The consequences of a split-up could be seen this evening in the live-club Tavastia in Helsinki. After the break-up of the former band Sentenced from Oulu two outstanding bands arose, called The Man-Eating Tree (ex-Sentenced drummer Vesa Ranta) and KYPCK (ex-Sentenced guitarist Sami Lopakka). After four gigs of KYPCK in Russia, the Finland-Tour started with tonight’s show – together with The Man-Eating Tree. Reasons enough for V. U. to pay a visit.
The Man-Eating Tree
It was time for the Gothic band, which released their first album “Vine” last year, to begin the evening. The audience was relatively small when the band entered the stage. This might be caused by the sad circumstance that barely one Finn has some money left at the end of the month. However, The Man-Eating Tree remain cool and went flat out with “Lathing A New Man”.
From the beginning they proved to be among the best three newcomer-bands of the Finnish Metal Awards 2010 with good reason. And this rapidly inflamed the audience. Their harmonic-melancholic but also multi-faceted songs caused by the fans a pleasantly refreshed mood.
After “King Of July” and “The White Plateau” the band played the fourth song “Vultures”. With this song they finally found the switch for their audience, and the wild gaiety of the fans could be felt throughout the club. Accompanied by catchy melodies, singer Tuomas Tuominen could satisfy with his clear haunting voice.
Followed by the temperamental “Out Of The Wind” the band stroke up “Of Birth For Passing” and turned their romantic and sinister side out, which caused for a dreamy mood in the club – despite of the majority of Doom Metal fans. The Man-Eating Tree accelerated the pace with “Instead Of Sand And Stone”, before they were gently heading for the end of the show with “The Longitude Of Sleep”. The band draw the final line with the dynamic song Amended and they received respectable applause for their marvelous show tonight.
At the end I can say that for fifty minutes the band turned in a proper, varied and sparkling performance, which everybody should have seen. For everyone who wants to get an idea of the guys, their website can be found at http://www.themaneatingtree.com.
Lathing A New Man
King Of July
The White Plateau
Out Of The Wind
Of Birth For Passing
Instead Of Sand And Stone
The Longitude Of Sleep
After a short breather KYPCK continued, which – as the name suggests – also come from Finland ;). But before that I had the opportunity to chat a few minutes with the guys.
Currently they mainly concentrate on being a band, giving concerts and doing some shows at a festival to promote their album “Nizhe”, which was released in February 2011. Other plans won’t be forged before autumn.
After the exhausting tour, which led through Russia (by trains), KYPCK returned back to their home country in order to improve the understanding for Russia and to break the suspicion against the world’s most disliked people. Their interest for this particular country especially radiates from frontman Erkki Seppänen, who has been focused on the language, the culture and the history of Russia since 15 years. The lyrics are written solely in Russian language, which makes KYPCK unique. They hold the opinion that this language fits perfectly to their dark, melodic and life-hating style. Likewise, the guys see it as one of very few similarities between Russian and Finnish fans regarding the band. But the differences are even greater. During their four gigs in Russia the fans were more boisterous, they join in singing the songs, and KYPCK sold the entire CD-“armory” they carried along. Furthermore they got plenty of gifts from their fans. Generally the audience in Finland is pretty quiet, and because of linguistic differences less than able to sing along :).
In their songs KYPCK leads their listeners through religion, politics, conflicts and the history of Russia. They create a feeling of belonging and liberation but also interesting contrasts. The focus of their current album “Nizhe”, however, tells about Russia of the 18th and 19th century. Their musical preference coupled with the connection to Russia describes for the band elements of danger – just as it should be. Hence they fear less the antipathy towards the European audience, but they feel challenged to give the fans an “across-the-board” understanding of the in general misunderstood people of Russia.
After this little excursion it was time for me to mix with the crowd, because finally I should enjoy the heavy and powerful metal sound of the guys and their show. Contrary to my expectations, the mood during the intro “Funeral March” was quite good yet, and with lasting calls the fans begged for KYPCK to enter the stage. When the band appeared they were cheered enthusiastically, and the band thanked them with “Predatel” of the previous album “Cherno”, which brought the audience right in the beginning in full blast. Immediately followed “Posle”, one of the best songs of the latest album. With the following song “Alleya Stalina” the fans were raging, and even Finnish fans were singing the chorus loudly.
Not only the audience contrived the floor to vibrate, also the low-tuned guitars of the two gentlemen Sami Lopakka and live back-up Sami Kukkohovi (ex-Sentenced) significantly supported the quaking full body massage. Due to the heavy sound in the ears pressure arose, so that not only I got the feeling to have to equalize the pressure like in an airplane. This also held true for the next songs “Chernaya Dyra” and “Bardak”, where the audience was on fire. KYPCK didn’t shy away from funny asides and showed no fears of contact with the fans. Singer Erkki Seppänen took some time to chat or he passed a few bottles of beer around during the short solos.
Finally it was time for the longest song of the album “Chuzhoi”, at which the fans answered with enthusiasm. But this enthusiasm was surpassed, when KYPCK stroke up “Chernyi Sabbath” – the Russian version of Black Sabbath’s song “Black Sabbath”. In return the band were praised with sustained applause, before they proceed with “Tovarischam” to the preliminarily end of the show.
However, that shouldn’t have been the end for the audience. They called the band back on the stage loudly, and also the present Russian fans were screaming for more. KYPCK returned with two more songs. “Burlaki Na Volge” was the first encore, with which the band gave thanks to their audience, followed by the classic song “Demon” from the debut-album. With plenty of handshakes they said goodbye to their fans, at which the spectators – again – called for more. In accordance Finnish and Russian fans demand incessantly for “Stalingrad”, and the band satisfied that desire. One last time KYPCK entered the stage, and with this song the never-ending orgasm came to its final climax.
Musically the band has proved themselves, and the crowd refused to leave the concert hall – me included :). On the bar the fans could reap autographs from their idols and shoot some photos with them. Thereby KYPCK showed themselves as a sympathetic and unique Doom Metal band – second to none. They already received enthusiastic feedback from Germany, and KYPCK feel that German fans are “the greatest fans in Central Europe”.
For fans and those who want to improve their Cyrillic, can find the website of the band at http://www.kypck-doom.com.
Gifarus (Funeral March)
Alleya Stalina (The Alley Of Stalin)
Chernaya Dyra (The Black Hole)
Chernyi Sabbath (Black Sabbath)
Burlaki Na Volge (Burlaks On The Volga)
Finally I dare to say this evening has been more than worthwhile. Although both bands are still quite unknown, but they can be recommended highly. Musically they were an utterly ear candy, their shows were unmissable, and all of the guys were very nice. Thumbs up for The Man-Eating Tree and KYPCK.
Review & photos: Alexandra Krautz/ Visions Underground