So the typically dark and cold November evening got a completely different mood, while listening to music of uplifting kind (Suede and David Bowie in my case) and going to see a live music perform's energy.
Mari's Coffee was already a familiar venue to me, since my friends have played there as well - that's how I knew that it could be very intimate setting especially for band like Amorphis is and got curious because of that. After all it's quite small place, kind of mix of restaurant / cafeteria, bar and gig site. It was going to be an interesting gig due to all these aspects.
And I wasn't wrong after all. This one the most intimate gig from this band that I have seen so far, having figuratively ”playing in a livingroom”-feeling, so the atmosphere was certainly tangible. Must even say that witnessing some of my favourites (Brother Moon, Drowned Maid, Weeper On the Shore, From the Heaven of My Heart) in this kind of setting will be among my most memoriable gig experiences.
The audience seemed to be full of energy as well, but I don't think it's wonder as Amorphis doesn't visit in this corner of country that often after all! Can't say the exact number of the people there, but at least hundred anyway. People could stand right next to the stage - even though the stage was really low, there wasn't a barrier like usually. And there was seemingly a low ceiling as well; when Tomi rose to his platform and uplifted the microphone in his hand, he hit it to a spotlight in the ceiling...
So the gig itself was enjoyable also for the set list. This time there were no acoustic guitars though, but they still played that new arrangement of My Kantele. Since they didn't play Drowned Maid in Lahti's gig month ago, I was glad that it was included in the set this time.
Yet it was pity that Tomi K seemed to have some technical problems with his instrument, now and then he had to run away from the stage with the guitar. Nevertheless the sympathetic rhythm guitarist seemed to be in good mood and was smiling a lot, as usual, and after House of Sleep he even shook hands with people close to the stage (I managed as well, though honestly it was more like a quick slap than decent handshake, heh).
Great evening indeed.
Set list (not in particular order)
Circle (Shades of Grey)-intro
Weeper On the Shore
Weaving the Incantation
Black Winter Day
Sky Is Mine
From the Heaven of My Heart
House of Sleep