HARTWALL ARENA HELSINKI FINLAND
The 18th of January 2016
REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJALA
Slipknot enjoys a fanatical and loyal following up here in Finland. Less than a year ago, Iowa’s masked mongers rampaged and nailed the Finnish audience in the old Ice Hall. Seeing them quite soon again was quite an unexpected and pleasant surprise. Approximately 6000 fans crawled through the frostbitten capital of Finland to witness both Suicidal Tendencies and Slipknot. Yes you did read it right – Suicidal Tendencies!
The crossover veterans, Suicidal Tendencies, had been booked to warm up for Slipknot. This definitely sounded quite a weird combination after all. Well on the other hand it ain’t that big surprise as Corey Taylor has admitted being a huge ST fan. Suicidal Tendencies, well mainly Mike Muir’s solo band basically with the back-up forces, had been scheduled to bring the audience down for 45 minutes. Obviously the audience wasn’t that right target for ST as the crowd was standing quite bored and dead. Even though ST raged on the stage it didn’t encourage the audience to go berserk. After the insane demanding ST managed to get audience to start small kind of pit. Despite the short playing time, all in all six songs got blasted out. Mike Muir’s eccentric and weird speeches of philosophy went beyond anyone’s head for sure. However being an opening act for some bigger name ain’t that pleasant job, at least for the old school band having gained the success in the past. Hopefully ST will land on their own gig to cause the utter explosive reaction among the audience.
You Cant Bring Me Down
Possessed To Skate
Ain’t Gonna Take It
How Will I Laugh Tomorrow
Pledge Your Allegiance
When Mike Muir and the company had finalized the set, the massive curtains with the Slipknot S logo were pulled between the stage and the audience. The stage got prepared for the maskmen’s full chaotic maelstrom. The opening intro was for obvious reasons chosen David Bowie’s song, followed by the eerie hymn of “Be Prepared For Hell” and “Negative One” from the latest output. The whole set list had been re-done compared the year before and it was delightful to see that the songs off from the self titled and IOWA albums are now having more space on the set list. That caused the chaotic pits on the floor, making the ice melt. Whereas “Sceptic” got its first live performance ever, at least in Finland.
The whole visual aspects had been more than awesome. Three massive drum kits on stage looked amazing as always and the videoclips of various obnoxious looking worms and clips of the band’s music videos were reflected on the backscreen to bring more visualistic aspect and feeling. ‘
The front man, Corey Taylor, was like kind of commander as his body language told what the audience should do next. When the time came for the audience to sit down on the ice to “jumpdafuckup”, they went down and jumped with the fist into the air. However, none of the Slipknot guys got into the crowd as last time. That would have been extremely fun for sure, but all of them stayed on the stage.
As a whole this show was fun, energetic and entertaining. The whole band appeared to be on fire throughout the whole gig. Even though this was an opening show for the long European tour, every aspect and detail had been well carried and –organized.
Be Prepared for Hell
The Negative One
I Am Hated
Wait and Bleed
The Devil in I
Spit It Out