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Photo report TRIVIUM/POWER TRIP/VENOM PRISON, Patronaat, Haarlem, 10.03.2018

Veröffentlicht am 25. März 2018 von Markus W. in Trivum, Venom Prison, Thrash Metal, Power Trip, News, Live, Live Review, Metalcore, Modern Metal, Heavy Metal, Deathcore, Patronaat, Haarlem

Photo report TRIVIUM/POWER TRIP/VENOM PRISON, Patronaat, Haarlem, 10.03.2018
Photo report TRIVIUM/POWER TRIP/VENOM PRISON, Patronaat, Haarlem, 10.03.2018

Beginning of March I had the chance to witness a powerful metalcore package that's on it way through Europe at the moment. Trivium, Power Trip and Venom Prison embarked on a tour and I did some photos of the show for my friends of Zware Metalen. I don't want to withhold the photos from you, my dear readers. Therefor enjoy the photo-report and, if you have any chance, visit the show. It's worth it.

 

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Live report SAXON / DIAMOND HEAD / ARMORED DAWN, 013, Tilburg, 27.02.2018

Veröffentlicht am 28. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Saxon, Diamond Head, Armored Dawn, News, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Classic Metal, NWoBHM, 013 Poppodium, Live Review, Live, Tour, Rock Hard Festival

It was an ice cold February evening when British metal icons Saxon had a stop at 013 in Tilburg to warm up the city with some hot metal riffs. No less than the legendary Diamond Head joined Saxon on their European tour and it was Brazilian metal newcomers Armored Dawn who got the opening slot in this package.

 

The first time I saw Armored Dawn on stage was when they opened for Fates Warning a few months ago and the impression I got wasn‘t the best. And since the new longplayer wasn‘t the most exciting one either I was curious about what they guys from Brazil will offer that night in Tilburg, being the opener for Saxon and Diamond Head. In general I must say that the guys did a much better job than earlier. They could create some reserved excitement in the first row and earned some well-meant applause at the end. As on the album, guitars were spot-on and also the sound they got was better. The biggest challenge though for Armored Dawn is their singer and frontman Eduardo Parras. He tries hard but there are much better metal sirens out there in the metal universe. All in all Armored Dawn showed some improvement and a solid show - not more but also not less.

Live report SAXON / DIAMOND HEAD / ARMORED DAWN, 013, Tilburg, 27.02.2018
Live report SAXON / DIAMOND HEAD / ARMORED DAWN, 013, Tilburg, 27.02.2018

Diamond Head‘s concert was the first highlight tonight. The band, known by many from the Metallica’s cover version of  „Am I evil“, preformed a professional and dedicated gig that was full of hits. The temperature in the venue immediately rose by the first riffs of guitar icon Brian Tattler. The guitarist is the only remaining founding member and driving force behind the band since many years. He and his three band mates showed that night how classic metal should sound like if being performed with a lot of passion. Next to Tattler it was vocalist Rasmus Bom Andersen who is not only an excellent singer but also a great frontman. Constantly in motion it was him being an engine of youth on stage with great vocals and agile stage acting. He was constantly motivating the crowd to be loud, and fans reacted accordingly. In the end each of the guys on stage obviously enjoyed playing live and fans rewarded this attitude with more than just a warm applause. Diamond Head was a true special guest for Saxon and since the guys aren‘t around too often, it was a pleasure to witness their show in Tilburg, a concert with the earlier mentioned „Am I evil“ as the Grande finale with audience being a huge choir for the chorus.

Live report SAXON / DIAMOND HEAD / ARMORED DAWN, 013, Tilburg, 27.02.2018

After warming up the crowd in such a good way it was an easy thing for Saxon to take over and turn the venue into a metal madhouse. I have seen the band several times over the last 6 years and they never disappointed. It‘s the combination of almost 40 years experience in rock, terrific songs and powerful stage acting that makes each Saxon concert to a special moment. The guys play together in the same line-up since many years and you can see and hear that the chemistry is there. It’s a blindfolded interplay and interaction that grew over many years, leading to a dense and powerful sound that builds the base for 90 minutes of metal delight.  As if it would be the most natural thing on earth Paul Quinn and Doug Scarrett create enormous riff power while it’s bassist Nibbs Carter who spreads the metal virus by a pounding bass play that‘s heavier than what you get to hear on any album. 

Saxon ignited a firework with old classics that were highly anticipated by fans. And it has been the new songs that fitted perfectly into the context by creating a seamless experience of rock that night.

As frontman Biff Byford said: „It‘s Tuesday - and it feels like fucking Friday“ and what he meant was the metal party vibe that filled the venue. Saxon might get older, but they are in an impressive shape and form. These guys are metal pioneers and it was the big crowd at 013 that rewarded all the band’s effort with horns up and an enthusiastic applause at the end. 

I‘m already looking forward to see the quintet from England again on this year’s Rock Hard festival where Saxon headlines one day. ... And Saxon plays on. Hopefully for many more years.

Live report SAXON / DIAMOND HEAD / ARMORED DAWN, 013, Tilburg, 27.02.2018

Tracklist Diamond Head:

  1. Helpless
  2. Bones
  3. In the Heat of the Night
  4. Lightning to the Nations
  5. It's Electric
  6. The Prince
  7. Am I Evil?

 

Tracklist Saxon:

  1. Thunderbolt
  2. Sacrifice
  3. Nosferatu (The Vampire Waltz)
  4. Motorcycle Man
  5. Strong Arms of the Law
  6. Battering Ram
  7. Power and the Glory
  8. Sniper
  9. The Secret Flight
  10. Dallas 1PM
  11. Never Surrender
  12. Predator
  13. They Played Rock and Roll
  14. And the Band Played On
  15. 747 (Strangers in the Night)
  16. Crusader
  17. Princess of the Night
  18. Heavy Metal Thunder (Encore)
  19. Wheels of Steel (Encore)
  20. Denim and Leather (Encore)

 

Location: 013, Tilburg, The Netherlands

Date: February 27th, 2018

 

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Live report DOOL / WOLVENNEST, Paard Van Troje, Den Haag, 02.12.2017

Veröffentlicht am 10. Dezember 2017 von Markus W. in Dool, Wolvennest, Dark Metal, Gothic, Live, Live Review, Tour, Paard Van Troje, News, Ambient, Noise

Live report DOOL / WOLVENNEST, Paard Van Troje, Den Haag, 02.12.2017
Live report DOOL / WOLVENNEST, Paard Van Troje, Den Haag, 02.12.2017
Live report DOOL / WOLVENNEST, Paard Van Troje, Den Haag, 02.12.2017

Dool is still a fairly new band with band members reflecting the best Dutch dark rock/metal has in the offer. Each of the five guys has a proven track record in rock and combining forces leads to this powerful dark rock outfit. Some intensive live shows and an excellent debut where the pillars to date for a fast growing fan base. 

