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   KATAKLYSM - GRAVEWORM - MYSTIC CIRCLE - INTO ETERNITY
Happy birthday to Sabine of Graveworm  Marlies Wobben Zeche Carl - Essen (D)
October 6th 2004

http://www.kataklysm.net
http://www.graveworm.de
http://www.mystic-circle.de
http://www.intoeternity.com

Only days after Nico and I had seen Into Eternity at ProgPower, we went to Essen with Cora to see them again on this tour with Kataklysm. And with Kataklysm being the band that blew us away the most at Wacken 2003, we were happy to see them again too! The other two bands I didn't know too well. We got to Essen early to meet up with the IE guys and spend some time with them until it was their time to go on stage.

When INTO ETERNITY started, the hall was fairly full already and it was clear we weren't the only fans there. In the beginning the sound was real bad, later on it got better luckily. This was still one of the first shows of the tour, but the new singer Dean Sternberg (in his own band used to playing guitar as well) already seemed more confident with only a mic in his hand. They start the set with the heavy new song "Paralyzed", followed by songs from the last two albums. No time for anything off their self titled debut in a short set like this. I was standing in front of Rob Doherty who once Into Eternity  Nico Wobbenagain impressed me with his deep, long-held growls - and looking around me I was not alone :) For the first time I realized he does not only exhale, but also INhales while growling! The diverse mix of death, thrash, growls, clean vocals and most of all their incredible capacity to mix it in a very unique and seamless way impressed the crowd who chanted for the band until long after they went off stage. Clearly a band that shouldn't be in an opener slot.

setlist IE:
Paralyzed
Splintered Visions
Elysium Dream
Spiralling Into Depression
3 Dimension Aperture
Mystic Circle  Nico Wobben Embraced By Isolation
Beginning Of The End

MYSTIC CIRCLE tour a lot but somehow I had never seen them live yet. So this night I finally had a chance to see this black metal band. Not that I'm a black metal fan... but this is more the thrashy old-school Venom style. They started with some opera intro and a lot of songs with very typical black metal titles came by, like "Satanic Ritual", titletrack of the new album "Open The Gates Of Hell", "Awaken By Blood", "God Is Dead - Satan Arise" and "666 - Mark Of The Devil". At some point they summoned a moshpit and played a few Slayer riffs, but not a whole lot happened. All in all a pleasant gig, esp. with their Celtic Frost cover "Circle Of The Tyrants", but not exceptional nor energetic enough to really convince me.

Graveworm  Nico Wobben When GRAVEWORM started playing it was very clear where they differ from the last band the most: energy and enthousiasm! I'm not a fan of their music, but wow, what a great live band! Lots of power coming from that stage, lots of headbanging going on, and lots of participation with and of the crowd. It was keyboardist Sabine's birthday and her guys put a happy birthday sign up on her keyboard. In the middle of the gig, the guys from Into Eternity came on stage to sing an a cappella happy birthday song for her. And they do that a cappella thing so well! It resulted in the crowd chanting for Into Eternity again ;) Anyway, Graveworm were very convincing with songs like "Dreaming Into Reality" (sorry, didn't get more titles) and the audience went pretty wild!

Kataklysm  Nico Wobben Of course they did get even wilder during KATAKLYSM, but that's no wonder. Their immense power blew everything and everyone away. Maurizio Iacono ruled the hall and they triggered a moshpit with almost every song. They played incredibly tight and Martin Maurais can't possibly go unnoticed, what a drummer! We got songs from several albums, even one from 1992, but most were from their last albums. Some titles: "The Ambassador Of Pain" (the song we already heard at Wacken), "Illuminati", "Chronicles Of The Damned", "As I Slither", "The Resurrected", "Where The Enemy Sleeps" (that killer song that ended on the last Wacken DVD), "For All Our Sins", "Shadows & Dust", "Sirenity In Fire" and "Beyond Salvation" I believe. During "Shadows & Dust" the crowd went totally bezerk and there were even more stagedivers and crowdsurfers than during the rest of the show. At some point there were 3 or 4 fans headbanging on stage that made a fool of themselves by staying on there way too long and they needed help from the security to find their way back into the audience again. But it gives you an idea how crazy that night in the Zeche Carl was - crowded, hot and brutal!

submitted by Marlies 30.12.2004

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