:: Finland Fest 2013 / Metal Loud & Attack
Live report : Finland Fest 2013 / Metal Loud & Attack Nightwish [Symphonic Metal] Turisas [Pagan/Folk] Mokoma [Thrash Metal] Jessica Wolff Omnium Gatherum [Melodic Death Metal] Liv Moon
Saturday, May 25, 2013 - Studio Coast
, TokyoView all concert info
Photographer : Guillaume Catella
Tonight is the 9th edition of the previously called Finland Fest, now “Loud and Metal Attack”, featuring this year the best lineup of Finnish bands Finland Music brought to Japan, with Nightwish
, Mokoma, Jessica Wolff, Omnium Gatherum, and a Japanese band, Liv Moon.
The gigantic Studio Coast, also called Ageha when transforming to a nightclub at night, and which is incidentally the biggest nightclub in Japan, is nearly full even before the first band gets on stage.
The first band to play tonight is the Japanese band Liv Moon, centered around Akane Liv the female vocalist born in Sweden, and strongly inspired by Nightwish
. Despite being formed very recently in 2009, the band quickly encountered success. Akane sings in Japanese with an amazing clear voice, which remains perfect even when reaching the highest pitches. The sound is enormous and well balanced, as it will be for all the other bands. The band extensively uses keyboards, samples, well executed soli and Akane’s symphonic voice.
Except for a temporary problem launching a song, and a recurrent distorted noise, their set was seamless and worthy of such a crowd.
After a first coming to Japan on February 11th of the same year (reviewed in these pages
), it only took a few months for Jukka, Markus and our other beloved Finnish members to come back to Tokyo !
Our quintet, formed in 1996, offers us their catchy formula of fierce Melodic Death Metal, strongly appreciated by the crowd, signing here the first mosh pits and crowd surfing of the evening. They feel at ease on the giant
stage, and still keep a good interaction with the crowd, and Markus as always grants us his best moves and postures.
I unfortunately could not view Jessica Wolff, which played during our long interview with Turisas
1996 was definitely a great year to form a successful Metal band in Finland, as Mokoma was also formed the same year as Omnium Gatherum and Nightwish
. At the origin
of the band is Marko Annala, leader and singer, and sole remaining original member, who sings in Finnish. While also incorporating various elements among which Death Metal or even groovy parts, the band mainly plays Thrash Metal. Still, the crowd strongly supports the band (and all bands playing tonight actually) in unison, as if they all came just for this band.
Mokoma setlist :
Kuollut, kuolleempi, kuollein
Kasvot kohti itää
Hei hei heinäkuu
Now is the turn for Turisas
to get on stage. All the members are painted in red and black, as are the flag and other decorations of the stage. Visually impressive, the band’s music also easily proves worthy of their image. Let’s note that Mathias informs us their new, still unnamed album is to be released in August (and not in May as it was originally announced -view the interview).
Their set ends with the enormous “Battle Metal”, whose title could very well define their genre and concept, and the band then leaves the stage on the classical “Toreador” from Carmen, with deep bows and salutations.
unique mix of war, amusement, death metal, folk and power have satisfied most of the public, especially those preferring violence over the softer Nightwish
The March of the Varangian Guard
The Great Escape
To Holmgard and Beyond
In the Court of Jarisleif
Stand Up and Fight
After more than 30min for the change over, the eagerly awaited Nightwish
finally come on stage, under the constant ovation from the crowd. After the unfortunate leaving of Tarja Turunen
from the band in 2005, replaced by Anette Olzon
for 2 studio albums, with a much different style, the singer changed once again very recently with the departure of Anette in October 2012, quickly replaced for the live sessions of the “Imaginaerum World Tour” by the very tall Floor Jansen (ex-After Forever). Those preferring Tarja
amazing soprano voice over Anette Olzon
will certainly be captivated by Floor Jansen incredible voice, and one might just wish she remains with the band after the tour. Though I still preferred the first singer, Floor Jansen easily mastered Tarja
parts even in high pitches, for example on “Wish I had an Angel”.
Facing those legends was naturally riveting for most, and while the mosh or crowd surfing naturally stopped, people stood still in admiration. The band, very smiley, kept a good interaction with the crowd, the sound was perfectly balanced, Floor voice was faultless, as were the guitar soli.
One might just regret that they left without an encore, despite being loudly applauded for several minutes.
Dark Chest of Wonders
Wish I Had an Angel
She Is My Sin
I Want My Tears Back
Last Ride of the Day