Therion Engulf BBkings Into Their World
Band Photo: Therion (?)
On Wednesday, September 14th I went to BBkings in New York City, NY to see Therion and Beyond the Embrace. As I walked into the venue as doors opened, I saw about six people standing around waiting for the concert to start. I met up with a friend and chilled until it started. What was scary was how we were the only people there until about 15 minutes before Beyond the Embrace took the stage. About 30 people showed up in those 15 minutes. I was scared that Therion drastically undersold the show. I was very wrong. By the time Beyond the Embrace finished the venue was packed. I didn’t even notice how many people were pouring in, since I was front row out of the three rows of people there. By the time Therion was playing I couldn’t move. Before Beyond the Embrace took the stage, I thought I saw Brian Fair from Shadows Fall hanging out at the bar, but wasn’t sure, so I went up to him and said, “Hey, what’s up”. Turns out it was him and he was cool. We had a short conversation because the concert started and it would be nearly impossible to hear each other.
Beyond the Embrace came on stage and delivered their best performance I’ve attended. Though they had some technical difficulties during their set with their bass player: the bass wasn’t working and the strap kept falling off. The singer blamed Yamaha for making poor quality guitars. The crowd got more into the music than the previous times they’ve played this venue, which fueled the band with more energy. Being up front, I was able to hear people singing around me, which is rare for opening bands at this venue. During the middle of the set, the singer said the next song was from their first album. Everyone around me was cheering and clapping. The singer then mentioned that this was the only city that had bought their first album Against the Elements.
Therion filled the stage with a 10-piece band including a 4-person choir and a lead male singer and lead female singer. The choir came out in nice suits and dresses, which gave their performance a theatrical feel to it. They played a very long set, at least an hour. Part of the set list was death metal and the other part was the symphonic stuff Therion is known for today. In hindsight, I am very pleased to have witnessed Therion perform a death metal set, as they will not be doing such again. They did everything with a lot of energy and passion, including the closing cover songs. They covered Motorhead and Merciful Fate very well, in fact the lead male singer was talented enough to be able to mimic both vocal styles so well that if I wasn’t looking I thought those bands were performing. I left the show with enough Therion to last me a long time. Even today I feel satisfied with what I say. I have no need to go see them again to get another musical fix, but if they did come around again I’d probably go see them again anyway. It was just an overall incredible concert. Seeing them live really gave me a new appreciation for their music especially after interviewing them.
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