I took the plane to Berlin and then further to Cologne. Last time I was in Germany was back in 2008 (for a concert as well. 🙂
I stayed at the A&O Hotel on the street Mauritiuswall which I found suitable. Only 25 minutes walk from the railway station and then 5 minutes walk to MTC, the club where Amaranyx would perform.
Amaranyx was formed 2011 and the members are from Sendai (Yes, we all think the same, don’t we. Saddening.) In other words, it’s a pretty new band, but they have become very successful and released a lot of songs during a short time.
This is the members:
Well, at the hotel I made myself ready with clothes I recently designed myself. I fixed hair and makeup.
I was a bit nervous (which I tend to be before concerts) so I was outside MTC already at 6.30 PM even though the event would start at 7.00 PM. A lot of people were already standing in line – not that the queuing mattered though due to MTC’s entering-system. We all had a number based on how early we had paid for our tickets. The one who paid first got number 1 and so on. My purchase got delayed by several reasons. One was the fact that it takes time to transact money from a Swedish bank to a German one. But in the end, it didn’t matter either.
By some reason the event was delayed. We waited and waited and it got colder and colder. It darkened outside and we could hear the band sound-checking long after 7.00 PM. We didn’t get into the club before 8.30 PM.
I bought some merchandise: like these pins!
And I also bought some cheki photos. The photos were put in a box so you couldn’t see the motives, and we had to pick randomly. I hoped to get a photo of each member, so I draw and draw, but in the end I ended up with 4 photos of Kazuharu, 3 photos of Masahito and 3 photos of Syouta. But, I was happy any way. They are so pretty!
Usually I buy a band-Tshirt, but they never fit, so I let it bet this time.
This was actually their first tour in Europe and this very gig (1/3) was the second one. The previous day they had performed in France. Tomorrow (2/3) they would play in Hamburg, and I believe that will be it of this euro-tour.
Inside MTC we all had to pay extra for a drink-ticket. In other words, we all had to order something to drink; otherwise we would have spent those money for nothing. I ordered a Redbull drink and went to the stage. I ended up at the third row. A lot of people chose to stand behind at the bar.
We were told that we were allowed to take pictures and filming during the concert, so that’s why I have some goodies for you. People were only allowed to take pictures with flashes during the first song though. I filmed a bit, that you can see on this page, but mostly I left the cell-phone in my bag and just rocked as hard as I could. The pictures are screenshots from my films.
The band entered to punchy music and the energy rose in the small hall. First out was Kousuke. And then came Kazuharu. By some reason, in IRL, Kazuharu reminds me a lot of Uruha in the GazettE. Then Masahito and Naoto entered the stage. Naoto reminded me a lot about Kazuki in Plunklock.
People screamed, shouted, clapped and waved with their hands in the air. And of course, last out was Syouta, the singer. He wore a silver jacket with some kind of purple fluffy fake fur over the shoulder. His hair was bleached with dark roots and he wore black rubber gloves that only covered the fingers and the top of his palm.
They started with “Sign” and I got pretty fascinated by Syouta’s charm and charisma. In some angles, he reminded me of a young Ruki (the GazettE), but his character was totally another. He seemed to be very playful but lay-back. Actually, he sometimes acted a bit dopey and muddle-headed.
He did these feminine movements with his hands and tilted his head while looking at us furtively. He seemed to have a good sense of humor and had a lot of sex appeal. He squinted his eyes and smiled, and then he gazed at us like a maniac with those white, intense contacts. He smirked confidently and licked his finger, temptingly.
In an early stage, Syouta introduced the band members to us and let them all say something.
Very early Syouta decided to makes us all soaking wet by filling his mouth with bottle after bottle with water and spraying it over us. My first thought when getting sprayed was “there goes my makeup”, but I just laughed and moved closer. My entire hair and face were soon dripping, soaking wet. A lucky girl at the first row got a special “water-squirt” from Syouta in her face.
Naoto seemed very cool and spoke English well. He had the most awesome red and black hair. The green part of his hair was formed as two pointy horns. He was standing to the right of the stage.
Masahito has a very pretty smile and he looks like an elf to me. He stood to the left on the stage.
Kousuke amazed me. I’ve always thought that he looked a little bit average on all pictures, but I totally fell for his big, black eyes, sometimes a bit unsecure and childlike. He smiled a lot too, sometimes that big that it looked like he was about to cry out loud. He was extremely cute.
I did unfortunately not see Kazuharu that much. Germans are tall people and the drums stood in the back. ^^
Songs I remember that they played after Sign was: FRIGHTFUL NOOKIE, Fragment of Father Freak, ROSE, PARALYZE, 白藍(Shiro ai), Sumiyukiito スミユキイト, Fabrication of prejudice mixture, PARADE, ZENITHTRIP, Eve and SILHOUETTE シルエット.
