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Arkona consisted of some unique elements, like a wind instrument player named Vladimir and occasionally a big skin drum that Masha would bang on. The wind instruments included a bagpipe, a traditional horn, a recorder and other flute-like instruments. It accented the traditional but heavy music that filled the room and gave them an authentic pagan feel. Their guitarist Sergei had very good stage presence that often complimented Masha's aggressive presence on stage, because she was certainly all over the place. Ruslan, their bassist often stayed put where he was and didn't bother to headbang too much, but that isn't to say he didn't play well. We could hear Ruslan very evenly with the rest of the band, and I do believe that the acoustic possibilities of The Park Theater are great, because some performances and acts mix so well for sound.
Arkona was doing so much in their performance, it was impossible to leave the room, in fear of missing something entertaining. I strongly recommend seeing them whenever they come back, because it's still such a unique occurence for a female-fronted band to command an audience with such ferocity and grace. Women are coming up in metal, and it's time to take notice and appreciate the sexy possibilities!
Korpiklaani was perpetually partying on stage, with a groovy set of songs that went from tale-telling of being born in the woods, to their love of booze and beyond. The only one who didn't look like he was fun was the accordian player, Juho, who was just stone-faced the entire time. Maybe the trip hasn't been very good to him? Everyone else looked like they enjoyed the tour thoroughly, especially Jonne, but it's his job to have a good time all the time. My favourite part was the coupling of Vodka and their Motorhead cover of Iron Fist! They also got into the Tequila and Jonne threw off (not literally) his guitar and began to get rowdy on stage, as well as letting members of the crowd sing into the mic. The song Tequila was dedicated to a guy, whom quite flatly said "They really do have more songs than just Vodka." Only because the crowd kept demanding it, even though they had already played it!
There was some delightful drinking on stage, and plenty of dancing and singing. How can it not be a party atmosphere when there's a violinist playing folk metal tunes with a dread-headed Finn leaning against his back for support? I ask these questions only because if you haven't seen Korpiklaani yet, then you haven't lived. If you have grown tired of these metal gigs, than you may as well be tired of life. There's something awe-inspiring about a band that can get on stage and make a crowd smile while also compelling them to slam into each other with a skip in their step. I'll also admit that there were a lot of drinks being spilled, and I was hit with at least three different kinds of alcohol. Thank goodness Korpiklaani laminates their set-lists, but that meant they weren't handing them to anyone.
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