Copenhell Day 2 @ Refshaleøen (DK)

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TWISTED SISTER / CLUTCH / WITHIN TEMPTATION / TRIPTYKON / SEPULTURA / FINNTROLL / BAD RELIGION / MERCENARY

Date: 12th June, 2014
Venue: Refshaleøen
Ticket: 2-Days 895DKK (€120)
Promoter: Live Nation
Photos: Erika Wallberg


Day 2 of ‘Copenhell’ started off with a bit of confusion; LYNCH MOB who had been announced to play cancelled their gig and should have been replaced by SUICIDAL ANGELS. Looking at the schedule it wasn’t really clear at any list if and where they were supposed to be playing. In at least one of the billboards they were listed as cancelled,,, Some said that actually did play, if so it sure is a shame because I really wanted to see them.

So, the first band out for me was Danish pride MERCENARY. I was hooked during “Everblack” and considered myself a big fan of the band at least until “The Hours That Remain”. The reason why I lost interest has nothing to do with MERCENARY; it was the genre in general that got dead-boring since the real creativity went away and all was left was 3-chord pop-songs with a heavy production. I saw MERCENARY after Mikkel Sandager had left and the show was good but to go from a 6-piece band to a 4 piece take its toll on the whole experience. The fun thing now was that it felt like MERCENARY had gotten back in same shape with a higher confidence level and that is always good to see. They’ve grown into the 6 piece of “The Hours That Remain” suite although they’re still just a 4-piece. René Pedersen switching between clean and harsh vocals flowed very nicely and held strong throughout the set. Great really! And I wasn’t the only one to think this. The crowd showed its support, especially during “The Endless Fall” where fists went flying through the air.

But for “Firesoul” it really showed how damn good Mikkel is. Compared to the rest of the set, even if it was my favorite song, this was the weakest part of the set. René really struggled to reach the highest notes and lacked a bit of the strength he’d shown in the earlier songs. But it sure was a good start of the day; MERCENARY’s energy was contagious and really got the festival going.

MERCENARY

Mercenary @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Mercenary @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Mercenary @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Mercenary @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Mercenary @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Mercenary @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Mercenary @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Mercenary @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Mercenary @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Mercenary @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Mercenary @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Mercenary @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Mercenary @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Mercenary @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Mercenary @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Mercenary @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Mercenary @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Mercenary @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Mercenary @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Mercenary @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Mercenary @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Mercenary @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Mercenary @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Mercenary @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Mercenary @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Mercenary @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Mercenary @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Mercenary @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Mercenary @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Mercenary @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)

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And then to something completely different! I’ve never really been a big fan of Punk even if I have listened to some over the years. Mainly Swedish bands though but also, at one point BAD RELIGION’s “21st Century Digital Boy” got stuck and spun for a few weeks. But apart from that I can’t say I know this band. Still, I was looking forward to see them since that record at least had some impact on my life.

The fun thing is that BAD RELIGION looked exactly how I remembered them, only a bit older. And it sure was fun to hear the songs I recognized. Already mentioned “21st Century (Digital Boy)”, “Atomic Garden” and perhaps especially “Generator”, all songs sure brought back memories and it felt I was 20 again... One more thing I realized is that I’m very confident to shoot Heavy Metal bands, to get the expression in the pictures I think fits the music. With BAD RELIGION I realized I had no clue what to say and what would be a cool BAD RELIGION picture and for sure, there was no back up Metal poses to use. And since BAD RELIGION’s songs are rather short and intense (I mean 25 songs in just over an hour or so...) it wasn’t much time to figure it out either.

I guess the thing that matters is the music though and even if BAD RELIGION didn’t do as much for me now as 20 years ago I still enjoyed their set a lot and it was great to finally get to see them live.

BAD RELIGION setlist:

01. “Fuck You”
02. “Modern Man”
03. “Recipe For Hate”
04. “Stranger Than Fiction”
05. “Flat Earth Society”
06. “You”
07. “True North”
08. “Anesthesia”
09. “Overture”
10. “Sinister Rouge”
11. “Supersonic”
12. “Prove It”
13. “Can't Stop It”
14. “I Want To Conquer The World”
15. “21st Century (Digital Boy)”
16. “New Dark Ages”
17. “Atomic Garden”
18. “You Are (The Government)”
19. “Best For You”
20. “Suffer”
21. “Do What You Want”
22. “Generator”
23. “Infected”
24. “Dept. Of False Hope
25. “American Jesus”

BAD RELIGION

Bad Religion @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Bad Religion @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Bad Religion @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Bad Religion @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Bad Religion @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Bad Religion @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Bad Religion @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Bad Religion @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Bad Religion @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Bad Religion @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Bad Religion @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Bad Religion @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Bad Religion @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Bad Religion @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Bad Religion @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Bad Religion @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Bad Religion @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Bad Religion @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Bad Religion @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Bad Religion @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Bad Religion @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Bad Religion @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Bad Religion @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Bad Religion @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Bad Religion @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Bad Religion @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Bad Religion @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Bad Religion @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Bad Religion @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Bad Religion @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)

