Metal Magic 0 Day 2 @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK)

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TRIBULATION / VENEFIXION / QUARTZ / PAGAN RITES / ARTILLERY / KAMP / ATTIC / VOMIT ANGEL / DEATH RIDES A HORSE / THE TOMBLESS / SCENT OF PAIN / Surprise Act

Date: 07th July, 2017
Venue: Dronningepladsen
Tickets: 599DKK (€81/$97) 3-day ticket
Promoter: Metal Magic Festival
Photos: Erika Wallberg

The second day started off very nice, plus the sun was shining. The only downside was that the walk to and from town took a lot more time than calculated, so the first band I caught was ATTIC. I really wanted to see DEATH RIDES A HORSE and THE TOMBLESS too but that has to be on another occasion.

German ATTIC was the first band that I saw. The issue I've been having with them is that they sound somewhat like PORTRAIT, somewhat like KING DIAMOND / MERCYFUL FATE. They sound great in what they're doing, but it doesn't feel personal. They threw an impressive performance though and this show really showed that they've been playing a lot since the last time I caught them onstage. They are true professionals these days; it all has come together in a very nice way and the show comes out polished. The addition of the onstage fences (which apparently come from some church) added to the set but it was really annoying from a photo-pit point of view.

The show started with the intro and first song as well as title track of upcoming "Sanctimonious" album and that taster sure sounded promising. Also, the KING DIAMOND-beats in "Join The Coven" worked really well that nice afternoon. Those falsettos were where they should and it all sounded great.

There were two songs standing out from the rest though. Again, a new one, "The Hound Of Heaven" with some really crazy high speed riffs. These new songs felt a lot more personal and unique compared to the older stuff. Then, also the epic "Edlyn"; the slow passages worked really well as a break and really caught my attention. ATTIC has very good skills in building memorable melodies but it all sound a bit too much of the same. Even with the pre-recorded intros here and there, this song in particular stood out and I really liked it. And ATTIC has their fair share of fans too; the front row knew the songs and gave it all. And absolutely, it worked. The show was wrapped up with "The Headless Horseman" which received a big cheer from the crowd. ATTIC has definitely taken several steps upwards on the ladder since last I saw them and the new songs gave a nice indication that musically they're on to something really good too.

ATTIC setlist:

01. Intro - "Indicium Dei"
02. "Sanctomonious"
03. "Join The Coven"
04. Intro - "A Quest For Blood"
05. "The Hound Of Heaven"
06. "The Invocation"
07. "Edlyn"
08. Intro - "The Hidden Grave"
09. "Funeral In The Woods"
10. "There Is No God"
11. "The Headless Horseman"

ATTIC

Attic @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Attic @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Attic @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Attic @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Attic @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Attic @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Attic @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Attic @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Attic @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Attic @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Attic @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Attic @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Attic @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Attic @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Attic @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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Again, to see Danish bands in Denmark is always the best. I loved ARTILLERY's performance on 'Nordic Noise Festival' earlier this year, and this time too it was bound to be good. Again, just as ARTILLERY did at 'Nordic Noise', playing "Fear Of Tomorrow" in its entirety, the set here mainly contained old school stuff. I certainly don't mind it since I really like the record and it seems like Michael Stützer enjoys doing this very much. The constellation of the band as it is now is the most fun I've ever seen them live. Michael seems very happy about all of it too. I mean, ARTILLERY have always sounded great, but on a few occasions they left me wanting for more when it comes to stage-presence. Those comments are gone now. I think Michael Bastholm Dahl is doing a fantastic job, both with his voice as well as the way he's chasing the crowd to join in the band. However, it was more prominent here that he didn't know the lyrics to some of the songs from "Fear Of Tomorrow". He managed to hide it much better in Copenhagen. It's a small thing but it definitely takes away from the energy of the performance.

