[FEATURES] Best Concerts Of 2015

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 CONCERT – IT’S MORE THAN JUST ABOUT MUSIC.

要告別2015,不得不回顧一下今年在香港舉行的現場演出,回憶在 Mosh Pit 中的汗水和瘀傷喔。以下是15年的難忘時刻。

To say goodbye to 2015, we’ll look back in this year’s live gigs and embrace the sweats and bruises in the pit of Hong Kong. Here’re the unforgettable moments of ’15.

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1. Death Certificate: Carcass + Children of Bodom + GYZE + Evocation – Live in Hong Kong

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「 …… 準備好沒有!接下來可能是今年在香港最棒的金屬演出!隨著夜幕降臨,英國 Grindcore / 旋死金屬先驅 Carcass 把全晚氣氛推至高峰。休息十多年後,樂團在2013年以新作 Surgical Steel 和一連串現場和音樂節演出作凱旋回歸。這絕對是一個完美的表演,非常緊湊,令人動容,更能通過深厚、持久的死亡金屬歌曲傳達複雜的情感。穩定的鼓聲與利落的結他互相輝影,而不是速度或技術性的競爭。任何真正的金屬追隨者都必定會欣賞這個堅實的力量。即使這是你第一次遇上 Carcass,你也必定會被現場版本的 Heartwork和 Corporal Jigsore Quandary 馴服。樂隊成員之間有着難以言表的默契,大大提升了整體的氣勢……」

“..Hands down to one of the best metal gig in Hong Kong this year! As the night falls, Carcass, British’s grindcore / melodic death metal pioneer, push the night to the peak. After almost 10 years on hiatus, the band came back with new material, Surgical Steel, in 2013, and a series of live dates and festival performance to make a triumphant return. This absolutely flawless set is tight, moving and is able to convey complex emotion via deep, enduring death metal songs. Drum is steady and guitar is sleek. There is no competition for speed or technicality but a brutal harmony between instrument. Any real metal followers would appreciate this solid force. Even if it’s the first time you heard about Carcass, you’d be smashed by the live version of Heartwork and Corporal Jigsore Quandary during their encore. The band also show indescribable mutual understanding between members, which greatly elevates the show as a whole…”

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2. We Came As Romans – Live in Hong Kong

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「 …… We Came As Romans 以舊曲 To Plant A Seed 旋風式為演出打開序幕,馬上把現場氣氛推至頂點。對於六個表演者、尤其以爆炸性現場表演見稱的樂團來說,這個舞台着實較為狹窄。儘管你站在會場的哪一邊,都會有一個樂隊成員站在你面前演奏。他們非常友善的表現很快贏得全場樂迷的心——燦爛笑容,跳躍特技,握手擊掌,分享麥克風,拿樂迷手機自拍,甚至坐在台邊一同合唱……」

“…We Came As Romans storms the stage with oldie To Plant A Seed, immediately steams up the crowd. With six grown men occupying a narrow stage, it shows a bit of over-crowded especially for a band that’s known for their vigorous presence. No matter where you stand, you’ll have a band member playing right in front of you. Their extremely friendly gesture wins fans’ hearts in a glimpse – grinning wide, bouncing high, shaking hands, sharing mic, taking selfie and even a sit-and-sing session….”

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3. Arch Enemy – Live in Hong Kong

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「 …… 無論哪個才是你心目中的金屬女神,筆者認為 Alissa White-Gluz 以現場水準來說是個很不錯的接班人,但相信她仍然需要一段時間與樂隊磨合。Arch Enemy 的其他成員也各自發亮,不讓 Alissa 獨佔掌聲。創始成員和主音結他手 Michael Amott 的快速彈奏仍然是叫人拍案叫絕,指板上流暢的動作讓你喘息不來。Jeff Loomis 在演唱會中段作了個小獨奏,震撼整個會場的人心。Michael 其後更加入演奏,兩個結他之神互相切磋,成為當晚另一個高潮 ……」

“…Either way, this writer here can say Alissa White-Gluz is quite a competent candidate taking the torch to lead the critically-acclaimed metal titans, though it certainly takes time for her to fit in the band seamlessly. Every member of Arch Enemy still shine on their own, not letting Alissa to take full domination. Founding member and lead guitarist Michael Amott’s nerve-wracking riffs still kill like the old days. The smooth moves over the fretboard easily take your breath away. Later at the show, Jeff Loomis has his own solo session which catches the whole room’s eyes and ears. Amott then joins in and presents a guitar-god duo for your audible pleasure….”

