Copenhell Day 2 @ Refshaleøen (DK)

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KING DIAMOND / ARTILLERY / ABBATH / REDWOOD HILL / TRIVIUM / KADAVAR / MEGADETH / ENTOMBED A.D. / EPICA / AMON AMARTH / BEARTOOTH / TREMONTI / MONUMENT / SÓLSTAFIR

Date: 24th June, 2016
Venue: Refshaleøen
Ticket: n/a
Promoter: Live Nation
Photos: Erika Wallberg


The second day served a tough schedule as many bands I really wanted to see were playing at the same time. That’s always annoying but as I had more chances to see most of the bands everything worked out fine in the end. Last nights’ rain had drowned the area slightly though and despite pumping away the water some areas was still flooded.

The photo-pit for the Hades stage for example which apparently had been a crazy experience during SOLSTAFIR. I’m not sure it was much better for TREMONTI either. The lineup with CREED founder Mark Tremonti in the driving position also features Wolfgang Van Halen and absolutely, he’s from the VAN HALEN fame as the son of Eddie. The downside was that he wasn’t touring with TREMONTI for this show which I missed when doing the research. The good thing with that though was that we decided to see them. They are a bit outside the style of music I normally listen to but there’s no denying that these guys have fantastic musical skills.

The slightly Grungy “Flying Monkeys” caught on, the slow groove and very cool melodies went down well while speedy “Radical Change” felt rather crazy and a little too energetic for the time of day. TREMONTI would definitely have gone down better if I’d been more familiar with their music. Mark’s vocal style and the whole thing got a little bit too much of the same even if all songs had both very good structures and cool elements. I mean, they sounded fantastic but it’s definitely not all that simple so with that it would have been better if giving the records a few more spins prior to the Festival. But it sure was a good start of the second day and I managed to keep my feet dry in the photo-pit too.

TREMONTI setlist:

01. “Another Heart”
02. “Cauterize”
03. “You Waste Your Time”
04. “Flying Monkeys”
05. “Brains”
06. “Radical Change”
07. “The Things I've Seen”
08. “Betray Me”
09. “Catching Fire”
10. “Once Dead”
11. “My Last Mistake”
12. “Wish You Well”

TREMONTI

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

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Watching TREMONTI it was impossible not to glance over to the ‘Helveti Stage’ where AMON AMARTH’s set was being finalized for the show. It’s absolutely fantastic to see that they have the opportunity to bring two massive dragons, oh well, fronts of Dragon Ships, with them when playing. I thought the days where over for massive stage sets which made this awesome to see. That it is a band I’ve seen playing on small shitty clubs ages when starting out and climbing to bigger and bigger stages makes it even more amazing. And to get hear the massive 'Copenhell' crowd sing AMON AMARTH du-du-du-du-du (you know, the Mahna Mahna from The Muppets Show)… Goosebumps all over my body! And then the screams and off they went with “The Pursuit Of Vikings”.

AMON AMARTH has played the same stage at 'Copenhell' a few years back too, and it was great that time also but it’s clear they’ve grown a few sizes since last time. Johan Hegg’s powerful moves when he comes out waving his fist and just commands the crowd to follow him; and it all works. The runway from last night was removed from the ‘Helveti Stage’ now so everything was back to normal. The distance to the crowd was much closer now and it definitely worked in the favor for AMON AMARTH.

“Cry Of The Black Birds” is another favorite so it was of course great to hear that one live. Convenient enough, AMON AMARTH played on the same day as ENTOMBED A.D. so L-G Petrov made a guest appearance in “Guardians Of Asgaard”, his attitude differs a bit from AMON AMARTH but it really worked and was much appreciated by the crowd. That’s really fun (not haha fun but cool) with AMON AMARTH that looking at them it’s mainly Johan’s drinking horn that has the real Viking gimmick, and some patterns and artwork on wristbands and of course Olavi Mikkonen fantastic guitar, for the rest they’re basically dressed in Jeans and T-shirt, still they are the most vikingy band around.

Fantastic “Twilight Of The Thunder God” ended the AMON AMARTH set and even if they too had a very generous gig time it felt short. It sure was a damn cool show and the band sounded fantastic.

