HOA Day 2 @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE)

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SACRED REICH / ROSS THE BOSS / HOLY MOSES / Q5 / OSTROGOTH / KILLEN / NIGHT / RESISTANCE / STEELPREACHER BIERFRÜSTÜCK

'Headbangers Open Air Festival, Day 2'

Date: 29th July, 2016
Venue: The Garden
Tickets: €54 (3-day) ($61)
Promoter: Headbangers-Open-Air.de
Photos: Erika Wallberg


Surprisingly, the second day wasn't hard to start at all. I guess seeing the peak of the party-mood going on rather early in the evening helps so it was no problem at all to join the STEELPREACHER BIERFRÜSTÜCK. It was rather sparsely crowded in the beginning though but the ones present really joined in and had beer for breakfast. I'm not sure this is the best idea though since it was going to be a long day. The atmosphere was very cheerful though, so it was all good fun to hang out among the ones present. I had an idea about waiting with the beer for a while this day, to not repeat the lack of energy when the headliners were playing but that didn't work. It just looked too good so after the shooting activities off to the bar I went.

And it sure was a fun start of the day. Perhaps not the most flawless performance or the most unique music but again, all what's needed is a good performance and some catchy songs. “Hammered And Down” sounded extremely much like Swedish BULLET, and yes, it was easy to sing along to. “Bitchcraft” leaned more towards classic AC/DC and that's all good. And how can you not love a song named “We Don't Get Drunk (We Just Get Awesome)”. That was just how it all felt standing there and watch STEELPREACHER BIERFRÜSTÜCK play, awesome. Nope, it won't come down as performance of the year or best of the festival but it sure did the trick to wake people up and boost the party-mood. I started to wonder how long all would last with this type of kick-start of the day, including me.

STEELPREACHER BIERFRÜSTÜCK setlist:

01. “The Dreamweaver”
02. “Hammered And Down”
03. “Bitchcraft”
04. “We Don't Get Drunk (We Just Get Awesome)”
05. “Forces Of Hell”
06. “D.O.A.”
07. “Atlantean Dawn”
08. “We want Metal”
09. “Metal Health”

STEELPREACHER BIERFRÜSTÜCK

Steelpreacher Bierfrüstück @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Steelpreacher Bierfrüstück @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Steelpreacher Bierfrüstück @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Steelpreacher Bierfrüstück @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Steelpreacher Bierfrüstück @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Steelpreacher Bierfrüstück @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Steelpreacher Bierfrüstück @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Steelpreacher Bierfrüstück @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Steelpreacher Bierfrüstück @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Steelpreacher Bierfrüstück @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Steelpreacher Bierfrüstück @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Steelpreacher Bierfrüstück @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Steelpreacher Bierfrüstück @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Steelpreacher Bierfrüstück @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Steelpreacher Bierfrüstück @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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US Power metallers RESISTANCE was one of the bands I really was looking forward to seeing. I like their records and US bands tend to be extremely good, even if they're on the bill as early as RESISTANCE was. And hell yes, my expectations were fulfilled; it was a very tight band hitting the stage with “Vlad” from their most recent EP “Volume I Battle Scars” followed by “War Paint”, from first full length “Lies In Black”. It all sounded awesome. Robert Hett's voice came through much better live and made a fantastic addition to the music. The downside though, when looking over the field was that it was rather sparsely crowded. By all means, a few die-hard fans were there showing RESISTANCE their support but I really thought the garden would be full by that time. Perhaps the STEELPREACHER beer-breakfast knocked some out but it's a shame that people missed out on RESISTANCE as they sounded awesome.

The attempt to boost the party with the RIOT classic “Swords And Tequila” worked ok - it should have been better response a little later in the evening but the band's performance left nothing more to wish for.

One more favorite from RESISTANCE's set was “Onward To Valhalla”; I loved the beat and groove in the song. It's an epic with tons of great melodies both in the vocals and the guitars. Very nice and as from the start, the band sounded great! This was really as I expected and then it's good that there were no surprises, I had high hopes that this would be a very good show and it sure was.

RESISTANCE setlist:

01. “Vlad”
02. “War Paint”
03. “Hold The Line”
04. “Swords And Tequila” (RIOT cover)
05. “Battle Scars”
06. “Technochrist”
07. “Onward To Valhalla”
08. “Metal Machine”
09. “Hail To The Horns”

RESISTANCE

Resistance @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Resistance @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Resistance @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Resistance @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Resistance @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Resistance @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Resistance @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Resistance @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Resistance @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Resistance @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Resistance @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Resistance @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Resistance @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Resistance @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Resistance @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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Swedish NIGHT impressed with their first two singles and I really liked their first self-titled full length album. I wasn't as thrilled about the direction of the second “Soldiers Of Time” record as it was way too soft and too Rock-oriented for my taste. So, in opposite to RESISTANCE I had no expectations on NIGHT at all.

