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Zeromancer: 27 March 2010

 Posted by Andre Wiegand  Germany  Edit (5650)
Mar 28 2010
Live Act(s): Zeromancer
Event Date: 27 March 2010
Type of Event: Big Stage Concert
Venue: Hessenhalle
Rated: *****
Zeromancer, who released a new album entitled The Death of Romance" just recently, are touring as a support act (together with Diary of dreams) for Unheilig. The latter being a German band whose newest album "Grosse Freiheit" stormed the charts this month and obtained the first position. This unexpected success, also among non-gothic audience, drew an unusually high for Giessen number of visitors for a gothic concert. Hessenhallen were sold out and accommodated well over 3 000 fans.
It is no news that Zeromancer can boast with a very diverse audience, ranging from average gothic chaps to stock market workers to whatever-you-name kind of people, but what I witnessed that night was way beyond my imagination. Unheilig seems to have cracked the code to the hearts of common, middle aged and older Germans, most of whom have nothing to do with any sort of music scene, let alone the gothic one. A very high number of people in the audience made an impression of average peasants in their 50s wearing Unheilig t-shirts.
Exactly on time Zeromancer hit the stage with their new songs. Twenty minutes later the venue was shaking as the (former?) Industrial boy band blew the speakers with their "Clone Your Lover" visibly impressing the unprepared part of the audience.
Alex’s getting rid of his blazer and exposing his tattooed slim torso was warmly welcomed. Then followed "The Hate Alphabet", an erotically charged "It Sounds Like Love" and the slightly melancholic "The Death of Romance". To make sure the audience gets a serious kick at their behinds the Norwegians performed "Dr Online" just before evacuating the stage for Diary of Dreams.
The sparkling performance made me wish to visit a concert headlined by Zeromancer again, or at least see them play at one of the festivals this summer. The boys are in a great artistic shape and full of enthusiasm to present their music to new potential fans. The only negative thing to say about their gig is that it was too short, but this is the fate of any supporting act.

Zeromancer: 2 April 2009

 Posted by Andre Wiegand  Germany  Edit (5025)
Apr 05 2009
Live Act(s): Zeromancer
Event Date: 2 April 2009
Type of Event: Small Club Concert
Venue: Nachtleben, Frankfurt
Rated: *****
That was the first time Zeromancer ever played in Frankfurt, which is fairly surprising, considering that the band toured Germany quite a number of times and Frankfurt being one of the largest German cities. My first impression of the venue was "oh, my gosh. It’s so small! I gonna have to stand on the ceiling". It was rather unexpected to see that a band of Zeromancer’s caliber gets to perform in a venue where 300 people could not comfortably fit in. The reason was that Batschkapp, the larger club usually hosting Gothic & Metal concerts in Frankfurt was booked by The Rasmus on the very same day. A very unfortunate co-incidence, not only because Zeromancer got to play in an undersized, for their standards, club, but also for a reason that the bands may very likely share some fan base.
Another disadvantage on the club’s behalf was the lack of air conditioning (at least on that night). One would grow sweaty before the first song was over, if he/she were to rock there in a manner appropriate for a rock concert. I did not envy the bands; those were just soaked before anybody else in the club.
A further shortcoming was that due to the small size of the stage Zeromancer had to give up their own lighting. But the sound was good and this is what counts first and foremost! Besides, with so little audience it was no prob to see the band, it's just pity that the photos did not turn out very well.
The choice of the supporting act may have caused some brow rising among the fans of the Norwegians. The Berliner gothic rockers Scream Silence are well known domestically and even abroad, however looking for industrial elements in their compositions will prove fruitless. What the two bands do have in common is that they both broke their years-long abstinence from playing live by this common tour.
Zeromancer never grow tired to mention in their interviews that their music appeals to rather diverse people and the Frankfurt audience was a living proof for these statements. The vast majority were gothics of ages ranging from the early twenties up to chaps in their fifties. But quite a number of people really did not fit into a gothic "type". Some appeared to be yuppies, some looked like common working class people you really would not expect to meet in a gothic club. This is great when music can do something to unite people from various social circles and ages.
After the intro the Norwegians hit the stage opening with Sinners International. The response was lively and warm. Zeromancer played nine out of ten titles of the latest album with their older "greatest hits", if you may call them so which included Cupola, Need You Like a Drug, Geisha etc. Clone Your Lover surely belongs to an obligatory Zeromancer set and it rocked the venue.
After the band left the stage the fans shouted "Zugabe!", the German equivalent of "we want more!" insistently and the boys did not make them wait too long launching three additional songs. For the second encore an old killer Dr Online was played.
The band proved their ability to play small clubs and not only huge venues like the New Opera in Oslo, where Seigman wrote history last year and made the audience move, which is not to be taken for granted in this part of Germany. Though the venue was far from sold out the vibe was truly great.


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