Metal Magic 0 Day 3 @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK)

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ABSU / SCHOOL'S OUT / DIAMOND HEAD / CHILDRENN / BEHEADED / ORM / WASTED / THE NIMBWITS / LIPID / DEADFLESH / STEEL INFERNO / HADRON / STALKER

Date: 08th July, 2017
Venue: Dronningepladsen
Tickets: 599DKK (€81/$97) 3-day ticket
Promoter: Metal Magic Festival
Photos: Erika Wallberg


One of the main reasons I wanted to stay for the entire 'Metal Magic Festival' was WASTED. I had seen them a few times and they've always done great and very entertaining shows. Also, it seemed the band was boosted up for this show so it was definitely going to be a good one. Sometimes I get worried though that my excitement about seeing a band will push my expectations over the edge.

Instead of a back-drop, WASTED had built a wooden sign announcing the band; it also held a scarecrow-like figure on top of it which matched the hung doll on Michael Sonne's microphone stand. I just love it when a band does some extras to enhance the show. And it doesn't take very much to make it special; this also set the mood around the band and increased the horror theme which runs through the music too. And it all sounded fantastic; from the first note in “Halloween” it was spot on. WASTED's rather raw sound worked perfect. The slight industrial touch gives it a fateful atmosphere. I realized rather quickly that the sign standing on the front-edge of the stage became rather annoying from a photo-taking perspective as it was in the way and took very much attention away from the guys on stage.

Fantastic “Demons Re-Calling” followed and it was clear that this would be the best WASTED show I've seen up to this date. For “The King”, festival chief Martin Jørgensen was invited up and joined on guitar which made the stage even more chaotic. It seemed that the 'Metal Magic Festival' stage had a very good impact on the band as they really moved around and rocked like crazy. Normally, it's mainly Mr. Sonne who's acting up but not in this instance; the rest of the band sure gave him some competition when it came to posing and misbehaving. It worked and if I remember correctly, one more guest was invited but since he was introduced in Danish I failed to get the message.

“Evil” seems to be the song most people know so that one got a great cheer when introduced; “Luv 'n' Pain” and “Ought To Be Bad” are my favorites though, I love the dark and suggestive tone in both of them and it sure worked live. Much has to do with Michael Sonne's performance also and the way he portraits the music with his expressions is fantastic and a lot of fun to watch. “Toys In The Attic” works extremely well due to this, the song is super too.

WASTED really exceeded my expectations even if they were set to a very high level, they sounded fantastic and looked the part.

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

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To get up after a show like the one WASTED had put on is not all that easy. And then, to be a band I had only heard the name prior to the show sure didn't make it any easier. To my surprise, BEHEADED's sound-check was drifting in time, even past gig time which was strange since there was at least an hour break between the bands. Reading that they were from Malta kind of explained the situation. I really love that country, it's fantastic and the people are great but for one who get stressed when things don't happen on the minute they're supposed to it can be horror (not all that serious) as time doesn't seem to be relevant at all on some occasions. So it became a bit ironic that the only band missing their starting time was Maltese (ok, somewhat international these days).

It kind of made sense in the end though. BEHEADED is a part of the ABSU tour and had their opening slot and I assume they did the same show here as on the tour which made the generous time-slot they got at 'Metal Magic Festival' more than they needed and when they finished it was back on schedule again.

What was striking with BEHEADED was their bedazzling skills and technique while playing. Their sound was perfectly crisp and clear and everything went on in a furious speed. It's really fascinating to see and hear a band with this kind of precision in the playing. Also they looked cool doing it. What I didn't like though, was the über-triggered drum-sound. It loses all the punch and power. I can understand that a band wants this type of clarity in the sound and again, from a musician perspective it was pristine. But I want power and force in brutal music. The sound-guy did a great job again and a bit towards the back most of the high register was gone and it sounded like drums again. Towards the end of BEHEADED's set vocalist Frank Calleja introduced “Fid-Dalam”; a song sung in Maltese and offered anyone who could tell what it was about free drinks. The night got cheap for him but I must say I really liked that tune. It held more dynamics than the rest of the set. BEHEADED were definitely a positive experience, not fully my cup of tea but I was impressed with the band's skills and musicality and apart from me not liking the noise of the drums it really sounded great.