New song “Power” started off the set in a good way and it all picked up with “Into The Night”. It was still clear that I enjoyed the older material more, even live. But NIGHT delivered beyond my expectations - the volume coming out of stage did the new tracks well. It all became a bit rawer and harder and really worked in prior for me.

I think this was the first time I saw NIGHT live and then it's always a pleasure to get to hear songs played for the first time also, “Stand Your Ground” sounded fantastic but also “Secret War” from the new one worked really well live. And of course also “Gunpowder Treason” worked really well live. Swedish Hard Rock seems to go down well at 'Headbangers Open Air' as NIGHT had a very decent crowd, a crowd that seemed to be familiar with their music and that's always good to see, regardless what I feel about the band. And it was a good performance but not my favorite one of the festival.

NIGHT setlist:

01. “Power”
02. “Into The Night”
03. “Running In The Night”
04. “Across The Ocean”
05. “Stand Your Ground”
06. “Secret War”
07. “Waiting For The Time”
08. “New Song”
09. “Gunpowder Treason”

NIGHT

Night @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Night @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Night @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Night @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Night @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Night @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Night @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Night @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Night @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Night @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Night @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Night @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Night @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Night @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Night @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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The dug-up old school bands, or the ones that have been going on over the years, have really delivered these last few years. Both when it comes to records and live-shows and this is why I set some rather high expectations on KILLEN. The cult-record, simply titled “Killen” released in 1987 is fantastic, right in my taste. I don't know much about the band though and I was a bit surprised that it didn't feel all together as they kicked of their set.

Apparently vocalist Vic Barron couldn't/didn't want to make it to the festival and the ones actually overseas solving it the best way possible. Kudos to KILLEN that they actually played and they did well with what they had. But, looking back it wasn't a memorable show which is unfortunate. A first impression is important and it needs to be a good one to survive. And this version of KILLEN had too little going on onstage to keep the show interesting. But it was very nice to hear songs as “Scream In The Night”, “Soldiers In Steel” and “Victima” live. And again, it's not cool to cancel, even if this wasn't perfect it sure was better than nothing and it really was ok, not what I had expected but a good concert.

KILLEN setlist:

01. “Scream In The Night”
02. “Stricken By Darkness”
03. “Metal Meets Metal”
04. “The Marauder”
05. “Soldiers In Steel”
06. “Victima”
07. “The Resurrection/Vampire”
08. “Birth Of A King”

KILLEN

Killen @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Killen @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Killen @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Killen @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Killen @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Killen @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Killen @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Killen @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Killen @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Killen @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Killen @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Killen @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Killen @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Killen @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Killen @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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Once again I stood there, wondering why I'm not listening to OSTROGOTH more often than I do. Because I'm struck by the vibrancy and energy coming out of stage from this band. It's fun to watch them play and it sounds awesome. Ok, it's not much left of the band these days compared on how the line-up looked a few years ago. It's only drummer Mario Pauwels that's been through the history with the band nowadays. It's of course sad to see people pass away too early but it's also good the bands continue and keep on delivering good music.

This was a very good set also, why shouldn't it be as all OSTROGOTH's records are fantastic. “Ecstasy And Danger” is a true classic but perhaps the debut EP “Full Moon's Eyes” strikes even harder. So, it was a great opening of the show with “Heroes' Museum” followed by “Scream Out”, “Rock Fever” and “Ecstasy And Danger”. The only bad thing was that this really boosted the party-mood, it had been a rather calm day and I intended it to stay that way. OSTROGOTH changed it all. Also, “Clouds” which is from the band’s most recent release, fitted in with the rest and sounded very good. It's always a good sign when the new material works too. Dario Frodo and Tom Tas worked hard with the guitars. Both are very talented but what was striking was how good they sounded together.

“Paris By Night” was another highlight; it's awesome to hear these songs live, with full power and drive. It works in its original shape also of course but there's not much that beats a good live sound and an ecstatic crowd who sings along to the tunes. So absolutely, OSTROGOTH kicked up the pace a few notches this early Friday evening.

