After attending the NIGHTWISH show last year, I was sure, that many concertgoers fell in love with BEAST IN BLACK. So it was actually not surprising that their first headlining tour “From Hell With Love” would go well. The band’s new album of the same name reached 6th place in the German album charts in its first week but a sold-out show in Bochum was still a big surprise for BEAST IN BLACK.
The evening started with TURMION KÄTILÖT, a Finnish electronic crossover band.
The concertgoers came early and so the venue was almost full when TURMION KÄTILÖT started their show. It’s always great to see people comes early to see the opener and give them some love. And that is what happened this evening. The Finnish band mixes Techno with Metal with English and Finnish lyrics and top their act with cool outfits and makeup.
TURMION KÄTILÖT did a great job and you could see the band loves what they do. For the crowd, this band was a visual highlight. Maybe their outfits distracted the audience a little bit from their music but the performance and music fit pretty well into this evening. (Sadly, there are no photos of TURMION KÄTILÖT because I had problems with my camera and I tried to fix it during their show).
When BEAST IN BLACK hit the stage in Bochum, the crowd went crazy.
From the first minute of BEAST IN BLACK’s set until the end there was a very special atmosphere at the Zeche in Bochum. When BEAST IN BLACK hit the stage the crowd went crazy. Sure, many concertgoers know the band from the NIGHTWISH tour but BEAST IN BLACK is more than just a support band. They have the power to fill the venues on their own.
The Finnish band formed in 2015 and are known for their mix of Power Metal and Heavy Metal. Not long ago they released their 2nd album called “From Hell With Love” and they already managed to sell out a show outside of Finland! The most striking element of BEAST IN BLACK is the voice of frontman Yannis. Sometimes you start to look for the female singer in a song, but then you realize that Yannis’ voice is so well-trained that he can sing high notes and also low notes without any problem.
For BEAST IN BLACK, this show was magical.
The Band played 19 Songs, which is almost both of their whole records. Between the songs, Yannis often introduced the next one, but he also couldn’t thank the crowd enough for selling out this show. I could see and feel that for BEAST IN BLACK this show was magical. A great performance is nice but seeing the band have fun on stage and be thankful is so much more important and this is what I could see in Bochum during their show. The time went by too fast.
The audience loved each and every song BEAST IN BLACK played but the already released singles always made the crowd go a little bit crazier than the other songs.
In the end, a very thankful BEAST IN BLACK walked off the stage.
This show was just perfect! The sound was perfect, the light fit to the played songs and the setlist was a mix of the best of both albums. I have seen them live twice now and this show was just better than with NIGHTWISH.
The two hours went by too fast. Surely, BEAST IN BLACK only released two albums and for this, the playtime was quite long. But, as always, if you enjoy something, it is never long enough. In the end, a very thankful BEAST IN BLACK walked off the stage and a very impressed crowd went home
Also a big plus: BEAST IN BLACK signed all the CDs they sell on tour. So you can buy signed albums for almost the same price you would pay online: the new album costs 1 euro more and the older one costs 1 cent more at the venue than online but signed! So, if you’re about to buy the band’s CDs you better buy them at the venues because a signed record is always cooler than an unsigned one!
All together just the perfect concert! No more words needed!
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BAST IN BLACK live in Bochum – Setlist:
- Cry out for a Hero
- Unlimited Sin
- Beast in Black
- Eternal Fire
- This Is War
- The Fifth Angel
- True Believer
- Heart of Steel
- Born Again
- Ghost in the Rain
- Die by the Blade
- Zodd the Immortal
- Crazy, Mad, Insane
- Sweet True Lies
- From Hell with Love
- No Surrender
- Blind and Frozen
- End of the World
Have you been at one of the past BEAST IN BLACK shows? Did you like it? Tell us in the comments!