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Leaves' Eyes and Omnium Gatherum Played Austin

Monday December 12, 2016-

While there are still a couple weeks left in 2016, this will be my last road report of the year. The show was a milestone in my career as it completes ten years of concert photos and reports. I will be putting these into a new series of books. The visual aspect, energy, epic music and melody was the perfect send off for this ten-year odyssey. Thanks to Come And Take It Productions for making this night and many more nights possible. Their switch from Dirty Dog to Grizzly hall was a better choice for concert attendees.

Leaves’ Eyes came into Austin for the first time with new singer Elina Siirala. At first, I was skeptical about the group bringing in a new singer. Liv Kristine is my all-time favorite melodic vocalist. She has the type of tones that will make angels cry. Also, there was something special about her playing in a band with her husband Alexander Krull. Liv’s exit from the band kept many scratching their head about what went down. Alex told me after their performance that he had a nasty split with his wife (I won’t get into details out of respect for Mr. Krull). She no longer wanted to tour or even be in the band.

Omnium Gatherum made its first appearance in Austin, Texas. The Finnish melo-death band still possesses the spirit of early melodic death albums like In Flames “Whoracle” or Soilwork “Natural Born Chaos.” Their use of keyboards definitely give them a touch of Soilwork and band member, Tuomo Tatvala even cited them as his favorite Gothenburg band. Although the crowd was small, these Finns knew how to work it. They got people banging their heads and jumping. The old days of Gothenburg are over, but this group is keeping that spirit alive!

As I stated above, I just wasn’t sure how I would react with a Liv Kristine -less Leaves’ Eyes. While I still prefer Liv’s willowy tones, Elina Siirala is a splendid replacement. Her vocal range exceeds Liv’s and she is more beautiful. No fluff involved, Leaves’ Eyes put on one of the most epic shows I’ve ever seen. The local chapter of the Jom Vikings (Amon Amarth album), clad in chainmail and medieval arms, guarded the back of the stage as if barbaric hordes sought forceful passage. One of those Vikings was my friend Dave, who used to play in an awesome Viking metal band, Ruins of Honor. During one song, Alex Krull donned a helmet and a sword.

Leaves’ Eyes was equally impressive musically. Siirala and Alex were a dynamic dual of orchish growls and siren songs. Siirala’s choral vocals added an enchanting element. One fan in the crowd donned Celt gear. He wore a leather vest and had a beer horn strapped to his waist. He let me pour some of my beer into the vessel and praise Wotan as I drank deeply. This dude was really into the Leaves’ Eyes folk rhythms, dancing in the crowd like a drunkin’ Irishmen at a midnight pub.

After the concert was over, I had some time to hang out and party with some of the members of Leaves’ Eyes and Omnium Gatherum. We told stories of concerts we’ve seen and bands we love. They told me about some of the best bands in Finland and some of the concerts they’ve embarked upon. It truly was an epic, landmark night!

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An avid metal head for over twenty years, Darren Cowan has written for several metal publications and attended concerts throughout various regions of the U.S.

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1. Drum_Junkie writes:

Thanks for this. I wanted to make it to the Dallas show on the 10th, but unexpected bills shot that all to sh|t.

Glad they played well and that Omnium Gatherum had a good show.

Wasn't Sonata Arctica on the bill as well?

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2. Rex_84 writes:

I don't think Sonata Arctica was on the bil. I got there a bit late, was celebrating, but the band before Omnium Gatherum was something I never heard of. Yes, it was a great show. Want of the most visually, epic concerts I've seen in a long time. Seeing my friend perform with the Jom Vikings really made my day. The first time I interviewed Amon Amarth I told them about Dave. I think they probably knew him since they were made members of the local Jom Vikings.

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3. Drum_Junkie writes:

Glad that it was a good show... and also that the absence of the lovely Liv didn't affect the show too much. I was wondering about that part myself. I will definitely make Leaves Eyes a must see next time they come close by.

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