Cloven Hoof @ Le Klub, Paris (FR)

CLOVEN HOOF / STRATAGÈME / HÜRLEMENT / DREAMCATCHER

Date: 01st June, 2014
Venue: Sticky Fingers
Tickets: €10 ($13.5)
Promoter: n/a
Photos: Erika Wallberg


Well, I didn’t expect a very big place but Le Klub was actually a lot smaller than I could have ever imagined. Very dark and cozy, also very friendly and nice and to my surprise, the sound was also quite good. Loud, that’s for sure but everything sounded really ok.

DREAMCATCHER opened the night and had a bunch of people joining up at the front. That’s the cool thing with small gigs, almost always there’s a good support for the bands. Of course, 20 people in this place are enough to fill it but still, the atmosphere was very good from the start. DREAMCATCHER started really strong also, I really enjoyed their rough type of Heavy Metal. Most French bands have kind of an odd touch to their sound which makes them sound different from similar, for example German bands. I really like this. Take GRAVE DIGGER and add a French touch to it. Very cool! I especially enjoyed “People of Darkness”. Then I’m not sure, there was kind of a language barrier between me and the band since I don’t speak French, but it might have been that “How Much I Miss You” was dedicated to Clive Burr (or my understanding of French is much worse that I thought). Anyway, it brought on an extra cheer after the introduction at least. And the ballad start was very suitable as a tribute. Then something happened; up until now the show had been really good and I was very impressed with DREAMCATCHER but it felt like they kind of gave up after “How Much I Miss You”.

Then, to do a cover of “Tears Of The Dragon”, yes, the Bruce Dickinson track is a challenge. I think DREAMCATCHER got away with it, but just barely. Still, the last half of the set almost felt like a different band. And to bring up François Porte from HÛRLEMENT to play “Breaking The Law”, which he absolutely not knew wasn’t the best idea. The thing is that I remember more the messed-up part of the setlist than the first one half of the show, which was really good.

DREAMCATCHER setlist:

01. “The Soul Can’t Rest”
02. “No Way Out”
03. “People Of Darkness”
04. “How Much I Miss You”
05. “Truston1”
06. “Tears Of The Dragon”
07. “I Will Spit On Your Grave”
08. “Breaking The Law”

DREAMCATCHER

Dreamcatcher @ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Dreamcatcher @ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Dreamcatcher @ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Dreamcatcher @ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Dreamcatcher @ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Dreamcatcher @ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Dreamcatcher @ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Dreamcatcher @ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Dreamcatcher @ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Dreamcatcher @ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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It was partly for HÛRLEMENT (CLOVEN HOOF too of course) I really wanted to go to this show.  The time (or times perhaps) I’ve seen them play had been very good. The energy was always fantastic, like one of those shows you actually gain energy from, which makes an early morning the following day like a piece of cake rather than bring on anxiety over a hard day. And it was exactly the same now. Sure, local boys got one hell of a support

but it sure as hell feels strange to be on a concert and not have a clue of what the band is talking about. It of course makes sense that both DREAMCATCHER, HÜRELEMENT and later also STRATAGÉME did speak French and it really doesn’t matter. But it becomes a bit funny when the band says something and people go completely nuts. Take it for “Moine Guerrier” for example; the very small area in front of the stage turned into a mosh-pit. The same can be said for “Kamikaze”, it sure was damn cool to experience this since it felt more like an arena gig rather than a tiny club. I have to admit that it was quite nerve wrecking watching bassplayer Didier le Gorg brutally headbanging and the reason? There was a big iron beam in the roof and his head was many times freakishly close to hit it…

Towards the end of HÛRLEMENT’s set “Inquisition” from latest effort “Terreur Et Tourment” was played. During the melody François had an effect on his guitar making it sound like a violin rather than a guitar. All bands can do anything these days but anyway, it’s cool that it was live and not something pre-recorded since, no matter how you do it, having something pre-recorded will lose some of the Rock ’n’ Roll feeling. HÜRLEMENT ended their set with “Mercenaire” from debut full length “De Sang et d'Acier” and again the crowd responded immediately and it felt like the set was over just as it started. And yes, HÛRLEMENT managed to do the same thing again, delivery an absolutely amazing set.

