Swallow the Sun
Live at The Whisky a Go Go
Los Angeles, CA
December 19th, 2021
Review and photos by Travis Baumann
Finnish melancholy metal masters return to North America despite the ongoing pandemic to bring a grand finale to their tour at the iconic Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip.
Touring in promotion of their latest full length release, "Moonflowers", they bring the fans their beloved blend of dark beauty and cathartic heaviness.
Focusing heavily on their latest material, they also managed to fit in at least one fan-favorite from their other seven releases, making everyone present grateful they made it out this evening.
The band centers around the master-mind song writer, Juha Raivio's interpretation of the world's equal parts beauty and despair. Having lost the love his life five years ago, his work has gotten even darker than their earlier material which was already gothic and doom-filled as it was.
Joining Juha are Mikko Kotamäki lending his extraordinary voice that fluctuates from deep gothic verse to harsh death-metalesque growls at just the right junctures, Matti Honkonen on bass guitar, Juuso Raatikainen on drums, and Juho Räihä on guitar and backing vocals.
Celebrating over twenty years of ground-breaking death-doom crossover metal the sound was superb and Mikko took several moments to address the crowd in between songs, always speaking slowly in a deep, sombre voice.
Overall, I thought the show was amazing. This is my third time seeing them live and by far my favorite as all the elements aligned to give a perfect sound, mixed with an amazing set list.
I am really glad they were able to make it over to us and run the entire scheduled dates with so many tours never seeing the light of day or being cut short due to the terrible global pandemic.
Moonflowers Bloom in Misery
Rooms and Shadows
Don't Fall Asleep (Horror Pt.2)
Woven Into Sorrow
This House Has No Home
Swallow (Horror Pt.1)
When a Shadow is Forced into the Light 2019
Songs from the North I, II & III 2015
Emerald Forest and the Blackbird 2012
New Moon 2009
Ghosts of Loss 2005
The Morning Never Came 2003
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