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IN FLAMES - PAIN - SOILWORK
Live Music Hall - Köln (D)
October 11th 2002
First band Soilwork were part of why I went to see the gig. I liked their latest release a lot and thought that this was probably the only chance for me to actually see them performing live. To keep it short: they didn't exactly disappoint me but I didn't freak out eiter ;)
The band opened with a track from their latest album "Natural Born Chaos", namely "As we speak". Unfortunately, the choirs that are quite prominent in the newer songs got a bit lost live though the sound in general was rather good. Mainly new songs were presented, apart from the aforementioned opener "The Flameout" and the title track. Also older tracks were played, I remember "Millionflame" was among them.
Next up was Pain. Though I only knew two of their songs I was curious how their songs
would work live since they use quite a large amount of electronics and samples in their
music (from what I know, that is ;)) I must say I was surprised it went that well. It's definitely not my cup of tea really, but I caught myself tapping with my foot! ;o The songs were damn catchy I have to admit, especially since the backing vocals went really well here. Tätgren's voice wasn't in the best conditon though. Still, people didn't seem to care about it and made the gig a great party (most of the time anyway). A great surprise (for me at least) was that they played a Beatles cover, "Eleanor Rigby".
This was their setlist:
It's Only Them
On And On
Dark Fields Of Pain
Just Hate Me
End Of The Line
Shut Your Mouth
And then it was time for Gothenburg melodic (not so death) metallers In Flames.
The band showed up all dressed in white (!) which came along with a rather tasteful
decoration on stage. It consisted of the letters "IF" that were illuminated with lights
(on a silver backdrop) and a star left and right from the drums also illuminated with
lights. Not very metal but it looked nice and I suppose the band didn't want something
metal but something more original. Well done. In Flames is a great live band. Period. Still, they seemed to be a tiny little bit tired compared to how I remembered them. The European part of the tour just started but it might have to do with the fact that they had just toured the US. Nontheless, there's always a lot of energy in an In Flames show that transfers to the crowd as well. The Live Music Hall was quite packed btw. I somehow expected them to play Jotun but it should not be.
Setlist In Flames:
Food For The Gods
Reroute To Remain
Only For The Weak
Black & White
submitted by Cora 01.01.2003