AMON AMARTH setlist:

01. “The Pursuit Of Vikings”
02. “As Loke Falls”
03. “First Kill”
04. “Cry Of The Black Birds”
05. “At Dawn's First Light”
06. “Death In Fire”
07. “Deceiver Of The Gods”
08. “Father Of The Wolf”
09. “Destroyer Of The Universe”
10. “Runes To My Memory”
11. “War Of The Gods”
12. “Raise Your Horns”
13. “Guardians Of Asgaard”
14. “Twilight Of The Thunder God”

AMON AMARTH

Amon Amarth @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Amon Amarth @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Amon Amarth @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Amon Amarth @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Amon Amarth @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
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I wanted to see EPICA at ‘Sweden Rock Festival’ but if remember correctly they clashed with ENTOMBED A.D. and since I had seen ENTOMBED A.D.’s awesome set at ‘SRF’ it was time for EPICA now. Normally, I’m not a fan at all of this Gothic female fronted type music but there are a few bands that stand above the rest and EPICA is one of them.

Simone Simons is just fabulous, her voice is super and her whole appearance is fantastic. She’s gorgeous of course but it still doesn’t feel like (as many other) EPICA is exposing her for attention. The whole package is there and she’s a part of it. And EPICA sat the mode immediately and opened very strong with “The Second Stone”, the dynamics in the song is fantastic and it comes to live even more on stage than on record.

It’s a bit contradictive that I really like EPICA as there sound is that modern, triggered and very precise. Also rather packed in all frequencies with 7-string guitars, keyboards and massive choirs at the same time. Still, EPICA’s music is very vibrant and very much alive though and I guess that is what makes it work. That they run around like crazy of course helps too. Just that Coen Janssen moves away from his position and play a few songs with a smaller keyboard, built to be carried around also helps a lot.

“Chemical Insomnia” was another real highlight for me. There was of course a whole bunch of fantastic songs played. The whole EPICA set was really good but as always there are distractions on a festival such as food and beer. And frankly, you got to eat sometime so towards the end of the EPICA set it was multitasking, still it was possible to enjoy the songs played.

EPICA setlist:

01. Intro - “Originem”
02. “The Second Stone”
03. “The Essence Of Silence”
04. “Sensorium”
05. “Unleashed”
06. Intro - “The Fifth Guardian”
07. “Chemical Insomnia”
08. “Storm The Sorrow”
09. “Martyr Of The Free Word”
10. “Cry For The Moon”
11. “The Obsessive Devotion”
12. “Victims Of Contingency”
13. “Design Your Universe”
14. “Sancta Terra”
15. “Unchain Utopia”
16. “Consign To Oblivion”

EPICA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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As I only caught about 20 minutes of the MEGADETH set at ‘Sweden Rock Festival’ it was definitely a must to see them here. Despite the short time seeing them, Kiko Lourerio impressed me and it was really great to see Dave Mustaine being in a very good mood. MEGADETH is else the most uneven band I’ve ever seen live. On occasion, they’ve been good but the sound terrible, other times everything has been perfect but it has happened that they sounded crap too. Luckily this was one of the fantastic days which made this one fantastic to see. And it also made me regret that I didn’t see their whole set at ‘SRF’.

The opening of the show was just so amazing, “Hangar 18” followed by “The Threat Is Real” and the amazing “Tornado oOf Souls”. The latter was dedicated to ex-drummer Nick Menza who passed away earlier in the year. The band really sounded fantastic and Dave did too. He still comes across as a bit grumpy but for this show there was a few occasions he looked rather pleased with everything. And why shouldn’t he be, a packed area in front of the stage and a good day on a superb festival.

That “Wake Up Dead” and “In My Darkest Hour” would go down well really didn’t come as any surprise. But that the crowd would react just as strong on brand new “Dystopia” was very good to see. The record is fantastic of course so it’s no wonder. Still, the regular Metal crowd is rather slow to start on new material. Not here, as “Fatal Illusion” from the same record also worked really well. Everything was picked up yet another notch towards the end of the show. “Symphony Of Destruction” is as fantastic now as when it was released almost 25 years ago and to hear the crowd nail down “If there’s a new way, I’ll be the first in line, But it better work this time” in “Peace Sells”, not much beat that.

So, MEGADETH really delivered this early evening, they sounded amazing and it was very joyful time spent watching them.

