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Le Divan Du Monde, Paris
26th October 2013

Ian Sutherland

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When Anneke Van Giersbergen's scheduled support act for her European tour pulled out at short notice Amanda Somerville and her band Trillium were lined up as a replacement making this the tour to see this autumn if rocking female vocalists is your thing!

Le Divan Du Monde is a beautiful little venue in Paris and was already very busy when Trillium hit the stage. Amanda Somerville is well known in the metal scene for work with the likes of Kamelot and Epica and projects such as Kiske/Somerville with Michael Kiske.

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Having so many different things on the go it means that she doesn't get out on the road with her band Trillium as much as she would like but you'd never know that from this performance. Right from the opening cascading riff of 'Machine Gun' from the Trillium debut 'Alloy' this is a tight well oiled machine, each player knowing their part.

It's Ms Somerville who's the star of the show but there is definitely a band vibe here and one that works really well. Everyone seems to be enjoying themselves on stage and that translates into the audience who are more enthusiastic and interested with each passing song.

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The bulk of the set is made up from the excellent debut album and the combination of power and melody in, amongst others, 'Mistaken' and 'Path Of Least Resistance' is irresistible, especially when they are topped with the strong, beautiful vocals and theatrical presence and confidence that they are here, Amanda's arresting looks are easily matched by her on stage presence.

Taking advantage of the fact that this isn't an out and out metal audience the metal mistress from Michigan also delved into her 'Windows' solo album of a few years ago with a couple of nice pop-rock style songs in 'Mayday' and 'Point Of Safe Return' and the standout track from the album to me, 'Carnival', which enchanted the audience with it's waltzing vibe and dark edge, this version gave me chills!

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After the lighter stuff it was back to some more metal from the Trillium to close out the setfinishing off with the vitriolic 'Coward', a powerful story of love gone wrong with a memorable riff and some great vocals to convey a sense of dangerous rage. It's a great set closer and the Parisienne crowd roared their appreciation of a fine set.

"Follow that Anneke", I thought but I should have known better as she did! Bouncing onto the stage in her own effervescent way her excellent and really tight band powered into two songs back to back from the new 'Drive' album, the pop rock style she has moved towards recently sounding more full on and powerful in a live environment but AVG's superb vocals soaring effortlessly over the top of it all.

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The first nod to the back catalogue came with a version of one of The Gathering's best known songs 'Saturnine' which I sometimes think Anneke uses to test how much the crowd is with her. If it is it certainly worked here as the crowd singalong over the closing section showed that this was a committed and adoring audience who see the Dutch chaunteuse as an icon and you could see how impressed she was at the noise levels from the crowd.

The set continued with songs from the new album mixing with older material and stand out moments for me were the powerful and haunting '1000 Miles Away From You', the raw heavy energy of 'Stay', the sweet but not too sweet nostalgic vibe of 'My Mother Said' and best of all an amazing version of 'Beautiful One'. Performed beautifully with only vocal and acoustic guitar Ms Van Giersbergen had the audience totally entranced and got a huge ovation at the end.

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All good things have to end and so the main set drew to a close with new song 'Shooting For The Stars' but encores were inevitable and another four songs ending with another new tune in 'The Best Is Yet To Come' went some way to sating the crowds desire for more.

The audience weren't finished yet though as almost everyone in the busy hall just turned round after lights up and queued at the merch stand to meet the two stars of the evening!

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This was a special night all round, two great bands, two amazing and charismatic singers and a crowd that wanted to listen and to join in as much as possible with both. I'm positive that neither Amanda or Anneke missed a note all night and I highly recommend these two acts to anyone who likes to hear great vocals as well as some damn fine rock and metal songs.

These are a couple of reasonable quality YouTube clips from the show, Trillium doing 'Into The Dissonance' and Anneke Van Giersbergen doing 'Beautiful One' including a typically sweet intro.

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

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