I had the chance to witness one of the first Dool shows in March this year, which was a great experience. Based on that, the level of curiosity was rising the moment the band announced some NL shows in late autumn. One of these concerts took place at Paard Van Troje in Den Haag. The show was announced at the smaller of the two rooms with Dutch Wolvennest being the ones who got the support slot.

Before Ryanne van Dorst and Co. entered the stage for another impressive concert it was up to Wolvennest to get folks into the right mood. The sextet did their best and managed to drag already quite some people into the room. 30 minutes of dark ambient noise rock filled the venue. Three guitars delivered some mighty riff power, introduced and ended by some spoken words of the 'faceless' monk. 

After a quickly done stage remodeling Dool started into the night with a short intro and "The Alpha". The Rotterdam-based powerhouse didn't waste any time. These guys have been present with the first tone played, leading to an almost 90 minutes shows that was even better than the March one. Dool gained experience over time. The density of Dool's sound was already striking in March and the fact that the guys played quite some concerts from then till now even intensified a Dool live set. Folks welcomed and enjoyed every minute of the show, a concert that included with "Love Like Blood" an superb cover version of the Killing Joke classic.

Time was flying and after 1 1/2 hours it was "Oweynagat" that ended one of the best concerts this year. Dool's music is made for smaller venues, kept in dark. Such an ambient supports the gloomy basic mood that is weaved into each of the tracks. Dool is far more than just a shooting star. These guys came to stay and the Den Haag show was another step on an exciting journey into darkness.

 

Setlist:

  1. Intro
  2. The Alpha
  3. Golden Serpents
  4. God Particle
  5. In Her Darkest Hour
  6. Vantablack
  7. Well's Run Dry
  8. The Death of Love
  9. She Goat
  10. Love Like Blood (Killing Joke cover)
  11. Oweynagat

 

Location: Paard Van Troje, Den Haag, The Netherlands

Date: 02.12.2017

 

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Live report DOOL / WOLVENNEST, Paard Van Troje, Den Haag, 02.12.2017
Live report DOOL / WOLVENNEST, Paard Van Troje, Den Haag, 02.12.2017
Live report DOOL / WOLVENNEST, Paard Van Troje, Den Haag, 02.12.2017
Live report DOOL / WOLVENNEST, Paard Van Troje, Den Haag, 02.12.2017
Live report DOOL / WOLVENNEST, Paard Van Troje, Den Haag, 02.12.2017
Live report DOOL / WOLVENNEST, Paard Van Troje, Den Haag, 02.12.2017
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Live report VANDENBERG'S MOONKINGS, De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, 18.11.2017

Veröffentlicht am 3. Dezember 2017 von Markus W. in Vandenbergs Moonkings, Hardrock, Classic Rock, News, Live, Live Review, De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Adrian Vandenberg, RUV

Live report VANDENBERG'S MOONKINGS, De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, 18.11.2017

A couple of weeks a Dutch guitar wizard Adrian Vandenberg released, together with the Moonkings, a new album entitled "MKII". To also bring these fantastic new songs on stage, the quartet scheduled some shows in The Netherlands, of which the Zoetermeer gig was one of. 

Fans of classic rock couldn't wish for much more. Bandleader Vandenberg obviously enjoyed every minute of this concert and it was his soulful but also energetic rocking guitar that built the foundation for exiting 90 minutes. Folks were delighted by tunes from the two Vanderberg's Moonkings albums, a setlist that also comprised with "Judgement Day", "Sailing Ships" and "Here I Go Again" three Whitesnake classics.

Furthermore there was emotional moment of AC/DC's "Highway to Hell", played on the day one of the biggest rock musicians, Malcolm Young, passed away. After such a touching moment it was "Love Runs Out" (One Republic cover) and Led Zeppelin's  rock anthem "Rock and Roll" that rounded off a great night in rock.

Here are some live pics from this night...

Vandenberg's Moonkings, De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, 18.11.2017

Before Vandenberg's Moonkings ignited a rock fireworks it was up to RUV, hailing from Enschede (NL), who did an excellent job as being the opening act that night. Without any stagefright the youngsters convinced fans in Zoetermeer with their well-performed blues/classic rock. It was fun listening to these guys and I guess we will hear more of them rather soon since talent normally succeeds. Thumbs up.

RUV, De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, 18.11.2017
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Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017

Veröffentlicht am 25. November 2017 von Markus W. in Destruction, Schmier, Mike, Vaaver, Bark, HellBender, Power Metal, Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Heavy Metal, Live, Tour, Live Review, Gebr. de Nobel

Destruction, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 24.11.2017

Just a few days after Hamburg-based metal icons Helloween played an impressive show in Tilburg it was another German metal legend that delighted Dutch metal fans with excellent songs, covering a time span of more then three decades.

Destruction hit the road for playing three shows in The Netherlands. The starting point of this short trip was Leiden. It was the Gebr. De Nobel that hosted this thrash metal attack with a setlist that was built with an oldschool approach - the thrash anthems.   

 

But before Schmier, Mike and Vaaver started their hellish thrash inferno it was a local band that kicked-off that night. HellBender calls Leiden their home base, something that became very obvious by the encouraging amount of metalheads in front of the stage. The harsh thrash/death metal mix of HellBender motivated more and more fans to leave the bar for enjoying HellBenders brutal riff attacks. Honestly, I haven’t heard of the guys before and I think it was the first time that they entered a stage in bigger venue. However, it was a striking metal set with songs that did their job as energizers. HellBender’s sound might not by the most innovative one, but the intensity and passion that was put into each note played that night led to a well-deserved and rewarding applause.

Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017
Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017
Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017
Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017
Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017
Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017
Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017
Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017
Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017
Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017
Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017

We stay in the Benelux but ‘move’ to Belgium. Bark, hailing from Antwerp, was next on the list. The band is still a rather new one with a foundation date in 2014. The noticeable thing with their performance is the power that comes with this five-piece outfit. These guys inflame a sonic blast and it felt like standing in the middle of a metal storm. Unfortunately there was a smaller crowd in front of the podium, which maybe also had to do with the fact that the songs felt very similar. It was a storm, blowing on a constant level right into your face.  A bit more variation wouldn’t have been a bad thing.

Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017
Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017
Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017

Finally it was time for Destruction to enter the stage. The trio didn’t loose any time and started right into a set that was build very much around the “Infernal Overkill” album. Schmier, Mike and Vaaver put smashers like “Antichrist”, Black Death” and the excellent instrumental “Thrash Attack” on the setlist; songs that belongs to the best German thrash metal ever brought to surface. These tunes are classics and it wasn’t a big surprise that fans celebrated each of the seventeen anthems with a 90 minutes mosh pit.

Destruction’s set didn’t include any minute for recovery. “Curse the Gods” marked the excellent beginning of a concert that included everything fans of the German powerhouse came for. “Mad Butcher”, “Release From Agony” and the ‘newer’ “The Butcher Strikes Back” (from 2000) led to a hellish metal party, with the latter being the closer of the regular set.

After a very short break the trio returned on stage for two more tunes. It was a blood curdling scream by Schmier that introduced “Thrash Till Death” before “Bestial Invasion” acted as the Grande Finale of a show that took fans back to the first half of Destruction’s impressive musical history. I guess that nobody, including the band, would have been disappointed by just going on for a bit longer, but due to a strict curfew (a disco party followed that night in the same room) the 90 minutes had to do the job, and they did. Witnessing a Destruction show is always a delight and so was this night.

 

Live review DESTRUCTION/BARK/HELLBENDER, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden - 24.11.2017

Tracklist Destruction:

  1. Curse The Gods
  2. Tormentor
  3. Nailed to the Cross
  4. Mad Butcher
  5. Dethroned
  6. Life Without Sense
  7. Release From Agony
  8. The Ritual
  9. Black Death
  10. Antichrist
  11. Satan’s Vengeance
  12. Total Desaster
  13. Thrash Attack
  14. Second to None
  15. The Butcher Strikes Back
  16. Thrash Till Death
  17. Bestial Invasion

 

Location: Gebr. De Nobel, Leiden, The Netherlands

Date: 24.11.2017

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Live review W.A.S.P. / Rain, 013, Tilburg, 12.11.2017

Veröffentlicht am 24. November 2017 von Markus W. in W.A.S.P., Rain, Heavy Metal, Melodic Metal, Alternative Metal, Rock, Live, Live Review, 013, Reidolized, Tour

Live review W.A.S.P. / Rain, 013, Tilburg, 12.11.2017
Live review W.A.S.P. / Rain, 013, Tilburg, 12.11.2017
Live review W.A.S.P. / Rain, 013, Tilburg, 12.11.2017
Live review W.A.S.P. / Rain, 013, Tilburg, 12.11.2017
Live review W.A.S.P. / Rain, 013, Tilburg, 12.11.2017
Live review W.A.S.P. / Rain, 013, Tilburg, 12.11.2017

It was Blackie Lawless and band that stopped at 013 in Tilburg for celebrating the 25th anniversary of W.A.S.P.'s classic "The Crimson Idol" album. Before the four guys began with telling the 'story of Jonathan' is was up to Italian rock outfit Rain to get everybody into the right mood for the show. The band joint the tour recently after Beast Of Black stepped out a few days ago and they did a good job even though their playing time wasn't extensively long. In a bit more than 25 minutes Rain gained some new fans in Holland. I don't think that a lot of people knew about the band beforehand but a warm applause at the end of their show should be a motivator for the five-piece to come back to Holland in the near future. Finally it would be something positive saying things like …  "again 'Rain' in The Netherlands.”

Live review W.A.S.P. / Rain, 013, Tilburg, 12.11.2017
Live review W.A.S.P. / Rain, 013, Tilburg, 12.11.2017
Live review W.A.S.P. / Rain, 013, Tilburg, 12.11.2017
Live review W.A.S.P. / Rain, 013, Tilburg, 12.11.2017
Live review W.A.S.P. / Rain, 013, Tilburg, 12.11.2017
Live review W.A.S.P. / Rain, 013, Tilburg, 12.11.2017
Live review W.A.S.P. / Rain, 013, Tilburg, 12.11.2017

What followed has been more 90 minutes of pure nostalgic pleasure. The glory days from the 80's might be over but it's the songs and the music that stays. W.A.S.P. had some ups and downs along the way with a couple of recent releases that presented the band revitalized and in an excellent condition, leading to pretty good longplayers such as "Golgotha" from 2015.

The undisputed highlight though is „The Crimson Idol“ from 1992, which is the best album Blackie Lawless ever wrote and it was like a jump into a metallic fountain of youth listening to tracks like "The Invisible Boy" and "Chainsaw Charlie" in a live set. It felt like entering a time capsule that brought you right back to a time when metal music was on a first all-time-high.

25 years later, W.A.S.P. celebrated their most successful longplayer with the 'ReIDOLized' tour, leading Blackie Lawless and gang to Tilburg. The scenery at the 013 was kept in dark blue and red, which gave the three screens in the background a lot of attention. These screens gave the W.A.S.P. classics a visual framing with video sequences around the 'crimson idol' being a well-done add-on to a show that showcased W.A.S.P. and Lawless in a good shape and form. Blackie's voice sounded powerful and clean, even though not every pitch was spot-on, esp. during "L.O.V.E. Machine".

After having gone through the entire „The Crimson Idol“ album a bit of a too long break, with the film credits on the screens and a stage covered in black, led to the encore. Some sirens, helicopter samples and some furious light beams introduced extra classics, allying fan's hunger for more W.A.S.P.. „L.O.V.E. Machine“ was the first classic that filled the room and it was very well received by every W.A.S.P. fan. With "Golgotha" a new song followed and it was "Wild Child" that finally brought a party mood with it. Unfortunately "Wild Child" was the end of the set and the finish-line for everybody that night. I guess that nobody would have had a complaint if a few more songs, like e.g. “The Headless Children”, “Mean Man” or “Blind in Texas” would have been performed that night.

All in all W.A.S.P. performed a good show with excellent metal song that benefited from a well-done sound. However, during the  90 minutes the audience wasn't really electrified till the first chords of "Wild Child" have been played. I guess that everybody was positive but not much more. Maybe it was due to the little interaction between band and fans or it was the fact that the concert was on a Sunday night or it had other reasons. Anyhow, a good concert that made you cheer for the 'good 'ol days'.

