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Gallery link: Profane Omen | MyGrain | Hateform
Band: Profane Omen

On the 9th of May 2009 the doors of Helsinki’s Nosturi were opened to welcome those metalheads who came to see Embreach, Hateform, MyGrain and Profane Omen playing a gig together. The occasion for this event was Teemu Suominen’s (Metalheim agency) 30th birthday. All of the bands are represented by Metalheim agency and were there to greet the man of the moment.

I don’t know whether it was due to the before mentioned occasion or maybe the Moon was in the right phase and the stars were in the right disposition, for whatever reason from the technical point this concert was flawless. For the first time ever there was simply nothing to complain about: the light was spectacular, the sound was just right, everything was perfect. Obviously, technicians did their best.

Nosturi’s upper bar seemed to be more crowded with guests of the event than the lower level. It was a lucky coincidence for the younger part of the audience, as there was plenty of space for a proper moshpit and they used it all.

MyGrain were one of the most awaited bands to enter the stage that evening. They have released their 2nd album ‘Signs of Existence’ in February 2008 and did not play many live gigs since then. It was great to see that the band is still in a great condition and totally capable of scattering your world. Eve (keyboards) must be the most headbanging keyboardist of Finland. You’d expect a girl in such a rough male band to stay unnoted somewhere in the corner, behind her keyboards. Well, this is not the case. Eve can play keyboards, headbang and simply rock out, all at the same time. You will have to notice her and admire her and the way she perfectly fits into such a heavy band. Tommy (vocals) used his voice to its full capacity. I hope the audience didn’t forget to use their ear-plugs. He and the rest of the band were like candles on the birthday cake. The kind of candles that you wouldn’t be able to blow out, because they will blow you up before you manage to understand what has happened. Some of the old hits were played that night, including ‘Misery Assembly Line’ and ‘Veil Of Sun’. MyGrain’s performance was smashing, I am sure some of the necks in the audience were hurting a lot during the next days. Their set created just the right atmosphere for the headliners of the night to enter the stage.

Profane Omen have recently released their new album ‘Inherit The Void’ and seemed to be excited about playing the new stuff live. They were a blast. Jules Näveri (the band’s vocalist) stormed out on stage overflowing with his endless energy charge, and since then hardly ever stood still. The rest of the band didn’t waste their time in vain as well and altogether they turned on the crowd almost immediately. Songs from the new album were welcomed warmly by all the crazy slamming in the audience. That’s what the band’s music inspires you to do - go as wild as you can, let out all your anger and headbang till your head drops off. How else can it be, if what you see on stage feels like putting two fingers into an electric socket. During this set Profane Omen also played songs from their debut album ‘Beaten Into Submission’ (2006), such as ‘Rewind’, ‘Painbox’ and one of their best songs so far - ‘FMH’. Jules sounded as good as ever, switching from growling to melodic vocals and back. This guy has one hell of an engine inside him and it surely roars loudly. If you have seen Profane Omen live, you know that their performances are basically lit by the band’s insane energy. If you haven’t seen them yet, don’t hesitate a single moment, the guys are playing a bunch of festivals this summer, so don’t miss them!

All in all it was a rather heavy night - heavy in the sense of music, atmosphere and in the sense of lifting your head the next morning. But it was all worth of it.

Pictures: Jana Blomqvist | Report: Tanja C.

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