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Dark Tranquillity ´Atoma´tour – an enchanting concert in Tallinn!

If I was forced to name only one metal genre as my favorite, it would probably be melodic death metal. The Gothenburg style. So, when Dark Tranquillity and the ´Atoma´ European tour arrived in Tallinn, staying at home was no option.

Unfortunately I missed the first opening act, Nox Vorago. Everyone I met later said, they were really good. Oh well, powdering my nose took longer than expected. Speaking of powdering, I probably should have packed a pair of earplugs to my purse as well, along with the powder and lipgloss. Like, seriously  – speaking about the second opening act, Nailed To Obscurity, was their sound engineer a drummer by any chance? The sound was killing me, I had to watch the band as far from the stage as possible, because my ears hurt. Maybe it was their music in general, that needed more low tunes. Anyway, the first couple of songs I watched from the audience were interesting. I mean, not my cup of tea, but the music and the way only back lights were used, so only foggy shapes of bandmembers were visible, it was kind of mesmerizing.

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Speaking of the headliner, Dark Tranquillity has always had strong live performances. They are really, really good on stage. No exceptions.

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This time, the first thing that struck me, was their sound. Wow! Such a clear sound, almost perfect! The way you could hear all the little details, keyboards, guitars, incredible!

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I think Mikael Stanne has such a good voice, even his growls have this undefinable clarity in it, during live concerts as well. The music and his voice, well, they were in a perfect harmony.

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Now when talking about Mikael Stanne, damn, he is such a powerful frontman. The way he captures the audience, it’s outstanding. Small gestures, smiles – the guy owns the stage!

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Actually, everything was capturing. The background videos added a nice finishing touch. Guitar players, despite being new ones, fitted nicely into the band. They tried really hard, and suceeded. I was there for the show and the show was great!

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In conclusion I’d say, for me it was probably one of the best concerts of the year! Band members, songs, sounds, show, everything was in place. So here’s my suggestion – when DT arrives in your town, make sure you go see them, even if you’re not a fan. They will engage your attention and I’m sure you will like the show. It’s simply enchanting.

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For two days now, I’ve been singing:

It was solid
Yet everchanging
It was different
Yet the same
So I starve myself for energy…

Thank you Tõnis & Bad Promotions!

Text and photos: Bitch Hard Girls Squad

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Pain – ´Coming Home´concerts in Tallinn & Riga

I have a confession to make. Know those groupies, constantly going to some band’s concert, throwing bras on stage and perhaps even following the band’s tour bus for no reason. Well, that’s not us! 😛 But we do love Pain, so here’s another gig review! 😀

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So, Pain had a gig in Tallinn on April 17th and the next day they played in Riga. Needless to say, we went to both concerts. Well, when Pain is in your hometown, you simply cannot stay at home. In Riga, the truth is, we just love the venue, club Melnā Piektdiena, and also a little vacation was more than welcome.

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Everything was just great. The guys were in a good mood, the crowd was in a good mood – need more Mondays like that.

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And of course – Peter Tägtgren is such a rockstar on stage. Purely awesome!

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The vibe was good and Jonathan, who was covering for André, really blended in. Good job!

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The setlist was a bit different than on the Helsinki gig, where we went last year. More old songs, or so it seemed.

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Again, guys were in a good shape and I think, the audience loved every minute of the show. Some more crazy ones even started a mosh pit, modest one though.

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In Riga, it seemed that the guys were having more fun on stage. Little gestures, facial expressions. For the balance, audience was more serious I think. No, they did like the gig, just that in Tallinn it seemed more fun.

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And it’s always a pleasure to visit Riga. We love Melnā Piektdiena club! It has a nice stage, comfortable area where to sit and watch the shows (and drink afterwards), nicely supplied bar and clean restrooms. Seriously, I think it is one of the nicest clubs nearby.

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So, thank you Tõnis, thank you Sergejs  – for organizing the concerts!

Thank you Pain, it was just awesome to see you again! You guys rock! \m/

Text and photos: Bitch Hard Girls Squad

Lembetu: „Kuulen, näen ja mõistan Loitsu muusikat nüüd hoopis teisiti.“

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Õige vastus on muidugi: LOITS

Reedel, 2. detsembril tähistab Loits bändi 20. sünnipäeva suurejoonelise sünnipäevapeoga. Loitsu viimasest kontserdist on möödas üle viie aasta, samas pidevalt justkui midagi vaikselt toimub – küll ilmub nende lugu mõnel kogumikul, küll avaldatakse hoopis Loitsu lugudest kavereid. Otsustasin Lembetult otse küsida, kuidas Loitsul läheb ja mis reedel Tapperis toimuma hakkab.

