Arcturus Invades Helsinki, and Plays Sold Out Show at Nosturi
Ever since ICS Vortex (Simen Hestnaes) parted ways with Dimmu Borgir the buzz in the air was of an Arcturus reunion. When it was finally made a reality, the only thing left for fans to do was to patiently wait for the band to land in their town. For Helsinki that chance came last Saturday! The show had been reported as sold out well before the actual date, and 900 lucky people were able to witness the reunion tour from the vantage point of one of Helsinki’s most renowned venues, and my personal favorite place to shoot: Nosturi. Check out the shots here!
Arriving to the venue, I was immediately filled with anticipation as I noticed the line stretched from the door of the venue, all the way through the parking lot and almost reaching the street. A diverse crown eagerly pressed against the doors waiting for the burly security guards inside the glass windows to let us in to claim our spots.
The opening band of the evening was called Clockwork Spirit, a melodic/black metal band from Helsinki Finland. Their set was enthusiastic and very well received, even from an audience that was impatiently waiting for the main act. Their music is darker, and definitely defines a specific atmosphere; lovely yet slightly uncomfortable in its ambience. Their self titled Debut album was just released last November, be sure to check out Clockwork Spirit here.
Finally it was the moment some of us had been waiting months for! Arcturus took the stage to thunderous applause and launched immediately into “Evacuation Code Deciphered”.
Simen Hestnaes has only grown as a vocalist, and the release of his solo album and his return to Arcturus only highlights this rather obvious fact.
The set happily featured all the best Arcturus has ever had to offer, off of the whole discography. The already huge crowd piling at the barrier only grew as the night went on, finally peaking out at the start of “The Chaos Path”.
The performance of “Deamon Painter” was arguably one of the best of the night, what with absolutely breathtaking vocals, and the lovely lilting keyboard solos by Sverd (Steinar Johnsen).
This is a band that plays as if it’s as effortless of breathing, pulling off fantastic feats on instruments and vocals alike.
Happily for me, I was given the amazing opportunity to view from the side stage, and with perfect timing because in store was an encore to top every single encore I’ve witnessed thus far.
For the first time ever, Arcturus rewarded this lucky audience with a performance of “Hibernation Sickness Complete”. The epicness did not stop here, as our favorite aliens also saw fit to treat us with a stunning rendition of “Shipwrecked Frontier Pioneer”. Simen’s highs are highlighted here, and I’m not ashamed to admit that this song has always given me goosebumps. After what seemed like way too short a set (despite being two hours long!) the night ended, and we slowly filtered out; our otherworldly night having drawn to a celestial close. A big thanks to Simona for the video of the encore!
Rachel Pappila has studied classical music and folk music at the University level, and enjoys studying Folklore in her spare time. She is an avid metal and folk music fan lucky enough to be living in Helsinki, Finland. Currently, she has expanded her love of music to include photography and freelance writing. You can see more of her photography here or at liliumphotography.com.
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