Anathema – The Optimist

A promo-bundle. When ordering the new album of Anathema (Or is it ana_thema now?) ‘The Optimist’  it came with a shirt.

Black shirt with only a print on the front. Only text.

Front:

Anathema – The Optimist

Cheers!

Anathema – The Optimist Tour

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:

  • Untouchable (Part 1)
  • Untouchable (Part 2)
  • Leaving It Behind
  • Endless Ways
  • The Optimist
  • Thin Air
  • Lightning Song
  • Can’t Let Go
  • Dreaming Light
  • The Storm Before the Calm
  • The Beginning and the End
  • Universal (with an introduction in Dutch by Jamie)
  • Closer

Encore

  • Springfield
  • A Natural Disaster
  • Distant Satellites
  • Comfortably Numb (great cover, which is actually the oldest song on the list ;-))

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

Front:

Antahema – the optimist

Back:

Antahema – the optimist

Cheers!

My Dying Bride – Turn Loose the Swans @ Roadburn 2017 (2)

The other shirt of My Dying Bride I bought at the Roadburn Festival was with the ‘Skeletal Band’ design.

Front:

My Dying Bride – Feel the Misery

Back:

My Dying Bride – Feel the Misery

Cheers!

My Dying Bride – Turn Loose the Swans @ Roadburn 2017 (1)

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.

  • Sear Me MCMXCIII
  • Your River (‘from our second album’, a good sense of humor!)
  • The Songless Bird
  • The Snow in My Hand
  • The Crown of Sympathy
  • Turn Loose the Swans
  • Sear Me
  • Your Shameful Heaven (Aaron started a bit too eary on this one ;-))
  • The Cry of Mankind

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).

Front:

My Dying Bride – Feel the Misery

Back:

My Dying Bride – Feel the Misery

Cheers!

Memoriam @ Roadburn 2017

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

Front:

Memoriam

Cheers!

An Evening with Anathema (2016)

It was freezing cold outside on November 11th 2016. So I bought a hooded sweatshirt besides the tourshirt. On the back the same design as the front of the tourshirt. On the front a small Anathema log on the left breast.

Front:

Anathema – An Evening with Anathema – Front

Back:

Anathema – An Evening with Anathema – Back

Cheers!

Kreator – Terrible Certainty

Another mailorder shirt of Kreator. On the front the Terrible Certainty design (backside of the album) and on the back the stilistic logo of Kreator.

Front:

Kreator – Terrible Certainty

Back:

Kreator – Terrible Certainty

Cheers!