BRIGHT & BLACK Live Review

8/10

Before we dive into this review, we first have to cover what BRIGHT & BLACK is.

BRIGHT & BLACK is the creation of Jacob Hellner and Per Kviman. Partners in crime are Eicca Toppinen and Kristjan Järvi. This project is actively bringing together the metal genre into the world of classic music. With musicians from the metal world coming together and composing their own songs, and BRIGHT & BLACK is bringing them to life in a orchestra. Musicians such as Erik Danielsson (WATAIN), Tomas Haake, Dick Lövgren (MESHUGGAH), Fredrik Åkesson (OPETH) and Nico Elgstrand (ENTOMBED AD).

“Metal music and orchestral music, two worlds living in parallel, finally clash and a sound not yet heard is born. In an unprecedented move, the world of metal will fuse with the world of the orchestra by having writers all rooted the metal scene compose directly for the orchestra giving them a completely new set of colors and a new set of sounds. With a bang.”
-Bright & Black Website

Eicca Toppinen
Eicca Toppinen, founder of Finnish metal band APOCALYPTICA and the soloist for BRIGHT & BLACK. A past student of the Sibelius Academy. Composer and musical producer of multiple stage productions and movies. Performer of metal on his cello for 25 years.

Kristjan Järvi
Tallinn-based Kristjan Järvi, is a conductor, producer, and composer from a family of great conductors. He himself as well as his father Neeme and brother Paavo hold the baton in the greatest orchestras in the world. Kristjan has a reputation for being an innovative and bold conductor within the classical scene moving freely between various styles and genres. Together with his team, he runs his own Estonia-based company: Sunbeam Productions. Kristjan is also the founding conductor and artistic director of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic.

Jacob Hellner
Jacob Hellner out of Stockholm producing cutting-edge metal for 30 years for artists such as RAMMSTEIN, CLAWFINGER, APOCALYPTICA, and ENTOMBED AD among others. Apart from producing he is also a composer for various TV, film, and stage productions. Jacob is together with Per Kviman founder and artistic director of BRIGHT & BLACK.

Per Kviman
Per Kviman runs Stockholm-based Versity Music, an artist management formed in 2003. Per has a background as A&R for the record companies RCA (UK), MVG, and Wire Records (SE) and has been rewarded with platinum and gold-selling albums across the world. Per is together with Jacob Hellner founder and artistic director of Bright & Black. Per also holds the position of Chairman of the Board for the European Music Managers Alliance (EMMA), the largest artist manager organization in the world.

Now when there is no doubt of what BRIGHT & BLACK is, and how exciting this is, lets dive into their concert performance.

What: Bright & Black Live
Where: Stockholm, Filadelfia Convention Center
When: 8/3-24
Rating: 8/10

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BRIGHT & BLACK (Orchestra)

“A symphony orchestra. Composers from the world of metal. A wild conductor. A truly unique soloist. Attitude and talent. An album and a live show. This is Bright & Black featuring Eicca Toppinen , Kristian Järvi and Baltic Sea Philharmonic.”
– Bright & Black

BRIGHT & BLACK is exactly what I thought it would be with metal and orchestra merged together. It’s just as dark and fast it can be in metal, but also have room for beautiful melodies. The fast performance in “Bloodgrind” might as well have been a Death Metal track with the intensity and velocity it expressed. But clearly the best performance this night was the opening track, composed by Fredrik Åkesson, “Nidhugg”. The might and curiosity it contained reminded me a lot of Edvard Grieg‘s “In the Hall of the Mountain King”.

Best performance: Nidhugg
Rating: 8/10

BRIGHT & BLACK Line-Up:
Baltic Sea Philharmonic – Orchestra
Kristjan Järvi – Conductor
Eicca Toppinen – Cello

Closing Words:

I haven’t been to an orchestra since school, but I got to say this was a very fun experience out of the ordinary. It have been very interesting following this project and I hope to hear something similar in the future, maybe a 2nd album with new musicians guesting. Im not a huge fan of SABATON, but I would love to hear BRIGHT & BLACK play something Joakim Brodén or Pär Sundström composes.

I have been a Metalhead ever since I was old enough to comprehend what music was. Something really called to me when I for the first time heard my fathers IRON MAIDEN albums being played, that gave me such goosebumps which only made me want more! Ever since then, I’ve been listening into multiple genres with the hunger of exploring new metal music and keeping track of upcoming bands. My favorite genres today is Black Metal and Blackgaze which includes most of my favorite bands, but my biggest favorite of them all is called HARAKIRI FOR THE SKY. I’m really passionate about the metal community and frequently goes to concerts to try to support as many band as possible by buying merch and promoting them by doing reviews. The metal community has shaped me into who I am today and is something that I will always give back to!

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I have been a Metalhead ever since I was old enough to comprehend what music was. Something really called to me when I for the first time heard my fathers IRON MAIDEN albums being played, that gave me such goosebumps which only made me want more! Ever since then, I’ve been listening into multiple genres with the hunger of exploring new metal music and keeping track of upcoming bands. My favorite genres today is Black Metal and Blackgaze which includes most of my favorite bands, but my biggest favorite of them all is called HARAKIRI FOR THE SKY. I’m really passionate about the metal community and frequently goes to concerts to try to support as many band as possible by buying merch and promoting them by doing reviews. The metal community has shaped me into who I am today and is something that I will always give back to!

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BRIGHT & BLACK Live Review

March 27, 2024

Before we dive into this review, we first have to cover what BRIGHT & BLACK is. BRIGHT & BLACK is the creation of Jacob Hellner and Per Kviman. Partners in crime are Eicca Toppinen and Kristjan Järvi. This project is actively bringing together the metal genre into the world of classic music. With musicians from the metal world coming together and composing their own songs, and BRIGHT & BLACK is bringing them to life in a orchestra. Musicians such as Erik Danielsson (WATAIN), Tomas Haake, Dick Lövgren (MESHUGGAH), Fredrik Åkesson (OPETH) and Nico Elgstrand (ENTOMBED AD). “Metal music and orchestral music, two worlds living in parallel, finally clash and a sound not yet heard is born. In an unprecedented move, the world of metal will fuse with the world of the orchestra by having writers all rooted the metal scene compose directly for the orchestra giving them a completely new set of colors and a new set of sounds. With a bang.” -Bright & Black Website Eicca Toppinen Eicca Toppinen, founder of Finnish metal band APOCALYPTICA and the soloist for BRIGHT & BLACK. A past student of the Sibelius Academy. Composer and musical producer of multiple stage productions and movies….

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