got 3 Supportbands on board, whereby the orginally scheduled Riot have
pulled out because of logistic reasons, and therefore Vicious Rumors
jumped in for the whole trip and not only for a handful of dates as
planned. Those guys again, still can't believe their huge luck.
themselves describe themselves as a collective group of four mastro
musicians, whatever this means. And those four individuals listen to the
names: Jimmie Strimell (Voc), Henrik Danhage (Git),
Fredrik Larsson (Bass) and Jonas Ekdahl (Drums.Whereby Frederik Larsson
also plays in Hammerfall as known. This outfit here, has got one
selftitled album out and one live EP. And they do appriciate the chance
to open up on this tour and play in front of a larger audiance, though
it's only the usual 30 minutes. I have to say, that I missed out on most
of the show, because of chatting the time away with Hammerfall guitarist
Oscar on the tourbus. So I can't tell you much more about that and can
offer you only a pocket cam shot taken from the very back of the venue
and this videoclip....
infos to Death
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I'm talking about Amaranthe, also from Sweden and partly from denmark, who are nothing else than a sideproject of guitarist Olov M÷rk, who also plays in Dragonland and Darkage the first fiddle.... oh sorry, I mean of course the first guitar....
An unusal fact about this band is, that there are 3 singers, including one female voice. Amaranthes life goes back to 2008. But they have released their debutalbum this year. And their friendship to Hammerfall got them on this tour.
The musical cocktail is mixed out of Death- and Powermetal. And it's the voices who are making the difference starting by the metal male voices to the clear voice of Elize Ryd, and also it's this melodic sound cloud, interfering into the thrashy foundation. Also participating are co founder of the Band Jake E.Lundberg (voc) then it's Andy Solvestrom (Voc) and Morten L°we S°rensen (Drums). I find the combination of these different style elements pretty interesting, but principally it's nothing new. Because there are similarities to other groups. It's only, that the voices don't hold any additional instruments in their hands and just do the singing.
Amaranthe have also got
only 30 minutes to prove their skills. But they are doing pretty good
and the audiance here obviously likes them.
|For the first
two visits, the band played the much smaller Garage club next door. This
time Geoff Thorpe's group do get the chance to eat some of the
Hammerfall cake. As mentioned in the beginning, there should be standing
Riot up on stage tonight, and Vicious Rumours would have played only a
few selected dates in addtion on this tour. But due to Riot's abstinence,
Vicious Rumors will probably grateful to them a life long for now
playing the whole time on this concert journey.
They truly deserve it, as Geoff Thorpe has fought for more then a quarter of a century thoughout the int. Heavy Metal jungle for acceptance and survival. And this most of all after singer Carl Albert passed away in 1993 because of his racing passion and from that time watches the potatoes growing from below. Followed by many singer changes things didn't get easier. But to repeat myself from passed reviews: a Geoff Thorpe never gives in, and since he's found the double of bavarian king Ludwig II a.k.a. Brian Allen - a real great singer, the band seems to have received some second spring.
Vicious Rumors are still standing for the classic Heavy Metal from the Eighties, nowadays maybe with a more modern touch. And there is indeed a little difference to the 2 clubshows earlier this year. And that's the fact, that guitarist Kiyoshi is missing, but therefore a well known member from the past is back again - Thaen. - Can't tell you the reasons for that though. In each case, Vicious Rumours lay down a very decent set and all the Hammerfall fans out there do like them very much as we can spot at their reaction. But 45 minutes are also too short to play their butts off, and the magic is finished too quick.
Although I have to confess, I did like
them better in the small clubatmosphere last time I saw them as they
came around much more intensively. Or does this feeling refer to the
current mood and condition, exspecially what's up to Brian, who seems a
little quiet. Well the crowd have not realized anything and that's the
most important thing. And once again I'm pretty sure, it won't take too
long, until Vicious Rumors are back again once more. - They are
certainly back with a vengance...and better than ever...
Time for Hammerfall, and
those are celebrating their take off... very theatralic in a foggy shade,
though annoying for us photographers, who do get mainly red light
impressions during the first 3 songs...
Thanks god, the situation is changing a little after the first track, and Oscars freshly blonde hair is sticking out. Singer Joacim Cans has obviously discovered the newest trend in kayal Coco Chanel make up, just to give his serious metal eye glimpse the right dark mystery impression, - that's what I presume. Last but not least - main important thing is his voice giving us the right feeling, and this in a great cooperation with the rest of the group, who once again give their best and play every joker they've got within their True Metal. The Poker is won, and one Royal Flash after the other is thrown on the plate. The posing is better done as any glamrocker could possibly do, which again is very nice for us photographers. Fans love 'em for that and for the songs. Those again include 5 tracks from the new album 'Infected'. The rest is a best of... everybody in here knows (see setlist)
On the whole Hammerfall
don't offer us anything really new or even innovative. But they do well
with this strategy and don't take a risk to change any major things.
Mankind loves the things they are beeing used to and don't like any
strange newbes.. so what?
keep the True Metal up and also for the hearing handycaped. I really
don't wanna see the decibel level right next to the boxes. But the hard
rockin' headbanging sportsman doesn't mind the noise - the louder the
And in addition to that, the beer is flowing pintwise through the dry throats and our ears are daning a Tango la noche. Songs such as 'Blood Bound: and 'last Man Standing' or 'Let The Hammer Fall' rise up the adrenalin level inside the venes of all True Metal lovers. And that's why we need a cool down inbetween not to get wasted completely.
And this little break is
announce by our uhu Joacim as follows: 'this is for the ladies' - and
it's named 'Always Will Be'. Those ladies are about a quarter of the
audiance and appreciate this ballad very much. The boys rather prefer
the fast songs obviously. Hammerfall are a good live band, no doubt
about that, who are pulling their program though 90 minutes stage time.
True Metal is more alive than ever, at least tonight in here. And no
more is needed to make this evening perfect, yeah well, for everybody
who counts himself to those True Metal lovers.
Snapshots at the Diary