Amager Bio, Copenhagen - 2012

Text: Tobias Nilsson Photo: Lunah Lauridsen

Wisdom from far away Hungary was the first band to take the stage at Amager Bio this dark October evening, where they played in support of Sabaton and their Swedish Empire tour.

Personally, I knew nothing about Wisdom before the show, except for hearing the name earlier this year while visiting Metalcamp (we didn’t see the concert at that time, but saw the guys walking around in the crowd during Machine Head which was slotted before them).
As it turned out though, they were definitely the stylistically most fitting support band of the evening, the other one being the melodic death metal (yes, yes, with some folk instruments involved) band Eluveitie.
You see, although they were leaning much up against the Italian scene (making me think about Rhapsody Of Fire more than once), they were at least a power metal band of mighty warriors, and just like Joakim Brodén from the headlining act, vocalist Gábor ‘Crossfader’ Nagy displayed an unusually deep voice for the given metal genre which is more prone to promote very high-pitched falsetto squeaks.

Wisdom’s show had just begun when we entered Amager Bio, and as we rushed into the concert hall I was quite taken aback when I saw the large amount of people already there. The place was warm and pumping, and not only did Wisdom have a very large crowd, but they had a very large crowd that was into the show!
Not only is that unusual for any first slotted support band, but especially so for a band which has had little or no promotion around these parts, and as far as I know, no known Danish following. Well, maybe that last part changed after tonight, it would certainly seem so at least…
As we were getting settled, and getting beers, I’m sad to say that I wasn’t fully paying attention when Nagy was introducing the first three songs, which was kind of him to do now that we didn’t know them, but when he broke out into a Dickinson rip-off “Scream for me Copenhagen!”, and followed with a cover of Iron Maiden’s Wasted Years (great song, but unexpected choice) I was all over them, as were mostly everyone in the room!

On stage, the musicians didn’t much space to move about on – Amager Bio is a large place, but due to Sabaton’s massive gear, the other bands were left with not much more than a 1 metre deep strip of stage to operate on, a strip which also contained to large stage banners the band had brought along (interestingly though, they had no backdrop).
Even so, they did what they could – of course there was not a heck of a lot of movement and changing positions (I believe this was only done by Nagy and guitarist Gábor Kovács), but some headbanging was present, and Nagy had a large body language which he used effectively to draw the audience into the show.
This was rewarded with loud shouts and applauds of appreciation from the front all the way back to and on the balcony in the back of the room, both between and during the songs they played. Again, this was a positive surprise considering the amount, or rather lack thereof, of love that crowds around here show support bands.
After the last song, Judas - the title track of their latest album, Wisdom had to hurry off the stage for the stage-hands to get things ready for the next band, but at least drummer Balázs Ágota took the time to throw his sticks out to the expecting arms reaching for the stage, something that probably solidified the chances of people looking this band up when they got home. If you still wanted a word, Nagy could be found behind the merch table for the rest of the evening.

Well played is all I can say to Wisdom.
Although there was absolutely nothing new under the sun here in terms of music, the quality of what they did was solid enough, and as I’ve mentioned already several times, I was very impressed to see the first band of the evening create such a buzz in the hall.

Setlist (incomplete):

Wasted Years (Iron Maiden cover)
Heaven And Hell


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