we go again, everything at the same time at the almost same place, but
thanks god at different show times, otherwise this monologe below would
not be here. Great that we got our Backstage here in Munich. First of
all this location is only about 15 minutes away from my housedoor, and
second the place contains 3 venues and not only 1, where things are
happening all the time and most of it, of what's on in Munich. And it is
indeed geographic point where the 3 venues are placed to make if
possible, most of all for us journalists, ti visit 2 or even 3 concerts
at the same time, just as tonight. At the big Backstage Werk our german
no.1 dark sounding instrumentalists Deine Lakaien are finally
playing. - Finally - because they were supposed to play there just
before christmas, but the event had to be postboned to now. And in the
smaller venue the Halle, we hungarian philosophy in form of Zoli and Co,
or better known as Ektomorf. For both acts I got a photocall, so let's
start off, because there are some support acts as well, who I wanna
mention at least briefly.
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Let's start at the Halle
where Ektomorf get supported by 3 acts, who is first of all Gorthours Wrath,
an Extemmetal Band from Croatia
, followed by Basanos
and Brazilain metalheads Korzas http://www.myspace.com/korzus
Unfortunately I can't
tell you much more about the threesome, exept the bitter fact, about the
missing light conditions. And most of all, our caring security has once
again put up their own law by not allowing photographers to use a flash,
though tourmanager Joey doesn't have a clue about this, when asked
afterwards. I myself only use a flash, when there is no other way to get
a decent pictures, and that's what the situation is right now at the
supportacts in the Halle.But right at the very moment, you don't have a
choice anyway, so what? I put my cam away again, after checking, that
the situation is hopeless. Even a blind guy would have recognised, that
it was impossible to shoot pics without flash for a print quality. Find
some sad examples below for prove.
So let's move over to
the almost sold out Backstage Werk with more than 1.000 goth fans and
night owls, who walk their bats tonight.
There are signs shown for not using flashs by taking pics (I mean fans
with pocket cams) and please no filming either. So the high
concentration of smart Mr. Veljanov does not get disturbed by doing his
frontman duties. Throughout the evening it is noticable, that fans
behave and follow the rules, maybe alos because of keeping the dakr and
rather quiet atmosphere ahead in here.
But first of all it's pretty Vic Anselmo with her innocent eye glimpse
and clear voice to start the party and warm up the hearts of all those
grand kids of Count Dracula.
The 26 year old style
icon comes from Riga in Lettland and has put out her debut album 'Trabbed
In A Dream' in October 2008.
Her songs get described as film music for dreams and her performance
impresses a lot of affection. Here in Munich she does play a solo stint
and accompanies herself only on keyboard. This can be very impressive,
because nothing his more difficult as entertain people alone on stage.
But on the other side, such performances carry the risk of getting a
little monotone after a while. Everything else is a matter of
I for my part, can say,
that this is not neccessarely my cup of tea, but most of the audiance
does obviously like Vics mystic inspired voice and songs. And that's
most important, ain't it?!!!
After another short
exchange between Werk and Halle and yet another resignation about no
light at Korzus, I head back for the third time these 2 minutes
from front of stage in the Halle to the photopit in the Werk, where
Deine Lakaien invite us for dancing with Vampires at 9.15 p.m.
Ernst hello!!!! -
it's me right here in front of you in the photopit. But unfortunately he
doesn't catch my eye, as his keyboard and Apple notebook takes all his
attention. Apart from that the boss of the trek does nicklect his
eyeglasses on stage because of the visual aspect despite the risk not to
discover your old journalist pal right in front of you. But never mind,
you've gotta take care about a certain image, and I do understand. For
me myself it's a little hard to get used to because of the direct
comparison, but I have to confess, this dark green aura surrounding you
up there has got something to it, no doubt about that. And though there
is not much light either, it is rather easy to catch a few great images
with my cam. I'v got one hour to check you out up there. And this into
the ear flowing - 'Over And Done' is still one of my favorite tunes from
all of your songs. We find 9 tracks from the new album 'Indicator' on
the setlist, and those one's get accepted pretty well by the audiance.
Singer Alex and keyboarder Ernst are accompanied up there on stage by
on violinchello, Robert Wilcocks on guitar and Yvonne 'Ivee'Leon Fechner
on fiddle. Geige begleitet.
No clue, why Deine
Laikaien have been placed into the gothic corner musicially. but well,
music is music and this one here does certainly not belong to the happy
go lucky category. It's more or less serious avantgard music with
spheric sound clouds getting you shiver with this feeling: the haunt of
Baskerville meets the ghost of Canterville,- just kiddin' - better
described as the dying of leaves on a wheeping willow in late fall. Well
you've gotta be in the right mood for that. And most of the fans with
their black in black Haute Couture do show indeed more photogenity than
the band on stage.
It's only me, not receiving the whole pleasure of this sad dark swinging
moods, as I have to change venues again. One thing is for sure, Deine
Lakaien are more up to date than ever here in Germany, and I'm looking
forward to yet another comfi chat here at home in Munich without any
So I swing myself back again to the Halle, where Ektomorf just shoot off
this very moment...
And as I said in the
beginning, this hungarian band consists mainly of Zoli Farkas. And he is
very selfconfident indeed, not only because of his huge talents, but
also because of his look, pulling dozens of girls like honey to the bees.
And though Ektomorfs music does belong more or less to the very hard
stuff and is more for hard men then soft girls, there are astonishly
many females here tonight checking Zoli out. And obviously he does
Metallica are his declared idols as well as country icon Johnny Cash.
That's why you hear Cash tunes right through the boxes before and after
an Ektomorf show. And during the acoustic part of his show, Zoli pays
tribute to the great artist.
The new album 'Redemption'
gets promoted here. And compared to the funeral mood at the Werk next
door, in here slowly a real dance on the volcano is developing. To enter
the moshpit is dangerous and you better got a life insurance, as the
survival within this madness is not guaranteed.
Me myself is heading up to the balustrade within the Backstage Area
after shooting pictures to watch the rest of the show from there. The
hungarian battle is taking it's toll, most of all piling on the
exhaustion of the audiance. It's like a multiple orgasm in this mega
moshpit, and Zoli himself up there gets a sparkling eye glimpse because
of so much love and affection.
Obviously it's been one
of the most successful shows on this tour for him and he gratefully
shakes hands with his fans in the end. And I bet, this has been
definately not been the last time for Ektomorf here in Munich and it
won't take long for them to be back again.
In that sense: Viszontlátásra
+ Jó éjszakát!
PS: Result of this
evening: Metal battle meets wheeping willows, highly delightes untio
deadly upset. But usually comparisons are drawn to each other. And tell
me: what's better than musical varieties in a straight- bended
relationship... yeah well maybe apart from Freddy Star etc... But thanks
god, this is as far away as the earth from Jupiter. And now beam me home
Scotty for the digestive of all musical arts. Good Night...