Shining

support Caligula´s Horse + Jack Dalton
author RD date 29/10/15 venue Lille Vega, Copenhagen, DEN

Thursday 29th of October was an important day for Danish fans of progressive and experimental music. In Lille Vega, there was a feeling of anticipation for the successful metal band Shining to be the main event of a concert that also featured the Australian progressive metal band Caligula’s Horse and the lesser known hardcore band Jack Dalton from Norway. The show in Copenhagen was only the second gig of a one-month European tour that the three bands have embarked upon, so fans were certain to get a fresh drive from all the musicians.

All photos courtesy of Troest.nu

Jack Dalton

Jack Dalton opens the evening right on time in front of an almost empty Lille Vega. Not discouraged by this fact, the band starts with a really energetic hardcore. The aggressive vocals and fast rhythms make the first row of the scarce audience headbang. In spite of the small attendance, the members of Jack Dalton seem to enjoy themselves and, even though the music might not be the most original on the hardcore scene, the musicians compensate with great energy. With a 45-minutes performance, the Norwegians do not lose time and make sure to play as many songs as possible. The music itself is quite technical and has a lot of challenging rhythmic changes while it keeps a fast pace all along. The only problem was that the sound was a little too rough and loud, both guitars and the bass ended up blending into each other. Jack Dalton, however, delivered an honest performance, but whether or not they have the potential to become more than an opening band is too soon to tell.

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Caligula’s Horse

Coming from Brisbane, Caligula’s Horse is part of the modern Australian progressive scene that, with bands such as Karnivool and Dead Letter Circus, has been thriving for some years now. The third album of the band, “Bloom”, was released this year by the famous progressive label Inside Out, which demonstrates that it can, indeed, become a big fish in the pond of the progressive genre. All the elements of progressive metal are present from the start: songs with long developments, intricate instrumental parts, rhythmic changes and rather expressive vocals. The metal parts of the music are aggressive enough to appeal to the Jack Dalton fans while still creating memorable tunes and blending rougher and quieter parts with maestri. Another huge asset for the band is its lead guitar player, Sam Vallen, who, with his relevant solos, manages to keep the perfect balance between technicality and emotion. Their music was served with a good mix, which made each instrument discernible all along the set.

Even though the Australians have arrived just two days before the evening in Denmark, travelling from the other end of the world, they convey a captivating energy and, as the concert progresses, they display more and more confidence. The frontman and singer Jim Grey is sometimes joking with his audience, making him the only one of the evening to interact this much with the public. However, the very limited turnout is again a disappointment; the appearance of Caligula’s Horse should have brought more progressive metal fans to Vega. But, with such a solid performance on their first European tour, it is clear that Caligula’s Horse will soon return – though likely next time as the headliner.

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Shining

During the short intermission, only a few more people show up in the concert hall, making Lille Vega strangely empty for the headline Shining. The band begins the show in the very same way as they begin their latest album – with the utter madness of “Admittance”. The frontman Jørgen Munkeby unleashes his tormented saxophone while the band explodes in an instant chaos that quickly turns into “The One Inside”. The audience then plunges into an intense and brutal delirium, the band plays fast and loud without even pausing between the songs. Shining’s material on stage is mainly taken from their last two albums. During the entire concert, Munkeby is constantly shifting between saxophone and a black Gibson SG, and his impressive presence and magnetic charisma is surely Shining’s main advantage.

The high point of the concert is of course “House of Control” – the instant classic from their new album “International Blackjazz Society”; it is a bright example of how to build tension and, of course, it is transfigured on stage with the power brought on by all the musicians. The whole concert was an exhilarating experience for the audience, as the Norwegians played as if their lives depended on it and even in the chaos of Shining’s music, all the instruments could be heard. Their vitality and commitment made the concert a very memorable experience. Unfortunately, the audience was rather quiet apart from the headbangers on the first row. But in spite of that, Shining came back to the stage for an encore, bringing a last moment of absolute maelstrom to the Danish capital. With this gig, the band has proven to be one of the most enjoyable and memorable bands of the metal scene.

Setlist:

  • 1. Admittance
  • 2. The One Inside
  • 3. The Last Stand
  • 4. I Won’t Forget
  • 5. My Dying Drive
  • 6. Fisheye
  • 7. HEALTER SKELTER
  • 8. House of Control
  • 9. Last Day
  • 10. Thousand Eyes
  • 11. Burn it All
  • 13. Need

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