Dark Tranquillity in Paris, 30 September 2010

Event: Dark Tranquillity: Where Death Is Most Alive Part II 2010
Written by: Darkside Momo
Published: 13.10.2010

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It was the first show I attended at the Trabendo, a venue in the Parc de la Villette... And yeah this place is quite strange, with a pit shaped somehow like a parallelepiped; it has different levels, quite a few railings around the edges… But it is also welcoming, being quite new (and as such in good shape), and the fact that it's mostly decorated in wood tones certainly add to the cosiness of the place. Good!

As Mikael Stanne told me, Dark Tranquillity loves playing in Paris, because the crowd here is always great and supportive (as proven on the bonus footage on the Live Damage DVD). Will it be the same this time? I certainly hoped so. And given the numerous fans wearing DT T-shirts, chances were it would be explosive in the pit. Even moreso as it was sold-out.

But first, were the two openers.


Devious Experiment of Synesthesis

Devious Experiment of Synesthesis are a French band coming from Nice (South-East of France), who won a Century Media contest - the prize was to be the opening band of the evening. A great idea, I must say, and it seems it was the same on the whole tour.

How did they sound like? Well, not bad at all, they came across as mostly Gothenburg metal, with a lot of keyboards, and female vocals. The songwriting itself was a bit on the proggy and convoluted side of things, I must say.
Ah, yes, 'female vocals'. I won't enter the clothing subject here Alienor, the singer, sounded quite good for the symphonic stuff, but I think that she clearly lacked some edge on the more aggressive parts - but everyone didn't agree with me, however.
The other members were pretty good, with nice guitar leads, interesting synths parts (but a bit too cheesy-sounding, maybe), and really great drumming. So yes, it was nice, but the musicians themselves were hesitant; indeed, they certainly were intimidated.
A promising band for sure, but they really must get more live experience!

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Insomnium

They were quite awaited for, no doubt about it. As soon as the band appeared on stage, the cheering was loud enough to prove the Finns had some fans in the crowd!
And guess what, their own brand of Gothenburg metal, with that oh-so-Finnish touch, is really good live. Maybe the songs sounded a bit all the same at first, but this didn't prevent the goodness and headbanging. And so the audience reacted really well, singing, moshing, and stuff, while still keeping some strength for the headliner.
It was quite obvious the musicians were happy, they were smiling, moving - and playing very tighly too.

Good show! Leaving me with the obligation to check their studio work more thoroughly…




Dark Tranquillity

They love France and Paris, I said in the introduction. Well, the feeling is reciprocated - and them some! The crowd was completely nuts within seconds, and didn't let go until the very last notes of "Terminus". No surprise, then, that Mikael Stanne has a huge smile set in his face during the whole show! And course, he crowdsurfed, still singing, no less than three times.

It was also the first time that I saw DT with some videos in the background, courtesy of the band's very own Niklas Sundin. This kind of stuff is all the rage these days, but they fitted nicely with the mood of the songs.
The sound? Ah. Well, I can't really say anything, just that it was relatively good. But, in the pit, it is always difficult to concentrate on that kind of stuff. The joy, the sweat, the tears, the violence, the crowdsurfers, Mikael climbing countless times on the railing to sing closer to the fans, that I remember for sure.

Now, let's address a difficult topic, the setlist (you'll find it if you scroll down just a bit). In all honesty, it was consistent, with a good mix of songs from the last four albums, and a few oldies to spice things up.
But this fanboy can and will always find reasons to rant about. Where are the Skydancer songs? Why has "Inside The Particle Storm" gone missing? And why play "Monochromatic Stains", seeing that "Hours Passed In Exile" is hugely superior? OK, I stop there, it's the end of the useless rant.
More seriously, "One Thought" was a pleasant surprise, the new songs flow seamlessly in the live set - "Shadow In Our Blood" and "Dream Oblivion" can already be considered classics, I guess. And the last-minute change was pure bliss (but see below)…

You'll have understood by now. This show was a pure blast, and smiles lasted for long on the fans' faces…





Setlist:
It originally featured "Zodijackyl Light" between "One Thought" and "Iridium". But they didn't play it, and instead played "Therein" during the encore. And THAT was great, thanks again!

At The Point Of Ignition
The Fatalist
Damage Done
Lost To Apathy
Monochromatic Stains
The Gallery
One Thought
Iridium
Shadow In Our Blood
Icipher
Dream Oblivion
Misery's Crown
Haven
Punish My Heaven
-----
Final Resistance
The Sun Fired Blanks
Therein
Terminus (Where Death Is Most Alive)





Conclusion:

Feel the awesomeness. Feel the pleasure of a band happy to play, and of an audience going nuts for fun. That's it, that's a Dark Tranquillity show.
Next time, I'll be there too.


Thanks to Valérie for the accreditation, and to Sebastian and Roger for the help and kindness!


 



Written on 13.10.2010 by
Darkside Momo
Used to be your regular Hellfest reporter, now almost retired . I (strangely enough) listen to a lot of metal. And enjoy good beers, comics, novels and role-playing games.
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!J.O.O.E.! - 13.10.2010 at 01:39  
Nice review again, DT are great and very humbling live. Stanne seemed full of gratitude when I saw them which is nice.I guess Skydancer isn't all that popular really, people tend to like Character, The Gallery, Projector and Damage Done so it must be hard to please everyone.
Darkside Momo - 13.10.2010 at 01:43  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 13.10.2010 at 01:39

Nice review again, DT are great and very humbling live. Stanne seemed full of gratitude when I saw them which is nice.I guess Skydancer isn't all that popular really, people tend to like Character, The Gallery, Projector and Damage Done so it must be hard to please everyone.