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Live review HELLOWEEN, 'Pumpkins United', 013, Tilburg, 20.11.2017

Veröffentlicht am 21. November 2017 von Markus W. in Helloween, Pumpkins United, Michael Kiske, Kai Hansen, 013, Tilburg, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, Power Metal, Keeper of the Seven Keys, Live, Live Review, Tour

Live review HELLOWEEN, 'Pumpkins United', 013, Tilburg, 20.11.2017
Helloween, 'Pumpkins United', 013, Tilburg, 20.11.2017

2017 is coming closer to an end, a year that had many highlights with one announcement that was sticking out - the Pumpkins United tour. Actually the first news came out in 2016 with things getting more concrete in spring this year. Helloween's 'Pumpkins United' tour feels like a dream that became true. Instead of performing some shows in an 'old-school setup', Helloween decided to go for a slightly different approach. 'Pumpkins United' includes all the current band members with the addition of no less than Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen. Even Ingo Schwichtenberg, who passes away in 1995 far too early, was and is part of this tour. The band honours the drummer with a drum solo via the backdrop screen, a solo he does together with Dani Löble. You can't interpret the word 'united' much better than this.

As a part of the world tour the band had a stop in The Netherlands on November 20th. It was the 013 in Tilburg that hosted a fantastic three hour show, featuring finest heavy metal. Helloween bridged in a perfect fashion old and new; not only when it comes to the line-up. The focus was, how could it be different, on the two parts of the 'Keeper of the Seven Keys" album. Five songs each turned the venue into a madhouse.

It was the Robbie Williams smash hit "Let me Entertain You" that acted as an intro to an unforgettable night of which "Halloween" was the starter, followed by "Dr. Stein" and "I'm Alive". These songs are classics and pure energizers.

Next to the great songs, the excellent musicians and the very well-done sound it was the stage scenery that completed a perfect metal show. As mentioned already earlier, it was a big screen that acted as a backdrop. Helloween used it to make Ingo Schwichtenberg part of this three hours metal journey. Next to this highlight of the night, one out of many, it has been short intermissions with Seth and Doc that have been placed after every second song. These nice and amusing breaks were the icing on the cake. Each of the short clips included a twinkle in the eye, stating the humour Helloween stand for.

Being grown up with the 'Keeper'-albums it felt like a journey back in time. Listening to the brilliant medley "Starlight/Ride the Sky/Judas" (from the "Walls of Jericho" release) and the epic "Keepers of the Seven Keys" was a delight for fans and metalheads. Of course time didn't stand still and we all got older. However, the magic survived and after all the decades that passed it's still a pleasure to listen to these classics in metal.

An exciting thing with this line-up is the fact that Helloween can benefit of three guitarists, providing a lot of riff-power and an extremely powerful sound. Next to the three axemen it's Andi Deris and Michael Kiske that performed more than well. It's the rougher voice of Deris that feels like an excellent counterpart to Kiske's high pitch moments, all climaxing when both have been on stage together, performing as a duet. It never felt like the one being better than the other or the both competing. It was more a completion of Helloween's sound. Still I must say that I was impressed how good Kiske's voice is after all these years. This man was and is one of the most influential singers in heavy metal - or how he stated towards the end of the show: "I lost my hair, but I didn't lost my voice". And he's so damn right - with both.

Time was flying that night and even the best things come to an end. The Grand Finale that night included two more classics. "Future World" and "I Want Out" have been excessively celebrated. The ending of a show couldn't have been better than with these two Helloween-hits.

Initiating 'Pumpkins United' was an outstanding idea. This set-up is fun for everybody. The band seemed to enjoy every single minute and also fans finally got what they were asking for such a long time - Helloween from then and now, all in one package. A night to remember and, at least when it comes to me, the by far best show in 2017.

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Live review EPICA/MAYAN/3RD MACHINE, Patronaat, Haarlem, 21.201.2017

Veröffentlicht am 8. November 2017 von Markus W. in Epica, 3rd Machine, Mayan, Death Metal, Live, Live Review, Heavy Metal, Symphonic Metal, News, Tour, Melodic Metal

Live review EPICA/MAYAN/3RD MACHINE, Patronaat, Haarlem, 21.201.2017

It was a grey weekend in October when Epica embarked on a short three leg journey through The Netherlands to bring 'The Dutch Principles' closer to people. It was October 21st when the symphonic metal outfit stopped at the Patronaat, Haarlem for celebrating a 90 minutes headliner show in front of crowd that was hungry for heavy riffs, symphonic soundscapes and big melodies.

Epica played the big room and it goes without saying that the show was sold-out. No surprise too that the focus was on the last two longplayers, but the concert covered more. It was the entire Epica story that was on the agenda that night, from "The Phantom Agony" ("Crying for the Moon") to band's latest EP "The Solar System" ("Wheel of Destiny"). Epica showed again why they are belonging to the spearhead of symphonic metal. It's great songs, a lot of riff-power, outstanding vocals and a stage set based fire and light which makes an Epica concert to an event. I think there wasn't anybody in the room that didn't enjoy these 90 minutes metal fireworks.

Before Epica entered the stage, two more Dutch bands that increased the temperature at the Patronaat enormously. Some first riffs filled the room by 3rd Machine. More progressive metal was what created some first waves of enthusiasm, also based on the fact that this outfit is from Haarlem and had a home game evening.

MaYan was next. MaYan means excellent progressive (death-) metal songs and a lot of people on stage. Just the amount of singers is enormous, adding so many different colours to this musical picture. What might work easier on records worked perfectly on stage too. The level of tightness and the dense sound is amazing. MaYan, supported by an excellent sound and good light, created another metal storm, just as with one of their latest shows at Schollenpop a few months ago when the MaYan  metal storm smoothly turned into a real thunderstorm at Scheveningen Beach.