But yes, ARTILLERY had a very good support from the crowd. The 'Metal Magic' audience knew these old goodies. They sure deserved the treatment they got, as it sounded fantastic and was a lot of fun to watch.

ARTILLERY

Artillery @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Artillery @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Artillery @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Artillery @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Artillery @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Artillery @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Artillery @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Artillery @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Artillery @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Artillery @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Artillery @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Artillery @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Artillery @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Artillery @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Artillery @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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From one band to another then, a very different one. Thomas, alias Devil is one more front-man that is captivating. His expression when blasting out the words is fantastic. PAGAN RITES are raw and primitive but they sure sound great and with Devil staring people furious in the eyes it's clear, this is not for the weak.

It's with PAGAN RITES as it is with NIFELHEIM, you get the whole package when seeing this band live too. The downside here was that they played on the indoor stage and the white tent took away some of the mood as well as the effect of the lights.

The sound did the trick though, since it was massive and damn loud. "Curse Of The Gods" and "Return To The Lake Of Fire" went down really well (for the first one, I was struggling in the front with the camera and didn't pay all that much attention to the music). This type of music definitely works much better live for me. I have a hard time when the sound on a record gets too primitive. I want the power and force in brutal music which a live-situation offers. In general, when played live, it sounds the way I want on record. I don't want a fancy production – just to be able to crank it up. And it sure got cranked up here.

The sound in general was one of the most impressive things with this edition of 'Metal Magic Festival'; no matter what genre the bands played, it all sounded fantastic.

The PAGAN RITES chaos continued with the same fury and force all up to the end of the set and you just have to love songs as "Up The Pagans" and the band’s trademark track "Pagan Rites". No fines, no frills, just brutal Metal straight in your face.

PAGAN RITES setlist:

01. Intro
02. "Tragedy Of Christ"
03. "Pagan Metal"
04. "Die Priest Die"
05. "Curse Of The Gods"
06. "Return To The Lake Of Fire"
07. "Unholy Ancient War"
08. "Catholic Sodomy"
09. "Retriumph With Satan From Hell"
10. "Arrival Of The Beast"
11. "King Of Evil"
12. "Baphometal"
13. "Up The Pagans"
14. "Pagan Rites"
15. "Bloodlust & Devastation"
16. "Live Like A Devil, Die Like A Devil"

PAGAN RITES

Pagan Rites @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Pagan Rites @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Pagan Rites @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Pagan Rites @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Pagan Rites @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Pagan Rites @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Pagan Rites @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Pagan Rites @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Pagan Rites @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Pagan Rites @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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I've seen QUARTZ a couple of times before, and they've always served really good shows. I can understand the frustration they felt playing without Geoff Nichols at 'NWOBHM X-MAS Rocka' last December. Even if it sounded great, it was clear that something was missing. He still is greatly missed of course but QUARTZ as a band sounded like a united force again at 'Metal Magic Festival'.

Fantastic "Bloody Fool" opened the set followed by two old school tracks, "Mainline Riders" and "Street Fighting Lady", and it all sounded fantastic. Musically it's very energetic while both bass player Derek Arnold and guitarist Mick Hopkins look very nice and cozy on stage. On the other hand, having someone like David Garner handling the microphone, they would have needed to do a lot to steal his space on stage this early evening. It was absolutely incredible to watch and listen to him. It was of course impossible to keep up with everything he was saying since he was talking very fast and some things got lost just by laughing about the previous joke.

I was really happy to enjoy the title track "Fear No Evil", "Zombie Resurrection", and later on also "Dead Man's World" from QUARTZ’s most recent release. The album is an odd sod; it really stands out as unique in the mass of records coming out and I really like that one. Again, there's an example with an old school band releasing a fantastic record and really run over all competition on stage.

One thing though that could benefit the band is to change Mick's guitar-sound a bit. It's a bit of that ‘80s/90's zoom effect. Especially now when he's the sole guitarist, he could use a bit more punch in his sound. This only stood out very close to the stage though, the sound-guy did a great job straight through the festival and a bit to the back it sounded great.