OSTROGOTH setlist:

01. “Heroes' Museum”
02. “Scream Out”
03. “Rock Fever”
04. “Ecstasy And Danger”
05. “Clouds”
06. “Shoot Back”
07. “Love In The Streets”
08. “Paris By Night”
09. “Samurai”
10. “Full Moon's Eyes”
11. “Queen of Desire”
12. “Too Hot”

OSTROGOTH

Ostrogoth @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ostrogoth @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ostrogoth @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ostrogoth @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ostrogoth @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Ostrogoth @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ostrogoth @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ostrogoth @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ostrogoth @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ostrogoth @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Ostrogoth @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ostrogoth @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ostrogoth @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ostrogoth @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ostrogoth @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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Q5 was one of the bands I was looking forward to seeing the most. When they visited the festival earlier they sounded absolutely amazing. Also, “Steel The Light” must be one of the Metal worlds' greatest and most underrated records. To hear those tracks live was absolutely fantastic and I was ready for a reprise of that.

Q5 were also about to release a brand new one “New World Order” which got quite some time into the set. I would probably planned it differently since no one (basically) have heard the new stuff and it came in a chunk in the first half of the set. It all sounded good, no doubt about that but the pace and intensity delivered on the previous occasion wasn't rolling along and it felt a little dense on occasion. It's a petty to complain about this really but when there are things to compare to and just don't come to the same level it's easy to only see that. But, Jonathan Scott K. still nails all those melodies and passages and he sound fantastic doing it too. Both “Lonely Lady” and “Pull The Trigger” sounded awesome, as did my favorite from that fantastic debut album “Missing In Action”.

Then both “One Night In Hellas” and especially “Teenage Runaway” worked fine with the crowd. It's easy to sing along to both tracks and that the audience did. But it was “Steel The Light” as expected that got the biggest response, no doubt. It's a killer song and the way it sounds when Q5 play it live it can't really fail. So, there's really nothing to complain about with Q5's performance but it wasn't as good as the last one. It still was one of the best for the day though.

Q5 setlist:

01. “We Came Here To Rock”
02. “Lonely Lady”
03. “Pull The Trigger”
04. “Rock On”
05. “Tear Up The Night”
06. “New World Order”
07. “Missing In Action”
08. “The Right Way”
09. “When The Mirror Cracks”
10. “No Way To Treat”
11. “One Night In Hellas”
12. “Teenage Runaway”
13. “Steel The Light”

Q5

Q5 @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Q5 @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Q5 @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Q5 @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Q5 @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Q5 @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Q5 @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Q5 @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Q5 @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Q5 @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Q5 @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Q5 @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Q5 @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Q5 @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Q5 @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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There's no one cooler than Sabina Classen and I really like what HOLY MOSES have done over the years, especially the things released after they reformed somewhere around the shift of the millennium. And, the times I've seen them the shows have been fantastic, Sabina's energy and force onstage scares even the bravest in the front row. So, it was here too, “Def Con II” and “Finished With The Dogs” set the regular standards right away. But what also has been common for the HOLY MOSES show is that the sound hasn't been as fantastic as the bands performance. And that was the case in this instance too. The guitar-sound was very raw and metallic and not very pleasant to listen to. This along with Thomas Neitsch’s massive bass sound it was more a wall of sound than old school Thrash Metal. And it's such a shame. The sound really matters, perhaps even more than a vibrant stage performance.

Still, I must say I enjoyed watching the HOLY MOSES show very much and it's always good to get to hear classic tracks as “Welcome To The Real World” and “Reborn Dogs” and perhaps even more “Current Of Death”. All of the old school records hold today if you ask me. But as mentioned, even if I really liked the show from HOLY MOSES it left more to wish for, mainly due to the sound that kind of killed the groove and flow in the songs and that was a bit of a turn off.

HOLY MOSES setlist:

01. “Def Con II”
02. “Finished With The Dogs”
03. “Hellhound”
04. “Nothing For My Mum”
05. “Jungle Of Lies”
06. “Undead Dogs”
07. “Panic”
08. “Life's Destroyer”
09. “Welcome To The Real World”
10. “Reborn Dogs”
11. “Near Dark”
12. “SSP (Secret Service Project)”
13. “Current Of Death”
14. “World Chaos”
15. “Too Drunk To Fuck” (DEAD KENNEDYS cover)

