Thu 8 Sep – Within Temptation, 3
should i forgive Within Temptation
for making this show? that will be hard...
i accuse WT to be sadistic, here's why:
1)why make music that a band member does not like?
2)are we at the movies, or at a real live event?
3)what are sound checks for?
1) one thing i always do when going to gigs is to take some time to focus a minute or two on each bandmembers. heres my observations:
the keyboard player seems to be sleeping, absolutely immobile, absolutely no face expression. He looks bored, and its only the second show of a world tour!! is he hating the new tracks? Was he just to disturbed by the distorsion coming out of his key-bored?
Sharon: obviously not confortable with her sound, shes playing with her transmission device every 30 seconds, and its never quite satisfying. she has the potiential, i remember being impressed by her voice when they opened for Lacuna Coil a couple years ago. in the end.
side note: drummer is one a a kind: one of the happiest person ive seen on stage, if only his play was interesting. This new album lacks drum creativity, i was hoping for some implementation, but no. As you migth know, this is a new drummer, i suspect the previous one had a depression after listening the unforgiving demos.
2) i once read that this tour would have a unique concept, i tried not to read updates, to keep it as a surprise. What is it about? MOVIES! i didnt expect those movies to be part of the show since i already watched them. i find it to be a very bad idea, here how it goes: ligths go down, everybody scream, we know its gonna start very shortly... energy reachs the climax.. err, no, we gota wait for this 4minutes long movies, people stop screaming, , some watch, others wait. its a movie, with some silent parts, it kills the mood. Those who knows about it find it old story, while others cant find it since projector is not perfectly focused and ligth output is too weak. whatever, its boring! music please. it could have been acceptable to use these movies as a break for members to rest in the middle of the show, but as an opener, NO. What about the 3rd movie? It feels like we got a partial show, not that i wanted to see the 3rd movie, but usually we get to have at least 2 encore songs. We had none.
3) in the end, these were just small problems compared to the sound. the opening (and new) tracks mostly feature basic 3 notes guitars and they were unheard. (thank god this was not songs by Gorguts) The piano that is often supposed to be "natural" was heavily distorded, the voice tracks were overlaping and cacophonous. (Yes tons and tons of voice tracks, even for the "lead parts", she once had the mic on her knee for the final word of a phrase, yet we could still hear it!). They used way too much artificial echo boost, and most of the time, it hurts my ears even with plugs as deep as possible. Sound quality sligthly improved as we went through it, but the sucess bar was out of reach, miles away from their previous show. Damn incompetent «sound checkers» who «adjust» everything on max just for the sake of rough power.
all this shit combine with 35°C and near 100%humidity made me think a couple time that i should leave, but i had hope...
only one positive moment: the crowd reacted a lot after "our solem our", loud cheering and all, Sharon was cute a this moment.Within Temptation
, thats what you get for trying to gather new fans with non-music-related device, you forget the basics: music itself.