Children Of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Ensiferum - Nottingham, England, 7th April 2011

Event: Children Of Bodom: The Ugly World Tour 2011
Written by: Baz Anderson
Published: 08.04.2011

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Children Of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Ensiferum - Nottingham, England, 7th April 2011 by Baz Anderson (53)
Half past five is an unheard of time to open the doors for a show like this. The venue's curfew of ten o' clock meant that the first band of the evening were on before six. With a line-up of bands like this though, there had already formed a lengthy queue outside.

With people still entering the venue and the sun still shining, the young guys of Machinae Supremacy played their four-song set to a handful of people. Largely uninterested, the audience gave little response to a set of bland, uneventful music.


Machinae Supremacy


Just a short wait later, and the serious business was about to start. First up were Ensiferum who were criminally still only playing to a half-filled venue, probably due to the early time. This fantastic band have proven to be extremely hit or miss in the live environment in the past. On this night however, it was most certainly a hit, which made it even more unfortunate that the band had been bumped down to third support and a thirty-five minute set. The atmosphere wasn't as it should be as the audience still hadn't been completely warmed up, but with a set heavily leaning towards the band's first two albums, this frustratingly short set turned out to be the best of the night.


Ensiferum


Setlist: From Afar / Token of Time / Into Battle / Twilight Tavern / LAI LAI HEI / Iron


Ensiferum
More pictures here.


Still light outside, the venue all of a sudden became rather populated as the hugely popular Amon Amarth modestly stepped onto the stage. This band are always a force live, and this night was no different. Again, strange to experience such a band with such a short setlist, forty-five minutes here. This meant that a few of the fan favourites were omitted in favour of airing three brand new songs, although they were certainly adequate replacements sounding crushing enough to hit the spot. There is no question that Amon Amarth were the band of the night for many people, as they let the all-smiling band know they wanted more after the set had finished.


Amon Amarth


Setlist: War of the Gods / Runes to My Memory / Guardians of Asgaard / Destroyer of the Universe / Live for the Kill / A Beast Am I / Varyags of Miklagaard / Twilight of the Thunder God / The Pursuit of Vikings


Amon Amarth
More pictures here.


Perhaps a daunting task to follow these last two bands then, Children Of Bodom headlining with a full hour and a half set certainly had much more than their fair share of the time, but regardless, there was still a large audience amassed for the Finnish wildchilds. The band had little interaction with the audience in between songs, and weighted their setlist heavily towards their most recent albums. Some songs like "Needled 24/7" sounded fantastic over the sound system, but the trend of the set would be a cool-sounding song followed by a few less interesting ones. The band put on an entertaining show worth watching, but it can't be helped wondering how great this whole show would have been if the playing times were a little more equal, or if the bands played in a different order. Business is business though, and regardless of speculations, a great time was had all round with these three hugely popular bands.


Children Of Bodom


Setlist: Not My Funeral / Bodom Beach Terror / Needled 24/7 / Ugly / Relentless Reckless Forever / Roundtrip to Hell and Back / In Your Face / Living Dead Beat / Children Of Bodom / Hate Me! / Blooddrunk / Shovel Knockout / Angels Don't Kill / Follow the Reaper / Downfall / Encore: Was It Worth It? / Hate Crew Deathroll


Children Of Bodom
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Thanks to Dante and Adam for the accreditation.
Written by Barry Anderson.
Photos by Barry Anderson.



 



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Elodie Artour - 08.04.2011 at 22:50  
Nice review, Baz! It was intriguing to read and straight to the point.

I'm not surprised that COB chose to play more songs from their (seemingly) mediocre new record. As for Amon Amarth and Ensiferum - well, too bad they didn't get the opportunity to play longer...

P.S.: What's with that curfew?!
Kingface - 08.04.2011 at 23:04  
Good review Baz!

It was a great show, although to start off with a negative, I just simply don't get the appeal of Machinae Supremacy. I could tell there was at least a few people who went mainly to see them and although I should like them in theory, considering they are a Rock/Metal Band with heavy Video Game influences, I was unimpressed listening to some of their stuff a week or so back, and at this show, they were incredibly boring.

To the good, Ensiferum and Amon Amarth were absolutely brilliant and need to do UK Headlining tours post-haste! I spoke to Markus from Ensiferum briefly after the show and he said that they should be doing a UK Headlining tour sometime next year.

Also, I find it amusing that from the 'From Afar' Album Booklet it's difficult to tell whether Emmi is a Woman or a Man, yet seeing her for real...wow, she's hot!

