In the heart of the city, at the revered Fuzz Club, metal aficionados were treated to an extraordinary evening of sonic diversity and musical majesty, as Lost Society, Sólstafir, and Amorphis graced the stage, leaving an indelible mark on the heart and soul of their audience. The night unfolded into a mesmerizing tapestry of sounds, showcasing the depth of metal music.
The night kicked off with the high-octane performance of Lost Society. Hailing from Finland, the young thrash/nu/groove metal band wasted no time in igniting the stage with their blistering riffs, relentless energy and loud vocals. The crowd was immediately swept away by their bombastic presence and track by track, the boys in Lost Society persuaded everybody about their talent and passion! Their youthful exuberance, combined with technical brilliance left the audience in awe – Lost Society gained many new fans in Athens, Greece, including me! Their set was a whirlwind of adrenaline! That’s the raw beauty of modern metal!
Following the furious performance of Lost Society, the atmosphere shifted dramatically as Sólstafir, the Icelandic post-metal pioneers, took the stage. Bathed in atmospheric lighting, the band immersed the audience in a sonic reverie that transcended the boundaries of traditional metal. Sólstafir's music, characterized by haunting melodies and profound lyricism, created an ethereal ambiance, inviting the audience into a world of introspection and introspective exploration. The band's performance was a cinematic journey through their discography, with songs like "Ótta", "Fjara" and “Goddess of the Ages” casting a spell on the audience. Frontman Aðalbjörn Tryggvason's emotive vocals, combined with the band's mesmerizing instrumentation, created an atmosphere of otherworldly beauty. The audience swayed in rhythm, captivated by the band's ability to evoke a myriad of emotions through their music.
As the night progressed, the stage was set for the grand finale – Amorphis, the Finnish veterans of melodic. From the moment they took the stage, it was evident that the audience was super-. Amorphis's performance was nothing short of majestic, a seamless blend of melodic grandeur, raw power and enchanting beauty. Amorphis delved into their extensive repertoire, delivering a setlist that spanned their illustrious career. Tracks like “On the Dark Waters”, "Silver Bride", "Black Winter Day", “Amongst Stars” and “My Kantele” were met with a big applause, showcasing the band's ability to craft intricate melodies that linger in the fan's mind. Vocalist Tomi Joutsen's versatile voice, ranging from growls to melodic harmonies, added depth and emotion to Amorphis’ performance. The synergy between the band members was evident, their musical chemistry elevating each song to new heights. My favorite moment of the Finnish masters’ show was “House of Sleep” – a song, which shows how metal can be effectively combined with mainstream rock elements, a lasting proof of Amorphis’ unique art of composing compelling tracks of unique music prowess! “The bee” was the great ending of this amazing show, and as Amorphis left the stage, there was a sense of awe among the audience…
… The concert had been a celebration of metal in all its forms – from the relentless modern sounds of Lost Society to the ethereal landscapes of Sólstafir and the melodic majesty of Amorphis. The memories of this exceptional night will endure. It was a truly extraordinary, live metal meeting!
photos by Iro Kalligeri