Concert Reviews: SONATA ARCTICA at Parkteatret (Oslo, Norway)

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SONATA ARCTICA at Parkteatret (Oslo, Norway)


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

by Jorge Patacas


After their acoustic tour that landed in Oslo last March, the Finnish power metallers Sonata Arctica returned to the Tiger City, this time with an electric set as part of their European leg of the tour in support of their latest album “Talviyö” (Finnish word for “Winter Night”).
Doors opened at 19 hs. and half an hour later, the first opening band took the stage. What a great feeling it is to discover a good band in their live show. That was the case for me with the Finnish quintet Temple Balls who play Hard Rock in the vein of the 80’s Glam scene. They were formed in 2009 and have released two albums, latest one is called “Untamed”, from which they played some songs that night including “Ball and Chain” and “Distorted Emotions” which undoubtedly would have been radio hits if we were living in the 80’s. They have catchy tunes, good riffs and the right attitude to conquer audiences. Let’s keep an eye on them!
The other band opening for Sonata Arctica on this tour is Edge of Paradise. The Los Angeles-based outfit has played in Europe only once at the Femme Festival in the Netherlands back in 2017, so this was their first show ever in Norway and the second of their European tour. Personally, I have followed this band since the beginning and saw how they evolved at all levels over the last eight years. Their new album called “Universe” is an example of this. It was released by Frontiers Records on November 8th, so we got to hear some of the new songs live, including the catchy singles “Universe”, “Face of Fear”, “Alone” and “Fire”, for which they also made great videos. The charismatic frontwoman Margarita Monet has a powerful and large vocal range, while the other original member, Dave Bates, showcase his skills on the lead guitar, specially on the solos where one can clearly notice his classical influences.
The rest of the current lineup consists of David Ruiz (guitar), Mike Bear (bass) and Jimmy Lee (drums), and they all together had a great performance which concluded with a cover of “Bad”, originally by Michael Jackson. Looking forward to seeing them again soon!
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Concert Reviews: MONSTER MAGNET at Parkteatret (Oslo, Norway)

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MONSTER MAGNET at Parkteatret (Oslo, Norway)

Opening act: PUPPY

Sunday, January 13, 2019

by Jorge Patacas


Almost twenty-one years have passed since the Monster Magnet breakthrough album “Powertrip” was released and their videos for “Space Lord” or “Powetrip” were in MTV’s rotation when it was actually a music channel. Times have changed a lot since the end of the 90’s, but the group hailing from New Jesey which has the vocalist/guitarist Dave Wyndorf as the remaining original member, has managed to be active for thirty years now releasing good material. “Mindfucker” is their tenth full-length album which was released by Napalm Records in 2018, so they’re currently promoting it. As part of their European tour, they arrived in Oslo on January 13th to play for a sold-out venue in the heart of Grünerløkka area.

The doors were opened at 19:10 and fifty minutes later, the warm-up act Puppy took the stage to play a 30-minute set. Don’t let yourself get fooled by the band’s name which may cast some doubts, they’re going to convince you with their music from the first minute. Puppy is a trio from London, England which was founded in 2015 and now they’re about to release their debut album “The Goat” via the well-known Finnish label Spinefarm Records. Their sound has a clearly 90’s vibe mixing Alternative Rock/Metal, Grunge and some Nu Metal influences with “Billy Corgan-ish” vocals. “Entombed” is one of these songs that could be considered a classic hit now if it would have been released twenty five years ago; it’s catchy, it has a very good guitar solo, and even the video looks like it was released two decades ago. But all of their songs are worth to listen to, so check out their debut album when it’s out!
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