Muskelrock Day 1 @ Tyrolen, Blädinge (SE)

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TRIBULATION / ANTICHRIST / LEATHER LEONE / BLOOD CEREMONY / SCREAMER / DEMON HEAD / DESTINY / BLACK CAPRICORN / STEEL INFERNO / ENTRENCH / TUNGSTEN AXE

Date: 01st June, 2017
Venue: Tyrolen, Blädinge
Ticket: 995SEK 3-day Ticket (€100/$123)
Promoter: Muskelrock
Photos: Erika Wallberg


Puh! It's the same every year. Hard to get away from work in time which makes it a thrilling trip to the venue before it's clear I'll make it to the first band I want to see. Last year it was TYSONDOG who opened the festival for me and this year, in the same way DESTINY was a no-miss. The difference now was that I didn't swig a bottle of wine the last minutes before show-start...

Instead we stood in the sun and enjoyed the marvelous sound-check from DESTINY. It sounded crisp, clear and powerful. Just as Heavy and raw their Dark Metal needs to be and if I wasn't excited enough before I almost freaked out getting this kind of teaser from the show.

They kicked off the set with “Lead Into Gold” followed by “Medieval Rendezvous” but it didn't sound exactly as good as it did during the sound-check. But ok, I was in the photo-pit and shouldn't judge the sound from there. It didn't get better getting out of it, actually it was a turn for the worse. I want to stand fairly close to the stage but on my regular spot all I could hear was bass and vocals and it was damn loud. I thought it would be sorted out but the only way to go was towards the back and along the mixer it started to get ok. But it wasn't there I wanted to be. At least I got to enjoy the fantastic “Sabotage” with a decent sound. I love the “Future To The Past” record and think it's a shame this song was the only one representing it. But I'm not complaining; DESTINY's set was a fantastic mix of goodies from the past. Songs which have been immortalized once again at the bands' latest release, “Climate Change”. I would have preferred a record with new songs of course. But since the DESTINY records have been out of print for a long time, and that Jonas Heidgert sets a new cachet with his fantastic and dynamic voice makes it worth a buy. And he delivered with the same grace live. He really has the power needed to pull off the high-pitched vocal lines on the classics.

I always want more of course, this was just a scratch on the surface of all the good material the band has. But I was really happy to get “Bermuda” from “Atomic Winter” and there's no complaining on how the title track from DESTINY's firs record “Nothing Left To Fear” sounded here.

The gig itself was actually very good. But when the sound isn't there, which normally isn't a problem at 'Muskelrock' it still takes away from the whole show. This though made me even more eager to see them live again, on a show of their own with all conditions right.

DESTINY setlist:

01. “Lead Into Gold”
02. “Medieval Rendezvous”
03. “Living Dead”
04. “Kill The Witch”
05. “Duke Of Darkness”
06. “Sabotage”
07. “The Devil In The Dark”
08. “Bermuda”
09. “Nothing Left To Fear”

DESTINY

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There was a big buzz going round DEMON HEAD a while back, that they were the thing in the Doom/Fuzz genre. I don't know what I was expecting but it certainly wasn't what came out from the indoors stage. I like that it's a bit odd and somewhere in-between everything. A little tougher than Rock, a slight feel of the Dark Rock trademarked by DANZIG and a bit of the 70's Occult stuff. Since there are quite a few bands like DEMON HEAD around it's hard to stand out and my biggest issue with this is the lack of creativity when it comes to vocal melodies and variation. Nothing sticks. And that was the case here; they're definitely on the right way to create something unique music-wise as the first half of the set was exclusively new material with “Menneskeæderen” and “Hic Svnt Dracones” standing out above the rest. DEMON HEAD did a good gig but I expected a little more, a little more intensity and energy from the live-show.

DEMON HEAD setlist:

01. “Gallow's Omen”
02. “Thunder On The Fields”
03. “Menneskeæderen”
04. “Hic Svnt Dracones”
05. “Winterland”
06. “Untune The Sky”
07. “Strange Eggs”
08.“The Night Is Yours”

DEMON HEAD

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Back out in the open again then with SCREAMER whom I've liked since day one. I was really impressed with them the first time I saw them as they really had an identity of their own and didn't copy, as many other Swedish bands playing classic Metal do; music, outfits and poses, the classics straight off. I was a little disappointed when the band parted ways with Christoffer Svensson. But judging on where they are now I guess it was the right way to go. The band have grown a lot since I’d last seen them but they're still as much fun to watch as they were when I saw them for the first time.

After the band’s trademark track “Screamer” from the “Adrenaline Distractions” debut record they went straight into new “Hell Machine”; classic-sounding “On My Way” worked perfect with its catchy chorus-line and then it went up a notch again with the title track “Hell Machine”. But these, plus later on in the set, “Monte Carlo Nights” and “Lady of the Night” were the only songs representing the fantastic new album in the set.

On the other hand, neither “Phoenix” nor the first one is bad and the rougher sound from the “Phoenix” songs made a good contrast and sounded fantastic with this new a little more cleaned up sound. I mean, an up-tempo and catchy track as “Slavegrinder” works perfect when the sun is setting and the beer is flowing.