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4. The Used X Survive Said The Prophet – Live in Hong Kong

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「有人說,您十多歲聽的歌,不論何時何地,都會永遠在您心中佔一席位。」

近幾年 Emo 似乎有復興跡象,此時此刻這流派的代表人物 The Used 也決定到未曾踏足的城市。在這期待已久的一夜,大家在香港跟著樂團尖叫著「Take your hand, pick your up, and keep you there so you can see!」

“Because songs you listen to when you’re teens will influence you forever.”

Upon the emo revival movement, spokesman of the genre, The Used, also decide to storm cities they’ve never reached before with their irreplaceable anthems. This night, everyone in Hong Kong is screaming their lungs out as the noisemakers take your hand, pick you up and keep you there so you can see!

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5. Dragonforce – Live in Hong Kong

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「….. 樂隊熱情迎接香港觀眾,逐一回應尖叫他們名字樂迷,邀請觀眾一起唱,展示各種器樂技術訣竅 —— 高拋鼓掍、返轉結他、舌頭、plucking 和 hammering 各種彈撥技巧、crowd-surfing 等等 —— 總之你想看到的,他們都會把你的願望實現。然而,沒有什麼能與 Herman 的廣東話溫馨問候更有趣,他更提及其他成員上中愛亞洲文化 (和亞洲女孩)!」

“…The band shows incredible warm welcoming to the Hong Kong audience. Warm smiles, responding to individual fan who is screaming their name out, inviting the crowd to sing along, showcasing variety of technical trick – throwing drumsticks, flipping guitar, tongue-picking, plucking, hammering, crowd-surfing, etc – you can simply see any tricks you can think of. However, nothing can compare to Herman Li’s funny, cordial greeting in Cantonese, including how his bandmates love Asian culture (and girls)…”

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6. Our Last Night – Live in Hong Kong

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「……踏上獨立道路後,Our Last Night 憑重新演繹流行歌曲取得成功 —— 從顛喪女歌手 Miley Cyrus 到流行搖滾樂隊 Imagine Dragons。這一晚樂隊決定在原創歌單中加入 Katy Perry 的 Dark Horse 和Adele 的 James Bond 電影主題曲 Skyfall。Trevor 說道:「這是我們第一首翻唱的歌!」很可惜樂隊沒有挑選瑞典 synthpop 音樂人 Tove Lo 的全球大熱作品 Habits (Stay High),小編認為那可是到目前為止他們最優秀的重唱曲之一……」

“…After stepping onto the road of independence, Our Last Night tastes an unusual success with pop hits covers – from crazy pop princess Miley Cyrus to stadium pop-rock band Imagine Dragons. This night the band decide to punctuate the original song list with Katy Perry’s Dark Horse groovy cover and remaking Adele’s James Bond theme song Skyfall – “This is the first song we covered!” Trevor shouts, although disappointingly the band hasn’t picked Swedish artist Tove Lo’s global hit Habits (Stay High) which in our opinion, is one of the finest cover they have produced so far…”

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7. While She Sleeps – Live in Hong Kong

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「……在 While She Sleeps 受高度評價的新專輯 Brainwashed,整體寫作水平提高,在創作充滿戲劇性的作曲上更有高水準的發揮。樂隊能夠把這史詩般的能量擴大至現場演出中。全程沒有出現疲態,相反越戰越勇,把歌曲中的末日黑暗轉化為現場各人心中的火焰。他們決心全讓氣氛緩和下來,每當歌迷反應稍有放緩跡象,便迅速給力,確保 Circle Pit 持續下去。……」

“…In While She Sleeps’ highly-rated new album, Brainwashed, they step up their writing skills and further refine their atmospheric composition play. The band decide to extend this epic, in-your-face energy to this live performance. There was no shortage of power or traces of exhaustion; the apocalyptic darkness is transformed into frantic fire crashing everyone’s hearts. They certainly take no prisoners to keep up with the hype. Whenever the fans slow down, they’d quickly fill up the tank to ensure the circle pit is running strong…”

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8. Bane X King Ly Chee 荔枝王 – Live in Hong Kong

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「波士頓硬核傳奇樂團 Bane 3月8日重臨香港,誰會想過在2015年與他們見面就是説再見?Bane 去年宣布將會解散,並以世界巡演和個別音樂節表演與支持者告別…… 天真的笑容、毫不由造作的舞台表現、誠實的歌詞、教你上個人生課堂的講話 — 令這夜絕不只是一個單純的音樂會。傷感的氣氛也可能是來自中國政府臨時決定不把工作簽證給予他們,奪去跟中國支持者說再見的最後機會。據 Aaron 所說,香港對他們有特別意義,所以在今次歌單中加入一些較少在現場獻唱的歌曲,如 The Bold And The Beautiful 等……」

