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Jon Lord – The Trondheim Experiment

Posted in Bands & Artists, Savage Beauty Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2013 by Tallee Savage

This is a beautiful concert I’d like ALL of you who love Jon Lord to listen to. My friend Christer Lorichs spent hundreds of hours putting together pieces to compile a complete version of Jon Lord’s concert filmed at Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway in 2010. Photos, interviews, footage from the rehearsals etc. Everything is unreleased before and came to life with the blessings of Jon Lord’s family and management.

“The Trondheim Experiment” is the title of this now free web presentation available exclusively through JonLord.org. including highlights from Jon Lord’s entire career performed with The Lord Chamber Orchestra, Steve Balsamo and my dear friend Nathalie Lorichs on vocals. The backing band also features members of Opeth. I’m so proud of Nathalie, she enchants with her fairy-like voice on the “Evening song”, Wait A While ” and “The Sun Will Shine Again” which is dedicated to Ronnie James Dio. Opeth’s drummer Martin Axenrot does a spectacular drum solo in the song Gigue… and “Child in Time”, so good it gives me the shivers… A must see!!! Inspirational powers of Jon Lord, onetallee-sign of the true greats of our time that sadly left us July 2012.

Please pass on the link to every Jon Lord and Deep Purple fan out there! >>>

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OPETH

Posted in Live Photography, Live Shows, Savage Beauty Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2011 by Tallee Savage

OPETH’s 10th, album HERITAGE is a mix of Progressive rock, Folk-laden, Jazz fusion, 70’s and then some more. Their most progressive and ambitious effort to date.  Some rockers are crying their eye out because of the lack of growl on this album but I don’t miss it here. They certainly were the masters of “beauty and brutality”, but who says you need death metal growl to be heavy?
Still sounds very much Opeth to me. Michael has been quoted expressing his feelings about NOT being afraid to experiment or “being caught with his pants down”. “Why only do it one way when you can do everything else too” … and frankly, even if Death Metal is the root of Opeth, the mish-mash of the vintage guitars and organs passages,  jazzy Jethro Tull:ish flute interlude,  poetic vocals, folk formula,  all shows a substantial stylistic progressive perfection. A whole new sound for the heavy metal crowd to LOVE.

Heritage is marvellous and the more you listen to it, the more fantastic it gets. Innovative and flamboyant “metal”. The Rainbow influences are undoubtedly and hearable noticeable here and there. Especially in the song “Slither”
I am pretty sure Ritchie Blackmore will approve of the tribute masterpiece Opeth are indulging us with.

This is an extraordinarily,  epic album. Fresh, exiting, timeless and Phenomenal!
Dazzles me with beauty and energetic perfection. I love it!

 5 / 5 Little Savages

Opeth Live at Arenan in Stockholm, Sweden, December 8,  2011.

Great show… But one or two too many mellow songs. Michael’s growling is great, but it was not the part I missed. I felt my feet and head urging for a little more heavy and speed. It was there but a little to little.
Sound was off sometimes but sounded better towards the end of the set. Michael is a complete charmer on stage. With his very “down to earth” and intimate talk between the songs. Makes everybody feel comfortable and close to the band.

Beautiful master guitar playing from both Fredrik Åkesson and Mikael Åkerfeldt. Technical but never ever going overboard showing off and being theatrical Speedy Gonzales, only tasteful and perfect. Martin Axenrot did the best drum solo ever. The magnitude of this drummer! Incredible musicians, all of them!

4 / 5 Little Savages

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OPETH home page >>>

Buy the album “Heritage” here >>>

OPETH – Twentieth annivesary

Posted in Live Shows, Personal with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2010 by Tallee Savage

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Undoubtably awesomely great show, this was! OPETH – easily one of the most respected and revered groups on the metal scene. One might say that I am biased here, as the guitarist, Fredrik Åkesson, is a very close friend of mine.  But my reaction and admiration was wholehearted, and a sold out Cirkus Arena seemed to agree.

Opeth Live in Cirkus Arena, Stockholm

Photo by Christer Lorichs

Opeth @ Cirkus Arena, Stockholm

This was the first of six very exclusive shows across the globe. The band offered two sets. The first featuring their breakthrough epic album “Blackwater Park” in its entirety. No conversation or introduction between songs. Just the album straight through. Fans were lyrical and literally blown away by this. After a 10 minute break came the second set with mixed material from the band’s extensive catalogue. Opeth took the crowd on quite a journey with all their strong and dynamic songs in shift. Containing progressive influences and the finesse of folk, blues rock, jazz and acoustic instrumentation with a touch of Death Metal, that only Opeth can do. They set out in several different musical directions. Very impressive to find one self exited to see what’s in store in the next turn of a, not so unusual, ten minutes long song. Beautiful acoustic guitar interludes shifting to raw growling parts. Instrumentally top quality the whole way.

Opeth thanks audience in Cirkus Arena in Stockholm

Visually a very beautiful show. I would’ve just been content by seeing the best logo in the world (their “O” logotype”) as a backdrop. But they had a beautiful movie running with different moods of nature, the ocean, trees, wind etc. This together with the awesome lightning was icing on the cake. Cred to who ever did the lightning.

Fredrik Åkesson of Opeth at the Cirkus Arena in Stockholm

1) Fredrik Åkesson shredding away. (Photo: Christer Lorichs)
2) Giving Fredrik a little kiss for a performance well done. (Photo: Ulf Magnusson)
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Backstage after the show, it struck me that; The band members don’t seem to have big egos. Fame has not changed them or made them stuck up. Very down to earth and sometimes even a bit shy. Some of Michael’s remarks on stage. – “I am so nervous”, – “I hope it sounds Ok”? – “We are not very good looking dudes, still people come out to see us”. Like I said, very down to earth. Makes you love them even more : ) I left the arena with a smile on my face. A very fulfilling and satisfying evening and a special memory to store.

All live photography by Christer Lorichs. More of his work here >>

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Opeth band members

Opeth was formed back in 1990. With quite a few constellations. Michael has remained the driving force. But this is the line-up since 2007.

More about OPETH here>>

Opeth discography
Orchid (1995), Morningrise (1996), My Arms, Your Hearse (1998), Still Life (1999), Blackwater Park (2001), Deliverance (2002), Damnation (2003), Ghost Reveries (2005), Watershed (2008)

These are the dates and venues as follows:
March 30 – Cirkus – Stockholm, Sweden
April 1 – Lichtburg – Essen, Germany
April 3 – Bataclan – Paris, France
April 5 – Royal Albert Hall – London, UK
April 7 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY
April 9 – The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA

Watch this video – “Burden” – It is so beautiful.

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