Unbroken Metal Weekend Day 2 @ Hamburg (DE)

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HOLOCAUST / POVERTY'S NO CRIME / BÄD INFLUENCE / WOLFS MOON

Date: 14th January, 2017
Venue: Bambi Galore
Ticket: €15 ($16) Day ticket
Promoter: n/a
Photos: Erika Wallberg


It was time for day two, and no, the cheap beer from the night before didn't impact the mood at all. No hangover and the urge for more were a good signs that the night before was perfect.

WOLFS MOON was another reason for hitting the road to Hamburg, a very good band with lots of cool releases (and nice people) that I've never seen play before. So it was a good opportunity to take. It sure started off in a very good way. On time and WOLFS MOON's energy was contagious. It felt a little strange that they had double basses and one guitar though but it showed to be a special feature and bringing in Frank “Kanone” Brüning who together with Gerd “Sammy” Simson formed the band 25 years ago. And since the band currently is without bassist Pete Bass, who played between 1997 and 2003, he was also invited for the show. It worked for sure and it was just a few occasions the bass took over the sound, else it was balanced and worked perfectly well.

And there's no denying that “Spirit Of Medusa” is a catchy track that worked perfectly on stage. “Omen Of Nightfall” also sounded amazing. Somewhere in the middle of the show Mark from BÄD INFLUENCE joined in on vocals which worked fine too. Not that it needed to be more people on stage as it was crowded already with a 5-piece band. Then both “Alley Of The Gutter Kings” and “Fight” are perfect songs for a live-show. Easy to sing along to, and a little too easy to drink beer to. But it was all good fun, WOLFS MOON sounded fantastic but the best was that it was such a cheerful moment.

WOLFS MOON setlist:

01. “Spirit Of Medusa”
02. “Vampire Wasteland”
03. “Omen Of Nightfall”
04. “Underdog”
05. “Apocalyptmania”
06. “Necronomicon”
07. “Alley Of The Gutter Kings”
08. “Fight”

WOLFS MOON

Wolfs Moon @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Wolfs Moon @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Wolfs Moon @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Wolfs Moon @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Wolfs Moon @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Wolfs Moon @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Wolfs Moon @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Wolfs Moon @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Wolfs Moon @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Wolfs Moon @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Wolfs Moon @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Wolfs Moon @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Wolfs Moon @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Wolfs Moon @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Wolfs Moon @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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Another band I was looking forward to seeing was BÄD INFLUENCE. Even if they have been around for 25 years, I've never managed to see them live until now. And again, it was a very good and fun moment to hang out at Bambi Galore. And just as FIRE, it's very hard to say what style of Metal BÄD INFLUENCE play; it's typically German with a little of each. The drive in “Verrat” was fantastic and the traditional rhythm with the Goth / Dark Metal-influenced vocals from Mark was a really cool mix. And that they have a guy playing a vacuum-hose (it doesn't look like a didgeridoo, but sound like one) in the back sets them apart from other bands even further. And that he actually played a solo on it midway through the show was very cool to see. He was hard to spot though as BÄD INFLUENCE in total are six people that was to fit on the rather tiny Bambi Galore stage. Also, the light in that corner really left more to wish for. “A Sudden Change” also sounded fantastic, a very cool song from my favorite BÄD INFLUENCE record “Virus”. That “We Bite” would work there's no doubt about; Mark wearing fangs made that clear.

BÄD INFLUENCE and WOLFS MOON have been working side by side over the years so towards the end of the BÄD INFLUENCE set WOLFS MOON invaded the stage and if it wasn't cramped before, it surely became. But somehow they all managed to squeeze to the front and made the moment fun, yet a bit chaotic.

So again, after the first two bands it felt like we had done our evening already - it was great to see both of the bands and they sure did fantastic jobs to entertain.

BÄD INFLUENCE setlist:

01. “Armageddon”
02. “Verrat”
03. “Insanity”
04. “Armies Of The Undead”
05. “A Sudden Change”
06. “We Bite”
07. “Fear”
08. “Holy Diva”
10. “Invisible Sun”

BÄD INFLUENCE

Bäd Influence @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Bäd Influence @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Bäd Influence @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Bäd Influence @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Bäd Influence @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Bäd Influence @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Bäd Influence @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Bäd Influence @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Bäd Influence @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Bäd Influence @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Bäd Influence @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Bäd Influence @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Bäd Influence @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Bäd Influence @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Bäd Influence @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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I've only seen the name POVERTY'S NO CRIME before but never got the chance to listen to them, even if they should fit my taste perfectly. I'm a fan of Progressive Metal, so I really don't know why I've never picked up any of their albums, even though they've been around since the mid '90s, so I definitely had the time to do so.

