Beta, Copenhagen - 2013

Text: Tobias Nilsson Photo: Lunah Lauridsen

Klone was the second support band to play this night, and in addition to this, they were also the second band from France on the line-up. The Mars Chronicles had already got me in a good mood, so now it was up to Klone to keep it that way, or if possible, improve it further...

And improve on it they did!
One could not resist a big grin rising on ones face as the band hit the stage and, after a loud “Copenhagen” shout, immediately devastated it with a red-hot and heavy southern rock riff so meaty it probably had its own set off balls! It didn’t take long for the music to change character though, as it moved into a more melodic state, from which it then delved deeper into some semi-progressive thingamajig – and this was still all in the first song mind you!
Singer Yann Ligner danced happily between his sung parts, and it was the equal parts of comical relief and genius that made it work as well as it did – he also took a stroll into the audience at one point where he continued singing, now literally face to face with the audience.
It wasn’t all about Ligner though, the entire band did an exceptional job with the performance – actually, exceptional doesn’t quite cover it; this was, as Lunah (Lauridsen, our photographer) put it, “the way a live show is supposed to be”! And she was right, there was not a single part to point a finger on that could have improved this performance; guitarist Guillaume Bernard was a wild-man as he swung his instrument and his body around, all the while having a broad smile on his face and keeping good eye-contact with the closest audience, and both bassist Jean Etienne Maillard and guitarist Aldrick Guadagnino were equally up to the task of entertaining!
Klone also consist of drummer Florent Marcadet and keyboardist/saxophonist Matthieu Metzger, both of whom were absent for unknown reasons this fine evening – instead we saw Morgan Berthet behind the drums, and if your memory serves you, he was also behind the kit for The Mars Chronicles, and if your memory serves you even better than that, you will also recognise Berthet as the man behind the drums of Myrath from Orphaned Land’s last visit here in Copenhagen. Busy man, but he looked like he enjoyed himself.

The audience, which had grown some more by this time, definitely also looked like they were enjoying themselves in the presence of Klone, and they were really beginning to warm up for some more action by now.
Sure, it wasn’t the wildest bunch of people as of yet, but headbanging was steadily on the rise, especially in the more riff-laden parts of the set, and in general there was a lot of smiling and a genuinely positive atmosphere.
Ligner didn’t introduce all of the band’s songs, which could have been nice for us new to the party, but he did introduce the title song of the latest album, The Dreamer’s Hideaway, the second to last song of the evening. Personally, not my favourite, as it was more progressive from wall to wall, whereas I had been taken more in with the swaying rock-riffs that they had in a few of their other songs, and thus I was afraid that they would end up pulling the great energy they had built so far down too much for the end of their set, but I was in for a surprise...
You see, as their grand finale Klone had decided to play a cover, and this cover was, quite surprisingly and incredibly pleasantly so, Army Of Me by Icelandic multi-artist Björk. I tell you, this metal version kicked so much ass, even Björk would have been proud listening to it, and of course it made a great splash in the audience as well – there was singing as well as headbanging on a high level!
From start to finish, Klone swept me off my feet and delivered the wildest, most surprising, and positive show of the evening – woe to anyone who missed it!


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