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True Black Dawn and Behexen live in Tampere

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , on 14th January 2018 by izaforestspirit

Kyy, True Black Dawn, Behexen
Olympia, Tampere, Finland
13th January 2018

My first concert of 2018! It’s been over a year since I’ve been to a black metal gig – not since Tampere Black Mass two years ago. Behexen is one of the big names within in the Finnish black metal scene and this was their first Tampere show in ten years.

Unfortunately I arrived too late to catch the first act, another Finnish black metal band called Kyy. I did however, see all of True Black Dawn’s performance. By then the venue wasn’t just full but officially sold out. Massive queues to bar and the tightly packed hall were just some of the challenges one had to face to catch a glimpse of the bands. I really struggled to get some decent-looking photos. But enough of that, let’s talk about the show…

True Black Dawn are an established black metal act who have been around in various guises since the mid 1990s. I knew them under their old name Black Dawn and only recently did I discover that they released a new album under the new name not so long ago. Music-wise they reminded me of old Marduk, Funeral Mist and most prominently of Enochian Crescent. The last band name shouldn’t come as much of surprise, since up until recently they shared the same singer. Good show but it sounded a little too familiar, almost as if I have heard similar bands before. 3/5

 

Behexen were worth the worth wait. Though not flawless, their performance was memorable. I particularly enjoyed hearing an old classic ‘The Celebration of Christ’s Fall’ and ‘Rakkaudesta Saatanaan’ from the new album. They also played ‘Kiss of The Dark Mother’ but sadly that didn’t sound quite as good as it does on the record. 4/5

In summary, black metal isn’t always the best genre to see live. Some bands are better than others. Out of all the black metal gigs I’ve been to, only a handful have been memorable. I cannot comment about Kyy; True Black Dawn were fairly average live but Behexen put on good show.

Iza Raittila

Behexen – Nightside Emanations

Posted in Review with tags , , on 21st September 2012 by izaforestspirit

Behexen
Nightside Emanations
Released: September 2012
Black Metal
Released via Debemur Morti Productions

‘Nightside Emanations’ is the long-awaited fourth album from the Finnish black metal band Behexen. It follows their 2008 album ‘My Soul For His Glory’ and their split with the Finnish black metal act Satanic Warmaster.

So after the spooky church organ ‘Intro’ it’s straight into some mid-paced, nihilistic black metal with ‘Wrathful Dragon Hau-Hra’ sending shivers down the listener’s spine mostly due to the singer’s unholy shrieks of doom. In ‘Death’s Light’ we are treated to some raw sounding guitar riffs accompanying the aforementioned shrieks and steady drumming.

Then there’s the vocalized invocation of satan in ‘Circle Me’ making it abundantly clear that Behexen hasn’t changed their lyrical themes. The latter also happens to be one of the highlights of the album thanks to the eerie guitars which complement the singer’s delivery of his message to the Horned One. Other noteworthy tracks include: the atmospheric ‘Kiss Of The Dark Mother’ and the gloomy satanic anthem ‘Temple of Silent Curses’ which is all the more memorable thanks to the good guitar solo towards the end of the song.

Overall four years may seem long time but this was well worth the wait.

4/5

Iza Raittila