Kreator @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK)

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KREATOR / SEPULTURA / SOILWORK / ABORTED

Date: 06th February, 2017
Venue: Amager Bio
Tickets: 325DKK (€43/$46)
Promoter: Amager Bio
Photos: Erika Wallberg


I never expected that KREATOR would sell out Amager Bio; I mean, it's not many bands able to do so. The years I've been hanging out there have been less than a handful that have been sold-out prior to the doors opening.

Opening act ABORTED was unfortunate to start playing 10 minutes after the doors had opened and even if they are very efficient at the venue it was still rather sparsely crowded when they hit the stage. As the billing featured four bands their space on stage was rather limited. I was surprised to see four different drum-kits rigged which of course made the change-over very smooth, but again, limited the area for ABORTED to move. They're impressive, so extremely tight and precise and the riffs they have are fantastic. I have to admit though, that haven't listened all that much to the band so it was only a few songs I was familiar with and Sven “Svencho” de Caluwé vocal style is a bit too harsh and dark for my taste. He's a fantastic stage character though and it all worked very well together live.

Even if the place wasn't full when they played ABORTED had a good following and it was clear that there were people who had come to see them. It's no wonder as it was a very good show, the band delivered with precision and was a lot of fun to watch.

ABORTED setlist:

01. “Divine Impediment”
02. “Cadaverous Banquet”
03. “Meticulous Invagination”
04. “Necrotic Manifesto”
05. “Hecatomb”
06. “Coffin Upon Coffin”
07. “Termination Redux”
08. “Threading On Vermillion Deception”
09. “Bit By Bit”

ABORTED

Aborted @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Aborted @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Aborted @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Aborted @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Aborted @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Aborted @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Aborted @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Aborted @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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It must have been over 10 years since I last listened to SOILWORK. I really don't remember why I lost track of them since I really enjoyed their first 4-5 records, especially 2001’S “A Predator’s Portrait”. And as the evening had started fantastically with ABORTED I was really charged to see SOILWORK next. I really don't know what happened here. As the first three songs were spent in the photo-pit I didn't reflect very much, just that it was extremely loud. Getting back out in the crowd it sounded the same. It took a while to realize it was “Bastard Chain” that were the fourth track out. It was just a big mish-mash of everything, it was hard to make out anything of any instrument and basically it was a massive wall of sound. This took most away from the show, unfortunately.

Still, SOILWORK did a very good job to entertain, the band behind Björn “Speed” Strid really did everything they could and had a great energy. One thing they did that worked really well, the venue was still filling up which allowed some space to mosh on the floor in front of the stage. Midway through the set, Björn selected one guy from the crowd who had been headbanging to the songs as the commander in chief for the circle-pit and make sure to fill it up. It all worked really well. It was just a shame the sound wasn't sorted out since this took much away from the whole SOILWORK experience.

SOILWORK setlist:

01. “The Ride Majestic”
02. “Nerve”
03. “Rise Above The Sentiment”
04. “Bastard Chain”
05. “The Living Infinite I”
06. “The Chainheart Machine”
07. “Two Lives Worth Of Reckoning”
08. “Late For The Kill, Early For The Slaughter”
09. “Stabbing The Drama”

SOILWORK

Soilwork @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Soilwork @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Soilwork @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Soilwork @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Soilwork @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Soilwork @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Soilwork @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Soilwork @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Soilwork @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Soilwork @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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And it continued in the same way for SEPULTURA; painfully loud and a massive wall of sound. The change here though was that it felt like it was the bass that created a feedback drowning the guitar, especially since I ended up on the side away from Andreas Kisser.

Just as expected the show started with a few songs from brand new “Machine Messiah”; a very nice album even if it is a bit different from the traditional SEPULTURA sound, not as fast and Thrashy. I like the songs on record but I have to say they worked even better live. Here the sound in the photo-pit was decent though, it was when I got back out in the crowd where the overdrive started. So, both set-opener “I Am The Enemy” and “Phantom Self” worked fine. I didn't like “Choke” very much on record but live it sure sounds amazing. The massive Derrik Green works much better on stage if you’d ask me. And it goes from him being absolutely scary to look as one of the nicest guys in the universe and that's when he smiles. And he sure had the right to do that. The crowd was with SEPULTURA completely. The odd harmonies in “Alethea” didn't work as good live as on record but I do think this had more to do with the unbalanced sound rather than anything else. Towards the end of the song the whole character of the sound changed and fantastic “Sworn Oath” sounded amazing. And from here on it all was perfect.