HOLY MOSES

Holy Moses @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Holy Moses @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Holy Moses @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Holy Moses @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Holy Moses @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Holy Moses @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Holy Moses @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Holy Moses @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Holy Moses @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Holy Moses @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Holy Moses @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Holy Moses @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Holy Moses @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Holy Moses @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Holy Moses @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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And then there were the lights again, or the lack of... Sabina Classen looked greener than the Hulk most of the time and now it was turned to blue instead. What's wrong with a little white lights from the front to weigh up the massive colors these new led spots create? That ROSS THE BOSS would sound fantastic playing the MANOWAR classics there was no doubt about and after the 'Keep It True' performance I was really looking forward to seeing this set once more. Mike Cotoia really impressed even if he looked a bit misplaced at the Tauberfranken Halle stage. Now it seemed he'd gained a lot of confidence and looked much more comfortable doing this. And damn, he's fantastic - what a voice! It looks so effortless and easy when he take those high-pitched notes and falsettos. And again, the crowd loved everything; the singing along during “Blood Of My Enemies” was crazy. It was massive and sent shivers down my spine.

There's no denying it that MANOWAR have created a whole bunch of immortal classics, “Sign Of The Hammer”, “Metal Daze”. The latter is a real favorite and it's always good to hear it live. And ROSS THE BOSS band killed it, they really sounded fantastic. Ross himself is a fabulous guitarist and his crisp tone cut through the air. It doesn't get much better than a performance like this. The fun thing to see was that it basically just went upwards, the longer the set went the more intense was the crowd's reaction. “Kill With Power” knew no limits and it didn't calm down for the encore I tell you, “Battle Hymn” worked great also and I started to wonder if the schedule was wrong, that SACRED REICH would get a hard time after ROSS THE BOSS. Both when it came to performance and reaction from the crowd.

ROSS THE BOSS setlist:

01. “Thor (The Powerhead)”
02. “The Oath”
03. “Blood Of My Enemies”
04. “Gates Of Valhalla”
05. “Secret Of Steel”
06. “Each Dawn I Die”
07. “Sign Of The Hammer”
08. “Revelation (Death's Angel)”
09. “Metal Daze”
10. “March For Revenge (By The Soldiers Of Death)”
11. “Kill With Power”
12. “Dark Avenger”
13. “Hail And Kill”
14. “Battle Hymn”

ROSS THE BOSS

Ross The Boss @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ross The Boss @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ross The Boss @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ross The Boss @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ross The Boss @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Ross The Boss @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ross The Boss @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ross The Boss @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ross The Boss @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ross The Boss @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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I think SACRED REICH is the one of the classic American Thrash bands I've seen the least. They haven't been around in Europe as much as the rest, so when they were added to the 'Headbangers Open Air' billing, I was really happy. But I must admit I was starting to get tired at this point.

Also, could SACRED REICH really come up to the same level as ROSS THE BOSS? SACRED REICH have always been fantastic the few times I've seen them but I was still a bit hesitant that it would work. Phil Rind was his charming self though and as soon as they kicked off in “The American Way” my doubts were gone. The pressure in the front row was immense also, even rougher than earlier in the day so it was definitely the right order of the billing. And it all sounded great, fantastic drive and energy coming from stage. It took until I was kicked out of the photo-pit after three songs though to be able to focus on the music for real. SACRED REICH definitely had the worst lights of the festival and all focus went to try to find some angle where the picture wouldn't be completely biased.

But what a catch up it was when finally being able to enjoy it all, “Death Squad” followed by “One Nation”, absolutely amazing. Even “War Pigs”, which has been a part of the SACRED REICH set for forever felt exciting. I normally always prefer originals but it worked and made the garden boil. It's a classic and everyone knows it and it sounded good. So definitely, SACRED REICH delivered one hell of a set and they sounded amazing, there's no doubt that they were the headliners this Friday night. “Surf Nicaragua” closed off the night and at this point it felt I could have taken another few songs. So it was a great ending of the second festival day.

SACRED REICH setlist:

01. Intro - “Also Sprach Zarathustra” (Richard Strauss song)
02. “The American Way”
03. “Administrative Decisions”
04. “Free”
05. “Death Squad”
06. “One Nation”
07. “Love... Hate”
08. “Blue Suit, Brown Shirt”
09. “War Pigs” (BLACK SABBATH cover)
10. “Ignorance”
11. “Crimes Against Humanity”
12. “Who's To Blame”
13. “Independent”
14. “Surf Nicaragua”

SACRED REICH

Sacred Reich @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sacred Reich @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sacred Reich @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sacred Reich @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sacred Reich @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Sacred Reich @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sacred Reich @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sacred Reich @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sacred Reich @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sacred Reich @ The Garden, Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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