Wow, this year was a strange one with lots of nice surprises and lots of disappointments! But let's walk through it a bit:Day 1
With a nice mild summer weather, it was a joy to start the year with some simple power metal in the form of Edguy
who delivered a decent show with funny speeches, but nothing memorable musically. Then right after, it was time to check out Lock Up
, who provided the first of many pleasant surprises of the festival. The show was a lot better than I had hoped for and the songs worked extremely well live too, and Nick Barker is always a monster! Then I managed to catch one (long-ish) song by Saint Vitus
who I might check out better next time.
I had little interest towards Trivium
and my mind didn't change during their show. They are highly professional players, but the songs are nothing worth writing home about. After 30 minutes, I wondered off to the club stage to wait for Demigod
. They had one helluva show and played very very well with a great and crushing sound! One of the better shows in the whole festival, that's for sure! Then I walked next door to catch Arcturus
for the second time in 3 months (awesome!), naturally playing the same songs. It's still nice to hear them, though, considering I had given hope of ever seeing them live. The first show I saw was played a bit tighter, but this show was also full of ear-candy. Imagine seeing Nick Barker and Hellhammer play within just hours, hehe!
Overall, a nice first day.Day 2
Slightly cloudier, which was fine by me, it was time to start the second day with a little bit of house moving help in the morning, to limber up the body. I almost missed Textures
due to an apparently blind bus driver. Anyway, luckily the tram also came not much later, so I only missed the first song. They played very well with a very clear sound. The setlist was very good and they put on a nice show! Lots of people, which surprised me, since djent is not the most popular type of music overall. Then the big one... Napalm Death
showed everyone why they are still around, and still as relevant as ever! Probably one of the best shows of the festival, and a huge pit going on! It was a pleasure to listen, despite the early slot, and they kicked some royal ass.
After them, it was time for a small break and half-listening to Insomnium
, who were still as boring as before. They really suffer from the Yngwie complex - all the songs sound the same! Then onto the band from my neighbour, Sonata Arctica
, that I've seen umpteen times, but not lately. All their gear was left behind in Austria, so they played with loan equipment, which seemed to affect them slightly, and they even played a shortened set. But still, the setlist rocked and luckily they didn't play too much from the two previous albums, that I don't like much. The new album's songs worked very well though! And overall it was a great show!
Then onto one of my expectations, Behemoth
, but ultimately they turned out to be a bit of a disappointment. I was expecting lots of fast songs, but they seemed to lean towards the slower songs, which are not really my cup of tea when it comes to black metal. The audience was going about quite actively, so it brought the spirits up a bit more. Still an unimpressive show overall, sadly. Finally I caught about half of Sabaton
's set, which was nice simple hard rock/power metal. They put on a nice show though, with a big audience.
I really preferred the first day to this one.Day 3
On to the final day, and starting it off in the hot sun with Apocalyptica
, who I had last seen aeons ago. They started off very well, with lots of nice songs, but after halfway, the spirit started to wane to an array of uninteresting songs. Then it was time to catch an unknown Skeletonwitch
, who provided one of the biggest surprises of the festival! An incredible band live, and I really must check their albums out! Really nice black metal/black 'n' roll! And what is after that? Overkill
! They delivered a nice thrash show, although after about 30 minutes the songs seemed to sound the same, which made me slightly unimpressed. But not too bad, just a too long show.
With the finish line in sight, I sat in the shade to await for the band I was looking forward to the most: Ministry
. After long listening to them, they are still as enjoyable as ever, so it was great to finally see them live. And what a great show Uncle Al provided! So much energy and relentless setlist, which made the slightly petrified audience loosen up little by little. It was a great way to finish the festival, and they really lived up to all my expectations!
As for the festival itself, the first day really was the best one overall, but still I liked this year's instalment! Great bands and lots of new acquaintances when it comes to bands! It will be interesting to see what they will have next year...Top 5 shows
2. Napalm Death
4. Lock Up