Jon Stevens is a solid front man, working the crowd and the stage well and they manage to make the small stage at the Underworld look ten times bigger than it usually is.
A steeple of consistency Overkill has been, probably more underrated then anybody out there, another legendary band in the genre with a storied career that just keeps plowing away with no sign of stoppage any time soon. If you call yourself a true metalhead and never seen Overkill live, wake up and smell the napalm in the air, cause it’s bloody powerful.
Given the Mammoth Mammoth set list tonight contains tracks such as “Fists”, “Weapon” and “Short Fuse” I personally think our local security guard got off lightly!
One thing that grabbed me straight away was the sheer size of the drum kit Norway’s Satyricon brought with them. This of course left little space for the band and their guests on the smallish stage of Belfast’s Limelight 2 venue.
Not only would they play the album Covenant in it’s entirety but their setlist also featured songs for every release they had. The crowd surfers rained on the staff the second they begun playing a nothing but legendary set. The moshing only intensified throughout the night. One thing is certain that night was nothing less than brutal and legendary.
The second they began playing the fans had gone insane, with crazy headbanging and shouting lyrics. The band delivered with a ghoulish, eerie performance from front man Kyo, whose screeching vocals send chills down one’s spine.
“The trolls of Nordic folklore are believed to be dirty creatures of enormous strength and appetite. Their grotesque physique grants them a comic element, although the humor tends to be on the grim side as these nocturne beings hunger for human flesh. Unsurprisingly, this has earned them a rather bad reputation. All things considered, Finntroll are the perfect embodiment of all aforementioned sentiments – although one might want to replace the hunger for human meat with an unquenchable thirst for booze.”
18 years later I still play the first 2 albums of HAREM SCAREM a lot and on October the 20th 2013, I was able to catch them live for the very first time. Although the concert itself was short and sweet, the performance blew me away
Then there was the highlight of the evening – The Haunting (Somewhere in Time) featuring Floor Jansen. That was fantastic!
Russian pagan/folk metallers ARKONA began their North America leg of their world tour with a live performance at the Gramercy Theater this past October 29th. The warriors are supporting their new record titled “Decade of Glory” which was released earlier this year. Arkona’s lyrics are heavily influenced by Russian folklore and Slavic mythology, and their music incorporates several traditional Russian musical instruments. The name of the band Arkona refers to the last pagan Slavic city-castle.