GIG REVIEW: DOWNFALL OF GAIA, HOPE DRONE & RED APOLLO Live At Chez Heinz, Hannover
The post-black metal bands Downfall Of Gaia, Hope Drone and Red Apollo arrived on 26th August in Hannover at the venue Chez Heinz, with the German guys of Red Apollo beginning evening. It was so foggy that I couldn’t see a few members on stage for a while, but I have to say that was really cool. One of the guitarists had some problems with his equipment, but he managed it well and continued to play after a short while. Overall, good band with fine songs and sound in mystic arrangements of lights and fog.
Hope Drone from Australia continued. The fog disappeared, the lights went brighter and the atmosphere was different. The songs and the sound were great, but a slightly strange thing about the guys was their bass player. He played the whole concert with his back to the audience. It’s nothing special or bad about it, but without any fog or something… it felt strange. But it didn’t matter –the guys ruled it, and built up some wonderful atmosphere in the venue with their music!
The venue was filled with fog again, the lights were darker and last, but not least, Downfall of Gaia began to play. They played the opener “Darkness Inflames These Sapphire Eyes” off their newest ‘Aeon Unveils the Thrones of Decay’ at first. What a powerful beginning! I realized that the people around began to headbang hard for the first time this evening. The performance was wonderful, powerful, oppressive and brutal at once. They did their job very well and build up a hypnotic atmosphere with very good sound. It was a lot of fun!
The evening had a very heavy, hypnotic atmosphere at the venue while every band played. I’m delighted that I was there and I can recommend every post-black metal fan to visit a concert of even one of these bands.