Anathema just release their new album ‘The Optimist’. In my opinion not as good as ‘Distent Satelites’. I had to listen multiple times before starting to like parts of the album. It’s not bad, but I miss something.
Before the relase I already bought tickets for their show in Doornroosje in Nijmegen. So I’ll gave it a try. It was actually great! I really enjoyed the show and it seem the brothers Cavanagh and compay had a great time on stage. They had a lot of fun and the set was good! Compliments for Lee, who is still growing as a performer. Danny still seems to suffer from an arm injury, he already had last tme I saw them. Hopefully it is temporary.
Setlist for this evening:
No old stuff, all songs are from the last 15 years (with the oldest from ‘A Natural Disaster’. I hoped for some songs of Alternative 4 or Judgement, but I’ll guess they are a bit tired of playing those songs.
There was not much merchandise. Bought one shirt, a bit fashionable… On the back a quote from ‘the Optimist’:
We ride on heart’s design
I won’t let go of you and I
When Roadburn announced My Dying Bride, I immediately bought tickets for this evening. Great to see kind of a trend in the Saturday evening (two years ago Anathema, last year Paradise Lost) with a special set. Almost all songs of ‘Turn Loose The Swans’ were played at this special set. Aaron had to apologize, they won’t play ‘Black God’, because they couldn’t find a good female voice for this one.
Before the final song ‘The Cry of Mankind’ Aaron announced they were working hard on a new album!
Unfortunately there were no special shirts for this special set, two shirts got home with me. First one with a design of the lates album on the front and a special design of this one on the back (this shirt was available as a promo with the ‘Feel the Misery’ digipack).
Saturday April 22, 2017 was the only evening I went to the Roadburn Festival. Held at different locations around 013 in Tilburg.
One of the acts I wanted to see was Memoriam. The new band of former Bolt Thrower singer Karl Willets, completed by drummer Andy Whale (Bolt Thrower), bassplayer Frank Healy (Benediction) and Scott Fairfax (Cerebral Fix) on guitar. Memoriam, seems to be a reincarnation of Bolt Thrower. Great brutal Death metal. For about an hour we got songs from their debut album. On the backdrop footage of the trenches of the Great War and the battle fields of World War II.
Karl seems to enjoy the audience and you could tell this is the right spot for him! Great show and hopefully there will follow a lot more shows and albums. I now feel a bit stupid, I missed them at the Eindhoven Metal Meeting last year….
Couple of songs on the setlist: Memoriam, Corrupted System, Surrounded (By Death), Spearhead (Bolt Thrower cover).
Outside the venue, you could buy the merchandise in a large tent. There was quite a lot to choose from. But there was only one shirt for Memoriam, with ‘The Hellfire Demos II’ design. on the front and no backprint