'Metal In The Night' @ Farozon, Hässleholm (SE)

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SVART FLAGGATH / CRIER / CONFIRMED SICK / WYSDOM GIVEN

Date: 07th October, 2017
Venue: Farozon
Tickets: 100SEK (€10/$11) in advance - 150SEK (€15/$17) day of
Promoter: Doom Over Scania / Farozon
Photos: Erika Wallberg


I complain about that there's no scene for local bands around here unless you're a part of the right click of people and get to open for major acts. Still it wasn't super-clear for me that I should go to this event. Thinking a little bit about it I realized I just had to go. First because I want to support the scene, second because CRIER did a good job at ‘Helgeå Festivalen’ earlier this summer and, what I think was the thing bugging me the most, if the BLACK SABBATH cover-band, SVART FLAGGATH wouldn't cut the standards I could leave before they were done... (no, I didn't check what it was prior to the show)

Also, at ‘Helgeå Festivalen’ there were a whole bunch wearing WYSDOM GIVEN shirts which got me curious on what it was. I mean, the majority of the bands pushing through these days play some kind of Rock rather than Heavy Metal but judging by the name and logo alone this felt more in my taste.

It sure was! It was good to see Farozon quite crowded at the time WYSDOM GIVEN took on the stage. I guess that's the benefit with booking local bands, they will bring their friends and families to watch them play. But it doesn't have to be the case as WYSDOM GIVEN served a good dish of Dark and Epic Heavy Metal. I really enjoyed the dynamics, heavy beat and nice guitar-harmonies in their songs. It was like a mix of COUNT RAVEN and ARGUS, especially the second half of the set. Take “Bullies Pet”, it definitely have resemblances with ARGUS when it comes to arrangements and especially the structure of the vocal line. And that's certainly not a bad thing. Then add a touch of the RAINBOW-classic “Gates Of Babylon” to the mix and you have “My Only Friend”, which was one of the absolute highlights of the evening. Daniel Hedman perhaps doesn't reach all the way up to Butch Balich's vocal capacity (which hardly anyone does...) but he sure have a good and strong voice and carries the melodies in the songs in a very good way. “In A Time When Victory Is Dying” was introduced as the song with probably the longest title ever. I can think of a few which are more extensive but it's definitely nothing you chant to request a song. That one too was really good; the mellow intro followed by some really heavy riffs was awesome. Ironically this was the chorus-line I remember the best from the whole set. And it's definitely at this pace and feel WYSDOM GIVEN are at their best. Earlier in the set, “Living Dead” increased the tempo and lost the nice dynamics they had for the rest of the songs. But apart from that it was an impressive start of the ‘Metal In The Night’ event.

WYSDOM GIVEN setlist:

01. “Into The Night”
02. “Abandoned”
03. “Living Dead”
04. “Bullies Pet”
05. “My Only Friend”
06. “In A Time When Victory Is Dying”
07. “Mayhem Heaven”

WYSDOM GIVEN

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I was a bit surprised when CONFIRMED SICK started playing. I expected something much more Bluse-y compared to what they delivered. Why? The connection with the motorcycle (or was it cars???) club jacket and shirts... They just looked very much like the bands hitting the stage on MC Clubs and playing Blues all night long. I have to say that what we got was much more fun though. A little bit of BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and METALLICA and rather raw vocals to build the foundation and something more easy going and lightweight to top it off. I liked WYSDOM GIVEN's music more but CONFIRED SICK caught up a lot with their show. Mr Stigevi's relaxed and sportive attitude lured most people in and they got quite a good following the longer the show went.

There was some mess-up with the set and “My World” was played much earlier than planned. As this was not a part of the on Spotify (among other places) available “Welcome To The Sick Family” release a comment was made, that with the pace they were making money through this it would take about 200 years before CONFIRMED SICK would have sufficient funds to record a second album; the brutal truth for many bands these days.

I really liked the drive and beat in the riffs of “The King”; Heavy and up-tempo normally do the trick and it sure worked here too. Also “Die Alone” stood out, a bit heavier and gloomier but that too worked. To wrap up the set the Spotify favorite “My Friend” (2000+ plays) and album title track “Welcome To The Sick Family” was played. For the absolutely last one the band even managed to get the crowd to shout along to the chorus which was a receipt for a job very well done. And it was fun to watch CONFIRMED SICK, the vocals left a little more to wish for as it all sounded rather much the same. But absolutely, a good show they put on.

