21st November 2019
Review by Kira Levine
Photography by Manu Volpina
Kicking things off at the London Garage were Diamond Black, a dark rock four-piece founded by guitarist Ben Christo (The Sisters Of Mercy). Vocalist JI Turunen’s melancholic voice did well to convey the emotions in the songs, particularly during ‘Scarlet’.
The band covered ‘We’re In This Together’, originally by Nine Inch Nails. JI requests that the audience sing along, which they happily do. It featured a guitar solo by Christo which prompted enthusiastic applause from the crowd.
Diamond Black were a fantastic opening act, setting the bar for the night.
The next band to perform were gothic metallers Lacrimas Profundere from Germany. They opened their set with ‘Dead To Me’. “London!” frontman Julian Larre shouts during the intro of this catchy song. “We’re gonna get this party started. London, make some noise!”
During ‘Celestite Woman’ from their latest album Bleeding The Stars, Julian asked for every drop of energy. He also mentioned that it was one “for the girls.” Mid-song, he jumps off stage holding the hands of various fans and taking a swig of one of their drinks, before jumping back on stage.
‘The Kingdom Solicitude’, another song on Lacrimas Profundere’s setlist from their release this year, hosted some of the most aggressive-sounding vocals of the night, the crowd visibly more lively for this track. “Thank you so much, London and see you next time! I fucking love you, motherfuckers!”
With those last words and such an energetic performance, Lacrimas Profundere definitely made a good impression.
Then it was time for Finland’s The 69 Eyes to complete the night with their headlining set. They walked on to the stage as The Phantom Of The Opera played, dressed in skeleton vests and jackets.
Latest single ‘Two Horns Up’ was their opening track, with Jyrki 69 posing two skeletal horns up as he sung the title.
‘Betty Blue’ had literally every front-rower singing along confidently, bassist Archie and guitarist Bazie’s backup vocals working particularly well with Jyrk’s here.
During ‘Borderline’, while Bazie played a guitar solo, the lead vocalist gets a few wolf whistles for his dancing. “Thank you very much”, he replied, bringing to mind Elvis Presley, his black sunglasses reinforcing this.
Final encore song ‘Lost Boys’ received loud cheering as it started, clearly the perfect choice to close their show. Virtually all in the audience danced throughout the whole track, some even clapping as they did.
The “Helsinki Vampires” The 69 Eyes are entertaining as ever three decades into their career, and we were all privileged to have seen them play live during their thirtieth year.