Epica, Patronaat, Haarlem, 21.10.2017
MaYan, Patronaat, Haarlem, 21.10.2017
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Live review AIRBOURNE/DESECRATOR, Melkweg, Amsterdam, 13.10.2017

Veröffentlicht am 29. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Airbourne, Desecrator, Melkweg, Live, Live Review, News, Tour, Hardrock, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, Speed Metal

Live review AIRBOURNE/DESECRATOR, Melkweg, Amsterdam, 13.10.2017

An Australian rock power package stopped in Amsterdam a few days ago, bringing a lot of high voltage and rock’n’roll power to The Netherlands. It was AC/DC’s grandsons Airbourne that are on a current tour throughout Europe, trying to blow away the grayness of autumn. Actually they succeeded across the board. Not only that they played a great shop at Melkweg; they actually also brought the Australian sun to Holland and the temperature at the sold-out venue was as hot as a beach day in Sydney during summertime.

“Ready to Rock”, “Breakin’ Outta Hell” and the obligatory “Runnin’ Wild” are songs that just act like a shot of caffeine, right into your veins. There’s no way to stand still and therefore it took now time till the quartet turned the Melkweg into a madhouse of rock.

A glimpse on the setlist shows a coverage of all four longplayers with a focus on the debut and the latest smasher “Breakin’ Outta Hell”. This isn’t a too big of a surprise to me since these two releases stand for the best Airbourne has brought into the open yet.

The band that completed the Australian metal package was the opening act. Desecrator, releasing their new album as we speak, acted as support for the mighty four-piece from Down Under. The guys play some thrash-based metal and not by coincidence the bands honored thrash dinosaurs like Metallica with some tones here and there. Desecrator was the big surprise that night. I guess that everybody expected what he/she got from the Airbourne show, but it was Desecrator who convinced folks in no time, leading to a quite massive pit at the end of their show.

All in all it was a great night of rock and metal, proving again that Australia has more to offer than only AC/DC. Horns up.

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Live review AVATARIUM / THE SLAYERKING, De Flux, Zaandam, 24.09.2017

Veröffentlicht am 26. September 2017 von Markus W. in Avatarium, The Slayerking, Gothic, Doom Metal, Classic Rock, Rock, Dark Metal, Dark Rock, De Flux, Zaandam, Live, Live Review, Tour

Concerts on a Sunday night are always a challenge since it’s hard to get people to the venue, having a new work-week in front of them. However, the once that get out to a concert as a weekend-closer are the real and loyal fans who appreciate seeing their favorite band live on stage, listening to music they like. This goes very much for Avatarium’s visit in Zaandam, playing a show at De Flux.

But before the Stockholm-based quintet entered the stage it was The Slayerking from Greece, acting as the opener that night. After having enjoyed a sunny Indian Summer weekend in Holland it was this trio that blew away all the good vibration within 40 minutes. The Slayerking, that’s Efthimis K, Kostas K., both known from Nightfall, and Eki on drums. These three guys ‘celebrated’ a dark mess with songs that are mainly built on doom and gothic. Visual highlight of the show was frontman Efthimis K. with a hat that reminded of one being used for a funeral march. It was a nice gimmick and fortunately things haven’t been reduced only to this extra. The trio could score some positive reactions, with the folks becoming quite enthusiastic. The Slayerking got 40 minutes on stage to warm up the crowd which they did very well. In addition they won some new friends with their powerful, but not very agile show that had the only small little downer of songs being a bit too much of the same thing only different.

Live review AVATARIUM / THE SLAYERKING, De Flux, Zaandam, 24.09.2017
Live review AVATARIUM / THE SLAYERKING, De Flux, Zaandam, 24.09.2017
Live review AVATARIUM / THE SLAYERKING, De Flux, Zaandam, 24.09.2017

Time for the main act, time for Avatarium. It’s amazing to see the development of this band. I had the pleasure to witness the band’s first show outside Sweden a few years ago, when the quintet played a show at the Afterburner of Roadburn. Songs were already great at that time, but you could sense the level of excited tension and stage fright while doing this concert. Already at that time a warm applause ended the well-done show and it was no difference three years later in Zaandam. What was different though was the stage performance. Even though it was a much smaller one than at 013, Avatarium used every square millimeter for an energetic Sunday night metal show with Jennie Ann Smith being not only an excellent singer but also a great performer. No comparison to three years ago in Tilburg. Dressed in black with a red cape, Smith evolved to an entertaining singer, always being in contact with her audience. Next to the singer it is guitarist Marcus Jidell and drummer Lars Sklold being the constant factor is this metal/rock outfit, with Jidell being the crucial musical brain behind Avatarium these days.

The five-piece from Stockholm played a full 90 minutes set that night which had a focus on the latest album “Hurricanes and Halos”. From the first note played that night, Jidell and band mates sparked the audience which reacted with clapping and enthusiastic applause after the last tone faded away in Zaadam's evening sky.

Each of the thirteen songs have been welcomed very much and even the unexpected Led Zeppelin cover sounded very good, being performed in an Avatarium fashion. The real highlight though has been three songs from the earlier days. “Girl with the Raven Mask” ignited a firework that peaked when songs like the awesome “Moonhorse” and “Avatarium” filled the room.

All in all Avatarium performed an excellent show, musically as well as performance-wise. And since De Flex is a smaller venue the show also felt like a ‘living room concert’ in an intimate atmosphere, bringing band and fans closer together with everybody leaving the room with a satisfied smile on their face.

Live review AVATARIUM / THE SLAYERKING, De Flux, Zaandam, 24.09.2017
Live review AVATARIUM / THE SLAYERKING, De Flux, Zaandam, 24.09.2017
Live review AVATARIUM / THE SLAYERKING, De Flux, Zaandam, 24.09.2017

Setlist Avatarium:

  1. Into the Fire / Into the Storm
  2. Pearls and Coffins
  3. The Starless Sleep
  4. Run Killer Run
  5. In My Time of Dying
  6. Medusa Child
  7. Girl With the Raven Mask
  8. Deep Well
  9. The Sky at the Bottom of the Sea
  10. Moonhorse
  11. When Breath Turns to Air (Encore)
  12. Avatarium (Encore)

 

Location: De Flux, Zaandam, The Netherlands

Date: September 24th, 2017

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Live report FATES WARNING / PSYCHO VILLAGE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 03.08.2017

Veröffentlicht am 4. August 2017 von Markus W. in Fates Warning, Psycho Village, Prog Metal, US Metal, Power Metal, News, Heavy Metal, Modern Metal, Live, Live Review, Tour, Gebr. de Nobel

Being on their way to Wacken Jim Mateos and band decided to add two shows in Holland to this short trip to Europe and if Fates Warning's in town you should grasp the opportunity.

