I guess I'm just going to use dA as a big diary-kinda-thing.
So what I basically had wanted to write are my impressions of the past five days, or actually the days from last Wednesday until Sunday.
On said days I've been driving around in Germany and visited some people and concerts and I got to admit that those days were more than perfect.
I saw Dir En Grey in Berlin on Wednesday, arrived at the location around 5 p.m.
I've been there by bus and it was the pure horror, but everything was worth it as soon as I saw Taka at the location and many other faces, which I came to like during that day.
The opening act of the evening was Rise Of The Northstar and even if I'll always try to play a fair game when it's about music I got to admit that they weren't that good. The singers voice was shitty, they weren't able to get the whole audience bumped up and their performance on stage was kinda lame. They tried their best, wanted us to do several circle pits and a wall of death, but nothing ended up working.
The reason for their weak stage-game could be that everyone was there to see Dir En Grey. The gods of Japanese metal.
The second they entered the stage the whole audience went crazy and you could literally feel their bands pure presence. DEG exist for more than 15 years now and one could sense that during every second of their show. They're experience on stage was more than visible, because they knew how to move and what to do to get the whole crowd bumped.
I was standing in the second to third row on the right side of the stage, in front of DIE. I will never forget this beautiful man's smile, his face and his movements, full of energy and passion. I also had a very good look on Kyo, who showed us the full range of his vocal skills. Low crowls, high pitched screams and cries full of despair and pain. This musician is my everything and I had goosebumps during the whole concert, my gaze fixed on the Japanese man.
The concert itself lasted for more than two hours and in the end I had the chance to catch a pick from DIE, who looked at me quite often during the concert. Because of my small height I wasn't able to get my hands on it, but a friend of mine, standing besides me, catched it and that itself made me happy.
We haven't had the chance to stay inside of the location for a long time, sadly, because the security pushed us out.
On my way out I met someone I knew from several social networks and talked to him for a bit, parting with mixed feelings when we both had to take our leave.
My bus to Cologne was leaving on the next day, around 10 a.m, so Taka and me walked around Berlin, trying to find a warm place to stay during the night and to kill some time. Said friend was leaving at 6 a.m Thursday, so I ended up spending 4 more hours on my own until my bus arrived, which wasn't a problem, because I napped through it with ease.
Dir En Grey - The Unstoppable Life: Berlin - Setlist
Cause of fickleness
Sustain the untruth
KUKOKU NO KYOUON
Behind a vacant image
Revelation of mankind
HAGESHISA TO, KONO MUNE NO NAKA DE KARAMITSUITA SHAKUNETSU NO YAMI
After 7 hours I arrived in the second city where I'd stay: cologne.
I met up there with a friend who's living nearby and the only thing I can say about this day is that I was really tired and therefore went to bed as soon as we arrived at his place.
Thursday was basically one day filled with waiting for public transports, sleeping and driving.
On Friday my dear friend showed me Cologne and I ended up visiting the Dome, this one bridge full of locks and the mall. I'm not one to take pictures of everything, so if you want to see how the dome e.g looks like, just google it.
The dome itself was quite impressing. I, personally, adore old and huge buildings, so I fell in love with it the second I saw it. We walked around town for 4-5 hours until we went back to his home, eating, resting, having a chill time. Later the same day we went outside, when it was dark, and had a nice quiet walk around the area. I loved those moments, because the silence was comfortable, the air slightly chill and everything peaceful.
On the next day we went to Essen, the city in which we were going to see the Japanese rockband MUCC.
We arrived there around 30 minutes - 1 hours before the entrance. From what I realized, while waiting, was that the crowd seemed very chill and quiet and I actually thought that this concert couldn't be better than the Dir En Grey one in Berlin.
But oh boy, I was so wrong.
Like I did at the DEG concert the first thing I walked to was the Merchandise, after I entered the venue. I bought a hoodie and my dear friend stored it inside his bag. Then we entered the actual hall, which contained the stage.
There was no opening act so the concert started with MUCC itself and within the first song I knew that this concert is going to be different than what I thought it'd be. The energy within the audience was intense and so much different from the queuing.
The whole crowd jumped, screamed, moshed and went wild since the first second and the band recognized us as a good audience. Tatsurou told us that we were better than the crowd from the day before, because they played in Essen too on Friday.
He, in general, thanked us a lot and often for being so amazing and even talked a bit German.
After the first part of the concert was done we started applauding and screaming for the encore as soon as they left the stage. We were all destroyed, fucked up and at our limits, but we didn't care. "An-co-re" was hauling through the whole club, we all desperate for more.
After 10 minutes the band reentered the stage and they all began talking to us one after another. It was really moving, because they told us about their feelings about the concert. We all got a bit emotional at this point, but Tatsurou got us all hyped up again when he told us that parts of this concert are going to be part of their next DVD.
We screamed, went wild and gave it all again the second they played the first notes.
After the concert, which took 2 hours, was over, everyone was happy and out of energy. My friend and me left the club, after I searched it for a pick (because that's the kind of fan I am), and went to his place. While we were driving back the watched some parts of this years Eurovision, which took place in Vienna. We ended up watching it until the end and couldn't really understand the outcome of it, but well, nothing we could do about it.
Sunday was my last day in cologne and we got up, due to a failure of mine, at 8 a.m even though my bus left at 1:45 p.m.
We lazily had breakfast and enjoyed the rest of the time we had together, being quiet, only talking when it was actually needed.
I still miss their company and will totally return to cologne this year, this was what I promised myself and my dear friend, before I entered the bus, which was supposed to get me home safely. After another 6 hours I arrived at home, tired but more than happy with my life.
I, apparently, can't remember the actual setlist, so there could be some mistakes in the following one.
THE END OF THE WORLD
D. f. D ~Dreamer from Darkness
KYOURAN KYOSHOU -21st Century Baby-