If you were there or know the set-list, please mail it to me. 🙂
I definitely, after this live, have a new favorite among their songs. “Fabrication of prejudice mixture”, what a beautiful gift to this world. I have been listening to it on repeat after this.
After Sumiyukiito スミユキイト, Syouta left the stage and the rest jammed alone. They rocked hard and Naoto made an amazing solo.
But shortly after this, Syouta entered the stage again. I noticed that his microphone looked pretty worn out. The handle and the cable were covered by grey duck-tape. Bad bad bad MTC! Luckily, the microphone only stopped to work once while he was singing. It broke several times while he was talking though. Syouta didn’t seem to be annoyed though. He just tilted his head and seemed heeded, tried to fix it buy screwing it (if you get a dirty picture now, you’re a sick person. :-p). Mostly it worked again right away.
What I liked the most about Syouta was that he wasn’t “boring-pretty”. He made some really funny, “pretty-ugly” faces. He was very theatrical. He often stood with an opened mouth while pressing his tongue against his right cheek, which made him look a little bit weird – but still cool.
Even though the hall was so small, the sound was really great. I have nothing to complain about. (Sorry about the bad sound on my recordings though – I used a simple iPhone…) Syouta stood on something so he got higher up, and he often pressed his hand against the ceiling to keep his balance.
I think I had a god spot in the audience where I could meet Syouta’s eyes very well. Sometimes it felt like he actually was looking at me for several seconds, but that’s what all fans imagines, right? Well, the first time he reached out his hand and let the fans touch him, it looked like he waved with his fingers at me. So I stepped closer and stretched out my arm. He grabbed my hand and pushed me towards him. Maybe it was only my imagination, but it actually felt like his attention was directed towards me.
They mostly spoke Japanese, but also some English and a few German phrases. It’s a bit of a tradition for me to bring a Swedish flag when I go to concerts oversea, and I waved with it in the air after every song in hope that they would recognize it and maybe wonder what country I could be from. The main reason I bring it is to show the bands that they have fans that love them so much that they actually travel to other countries to see them. ^^
I also got lucky enough grab Naoto’s and Masahito’s hands. I think I was grabbed by Naoto three times and he pushed me so hard forward that I almost lost my breath. In the end he let us all touch his clothes and his guitar. He smiled when he did that, like he was very proud of his instrument. I took Masahito’s hand five times (but who’s counting anyway… ^_-) and the last time our palms were pressed against each other and we closed our hands with each fingers between the others. It felt special.
After playing SILHOUETTE シルエット, they left the stage and we all stood quiet. I got frustrated. Why are Europeans so lousy at encore? So I started to shout “Encore! Encore! Encore!” even though my voice was broken after all cheering. After a while more and more people joined my shouting. Another group of the audience started to shout something else, and we kind of did this in rhythm which made a pretty special sound in the hall. It was like a song. I wonder if the band heard that.
After some minutes, the band decided to go back in. Syouta expressed how grateful he was that we had called them back in again.
They ended the concert by playing PARALYSE again, another of my favorite songs.
Syouta asked us to do the wall of death. He divided the audience in two groups, like the sea in front of Moses and when the music started we all ran towards each other and started to mosh-pit. I noticed though that most of the audience didn’t want to get injured, so the mosh-pit ended quite quickly. We all rocked hard though, and when we simultaneously head-banged deeply, I could (for the nano-seconds my face where up and I could see Syouta) that he enjoyed it very much.
They thanked us in the end and threw bottles and plectrums at us. As usual I didn’t manage to catch a thing. They seemed to have had a really good time, and so did I. I’d been so active during this concert that I could feel the sweat streaming down my back. My legwarmers were ripped apart.
Even though I liked them already before, I must say that this concert increased my love for them even more. Sometimes I miss that “umph” when listening to their records. That “umph” was there, live. The music became so much more powerful. I guess the whole experience somehow increases the value of the music.
I was walking home like if I just had fallen in love. Those who had VIP-tickets got to meet the band afterwards for a signing-session. I wasn’t one of them, unfortunately. But since I was one of the first to leave, I got a free gift instead – a bit surprisingly – a big poster of Megaromania.
It was with mixed feelings I looked at it, since they’ve recently announced that they will disband, and Megaromania is a band that I always wanted to see live and I was hoping that they would come to Sweden back in 2011. They didn’t. And now I will never have the chance to see them.
This concert was so amazing and I hope I will get a chance to see Amaranyx live again soon.
Amaranyx, I love you!