One of the first questions this time was about the opening act. Sixth months ago the support bands were heavily discussed amongst Fates Warning fans. After Fallen Arise and Armored Dawn didn't do anything for the main act in Haarlem and it was this time an Austrian band that got the task to warm up the crowd. Honestly, I haven't heard of Psycho Village before and expectations were low. After having seen the guys I must say that the duo did a good job. Even though their modern metal / alternative rock didn't fit to Fates Warning at all the guys tried their very best to use the momentum. Especially singer/guitarist Daniel Kremsner constantly tried to animate fans in the sparsely filled room. In the end Psycho Village received a pretty good feedback from a crowd that actually came for prog metal with the duo scoring a decent result. However, knowing that Sanctuary played the same night a show in Arnhem raised the question of why both bands didn't perform a shared headliner show. It was really hard for fans to decide where to go to and such a package would have helped also to drive a few more metalheads to Leiden.

Live report FATES WARNING / PSYCHO VILLAGE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 03.08.2017Live report FATES WARNING / PSYCHO VILLAGE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 03.08.2017

After a rather quick scene-change prog metal dinosaurs Fates Warning started their show with "From the Rooftop" and gave fans what they were asking for - more than 90 minutes of finest progressive power metal with not that many changes compared to the January gig in Haarlem. 

The setlist was almost similar, with one exception. "One Thousand Fires" was replaced by "SOS" from the band's latest longplayer "Theories of Flight" while the rest of the set stayed the same. Highlights from the earlier days have been played of which songs from "Pleasant Shades of Grey" got a bit more attention. Apart from that, songs like "Point of View" and "The Ivory Gate of Dreams: VII. Acquiescence" are great tunes from the eighties which go hand in hand with newer compositions such as "From the Rooftop". The only song I miss since a while is "Silent Cry".

Seeing and listening to Fates Warning live on stage is always a pleasure. These guys don't have any need to ballyhoo. Fates Warning has excellent songs in their musical repertoire, performed by musicians who share a common vision and passion for metal music. Jim Matheos and colleagues belong to the spearhead of progressive metal and the night in Leiden underlined again their importance and relevance.

Live report FATES WARNING / PSYCHO VILLAGE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 03.08.2017Live report FATES WARNING / PSYCHO VILLAGE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 03.08.2017
Live report FATES WARNING / PSYCHO VILLAGE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 03.08.2017Live report FATES WARNING / PSYCHO VILLAGE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 03.08.2017

Setlist Fates Warning:

  1. From the Rooftop
  2. Life in Still Water
  3. One
  4. A Pleasant Shade of Grey, Part III
  5. Seven Stars
  6. SOS
  7. A Handful of Doubt
  8. Firefly
  9. The Light and Shade of Things
  10. A Pleasant Shade of Gray, Part IX
  11. A Pleasant Shade of Gray, Part XI
  12. The Ivory Gate of Dreams: VII. Acquiescence
  13. The 11th Hour
  14. Point of View
  15. Through Different Eyes
  16. Monument

 

Location: Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, The Netherlands

Date: August 3rd, 2017

 

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Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

Veröffentlicht am 16. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Dynamo Metal Fest, Vuur, Toxik, Exodus, Entombed AD, Testament, Gojira, News, Live, Tour, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, Thrash Metal, Bay Area, Prong, DFM, DFM2017, Devin Townsend Project, White Boy Wasted, Groove Metal, Prog Metal, Hardcore, Live Review

Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

What a prefect day for a metal festival. Overcast, a few sunrays, a nice temperature, some good bands and a lot of metal - perfect conditions for a great day out. However, the first challenge was to get to Eindhoven. This has nothing to do with the DMF. It was more the vacation period that brought many people on the roads that Saturday, which led to some traffic jams and delays.

After a bit of a hassle on the highways I finally made it to Ijssportcentrum, unfortunately a bit to late for White Boy Wasted, a young local band from Eindhoven that got the chance to open this years edition of the DMF.

 

The first band I could witness was Vuur, the new band of singer Anneke van Giersbergen. The band is working right now on the debut which will be released via InsideOut on October 20th,2017 and after having heard the first single release “Days Go By – London” there was some curiosity when it comes to songs and live performance. Vuur are no rookies. There is a lot of experience in this band and therefore the show was done in a perfect balance between passion for the new and professionalism on the other hand. It was amazing how good the five-piece performed when it comes to tightness and harmony, esp. knowing that they haven’t had too many live shows together to date. Vuur created more appetite for the upcoming album and the long queue during the signing session showed clearly the status of Anneke van Giersbergen and band.

Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

Next to the two Dutch bands at the top of the batting order the DMF 17 was characterized by thrash metal; oldschool thrash metal to be precise. The billing included bands such as Testament, with New York City based Toxik being the first one to enter the stage. The band, that had two great releases at the end of the eighties, is back with full force. Josh Christian and band mates have been the first highlight that day. Going through material of the old days, but also songs from the recent EP "Breaking Class" created some first circle pits and it felt like Holland was intensively waiting for Toxik to return to Eindhoven RockCity. The four-piece band played an excellent show featuring furious guitar solos by main man Josh Christian. These guys are hungry and so are the fans.

Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

Let’s stay for another 50 minutes at the American East Coast. After Toxik created a lot of excitement it was up to New York City-based Prong to take things to a next level - and they did. Tommy Victor and Co. built the setlist around classics with only one new tune from the next album played that day (“Divide and Conquer”). The rest of the setlist was a kind of ‘Best of…', including anthems such as “Beg to Differ” and “Broken Peace”.  Prong set down an energetic show that was very well received by the crowd. The wall of sound these guys build as trio continuously astonishes me. Prong on stage is always an experience you shouldn't miss and today was for sure no exception.

Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

What we haven't heard so far was some death metal. Last year it was Swedish At The Gates that brought some growls to Eindhoven and this year it's their compatriots Entombed A.D. that nailed down a harsh and brutal show. After a quite long intro the quintet acted as a sonic wrecking ball. These five guys fired on all cylinders, leading to a lot of movement in the crowd. The beauty with the DMF is the billing. There is always some variety in the billing by still following a certain pattern of metal. Death metal, thrash metal and some more complex metal get together in a perfect manner; all combined to a running order that keeps the thrill alive. Dutch metal fans have enjoyed the ‘Vikings’ and therefore it wasn't very surprising that Entombed A.D. extended their show with a few minutes. Allt brå.

Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

As earlier mentioned, it was thrash metal that got a bit more attention this year. Exodus came to Holland, having a setlist in their bag that lead to pure excitement. Exodus is pure thrash metal without any frills or decoration. These guys don’t take any prisoners; they’re burning down the house. Also the five-piece from the Bay Area kept their set more oldschool with songs like “Piranha” and ”The Toxic Waltz” acting has highly appreciated icons, not to forget “Bonded By Blood”. As quite some other bands also Exodus has a long connection to Eindhoven and the Dynamo with having played their first show in Brabant 29 years ago and over all these years the quintet could keep the spirit alive. These guys are authentic, real, and heavy, being fully charged with metal energy that made Steve Souza already watch the shows of Toxik and Prong. Exodus was the real highlight on this year’s DFM and a true winner.

Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

Time for some more craziness? Of course. Devin Townsend stopped with his Devin Townsend Project at this year's DMF and spiced-up the metal feast at the ‘Ijsbaan’. The Canadian guitar wizard is a great entertainer with excellent guitar skills and a full bag of enthusiasm. The crowd might got a bit tired after already 6 hours of great metal, but Townsend would not be Townsend if he couldn’t gain the fans' attention in a minute. There's no way to escape from the energy that seems to be endless with Townsend. In addition it was a smart move to use the opportunity to also perform quite some songs together with Anneke van Giersbergen. It’s the beauty of a festival that these things can be more easily arranged than normal and metalheads in Eindhoven appreciated these 60 minutes a lot. The Devin Townsend Project music added another flavor to the DMF, leading to a big cheer for the British Columbia-based musician and his hard working band mates.

Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

One of the bands many fans came for was Bay Area thrash legend Testament. The band was already announced during last year’s edition and the fact that they had their first show outside America at the Dynamo festival 30 years ago was a promising fact for a great show. Unfortunately things went slightly different. Changing the scenery on stage normally took between20 to 30 minutes, but after 45 minutes there was still no Testament on stage. In place of the band the stage crew did one microphone check after the other and you could sense already that there’s something going wrong. I think it would have been good, if someone had informed the patiently waiting crowd about what’s the situation. Finally, after one hour waiting time the band entered the stage with “Over the Wall”. In a split second everybody forgot the long wait since an oldschool set seemed to compensate for the late start. However, due to the technical problems the band lost half of their playing time. The planned schedule ruled with Testament finishing their gig after 30 minutes with “Disciples of the Watch”. Based on whatever reason, the show was good, but the missed playing time, a non-appearance at the scheduled signing session and no merchandise left a bit of a sour taste with fans discussing it even on their way home.

Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

After this stroke of fate quite some fans decided to start their way home. They missed though a brilliant show of French metal passionitas Gojira. The quartet could make use of a full light show and what you got to see was impressive. Light, smoke fountains and fire - all part of the show and used as a completion to their great music. This show was treat that for eyes and ears. I have to admit that I haven’t seen the band on stage till yesterday, but what I saw was a jaw-dropping good metal show of a band that had the best sound of the day. The setlist gave a good overview over all phases of the band's creation with a focus on the latest album “Magma”. Gojira is definitely a big player these days and the right headliner for the 2017 DMF. The quartet was the anticipated grand finale, rounding off an exciting metal day with a lot of good stuff and a downer.

 

This years DMF was the third edition and it was with 10,000 fans the biggest one to date. In general things have been arranged in a good way with some bottlenecks when it comes to the bar and the return of DMF coins. Prices for drinks and food have been fair even though the food offer could be bit wider next year with an also slightly increased quality. The burgers were really poor.

 

However, there are always things that can be improved and the mentioned will not take away a very positive impression of the DMF with the next year version being in the planning phase already. There’s a first act announced. Canadian metal icon Annihilator will come to Eindhoven and if I could have a wish the DMF team should continue with Canada by also bringing Voivod to Brabant. Let’s hope and see (or address it on the DMF FB site if you think the same).

Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

Location: Ijssportcentrum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Date: June 15th, 2017

For Setlists click HERE

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Live report SÓLSTAFIR / GOLD, De Helling, Utrecht, 17.06.2017

Veröffentlicht am 18. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Sólstafir, Gold, Live, Live Review, Post Rock, Prog Metal, Black Metal, Alternative Metal, De Helling, Season Of Mist, Epic Metal, Iceland

Was it the Icelandic football team last year gaining many people's sympathy by their unusual and straightforward team approach, it is Icelandic rock music that adds quality to this years summer. Sólstafir recently released their new album "Berdreyminn" which stands for another cornerstone in post rock, coming with a deepened intensity you can't escape from. The quartet is on tour in June this year playing some of the bigger festivals plus a few club shows. One of the latter took place in De Helling, Utrecht on a hot and sunny June night and it felt like the Icelanders bringing a fresh breeze to Holland, even though the temperature in the venue also reached sauna level rather quickly.

Rotterdam-based alternative metal outfit Gold kicked off this event, as they also did a couple of days earlier in Breda. The sextet entered the stage for their home-game show and instead of starting directly into their set, everybody stood still, listening to a two minutes intro from tape. This was an unusual beginning since you could assume that you want to use every minute of a support slot for playing your songs. These came to surface after the prelude faded away in the room. A guitar riff broke the silence, making some girls jump in the front row. Gold played a 45 minutes set of post-rock songs. The base for Gold’s music are heavy riffs and a grooving rhythm section. Three guitars enabled the band to create a massive wall of sound with almost everybody on stage headbanging throughout the entire set. These guys are really committed to what they are doing. A counter part to this robust riff orgy was the expressional 'dance' of singer Milena. Almost esoteric moves have been out of context, not really getting in line with the rest of the massive performance. The same goes also for the hypnotic vocal lines with a melancholic Weltschmerz embedded that started to get annoying the further the set went on. This was my perception but I also have to say that I heard quite some people being impressed by the show. At the end I must say that the guys know and love what they are doing and if you like it or not stays on an individual level. However, it would be good to let lose of the cookie cutter approach and add more twists to the songs. This could make things far more exciting.

Live report SÓLSTAFIR / GOLD, De Helling, Utrecht, 17.06.2017

After a warm applause slowly disappeared, followed by a quick re-arrangement of the scenery, it was shooting stars Sólstafir who started a 100 minutes journey through post rock in an Icelandic ambience. The latest records of the quartet have jaw-dropping good ones, showcasing a band that combines emotional depth with mighty rock and metal sounds. These songs include everything, from vulnerable moments to heavy riff infernos. All this together lead to a spectacular show that didn't use any gimmicks or effects. The music, together with a simple but effective light show, was enough to make this performance to one of the best ones I have seen this year.

