TAAKE live at USF Verftet, Bergen –
Last night’s gig brings to mind words like mesmerizing and outstanding. The band plowed through classic cuts and staples such as "Over bjoergvin graater himmerik IV", "Norbundet", "Myr", "Hordalands doeskvad I", "Orm", "Nattestid ser porten vid I", "Hordalands doeskvad III", "Fra Vadested til Vaandesmed", and "Du ville ville Vestland", just to list a few examples. All the studio albums were represented perfectly. Taake were firing on all cylinders for roughly one hour and forty minutes, which suited yours truly just fine. There was absolutely no let-up in terms of energy whatsoever or any loss of momentum throughout the performance for that matter. Hoest’s razor sharp vocals were as intense and emotionally charged as ever. The man is as charismatic on stage as he is unsettling and there is something utterly captivating and strangely compelling about the way in which he conducts the band and the audience through those cold and morose compositions of his. How he manages to walk that fine line between being explosive and in-your-face on the one hand and moody and introspective on the other is a total mystery to me.
As my wife rightfully pointed out afterwards, the performance itself was disciplined and structured in that each and every member was right on the money and delivered every note with passion and conviction , which is to say that Taake as a whole is a well-oiled machine on stage these days, but there are always those elements revolving around danger, unpredictability, and sinister excitement present whenever they perform. Rarely has that been more prominent or emphasized than last night. It was thrilling and riveting, just as a stellar and magnificent black metal concert ought to be. A superb 25th anniversary show that will always stand out and be remembered as a glorious event. Now all we need is a DVD release of the cursed thing!