+++ The concert film of the year +++ Marcus Jidell on the rather coincidental production of the first AVATARIUM DVD +++ Location from the 19th century +++ Metamorphosis into a "Dark Gospel" band
This time it's all about AVATARIUM from Stockholm. Ever since her first self-titled album in 2013, the magical voice of front woman Jennie-Ann Smith has enchanted me. From my point of view, the band has made an incredible metamorphosis over a total of four albums and let more and more warm rays of sunshine into the compositions of the deep, heavy dark, cold sounds of the Black Sabbath-type. Just have a look at all the acoustic songs on the AVATARIUM YouTube channel, you will be very surprised.
Their latest album "The Fire I Long For" was released last November, with which the band opened up a completely new niche, which they call "Dark Gospel". If you want to know more about this, I should watch the explainatory video for the song "Rubicon", which went online for a few days.
2020 could have been the year of AVATARIUM, two warm-up shows were played in Sweden and then an extensive live implementation with the highlights Wacken and Summer Breeze, to name just a few, should follow. But these plans were also lost in the wake of the pandemic.
Almost by chance, one of the first two shows in Stockholm was recorded with cameras. I was allowed to watch this video completely and can tell you that the concert is an absolute eye-catcher due to the historical location from the 19th century. For over 90 minutes a dark Doom thunderstorm breaks loose, in extreme contrast with almost folk-like ballads, soulful bluesy guitar solos, a lot of 70s Hammond organ and above all this magical voice of Jennie-Ann Smith.
And it is exactly this experience that rings your doorbell now, because the "Concert Film of the Year" for me is available as a video download. You can secure this show here for 10 euros. You even get a finished cover to print out so that you can get a DVD of it can burn, quasi an official bootleg
But to build up the tension a bit, let's first hear what AVATARIUM mastermind Marcus Jidell told me about this project. Lean back.
THE BLOG OF ROCK is your hard rock & heavy metal podcast music magazine. My name is Uwe Lerch and I'll take you backstage to RockStars!
Of course we chat about the music that connects us all. About new records, about live plans and what used to be. But we also talk about the people behind it. What inspired and motivated them and what RockStar tips do they have for you out there. New episodes will be out every Thursday - free and loud! 🤘
Here you can find all other podcast portals where you can also subscribe to THE BLOG OF ROCK - as well as further information about me and a link that also leads you to my official Facebook group. I would be happy if we get to know each other here.
You are also welcome to listen to the stories that have already been published, because there is new food here every week. And above all - tell your friends and share the good news on social media.
SUBSCRIBE at the top right and choose your provider such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts or deezer so that you don't miss any more episodes.
About the host:
Uwe Lerch is a passionate music expert, co-founder of ROCK HARD magazine and has been successfully working in various functions in the music business for almost four decades. In this podcast he talks about his encounters with the RockStars and the makers behind them.
See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.