Taake 30th Anniversary Show and Mephorash Release Show

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Winter has finally come to Sweden, Stockholm. Well, the temperature at least. We probably have to wait a few more days until the snow settles in. But what is better in the winter and gives you that “merry” feeling? If you said something in the terms of “gifts”, “MARIAH CAREY” or even something about an old man with a big beard and a funny laugh, you are very wrong. Facts; Black Metal is better in the winter. Who can imagine Black Metal without picturing a bunch of corpse painted lunatics running around in the snowy forests of Scandinavia, while screaming about Satan and all that is unholy? And with that being said, what is better to kickstart the “jolly season” with a Black Metal show featuring some good old Norwegian Black metal in TAAKE and some Occulted Black Metal in Swedish MEPHORASH? Hailing from the two countries with the best Black Metal scene in all of Scandinavia in my opinion (Sorry Denmark and Finland).

I had the pleasure to able to attend this spectacular show where TAAKE celebrates 30 years of blast beats and MEPHORASH bringing a whole choir (Yes, a live choir) to celebrate the new album ‘Krystl-Ah’, which is the 5th studio album to have been released by the band. It was a night of ecstasy and darkness. A show to remember and a better way to kick off the winter season than listening to Christmas carols.

What: Taake 30th Anniversary Show and Mephorash Release Show
Where: Stockholm, Slaktkyrkan
When: 19/11-23
Rating: 8/10

Check out the photo gallery and performances below:

MEPHORASH (Black Metal)

“Mephorash, Black Metal from Uppsala, Sweden.
Mephorash is a Black Metal band formed in Uppsala, Sweden in 2010. Their craft extends far beyond their dynamic and multifaceted music to create a transcendental experience for the listener. At the intersection of musicality and spirituality on a meticulously designed stage set, every note and every detail transports the participant deep into the world of Mephorash.”
– Spotify

The occult-themed MEPHORASH invites us to enter their world of dark rituals, and who are we to decline such a fine offer? MEPHORASH offers a interesting live show, filled with burning braziers and a live choir singing from the balcony. All while the band performs the new album ‘Krystl-Ah’, from start to finish. The live choir gives a mesmerizing effect on the show together with the bands shredding guitar tunes and guttural vocals, It’s a very unique combination which MEPHORASH mixes together in a most fantastic way. It was not only an amazing show with the music, but it was also an hypnotizing theatrical performance where Mashkelah moved his arms and hands in a way that looked like he was going to hex us with some dark spells from the evil realm where MEPHORASH belongs in. Great show, can’t wait to see them live again and be hexed once more.

Best performance: ‘Gnosis’
Rating: 9/10
MEPHORASH is:
Mishbar Bovmeph – Guitar, Vocals (Backing)
Ayram Etaumiel – Guitar
Mashkelah M’Ralaa – Vocals
Tephra Brabeion – Drums
Rudra – Bass

TAAKE (Black Metal)

“With 30 years in the black metal business, Taake has built itself up to become a highly respected and recognized band both nationally and internationally. The band is among the best in its genre, and despite a strong anchoring in the genre’s traditions, has shown a unique ability to renew itself.”
– Dark Essence Records

30 years of Darkness, that’s how long TAAKE been active and been spreading their message of all that is dark and unholy. And what better way to celebrate than hosting a anniversary show where we can all embrace the music and the evil together? TAAKE is ascending from a Norwegian Black Metal legacy and keeps renewing themselves, no matter how many years that passes. And their live show sure gives us the music we all expect with cool guitar tunes and solos. But then the tracks sorta blends into one and each other and it all sounds the same even though we pass into half the setlist. The best part, also the most anticipated one, was the last track on the setlist where they performed “Myr” and brought out that banjo guitar for a solo by the end of the track. That was the highlight of the show and I bet at least half the audience shared the same opinion!

Best performance: ‘Nordbundet’
Rating: 7/10
TAAKE is:
Hoest – Everything
Gjermund Fredheim – Guitar (Live)
V’gandr – Bass, Vocals (Backing)  (Live)
Aindiachaí – Guitar (Live)
Eld – Bass (Live)
Rune Nesse – Drums (Live)

Closing Words:

Can’t say I was disappointed in the evening. Got some good old Norwegian Black Metal in TAAKE and some awesome atmospheric Black Metal with MEPHORASH. Looking forward to hearing more from these guys and seeing how they will expand their music and the genre. I’m especially looking forward to seeing MEPHORASH live again with the choir and hopefully in a bigger venue that can really capture the acoustics. Most likely this will also be my last concert review of the year, but I’m already looking forward to next year which will feature many cool acts coming to my hometown of Stockholm. Until next time my fellow readers!

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. I believe with all my heart that the metal community will always be a underground society that will never die, and all it’s habitants are the most amazing individuals that have walked this earth.

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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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Taake 30th Anniversary Show and Mephorash Release Show

November 21, 2023

Winter has finally come to Sweden, Stockholm. Well, the temperature at least. We probably have to wait a few more days until the snow settles in. But what is better in the winter and gives you that “merry” feeling? If you said something in the terms of “gifts”, “MARIAH CAREY” or even something about an old man with a big beard and a funny laugh, you are very wrong. Facts; Black Metal is better in the winter. Who can imagine Black Metal without picturing a bunch of corpse painted lunatics running around in the snowy forests of Scandinavia, while screaming about Satan and all that is unholy? And with that being said, what is better to kickstart the “jolly season” with a Black Metal show featuring some good old Norwegian Black metal in TAAKE and some Occulted Black Metal in Swedish MEPHORASH? Hailing from the two countries with the best Black Metal scene in all of Scandinavia in my opinion (Sorry Denmark and Finland). I had the pleasure to able to attend this spectacular show where TAAKE celebrates 30 years of blast beats and MEPHORASH bringing a whole choir (Yes, a live choir) to celebrate the new album ‘Krystl-Ah’, which…

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