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   EDGUY - BRAINSTORM - NOCTURNAL RITES
Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle (D)
April 28th 2004

http://www.edguy.nu
http://www.truemetal.org/brainstorm/
http://www.nocturnalrites.com

When I arrived at the Turbinenhalle I couldn't believe there were SO many people standing outside of the venue waiting to get in!! A little later I found out there was another band playing in a different hall within the same building, so that explained it partly. Still I can report that this was one of the "bigger" gigs I've been to in the last couple of months (festivals excluded of course). No idea how many people actually came to see this tour but there were quite a few. Before I even got in I had already met a couple of people I have been happy to see again and when I was about to get in I found out that something had gone wrong with the photopass I was supposed to get. So: no pics this time, folks! Luckily I sighted Brainstorm's very own Andy who took the photobag and locked it away for the rest of the night because the security was strict and didn't allow the camera in under any given circumstance.

Soon afterwards the first band, NOCTURNAL RITES, had the honour to open the night with their melodic power metal and "New World Messiah", the title track of their latest album. That song was followed by "Eternity Holds" and then it was time for singer Jonny to tell us that the band shaves their balls (don't ask me for the point of this statement). Especially during the next song "Against The World" the backing vocals should find a mention here although they were drowning a little in the mix. Bassist Nils obviously likes to act a little funny from time to time and so proved to be an important part of the show. He took the chance to run from one side of the stage to the other and to shout at the crowd in between "Against The World" and "Shadowland". The people gladly shouted back. I don't remember anything special during "Awakening" but Jonny jumped into the photopit briefly during "Iron Force". Last track was "Afterlife" during which Jonny did some oh-oh-sing-along with the audience - and was quite successful, too. For being the opening act Nocturnal Rites got reasonably good responses, something a band in that position cannot really take for granted. Then again, the band has been around for a while and not exactly what I would call unknown. Solid show but nothing extraordinary.

BRAINSTORM is always worth attending any tour package they're part of. And what can I say about these guys that I haven't said already? Well, let's start by saying that the show started with an intro that was totally unknown to me. I had intended to ask them after the show where it was taken from but not very surprisingly I forgot about that (note for myself: must remember to ask upcoming sunday in Cologne). Anyway, right from the start the crowd's reactions have been really good (even before Brainstorm had played the first note) and the first song was "Shiva's Tears" from the latest album "Soul Temptation". Andy took advantage of the fairly big stage, running from one end to the other, seeking contact with the crowd in front of him...if you have ever seen him performing live with Brainstorm or his other band Symphorce you will know what I mean. That guy's pure energy! Needless to say the others weren't lazy either and guitarists Todde and Mille were additionally providing backing vocals. So was I ;) During the third song "Doorway To Survive" I had temporarily lost my voice already, hehe. When I had seen Brainstorm live for the first time in 1997 I thought they were a good live band - considering how much experience they could gather over the last couple of years you can perhaps imagine how great they are today! The sound wasn't always the very best, especially rhythm and lead guitar did not appear to be in the right balance here and there. The setlist had to be short (only 45 minutes playing time) and was only comprised of tracks of the last two albums "Soul Temptation" and "Metus Mortis". I missed a lot of tunes actually but just like the majority of people there I simply enjoyed Brainstorm's performance. After each track the audience cheered for them like there was no tomorrow and the band was certainly happy about that response :) Andy didn't stop praising the crowd's reaction and it was really too bad the tight time schedule didn't allow Brainstorm to play an encore. From the second Brainstorm came on stage it became clear that a lot of the people were really looking forward to see them and I know that I'm repeating myself but these guys MUST do a tour as a headliner asap!

Setlist Brainstorm:
Intro
Shiva's Tears
Blind Suffering
Doorway To Survive
Hollow Hideaway
Fornever
The Leading
Highs Without Lows
Under The Lights

EDGUY obviously wanted to surprise their fans with their stage decoration, or why did they close that curtain and covered everything? While the stage was built up for them one musical highlight was ABBA: a lot of fans in the first rows raised their hands to the Swedes' music. But then at some point some hilarious intro (something traditional in Bavarian style) started and the Edguy show kicked off with the real intro (presumably from one of their records), pyros and "Under The Moon". To be honest, I'm not a fan and I was expecting the worst judging from the experience I had with this band before (the silliest jokes you can imagine by frontman Tobi) but I must say that I was quite pleasantly surprised. There was hardly a bad joke and while I'm still not too fond of them I'm sure that for the fans this certainly was a very entertaining show. First off, the stage was really huge and also the decoration was rather impressive. Sometimes the combination of backdrop and lights made it look even bigger than it really was. Then Tobi often interacted with the fans and it also seemed this was the night of sing-alongs for the crowd: Right after "Land Of The Miracle" Tobi divided the crowd in two halves and each half had to try to scream louder than the other. I think their fans just loved that kind of stuff. Between "Headless Game" and "Fallen Angels" Felix (introduced by Tobi as Felix "Bum-Bum" Bohnke) played a drum solo (I bet he at least has seen one of Mike Terrana's solos once ;)). "The three axes" (as I named the guitarists Dirk and Jens as well as bassist Tobias - yep, another Tobi) got never tired of posing together and the light show as well as some more pyro effects served the performance well. I'm not all that familiar with Edguy's material, but among the songs they also played were "King Of Fools", "Lavatory Love Machine" (introduced as "something for the women, something commercial"), "Vain Glory Opera" ("Roland will start this behind the stage" - hehe, I actually liked that one ;)), "Tears Of A Mandrake" and "Out Of Control".

submitted by Cora 30.04.2004

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