Jagermeister Music Tour 2013 @ Brixton Academy

Feed The Rhino, The Defiled, Gojira and Ghost
24th March 2013
Review & Photography by Sabrina Dersel

A new year brings a new edition of the very popular Jagermeister Tour.
This time in Brixton Academy, London we are welcoming Feed The Rhino, The Defiled, Gojira and Ghost, and you know with tickets selling at only £5 and Jagermeister shots at £2.50 each, you know this will be a night to remember…or maybe forget!

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to make it in time to see the first opening act ‘Feed the Rhino, but I did hear they played well and managed to get a shot!

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For the second consecutive year, The Defiled are on the Jager stage and are proving why!

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Their energetic and chaotic live shows have made many good and memorable impressions since 2005.

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The five piece from London know exactly what they are doing, leaving little space for mistakes.

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They have constant energy, great outfits and are obviously talented musicians.

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A special mention about keyboardist ‘The AvD’; who during the whole set, treats his instrument as a disposable item, you would never believe he will use it again the day after!

The crowd is loving the night already and it only gets better!

The Resurrectionists
Black Death
Blood Sells
As I Drown
Call To Arms

I am finally able to see the mighty Gojira live and my expectations are nothing but high.

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The band are renowned to be very precise and tight on stage as well as on their albums, and tonight they are going to demonstrate how they earned this title.

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As a stage prop the giant head of the artwork of ‘L’Enfant Sauvage’ is brought to life and used as a mood light/screen to project imagery on, adding more depth and drama throughout their performance.

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Gojira is 4 men, Joe Duplantier on vocals and rhythm guitar, his brother Mario Duplantier on drums, Christian Andreu on lead guitar and Jean-Michel Labadie on bass.

When Gojira takes the stage they open with the track of their latest album
“L Enfant Sauvage” called “Explosia”.

Very fast the crowd follows with singing and headbanging back to the band, who despite displaying minimalist outfits (Jeans & Tshirts) are playing heavily.

They even treat us to some kind of ‘choreography’ involving each of the musicians running up and standing on the drum kit stand then back down again to their position on stage, all in time with the riffs!

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Tracks played live like “Backbone”,”Toxic Garbage Island” and “The Axe” displays incredible technical skills as well as charisma.

They destroy the stage and leave the crowd out of energy with the last song “The Gift of Guilt”. Ok I admit it for once I am proud of my frenchies!

Flying Whales
The Heaviest Matter of the Universe
L’Enfant Sauvage
Toxic Garbage Island
Wisdom Comes
Drum Solo
The Axe
The Gift of Guilt

After a lengthy thirty minutes break to leave, in which gives time for all the props to be positioned on stage for the headliners (anything involving a church interior decoration), the energy level has return to normal, which is not a bad thing to enjoy the more slow paced sound of Ghost.

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Formed in 2008, Ghost have risen to success after being nominated for a Grammy for their debut full length album “Opus Eponymous”. Their second album “Infestissumam” was released in 2013 and debuted at number one in their home country Sweden.

The members of Ghost go to great lengths to keep their true identities a secret — they perform with masks and hooded robes, are simply called “Nameless Ghouls”, and there are five of them, two guitarists, one bass player, one drummer and one keyboardist. While the vocalist (*cough cough* Tobias Forge!) wears a cardinal outfit completed with a skull mask.
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Ghost walks onstage to the sound of ‘Masked Ball’; a composition by Jocelyn Pook, used as theme for the infamous ritual scene of Stanley Kubrick’s film “Eyes Wide Shut”. This has to definitely put you in the mood of what’s to come!

Truth to be told, they are incredibly original but barely metal, which for a Jagermeister show is a bit of a miss.

Their stage show definitely stills the attention of each and everyone of us, this is reinforced by their frontman aka Papa Emeritus II who makes intense eye contact with various people making the sign of the cross in the air as in giving each one of us absolution of all our sins.
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I can understand the appeal of their sound but it isn’t enough to keep me interested as the songs seems like they sound the same.

It is still a very good show, and the audience seems hypnotised by Ghost, or digesting the numerous Jagermeister they have had so far.
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I am looking forward to the 2014 edition already.

Intro Ball (Jocelyn Pook song)
Per Aspera ad Inferi
Con Clavi Con Dio
Prime Mover
Secular Haze
Stand by Him
Death Knell
Satan Prayer
Year Zero

Monstrance Clock