SCREAMER setlist:

01. “Screamer”
02. “On My Way”
03. “Hell Machine”
04. “Adrenaline Distractions”
05. “No Regrets”
06. “Can You Hear Me”
07. “Keep on Walking”
08. “Monte Carlo Nights”
09. “Demon Rider”
10. “No Sleep 'til Hamilton”
11. “Slavegrinder”
12. “Lady of the Night”
13. “Rock Bottom”
14. “Lj-by Punx” (outro - SENAP song)

SCREAMER

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I came around rather late for BLOOD CEREMONY and bought their third “The Eldritch Dark” by chance. I've read good things about it but that was it, not heard a note. It really blew me away. The thing is that I'm not very fond of female fronted bands but with the gloom and vibe and the genuine musicality made it work. And since this was the opportunity for me to see them live this was something I was looking forward to very much.

So well in place at the indoor stage I was really happy to hear “Goodbye Gemini” and “Drawing Down The Moon” as those are from the record I know the best. Just like last year, especially with regards to WUCAN but also KING WITCH to some extent, BLOOD CEREMONY hold that extreme musicality, it all seems so easy and comes so natural. Alia O'Brien especially and she was flipping between vocals and various instruments, in and between songs. But that was the show really, she's fantastic to watch but in general it all looked rather modest. The others played their parts but sometimes that's all it takes. When the nerve is there and delivery as flawless as this was you just get sucked into the music and even if the band is rather still, yet it becomes a very intense moment.

I like it that the new material, from the “Lord Of Misrule” album is more up-tempo and a little lighter. This worked really well towards the else mellow material and kept things interesting, first opening “Old Fires” but perhaps most the title track “Lord Of Misrule”. So just as when I first put on the album, I was equally blown away by this first live encounter with BLOOD CEREMONY.

BLOOD CEREMONY setlist:

01. “Old Fires”
02. “Goodbye Gemini”
03. “Drawing Down The Moon”
04. “Half Moon Street”
05. “Return To Forever”
06. “Oliver Haddo”
07. “Lord Of Misrule”
08. “I'm Coming With You”
09. “The Magician”

BLOOD CEREMONY

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As it had been a hectic year and was going to be a crazy summer I decided I'd only watch, or at least cover the bands I really wanted to see. I still ended up running back and forth between the indoor and outdoor stage the whole weekend. One band I definitely was going to see was LEATHER LEONE who headlined the first day. And there are a few bands and artists that just makes you very happy when watching then play. Leather Leone is one of them; her energy on stage is fantastic and what a voice. I've seen her perform a couple of times now, with SLEDGE/LEATHER a few years ago and also as LEATHER LEONE at 'Keep It True' a few weeks prior to this festival. And it's always a joy.

The CHASTAIN classic “Ruler Of The Wasteland” opened the set and it was clear from the start that we were in for a treat. “The Outsider”, a brand new one from the coming LEATHER album titled “II” sounded very good too and it's good to see that Ms Leone isn't living off old merits only. Also “Black Smoke” which came a little later in the set sounded amazing. The young band she has with her now is very energetic and everything you want from this type of music, they're delivering the goods and it sounds fantastic. And if the upcoming record holds the same class as outsider and is delivered with the same frenzy the band has live it will definitely be a good one.

It was the CHASTAIN material dominating the set though but I certainly didn't mind that. It's not like we're spoilt with these songs over here in Europe. I mean, if “Angel Of Mercy” isn't a turn-on you're not really into Heavy Metal. The material from the 80's LEATHER album, the title track “Shockwaves” and album opener “All Your Neon” worked really well too! But the absolute highlight for me came in the end of the set with “Voice Of The Cult”. I was blown away when I heard it on the Swedish radio-show 'Rockbox' back in the 80's and to get to hear it live. It sure brought back memories from when I used to hang out on town blasting my tape-recorder with mixed tapes, including this song. Those were the days... But to hear it live sure beats everything.

The show at 'KIT' was fantastic but in comparison towards this it felt tame. The energy, the joy and also the power Leather possess are fabulous. Plus, she sure looks good doing it all also. And this ended the first day, it's not that I don't like ANTICHRIST or TRIBULATION, au contraire. But the chilly night started to remind itself and I doubt any of these youngsters could have overruled LEATHER LEONE anyway.

LEATHER LEONE setlist:

01. “Ruler Of The Wasteland” (CHASTAIN song)
02. “The Outsider”
03. “We Bleed Metal” (CHASTAIN song)
04. “Black Knight” (CHASTAIN song)
05. “Black Smoke”
06. “Angel Of Mercy” (CHASTAIN song)
07. “Shockwaves”
08. “Juggernaut”
09. “All Hail The King” (CHASTAIN song)
10. “All Your Neon”
11. “For Those Who Dare” (CHASTAIN song)
12. “Voice Of The Cult” (CHASTAIN song)

LEATHER LEONE

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