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AVATARIUM (full english version)
+++ 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.
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