Shining (8/10)
Start 20:00/ End 20:45
The Norwegian band Shining, to not confuse with the other several bands with the same name, is bearer of an original sound, that today features an inspired mix of Jazz, Avant-garde, Prog and Black Metal. Born from a rib of Jaga Jazzist ensemble, playing at the beginning acoustic instrumental Jazz, Shining has been later strongly influenced by its Norwegian friends Motorpsycho and Enslaved, to develop from 2010 with the album “Blackjazz” in the current shape, where Experimental Jazz and Extreme Metal live perfectly together. When Shining came to the stage, its fans were already close in front of the stage, acclaiming the Norwegian band. Jørgen Munkeby, singer, guitarist, saxophonist and songwriter , with his impressive band composed of guitarist Håkon Sagen, bass guitarist Tor Egil Kreken, keyboardist Bernt Moen, and drummer Torstein Lofthus, offered an amazing performance, with the attendees involved for the whole show. With a setlist that proposed pieces from its last metal-oriented albums, the peak was touched with the famous and acclaimed cover of King Crimson “21th Century Schizoid Man”, where Shining gave its best and its original Jazz-Prog-Metal could be fully appreciated in its entirety. I can’t imagine a better opening band for Devin Townsend: maybe only Strapping Young Lad itself could be comparable. We all hope that we don’t have to wait too much to appreciate Shining again live in Berlin!

Devin Townsend Project (9/10)
Start 21:30 / End 22:50
The Canadian musician Devin Townsend is without doubts one of the most prolific and unique artist of the Extreme Metal scene. For the joy of the Berliner fans, Devin with his music project found the time for a show in the German capital among his many festival appearance during the summer tour. After his beginning as vocalist for Steve Vai, after forming and disbanding his extreme violent creature “Strapping Young Lad” in 2007 and after his “Devin Townsend Band” project, Devin started this last music experiment after a 2 years hiatus with the aim of rediscovering himself and trying to compose without using drugs. Devin Townsend Project has born originally in 2009 under the idea of a four-album series, but Devin is continuing to release albums: the latest and fifth, “Epocloud”, was out in 2012, and he’s working currently at new material, that should go out within this year. The sound of his solo albums is really hard to categorize: Hard Rock, Progressive Metal, laid-back Funk, New-age, Ambient Rock merge together in a heavily multi-tracked wall of sound, and this mix is enhanced by the freshness due to his mutating songwriting and his unique versatile vocal ranges. All these peculiar features were presented, even strengthened, during the live show of Devin, a show that keep to be something to not miss at all. From the first song “Seventh Wave” until the final encore “Bad Devil”, the fans sang along every piece of the Canadian artist. Devin and his band exchanged this love with a majesty performance, and he doesn’t stop a second playing and joking with the audience: an immense artist that doesn’t take himself too seriously. The setlist was composed by a first part with song from albums of Devin Townsend Band and then mainly by songs of the Devin Townsend Project, with the final pieces “Kingdom”, “Juular” and “Grace”, that set the packed and sweated audience on fire. A great concert offered by a band of great professional musicians, that still enjoy what they are doing and that are aware of the love and respect of its fans. An absolute model in the music scene.

Venue: Bi Nuu
Price: 26,00€ at Trinity Music
Setlist: Devin Townsend Project

Berlin, 07.08.2014

  1. sunny says:

    mega show! saw him at wacken and he even topped his performance. everyone should experience a Devin T show just to see what is possible if you put tight craftmanship, immense creativity, capturing charisma and professionality together. listen, watch and learn 🙂

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