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   AMORPHIS - LACRIMAS PROFUNDRE
Amorphis © Cora Gonser Matrix - Bochum (D)
October 29th 2003

http://www.amorphis.net
http://www.lacrimas.com

I know there's always a lot of traffic in the early evenings but this time I was close to return home when I was on my way to this gig. The only thing that prevented me from doing so was that the situation in the other direction wasn't any better. I very much expected to at least miss parts of the LACRIMAS PROFUNDRE show but the show started a little later than planned and so I even got to see their whole set. Even though the band is around for something like ten years I did not know anything about this band. Especially at the beginning the sound was really bad. All I could hear were drums and bass and no guitars (though they have two of them). Judging by the band name I imagined some gothic metal but in fact I don't really know what kind of music this is. Various influences from alternative rock to gothic metal won't give you a hint, right? ;) Among the songs they played were "Under Your...", "Sear Me, Pale Sun", "I Did It For You", "Adorer & Somebody" and "Solicitude, Silence". Vocals courtesy of Christopher came in a large varity: clean, yelled or enhanced by effects. The guitarists were headbanging their way through the set but all in all the performance was too stiff, with the exception of their drummer who's probably the "star" of the band. From behind his kit he at least tried to encourage the audience to move. And looking at him, I thought he could be Willi, the former Darkseed drummer. And guess what? It actually is him, I just checked back on Lacrimas Profundre's website.

Pasi Koskinen © Cora Gonser AMORPHIS didn't have to do much to make people scream. The intro started and when the band entered the stage that was decorated with a simple black backdrop with a Thor's hammer on it, the crowd began to cheer to welcome the Finns. Maybe it was because we didn't have the chance to see them around here much - or have I just totally missed out their previous tours? *roll eyes* The show started with a rather old track, "In The Beginning" which was followed by a nice mix of songs, both old and new (see setlist). One thing that is bothering me though, is that Amorphis is not that exciting live. Don't get me wrong, I do like the band a lot, but live they're not exactly a thrilling experience. And when a band is not offering that much of a spectacular show, it at least should have a good sound, which in my opinion Amorphis didn't have that night. I know the bands are often not to blame for the sound but I felt like stating this fact. Due to a family issue drummer Jan Rechberger could not play this tour, so he was replaced by Atte Sarkima (Verenpisara). Singer Pasi mostly only thanked the crowd in German with "Dankeschön" or simply introduced the next song by announcing the title. "Evil Inside" was introduced as a "sort of dedication to all the things happening in the world" and if the people had only been a little louder he could have spared to sing the chorus for "Goddess Of A Sad Man" :) Especially during the old song "Grail's Mysteries" people went totally nuts - escapes me why, I'm not a huge fan of that particular song myself. The track "Of Rich And Poor" not only saw the band jamming a little towards the end of the song, it also marked the end of the regular set. After some shouts for an encore the guys returned for three more songs. It was cool to hear "My Kantele" live and Pasi let the crowd announce the last song themselves "Blaaaaack...Winteeer...Daaaaaaaaaay!!". Hair started to fly everywhere again. Then they went off and even though most people were still hoping for more they didn't return. It seemed the majority was really digging the show, but I still think you haven't missed much if you had not been there. I rather let Amorphis rule my cd player...

Esa Holopainen © Cora Gonser Setlist:
Intro
In The Beginning
The Way
Against Widows
Divinity
Alone
Tuonela
Day Of Your Beliefs
Evil Inside
Grail's Mysteries
Goddess Of A Sad Man
Mourning Soil
The Castaway
Of Rich And Poor

My Kantele
Killing Goodness
Black Winter Day


submitted by Cora 01.11.2003

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