Helldone concert No.3

Trip Start Dec 23, 2012
Trip End Jan 23, 2013

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Flag of Finland  , Southern Finland,
Sunday, December 30, 2012

I rocked up to the venue again quite late.  As much as I enjoyed the support acts the first night, I really couldn't be bothered listening to them more than once.  Tonight I tried a different spot to stand.  Just once I didn't want to get elbowed or pushed or get a sore neck from trying to look over and around tall people.  This time I went on the balcony.  It's slightly back from the stage but you get a really good overview of the stage, and I can see the whole band playing together.  Different vibe of fans up there too, no bitches or scanks or wannabes.  Always amuses me how some girls dress up like prostitues expecting to be noticed or pull up on stage.  Not with this band, they couldn't care less about that and if they do talk to the crowd it's only to fans not being idiots.  Mind you the lighting is so dark I doubt they really can see much of the crowd anyway.

So the balcony proved to be a successful viewing platform for my fourth concert as I didn't once have someone blocking my view.  Yay!

Huge improvements tonight over the last 2 shows.  Everything seemed to gel together and the band was responsive to the appreciative audience.  There was more jamming sessions tonight, which I love listening to, with guitar and drum solos galore.  They perform one song called 'Sleepwalking past hope' that goes for over 10 minutes, packed with beautiful vocals and amazing instrumental solos.

Ville's voice was back to it's best tonight.  It really helps when he lays off the booze.  He was doing heaps of 'heavy metal' type screams that sounded perfect and made my throat hurt just thinking about trying to do it.  He's also known for having a broad vocal range.  I can't quote the actual notes he sings but he can go very low and very high.  Bass to tenor I guess.  When he sings really low you can actually feel the soundwaves vibrate through you.  It's the most fantastic sensation.  He sings one song called 'It's all tears' that I absolutely adore because he does a complete mix of vocal range, low to high. Mmmm, very pleasing to the ears.

After the show tonight, I noticed that the band's management put up a world map in the foyer and had asked fans to circle what country they come from.  It was probably there the other nights but I hadn't noticed.  Getting out of this venue is a nightmare.  We look like cattle being loaded on to a truck, all pushing to get to the cloak room.  Tonight I stood back and waited 40 minutes before I attempted to leave, and so low and behold I noticed the world map.  Of course I circled Melbourne, and noticed Brisbane (person I know) and Tasmania were also circled.  It was fascinating though to see all the countries that were represented in the crowd.  Nearly all the countries in Europe, but also the Americas (North, South, Canada), Japan and some other Asian countries that I didn't recognise (the map was written in Finnish), South Africa.  Quite amazing, I've never been to such a multicultural show before.
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jalobro on

Great idea to have the map there. That would be great for the band to be reminded of how far their appeal reaches. Ha! Skanks etc ... par for the course, we copped our own eyeful of that in 2011 ;)

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