of the most expected shows for those of us who are into the Polish
metal scene. The veterans of BEHEMOTH were joined in this
gospel tour of madness and magic by HERMH, AZARATH
and BLACK RIVER. Three out of four have released a new material
prior to the gig so; the expectation is higher than ever. The show
should have started at 19:00, but due to the long queue with fans
waiting to come in the show was delayed about 40 minutes.
The first to open the show were the rock’n’roll-ers
from :: BLACK
RIVER :: a band very popular within the ranks of
Polish metal scene. For those of your who haven’t heard about
them before Orion (Behemoth/Vesania) and Daray (ex-Vader/Dimmu Borgir)
are part of this bombastic alliance. For this show BLACK RIVER
promoted their latest record Black’N’Roll which came
out days before the tour. It was a very dynamic show, which definitely
set souls on fire, even making the skeptical people jump around
and feel like yelling out their hearts. It was the perfect opening
act and I’m damn glad I haven’t missed them live.
:: were the second in line to give the crow a straight-forward
pure death metal. The atmosphere was different, as now the death
metal heads came in front to witness the velocity and brutality
of the band. AZARATH aren’t young within the metal
scene and since the beginning they have keep the same uncompromised
death metal style. They started off with Summoning, the first
track from the most recent album Praise The Beast.
The show wasn’t as dynamic as I would have expected, but then
again I was still in hyperventilation from the previous band. The
pick of the show was definitely when Bruno started the riffs of
Whip The Whore as then the crowed just unleashed hell into
the mosh pit. It was the first time I saw them live and I’m
damn looking forward to the next.
the evening was getting darker so did the stage when ::
:: stepped into the stage. I didn’t know what to
expect, since the band is known for its vampirism imagery and black
metal symphonic notes. It was much unexpected surprise from both
the band and the public as them both were into a sort of trance,
I dare not contest. The highlight of the show was when the third
song Hairesis started playing. The crowd was on fire and
so was the band. It was very great to see that Black Metal acts
haven’t lost their touch with the public, even when dealing
with such a diverse crow as this one. HERMH played an unexpectedly
good show preparing for what was about to come.
:: - the most spoken of and most popular Polish band
in the last years was here. Not only did they conquer the metal
world, now the conquered their native land with the latest release
Evangelion. That night they conquered once more the
new and the old audience, making this show one of the best I have
ever seen. The room was crowded to the last inch; everyone was with
their eyes pointed to the stage and when Ov Fire And The Void
started the hell broke loose, both in the crowd and on stage.
I’ve seen BEHEMOTH live many times, but this was by
far the best performance of theirs. The guys were on fire and everyone
could see and feel it. Besides the insanely energetic show, the
guys used pyrotechnics for the first time I’ve seen in an
indoor show. It was unexpected and special, making the crowed yearn
for more. Lucifer was their last song and personally I felt
possessed and mesmerized during its performance. The overall impression
of the show was pure perfection. Even the skeptical of audience
was purely under the spell. BEHEMOTH came, saw and conquered.
Setlist: Ov Fire and the Void, Demigod, Pan Satyros, Shemhamforash,
Conquer All, Driven by the Five-Winged Star, Decade of Therion,
Wolves Guard My Coffin, Christians to the Lions, At the Left Hand
ov God, Slaves Shall Serve, As Above So Below, LAM, Alas, Lord Is
Upon Me, Antichristian Phenomenon, Chant for Eschaton 2000, Lucifer
impression: This was a night to remember!