Monday, August 16, 2010

ArtMania - 14th August 2010

ArtMania - 14th August 2010
(Sibiu, Hermannstadt, Romania)

Sirenia (NOR)
Dark Tranquility (SWE)
Serj Tankian (ARM)
Other troops played at Music Pub and Flying Time: Tiarra (RO), Grimus (RO), Act (RO).

Sirenia started at about 17:00 local time. The band performed very well, Ailyn and Morten having an incredible appeal to the public and, thus, a good stage presentation.
Between the songs, they played: "my mind's eye", "the other side", "the last call", "the seventh summer", "path to decay", "sundown", "downfall", "meridian".

Then, Dark Tranquility continued at about 20:30. Even if they haven't got any female vocalist to the stage, the band performed incredible. A huge poster with "Dark Tranquility are our lethe" was helded by first line public. Mikael raised up the public with a lot of DT's songs like: "therein", "dream oblivion", "the fatalist", "the lesser faith", "misery's crown", "inside the particle storm", "the wonders at your feet", "final resistance", "lost to apathy", "punish my heaven". The public reacted especially at "therein", "the lesser faith", "misery's crown". DT ended with "terminus (where death is most alive)", which I consider the proper song DT can end a stage presentation. DT had not enough time to perform all their hits, but even so, I consider they had the best stage presentation at ArtMania festival.

Serj Tankian (ex System of a Down - SOAD) ended the show at about 00:00. Between the songs: "lie lie lie", "praise the lord and pass the ammunition" ,"sky is over", "baby". He ended up with "empty walls", his most well known song after SOAD era. He also performed a new song titled "left of center" from his next album "imperfect harmonies", which release he announced to be in September this year. Even if Serj was well received by public, he probably needs about 2-3 new songs like "empty walls" in order to sustain a good stage presentation.


Dark Tranquility - Songs to listen:
The Gallery [1995] LP:
punish my heaven
the gallery
The Minds I [1997] LP:
insanity's crescendo
Projector [1999] LP:
Haven [2000] LP:
the wonders at your feet
Damage Done [2002] LP:
hours passed in exile
monochromatic stains
final resistance
Character [2005] LP:
lost to apathy
my negation
am i 1 ?
Fiction [2007] LP (I consider this album a masterpiece):
terminus (where death is most alive)
misery's crown
the lesser faith
the mundane and the magic
inside the particle storm
focus shift
We Are the Void [2010] LP:
dream oblivion
at the point of ignition
the fatalist

My favourite DT's songs (in this order):
misery's crown,
the lesser faith,
the wonders at your feet,
the mundane and the magic,
monochromatic stains,
insanity's crescendo.