“Boston hardcore legends Bane is here again in Hong Kong on March 8. Who would have thought seeing these guys in 2015 would mean saying goodbye forever? Bane announced their decision of breaking up in 2014 followed by extensive world tour and a few festival appearance as a farewell celebration with their supporters… Innocent smile, truthful stage presence, honest lyrics that teach you a life lesson, genuine speech on daily challenges – this night is way more than just another hardcore concert you have been to. Guess the sentimental atmosphere also comes from the disappointing decision of Chinese government of not granting the working visas to these Boston rockers, depriving their chance to say goodbye to their supporters in China. According to Aaron, Hong Kong has been a special place to the band and so they choose to play a few less common songs in live such as The Bold And The Beautiful…”

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9. Warbringer X 慘慘豬 CharmCharmChu – Live in Hong Kong

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「樂隊播放中文經典歌曲作開場音樂,觀眾隨即大笑起來,有些更一同哼唱。Warbringer 似乎很喜愛在選擇前奏音樂上加入他們的幽默感。在某部分北美巡演中,樂隊隨意選擇一些輕鬆電影音樂作為他們充滿爆炸力的鞭笞演唱會引子……」

“The band hit the stage with a Chinese classic song as intro, making the crowd laugh and some front audience sing along. It seems to be their preference to add some sense of humour with their intro selection. In a few shows in the States, the band chose random movie music as the introduction of their blasting thrash set…”

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10. Adept – Live in Hong Kong

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…… Adept 在演出中後段終於作了個小休,並再次灌下啤酒充電。觀眾高呼希望可以分享一口,主唱 Robert Ljung 立即給叫喊得最響亮的樂迷遞上一整罐。他又誠懇地表示:「從前我們與一些朋友在(結他手)Jerry 家的後院來練習。現在我們沒有朋友,但多了一個樂隊!」當表演再次開始,人群又回復到瘋狂狀態,氣氛在 Adept 奏起其突破單曲 At Least Give Me My Dreams Back, You Negligent Whore! 時達到頂點……

“…Adept finally take a mid-show break and again put some beer down the gut to recharge themselves. Some audience yearn for a sip and frontman Robert Ljung hands a can to the one that shouts the loudest. It is a rejoicing moment for everyone. He express sincerely “We used to practice at the backyard of Jerry’s house with some friends. Now we have no friends but we have a band!” The crowd resumes to franticness as the show begins again and peaks at their breakthrough single At Least Give Me My Dreams Back, You Negligent Whore!”

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11. OK Go – Live in Hong Kong

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…… 音樂奏起,OK Go 把您帶進他們色彩繽紛的世界。樂團於7月24日一個下着毛毛細雨的夏夜再次來港第二場演唱會。即使樂隊以創意視頻而聞名,他們的現場表演絕對沒有令人失望 —— 這晚,沒有預先錄製的視頻,也沒有重演的機會,只剩下五個多才多藝的音樂人,他同時化身成為舞蹈員、演員、多媒體藝術家、相聲笑匠和策展人,誓要為你帶來意想不到的現場經歷……

“…At an OK Go concert, you are going to have everything you want. On July 24, a rainy summer night, OK Go comes back for their second concert in Hong Kong as musician, dancer, performer, artist, stand-up comedian and media-art curator. Even the band is famous for their low-budget and creative videos, they don’t fail any of us in live shows, where whereas with no prerecorded videos or take two…”

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12. Avenged Sevenfold – Live in Hong Kong

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…… Avenged Sevenfold 以舊曲 Critical Acclaim 和 Welcome To The Family 繼續鼓舞人心。M. Shadows 叫喊:「今晚我們終於來了。我們都是 Avenged Sevenfold 大家庭的一份子!」這不是大家都嚮往的歸屬感嗎?

M. Shadows 在整個熾熱的表演中以其主唱魅力帶領整個演出,同時隊友 Synester Gates 以熱情投入的舞台表現抓住你的靈魂。很多玩這類音樂的金屬樂隊固意渲染血腥和殘暴圖像,Avenged Sevenfold 並沒有使用自己十二呎高的電子螢幕來播放任何驚嚇錄像。相反,它大多時只投射現場片段,就像一個搖滾狂歡派對,一起慶祝的光榮直接的重型音樂…..

