【report】 THE MORTAL (Tokyo | NKH Hall)

THE MORTAL is only a few months old but is already quite experienced ! Led by Atsushi Sakurai, who is none other than the singer of BUCK TICK, the band has just released its debut album of astonishing mastery and maturity entitled 'I AM MORTAL'. The music, both heavy since plangent and melancholic, and light through its ethereal atmospheres, is already performed on stage one week only after the release of the album. THE MORTAL has indeed already hit the road and stopped at NHK HALL in Tokyo on November 25th and November 26th. The concert hall reminds of the Parisian Olympia but with a double capacity. The venue, which usually hosts the NHK Symphony Orchestra, is sumptuous, luxurious with its red felt and gold decorations. The lyrical atmosphere that emerges from this theater emphasizes further more the beautiful aerial universe of THE MORTAL. The atmosphere is set right before the concert even begins. People place themselves in a religious silence while Italian Opera music is playing in the background. Then the lights go-out, the concert begins ! During the first song, the band played behind a giant curtain that exudes a carefully landscaped scenic setting. This impression is then confirmed when the curtain falls. Candles sprinkle the scene while a geometric figure floats above it and where a play of lights is reflected. The lights, essential to the group's performance, impress with their magnificient dimensions (colors, rhythm, forms). Everything is absolutely well-thought ! From the first encore, THE MORTAL focuses on playing covers including those that compose the mini-album, SPIRIT (‘Spirit’ from BAUHAUS, ‘SHADOW OF LOVE’ from The Damned, ‘CITIES IN DUST’ from the Siouxsie and the Banshees). A must-see mesmerizing performance !

[text translated by Lauren N.]

  • THE MORTAL 11/25 NHK HALL

  • ・ Tenshi (天使)
    ・ DEAD CAN DANCE
    ・ PAIN DROP
    ・ Yume (夢)
    ・ Fantomas - Tenrankai No Otoko (Fantomas - 展覧会の男)
    ・ Tsuki (月)
    ・ Grotesque (グロテスク)
    ・ MOTHER
    ・ Guignol (ギニョル)
    ・ SACRIFICE
    ・ Hallelujah (ハレルヤ)
    ・ Wakusei (惑星)
    ・ Barbaric Man
    ・ Mortal
    ・ Sayonara Waltz (サヨナラワルツ)
  • ► EN1-
    ・ SHADOW OF LOVE
    ・ CITIES IN DUST
    ・ Spirit

    ► EN2-
    ・ Yokan (予感)
    ・ Neko (猫)
    ・ EXPLOSION

Photos : RIE SHIBATA

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