again one of those evenings, where the best thing would be to be teared
apart, if it was possible. To photocalls are requested. And thanks god,
both events in the same building, and just different venues. This makes
things easier, and also the fact, that at both shows are no particular
photo restrictions. The dutch symphonic Metalband Delain including 2
supportacts are playing the Backstage Halle, and the Rockabilly Punks Al
& The Black Cats appearing just opposite at the smaller Club,
fortunately not exactly the same time. And so there is no stress or
whatsoever and - just take it easy....
Al & The
Within the very well filled
Halle (aprox. 500 fans) first band Lost of Thought are entering
the stage ...
To describe it more
definate, these progressive metalheads are from beautiful Wales (so
never call 'em english, as this is a deadly sin)
And just about one month ago, the fivesome has released their debutalbum
'Opus Arise'. Reason enough, to present this joker to a wider audiance.
Although I can't nessessarely say, that anything sticks out here too
much. Let's put it that way: they are young and truly motivated and full
of energy to introduce themselves over here on the continent. Whatever
the future brings, nobody can tell so far. But time will tell I presume.
And however... the name of those guys will stick certainly in some
headbanger's heads. Further infos to
Lost In Thought are available on their official website:
Second Round is opened by
Serenity from Tyrol, Austria.
And these guys are
already known within the metal circles - without doubt. Serenity have
been born in 2001 and show a back catalogue of about 5 releases
including Demos and 2 albums. And they also go for this kinda powermetal.
The are taking the best out of their repertoir for this show. Currently
Sernity are: Singer Georg Neuhauser, guitarist Thomas Buchberger, Keyboarder
Mario Hirzinger, Schlagzeuger Andreas Schipflinger and italien bassist Fabio D’Amore
(what a name!!!!-)
You can obviously see and feel their professionality and they are not
doing their job only since yesterday. For this tour they recruited
pretty ex-Xandra singer Lisa Middlehauve for some beautiful duets. And
that goes very well down on the crowd, exspecially when one beauty
becomes two at some point.
setlists were available) but beautiful Lisa is surely the icing on the
The result is neat
hardrock symphony going for the slogan: 'Death & Legacy' (was
released last Feb.) and most of the audiance is freaking out already,
same as later during the headliner show.
Well, I guess, it doesn't take much longer, until Serenity will play
their own headliner clubtour throughout Europe. They'd truly deserve it.
(and mind me, - I don't say all that, because they are Austrians like
I can't watch Serenity's entire show, as the club next door is calling
for Al & The Black Cats, starting off at 9.30 p.m. in almost
To geht it straight,
thank to this fact and the very fast movements of the US threesome
within this darkness, there is no photographing without flash possible.
But so what?!
The Black Cats were founded already in 1981, when it's current members
weren't even born. Yep, you got it right! Exept Al himself, who is
heading towards his 60s, and is responsible for this band. Today Al
himself ain't performing live on stage anymore, but he and his spirit is
still there. Beeing the boss of the Fabulous Rockabillies back then he
was one of the first going for the revival of Rockabilly in the Eighties,
when also bands like the Straycats were born.
For a long time there was silene around Al and his black cats. And then
about 5 years ago, these American from Michigan started to celebrate a
third spring. And now up there on stage there are Tony (Voc/Git), Hugh (Kontrabass/Voc)
and Arno on drums. And that last mentioned one, doesn't sound very
english, does it?:-))
to be honest, there could have been a few more guests tonight here at
the Club. But those 50 something who have gathered here, make such a
noise, as if there were 200 or so. And these 3 guys take the stage
apart, as if the very last day has shown up with lots of
highly percent spirit and some nythroglycerine. Holy shit!! Right here
the punk is spreading faster then the speed of light. And if you did
mover over to the other show in the other venue, for a few seconds it
would feel like comeing from the eye of a hurricane into a soft summer
breeze. To take pictures front stage is truly dangerous, and I gotta be
careful not to be knocked down. Yep, this is Rockabilly Punk from it's
best side. And good boy Tony probably wastes a 10.000 calories within
such a stage excess including his acrobatic jumps.
got aproc. 45 minutes to enjoy this bonfire and get my pictures, before
I've got to change over again back into the halle, where headliner
Delain just have started their set. But to be very honest: personally if
I could have chosen; I'd stayed here at the Black Cats explosion thanks
to my luv for punk music.
But, I've gotta do a job, and fortunately I'm very open minded what's up
to different styles of music - so back to the action, where beautiful
Charlotte is currently pushing up even more the kids in her crowd.
According to an info, yesterday she celebrated her birthday, so reason
enough to continue this party.
for everybody who still ain't familiar with Delain and immidiately start
drawing a comparison to Within Temptation, I can tell you - that's
fetched from not too far away. So Delain's keyboardist Martijn
Westerholt is the brother of Robert Westerholt, who draws responsible
for Within Temptation. In fact, Martijn was part of WT until 2001 as
well, but then had quit of health reasons. These problems seem to be
resolved . Also Charlotte has been part of Delain since the very start.
And she is just as talented as her collegue Sharon Den Adel is.
Delain have put out 2
albums so far. And currently they are working on number 3. That one is
scheduled for later this year. On the current tour about 3 songs get
introduced as a test, whether they get on well down on the fans. And
they obviously do well.Therefore the prove is given, that nowadays a new
release ain't necessarely needed to go on a tour. Newbe guitarist Timo
fits in pretty good as well.
Next to the 3 new songs such as 'Manson', we get to hear also well known
tunes - 'Stay Forever', Invidia', and 'April Rain', just to name a
few. (again - no setlist available - sorry 'bout that).
In any case it's mainly
Charlotte herself, who is the focus of this evening here, exspecially
for our male visitors what's up to her beauty.
But why not, if it helps...Fazit of this evening is a decent
positive one... and every lover of this metal style definately got, what
he or she was hoping for. . Well let's see, whether Delain is gonna jump
out of the shadow of Wtihin Temptation, as they surey deserve this...