based in Munich’s Optimolwerke (not far from the Kultfabrik),
has been a dark horse for me yet. The more interesting it is to
see what the visitor can expect in the matter of the venue itself,
room acoustics and, of course, alcoholic tasting.
entrance passes off pretty speedy and without any problems which
is kind of astonishing since the entry gate is quite narrow –
but metallers like us are… err… disciplined…
;) Merely ten minutes after the official kick-off the Swedes of
OF SALVATION :: enter the stage.
The charismatic front man Daniel Gildenlöw has a lock on
the crowd in the already well-stocked Theaterfabrik from the first
minute on. He slightly reminds me of Dave Grohl from afar –
the chin-long hair, the beard and his vigorous performance make
me see the Foo Fighters frontman more than once appear in front
of my mind’s eye.
The Swedes restrict with few exceptions to the recent past, that
is the Road Salt series – in other words:
bluesy, groovy Rock instead of top-heavy Prog. It all works great!
And I am by far not the only one with this my enthusiasm, no -the
crowd geeks out and PAIN OF SALVATION are celebrated with
the headliner finally enters the stage after the Popol Vuh intro,
I feel being back in November 2008 when ::
:: were guest in Munich the last time; at that time
in the Backstage Werk – which is actually a big enough venue
for such a band. But I have to fight through the crowd during
the first two or three songs to find a strategically good position
in the venue, just like in 2008. After all, I want to see the
band and not just hear them – which prove being not such
a simply solvable problem since the Theaterfabrik is a bit fuller
than during the support act.
As expected, OPETH start with the bang The Devil’s
Orchard, the opener of the superb new album Heritage. The
direction which Åkerfeldt chose during the preparations
of the new album, that is to say to create an earthy atmosphere
due to a production which is geared to the sound specifications
of 70ies records and to rediscover jamming, left a mark in OPETH.
I have never seen the Swedes that tight and perfectly well-rehearsed
before in spite of the doubtless live qualities. First of all,
the guitar player Fredrik Åkesson and the incredible drummer
of these days, Martin Axenrot, enjoy this new direction obviously.
The new member on the keyboard Joakim Svalberg also does very
well and I don’t miss Wiberg a second.
The speculations prior to the gig were all confirmed this evening:
the front sunny boy Åkerfeldt completely passes on growls.
Of course, there are older songs in the set, just none with aggressive
vocals. In doing so, the one or another surprise can be found
in the play list. Thus, the crowd may enjoy songs like Face
Of Melinda or Credence.
OPETH are at their best, which they proved once again in
a impressive way this evening.
Setlist: Devil’s Orchard, Feel The Dark, Face
Of Melinda, Porcelain Heart, Nepenthe, Throat Of Winter, Credence,
Closure, Slither, A Fair Judgement, Hex Omega // Folklore