MARCH 24th 2015

Review By: Carine Ooms

On March 15, 2015, Engel played Biebob in Vosselaar, Belgium, as support to Amaranthe. They have become one of my favourite bands since I first saw them in 2011, they were the main reason I went to this concert.

It was the first time I saw them with their new line-up, Mikael Sehlin replacing Magnus Klavborn as singer/front man, and Oscar Nilssons replacing Jimmy Olausson on drums.

The band started off with 2 songs from the new album Raven Kings, which set the pace for an upbeat and compelling set list.  Both old and new material from all 4 albums were played. In my opinion Mikael had big shoes to fill, but he did an excellent job, in both screaming and singing in clean vocals. Despite the very limited space on the narrow stage Marcus and Steve even managed to change places and play right next to each other so the audience got a chance to check them out from both sides. Right behind them was Oscar, blazing away on the drums.

Mikael did his best to get the audience to scream along but he was not impressed with their enthusiasm, as he said they sounded like an old folks home. Maybe it was because Engel is not yet well known here in Belgium or maybe the Belgium audience can be a bit docile, but when they played Six Feet Deep and Sense the Fire, they did 'shiver my spine'.

Biebod is a very small venue, which makes concerts quite an intimate experience, as you can stand right in front of the stage and the musicians often come to shake your hands, and that is what these lovely lads did as well. As they were not headlining the show, it only lasted 40 minutes so it was over way too soon for me. But it was a nice surprise to find the guys in the bar and at the merch stand after the concert. They were taking their time to have a chat with the fans and have their pictures taken and that makes for such great memories.

I definitely hope they will be back soon and they certainly deserve a place on the big festivals as well. So if they are coming to a town near you, go check them out, they are very much worth it.