With Sahg & Enslaved
Darkness Reborn tour @ HMV Forum, London.
Reviewer Nick Mendivil
Photos: Altercarnated Photography
I was either too excited about seeing Dimmu Borgir (a band with genuine stage presence) who were headlining later that night or Sahg just had no stage presence.
They failed to make any kind of positive impression on me. In fact the whole audience was talking away throughout their entire set as if they were the entertainment for the night at a wedding.
I have never heard a vocalist try and sound so much like another artist in all the years I have listened to metal. Ozzy Osbourne should take this guy to court with the rest of Sahg for diminishing the memory of Black Sabbath.
I hope they get better throughout the tour with Dimmu Borgir or I can see them being dropped half way around Europe.
They really were one of the lowest energy, unoriginal bands I have ever heard. Sahg shows that coming from Norway doesn’t mean much these days.
In Through The Eye (intro)
Baptism Of Fire
The Executioner Undead
I was sat with my friend James when Enslaved came on who assured me that he had seen them 7 times before and that they were a good band.
After 3 songs he stated that this was the worst they had ever played.
He also assured me that their early albums were pretty good. So as this was he first time I had seen them live I don’t want to be too harsh.
Singer and bassist Grutle Kjellson’s vocals seamed off and far too harsh/extreme for the accompanying music.
The guitars and drums were simplistic and light which made Grutle’s voice seam very out of place. I hate to say it, but it’s like they have tried to become more mainstream musically, but vocally they haven’t been able to stem Grutle’s high pitched & extreme black metal wail.
On the bright side at least they rocked out and put some energy in to the performance.
However, they were a lot better than Sahg, but that was not exactly a tough act to follow. As soon as I got home I went on to youtube to sample some of Enslaved’s music and their early music was really good. It was very hard, heavy, and fast true black metal.
I’m not sure what has happened since, but it really didn’t do it for me. Sorry guys just being honest!
Fusion Of Sense & Earth
This was the first show of Dimmu Borgir’s Darkness Reborn Tour. They had played a show 2 days earlier in Amsterdam supporting "Korn", but this was their first gig headlining.
This was the first time I had seen Dimmu Borgir live and after spending the last 4 years regularly watching footage of Dimmu Borgir’s performance at Waken 2007 and Ozzfest 2004, I was excited to say the least and they did not disappoint.
There are very few bands that create such a visual impression and ambience onstage with a genuine aura about them as Dimmu Borgir these days.
We could really do with more bands like Dimmu Borgir. Bands like this turn a good gig in to an outright event!
Before the gig, I was worried that Dimmu Borgir’s live performance would suffer from the departure of Vortex (Clean vocals & base) and Mustis (keyboards). I also had also heard that Dimmu Borgir had used a full orchestra of 101 musicians and choir to record their new album and I wondered how this could be recreated live.
These worries were however unfounded as Dimmu Borgir sounded fantastic. They were tight, practiced, energetic, and put on a hell of a show. Mustis leaving has not impacted them badly at all, as in his place they have used playback of a full orchestra and choir as well as a guest keyboardist for the tour. Vortex’s vocals on songs like “Kings of Carnival Creation” where replaced with playback of a recorded choir which worked very well.
New songs like “Dimmu Borgir” and “Born Treacherous” where met with cheers and went down a storm. I am afraid my notes took a backseat for a while when "Shagrath" screamed the title of the next song “The Chosen Legacy” and that was it, I was in the mosh pit or there about’s for the rest of the set.
All in all it was a great night out and a great performance and I can’t wait to see these guys again.
If you get a chance to see "Shagrath, Silenoz and Galder", take it….You wont be disappointed!
Hope to see the guys at the festivals in 2011!
Dimmu Borgir setlist:
Spellbound (By The Devil)
The Chosen Legacy
Chess With The Abyss
A Jewel Traced Through Coal
The Blazing Monoliths Of Defiance
The Serpentine Offering
Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse
Perfection Or Vanity (outro)