Lembetu, Eestis ja ka maailmas on rahutud ajad. Kalevipoeg ei ole saabunud korda majja lööma, kas hoopis Loitsule tundus, et nüüd on aeg ärgata?

Mitte Eesti pärast. Ikka nende pärast, kes jaksasid ära oodata! Maailmarahu meid ei koti.

Teie viimasest esinemisest on möödunud 5 aastat. Mida olete vahepeal sepitsenud? Aeg-ajalt tuleb Loitsu riidekraami müüki, mõnel kogumikul avaldatakse ka mõni vanem lugu ja vahepeal tegite isegi uue loo J.M.K.E. austuseks. Midagi susiseb, kuid aktiivsemat tegutsemist pole vist vahepeal olnud?

Õnneks ei ole jah. Vahel on mõnus diivanil istuda ja vaadata, kuidas kõik aina paremuse poole liigub. Sahtlisse on kirjutatud plaatide jagu materjali, aga ei ole vaja sellega liputama hakata kui aeg ei ole õige. Äkki nüüd on, eks varsti näeb.

Ajast rääkides, 20 aastat on pikk aeg – olete muutunud „noortest mässajatest“ korralikeks pereinimesteks. Mis on Loitsu juures muutunud?

Viimastest proovidest on selline tunne, et midagi ole muutunud. Aga tegelikult ju on. Arukamaks oleme muutunud. Oskame üksteisega läbi saada. Teame, mida võib ja mida mitte. Ja kui endast rääkida, siis kuulen, näen ja mõistan Loitsu muusikat hoopis teisiti. See on nüüd lihtne ja lööv ja täiesti iseenesest mõistetav. Nii nagu peab.

Uudiseid jälgides tundub mulle, et Kolmas maailmasõda on juba alanud. Kas on tekkinud tahtmine lauludesse põimida ka protesti või arvamust praeguse olukorra kohta?

Absoluutselt ei taha sellest kõigest laulda. Ja ka maailmaga ei ole midagi lahti. Lahti on inimestega, kes sellest aru ei saa. Päevakajalist punki ma enam Loitsu ei otsi, aga katkiste inimhingedega loodan, et tegeleme edasipidigi.

Mehhiko plaadifirma Azermedoth Records võttis nõuks Loitsu 20. juubeli puhul välja anda grenaderide laenlugudest koosneva albumi. Kuidas sellega plaadiga läheb? Kümmetkond lugu oleme kuulnud, millal plaat ilmub?

Ilmub Loits 20 sündmuseks. Nii on plaanid seatud. Viivitus on olnud suur ja sellest saate süüdistada ainult mind. Jah, olen süüdi! Tahaks kõike 101% pühendusega teha, aga selleks on elu liiga kiire. Seega annan endast parima, vähemalt 20%.

Olete aktiivselt proove teinud ja Näoraamatus said ka fännid arvamust avaldada, milliseid lugusid kontserdil kuulda soovivad. Kas kontserdil tulevad esitusele ainult vanad lood või on Loitsul ka midagi uut kavas?

Uut ei tule. Tegelikult andsime endale lubaduse, et enne ei esine, kui uus plaat on ette näidata. No ei ole plaati, murdsime lubadust, aga samas ei kahetse midagi. Eeldan, et keegi ei ootagi Loits 20 ürituse raames midagi uut. See võiks lausa narrina välja kukkuda.

See eelmine küsimus oli muidugi delikaatsem versioon küsimusest, mida olete ilmselt kuulnud sadu kordi ehk „millal uut kraami saab?“ Igatahes, räägi, millises koosseisus üldse lavale astute? Kas on ka üllatusi näiteks vanade bändiliikmete näol?

Loits on konservatiivne bänd. Ei mingeid üllatusi. Astume lavale vanas heas kooseisus, millega plaate teinud oleme. Kahju, et Kaido meiega laval olla ei saa, aga seda enam vanakool oleme. Uut tuleb siis, kui tunne on õige. Siis kui on uut vaja. Siiani ei ole vaja olnud.

Kas sünnipäevapeole tasuks tulla priskema rahakotiga ehk tulevad Tapperis müügile ka Loitsu vanad särgid, plaadid jm kraam?

Saab nii vana kui uut! Ja peale meie on oma letiga kohal nii Nailboard kui ka Hexenreich, seega raha saab mõistlikult raista! No ja alati ei olegi vaja osta. Võite ka niisama kõik raha meile anda, me ei pane kätt ette!

Lõpetuseks: Bitch Hard, lase tulla. Mida tahaksid intervjuule lisada?

Tulge lihtsalt kohale ja teeme ägeda mürgli. Mitte keegi ei oska hetkel öelda, kas kunagi midagi sellist enam juhtub. Las siis juhtuda nii, et elu lõpuni mäletame!

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