Swallow the Sun

Live at The Whisky a Go Go

Los Angeles, CA

December 19th, 2021

Review and photos by Travis Baumann

Finnish melancholy metal masters return to North America despite the ongoing pandemic to bring a grand finale to their tour at the iconic Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip.

Touring in promotion of their latest full length release, "Moonflowers", they bring the fans their beloved blend of dark beauty and cathartic heaviness.

Focusing heavily on their latest material, they also managed to fit in at least one fan-favorite from their other seven releases, making everyone present grateful they made it out this evening.

The band centers around the master-mind song writer, Juha Raivio's interpretation of the world's equal parts beauty and despair. Having lost the love his life five years ago, his work has gotten even darker than their earlier material which was already gothic and doom-filled as it was.  

Joining Juha are Mikko Kotamäki lending his extraordinary voice that fluctuates from deep gothic verse to harsh death-metalesque growls at just the right junctures, Matti Honkonen on bass guitar, Juuso Raatikainen on drums, and Juho Räihä on guitar and backing vocals.

Celebrating over twenty years of ground-breaking death-doom crossover metal the sound was superb and Mikko took several moments to address the crowd in between songs, always speaking slowly in a deep, sombre voice.

Overall, I thought the show was amazing. This is my third time seeing them live and by far my favorite as all the elements aligned to give a perfect sound, mixed with an amazing set list.

I am really glad they were able to make it over to us and run the entire scheduled dates with so many tours never seeing the light of day or being cut short due to the terrible global pandemic.

Set list:

Moonflowers Bloom in Misery

Enemy

Rooms and Shadows

Falling World

Cathedral Walls

Stone Wings

Don't Fall Asleep (Horror Pt.2)

The Void

New Moon

Firelights

Woven Into Sorrow

This House Has No Home

Descending Winters

Swallow (Horror Pt.1)

Releases:

Moonflowers 2021

When a Shadow is Forced into the Light 2019

Songs from the North I, II & III 2015

Emerald Forest and the Blackbird 2012

New Moon 2009

Hope 2007

Ghosts of Loss 2005

The Morning Never Came 2003

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