Amorphis' Under the Red Cloud tour in Slovakia

29. 12. 2015


Melodická legenda Amorphis si v polovici decembra odskočila z turné s Nightwish a Arch Enemy na krátku zastávku do Bratislavy, kde odohrala plnohodnotný koncert k novo vydanému albumu Under The Red Cloud. Naposledy navštívili Slovensko pred rokom a verím tomu, že všetkým fanúšikom poskočilo srdce, keď si vo svojom nabitom programe opäť našli čas aj na našu malú krajinu. My sme si ich špeciálne vystúpenie vychutnali už v auguste na festivale Made of Metal, kde sme sa s nimi stretli aj osobne. Možnosti vychutnať si naživo aj nový album sme však jednoducho nemohli odolať a prišli sme sa pozrieť aj do Bratislavy.


Amorphis, the legend of melodic metal spent one evening of December out of their busy Nightwish tour with Arch Enemy to stop in Bratislava where they performed a full headliner show supporting their recent release Under The Red Cloud. The last time this band visited Slovakia was last year and I am sure that the hearts of all their fans here jumped upon hearing the news about this scheduled show. We experienced their special anniversary show back in August at the Made of Metal festival when we had a chance to meet them in person, too. However, we could not miss the opportunity of enjoying the new album played live and so we went to see them to Bratislava again.

Rozohriať publikum mali za úlohu dve populárne slovenské kapely Doomas a Galadriel. Show prvej zostavy sme bohužiaľ už nestihli, no Galadriel už mali pod pódiom celkom slušný počet nadšencov. Osobne ma najviac potešila skladba Imaginary Sins, ktorú som už nepočula ani nepamätám. Počas krátkej prestávky pred začiatkom samotných Amorphis povyliezal zvyšok fanúšikov až sa ich napokon v priestoroch MMC zišlo obstojné množstvo. Vtedy za zvuku klavíra úvodnej piesne Under The Red Cloud postupne vystúpili na pódium všetci členovia vzácnej fínskej návštevy.

The task of warming up the audience was bestowed on two popular Slovak bands Doomas and Galadriel. Unfortunately we didn‘t make it in time to see the first ones, but once we arrived and Galadriel were rocking on the stage a decent number of enthusiasts was already present. Personally I was delighted to hear Imaginary Sins since I haven‘t listened to this track for a really long time. During a short break before Amorphis started to play, the rest of the fans came out and a satisfactory number filled the MMC club. It was then that the sound of piano playing was heard introducing the firts song Under The Red Cloud and the members of the precious Finnish visit appeared on stage. 




Áno, ak si ešte niektorí nevšimli z nových videoklipov, Tomi Joutsen zhodil svoj dlhoročný poznávací znak – metrové dready. Spevák s mokrou hlavou stískajúci svoj špecifický mikrofón a usmievajúci sa ostatní členovia kapely vychrlili na publikum ďalšie dve nové skladby – melancholickú Sacrifice a údernú Bad Blood. Pokračovalo sa známou gitarovkou Sky Is Mine po ktorej nasledovala melodická pieseň z predchádzajúceho albumu The Wanderer. Pomyslela som si len jednu vec: takto si predstavujem poriadny začiatok!


Yes, in case some people haven‘t noticed yet from the new videos, Tomi Joutsen got rid of his characteristic look – dreadlocks which were more than one meter long are gone now. The singer with wet hair was clinging to his microphone meanwhile the rest of the band, smiling, was switching from one new song to another – melancholic single Sacrifice and powerful Bad Blood came shortly after the first track. They continued with the popular guitary Sky Is Mine followed by the melodic The Wanderer which belongs to the previous album. Only one thought crossed my mind: this is how I imagine a proper start!




Bolo len otázkou času kedy zaznejú drsnejšie melódie a vrátime sa späť v čase k death metalovým kúskom. Závan 90-tych rokov priniesla skladba On Rich And Poor a energická Drowned Maid. Potom sme sa opäť vrátili k novému albumu s Enemy At The Gates a skvelou najtvrdšie znejúcou skladbou nového počinu The Four Wise Ones. Na členoch kapely bolo jednoznačne vidieť, že koncert si užívajú rovnako ako fanúšikovia. Aj keď fíni to zvyčajne s emóciami nepreháňajú, bolo na nich vidieť maximálne odovzdanie hudbe, ktorú hrali, pričom podali naozaj vynikajúci výkon. Nasledoval výber populárnych skladieb z viacerých albumov, ktoré sa stali pre Amorphis akousi povinnou jazdou. Počuť ich chce každý a nikdy neomrzia: Silent WatersMy Kantele, relatívne novšia Hopeless Days a samozrejme House Of Sleep pri ktorej si refrén viac krát zanôtilo celé MMC-čko (You don‘t know, You don’t know nothing yet…).

It was only a matter of time when more of the heavier stuff would echo in the club and we would go back in time to enjoy the older death metal pieces. A blow of 90s air came with the song On Rich And Poor and the dynamic Drowned Maid. After that the band went back to the new album with Enemy At The Gates and the awesome (and the heaviest sounding) The Four Wise Ones. It was clear to me that the band members were enjoying their show at least as much as their fans. Even though the Finnish people don’t usually show their emotions excessively, a total devotion to the music which was played could be seen on their faces and their performance was really astonishing. Then the selection of the band‘s most popular songs followed which already became something like the obligatory ride for Amorphis. Everyone wants to listen to these tracks and nobody ever gets bored of listening to them: Silent Waters, My Kantele, relatively new song Hopeless Days and naturally House of Sleep. The fans especially enjoy singing along the chorus of the last one and everybody in MMC happily took part of it (You don‘t know, You don’t know nothing yet…).






Odchod z pódia, potlesk a pískanie. Pred absolútnym záverom sa zostava na chvíľu odobrala do šatní, aby z nich opäť vyšla za hlučného potlesku a orientálnych tónov čerstvého singla Death Of A King. Rytmické pasáže striedal jemný refrén a publikum si užívalo posledné piesne setlistu. Koncert sa samozrejme nezaobišiel ani bez obľúbenej Silver Bride a kapela ho zaklincovala melodickou The Smoke. Posilnení energiou fanúšikov sa Amorphis spokojne poďakovali za podporu, rozlúčili sa s Bratislavou a opustili svetlá reflektorov.

Departure from the stage, applause and whistling. Before the end would come, the band left to the backstage for a few minutes to re-appear again along with thunderous applause and the oriental tones of the new single Death Of A King. Rhythmic passages changed to the smooth chorus and the audience was enjoying the last songs of the setlist. The popular Silver Bride could not be missed by the end of the show, which was closed with the melodic track The Smoke. Boosted with energy from their fans Amorphis gracefully thanked for support, happily said goodbye to Bratislava and walked from the spotlights. 




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