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Tarot - Live: Undead Indeed (CD/DVD)

Tarot
Live: Undead Indeed (DVD & CD)
by Grigoris Chronis at 18 July 2008, 12:58 PM

I will not waste time to mention the well-known 'connection'. Drag and drop, TAROT bears the 'should be treated as a normal band' prerequisite. The smile of Marco Hietala, playing in Rupla Club, Kuopio, Finland in August 17th, 2007 (wow, an indoor venue in mid-August…) deserves your attention. Undead Indeed is even better than what I initially expected.
TAROT breaths life for more than twenty years now. How does it feel when you taste success with an other band while your own baby breathes air backwards, I don't know. Cudos to Marko for many many things during his career; in specific, TAROT did gradually develop its music/sound from the archetypal Scandianvian Metal of the mid-80s to the majestic-still-heavy Metal of today. A clever plan to hold on to the new era or gradual maturity? Be it whatever you want, TAROT - in my ears - still has it, bearing in mind the year we now live in.
There are 3-4 different editions of this live performance already released in Finland (double DVD, double CD and don't-know-what-else…). Let's stick to the 'gig' DVD - visual reality holds a better credit, especially nowadays: TAROT played their very first show in Kuopio 25 years ago in the same club, so this was a gig of special interest. Hence, the filming (I guess). The band is in great mood, the sound is more than appropriate (really, great work done here!) and the fans are rather vivid. The band's latest album, Crows Fly Black (2006), sold very good (again) and there was no reason, I think, to hold back the energy.
Marco Hietala takes over most of the vocal duties, with enough of passion and less of vanity. He succeeds in waking up the already friendly crowd (hometown, right?) and - along with some ample bass playing (along with other original member Pecu Cinnari's pounding drumming) - stands tall in delivering the goods needed for such an event. Tommi Salmela handles the rest of the tracklist, while - standing usually behind his keys set - achieves 'adding' to the vocals' diversity. Marco's brother, Zachary, brings on some neat metallic playing cross-firing stylishly with the Tommi's and Janne Tolsa's keys; he and Marco are totally 80s when they want to.
More of a show and less of a usual gig; Undead Indeed, apart from being a 'must' purchase for any TAROT/Hietala fan, can also act as a good 'meeting point' for Euro Metal (not 'candy') fans not familiar with the band in prior. A band whose first album came out back in 1986 (Spell OF Iron), a band that decided - quite wisely - to include songs from all their discography (OK, Crows Fly Black was played almost in its entirety), while they were also too proud to honor Metal fathers BLUE OYSTER CULT via their take on Veteran Of Psychic Wars (written by Eric Bloom and Fantasy/Epic literature legend Michael Moorcock).
TAROT - in my mind - is the kind of band that extended its horizons while growing up year by year, now standing in the crossroad of pleasing both 'old-school' and 'current' Metal fans. OK, older metalheads will not show the same loyalty as - for example - in the Spell OF Iron/Follow Me Into Madness days, since TAROT's music is over-keyboarded nowadadys, but they will like this release. Newer metalheads should show more interest for a band that combines smartly enough today's Finnish atmosphere with the traditional Scandinavian mystique. I remind: TAROT needs your credit alone and only for their historic capability, apart from any 'link' to the worldwide-selling Finnish band you can imagine (stop here…).
P.S. 01: The audio disc of the CD/DVD release holds 14 out if 19 songs. In the 2xDVD combo you can find extra goodies in the form of interviews, archive stuff and two promotional videos.
P.S. 02: General European release is scheduled for August 1st, 2008.

3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
Disc 1

Crows Fly Black
Traitor
Pyre Of Gods
Wings Of Darkness
Back In The Fire
Tides
Bleeding Dust
Veteran Of Psychic Wars
Angels Of Pain
Warhead
Follow Me Into Madness
Before The Skies Come Down
Ashes To The Stars
Undead Son
You
Crawlspace
Rider Of The Last Day
I Rule

Disc 2

Crows Fly Black
Traitor
Pyre Of Gods
Tides
Bleeding Dust
Angels Of Pain
Follow Me Into Madness
Before The Skies Come Down
Ashes To The Stars
Undead Son
You
Crawlspace
Rider Of The Last Day
I Rule
Lineup:
Marco Hietala - Vocals, Bass Guitar
Zachary Hietala - Guitar
Janne Tolsa - Keyboards
Pecu Cinnari - Drums
Tommi Tuple Salmela - Samples, Backing Vocals
Record Label: Nuclear Blast
     


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