Leaves' Eyes + Atrocity - Tallinn, Estonia, 11.05.2007

Event: Atrocity + Leaves' Eyes: Baltic Dates
Written by: Ivan
Published: 03.06.2007

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Leaves' Eyes - Nõmme Cult, Tallinn, Estonia, 11.05.2007 by Ivor (20)
The peculiar thing about these two bands is that it's actually the same band, just playing different music under two different names. In fact, on some occasions (Shout, Temptation) you can easily confuse one for another. What more, the lead singers of the two bands, Alex Krull ("the man with the longest hair in Europe") and Liv Kristine (the owner of angelic voice that used to decorate Theatre Of Tragedy) are married to each other. Atrocity is fronted by Alex and play more aggressive music (a mix of Gothic and Death) with Liv providing back-vocals on some songs, while in Leaves' Eyes they switch positions, tone down the aggression a bit and add some norwegian/viking themes and wonderfully atmospheric ballads.

After all that, it's no wonder that the two bands are always touring together. They have already visited Estonia last year, playing in Narva on Biker's Fest, but not many people were able to go there to see them - thankfully, they decided to come back and play in Tallinn this time.

Apparently, Leaves' Eyes used to be the first to play, but now that their popularity overwhelmed Atrocity's, they were 'promoted' to headliners. Atrocity started off with a lot of energy, intensity and bad sound (usual thing on first song). Already on the next song the sound improved and the band quickly convinced me that they sound much better live than on CD. Alex has an incredible stage presence, and with that mind-bogglingly long hair and the intricate microphone stand he looked like some prophet from hell, chanting his predictions of impending doom for all mankind.

At some point during the set some drunken chap decided the crowd is hot enough and ripe for some stage diving. He clearly overestimated estonian public, which doesn't get excited about drunken chaps falling on them that easily. Still, he managed to hit someone before landing on the floor, so it wasn't a complete failure.

Sadly, none of the Atrocity own songs were more popular than their cover versions of 80's pop music (from Werk '80), so the song that they saved for last, and the one that provoked the most reaction from the audience was Shout, the cover of the old Tears For Fears song. The song is way too long as it is, but they managed to drag it even longer live. Not that I didn't like it - it was nice, and the chemistry between Alex and Liv made it even better - but 8 minutes of "Shout! Shout! Let it all out!" just seemed a bit too much and somewhat anti-climatic...

Atrocity set felt quite short, and I've heard people complaining about that during the break. Though, of course, it's understandable, since the band had yet another set to play. Here are the songs in non-particular order:

Reich Of Phenomena
Gods Of Nations
Enigma
The Great Commandment
Seasons In Black
Blut
Apocalypse
Cold Black Days
Shout




Leaves' Eyes set was considerably longer (over an hour) and seemed to include more edgy songs, to give Alex something to do (read: growl), though they also played a couple of ballads. Alex was very enthusiastic about the first, and kept asking the audience whether we wanted "another viking song?". Sure we did!

Liv gave a fantastic performance and while a lot of (especially female) singers fail to match their studio recordings, Liv does that effortlessly. In her long dress, with hair blowing in the gentle wind (I still have no idea where it came from) she looked just like in the Elegy video, beautiful and graceful. Her warm voice, combined with Alex' brutal chants and atmospheric music were way larger than the confides of the tiny club, but even the lack of space didn't stop the band from sounding majestic and hmm... epic, in the good sense of it. Close your eyes and you could've found yourself in the mythical lands populated by vikings and sea maids, conveniently impersonated by Alex' and Liv's vocals.