“…Avenged Sevenfold continue to drill your heart with older tunes like Critical Acclaim and Welcome To The Family. M. Shadows encourages the crowd “Tonight we are finally here. We’re all the family of Avenged Sevenfold!” Aren’t you all longing for that sense of belonging? M. Shadows steps up as the leader throughout the flame-resistant set with his frontman charisma while Synester Gates grabs your soul with his strong, hard-charging, enthusiastic stage presence. Unlike other metal bands who deliberately emphasize on bloody imagery and brutal violence as much as they can, Avenged Sevenfold haven’t used their 12-ft electronic wall to broadcast any horrifying videography. On the contrary, it is like a hard rock carnival where everyone celebrating the glorifying, straight-forward heavy music…”

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13. Behemoth – Live in Hong Kong

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…… 樂團主腦 Nergal 年前證實患上白血病,幸好於13年成功戰勝死神。想不到在今年一個炎熱的夏夜,Behemoth 更決定首次來港表演。繪上魔鬼妝容的成員像神秘亡魂慢慢地踏上舞台。Nergal 交叉雙手舉起火炬,在場人士一片沉默,全程有如使人畏懼的儀式。燈光再次熄掉,象徵撒旦崇拜之夜正式開始。…..

“…In a hot summer night, brainchild Nergal is bringing his resounding performance to Hong Kong after his tough battle with leukemia. The ghost-faced team enter the stage slowly, step by step as if they are some kind of possessed spirits arising from the unknown. Nergal raises the fire torches above his head with cross arms which puts everyone in silence like a scared ritual. The light turns down again and now, the Satan-worshipping night officially begins…”

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14. The Word Alive – Live in New York City (Annual Overseas Features)

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每年我們的團隊都會挑選一些值得介紹的演出和冒起的樂團在<年度海外特集>中分享。隨了追訪大小演唱會和進行專訪外,今年有免費的樂隊商品,更獨家直擊報導一個備受注目的專輯發佈會。

Every year our team will choose some notable events and rising musicians to be introduced in our Overseas Features. This year, not only there were Concert Reviews and Interviews, we have also brought in Free Merchandise for our readers and an exclusive view of a highly-anticipated Album Release Party.

「……在<海外報導特集> 的第一,我們特別前往紐約市的Irving Plaza觀賞 The Word Alive 的演出,作為他們期待已久的亞洲巡演預告。樂團以12年出版的 Dragon Bell 作開場曲,在神秘電子前奏和紅光帶領下,充滿陽光氣色的主唱 Telle Smith迅速跑到舞台邊緣,竭力叫喊歌唱。眾所周知TWA憑熱血沸騰的現場表演見稱,接下來的60分鐘將證明他們沒有浪得虛名。一首接一首帶有後硬核餘溫的電子金屬核歌曲,樂隊沒有露出半點疲憊,反而顯得更流暢自然 …..」

“…In the first part of our Overseas Features, our team caught The Word Alive’s performance at Irving Plaza in New York City as a preview of their highly-anticipated Asia Tour in April. Opening with 2012-release Dragon Bell with its mysterious electronic intro, the sunny-looking frontman Telle Smith ran to the edge of the stage in red light and scream his lungs out. TWA is known for their energy-filled live performance and the following 60 minutes would prove they didn’t earn it for nothing. The band became more furious song after song and there was no sign of exhaustion…”

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15. Bastille – Live in Hong Kong

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「……回想 Bastille 還是獨立樂團時,每當他們到紐約市巡演時都會暫居在小編公寓同一個街道上、位於布魯克林的旅店。那時他們可算是獨立界別中響噹噹的名字,演出總是擠滿了打扮時髦的樂迷。今時今日,Bastille 已一躍成為流行搖滾界的明日之星,取得全英音樂大獎提名,更憑 Bad Blood 取得英國大碟榜冠軍席位。

這個現代搖滾組合本是主唱Dan Smith的個人企劃。雖然加入整個樂團班子,大部分觀眾的注意力仍然集中在他一人身上。Dan 以其攝人魅力在現場完全支配整個舞台,相反其他成員相對保持沉默。台上亦特別準備了一套鼓和鍵琴,好讓Dan 可以展示不同的音樂才華…..」

“…Bastille used to stay in Brooklyn on the same block as I did whenever they were on tour in New York City. They were the top indie name at the time and their shows were always fully-packed with fashionable fans. Now in 2015, they are at the summit of their career armed by a BRIT Awards nomination and UK no. 1 album Bad Blood.

This modern rock project was once frontman Dan Smith’s solo project. His stand-out attitude still steals all the attention at the show. Smith dominates the stage with his charismatic, proactive stage presence while other members remain relatively silent. The extra set of drum and keyboard are prepared at the front so Smith can showcase his instrumental talents….”

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