Anyway, the good thing was that they really sounded fantastic, perfection to the max. Perfectly balanced sound and the layers just melted into each other. It was technical but smooth at the same time. So, there's definitely nothing to complain about when it comes to POVERTY'S NO CRIME's musical performance. The downside though was the timing, after the cheers and joy with the first two bands and that I wasn't familiar with them at all made it hard to keep the interest up throughout the show (those damn €2 beers...).

“Just A Dream” and especially heavy suggestive “Terminal Trip” sounded amazing, so I better do my homework if I ever get another chance to see them.

POVERTY'S NO CRIME setlist:

01. “Access Denied”
02. “The Senses Go Blind”
03. “Just A Dream”
04. “Terminal Trip”
05. “Open Your Eyes”
06. “End In Sight”
07. “The Longest Day”
08. “Now And Again”
09. “The Heroes Return”
10. “Distant Call”

POVERTY'S NO CRIME

Poverty's No Crime  @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Poverty's No Crime  @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Poverty's No Crime  @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Poverty's No Crime  @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Poverty's No Crime  @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Poverty's No Crime  @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Poverty's No Crime  @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Poverty's No Crime  @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Poverty's No Crime  @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Poverty's No Crime  @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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I really didn't know what hit me when I first saw HOLOCAUST play at ‘Keep It True’; I just wasn't expecting what I got at all. The second time I was more prepared but I must say it took until now to fully take it in.

It's basically a little rough and too bluesy for my taste. But it for sure works very well live. In many cases and especially with this type of music, seeing the bands in a small club does the trick. I mean, HOLOCAUST are pros and there's no complaining about their musical performance, it grooves. But for me, the filthy Rock 'n' Roll-influenced Metal works so much better on a place like this. It was the same with VARDIS also. And I really think they selected a perfect set being a very good mix of old-school stuff and material from most recent release “Predator”. I really like that record so it was good to get to hear some of those songs live also; title track, “Shiva” and my favorite “Lady Babylon”.

Even if it wasn't as crowded as the night before, all bands had decent crowds the second day also. People started to look a bit tired towards the end of the night but there had been a shift change and when HOLOCAUST hit the stage there was new energy in the room. The stage looked like more of a fit now as it only had to host John Mortimer and Mark McGrath rather than a full band. And Scott Wallace behind the drums too of course. The trio felt a lot more powerful here compared to my past experiences.

I guess most of the crowd had missed out on the latest release from HOLOCAUST since the response really grew for “The Nightcomers” - the track is fantastic, so it's no wonder why and as the absolute final song of the evening, “Heavy Metal Mania” which got stuck on me when starting to listen to HOLOCAUST prior to the festival and hasn't left since. So, I'm really happy I got to see them on a small stage, it was needed to realize how damn good they sound and the intensity and drive they have in their music. And after this I know I will enjoy it.

On our way out from the venue, when picking up some merchandise, the poor dude behind the counter almost freaked out, the LPs were about to sell out, t-shirts was going quickly but I guess that's all a good thing. So, it was definitely a fantastic weekend; what a way to celebrate a birthday, what a way to throw a party. It all was very cheerful and the atmosphere was fantastic. Also, the bands did very well, all shows had some real highlights and in most cases it all sounded amazing. But there's no doubt it was WOLFS MOON that made the greatest impression on me; their energy and drive was amazing so best band of the weekend goes to them.

HOLOCAUST setlist:

01. “Intro”
02. “No Nonsense”
03. “Expander”
04. “Death Or Glory”
05. “Smoking Valves”
06. “Predator”
07. “Iron Will”
08. “The Small Hours”
09. “Shiva”
10. “Can't Go Wrong With You”
11. “Only As Young As You Feel”
12. “Dance Into The Vortex”
13. “Loves Power”
14. “It Don't Matter To Me”
15. “Lady Babylon”
16. “The Nightcomers”
17. “Revival”
18. “Heavy Metal Mania”

HOLOCAUST

Holocaust @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Holocaust @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Holocaust @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Holocaust @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Holocaust @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Holocaust @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Holocaust @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Holocaust @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Holocaust @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Holocaust @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Holocaust @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Holocaust @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Holocaust @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Holocaust @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Holocaust @ Bambi Galore, Hamburg (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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