a heavy EBM show the night before and much more trust in my car
I went out to see ANTIMATTER and AUTUMNBLAZE
playing unplugged at the university of Bielefeld. Well, to see
ANTIMATTER playing live I would have taken every
distance as one part behind the band is no one else than Duncan
Patterson, formerly creative head and bassist in Anathema and
responsible for the best Anathema album ever: Alternative 4. Also
the latest record Lights Out is an absolutely
masterpiece with the special and unique traits of Duncan Patterson.
And together with Mick Moss they both create such a breathtakingly
beautiful music you hardly can elude. About AUTUMNBLAZE
I have heard a lot of things but never have seen them live. So
this evening offered the perfect chance to listen to exquisite
and sophisticated music and to discover something new. The pub
called UniMax offered a quite homey and private atmosphere, although
the place proportions required some creative thinking ;)
some temporal mistakes and perplexities AUTUMNBLAZE
started its set at 9pm. Together with mastermind Markus B. (vox,
git.), Joey (git), Carsten (bass) and Nick Carter (this time with
the more common name Mike on the road :-P) the band enchanted
the willing audience with a blend of dark, deeply melancholic
and profound songs, sometimes rockin‘ sometimes even trippy.
The sound was exceptionally good which gave great possibilities
to the bands to present themselves. At least from the listeners
point view. AUTUMNBLAZE took us on a journey
thru the last three albums, equally portioned. As a special bonus
one could purchase the band’s brand new unplugged CD The
Mute Session which is to date only available on
this tour and will be officially released in January 2004 via
Setlist: I Shiver, Never Felt Like This Before,
Can’t Safe Anyone, Scared; Kiss My Fear Away, The Cat With
The Silvery Paws, Bleak, So Close Yet So Far, The Nature Of Music
first thing that struck me entering the UniMax in Bielefeld, was
that the ANTIMATTER girls Hayley Windsor and
Michelle Richfield were not there. As I got told later they both
unfortunately could not participate in the tour. Therefore the
question I had was how these songs would be sang. The answer was
simple: Mick Moss alone sang the tracks, with a little help from
Autumnblaze's Markus (although only on one piece). The set was
compiled correspondingly to let the female dominated songs fall
aside. For that there was the Dead Can Dance cover Black Sun
(that will appear shortly on the Black Lotus DCD tribute album)
Shroud Of False and Lost Control as well as
Eternity Pt. III from the Anathema albums Alternative
4 and Eternity. The rest of the songs were divided from the ANTIMATTER
debut Saviour and the already mentioned
overwhelming second work Lights Out.
God, I could have cried out of emotion (it now should be clear
that I am a considerable Anathema and ergo an Antimatter
fan too...) and who can withdraw from voice and songs of Mick
Moss? What a great session ...
Setlist: Far Away, Over Your Shoulder, Psalms/
Saviour, Everything You Know Is Wrong, Hope, Black Sun, Feel,
Last Laugh, Shroud Of False/ Lost Control, Going Nowhere/ Destiny,
Eternity Pt. III
11:15pm everything was done and over :( Both sets were been much
too short... or better said, so intensive and wonderful that I
could have stayed there for another 2 hours and listening *sighs*.
I wanna get more of these kind of shows. And at all, isn’t
it possible to send both bands back on the road???
following small talk with both bands emerges as a more and more
funny event, which got relocated to another place in Bielefeld
(a club with Metal-like music). The tour manager – whose
level of stress you can see on his ears – had his hands
full to keep us together (we almost forgot the lovely sound wiz,
leaving him out in the rain).
Together with deep insights into the nutrition of band members
(water soluble millet? *lol*) and misguided tastes (Ginger Ale
with Coke? and beer with sparkling water – beer spritzer???)
we had lots of discussions about the music scene, especially about
the German one and how bad things are going right now. I felt
kind of confirmed of what I‘m thinking about the scene.
In the early morning hours I started back home, but not without
getting flashed anywhere on the road while leaving Bielefeld.
I might lose my driver license for one month ... but who the fuck
cares? Walking and fresh air might be healthy.
Upshot: A really great and wonderful evening.
Thanks to the crew of that pub, nice meeting and talking to you
and thanks to the bands for such emotional music ;)