singer Tomi Joutsen

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.

Found this review on (in Dutch) and a photo set on Flickr. Oh, and I bought a tour shirt, here’s the front.. and the back.


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.

Eastern Promises

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.