Soilwork @ Club 202, Budapest (HU)

SOILWORK / KEEP OF KALESSIN

Date: 21st November, 2013
Venue: Club 202
Ticket: 4900 HUF (€16 / $22)
Promoter: Concerto
Photos: Dimitris Machairas


Unfortunately during this semester there were not many Metal events in Budapest, but luckily enough SOILWORK included our town in their European touring plans (supporting “The Living Infinite” album), a band that I consider as one of the most important act of the Swedish Metalcore scene. To be honest, I had no idea about KEEP OF KALESSIN’s works and I just checked them up a few days prior to this concert and I was pretty curious of how the band would sound live without their studio singer, who left the band right before this tour.

The sound from the beginning was not good, still the Norwegians did their best to pass the onstage energy to the audience. Unfortunately, only the drums and the bass were clearly audible and things improved towards the end of the setlist. Guitarist Arnt "Obsidian C." Grønbech is also in charge of the vocals now and I think he has a kinda Thrash-laden voice and in general he did not impress the crowd apart from the die-hard fans (which were very few at that time) standing in the first rows and went wild during the KEEP OF KALESSIN set. The band just performed songs just from their latest two albums, “Kolossus” and “Reptilian”, leaving behind on the side the previous three albums.

Since their music is not my cup of tea, I didn’t enjoy their show as much, but I can really acknowledge their onstage effort.

KEEP OF KALESSIN setlist:

01. “Kolossus”
02. “The Awakening”
03. “Judgement”
04. “Dragon Iconography”
05. “Introspection”
06. “Dark As Moonless Night”
07. “The Divine Land”
08. “Ascendant”

KEEP OF KALESSIN

Keep Of Kalessin @ Club 202, Budapest (HU) (Photos By Dimitris Machairas) Keep Of Kalessin @ Club 202, Budapest (HU) (Photos By Dimitris Machairas) Keep Of Kalessin @ Club 202, Budapest (HU) (Photos By Dimitris Machairas) Keep Of Kalessin @ Club 202, Budapest (HU) (Photos By Dimitris Machairas) Keep Of Kalessin @ Club 202, Budapest (HU) (Photos By Dimitris Machairas)

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The audience had significantly grown in number, the SOILWORK backdrops were nicely placed on the back and the drums and guitars were all ready to rock. SOILWORK stepped onstage and hit us hard with “This Momentary Bliss”, one of the three songs released before their new album “The Living Infinite”, making a powerful entrance. The sound was so much better than in KEEP OF KALESSIN's set and everyone seemed to have a great time. “Like The Average Stalker” followed as Strid had already established a channel of communication with the crowd provoking everyone keep things very much alive. During “Overload” coming from the most successful “Figure Number Five” almost everyone was singing along the catchy chorus.

The big surprise and best moment of the night was “Weapon Of Vanity”, which is one of my personal favorites and luckily enough it was the first time that the band included in this tour’s setlist! Then, almost immediately the sample of “Spectrum Of Eternity” kicked in and everyone was chanting the melody; I was really impressed actually that Strid except from just screaming, he could really nail even the high notes of this song. SOILWORK continued with one of their hits, “Follow The Hollow” and then passed to the second part of their latest album with the very catchy tune of “Parasite Blues”, while another surprise was the unexpected “Distortion Sleep” - there had been a few years since the last this one was part of a setlist.

Strid asked the crowd “do you want a heavy old song?”, and the riff from “Bastard Chain” kicked in seeing a huge mosh-pit being formed and some crowd-surfing taking place. We all knew it was time for the more easy-going “Let This River Flow” that gave the chance for more sing-along (and not scream-along, hehe). Then, “Long Live The Misanthrope” and “Tongue” were next while mainly the old-school fans started to headbang with the riff of “Nerve” and the brutal Thrash-y nature of “Chainheart Machine”. “Rise Above The Sentiment”, the band's latest single, dropped the curtain to the main set of the gig.

I was surprised hearing the fans shouting “we want more” in English (remember this was in Budapest), because usually they just do it in Hungarian, so after a few minutes (or rather seconds), Strid and the rest of the band came back onstage and promised to play three more songs if we would be real loud and sing along as they did during “Nerve”. “Late For The Kill, Early For The Slaughter” accompanied the screams of the fans and in the end, the favorites “Rejection Role” and “Stabbing The Drama” brought the night to a climax.

Hands down, SOILWORK proved their high professionalism by rewarding everyone who came to see them and especially those who have been supporting them all these years they have been active. This was a great show and I’m already looking forward to seeing them onstage soon.

SOILWORK setlist:

01. “This Momentary Bliss”
02. “Like The Average Stalker”
03. “Overload”
04. “Weapon Of Vanity”
05. “Spectrum Of Eternity”
06. “Follow The Hollow”
07. “Distortion Sleep”
08. “Parasite Blues”
09. “Bastard Chain”
10. “Let This River Flow”
11. “Long Live The Misanthrope”
12. “Tongue”
13. “Nerve”
14. “The Chainheart Machine”
15. “Rise Above The Sentiment”
16. “Late For The Kill, Early For The Slaughter”
17. “Rejection Role”
18. “Stabbing The Drama”

SOILWORK

Soilwork @ Club 202, Budapest (HU) (Photos By Dimitris Machairas) Soilwork @ Club 202, Budapest (HU) (Photos By Dimitris Machairas) Soilwork @ Club 202, Budapest (HU) (Photos By Dimitris Machairas) Soilwork @ Club 202, Budapest (HU) (Photos By Dimitris Machairas) Soilwork @ Club 202, Budapest (HU) (Photos By Dimitris Machairas)

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