Sólstafir fans witnessed a show that was built on a well-chosen setlist, covering mainly songs from the last two albums, enriched by classic like "Goddess of the Age". The ten minutes masterpiece was the phenomenal closer, introduced as the last song, but fortunately a very long one. Sólstafir hit bulls-eye that night. Their songs are magic and so is their show.

One thing was annoying though and it has nothing to do with the band(s). For me it's still not understandable why people constantly have to talk during a concert. If you want to chat with your friends, fine - do this at the bar. Especially during the calmer parts of Sólstafir's set, these chatterboxes have been a real distraction, leading to a moment when frontman Aðalbjörn Tryggvason introduced the sad background of "Necrologue" with people in the crowd still keeping on talking. Fortunately, as a matter of heart, he clearly states that these people should shut-up now, an announcement that was very much welcomed by the real fans. Later on it was the sound engineer who did the same to some other 'fans' and hopefully people understand that a concert is about music and no communication platform or chat room.

Anyhow, with these short moments a distraction it was an awesome Sólstafir show. These four guys are perfectionistas being capable to transfer the entire finesse of their records live on stage. Sólstafir gigs are emotional, heavy, mighty, fragile, powerful, refreshing, melancholic and hopeful. The quartet uses the entire spectrum of sounds, giving you the shivers - Icelandic magic that splashes over to the European mainland. I'm looking already forward to see the guys again. Horns up.

Live report SÓLSTAFIR / GOLD, De Helling, Utrecht, 17.06.2017
Live report SÓLSTAFIR / GOLD, De Helling, Utrecht, 17.06.2017
Live report SÓLSTAFIR / GOLD, De Helling, Utrecht, 17.06.2017

Setlist:

  1. Silfur-Refur
  2. Ótta
  3. Love is the Devil (and I am in Love)
  4. She Destroys Again
  5. Náttmál
  6. Īsafold
  7. Necrologue
  8. Pale Rider
  9. Fjara
  10. Goddess of the Age

 

Location: De Helling, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Date: June 17th, 2017

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Live report METAL CHURCH / COMANIAC, Dynamo, Eindhoven, 11.06.2017

Veröffentlicht am 12. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Metal Church, Comaniac, News, Live, Live Review, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, US Metal, Thrash Metal, Tour, Dynamo, Nuclear Blast

Power metal pioneers Metal Church are swinging a hot bat at the moment. The latest album “XI” showed that the band is back with full speed after having re-connected the legendary Mike Howe into the bands line-up. The live shows, promoting the new record, have been a delight for old and new fans of the US Westcoast-based metal outfit and also the live album, featuring some songs played during these shows, is more than just living up to a necessity.

I had the pleasure to witness Metal Church’s show during last year’s edition of the Dynamo Metal Fest, which was a well-received metal concert that led to very positive fan reaction with Metal Church definitely belonging to the highlights that day.

Almost a year later Kurdt Vanderhoof and his gang returned to Eindhoven, playing a club show at the legendary Dynamo. This time the band could make use of an entire headliner show, which means 90 minutes of old and new, classics from a period of more than three decades in metal.

Before metal anthems like “Fake Healer” filled the venue, it was up to Comaniac from Switzerland to warm up the crowd. Actually I’m not sure how much this was needed based on a summerly outside temperature of 30 degrees Celsius. However, the quartet from Aargau did a great job and instead of enjoying the weather as long as possible, quite some metalheads filled the room already during Comaniac’s thrash metal attack. This show gave the four-piece band the great opportunity to reach out to a wider group of metal fans and they took the chance.

Live report METAL CHURCH / COMANIAC, Dynamo, Eindhoven, 11.06.2017
Live report METAL CHURCH / COMANIAC, Dynamo, Eindhoven, 11.06.2017

After the obligatory stage rebuild, done very efficiently, it was time for the headliner. Metal Church made it clear from the beginning with the very first song played – this afternoon (the show began at 17:30) is about pure metal with “Fake Healer” being the very well-chosen opener, followed by “In Mourning” from “The Human Factor” and the new “Needle and Suture”.

Next to the great songs the band had on their setlist, it was the enthusiasm of the five band members that made this gig to a true metal feast. It felt like Vanderhoof, Howe, Unger and van Zandt enjoyed every minute on stage and also the new band member,  powerhouse Stet Howland on drums, was more than integrated into the line-up. It felt like these guys having played together since ages. The quintet obviously enjoys what they are doing with no ego dominating the scene. Metal Church presented themselves as a rock-solid unit that came to rock.

It was a very powerful version of “Beyond the Black” that rounded of a main set before the band returned on stage for more. “Badlands” was the first out of two tunes, planned for the encore and it was “The Human Factor” that should act as the glorious end of the show. I guess you can sense it already, something happened. Right, after having played the first chord of “The Human Factor”, Vanderhoof’s guitar couldn’t be heard anymore. After a few moments of confusion the root cause for this became very clear. This thrilling Metal Church show was too much for Vanderhoof’s amplifier to handle and conked out. Fortunately it was right in front of the last song and fans had to live with the situation of not having heard “The Human Factor” that night. It was an unusual way of ending a show and a unique one too. However, it was something fans could handle due to an otherwise excellent metal concert. That’s rock’n’roll, that’s live and that’s how we like it. Horns up.

Live report METAL CHURCH / COMANIAC, Dynamo, Eindhoven, 11.06.2017
Live report METAL CHURCH / COMANIAC, Dynamo, Eindhoven, 11.06.2017
Live report METAL CHURCH / COMANIAC, Dynamo, Eindhoven, 11.06.2017
Live report METAL CHURCH / COMANIAC, Dynamo, Eindhoven, 11.06.2017

Setlist Metal Church:

  1. Fake Healer
  2. In Mourning
  3. Neelde and Suture
  4. Start the Fire
  5. Reset
  6. Gods of a Second Chance
  7. Date With Poverty
  8. No Tomorrow
  9. Watch the Children Pray
  10. No Friend of Mine
  11. Killing Your Time
  12. Beyond the Black
  13. Badlands (Encore)
  14. Human Factor (Planned as encore but not performed due to broken amp of Vanderhoof)

 

Location: Dynamo, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Date: 11.06.2017

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