeply rooted in the 80’s
following idols such as Fields, Sisters and The Cure. Sparse instrumentation
and a lot of smoke, while singer Andy Julia was too exerted to
be lascivious and cool. He was neither androgynous nor sexy but
without doubt has a great voice and a considerable flock of fans.
Musically not bad, visually… well. Listening to SOROR
DOLOROSA back home gave a much better impression.
Time has come
for :: LES
DISCRETS :: seeing Fursy Teyssier on guitar and
vocals Alcest’s Neige on bass and Alcest’s live guitarist
Zero on second guitar and vocals in replacement for Audrey, who
obviously did not take part in this tour. Winterhalter on drums.
LES DISCRETS kicked off their show with two songs from
the debut Septembre Et Ses Dernières Pensées
and then changed over to the brand new record Ariettes Oubliées...
with the hauntingly beautiful Le Mouvement Perpetual, one
of my faves on this album. All I can say is… it gave me
shivers and I got gooseflesh! The crowd’s response was awesome
and monsieur Teyssier smiling. Geez, this show was truly awesome,
magical… *sighs* and way too short!
Setlist: L'Échappée, Les Feuilles De l'olivier,
La Traversée, La Nuit Muette, Le Mouvement Perpetual, Gas
In Vein, Song For Mountains
on bass and guitar, flowing hair instead of pigtails and ::
:: are ready getting in with the opener of their new
album Les Voyages De L'Âme. Right after they
go through all of their three records and I again have to notice
what I already mentioned in my album review: new songs are lacking
of a certain power, of something special, especially in direct
comparison here and live with the older tracks. Fortunately ALCEST
played a balanced mix of old and new material and created a memorable
atmosphere. The audience could not get enough and cheered the
band enthusiastically. My favorite ALCEST was not played,
too bad, for me, but just for a moment ;) This show was indeed
wonderful. Two encores were granted and then it’s over,
shortly before midnight. While one part is besiege the merchandise
(as I wanted to do so too, but it was way too crowded) and the
other got ready for the following metal party I sneaked out to
drive home quickly. You know, morning shift, once again, and I
wanted to nap for at least for 2 hrs…
Setlist: Autre Temps, Les Iris, Là Où
Naissent Les Couleurs Nouvelles, Les Voyages De l'âme, Printemps
Émeraude, Écailles De Lune (Part I), Sur l'océan
Couleur De Fer, Ciel Errant, Percées De Lumière
// Souvenirs D'un Autre Monde, Summer's Glory