BEHEADED setlist:

01. “Intro”
02. “Beast Incarnate”
03. “Lament”
04. “Crossing”
05. “Elapsed”
06. “The Horror”
07. “Resurgence”
08. “Fid-Dalam”
09. “Esoteric Kin”

BEHEADED

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

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As I've said before, DIAMOND HEAD are on fire these days. There's so much joy, both in their most recent record as well as their live-shows and it's amazing to see them play. I know there's been a bit of a hassle that Rasmus Bom Andersen doesn't sound the part, pushes the band away from their original sound and other nonsense. Perhaps he does, but I don't think DIAMOND HEAD have sounded particularly much like their first few records when hitting the stage for as long as I've seen them live. Also, Rasmus is a fantastic vocalist as well as very charismatic and energetic frontman and when the band has this much fun, how can you not like it? Guitarist Brian Tatler looks extremely happy nowadays and this really affects the entire performance. His huge smile is contagious. “Wild On The Streets” followed by, without a break, “Borrowed Time” opened the show and it sounded as fabulous as I expected it to. It's hard work these days to capture DIAMOND HEAD on picture as there's a lot of action on stage. It sure is fun trying. Fantastic “Bones” from the 2016 self-titled record followed. I had that as a top on my list last year, it is still fantastic and I love to hear these songs live. The chorus-line in this song sent shivers down my spine. Rasmus is doing some fantastic screaming and the tempo in the track is great.

Also Andy Abberley on rhythm guitar seemed extremely energetic this early evening doing faces and playing like crazy on his side of the stage. “Lightning To The Nations” got bigger cheers than “Bones” did and also “Diamonds” which was next. It's no wonder that more people know the classics of course but I really like it that the DIAMOND HEAD set featured quite a few from the fantastic new record. Later on, “Shout At The Devil” showed up, one of my absolute favorites from that record.

It was a bit funny though, as Rasmus originally comes from Denmark and took the opportunity to speak Danish to the crowd. I still have a very hard time to follow and I wasn't the only one, his band-mates put in a complaint as it became a bit of a mess-up when Rasmus wanted a reaction from his band. It was nothing that affected the show, it got funny though.

The ending of the show took things to another level; “Shoot Out The Lights” followed by a bunch from the first “Lightning To The Nations” starting with “It's Electric”. The atmosphere was really electric, it was great fun to see DIAMOND HEAD, they gave a larger than life impression and for the first time of the Festival the stage felt very small. Then everyone knows both “Helpless” and “Am I Evil?” and on a festival which bases much of the income on beer-drinking you can just imagine the response. Three days worth of festival fun prior to this didn't matter, DIAMOND HEAD got full support for their show and it all sounded fantastic.

This also ended the 'Metal Magic Festival' for me and the DIAMOND HEAD show sure was one of the absolute highlights. On the other hand, I didn't see as many bands as I normally do so basically everything I saw was really good. There are favorites though and apart from this last show I need to mention WASTED, QUARTZ, ASSASSIN'S BLADE and TRIBULATION too, who all put on flawless performances and was great fun to watch. And yes, the intimacy was kept on the new site, it felt just as cozy and friendly as it used to do, nothing to complain about with that either.

DIAMOND HEAD setlist:

01. “Wild On The Streets”
02. “Borrowed Time”
03. “Bones”
04. “Lightning To The Nations”
05. “Diamonds”
06. “The Prince”
07. “In The Heat Of The Night”
08. “Starcrossed (Lovers Of The Night)”
09. “Shout At The Devil”
10. “Shoot Out The Lights”
11. “It's Electric”
12. “Helpless”
13. “Am I Evil?”

DIAMOND HEAD

Diamond Head @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Diamond Head @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Diamond Head @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Diamond Head @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Diamond Head @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Diamond Head @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Diamond Head @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Diamond Head @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Diamond Head @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Diamond Head @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Diamond Head @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Diamond Head @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Diamond Head @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Diamond Head @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Diamond Head @ Dronningepladsen, Fredericia (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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