[Live Review + Photography] Dreamtale – Live in Hong Kong

 

(English below)

Dreamtale —— 一個金屬樂迷絕不感到陌生的名字,多年來默默耕耘,編出力量金屬和唯美旋律恰到好處的比例,間中加入史詩般的電影元素,慢慢雕琢出以屬於自己的聲音。被樂界譽為「最被低估的Melodic Power Metal 團隊」,他們自1999年的作品一直忠於自己所選的音樂風格。這晚的專場就是作為最新專輯 Seventhian… Memories of Times 亞洲宣傳巡演的一部份。

Dreamtale – a name that’s no strangers to power metal fans. The band slowly made their way to the world with their signature sound – perfect combination of power metal and finely-crafted melody with a scent of epic, cinematic elements here and there. Being praised as “the most underrated melodic power-metal scene,” the band have delivered consistent works since 1999. This night is part of the promotional tour for their latest album, ‘Seventhian… Memories of Times.’

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Photo Gallery 現場相集 – Dreamtale – Live in Hong Kong
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這次演出在 MOM Livehouse 舉行,可說是一個隱藏於鬧市的場地,躋身於充滿90年代色彩的商場地牢。您需要遊走一列列已關閉的小商店,再經自動扶梯和昏暗的走廊才會到達這個頗為寬敞、鋪上木地板的新場地,舞台相對較低和細,前面伸展成T形台,有點難以容納六人樂團。但這也不是大問題吧,始終地下金屬演出就是關於台上台下的互動和感染力。

The show is held at MOM Livehouse, a hidden boutique venue located at the basement level inside a 90’s shopping mall. You need to navigate through a series of closed, small shops, an out-of-order escalator and a dim corridor to reach this spacious, timber-floor-finished venue with a relatively small, T-shaped, low stage, which is a bit difficult to accommodate 6 metalheads. But that’s not big problem because an underground metal gig is all about interaction and infectious energy – and you’ll get that in this night, so don’t worry.

Dreamtale 現由主唱 Erkki Seppänen 領導,這個六人組於1999年在芬蘭坦佩雷組成。除了最新作品 Seventhian … Memories of Times 之外,13年出版的 World Changed Forever 02年的 Beyond Reality 可算是他們迄今為止最好的作品。這晚樂團以新專輯的 October Is Mine Picnic Inferno 作開首,完美展示了「Dreamtale」的音樂特徵 —— 流𣈱、實在、醇厚、力量金屬旋律恰到好處,潛藏在背後作為歌曲的骨幹,而不會過分強調技術性,或影響旋律元素。相對同類型流派,他們總是傾向把典型的技術導向平衡點輕輕轉移到其他不同方向,這亦正正是我們喜歡Dreamtale的地方 ; 從不是純技術展示,永遠保持旋律先行。

Fronted by Erkki Seppänen, the sextet were founded in Tampere, Finland, in 1999. Besides their recent piece “Seventhian… Memories of Times,” they were known for their 2013 full-length release ‘World Changed Forever’ and 2002’s “Beyond Reality” that consists some of their finest work by far. The night kicked off with “October Is Mine” and “Picnic Inferno” off the new album that perfectly deliver what the brand “Dreamtale” is about – smooth, mellow, the underlying power composition is just on point without over-emphasise on the technicality or over-shadow the melodic elements. They always tend to shift the technique-oriented equilibrium point, which is a typical setting of this genre, to other aspects. (And we love it!)

這晚看來觀眾需要些時間來熱身,有見及此,Erkki 決定一起跳到人群裡,當然立即激起粉絲的熱情!當樂隊邀請一些死忠到舞台上時,氣氛直接飆升,像一個大家庭一樣分享麥克風、headbang和舞動。樂迷也是表演者一部分!台下的人與台上的同樣瘋狂。結他手 Rami Keränen 也決定加入舞台下的大派對,吸引整個人群撲向他。

It takes a while for the crowd to warm up, so Seppänen decides to stir things up a bit by stepping to the dance floor and immediately give the fans a shot of adrenaline! The heat continues when he band invited some diehards onto the stage. The gentlemen share mics, headbang and dance together like one big family. Fans are also the performers! People on the floor enjoy as much as the one up there. Later guitarist Rami Keränen decides to join the big party below the stage and draws the crowd towards him in a flash.

雖然舞台空間擠迫,但是各個 Dreamtalers 輪流踏上T舞台的前面 (當然除了鼓手和鍵琴手外),讓每個人都有自己獨奏時間,展示自己的技術。他們全程均顯得非常輕鬆,不論是開頭遇到的技術問題、場地佈置或器材限製,均不能阻止進行,在場所有人都有個好時光,到底這些也只是任何一個現場表演的日常問題。樂團最終以 Where the Rainbow Ends 作結,作為首次演出的道別,隨著人群的大聲和唱,這晚也踏入尾聲 —— There I go, go, where the rainbow ends

Though the stage is very tight to fit them all, the Dreamtalers take turns to take over the T-stage front spot (of course, besides drum and key which can’t be moved), allowing everyone to have their moment to shine and showcase their incredible musicianship. They always appear to be at ease regardless the technical problems raised at the beginning of the set, stage restriction or the gear support. Fortunately, that doesn’t stop anyone from having a good times, and in the end, these are just everyday-problems to any live show.

This night eventually comes to the end with their anthem “Where the Rainbow Ends” taken from their debut. The curtain falls as the crowds loudly and proudly sings along – There I go, go, where the rainbow ends.
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Photo Gallery 現場相集 – Dreamtale – Live in Hong Kong
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