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ELUVEITIE @ MANDELA HALL, BELFAST

November 21st, 2014

Eluveitie, Arkona and Skálmöld

@ Mandela Hall Belfast

November 14th 2014

Review by Melanie Brehaut

Photography by Jamie Hunter
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Eluveitie

Deep in the autumnal gloom (read: rain) in the heart of Belfast, the last thing one would expect was a gig featuring not one, but THREE languages other than English. Right? Well, that was exactly what punters got when they ventured out on a rather meh Friday night in November.
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Finntroll, Týr and Skálmöld live at Relentless Garage, London, 5th October, 2013

October 12th, 2013

Finntroll,

With Týr and Skálmöld

Relentless Garage, London

5th October 2013

Review by Victoria Fenbane
Photos by Michelle Murphy

As the nights draw in the Heidenfest festival tour makes it’s way around Europe, once again missing out the UK. The arrival on UK soil of an exceptional line-up in support of Finntroll’s ‘Blodsvept Over Europe’ tour, goes a long way towards placating those folk metal fans unable to get across the water. Finntroll are back in London just 4 months after selling out Camden’s Underworld on a Monday night. This time they are accompanied by fellow Nordic acts Týr (from the far flung Faroe Islands) and Skálmöld (from Iceland).

Fintroll

Fintroll

Iceland has a population roughly equal to that of Leicester, but has a reputation for generating a diverse and talented range of musical artists. Skálmöld are no exception and are Iceland’s biggest metal act.

Skálmöld

Skálmöld

Singing in their native language, their kooky heavy metal viking folk has filled over half the venue already. Their set closes with ‘Kvaðning’ a lengthy and memorable prog-out which is distinctive in a scene awash with folk metal clone bands. A stunning start to the evening.

Skálmöld

Skálmöld

Týr originate from the remote Faroe Islands and tonight are promoting new album ‘Valkyrja’. They open with a near perfect rendition of biggest hit ‘ Hold the Heathen Hammer High’ which is accompanied by a fan holding an inflatable hammer aloft!

Týr

Týr

 

Týr

Týr

Despite the humour in the pit, on stage it all seems rather serious with front-man Henri never cracking a smile despite a lot of light-hearted banter between songs.

Týr

Týr

The set includes 3 new songs: ‘Blood of Heroes’, ‘Mare of My Night’ and ‘Blood of Heroes’. Týr play immaculately, almost clinically and it left me feeling slightly cold.

Týr

Týr

Tyr

Tyr

 

The crowd were pretty much static too but that could be in part due to the technical natures of the music.

Týr

Týr

Týr

Týr

 

At the conclusion of the galloping ‘Shadow of the Swastika’ the band vacate the stage but the light-show hints at a possible encore, which is called for but hopes are dashed when a tech starts dismantling the drum kit.

Týr

Týr

 

Týr

Týr

A shame many fans had come out to see them tonight.

Týr

Týr

Finntroll take the stage with Vreth (Mathias Lillmåns) looking a little more disheveled than the polished image they started this tour with. The Garage is stiflingly hot once again but the Finns do love their saunas, so should be right at home, but even they comment on the heat.

Fintroll

Fintroll

The band launch into the title track of their latest album ‘Blodsvept’, causing the most infatuated fans to rush towards the front where they commence gesticulating and head-bang over-enthusiastically.

Fintroll

Fintroll

This time round I stayed well away from the most animated areas of the crowd, having been knocked off my feet and injured at the previous London Finntroll gig. Violent crowd behaviour is a common feature of folk metal gigs, seemingly from the fact that some fans don’t get out much and do not know how to behave properly at gigs.

Fintroll

Fintroll

Fintroll

Fintroll

 

The band seem to enjoy the response they elicit and take obvious pleasure in the control they have over the crowd and encourage large pits. It’s OK for them on stage behind the barriers!

Fintroll

Fintroll

Fintroll

Fintroll

 

The Trolls characteristically storm through their 90 minute set, the 7 newer songs going down better than in May. The show seems slicker than at the start of the tour and the band themselves more confident. However the downside of them having now played this new show many times is that it feels less raw and spontaneous.

Fintroll

Fintroll

Fintroll

Fintroll

 

Since the release of ‘Blodsvept’ Finntroll’s stage show has increased in resemblance to a cabaret stage show; developing to match their crafted steampunk-rockabilly-twenties image. Which features those ears, which of course have to be mentioned.

Fintroll

Fintroll

In theory they are at risk of the same kind of ridicule Mortiis faced during his prosthetic phase, but the Trolls pull it off, something which is helped by the make-up being so well done. Overall the feel from the set is that it is more practiced, less spontaneous but still fantastic.

Fintroll

Fintroll

Fintroll

Fintroll

 

At the conclusion of the joik-tastic ‘Jaktens Tid’ the band disappear but there is a lackluster call for their return.

Fintroll

Fintroll

It’s not as if the packed venue has not enjoyed the spectacle, so it it a little odd. Despite this they come back on and conclude with classics ‘Nattfödd’ and of course ‘Trollhammaren’

Fintroll

Fintroll

Great to see such a great international folk metal line-up in London and the UK as a whole. Rock the Nation take note – we want Heidenfest back!

 

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