HÛRLEMENT setlist:

01. “Dernier Combat”
02. “Broceliande”
03. “Moine Guerrier”
04. “Tigers Volants”
05. “Kamikaze”
06. “Brothers”
07. “Prince Noir”
08. “Ordalie”
09. “Inquisition”
10. “Mercenaire”

HÜRLEMENT

Hürlement @ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Hürlement @ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Hürlement @ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Hürlement @ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Hürlement @ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Hürlement @ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Hürlement @ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Hürlement @ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Hürlement @ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Hürlement @ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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As third band STRATAGÈME hit the stage. I can’t say anything negative about their performance since everything was flawless, perfectly performed, but… The place was rather hot by this time and I can’t say I have much over for cover bands. It really doesn’t matter how good songs a band play, it really needs to be the absolute right occasion for me to appreciate to watch a cover band. So let’s put it this way, I wasn’t too thrilled when they kicked off “Highway Star” as a starter of the set. And it didn’t get better when I took a glance at the setlist seeing a lot more familiar titles. Ok, now it wasn’t as bad as I expected since “Never Say Goodbye” was a STRATAGÈME original and not the BON JOVI hit-single that came to mind seeing songs like “Panama”, “Eruption” and “You Really Got me” in the setlist. The latter, the old 50’s classic had gotten a facelift and sounded really brutal, the hardest sounding track in the set. It still fitted very well in-between STRATAGÈME’s melodic Hard Rock.

Towards the end of the set there was a bit of a mess-up with the setlist. Again, I couldn’t follow very well since parts were in French. Anyway, “Gimme All Your Lovin” was originally the last song on the list but was moved up and SRATEGMÈME was joined on stage (how the hell they managed to squeeze up there is a good question) by DREAMCATCHER’s  Chris Garrel (who actually was up on “Panama” also) and CLOVEN HOOF’s Joe Whelan on vocals. Joe sure has one hell of a voice that became very clear when he was whaling away behind the other two. “Dangerous” was another very nice feature in the set and a good ending of a nice hour worth of music.

STRATAGEME setlist:

01. “Highway Star”
02. “I Feel The Heat”
03. “Believe”
04. “Never Say Goodbye”
05. “Panama”
06. “Eruption”
07. “You Really Got Me”
08. “Gimme Gimme”
09. “Gimme All Your Lovin”
10. “Front Of Storm”
11. “Dangerous”

STRATAGÈME

Stratagème@ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Stratagème@ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Stratagème@ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Stratagème@ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Stratagème@ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Stratagème@ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Stratagème@ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Stratagème@ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Stratagème@ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Stratagème@ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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Even if Le Klub was very cozy and cool place I really expected CLOVEN HOOF to play at a bigger venue. But it all worked out very well and the atmosphere was amazing throughout the evening. Everything was of course boosted to max as CLOVEN HOOF squeezed in on stage. And yes, squeezed. The other bands were four-pieces whereas CLOVEN HOOF are five people with actually three guitar players most of the time. This too worked out very well.

Openers of the set “Cloven Hoof” and “Reach For The Sky” kicked off and the venue filled up. People just went outside for some air and wasn’t all ready when CLOVEN HOOF started but during these two songs the venue filled up completely. I’m not sure how many visitors the club had that night but 50 people would make it packed so I guess something like that but it still sounded like an arena with screams between the songs and massive claps and applause as soon as the opportunity was given. “Astral Rider” was a good sample for this.

For me, the brand new “Resist Or Serve” sounds rather modern on occasion, perhaps not my absolute favorite style since it can feel a bit too adjusted. But this is on the record. Because the tracks played live like “Mutilator” and especially raw “Helldiver” worked very good. A bit more attitude did them very good and they became one of the absolute highlights of the evening. Another highlight was massive “The Gates of Gehenna”; this one suited Joe Whelan voice very good and his singing skills made the track even more dramatic.

CLOVEN HOOF’s performance was actually really good. Everything sounded great and they were fun to watch, even if the stage looked cramped with the band up there. Still the best thing with the whole event was the atmosphere; i was long since I had been at such crazy event. Everyone seemed so very happy and that was fascinating. I was tired walking to the event but absolutely not walking away from it. Music from stage sure is the key but without the response from the crowd it would absolutely not have been the same.

CLOVEN HOOF setlist:

01. “Cloven Hoof”
02. “Reach For The Sky”
03. “Mutilator”
04. “Astral Rider”
05. “Helldiver”
06. “The Gates Of Gehenna”
07. “Highlander”
08. “Inquisitor”
09. “Nova Battlestar”
10. “Laying Down The Law”

CLOVEN HOOF

Cloven Hoof @ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Cloven Hoof @ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Cloven Hoof @ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Cloven Hoof @ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Cloven Hoof @ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Cloven Hoof @ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Cloven Hoof @ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Cloven Hoof @ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Cloven Hoof @ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Cloven Hoof @ Le Klub, Paris (FR) (photos by Erika Wallberg)