Thanks!
As for favoured albums, remove Projector from the list, add Fiction instead. Projector isn't really loved by everyone; however, those that do don't do it halfway
!J.O.O.E.! - 13.10.2010 at 01:49  
Written by Darkside Momo on 13.10.2010 at 01:43

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 13.10.2010 at 01:39

Nice review again, DT are great and very humbling live. Stanne seemed full of gratitude when I saw them which is nice.I guess Skydancer isn't all that popular really, people tend to like Character, The Gallery, Projector and Damage Done so it must be hard to please everyone.

Thanks!
As for favoured albums, remove Projector from the list, add Fiction instead. Projector isn't really loved by everyone; however, those that do don't do it halfway

I often thought that people gravitated to that album because of the emphasis on clean vocals? Hmm Fiction I liked in bits, some fantastic songs but a few filler tracks too.
Darkside Momo - 13.10.2010 at 02:29  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 13.10.2010 at 01:49

Written by Darkside Momo on 13.10.2010 at 01:43

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 13.10.2010 at 01:39

Nice review again, DT are great and very humbling live. Stanne seemed full of gratitude when I saw them which is nice.I guess Skydancer isn't all that popular really, people tend to like Character, The Gallery, Projector and Damage Done so it must be hard to please everyone.

Thanks!
As for favoured albums, remove Projector from the list, add Fiction instead. Projector isn't really loved by everyone; however, those that do don't do it halfway

I often thought that people gravitated to that album because of the emphasis on clean vocals? Hmm Fiction I liked in bits, some fantastic songs but a few filler tracks too.

We agree on Fiction. As for Projector, most fans seem to dislike it because it's too mellow. I certainly don't.
!J.O.O.E.! - 13.10.2010 at 02:33  
Written by Darkside Momo on 13.10.2010 at 02:29

We agree on Fiction. As for Projector, most fans seem to dislike it because it's too mellow. I certainly don't.

Same here, I really like the mellow side of DT ;]
wrathchild - 13.10.2010 at 14:47  
I had seen them in Paris in 2008, not being a real fan of the band, and I loved the show mostly because of Stanne's apparent joy at the crowd's reaction. This time was no different, thus very enjoyable despite the fact I still only knew a few songs. It is very easy to start headbanging to any DT song actually - that's great for someone who can't even recognize a song but that's also sad because you understand that most songs sound the same... While on CD you can hear lots of details, they're kinda lost in concert but still the fun's here
Jeff - 13.10.2010 at 22:48  
Projector is great and I love this band (probably more than a lot of pseudo fans... ).

So Momo, you're not so right, it seems that DT fans like this album too
Bad English - 14.10.2010 at 00:52  
Written by Jeff on 13.10.2010 at 22:48

Projector is great and I love this band (probably more than a lot of pseudo fans... ).




Best album , best song Auctioned, best lyric

Guy wear blach huh ... and thay are from Göteborg

EDDIT: I need 4 times to read correct Niklas Sundin. Because in 1th place I red it Mats Sundin Jeff shood know him

Good rewiew, I wanna be in croud to
Darkside Momo - 14.10.2010 at 01:49  
Written by Jeff on 13.10.2010 at 22:48

So Momo, you're not so right, it seems that DT fans like this album too

I'm still not sure... But at least now I'm sure I'm not the only one...
BloodTears - 14.10.2010 at 10:47  
The first song on the setlist is probably "At the Point of Ignition"? It was pretty much the same setlist here in Portugal and it was so fun. I had too much fun that night lol

What you said about the band it's all true, you can really see they are enjoying themselves out there. They have smiles on their faces and are just trying to make the best of it. And that's wonderful.
Promonex - 14.10.2010 at 11:38  
So there's no Particle Storm on tour either? Bummer
Darkside Momo - 15.10.2010 at 02:14  
Written by BloodTears on 14.10.2010 at 10:47

The first song on the setlist is probably "At the Point of Ignition"? It was pretty much the same setlist here in Portugal and it was so fun. I had too much fun that night lol

I didn't understand your comment at first. Then I re-read what I wrote.
Oops, corrected
Written by Promonex on 14.10.2010 at 11:38

So there's no Particle Storm on tour either? Bummer

No, it's replaced by Iridium...
Promonex - 15.10.2010 at 17:56  
Written by Darkside Momo on 15.10.2010 at 02:14

Written by Promonex on 14.10.2010 at 11:38

So there's no Particle Storm on tour either? Bummer

No, it's replaced by Iridium...

Yeah, I noticed that at Summer Breeze festival, but was hoping that it's just a matter of set length, so that they opted to only keep one calm song in the list. I wouldn't mind getting both those songs though. And Insanity's Crescendo.
Darkside Momo - 15.10.2010 at 17:59  
Written by Promonex on 15.10.2010 at 17:56

Yeah, I noticed that at Summer Breeze festival, but was hoping that it's just a matter of set length, so that they opted to only keep one calm song in the list. I wouldn't mind getting both those songs though. And Insanity's Crescendo.

I wouldn't have minded either. Thankfully for Insanity's Crescendo, I saw them playing it in 2002
Dangerboner - 15.10.2010 at 18:03  
I see that the vocalist is still wearing the same shirt after at least 6 years now
BloodTears - 16.10.2010 at 00:25  
Written by Dangerboner on 15.10.2010 at 18:03

I see that the vocalist is still wearing the same shirt after at least 6 years now


ahaha that's so true, it was so fucking hot in Lisbon, you would've thought he would put on a shirt!

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