Amon Amarth, Carcass, Hell – Dec. 9 2013 at Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki, Finland

December 27th, 2013
by Arto Lehtinen

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Kaapelitehdas (Cable Factory)
The 9th of December 2013

Helsinki, Finland

Article by Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjala

Pictures by Arto Lehtinen

Gigs on a Monday evening are never an ideal time for concert goers, as getting up the next morning can be nothing but an exhausting deadly experience. In this case, when three are awesome bands sharing the bill: Hell, Carcass and Amon Amarth, the exception can be accepted and getting up late for the work or school can be approved. The Cable Factory was totally packed as over a thousand metal bangers had arrived to share the metal feeling despite the blowing ice cold winter wind.

The event was kicked off by Hell, with the well-known mastermind, Andy Sneap, on the axe. Hell is known for the massive visual aspect and occult themes based lyrics. Unfortunately, Hell’s playing time had been limited to 30 minutes, therefore the British metal squad concentrated on just their playing. Hell unleashed a real triumphant metallic onslaught with the mix of old school with  modern vibes. The songs sounded absolutely fresh and catchy. The singer’s twisted and unique singing style definitely brings the eerie feeling and above all a theatrical wickedness. David Bower is indeed a man in the right place with the right attitude as he is a known actor in England. Bower lives up to his frontman role with 100 % dedication by whipping himself and giving a poetry based introduction to songs.  Being a support and opening band for the other bands isn’t that pleasant of a place or task for anyone, but getting some wider attention is what Hell needs. On the other hand, the band was not able to bring their full scale show with tons of pyros and other theatrical things. But Hell definitely caught some attention by offering a real old school metal assault.

The Age of Nefarious
On Earth as It Is in Hell
Blasphemy and the Master
Something Wicked This Way Comes
The Quest
Save Us From Those Who Would Save Us

Hell

Hell

Hell

Hell

Hell

Hell

Hell

Hell

Hell

Hell

Hell

Hell

After the short roadie break, the legendary grind core masters Carcass spread the real reek of putrefaction for the next 45 minutes. After opening intro 1985, followed by the song off called “Buried Dreams” off HEARTWORK. The set had been built to cover a wide range of the Carcass catalog. As for these newer songs, they definitely sound like pure Carcass, fitting along with the older material extremely well. The whole set was a “best of” kind of thing though. Carcass sound like a fresh ripping sonic torment with two recruited guys in the rank. Bill Steer rocked with the Gibson and Jeff’s growling sounded as murderous and brutal as in the heyday of the late 80′s and early 90′s. The sounds were extremely and surprisingly clear in the concrete catacombs of the ancient Cable Factory. Even though the Carcass main guys have got a bit older, the old Carcass spirit was there in the air. But being as an opening band, Carcass did a solid 45 minute set, even though it was obvious more songs could have been played. Hopefully Carcass will make a real club gig, giving a more intimate and brutal atmosphere and above all would have a more playing time. Well Carcass can be re-checked at Tuska Open Air next summer!

1985
Buried Dreams
Incarnated Solvent Abuse
Unfit for Human Consumption
This Mortal Coil
Cadaver Pouch Conveyor System
Genital Grinder / Exhume to Consume
Corporal Jigsore Quandary
Captive Bolt Pistol
Ruptured in Purulence / Heartwork

Carcass

Carcass

Carcass

Carcass

Carcass

Carcass

Carcass

Carcass

Carcass

Carcass

Carcass

Carcass

The Swedish Viking metallers Amon Amarth hit the stage as a headliner of the night. Obviously some maniacs considered it was a crime against humanity when Carcass supported the Swedish group. Well, unfortunately here is the reality-check – Amon Amarth has been catapult to a higher level of success and managed to increase that success to gain the glory and the fame with several years of hard work. Even though someone may disagree about Amon Amarth’s Viking metal quality, it definitely pulls a huge audience. Obviously Carcass and Hell may have a hard time to attract to Viking metal fanatics. Whatever, the five piece kicked into the set with newer songs off the latest album DECEIVER OF THE GODS and was followed by songs chosen from several albums. The whole set was one hell of a firework display with Death In Fire, Destroyers Of The World, and the final battle hymn Pursuit Of The Vikings concluding the singalong chorus. Even though the band may occasionally sound a bit dull in the long run, Amon Amarth put on an awesome show pleasing  die hard fans. The hairy frontman, Johan Hägg, outspokenly thanked the audience several times for the tremendous great support. After the massive singalong chorus, the pleased AA fans could leave the venue with big grim smiles on their faces.

Father of the Wolf
Deceiver of the Gods
Death in Fire
Free Will Sacrifice
As Loke Falls
Runes to My Memory
Varyags of Miklagaard
The Last Stand of Frej
Guardians of Asgaard
 Blood Eagle
Hel
Destroyer of the Universe
Cry of the Black Birds
 War of the Gods
 Twilight of the Thunder God
  The Pursuit of Vikings

Amon Amarth

Amon Amarth

Amon Amarth

Amon Amarth

Amon Amarth

Amon Amarth

Amon Amarth

Amon Amarth

Amon Amarth

Amon Amarth

Amon Amarth

Amon Amarth

Amon Amarth

Amon Amarth

These kinds of touring packages have their disadvantages and of course benefits for sure. People could witness a couple of other killer bands by getting value for their tickets. On the other hand, support bands definitely have a limited playing time to do all the essential songs. Occasionally, die hard fans of a main band can act rather negatively toward even fantastic support bands. Being an opening band ain’t that easy task after all. In the case of this gig, the support bands got a warm and even passionate reception amongst the Finnish metal heads.

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