31.5.2019 Damnation Plan, MyGrain & Bloodred Hourglass @ The Circus, Helsinki

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BLOODRED HOURGLASS are soon to release their new album "Godsend", but before that the melodic death metal act, was scheduled to perform at The Circus, together with DAMNATION PLAN and MYGRAIN, a dream lineup for the average melodic death metal fan.
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 The night started with DAMNATION PLAN. It was the band's second gig of the year, and the second one with the new lineup. Vocalist Asim Searah took over the vocal duties of colleague Tommy Tuovinen. During the last show this was positively received by the audience. With a little bit more experience as a five piece, the band now had their second show, and overall seemed more confident. This resulted in a solid performance, and aside from some technical issues with the microphone, the sound was great. 
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The band had time for about nine songs, and managed to compile an energetic setlist that worked very well. From the crushing "Rise of the Messenger", to the gloomy "Maze of Despair", to the outstanding cover of Ronnie James Dio's "Don't Talk To Strangers", no matter what the band played, they did it with great energy and dynamics. And, as I turned around in the photo pit, a familiar face appeared. WINTERSUN front man Jari Mäenpää was encouraging his band mate as the show continued. All-in-all a great start for a melodic death metal fest. 
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 It seems like MYGRAIN is on a roll, after the melodic death metal act ended their activities in 2015, the band came back together in 2018 to record an EP. In 2019 MYGRAIN then continued with some shows, and from what I understood from their social media, the band is still cooking up something. If this means we get to see them more, no idea, and that's also what the audience must have thought, since more and more people had come in to watch MYGRAIN play their iconic songs.  
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 Once again, MYGRAIN looked as if they were having a blast on stage, and grabbed the audience's attention from the beginning, with hits such as "Dreascape", but they didn't hold back from player newer material such as "Lifeless". Not only did they play a solid set, it was just fun to watch them play, as they also had a great energy on stage.  
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Finally, it was time for BLOODRED HOURGLASS to play their set. Over 300 people were gathered to witness the band play their songs, quite a good turnout, considering there were other events in town, as well as graduation time. This gig was originally set as the release show for the album "Godsend", but the album was delayed. But no worries, the band still has plenty of outstanding material to play, and we were even treated with some new songs! 
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 BLOODRED HOURGLASS kicked off their show with much animo, and definitely provided the audience with an ultimate climax of the evening. Fronted by vocalist Jarkko Koukonen, the quintent played their best tracks for us, highlights of the evening for me were "Six Feet Savior", "Where the Sinners Crawl", and their newest song "Waves of Black". The latter is proof to me how great this new album is going to be in a live setting, BLOODRED HOURGLASS also played "The Unfinished Story", which is going to be their next single, and also kicked ass live! Mark my words, this is only the beginning, this band is going to have a great year after they have released "Godsend".  
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