Tiamat @ KB, Malmö (SE)

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TIAMAT / ABRAMIS BRAMA

Date: 08th May, 2018
Venue: KB
Tickets: 320SEK (€29/$33)
Promoter: Kulturbolaget
Photos: Erika Wallberg


It was damn cool how ABRAMIS BRAMA worked the build-up with “Parentesvals”. Moving from one tiny melody to a full set band on full force. That's what I have with me from ABRAMIS BRAMA from past years; their intense live shows. It's always good and even for this day, when I was quite tired they managed to turn that frown upside down. And it wasn't only for me; people looked a bit skeptic to start with and by all means, if you're at Kulturbolaget to see TIAMAT playing their classic albums and this bunch of hippies shows up instead, you're allowed to be a little confused. But it turned around quickly, “Mamma Talar” has a fabulous drive and groove. And when delivered with ABRAMIS BRAMA skills it is bound to turn any music-lover around.

I really enjoyed watching, and listening to, guitarist Peo Andersson. The live situations are always beneficial as you get the opportunity to find the right place to get the sound directly from the amplifier straight in your face. The way he works his guitar, amp and effects is fascinating. He plays damn much all the time, there are small licks and add-on's constantly. This makes the sound very full and sometimes it's hard to believe it's only one guitar.

Also Ulf Torkelsson did a great job here winning people over. He's a great and very energetic frontman and so is his interaction with the crowd.  ABRAMIS BRAMA was also introducing a few songs from their brand new “Tusen År” album. First out was “Vem Är Du?” and a bit later in the set also “Hav Av lögner” showed up. Both tracks are great and worked well in a live-situation too.

I'm perhaps not that much a Blues fan but I must say that the extensive “Blåa Toner” was very appealing. Flawless musicianship helps of course, and this type of music always works better in a live situation. Most fascinating though was ‘Vägen Ut” which is a Swedish version of ASHBURY's “Vengeance”. It can be so creepy when something is so very familiar but you can't place it. It didn't happen here but when I first got the “Tusen År” record I had to think long and hard before realizing where it came from.

Another favorite ended the ABRAMIS BRAMA set; “Kylan Kommer Inifrån” a groovy piece of music which got the whole crowd singing. So this is what I call an excellent warm-up show.

ABRAMIS BRAMA setlist:

01. “Parentesvals"
02. Mamma Talar"
03. Vem Är Du?"
04. Säljer Din Själ"
05. Hav Av Lögner"
06. Blåa Toner"
07. Vägen Ut"
08. Svart"
09. Mjölk & Honung"
10. Kylan Kommer Inifrån"

ABRAMIS BRAMA

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Abramis Brama @ KB, Malmo (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Abramis Brama @ KB, Malmo (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Abramis Brama @ KB, Malmo (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Abramis Brama @ KB, Malmo (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Abramis Brama @ KB, Malmo (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)

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I didn't know what to expect from TIAMAT. I really love both “Clouds” and “Wildhoney” which were on the agenda for the night. I still today hold both those albums as all time favorites. But what TIMAT have been doing in recent years is quite far from the style on those albums. What would it be? An interpretation of the song to a more contemporary TIAMAT sound.

I shouldn't have doubted it of course. Those first notes of “In A Dream” sent shivers down my spine and when the song kicked off with full force I got goose-bumps all over my body. It's a quite strange feeling to get to hear these songs from an album I've had spinning countless times and know every note. However, those spins happened quite some time ago but I still know every single note. And Johan Edlund is so damn cool up there on stage. He is not trying to be something he's not. His expression fits the music perfectly and he sound great too. His vocals are a little bit cleaner compared to back in the 90's but that doesn't matter at all.

The massive sing-along in “The Sleeping Beauty” sure was cool. But for the following tracks it felt like TIAMAT lost it a little. “Forever Burning Flames” and “The Scapegoat” weren't as powerful as the rest up until this point. The audience didn't care at all though and kept singing. It all was sorted out for fantastic “Undressed”. The chorus is epic and to hear the massive chanting from the KB crowd was just awesome.

“Wildhoney” is not as direct though as “Clouds” so the show was bound to take a different turn when the second part came. After “Whatever That Hurts” came “The Ar”. I've heard them both live before but it still was a great pleasure to hear them once more. I was a bit hesitant that “Do You Dream Of Me?” would appear in the set but it sure did and this was another absolute high moment of the show. It's an odd one on the record but damn good. It sounded perfect here too.

It was a good thing to swap around the songs from “Wildhoney” to create a good live-set also. It didn't hurt that some of the instrumental stuff had been excluded as well as “A Pocket Size Sun”. The essence of the record was delivered and it sounded fantastic. The main set ended with “Gaia”, another favorite from the album and I couldn't be happier. It all sounded better than I could imagine, the delivery from the band was phenomenal and it all felt honest and genuine.

The encores consisted of “Divided” and “Cain” from the fantastic “Prey” album. Both worked really well live and got a surprisingly good response. I mean, it felt like it was an old-school crowd, old Death Metal freaks and I didn't expect almost everyone to know these two. But the response for those was nothing compared to “Vote For Love” which wrapped up the evening. That last one is not my favorite but I seemed to be quite alone with that opinion. It sure was a great night, filled with nostalgia moments and I walked out with a silly smile on my face totally happy with the shows. The only bad thing about it was that this was the only show I managed to squeeze into my schedule. I really would have liked to see it once more with a more relaxed mind.

TIAMAT setlist:

01. “In A Dream"
02. Clouds"
03. Smell Of Incense"
04. A Caress Of Stars"
05. The Sleeping Beauty"
06. Forever Burning Flames"
07. The Scapegoat"
08. Undressed"
09. Whatever That Hurts"
10. The Ar"
11. Do You Dream Of Me?"
12. Visionaire"
13. 25th Floor"
14. Gaia"
15. Divided"
16. Cain"
17. Vote For Love"

TIAMAT

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