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Delain @ The Button Factory, Dublin, Ireland 11/11 – 16

Posted in Concerts, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on November 11, 2016 by Sara Hammerzmith

So, as I left off in the last entry, at 5am in the morning did my precious, beautiful, loved above all friends left me alone in our suite. I decided to stay, after all, seeing that Delain was playing in Dublin today, and five years ago I left London the same day Sabaton played, and since that day I decided to never again leave a country or city the same day a band played. So, around 6am I went back to bed to sleep about…. three hours. My train from Galway was leaving at 11, so it wasn’t a whole lot of sleep, but it was at least something, you know? The only downpart is that one of my bosses rang me up and woke me up an hour early, so I do not know quite honestly exactly how much time I actually slept in the end.

So, up I got, hurried to pack everything and get ready, and then set off to Dublin. It was probably the longest trainride I have ever experienced in my entire life, gladly, Niki made it a bit more bearable by talking to me on the phone. I seriously hate it when you leave your bestfriends and then you are on your own.

So, around 14 I arrived in Dublin and went off to check into my hotel. After this, I met up with a friend and we hung around a bit in Dublin, walking around the streets, eating a bit – we didn’t have a lot of time seeing I arrived so “late” and the doors for Delain opened so soon.

So, we got back to our hotels, got ready for the show and went down to the Button Factory. The good thing is that, while being a big town, Dublin is fairly small so pretty much everything is within walking distance. Just a little bit after we entered the venue, Kobra and the Lotus began.

Kobra and the Lotus

They delivered a very good set. Good, and energetic. I love Kobra as a front woman, she really knows how to get a crowd going. It was a very, very enjoyable set and I’m glad we made it in time to catch them. At first, when I listened to them, I was a bit unsure but you know – nothing beats a good liveperformance.



Fairly quickly after Kobra, Evergrey began their set. Once again they delivered a very very good set, enjoyable as hell even though I must admit I’m not a big fan of them. But, good show nonetheless!

After Evergrey, I quickly went to the bathroom only to run into a friend of mine, Jay! Even though I met her both of the two days before, it was still nice to see her outside the band, running into her like this. Very nice.


Arrived back, in good time for Delain to start.


The lights went out, “The Monarch” began and the band walked onstage and opened strongly with “Hands of Gold”. Goddamn what a rush it is to see them again. Like I’ve said before, I wasn’t very convinced with “The Human Contradiction” but “Moonbathers”, holy hell, easily one of my top albums this YEAR! They followed up with “Suckerpunch” and then one of my personal favorites on the album “Glory and the Scum”. Seriously, I just love this song so much.

The band delivered extremely well, and it was really good to see them now on their first run in Ireland. Next on the list was “Get The Devil Out of Me” before my personal favorite all time with Delain started – “Pendulum”. Seriously, I cannot tell you enough how much I love this song – and it’s everything about it – the arrangements, the lyrics, the heaviness in the music mixed with heavy lyrics, easily my favorite on this album.

“Army of Dolls” and “The Hurricane” followed, then “April Rain” before it was time for another personal favorite of mine – “Here Come The Vultures”. Seriously, this one still gets me as much today as it did last year. Absolutely love it.

“Fire with Fire” and “Danse Macabre” – another two of my big favorites off “Moonbathers”. Seriously, I cannot get over how amazing “Danse Macabre” is, especially not live. So amazing. It gives me chills. They followed it up with “Sleepwalkers Dream” and “Stay Forever”.


They then proceeded to start “The Gathering”, and seriously, I get chills everytime I hear this song. And I still regret not grabbing my company to ask them to dance with me during this song. It’s so good for that.

They wrapped up the set with “Pristine” before leaving the stage, only to return as normal and finished off the whole set with “Mother Machine”, “Don’t Let Go” and finally “We are the Others”.

Seriously, this show was so amazing. I am beyond happy that I stayed to see this show as well, it was worth every single little penny from the re-booking of the flight. Delain, everytime I see you, my love for you grows even bigger. If we are going to continue in this pace, you will soon be one of my big five bands. And it’s not a long road to walk for you. I love you.

