It was another music Monday for me, this time at Club Soda with three acts I had never seen before and was not really familiar with so I wasn’t really sure what I was in for.
It was a relatively early show that started at 7:00pm and I, unfortunately, had been running a few minutes late. When I walked in at 7:15pm, the ground floor of the venue was already full. It was dark, calm, and everyone was very still. Dutch solo artist Anneke Van Giersbergen was centre stage holding her acoustic guitar with two crossed spotlights shining on her. She was playing the song “Saturine” from her previous band, The Gathering of which she was the lead singer for about ten years. She played mostly covers including “Like a Stone” by Audioslave, “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd and she ended her set with Iron Maiden’s “Wasted Years” which she mocked herself for not being as an awesome guitarist as the ones backstage. But the audience liked it and many were singing along with her.
Next on stage was the Finnish, six-member band, Amorphis. Current members are Santeri Kallio on keyboards, Jan Rechberger on drums, Tomi Joutsen on lead vocals, Olli-Pekka Laine on bass, and the founder members at it since 1990 were Esa Holopainen as lead guitar and Tomi Koivusaari on rhythm guitar. And apparently, none of them like sleeves when they’re on stage. They opened with the track “The Bee” from their latest album Queen of Time which was their thirteenth studio album and released in 2018. They played some of their older tracks including “Black Winter Day” from an EP in 1995 and “Sampo” from their 2009 album Skyforger. Towards the end of their set, Anne Van Giersbergen joined them as guest vocals for the track “Amongst the Stars” which also features her vocals on the studio album version. They ended strong with the track “House of Sleep” from the 2006 album, Eclipse.
Headlining the show and starting promptly on time was the Dutch band, Delain. Formed in 2002 by keyboardist Martijn Westerholt and vocalist Charlotte Wessels, other members are Otto Schimmelpenninck van der Oije on bass, Timo Somers on guitar, and drummer Joey de Boer. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to make it so drummer Jan Rechberger from Amorphis filled for the evening and a number of other tour dates. They opened with a brand new track that they played for the first time just recently, “Burning Bridges” and I see why they’re considered symphonic metal. The intricate instrument playing and Wessels vocals really fit the bill. A few other tracks that stood out for me were “Stardust” and “April Rain” both from the 2014 album The Human Contradiction. “Hands of Gold” from the 2016 album Moonbathers may have been my favourite of the night for its fast past, technical riffs, and vocals that were melodic but also metal at times. Their faux last track was “Fire with Fire” also from Moonbathers but, of course, the crowd was letting them go just yet. They came back and played “We Are the Others” from the 2012 album of the same name. And finally, they ended, for real this time, with “The Gathering” from 2006 album Lucidity. The house lights came on and the band took a bow and thanked everyone for coming out to support them and the others on their tour. Given the crowd size and reaction, I’m sure they’ll be back.
Written by Joey Beaudin
Photography by Marc-Antoine Morin
*edited by Danielle Kenedy