Wed. Dec 2nd, 2020

23.5.2019 Keoma & Threshold @ Tavastia, Helsinki

Last year Finnish progressive metal act KEOMA won the Tuska Torstai competition and as a result they got a show at the popular festival. Perhaps it's because of their appearance at Tuska Festival that the organization behind the festival invited them to play as a support act before the legendary progressive metal act THRESHOLD, a band that I haven't been able to see live before. That meant that progheads were served with two great prog acts for the evening, so I just knew I had to be there. 

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Much to my surprise Tavastia was already filled with people to see KEOMA play their show, perhaps because singer Jasse Jatala's recent appearance on The Voice, which may have benefited the band. Nevertheless, it was the first time that I was able to catch a full show of these guys, as I had to miss part of their show during Tuska. I already realized from watching them play for about 10 minutes at Tuska, that we could expect a high-quality show. So, when the band started off with "Past Of Thousand Snakes", it was clear that that was the case here. Moreover, it's very entertaining to watch the guys play their complex tunes. Especially front man Jasse, who has an incredible voice, both clean vocals and growls, and steals the show. 

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Setlist

1. Past Of Thousand Snakes
2. Bloodstar
3. Solaris
4. Mutakuningas
5. Penta
6. Garden of Ember

 

The venue packed up quite nicely, and finally, it was time for THRESHOLD to start their show. Even though I have been a fan of the band for a while now, I had never had the opportunity to witness a show from them, and I haven't been much up-to-date with their music ever since Damian Wilson left the band in 2017, so I was quite curious to see what the band had in store for us. 

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With not knowing what to expect from the band, I have to say that I was in awe with THRESHOLD's performance from the first minute of their show. In their studio albums the band often manages to create a perfect atmosphere which balances out every aspect in their music. Whether it's the heaviness, the melodies, technique and so on. This also happened during the show. Starting the show off with "Slipstream" the band immediately grabbed the audience's attention, and kept it through out the whole show. 

Coming from Belgium, the Finnish audience, to me, always seems a bit more reserved to let themselves completely get lost in the music. During this show, however, the atmosphere amongst the crowd was simply fantastic. Fans shouting along as the band played through their songs. This is not surprising because the band had a great energy on stage, and even though the production was quite minimal, all musicians had the chance to shine through on stage. Lead vocalist Glynn Morgan carries the whole performance, by his great energy, but also drummer Johannes James was entertaining to watch while he was circling his drum sticks in the sky. Even though their songs are quite complex, the band played a solid set, that was great from start to finish. 

"Snowblind" marked the end of the show, before we knew it, but not before the band returned for two more treats "Lost in Translation" and "Small Dark Lines", a fantastic ending to a great night, and definitely worth the wait!

 

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Setlist

  1. Slipstream
  2. The Man Who Saw Through Time
  3. Long Way Home
  4. Stars and Satellites
  5. Into the Light
  6. Hollow
  7. Light and Space
  8. Trust the Process
  9. Pressure
  10. The Shire (Part 2)
  11. Snowblind

    Encore:

  12. Lost in Translation
  13. Small Dark Lines

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