Hypocrisy and Kataklysm touring together in Helsinki, who would have ever thought. I have been a big fan of Hypocrisy since I was a teenager. In fact “Warpath” and “Penetralia” have been some of my all-time favorite tracks and I have waited a long time to hear them live. When this doubleheader was announced I just knew I needed to be a part of it, especially because I haven’t seen Kataklysm live either.
The Circus seemed to fill up quickly as the first band of the evening The Spirit started out. The guys in front started the set with their backs to the audience. It created a very grim atmosphere, accentuated by the dark red lighting.
I hadn’t heard yet of the band, but I pressed an instant like on Facebook. The guys apparently are signed with Nuclear Blast. While playing their set I got an instant Dissection and Tribulation vibe from that, something that I liked very much. I feel frustrated that I somehow missed this album release and have to catch up now for the missed time. All-in-all The Spirit played a tight set and felt like a refreshing step forward for the melodic black metal scene. Hopefully, these guys are raiding Europe as we speak so we get to see a lot more shows of them in Finland!
The headliners of the evening Kataklysm were something I anticipated for a long time as well. I had never seen them live but have heard such great things about their concerts. The stories have been correct, the band also has an amazing energy on stage and it is such a shame that for some reason many people left during their set. The venue suddenly felt empty… I have no clue why.
The sound during Kataklysm was even better than during both sets and what an amazing light show and props. With their energetic and fast-paced setlist, the guys dominated the stage at The Circus. I will definitely attend one of their shows again when time allows, especially because their show seemed to be super short. If not too short. I hope to catch them with a longer set.