Swedish metal Easter part one – that’s how the header for this years metallic Easter time could look like. Gebr De Nobel in Leiden hosts two shows with Swedish/Finish bands. Before Gothenburg’s melodic death metal pioneers Dark Tranquillity will hit the stage on Monday it was a prog metal package that enchanted the audience on Saturday night. Prog metal band Pain Of Salvation is on tour through Europe, promoting their newest longplayer “In the Passing Light of Day” and stopped for three shows in 'tulip country'. Together with their support act Port Noir, a band from the greater Stockholm area, the main act ignited a metal fireworks that included all facets progressive metal music could include.
The band that was supposed to break the first ground was Port Noir. Already before the show started, it was a photo in the middle of the stage that created some question marks in people’s minds – at least with the ones not knowing the background. The photo showed a portrait of Port Noir’s former live bassist Kalle Ojala who passed away a month ago and it was the photo that made him present during this show.
With such a heavy burden Port Noir hit the road and after having seen the concert I can report that it was more than worth the effort. The trio nailed down a show that was very well received by the audience. I’m not sure how many fans came for the opener, but Port Noir took everybody’s heart by storm. That the Swedes have great songs in their backpack is something we know already from the latest studio longplayer “Any Way the Wind Carries”. It was more the energy the guys unleashed that was impressive. It almost felt like they wanted to get out of this sadness mode of the last weeks by playing each of the tunes so heavy and loud. At the end of their 40 minutes set the trio received a more than warm applause from an adrenalized crowd.
That means that fans were prepared for the main act and after a short break Pain Of Salvation filled the room with the first notes. “Full Throttle Tribe” from the latest album was a perfect entry point for a two-hour show that was highly entertaining. As not expected differently it was the “In the Passing Light of Day” album that built the core of this show including all highlights of the latest longplayer. Enriched by some earlier tacks from “Remedy Lane” and the two “Road Salt” records, the set showcased pretty much all the periods of Daniel Gildenlöw and band. Each of the twelve songs that have been played that night were real highlights, also showing the development of the band over time. While all of the tunes being a 100% Pain Of Salvation, it has been the newer tracks that showed a level of intensity that was (and is) simply jaw dropping.
It wasn’t that much talking that night and it was the music that was the main point of interest. However, the moments Gildenlöw used for talking to the fans were special too. With a twinkle in the eye he mentioned the sadness of an Easter day like this with Jesus dying that day, followed by another, more serious moment of sadness when the frontman talked about the recent drop of the ‘Mother of all bombs’ and one thing was crystal clear: Pain Of Salvation fans are no Donald Trump supporters.
Time was flying and the show came closer to an end. Normally a band plays two to three songs as the encore. In Pain Of Salvation's case it was one track, but that one had a length of 15 minutes. Gildenlöw announce the closer as a song that everybody should experience in its entirety by though away all the mobile phones and just listen to a terrific version of “In the Passing Light of Day”, a song that was true grand finale of a show that featured the full spectrum of what progressive metal music stands for. The show included heavy, sometimes almost brutal riffs, moving emotional moment and fragile sequences in which you could have heard a pin drop.
I can't imagine anybody leaving this how with unmet expectations. These 120 minutes belong to the best ones spend in concerts so far in 2017.
- Full Throttle Tribe
- A Trace of Blood
- Rope Ends
- Beyond the Pale
- Silent Gold
- On a Tuesday
- The Physics of Gridlock
- The Passing Light of Day (Encore)
Location: Gebr. De Nobel, Leiden, The Netherlands
Date: April 15th, 2017