CREATURES FROM THE
BLACK ABYSS TOUR
Feb 17th, 2011
Photos By: Char Tupper
Review By: MetalMom
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The Moon, she hangs like a cruel portrait on this wet cold night in Vancouver, Sunday Feb 13th, where the “Creatures from the Black Abyss Tour 2011” spends its tenth tour date. The tour started in Houston, Texas and will end on March 13 in Atlanta Georgia, for a total of 30 concert dates in Canada and the United States.
To start the night off was DANIEL LIONEYE , in case you hadn’t realized it they are a side project of popular Finnish group Him. Forming back in 2001 their style is a hard rock with a touch of blues. This was the first time for me to hear this band, and let me say I was impressed, they have their music down pat, everything was put together and played well. You could tell by the audience that the music / vocals were a great mix. I don’t think they should have been first up, they had more to them than a start up band.
Next from the Black Abyss is Finnish band TURISAS, forming back in 1997 , their style is more folk metal with a touch of power and symphonic. What also made them interesting was the paint, all black and reds. They also use an electric violin which does all the solos for the band. They were extremely high energy, one of those bands that you just cant stand there, to enjoy them fully you just have to move, whether its head banging or horns high in the air, the music pulls you to react. TURISAS is another accomplished band that has figured out what works best and gives all their energy and music to the audience. Which I have to say by the crowds, they were fully enthralled with them. This is definitely a band that I would make sure to see if they came back to town.
Third creatures to play are an American psychedelic extreme metal band called NACHTMYSTIUM. They are the ones to play direct support for Cradle. This band has their very own style that they have acquired. I am sorry to say that they were not my style. I am sure there were lots who found them great, but to me, when they played , it was messy, not the steady rhythms, you know the ones, where you find that beat and can raise your horns to it. I stood up at the front for a song, but ended up going back and sitting down.
Last to play Under Huntress Moon was Cradle of Filth, the room was packed for this dark and sinister band. I can understand it, I have seen Cradle play quit a few times and they never disappoint. I am not going to try and put a genre to them, they have their very own infamous style . These 6 members push the boundaries with their furious riffing from guitars, symphonic keyboards, blasting drumbeats, and flesh crawling vocals from Dani. They really have mastered their craft of harder, darker and faster. Cradle had the crowd going wild, horns were held high everywhere in the Commodore Ballroom. They played a mixture of old and new songs. I have always enjoyed the sound of Cradle, and they have made some changes to their music, but it shows that they are still growing, improving, trying new sounds. And it works. Unfortunately this night the show was cut short due to Dani being ill. The crowd was very upset by this, and I understand that, because even though they played for over an hour, it didn’t seem that long, you can never get enough of the band when they are so good. But we at least had an hour. And I hope that now Dani is feeling much better. I do give him credit for playing on stage and giving it his all while being so ill. A true professional. And I wont miss the show next time they come back either. So Devil to the Metal.