SABATON – APOCALYPTICA – AMARANTHE – Oslo Spektrum –
- by Andrea Chirulescu
- Posted on 16-02-2020
Due some misunderstandings with the accreditation and then some weird detour to use entrance 10, but only if you figure out the right passage between fences, else you cannot enter entrance 10 even if you’re in front of entrance 10 (?), I only got to see about three songs of Amaranthe’s concert. Which is not a problem. I saw them before, I tried getting to understand the music, I failed then, and I failed tonight as well. It just jumps too fast into very unconnected directions. I also cannot give any bonus points to anyone using a Queen song the way they do. The only bonus is for the clean male vocals.
The Finns in Apocalyptica are a band that I think I only saw live in Finland and outdoors. So I was curious what they’d be able to deliver on such a big stage and I wasn’t by any means disappointed. Actually, there was a detail that I could comment on: the fact that the light guy completely ignored the projections and used the full roof lights to cover the stage, letting you guess what might happen in the background. Good thing it wasn’t an important story, but it still felt like a pity for the animator. Besides that, only thumbs up to the show, both musically and the stage presence. I think their drummer would gladly invest in a portable kit if there’d be one that would allow him to perform his music. Watching guys playing cellos held behind the neck or while laying on the floor was something I didn’t think people would do. The Finns have recently released a new album, Cell-0, which I think it’s a rather intense one, but I only had the chance to give it a few tries. The fact that they boldly started with the new stuff makes me even more curious to explore it in depth. When they announced they’d play a cover of Rammstein’s ‘Seaman’, I was rather excited….but that diminished really quickly when Amaranthe’s singer ruined all the intensity of that song. She has a lovely voice. But not a dramatic pitch. And that song is so full of drama…She worked a bit better for ‘I don’t care’, song on which I think they also had one of the Sabaton’s guitarist on a fourth cello. But the crowd surely got on fire when ‘Seek and Destroy’ was played and the entertainment followed way more vigorously with classical songs – which Norwegian doesn’t get chills when hearing ‘The Hall of the Mountain King’ – and it all ended up in a very intense performance of ‘Nothing Else Matters’. However that song was written and perceived by everyone along the history, I believe it was meant for cellos.
Photo by Anette Skutevik