Turbocharged @ Lygten, Copenhagen (DK)

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TURBOCHARGED / WASTED / BLACK PURPLE

Date: 04th March, 2017
Venue: Lygten Station
Tickets: 80DKK (€10/$11)
Promoter: Musikeforeningen Riot
Photos: Erika Wallberg


For sure, there are a lot of bands touring and concerts happening all the time. So, the competition is really hard and is tough to decide where to go. Apparently, there was a bigger show competing for the audience but for me there was no hesitation, this was it.

To have a cover-band on a bill like this might seem strange - at least, to have it first. Normally, these bands end the bill to boost the party but here they kicked it off instead. But looking at the members’ past, it’s easy to understand that it would have been an interesting and good set. BLACK PURPLE features the major part of MALTESE FALCON, the fantastic old school band that released “Metal Rush” in the mid '80s. Also, having this band appear here explained why MALTESE FALCON played what they did when they landed a spot on the 'Metal Magic Festival' bill. Charlie sure is a fantastic vocalist and pulled these songs off like it was nothing. I mean, there are no bullshit vocal lines in “Children Of The Sea”, high-pitched and requiring power to get approved. That was the case, it all sounded fantastic. That one and the DEEP PURPLE classic “Into The Fire” were my two favourites in BLACK PURPLE’s set. Both songs sounded fantastic, such a good drive and at least for the latter of the two, a very good groove as well. It’s not that there was anything wrong with the rest. But on occasion, especially notable in “Children Of The Grave”, Charlie’s phrasing was a bit odd. Of course it is cool when there’s something unique and personal about a cover, but still it takes some time to get used to it. For “Heaven And Hell”, Charlie wandered off into the crowd encouraging some sing along during the chorus and from what appeared to be his family and friends. It worked on the first try but for the second time it only came a scream back. So yes, it was mainly friends and family showing up for the bands. But it created a good atmosphere and made it a fun night.

For the encore, Michael Sonne from WASTED was called up on stage to help out with “Breaking The Law”. This was followed by MOTÖRHEAD’s “Ace Of Spades”. These last two didn’t work as well as the rest of the set though. It was not the same dynamics, nerve and oomph in these two as the rest. It wasn't bad, it was just that the rest was better. But it sure was fun to watch.

BLACK PURPLE setlist:

01. “Mob Rules”
02. “Black Knight”
03. “Children Of The Sea”
04. “Into The Fire”
05. “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath”
06. “Children Of The Grave”
07. “War Pigs”
08. “Heaven And Hell”
09. “Breaking The Law”
10. “Ace Of Spades”

BLACK PURPLE

Black Purple @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Purple @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Purple @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Purple @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Purple @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Black Purple @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Purple @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Purple @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Purple @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Purple @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Black Purple @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Purple @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Purple @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Purple @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Black Purple @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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On the occasions I’ve seen WASTED before this one, it has been a killer but that it would work on 'Metal Magic Festival' in front of a packed venue and at the tiny High Voltage club it’s not very surprising. With a sparsely crowded venue, could it be the same? It all started out very good with “Halloween” followed by “Demons Re-Calling” and the sound was remarkably good taking the venue’s layout in consideration. I mean, as Lygten Station name says, an old station, completely open from floor to rooftop. The sound could easily have drifted but it was clear and powerful. WASTED's show continued very good, “Age Of Power” is one of my favourites with its heavy beat and speedy riff. Michael Sonne always entertains and his charismatic appearance really builds up a show. It was no exception this time and he got some really good backup from the band. Something that was the case at the previous shows also, even though the High Voltage stage didn't allow much movement. And perhaps more importantly, the band sounded fantastic throughout the show. “Evil” was perhaps the song most people in the venue knew, and why not, it’s a good one and it works perfect live; easy to scream along. Michael’s mimic and expression singing really sets the mood also, he’s awesome to watch but damn hard to catch with the camera. And the rather poor lights (it was better both for BLACK PURPLE and TURBOCHARGED) made it really hard. But it sure was fun trying.

