AMORPHIS / SOILWORK / JINJER / NAILED TO OBSCURITY at Rockefeller (Oslo, Norway)
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
by Jorge Patacas
Some months ago, Amorphis and Soilwork announced a European co-headlining tour which sounded very exciting since both bands have released new albums recently and they are in a great moment of their careers, so it was a perfect time to see them live. The sixth show of this tour, which also has the great Ukrainian band Jinjer and the Germans Nailed to Obscurity as special guests, was going to be held at Rockefeller, a venue located in the city centre of Oslo, Norway.
Outside there was snow and it was cold and dark as usual during the Nordic winter, but that changed immediately when entering the almost sold-out venue, which has two additional floors apart from the crowd standing in front of the stage. There were attendees in the first floor which includes seats and the second floor where you can only stand.
Nailed to Obscurity who just released their fourth album “Black Frost” via Nuclear Blast was the first band to take the stage at 19:20. This five-piece band founded in 2005 in the municipality of Esens (North of Germany), plays Melodic Death Metal in the Insomnium or the most atmospheric Dark Tranquillity vein. They have doomy passages and climates that create the perfect mood for their songs, not to mention the outstanding growls by their singer Raimund Ennenga who also delivered some clean singing. Very good band to see live! Check them out when you have the chance!
Immediately after the Germans left the stage, many roadies came in to get everything ready for Jinjer. By 20:10, the Ukrainians who came back from their Latin American tour one month ago, took the stage and captivated the audience from the first note. The band is sounding better than ever with the current lineup consisting of Roman Ibramkhalilov on guitar, Eugene Abdiukhanov on bass, Vladislav Ulasevich on drums and the charismatic Tatiana Shmailyuk on vocals. She caught the attention of the audience with her powerful voice, going from the most brutal gutturals to the softer and melodic parts. She does a great job as a frontwoman as well, moving along the stage and interacting with the audience and the response was great. The band keeps evolving and changing their sound which it’s very hard to describe, there are progressive and very technical parts involved, some Metalcore, some Death Metal (those blast beats by Vladislav are just great!), there’s also some Nu Metal and Alternative influences and even some inlays of Reggae (!), which makes them stand out from the crowd. The 40-minute setlist included songs like “Ape”, “Dreadful Moments”, “Teacher, Teacher” and “Perennial” from their new EP “Micro” which has just been released as well as older songs such as “Pisces” cheered by the audience and “I Speak Astronomy” which deals with a really interesting topic about the energy we release to the universe. They came out from a country which has been and is still going through difficult times, but they found a way to stand out and being signed to a label such as Napalm Records and toured the world.
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