It was of course the best of old-school left in the set though which was bound to make the place boil. “Inner Self” is a favorite as “Beneath The Remains” struck very hard on me when it was released back in the days. “Refuse/Resist” and “Arise” perhaps work better live though but it was all good. I'm so glad the sound was sorted out and with that, at least the second half of the SEPULTURA show was bloody fantastic.

SEPULTURA setlist:

01. “I Am The Enemy”
02. “Phantom Self”
03. “Choke”
04. “Desperate Cry”
05. “Alethea”
06. “Sworn Oath”
07. “Inner Self”
08. “Resistant Parasites”
09. “Refuse/Resist”
10. “Arise”
11. “Ratamahatta”
12. “Roots Bloody Roots”

SEPULTURA

Sepultura @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sepultura @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sepultura @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sepultura @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sepultura @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Sepultura @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sepultura @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sepultura @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sepultura @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sepultura @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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As I said, I was very surprised to see the Amager Bio venue packed out to the last spot for KREATOR. It really came as a surprise that they've gotten this big. Not that they don't deserve it, the opposite really and it is fantastic. But I sure didn't expect it. And I didn't expect the show they brought either with stage-props, lights, pyros and other effects. Very cool of course! And the show was massive when it comes to number of songs also.

Compared to most other bands touring on a recently released album KREATOR kicked off their set with two older songs “Hordes Of Chaos (A Necrologue For The Elite)” followed by “Phobia” before the new songs took over. Perhaps “Satan Is Real” isn't my favorite of the album but the catchy chorus-line sure created a fantastic live-effect where the whole crowd chanting the words. The title track though, “Gods Of Violence” is absolutely fantastic and it sounded just as good live as on record. Still, it is the older ones that tickles my nerves the most and it was impossible to hide my excitement for “People Of The Lie” and “Total Death”, they both sounded fantastic. And it continued in the same way straight through the show and it's good to see that the new fans enjoy the old songs and that the old-school fans really dig the new stuff.

Around the middle of the show something happened with the drums and the stage tech's started to run back and forth trying to solve it. As the song played at the moment was ending Mille Petrozza just hung on the last note, letting it feedback a bit to not let any silence in the show before the next was kicked off. He created a distraction just by doing this and when they had a go the show just continued. Everything went so smooth I guess most didn't realize something went off track for a while there. It must have been for “From Flood Into Fire” where the pyro's kicked off for real and the fire effect heated up even more the already warm venue. No one in the first few rows was prepared and a lot of people looked rather, if not scared, at least very surprised when it took off. Even a few rows to the back, far out on the side the flames really burned on my cheeks and I can only imagine how the ones standing right next to felt.

The songs from “Gods Of Violence” sounded amazing, both “World War Now” and “Hail To The Horde” are amazing songs but it was clear I haven't had time to listen enough as it felt like “Extreme Aggression” came in as a needed break. Ok, the show was longer than I expected, it clocked in at around 1h45min, which is extreme for a Thrash Metal show, especially on a bill with three other bands. Then again, when the encores started with exclusively classic tracks I could have taken another hour worth of music. I mean, how can't you not go crazy for “Violent Revolution” followed by “Flag Of Hate”, “Under The Guillotine” and finally “Pleasure To Kill”?

KREATOR have always been great the times I've seen them and this was no exception and it sure was more than a show. It's great to see that some bands can get a budget to do something extra (Beat The Street Nightliners outside the venue for example, best in the business but definitely not free of charge) and that there are equipment designed to fit smaller club stages. So, KREATOR sounded amazing, the sound was great from start to end and their performance was fantastic, a very good ending of a good night.

KREATOR setlist:

01. Intro - “Choir Of The Dammed”
02. “Hordes Of Chaos (A Necrologue For The Elite)”
03. “Phobia”
04. “Satan Is Real”
05. “Gods Of Violence”
06. “People Of The Lie”
07. “Total Death”
08. Intro - “Mars Mantra”
09. “Phantom Antichrist”
10. “Fallen Brother”
11. “Enemy Of God”
12. “From Flood Into Fire”
13. Intro - “Apocalypticon”
14. “World War Now”
15. “Hail To The Hordes”
16. “Extreme Aggression”
17. “Civilization Collapse”
18. Intro - “The Patriarch”
19. “Violent Revolution”
20. “Flag Of Hate”
21. “Under The Guillotine”
22. “Pleasure To Kill”

KREATOR

Kreator @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Kreator @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Kreator @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Kreator @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Kreator @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Kreator @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Kreator @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Kreator @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Kreator @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Kreator @ Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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