Another favourite was “Luv ‘n’ Pain”; the fast riff came across really well and the drive was fantastic. Even if it wasn’t very crowded, the atmosphere was really good, people seemed to enjoy themselves, showed support up front. Cheap beer might have helped a bit but without the performance WASTED put on, it wouldn’t have been the same. It’s always a joy to see them play and this was no exception. It’s hard to describe but it just feels good to be there. Towards the end of the set another two favourites showed up; “Ought To Be Bad” and “Toys In The Attic”. The latter of the two was the one that stood out the most during the High Voltage show solely due to Michael’s theatrical moves and he can look rather crazy on occasion, which goes very well with this one. The visuals weren’t as prominent here but it sure sounded good. So absolutely, this was another fantastic WASTED concert, more people need to realize how damn good they are.

WASTED setlist:

01. “Halloween”
02. “Demons Re-Calling”
03. “Age Of Power”
04. “The King”
05. “Evil”
06. “Pain / Chained “
07. “Luv ‘N’ Pain”
08. “Maidens”
09. “Ought To Be Bad”
10. “Toys In The Attic”
11. “Goodbye”

WASTED

Wasted @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Wasted @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Wasted @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Wasted @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Wasted @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Wasted @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Wasted @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Wasted @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Wasted @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Wasted @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Wasted @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Wasted @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Wasted @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Wasted @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Wasted @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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Last band out was Swedish TURBOCHARGED and there was no doubt that this was going to be good. Ok, I’ve only seen them once before, but that was enough to know what to expect. I mean you don’t need lots of show to know that it will be good. I like this type of Death Metal with the MOTÖRHEAD influences. It’s not the ENTOMBED trademark Death ’n’ Roll, but more classic Thrash, a bit like a more brutal old school SODOM. And it is really amazing how a trio can make that much noise. With only one guitar the sound got a bit clearer but it still didn’t lack in power. Much can be signed Ronnie Rippers killer of a bass sound, which alone made the house shake.

A few more people showed up as it was time for TURBOCHARGED, so the good atmosphere was kept and the fun continued. How can it fail with “Chruchfire Commando” or “Religious And Infected”? The intensity and power coming out of stage were really phenomenal from the start. Filthy, fat and mean straight through the set. “Christ Zero” from the EP with the same title was another favourite. It’s always cool when brutal forces is mixed with fines and still appear effortless. And that was the thing here. A little like MOTÖRHEAD, we play Rock ’n’ Roll and not much more than that, casual, easy going but still sounding fantastic. “Battered And Crucified” and “Area 666” were two more that stood out. I love the mix of good groove and old school Death Metal riffs. In one of the songs toward the end, Old Nick put his guitar out to the ones in the crowd closest to the stage. And just a slight swipe over the strings really created a massive sound. I’m not familiar with his amp, it looked rather small compared to a standard Marshall but it sounded extremely good and powerful.

It’s also good to see bands at this level being an entity, there was a consistency in TURBOCHARGED appearance, performance and graphics on stage. Also, that Ronnie and drummer Freddie both talked between the songs, sometimes at the same time was a good thing too. Also, his backing vocals filled out in a very good way.

As the band was trying to leave stage, the ones still present started to scream for encore, which was granted and TURBOCHARGED served two more songs. “AntiXtian”, title track of their first full-length was first out. So it was all that I expected, no more no less. It was fun and sounded very good and it was a good night spent in Copenhagen.

TURBOCHARGED setlist:

01. “Relieve Thyself Onto Me”
02. “Chruchfire Commando”
03. “Religious And Infected”
04. “Godfearing Cunts”
05. “Massive Worldwide Armageddon”
06. “Christ Zero”
07. “Blasphemachine”
08. “Sacred Cadaver”
09. “Battered And Crucified”
10. “Resurrection Incomplete”
11. “Area 666”
12. “Antixtian”
13. “Vandalize The Vatican”

TURBOCHARGED

Turbocharged @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Turbocharged @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Turbocharged @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Turbocharged @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Turbocharged @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Turbocharged @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Turbocharged @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Turbocharged @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Turbocharged @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Turbocharged @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Turbocharged @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Turbocharged @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Turbocharged @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Turbocharged @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Turbocharged @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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