OCTOBER 16th 2018
PARADISE LOST: 30TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
Review by: Metal Mom
Gallery By: Char Tupper

Gallery: http://www.metaltitans.com/concertpics/paradise-lostsolstafir/

I knew I was attending this one, because I had a favourite band amongst these three, but I kept an open mind while reviewing.

This event took place on Tuesday, September 16th at The Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver, BC. I always enjoy this venue, it has some character, you just have to ignore what goes on outside.

So first up tonight is THE ATLAS MOTH, kind of a sludge, doom and metal style. I enjoyed a lot of their set, but sorry guys I am just not one who enjoyes Doom or Sludge. But looking around the room, they did have a lot of people enjoying their music. Besides we can't all like the same kind of music, and they wouldn't have gotten this far if someone didn't think they were good. They did do an excellent job on stage, and if you like the Deftones, Neurosis, Eyehategod kind of bands, then this is also one for you.

SOLSTAFIR hit the stage next, thank goodness they made it, cutting it close to stage time, because they didn't get to play Seattle the night before as their bus broke down, things happen, but this was who I was there for. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed at all. Last time I saw Solstafir was May 16, 2015 at the Astoria. 3 years later they are playing the Rickshaw, amazing, they played a variety of their songs, each one I was just enthralled with. I couldn't take my eyes off their performance, which was a strong one, for me, that was kind of strange to be so connected to the band, because I do like to look around and see how others are reacting, but, didn't care. Every time I see them, they are getting better and better and more incredible. What's more, is just how far they came to showcase their music (Iceland). There is also something really unique about a band who sings in their own language, yes, we may not understand it, but it gives their music something special, almost sexy. Now for those of you who are not aware of the band members, let me tell you who they are, we have Aðalbjörn "Addi" Tryggvason (vocals), who while you listen transports you to another place, make no mistake it is an incredible journey he takes you on. Hallgrímur Jón "Grimsi" Hallgrímsson on drums kept the heartbeat of the band thundering in our veins the whole night. Sæþór Maríus "Pjúddi" Sæþórsson guitarist is beyond words, the magic that happens on stage is without a doubt a talent that exceeds, and to finish off,  
Svavar Austmann couldn't make it for this tour, so his replacement is Ragnar Zolberg, and he fit in perfectly, on stage he looked and acted like he had been a member for many years. Excellent job. A phenomenal job by each and every member, there was a lot of talent up on that stage, a lot of creativity in their presence. I was fan since I first saw them on Barge to Hell, and it looks like I am going to be hooked for life. Definatley a band that is worth seeing live, you get a full appreciation of the talent behind each musician. When you witness their performance and it is that good, you know they are a group of talented musicians, a CD can be made to make anyone sound great, but live, if they are incredible, it means you get what you came for, excellence. They work hard, they play hard to give us all something to remember and take home. I hope you all supported SOLSTAFIR, no better way to show your appreciation of their talent. What also made the night even more special, was the fact they came out, twice, before and then after their set. Nothing better, gives you that extra smile and memory. Thank you guys, all of you for making my night a very special event. I will be there again when you come back. Hopefully soon. By the way, I was the one in front that got that extra big hug while you sang. :)

Next is the headliner PARADISE LOST, a Gothic Metal band out of West Yorkshire. They formed back in 1988, and so they have had lots of experience on the scene, and with the kinds of genre they classify themselves as. That's good, means they are willing to try different styles, creating their own music. For them, I moved to the back of the room, as the sound is a lot better, and visually more appealing. Right up front and the reds just kind of blur them out. So I sat back, relaxed and enjoyed their set. They played a variety of songs, the floor was packed, so you know the fans were there for them. I liked, and didn't like some, only because it went the way of doom at times. The crowd was enthusiastic though, and that is what counts.