Arcane Grail Posts Road Report From Baltic Tour
Russian symphonic black metal act Arcane Grail has checked in with the following report of the band's recent Baltic tour:
"The tour has passed with a heap of adventures, certainly, intoxication, fails, etc. In the small Estonian cities of Johvi and Rakvere we have passed first two concerts because of problems with visas. Then having received the visas personally from the consul of Estonia as a cultural exchange between the countries, we jerked on the bus Moscow-Riga-Tallin, where went for 17 hours.
"At night we passed the Russian-Latvian border where have forced to torture on a frost, as well as carry our things, to maintain heavy sights of frontier guards and to answer on their interesting questions. It is literally through 100 meters already on the Latvian-Russian border we have not asked, things did not looked, also no needed to pull out from the bus, simply having scanned all bus. The first concert was already in Tallin. There were under 400 persons, a huge club.
"Then there was next day with the concert in the resort city of Parnu – there were only 40 persons, the weakest gig in tour by quantity of people, but last there was excellent club where we had fairly fun overnight. Then a concert in Vilyandi we have cancelled all together, for organizer has not made advertising and has still requested money from our bands for performance.
"The following 2 days we had a rest, lived, thumped, walked in Tallinn, went on museums, in every possible way got poisoned by laughter, have rehearsed joint song with Trelleborg and Ceremonial Perfection – a cover on COB 'Downfall,' which then executed in Riga. Then there was last concert for us in Estonia - the city Tartu, first rather abrupt concert on reception and on our own show. Considering, that in this line-up it was, in general, only the third concert. About Estonia, and, in general, at once about all Baltic countries I can notice the following – the prices below, than in Russia, basically on all. People are younger 25 almost not speaks in Russian, all who older – easy and perfectly communicate in Russian, as well as really very good knowledge of English!
"All right, go further - really hellishly having spent the night in Tartu's club 'Hell,' we have set to Latvian citizen Riga. There we had time to take a walk only 2 hours and perfectly have acted performaced too, further having spent the night 5 hours per apartment of Edmunds from Riga's doom metal band Frailty, then we have quickly set to Lithuanian city Kaunas. We have perfectly gigged in tiny club where were 150 persons, but they were amazing! After that in Kaunas we lived for two days in cold hotel, walked around the city, have visited stunned Museum of Devils.
"Further the way laid to Poland through Warsaw. We have not seen Warsaw at night, at once have gone on the south of Poland in private hostel in village Zagorz, in Carpathians, godly paradise seat, plus there the spring on weather. Have acted in the city of Rzeszow, nicely, then in Sanok there was the best concert of tour, despite of 170 persons in a very small hall, there was a wild reception, it is a lot of food and beer from organizers.
"Well here, and last concert was on Thursday in the most beautiful ancient city Przemysl, the enormous club, but there was only for 50 persons. Right after a concert we have jerked at night through the Polish-Ukrainian border to Lvov, without problems, and even it is cheerful crossing. There we have bought the tickets for a train, have waited for it 2 hours and 23 hours to Moscow. Besides the passing 6 European borders without a uniform problem, checks, etc., fuck, on the Russian-Ukrainian border we have checked up for first time, disemboweled and morally fucked. But all has passed perfectly, as a result!
"We are at home now, and I can tell with confidence, that the Baltic (Baltic Metal Viking Tour, heh) tour has passed on hurrah, despite of universal colds, losses of stocks, clothes, etc. And as it was pleasant to visit beautiful quiet cities in which there is no this hellish din and vanity of Moscow…
"So, our first tour in Europe has ended. We wish to thank from the bottom of our hearts the band Ceremonial Perfection from Tallin (Romcha, Kiryuha, Ilyuha, Sonik and Vitalik), saint-petersburgian vikings (hehe) Trelleborg (Kirill, Oksi, Timur, Gena), very fucking amazing sound producer Vanya, our drivers Urmas and Asko, all organizers, Remi and Dron from Tallin, Edmunds from Riga. Workers of embassy of Estonia in Moscow Victoria Leontyeva and consul Tiju Viljasaar. And, certainly, all our lovely fans! We shall return!"
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