Yes, I know the gig was almost a month ago… I blame the holidays and our everlasting house remodeling project. But I finally got around to making my selections and editing the images from the gig today. As fans probably know, Amorphis published an album filled with remakes of songs from their first three albums with the new vocalist as a celebration of their 20 years in the business. In honor of the album, they made a club tour of Finland in late November and early December. Since they weren’t going to hit Joensuu and we were heading south anyway, we decided to catch them in Lahti for a very enjoyable session of Magic & Mayhem.
Like the album, the gigs songs were only from the first three albums as well – in Lahti we even got to hear Tomi Joutsen performing Elegy live for the first time. Another added bonus to fans during the tour was the appearance of Amorphis alumni on-stage. Only one gig (in Tavastia) had the full complement of past and present members, we got to see three: Olli-Pekka Laine, Pekka Kasari, and Kim Rantala.
I also selected a slightly different position than usual when seeing them so that I could get better pictures of the members I didn’t have good shots of. I can’t say that I chose poorly – especially when the stage in Lahti was much larger than in Kuopio or Joensuu and the lighting was bright enough.
It was also the first gig that I shot with my (still) new 7D and EF-S 17-55/2.8. Neither the body nor lens disappointed me and I think I’ve found my new goto setup for concert photography in our small venues.
As always, more pictures available in our photo gallery.