The set list:

Farewell Proud Men
Ocean's Way
Tale Of The Sea Maid
Into Your Light
Legend Land
Norwegian Lovesong
Temptation
For Amelie
The Thorn
Solemn Sea
Skraelings
New Found Land
Leaves' Eyes
The Crossing
Elegy










 




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Hyvaarin - 03.06.2007 at 15:17  
That is some quality photography :O .
iaberis - 03.06.2007 at 17:49  
Indeed very good pics! I also liked that link to the comic! Haha! Funny!
APOHAKC - 04.06.2007 at 03:05  
It sounds like you had fun there, I got real bored last time I saw leave's Eyes I am looking forward to watch them again after reading all this
Eight - 04.06.2007 at 10:55  
The concert was really great, i expected much less of it, but it turned out to be ok.
dismaleuphony - 04.06.2007 at 12:21  
Cool review and great pictures!! It's made me more excited to see Leaves Eyes return to the US in August! Liv has such a unique presence for a metal show.
GT - 04.06.2007 at 16:37  
Very good pictures indeed and I liked the link to the comic Also a nice review
Ivan - 05.06.2007 at 11:21  
Thanks guys! Ivor indeed has done a great job with the pictures, they look very professional
Ernis - 05.06.2007 at 11:57  
Ivan, it's a wondrous article you've written....I think exactly the same way as you have written there.....
I can say it's one of the best gigs I've ever been to, seriously, if not the best....and well....I'd say that the venue hall was perfect for such a concert....it felt much more warmer and friendlier there than it would've sounded at a huge stage.....
Ivan - 05.06.2007 at 15:17  
Written by Ernis on 05.06.2007 at 11:57

Ivan, it's a wondrous article you've written....I think exactly the same way as you have written there.....
I can say it's one of the best gigs I've ever been to, seriously, if not the best....and well....I'd say that the venue hall was perfect for such a concert....it felt much more warmer and friendlier there than it would've sounded at a huge stage.....

Thanks! Yes, the gig was great, and the small venue helped - the atmosphere was more intimate, which especially felt when they played acoustic ballads. I definitely prefer smaller venues over large festival grounds - though they have their own charm too.
Ivor - 05.06.2007 at 17:06  
Thank you all for comments! I really appreciate it. The concert was indeed great. I loved Liv's stage presence, thoroughly enjoyable event. And even the sound was quite good. Last time I was at Nõmme Culta over four years ago and wasn't impressed with the place. This time changed my mind though. Great place for small events.

Btw, talking about small and intimate gigs. I'd mention two. First one was Stream Of Passion in London in January 2006. That was unforgettable, a small venue and crowd that had gathered to listen and enjoy and not to have a chat with a beer. Silent moments were indeed silent. The second one is Danny Cavanagh's solo show here in Tallinn last Autumn. That is simply undescribable. Those who have seen Danny's solo shows know what I'm referring to. Others simply don't know what they are missing.

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Ernis - 05.06.2007 at 18:32  
Indeed....small venues are more intimate....huge festival grounds actually have the attention and effect dissolved....
enumaelis - 06.06.2007 at 07:25  
It was a really good concert. I enjoyed it a lot and it will be of my last concerts in Tallinn... Greets for all who joined with me this one!
ylside - 07.06.2007 at 19:24  
Awesome pictures, well done.
Collin - 07.06.2007 at 23:37  
Yep the pics are amazing
Ivan, I just felt like you about Alex Krull's hair When I saw Leaves Eyes' last year I spent two hours wondering if that guy had grown his hair ever since he was born or if he used, I don't know, a pigeon crap lotion as a fertilizer or something...
Icewings - 10.06.2007 at 06:53  
Very nice pictures indeed , I remember when I saw them it was amazing !
Raiden - 19.07.2007 at 15:27  
Haha, you think Alex Krull has long hair? You haven't seen Eyefear live! Their vocalist has hair that is an inch from the ground! When they opened for Blind Guardian it was like he was dragging a cape behind him or something, lol.

See for yourself http://www.metalstorm.ee/images/articles/207-2.jpg.
BlueMobius - 21.07.2007 at 06:28  
leave's eyes puts on a good show, i saw em in december of 06 and they really did a great job.

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