It’s concert time again! This time it was a Children of Bodom tour with Die Apokalyptischen Reiter as openers. It was also in a venue I have only been to once before and that was many many years ago, I hardly even recognized it to be fair. Anyhow, I drove there straight after work and managed to get there in time luckily and as it turned out, there was still around 15min left until the first band started.
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
When DAR got onstage the crowd kind of remained quiet and it seemed that hardly anyone knew who they were. So their keyboard player has an interesting getup to say the least, and they’re certainly entertaining as a live band. After every song the crowd applauded loudly, but didn’t seem to do much more than that. This may also be because they played a bunch of slower songs, which sounded fine.. but that’s not what the crowd was hoping for. When they played a couple of fast songs, it was terrific. It’s some groovy kind of metal that everybody really started to get into, just swinging and all-around good time. They really know how to build a good atmosphere, they certainly have that german-quality in them, I’m not sure what it is.. but they’ve got it. It was a real shame that they had to get off-stage and the crowd ended up getting into them.
If you get the chance to see these guys, be sure to do so as they’re a ton of fun!
Children of Bodom
This was I think my 5th Children of Bodom concert and this one ended up being much like the others. I mainly go to see them for their old albums, which are simply classics. Their live shows aren’t terrific as the lead singer just isn’t a good frontman. I don’t think that he’s simply poor at english and as such doesn’t speak, but I’m not sure what the reason is. After every single song Alexi will say something along the lines of “Holy fuck, that was amazing”, even when the entire crowd just stood there when they played a song nobody really cared for.
Either way, the set was alright as they did play a bunch of their classic songs at which I decided to vent some frustration in the moshpit. I have to say that it felt good to be in the thick of things and just go nuts again, that’s what I love about concerts. There was 1 real downside though, and that was the horrible-sounding keyboard. My god, was it horribly tuned, it either drowned everything out or you couldn’t hear it.
In short then: Seeing Children of Bodom is never a bad time, but Die Apokalyptischen Reiter were way more entertaining and definitely the band that I’ll remember and will be seeing again!