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Poets of The Fall - Tavastia/Virgin Oil Co - 03.04./30.04.2010, Helsinki
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It has been quite a while since Poets of The Fall played a concert in Helsinki. They have spent the past year writing their latest album Twilight Theater. Finally the job was done; the album hit the stores in March and went gold almost immediately. It was time to get back on the road. First the band did a tour in Russia, and then it was time for Finland and Helsinki. In April Poets of The Fall graced the capital city with two gigs, one on the 3rd of April in Tavastia and another one on the 30th at Virgin Oil Co.
Music Photocalypse crew got the chance to attend both shows, but separately, due to some organizational issues. So I am going to tell you about the concert at Virgin Oil Co, but the pictures you can see in the gallery are from Tavastia. The band looked just as good at Virgin Oil, you can take my word for it.
At both shows the warm up act was what I call PoTFs child-band Phoenix Effect. I have seen them a few times already and theyve always been good. Yet there is something that doesnt let them overcome that level of simply good and become excellent. Maybe it is because warming up for such a band as Poets of The Fall is always a challenge, they are impossible to outshine no matter what you do.
At the concert in Tavastia the bands vocalist - Marko Saaresto - was really sick, but luckily in Virgin Oil he seemed to really fit into his stage persona. They started the gig with the hit single off the new album Dreaming Wide Awake. People were feeling rather festive as it was Vappu evening (Walpurgis Night a big holiday in Finland), so the upbeat and cheerful mood was set for the whole concert from the very beginning.
I have always been amazed by the diversity of the audience you can see at the Poets of The Falls gigs. There are teenage girls in search of their Prince Charming, there are long-haired metalheads who are not afraid to show their tender side, there also people close to the retirement age trying to get hold of their lost youth, I assume. Whatever their motives are, they all find what they search for in the bands music.
So let me tell you what its like to be at a show in the Twilight Theater. They play the most spellbinding music there. It makes you open your eyes wider and face your vices; meanwhile letting you float on the waves of such compositions like Smoke and Mirrors, Diamonds for Tears, War, Given and Denied. You cant help opening your heart to some of these new songs and singing along.
All kinds of interesting and amusing characters can be seen on stage. Theres a waggish jester Olli playing his guitar. That night he decided to add something new to his looks and borrowed funny-looking glasses from the audience to everyones entertainment. Theres Tin Woodman Jani, who has been always too absorbed by playing his bass-guitar. But nowadays Jani is playing his instrument with a big smile on his face. Theres a big bear Jaska on rhythm guitar, behind the keyboards theres the genie Markus Captain and the man you can hardly see behind the sparkling purple drum-kit Jari. The main character on this stage is the Magician Marko Saaresto. He charms and lulls you with his voice; he knows the verity which is beyond your understanding.
You can shake off the enchantment so easy as the show goes on with Dying To Live, Youre Still Here, Illusion & Dream, 15 Min Flame and so on. The actors of the Twilight Theater know their job too well. They are on fire that night and as Marko goes across the stage, shaking hands with people in the first rows, he lets the audience share some of that flame.
The last act of the play ended with the most powerful and bright moment - Carnival of Rust. This song swirls you in the vortex of your deepest emotions, it goes deep down and touches everyone, even if youre made of tin.
As the last notes die away, its time to leave the theater. All guitar riffs are played and all goodbyes are said. The curtain drops.
Report: Tanja Caciur | Pictures: Jana Blomqvist
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