We hung around a bit after the show to let the people leave, and then headed out for some drinks later in the night for some quality time, and then parting ways.

This was a really good day, though I must admit I really really miss my little piu piu tktktktktktk friends SO MUCH. I wish they could have been there with me.

// Sara

Delain @ Elyseé Montmarte, Paris, France 4/11 – 16

Posted in Concerts, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , on November 4, 2016 by Sara Hammerzmith

So! It was time. With a lot of delays, I didn’t find myself at the venue until a little after doors opened, which I felt a little bad about to be honest, as Laura and Florian had set up for someone to watch my spot, but, what can you do?

When I got to the venue, or well, you know, it was across the street from my hotel, the line went on pretty fast, and right as I got in, Kobra and the Lotus started.

Kobra & the Lotus

I saw Kobra earlier this year, but with Kamelot, and I adored her already when I saw her, so getting to see her with her own band was something I really looked forward to. And wow! What a show! The energy! It was a very short set, but it was very very good. Enjoyed it SOO much. I’m falling for this band.


After a very, VERY short wait, Evergrey started.


Gothenburg based band Evergrey stood for the next show of the evening, and they delivered a really good set! I enjoyed it from start to finish, well, except the stop in the middle when the firealarm went off, and we had to be waiting for a while. But aside that, good, good show!


At this point, or during the fire alarm thing, I had managed to make my to the front to Laura, and thanks to this amazing girl who let me in front of her, seriously, thank you sooo much! And shortly thereafter, Delain started. I love the fact that they simply start as soon as it’s all done instead of having the diva minutes.


The intro, “The Monarch” started and to the rhythm of the drummer they sent up the backdrop, the rest of the band joined and they kicked off with “Hands of Gold”. The response from the audience was amazing, and they followed up quickly with “Suckerpunch” before they continued on with one of my personal favorites – “Glory and the Scum”. Seriously, I just love this song so much.

“Get the Devil Out of Me” was next on the list, followed by “Pendulum”, and you know. This is my song you know. Heavy fucking headbang friendly song, also one of my favorites off “Moonbathers”. I feel like I might repeat this very sentence a lot during the night, we’ll see. The band was on fire! “Army of Dolls” were next, followed by the very, very beautiful “The Hurricane” which is you know. This song… I can’t really begin to talk about how much I love this song, how much I relate to it, and it was extremely special to watch Charlotte perform this song, to watch her put all of her emotion into it… Simply beautiful.

This was followed by “April Rain” before the band left the stage for a short moment, turning all the lights red and my personal favorite off “The Human Contradiction” – “Here Come The Vultures” started. Oh my god, I do not have enough words for how much I love this song.


This song, was followed by another song I love – “Fire with Fire”. It’s like they managed to pick out exactly my favorites to play for the night. “The Gathering” from “Lucidity”, which celebrates ten years since the release this year, was next and holy hell! The audience! What a response! And what a rush the song was.

They wrapped the set up with “Pristine” before they left the stage, only to return and started off the encores with “Mother Machine”, followed by “Don’t let Go” and finally, “We are the Others”. The band thanked for the night and left the stage.

Seriously, this show was soo good. This band is one of those bands who are really interactive with the crowd, and just radiates that energy and translate it onto the crowd. It was an amazing show, and also, I’m in love with Charlotte’s dress. I could barely take my eyes off it! So beautiful.

After the show, we had a quick gathering and then I went off to the merch to pick up on Kobra’s album and take the moment to thank Kobra for the show, and also for her amazing performance with Kamelot at Skogsröjet earlier this year.


After that, I mostly sat around on a couch until a girl sat down next to me, and I started talking to her… only to realize she’s Swedish! HOW BIG ARE THE ODDS? Apparently big enough! So we sat around and chatted until we got evicted from the venue, and the party moved outside.

I met up again with Laura, Cyril and the others, and we hung around talking for a long while, before it was time to say good night and walk our separate ways.

This has been an AWESOME night, it was soooo good to see Delain again, and mostly, to meet all my wonderful friends again. I love you all!

// Sara