Moonsorrow is a pagan metal band from Finland. The band played the Manning Bar, Sydney on Friday 22 November 2013.
Yet another “summer storm” was predicted for Sydney and the surrounds, which seemed to keep the line up to get in at a minimum. Only the “hard core” metal fans lined up.
Doors to the venue opened on time, but unfortunately not many people lining up at the doors. The support bands were “Dead River Runs Dry” (Aust) and “Germ” (Aust). A slow stream of people flowed in, and by the time “Moonsorrow” started their set, there was around 150-200 people.
“Dead River Runs Dry” (Aust), played brilliant black metal and have only been around since 2012. The crowd loved every bit of their set. DRRD didn’t hold back on their performance. They came, they destroyed and then they left. It was the first time I have ever seen these guys and I’m hoping it won’t be the last. A fantastic effort from DRRD.
Germ (Aust) played Experimental Depressive Black Music. A very strange mix here! The band was still very entertaining and the crowd seemed to enjoy it too. It was the second time I have seen these guys, and they were a lot better this time around.
This was the first time Moonsorrow (Finland) had graced the Australian shores. The bands style has elements of black metal and folk metal. Moonsorrow like to call their music “epic heathen metal”. From start to finish, Moonsorrow were amazing. The bands performance seemed more like a party atmosphere then a gig, with plenty of drinking and dancing and generally having a ball. Because the band was enjoying their time on stage so much, it bled through into the crowd leading an electric, pumped atmosphere.
(Reviewed by Collin Brophy)