Concert review: Pain of Salvation, Support Beardfish, 10/15/10 Hamburg

This was a concert I had been looking for a lot, since Pain of Salvation (PoS) is one of my favorite bands.
Summary: Beardfish started on time, with a couple of great tunes amd bass player was the unsong hero. As soon as he bandleader switched from keyboards to guitar, the songs suffered.
PoS played a solid 1st show of their European tour, unfortunately marred by technical issues, an only so-so setlist and the attempt to leave a production mark as headlining act which failed – they should have just played and left some of the theatrics at home. With just small alterations it could have been perfect for your humble author.
That being said, there are few bands who can perform complicated albeit truly listenable songs with such ease and frontman Daniel Gildenlow is one of the best of his trade.
Verdict: go see them if you can.

Update: Photoset and 30secs of encore “Hallelujah”