CONFIRMED SICK Setlist:

01. “R.o.c.k”
02. “Down For Pleasure”
03. “My World”
04. “Hypocrites”
05. “The King”
06. “Extermination”
07. “Die Alone”
08. “My Friend”
09. “Welcome To The Sick Family”

CONFIRMED SICK

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So it was time for CRIER then. And after the first two bands on I started to wonder if CRIER would have a hard time getting through. They sounded really good at ‘Helgeå Festivalen’ but also rather safe. A smaller stage did the trick though and their sound was a lot heavier here as compared to the festival which definitely was a plus. Also, it felt like the band could handle a stage this size in a much better way as the show got more in-your-face.

The attitude in set-opener “Shout Out” came through and this speedy track set a good vibe for the rest of the show. Also it sat a good contrast towards mid-tempo “Mental Fighter” which followed. The B-side for the single “Running In The Night” still holds today, it is a good song and it sure works live.

Since I liked what I saw at ‘Helgeå Festivalen’ I've been digging around a little trying to figure out more about CRIER but there sure isn't very much available on the web. But piecing it all together “Mental Fighter” and “Bad Reputation”, which appeared later in the set are brand new tracks, while “Innocent Victim”, third song delivered this night also is a part of the “Bad Reputation” EP is an old song from when the band was called SACRIFICE. The B-side of their 7” released in the mid 80's, now re-recorded and released again. Also “Street Fighter” comes from that single too. Both these tracks stood out as favorites of the set. Fantastic songs, very catchy and really took the show up a notch. “Bad Booze” still feels a bit misplaced but it is a good song and apparently it was a local hit back in the days as people started dancing and waving lighters and so on for this ballad. One more thing CRIER did which was very cool and not very common these days is that they added two rounds of the chorus from “Shout Out” which opened the set at the end of “Bad Booze”. A true Old School move and it worked perfectly.

So absolutely, CRIER at a small indoor-stage worked a lot better. I still think they could add a bit more edge in the music, then it would be phenomenal. But it was definitely a good show and I hope I get to see and hear more from CRIER in the future.

CRIER setlist:

01. “Shout Out”
02. “Mental Fighter”
03. “Running In The Night”
04. “Innocent Victim”
05. “So You Better Run”
06. “Let There Be Sound”
07. “Bad Reputation”
08. “Heat Me Up”
09. “Street Fighter”
10. “Bad Booze”
11. “Cold Sweat”

CRIER

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Cover-bands are not really my thing. It was ages ago since I had last gone out to see one as I think bands playing originals are more interesting. They have it very hard though and won't get paid for playing while cover-bands can make a fortune doing someone else's stuff and I don't want to support that. I definitely didn't do my homework to check out SVART FLAGGATH prior to this show. If I would have I think I would have been a bit more thrilled about it. So, seeing Henrik Högl from MORTALICUM at Farozon changed my attitude a bit at least. And I have to admit, after a few beers it was a pleasure to get to hear a bit of BLACK SABBATH, the songs are immortal and when delivered with dedication and the right attitude it goes down well, even with me. Since people was getting drunk at this point everyone tried to sing along and to keep the verses in “War Pigs” apart isn't the easiest thing. I think, from a crowd perspective every verse started with that “Generals gathered in their masses”-line somewhere in the crowd.

Then I thought it was cool with the more odd songs like “Lord Of This World” and “Under The Sun”/”Every Day Comes And Goes” and “After Forever”. Perhaps “Dirty Women” can be counted to the more obscure also, at least for this event. I think that's one of the best songs ever written which makes me a bit picky and sensitive with the performance but it sure sounded good. Kudos to SVART FLAGGATH for that. A funny thing happened in the middle of the set; Henrik & co are from the northern part of Sweden and the personal appearance and especially accent differs a lot from what it is in down in the south. While Henrik gently introduced the next song some guy in the back mumbled something like; “Damn northerners, go home...” and all in a very racial tone. I couldn't make out if it was a joke or if the guy was serious. It would probably have been the same if a band from the south played up north.

But it was fun to see SVART FLAGGATH, they sounded very good and delivered the songs in an honest way. The only thing I didn't like was their version of “Paranoid” which came for the encores. They'd added some odd groove to it instead of the very static riff it's build on and it didn't work for me. But they managed to catch up in “Children Of The Grave” which closed the set and the night.

SVART FLAGGATH setlist:

01. “War Pigs”
02. “Tomorrow's Dream”
03. “Behind The Wall Of Sleep”
04. “N.I.B”
05. “Hole In The Sky”
06. “Lord Of This World”
07. “Iron Man”
08. “Under The Sun”/”Every Day Comes And Goes”
09. “Dirty Women”
10. “Snowblind”
11. “Into The Void”
12. “After Forever”
13. “Black Sabbath”
14. “Fairies Wear Boots”
15. “Supernaut”
16. “Paranoid”
17. “Children Of The Grave”

SVART FLAGGATH

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Serpent @ Farozon, Hässleholm (SE) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)