A Touch Of Normality: Chaosbay And Emniti At Kulturlounge Leipzig

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I can’t tell you how amazing it feels to be able to enjoy live music again, albeit under restrictions. It shouldn’t come as a surprise then that lightinmirror.de and I decided to seize the opportunity to see what CHAOSBAY and EMNITI had in store.

If you follow this blog regularly, you might know that CHAOSBAY hold a special place in my blogger heart, which is why this evening was promising right from the start. A thought many seemed to share since the concert was sold out!

Emniti; Kulturlounge Leipzig 24.09.2021; Pic by lightinmirror.de

EMNITI

The „Alternative Nu Metal“ band EMNITI from Leipzig opened the evening. During the first few beats I wasn’t sure what to expect… The band seemed a bit unsure and retained and I was fully expecting a instrumental concert at this point when the singer finally made his appearance from behind the audience. As it turned out he locked himself in the bathroom, according to his own explanation. That was something that had never happened in all these years that I’m visiting and reporting about concerts.

It certainly was an ice-breaker and they didn’t waste any time and just went right in.

Emniti; Kulturlounge Leipzig 24.09.2021; Pic by lightinmirror.de

It was the first live show for the band in over a year and you could feel that to a certain extent. They had to warm up a bit which didn’t phase most of the audience. 

I, personally, was not fully convinced of their music but they do have a certain potential which they showed especially in the song Done. which was their strongest song this evening in my opinion. 

Even though they were confronted with a seemingly reluctant audience, EMNITI were able to bring a good opening show to the carpet-covered stage. If the band manages to be more courageous in their songwriting and gets more stage experience, then something good will emerge. Of that I am sure!

Chaosbay; Kulturlounge Leipzig 24.09.2021; Pic by lightinmirror.de

CHAOSBAY

After a short remodeling phase it was finally time for this evening’s headliner, starting off with a snippet from Vasilisa  and the latest single Lonely People. Right from the get-go, you can feel that this is a band that not only aches for playing an awesome show but is, at the same time, destined for more.

Every note is exactly where it is supposed to be and is perfectly aligned with the music and it’s just pure joy seeing how music is celebrated. The energy they show is out of proportion for the relatively small audience which consists of roughly 50 people. Even a small mishap with crashed computer and the resulting darkness cannot change that.

Chaosbay; Kulturlounge Leipzig 24.09.2021; Pic by lightinmirror.de

It was quite surprising to me that CHAOSBAY actually opted to play their latest album Asylum in full. This album accompanied me quite closely last year which is why it was a personal joy to me to hear it live in all its glory.

However, I was confirmed in some of my suspicions regarding the songs: The slower and more solemn parts of the album, especially in the songs Criminals & Sons and The Lyin’ King, don’t necessarily work in a live setting in my opinion. Especially the latter pops more on CD since I don’t think the audience can keep up well with the breaks and tempo changes.

All things considered, we were witness to an exceptional evening that I want to describe using the same words that I chose for the review of Asylum: The only real point of criticism is that it didn’t last longer.

Chaosbay; Kulturlounge Leipzig 24.09.2021; Pic by lightinmirror.de

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