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One band that’s grateful to take photos of is FINNTROLL, so again leaving the Helveti stage (which actually felt a bit too big for BAD RELIGION) to catch FINNTROLL on Hades. I can’t say I listen to this style of music very often at home but I do enjoy it quite much when I come across it, and especially live. Last year both KORPIKLAANI and ALESTORM made great impressions on me and FINNTROLL did no less. The make-up and costumes sure do a lot to boost the whole experience but as always with Finish bands FINNTROLL’s musical performance was also flawless. Of course, it wasn’t only FINNTROLL who brought make-up and costumes to Hades, the crowd showed their support and showed up with painted faces and god knows what on their bodies. This is one of the coolest things with ‘Copenhell’ that people really go in for the support for the bands they want to see. The support given to FINNTROLL was immense and the pressure in the front row amazing from start to finish.

And of course, this yet brutal but still very catchy style of music is rather easy to take in so there’s no reason why this shouldn’t be the case. And I have to admit that I really enjoyed this show and even I recognized tracks as “Nattfödd” and “Trollhammaren”. Especially the last one I’d say. So with FINNTROLL the order was set again, no issues with getting cool pictures here.

FINNTROLL setlist:

01. Blodsvept”
02. Solsagan”
03. Mordminnen”
04. Under Bergets Rot”
05. Skogsdotter”
06. Häxbrygd”
07. Nattfödd”
08. Jaktens Tid”
09. Trollhammaren”

FINNTROLL

Finntroll @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Finntroll @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)

Finntroll @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Finntroll @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)

Finntroll @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Finntroll @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)

Finntroll @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Finntroll @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)

Finntroll @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Finntroll @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)

Finntroll @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Finntroll @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)

Finntroll @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Finntroll @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)

Finntroll @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Finntroll @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)

Finntroll @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Finntroll @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)

Finntroll @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Finntroll @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)

Finntroll @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Finntroll @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)

Finntroll @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Finntroll @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)

Finntroll @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Finntroll @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)

Finntroll @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Finntroll @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)

Finntroll @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Finntroll @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)

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It’s fascinating to see that SEPULTURA survived after Igor Cavalera left a few years back. Ok, not that they should have quit just because of that but because they didn’t seem to be affected by it at all. They’re just as big now as they were back in the days. Of course, Andreas Kisser has as much credit as the Cavalera brothers so why should this really have affected the band…

And I must say that they stick to their standards. They deliver every time and Derek Green is a fantastic frontman. I don’t like him as a vocalist though since I think his voice is a bit dry. But most of the songs worked really well anyway. It’s just the real old-school hits as “Territory” and “Roots Bloody Roots” that wasn’t rolling as much this time as they were when Max was singing them. The massive set passed in no time and I guess that’s a good grade on the show. But I can’t deny that it was the old tracks as “Propaganda”, “Inner Self”, “Arise” & “Refuse/Resist” that did the most for me. All those three albums hit me really hard when they were released and I still hold them very high, they’ve stood the test of time and still kick ass. Another thing that I really enjoyed with SEPULTURA was the feature of tribal or Brazilian traditional styled music. “Da Lama Ao Caos” was dedicated to the greatest Brazilian artist (a Chico Science & Nação Zumbi cover) and the crowed sure showed their respect and the ground in front of the stage became a massive mosh-pit. To enhance it a bit further Derek played additional percussion for this song.

Actually, Andreas Kisser took over the microphone for “Inner Self” which felt really good since it became as raw as it is supposed to and let’s put it this way the crowd didn’t calm down due to this. And even though it was only Andreas who played guitar the sound was really massive and powerful. Though SEPULTURA could have used more of the massive Helveti stage for the show, the pressure in the music was really good but the show left a little to wish for. Don’t get me wrong, it was damn good anyway.

SEPULTURA setlist:

01. “The Vatican”
02. “Kairos”
03. “Propaganda”
04. “Impending Doom”
05. “Manipulation Of Tragedy”
06. “Convicted In Life”
07. “Dusted”
08. “Spectrum”
09. “Da Lama Ao Caos”
10. “Inner Self”
11. “Territory”
12. “Arise”
13. “Refuse/Resist”
14. “Trauma Of War”
15. “Ratamahatta”
16. “Roots Bloody Roots”

SEPULTURA

Sepultura @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Sepultura @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Sepultura @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Sepultura @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Sepultura @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Sepultura @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Sepultura @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Sepultura @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Sepultura @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Sepultura @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Sepultura @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Sepultura @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Sepultura @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Sepultura @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Sepultura @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Sepultura @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Sepultura @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Sepultura @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Sepultura @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Sepultura @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Sepultura @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Sepultura @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Sepultura @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Sepultura @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Sepultura @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Sepultura @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Sepultura @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Sepultura @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Sepultura @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
Sepultura @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)

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