MEGADETH setlist:

01. Intro - “Prince Of Darkness”
02. “Hangar 18”
03. “The Threat Is Real”
04. “Tornado Of Souls”
05. “Wake Up Dead”
06. “In My Darkest Hour”
07. “Dystopia”
08. “Sweating Bullets”
09. “Fatal Illusion”
10. “Dawn Patrol”
11. “Poison Was The Cure”
12. “Poisonous Shadows”
13. “Symphony Of Destruction”
14. “Peace Sells”
15. “Holy Wars... The Punishment Due”

MEGADETH

Megadeth @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Megadeth @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Megadeth @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Megadeth @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Megadeth @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
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German precision in 70’s Stoner Grove, can that be something? I like the records but they are a little stiff on occasion. Live this worked perfectly though. I really liked the arrangement with the drums moved forward a bit to ensure drummer Christoph “Tiger” Bartelt also is a part of the front line. Even if they played the 'Pandaemoneum' stage it takes a bit to fill it when you're a trio so this surely helped. Also, he’s a very vibrant drummer doing many tricks and moves which made the whole thing very entertaining. The downside though was that the rest where pushed to one side each of the stage, which made the band lose connection with the crowd a bit.

The benefit with KADAVAR’s musical skills is that it really sound fantastic live, it becomes more lively than on record but still with very good variance and dynamics. And they sure got the groove going for them, it looks like they take it a bit careful but from the musical perspective they're really full on. That's rather fascinating when you appear as you don't do much at all but the sound is massive and music so much alive it's hard to stand still. It was very good, high over my expectations but I couldn't really get over that this was just the last waiting before KING DIAMOND was to hit the stage. So as KADAVAR ended “The Old Man” it was time to move to the next stage.

KADAVAR

Kadavar @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Kadavar @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Kadavar @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Kadavar @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Kadavar @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
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I was happy that there was no fence setup for KING DIAMOND this time. It creates a very cool effect of course but it limits the possibilities to get good shots. And frankly, it's hard as it is. There are a lot of lights, smoke and maybe most, movement on stage all the time.

It is something very special with a massive show as this was, the band sound fantastic these days but the whole scenery makes it very special and it feels larger than life. And when “Welcome Home” kicked off for real and the band came out it was really hard to focus on the photos. I didn't want to miss anything going on stage, on the other hand I wouldn't want to miss out on a good picture either. “Sleepless Nights” is an all-time favorite; I love the dynamics in the song when it moves from mellow to heavy and the intensity in King's vocal lines, both over the soft and tough parts. One other favorite is “Eye Of The Witch” with the impossible rhythm, it sounds so right but also very curious. It's so good to see the band in such good shape. King sounds amazing and the band is super tight. Then it's of course cool to hear a few MERCYFUL FATE songs as well, both “Melissa” and “Come To The Sabbath” works very well live, especially the latter and it was amazing to hear the chanting from the crowd as they were sing... Rather hissing along to the chorus. It still is the KING DIAMOND songs that are the closest for me. And especially the “Abigail” record. I bought it very early, just when “Them” was released, and I picked “Abigail” because it was cheaper so I could afford one more record also. Not a bad decision at all, since it's a fantastic record and holds strong today also. And with that, this show became even more special as KING DIAMOND played the record in its entirety. What a treat! “The Family Ghost” sent shivers down my spine, but it was nothing compared to “The 7th Day of July 1777”. I loved that track from the first spin so to get to hear it live was fantastic. The frenzy in King's voice in the chorus really came to life here and it all sounded fantastic. And these songs from “Abigal” including “Possessions” and the title track really did the whole day for me. It had been a good day but the elation and joy I felt watching King play nothing could beat really. I forgot about everything, rain and chilly weather didn't matter anymore. Afterwards, it wasn't much energy left to stay for ABBATH and ARTILLERY. Both bands are fantastic and I actually stuck around to see some of ABBATH at least but the break was too long so I called it a night.

KING DIAMOND setlist:

01. Intro - “Out From The Asylum”
02. “Welcome Home”
03. “Sleepless Nights”
04. “Halloween”
05. “Eye Of The Witch”
06. “Melissa” (MERCYFUL FATE cover)
07. “Come To The Sabbath” (MERCYFUL FATE cover)
08. Intro - “Them”
09. Intro - “Funeral”
10. “Arrival”
11. “A Mansion In Darkness”
12. “The Family Ghost”
13. “The 7th Day Of July 1777”
14. “Omens”
15. “The Possession”
16. “Abigail”
17. “Black Horsemen”
18. “Insanity”

KING DIAMOND

King Diamond @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) King Diamond @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) King Diamond @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) King Diamond @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) King Diamond @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
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