Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Soilwork - All that Remains - 30 Nov 2010 (Electric Ballroom)

I haven’t attended a gig at the Electric Ballroom in about 3 years now and the memory that I had of that venue wasn’t the best, so I was kind of worried about tonight’s gig. I stepped in the venue as soon as Caliban started their set and my fears were instantly gone. The sound wasn’t as bad as I remembered and the venue looked much bigger as well. As for Caliban: last time I saw this band was in 2006 and I have to say that, back then, I left the gig very impressed by the atmosphere and the energy of the band. Well all I have to say is: it got even better! The band was dominating the stage tonight and was very confident during the whole set. They even performed a cover of Sonne by Rammstein, that is due to be released on a compilation album very soon as Andreas Dörner(Vocals) explained. Caliban also performed various tracks from their older albums as well as tracks from their latest album Say Hello to Tragedy, such as 24 Years which concluded the set for this German band. Next on stage were Soilwork. The band started off with the opening track on their latest album The Panic Broadcast, Late for the Kill, Early for the Slaughter, and just took the whole venue with them. The public responded very positively to the energy that the band was giving out and the pit got aggressive at certain points, and especially when Nerve came on. The relatively new "recruit" of Soilwork Sylvain Coudret(Guitar) blew me away since he was amazing during his lead parts showcasing a huge technical ability and an amazing sound and tone. On the other end of the stage Peter Wichers(Guitar), who re-joined the band some time between 2008 and 2009, really brought in some very melodic and perfectly executed solos. The tracks from the new album really seemed to drive the public into some sort of "mayhem constructed by people running in a formation that took a somehow cylindrical shape" commonly known as Circle Pits. Songs such as Two Lives Worth of Reckoning or Stabbing the Drama, which also concluded the set, really made the crowd go crazy. Stabbing the Drama was also the perfect occasion for a sing along between Bjorn “Speed” Strid(Vocals) and the crowd! Last on stage, but not least, the all mighty American metallers All That Remains. This band has a very unique energy that is present every time they play live. The band is in Europe to promote their new album For We Are Many and a few songs were performed tonight from this album such as Hold On and Some of the People, All of the Time. Classic songs such as The Air That I Breath and This Calling where also included in the set list with This Calling creating a big wave of excitement among the crowd and a very loud sing along. Oli Herbert(Guitar) really impressed me too since by seeing him live I realised that he is an amazing shredder and the solos he delivered during the gig were just mind-blowing. It is very clear to me that All that Remains is a very tight band and that they have worked very hard to get where they are and I think that this time they are on their way to the top.

All that Remains: 18/20
Soilwork: 18/20
Caliban: 17/20

Posted by Nick

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