Thought Bodom were really good, certainly better than when they last played there with Cannibal Corpse. Agree with you Baz, Needled 24/7 sounded particularly awesome and I'm well-chuffed they played it! Maybe one day they'll go one step further and play Warheart...
Milena - 09.04.2011 at 10:35  
Bodom's setlist sounds pretty nice to me, since I pretty much like the new album-it fits my taste more than Blooddrunk, and it's entertaining.
Michaelgpc - 09.04.2011 at 14:44  
Saw Ensiferum, Amon and Children last Tuesday, in Dublin. Fantastic gig, any one of the three acts could have headlined. A very enthusiastic crowd in a smallish vevue seemed to lift the three bands who belted out their sets with vim and verve. Why, the concert was even 'Gig of the week' according to Ireland's leading broadsheet..!!!
Amatsu Mikaboshi - 09.04.2011 at 14:54  
Baz... I don't completely know how you can do it all the time!

But I just had the Birmingham date and bar basically, the same night. Something Supremacy kept me yawning and I wished Amon Amarth played for longer, with some elder stuff, but as you said about time and setlist constraint, that. I came to see them for my first time it was. Children of Bodom surprised me, I do like their latest album, hearing out "Shovel Knockout", "Roundtrip To Hell & Back" and "Ugly" along with some elders thrown in there did it for me. They even took a minute to play happy birthday for Alexi and talk about Nottingham that caught me off guard. Hell, I'm still gratefully in some shock of over getting the chance to talk to Roope, Johan S (Amon Amarth Guitarist) and the "big one" Alexi Laiho. It got wierd seeing a more taller Alexi lookalike get his leg signed by him. Really great times, thanks for the "similar" memories Baz!

If I could, I would, I'd buy you a drink if I could, that I definately would!
Bad English - 09.04.2011 at 18:18  
Lol Machinae Supremacy comes from Luleå time to time they comes here, is they worth spend SEK 250 was they good?
Baz Anderson - 09.04.2011 at 18:47  
You could read what I wrote about them...?

Thanks everyone!
Marcel Hubregtse - 09.04.2011 at 18:52  
Written by Baz Anderson on 09.04.2011 at 18:47

You could read what I wrote about them...?


Apparently not
BlueMobius - 09.04.2011 at 19:50  
Nice review. Definitely three bands that could have headlined. Should have nixed the first band and given Amon Amarth and Ensiferum longer sets.
Bad English - 10.04.2011 at 00:27  
Written by Baz Anderson on 09.04.2011 at 18:47

You could read what I wrote about them...?

Thanks everyone!


to short arcticle to judge, but time to time thay play here, and SEK 200 is way to much
The Shape 1973 - 10.04.2011 at 14:14  
Written by Elodie Artour on 08.04.2011 at 22:50


P.S.: What's with that curfew?!

Rock City has had a hotel built in the car park at the back. They also had to have an acoustic sound deadening roof put on so the hotel guests didn't complain about the noise.
Kingface - 10.04.2011 at 21:26  
Written by The Shape 1973 on 10.04.2011 at 14:14

Written by Elodie Artour on 08.04.2011 at 22:50


P.S.: What's with that curfew?!

Rock City has had a hotel built in the car park at the back. They also had to have an acoustic sound deadening roof put on so the hotel guests didn't complain about the noise.


Does that mean you think most gigs there from now on are probably gonna finish at, say, 10:30pm at the latest? If so, this would be much better for me for the future, with me using public transport and all.
jadawal - 10.04.2011 at 22:27  
Written by Bad English on 10.04.2011 at 00:27

Written by Baz Anderson on 09.04.2011 at 18:47

You could read what I wrote about them...?

Thanks everyone!


to short arcticle to judge, but time to time thay play here, and SEK 200 is way to much


I enjoyed the pictures and reading the article, but mr. bad english has a point. 'Uneventful' doesn't tell me much other than the music is not interesting, but in turn this means the music is not worth knowing more about so it's therefore somewhat understandable. But isn't the point to describe the music and show? It's safe to say most of everyone reading this article has heard the three headliners and never heard the opener.
Danyael - 11.04.2011 at 13:46  
Omg that laiho dude looks like a god damn chick on the first picture
The Shape 1973 - 11.04.2011 at 15:09  
Written by Kingface on 10.04.2011 at 21:26

Written by The Shape 1973 on 10.04.2011 at 14:14

Written by Elodie Artour on 08.04.2011 at 22:50


P.S.: What's with that curfew?!

Rock City has had a hotel built in the car park at the back. They also had to have an acoustic sound deadening roof put on so the hotel guests didn't complain about the noise.


Does that mean you think most gigs there from now on are probably gonna finish at, say, 10:30pm at the latest? If so, this would be much better for me for the future, with me using public transport and all.

Its been like that for a while now. Damn Welbeck hotel. The Rescue Rooms round the corner, which seems to be getting more and more gigs, is the same. They have a curfew for a different reason though. It turns in to a crappy nightclub after.

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