I'm not too fond of the sound on the "Stand Up And Fight" record - the songs are good but it's all a bit too basic Rock-sounding, at least for my taste. This makes it great to see QUARTZ live as I think the live-sound really does the song justice. At least it fits perfectly to my taste when getting it straight in the face from the PAs. With that, "Stand Up & Fight", "Charlie Snow" and "Wildfire" sounded as amazing as the rest.

Then, no matter how much I love the BLACK SABBATH track "Heaven & Hell" (and it makes sense with Geoff's legacy and all), I would still have preferred another QUARTZ original though, but it worked, and the crowd joined in, since that song is a classic and everyone knows it.

This QUARTZ show will definitely stay with me forever; it was a really good one and David's talking (even though I doubt if anyone could follow all he said in that speed) between the songs came as a really pleasant surprise.

QUARTZ setlist:

01. "Bloody Fool"
02. "Mainline Riders"
03. "Street Fighting Lady"
04. "Fear No Evil"
05. "Zombie Resurrection"
06. "Stand Up & Fight" / "Charlie Snow"
07. "Around & Around"
08. "Dead Man's World"
09. "Wildfire"
10. "Satan's Serenade"
11. "Heavy & Hell" (BLACK SABBATH song)

QUARTZ

Quartz @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Quartz @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Quartz @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Quartz @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Quartz @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
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Quartz @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Quartz @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Quartz @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Quartz @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Quartz @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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One of the bands I was looking forward the most to see was TRIBULATION. I've missed them on a few occasions this summer already, and that didn't feel good. I love the way they express their music on stage, they're odd and unique with this. The flow both in music and movements are absolutely flawless and it creates a mystic atmosphere.

And what a start, fantastic "Melancholia" kicked it all off and it sounded awesome. I guess you either love or hate TRIBULATION. Some of my friends couldn't take it and left after a few songs, while others were totally captivated and absorbed by the performance. Another favorite from the "Children Of The Night" album is "The Motherhood Of God". I love the clean sounding intro, string picking style. It's like the ‘90s Goth Pop delivered by the likes of VENUS OUTBACK. When the same comes back in the middle of the song, it sounds even better. To get that balance between the clean and distorted sound takes a lot of work and as everything else these passages were flawless. This was a true goose-bump moment. I gladly admit that this record is what I've been listening to for real when it comes to TRIBULATION. I was surprised when I heard it, never expected it to sound the way it did and I loved it. So another highlight of the show was the opener from that same album, "Strange Gateways Beckon". Again, the structure in the song stands out as well as the nature of the riffs. The melancholy and gloom is fantastic. And here, I realized the visual aspect of the show too. I'd almost forgotten about Johannes Andersson even if he was heavily lit up in the middle of the stage. The creatures flaking him really drew all the attention - Adam Zaars and Jonathan Hultén are quite different both in appearance and movement; both are prominently eye-catching and the result looks awesome.

The downside with the show was the lack of lights; all these fantastic movements would make great photos, if possible to take them. The stage looked great from afar but I wouldn't mind it a bit for some white lights, at least for a couple of songs.

Anyway, after TRIBULATION finished, it was time to say goodnight. The walk back to the hotel seemed too long, and I believe the flow from the show still could be felt - that show really made its mark. It was fantastic, both musically and visually.

TRIBULATION setlist:

01. "Melancholia"
02. "Winds"
03. "The Motherhood Of God"
04. "Suspiria De Profundis"
05. "Rånda"
06. "Ultra Silvam"
07. "Guitar Solos"
08. "Strange Gateways Beckon"
09. "When The Sky Is Black With Devils"

TRIBULATION

Tribulation @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Tribulation @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Tribulation @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Tribulation @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Tribulation @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Tribulation @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Tribulation @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Tribulation @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Tribulation @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Tribulation @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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