As the western world is preparing for the commercial feast that is Christmas, I’ve taken two weeks off from work. Lovely. Time to catch up on some reading, and not to mention getting lots of sleep. Do need to plan ahead about when I’ll get the shopping in, the last thing I want is to run out of bread and have to enter the store just as whole families are getting enough groceries to feed a small African village. I hate it when that happens.
Concluding this fantastic end of year concert run was yesterdays Riverside show in Zoetermeer. I’d seen them in the same venue last year after the release of their previous album. This tour was to promote the third and final part of their trilogy, Rapid Eye Movement. Since we arrived quite early we found a great place on the balcony, with perfect view of the stage to enjoy a great show. More in this review on Progwereld.org.
The setlist: Beyond The Eyelids, Rainbow Box, I Turned You Down, Ultimate Trip, Conceiving You, Loose Heart, Parasomnia, Volte-Face, I Believe, Second Life Syndrome — 02 Panic Room, Out Of Myself, Lucid Dream IV
I’m such a geek. I was cleaning out my shirt drawer recently, and decided to take pictures of my all my band shirts. First just to experiment with my camera, in different lighting and such. But I quite liked the way it turned out and placed them on Flickr for all the world to see. Check out the set in my gallery.
Went to the Amorphis show last night, they were playing Tivoli De Helling in Utrecht. We arrived just in time for the final song by opening act Insomnium. The interval gave us a good chance to find a proper spot more at the front. Up next some Finnish doom by Swallow the Sun, though I’m not that familiar with their work, I was quite impressed with their set. Then, finally, what I came for, Amorphis!
I was very impressed with singer Tomi Joutsen who only joined the band relatively recently. But he was great, a real personality on stage with his impressive dreads (real?) and he’s got a great voice, going from grunts to clean vocals without any trouble. Even when the band played songs from the Tales From the Thousand Lakes album, released 10 years before Joutsen joined the band, it all seemed completely natural for him.
The setlist: I of crimson blood, leaves scar, servant, alone, on rich and poor, drowned maid, her alone, silent waters, against widows, sign from the north side, the smoke, my kantele, the castaway — towards and against, house of sleep, black winter day.
I’ve wanted to get and, of course use, a tablet for a while now. I had once before bought a very cheap one, but that just didn’t do it for me. So I decided to treat myself today and bought the Wacom Bamboo. So now my mouse is on the left side of my keyboard and my tablet on the right. Perfect!
Oh, I’m also contemplating the Carnivore show on December 11th in Tilburg, though I’m not sure I should. I haven’t played the albums in ages and have basically moved on to other things. Also, the ad looking for ‘Blood girls’ for the European shows didn’t really comfort me. So I think I’ll give it a miss.
I’m working from home today, and after that I’ve taken a few days off. I’m hoping to catch up on some much needed sleep and do some reading. Apart from a shopping trip to our fine capital, Amsterdam, on friday, I hope to do as little as humanly possible. I’ve also treated myself to a Shiatsu on monday. So I’ll be a new woman when I’ll return to work on tuesday. Hopefully.
The second edition of the Leids Film Festival is being held this weekend. From a number of interesting premieres we chose to attend the new David Cronenberg, Eastern Promises, this evening. To quote a review in Variety:
A superbly wrought yarn set in the milieu of first-generation Russian mobsters in London that is simultaneously tough-minded and compassionate about the human condition, Eastern Promises instantly takes its place among David Cronenberg’s very best films.
For more reviews, check Metacritic.
It’s been a bit slow here lately, so I figured now is as good a time as any to mention a recently released album I’ve been impressed with: Ghost Brigade – Guided By Fire
This is the debut album for this Finnish five piece. The influences apparent in their music are eclectic and wide spread, and they have encompassed a number of styles in their melancholic music. Quoting reviews “the most apparent and easily identifiable influences would be the melding of latter period Katatonia-esque dark rock, with hints of the tempered metal style of latter day Paradise Lost. Mix into that the minor key atmospherics of Amorphis at their most inspired, and lashings of good old fashioned death metal atmospherics and dynamism, and you can begin to see that we’re onto a winner here.”
My 6GB iPod Mini from March 2005 seems to have given up some time last week. It’s battery life has been reduced to about ten minutes per session. Also it keeps freezing at random intervals, showing only the bloody Apple logo. So I gave in to temptation and, earlier today, I bought myself a shiny new Apple iPod Nano 4GB. Since I use the iPod only when I’m on my bike or in public transport, I’ll be very likely to be using mostly audio, but I am quite impressed with the video capabilities. I just got the video for Porcupine Tree’s “Fear Of A Blank Planet” from YouTube, to test the speed and quality and that is looking pretty smooth. Now all that’s left is select my favourite 4GB from my nearly 100GB collection. Hm. 😉
Strange how it’s taken me until 2007 to see the entire triumvirate (ha, I’ve wanted to use that word for ages!) of Doom metal in the same year. First My Dying Bride in Paradiso in April, yesterday Paradise Lost in Tivoli and Anathema opening for Porcupine Tree later this year in December. So, Paradise Lost. I’ve been a fan since I’ve discovered Draconian Times and despite a few albums that didn’t really do anything for me, I really feel they’re back to they’re old form since the release of 2005s self-titled album. So I was really looking forward to this show.
Didn’t really see much of opener Neurosonic, but caught most of Waldemar Sorychta’s Eyes of Eden. I wasn’t really impressed with their performance, also because I wasn’t familiar with the material. After their set, it was finally time for the main event. They played a nice mix of classics like one of my favourites “As I die” (the audience got to choose between Gothic” and “As I die”), “Enchantment” (from Draconian Times) and material from the new album. All in all a great night out!
The setlist: The Enemy, Ash & Debris, No Celebration, So much is lost, Pity the sadness, Praise lamented shade, Enchantment, Requiem, Grey, Unreachable, As I die, One second — Never for the damned, Erased, Over the madness, Say just words