KIT XX Day 1 @ Lauda-Königshofen (DE)

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MANILLA ROAD / DEMOLITION HAMMER / OMEN / MEDIEVAL STEEL / Q5 / ATROPHY / MAJESTY / WYTCH HAZEL / SATAN'S HALLOW

Date: 28th April, 2017
Venue: Tauberfrankenhalle
Ticket: €63 / $70 (2-day)
Promoter: Keep It True
Photos: Erika Wallberg


DimK: ‘Keep It True’ festival number 20 was not only special for the promoters, but also for METAL KAOZ. You see, having our skeletal crew scattered in both sides of the Atlantic physically meeting each other is a financial nightmare. However, Metal keeps us united, so there was no better way to meet other than at Germany’s ‘KIT’.

Entering the familiar venue of Tauberfrankenhalle I immediately took notice of the missing vinyl market stands. Sure, this opened up the place and gave the promoters some additional tickets to sell, but the fear of not getting a good sound quickly came to mind as this concrete arena did not have any provisions for that. Ok, the jetlag and the excitement of actually being there pushed everything on the side and, on top of this, Chicagoans SATAN’S HALLOW were already delivering their Heavy Metal goods with “Satan’s Hallow”, so on with the show...

This is a young band alright but it seems they are very confident with this sound and even though they looked too-excited being on ‘KIT’ (and were kind of ‘frozen’ in their position), they played a killer set. Mandy Martillo has a fantastic voice and I think this was proven in the best way with the faster “Black Angel” where she hit those high pitches at ease. And this song got a really good reaction from the crowd despite the fact that it was really early. I have to admit that the mid-tempo “Still Alive” rang the FIFTH ANGEL bell and then the amazing sing-along “Beyond The Bells” restored the headbanging mode. That was a great way to kick off ‘KIT’, and thinking a bit, it gave me the chills since the last time the METAL KAOZ team was in Germany the first band that we saw onstage was HIGH SPIRITS… again, from Chicago. Oh yeah, the Gods of Metal had given us a sign.

SATAN’S HALLOW setlist:

01. “Choir Of The Cursed”
02. “Reaching For The Night”
03. “Hot Passion”
04. “Satan's Hallow”
05. “Black Angel”
06. “Movin' On”
07. “Still Alive”
08. “Beyond The Bells”
09. “The Horror”

SATAN'S HALLOW

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DimK: And then, it was a radical change in the sound and style with UK’s WYTCH HAZEL. You should never judge a book by its cover, however in the case of these fine Brits, one could not but to do exactly this; I mean, the medieval townsfolk looks spoke louder than words that ‘70s inspired Hard Rock would be their deal. Apparently, the band was one member short and there wouldn’t be a bassist onstage, something that I think hurt them a bit in the rhythm section. Although, the moment the vintage-sounding “Freedom Battle” kicked in with the JETHRO TULL-high-quality-British vocals, it was more than enough to overlook this mishap. The echo coming from the sound bouncing off the stadium’s walls did not help WYTCH HAZEL and it was such a shame because the galloping “Fight” was a crowd pleaser and got more reaction (remember, it was still early in the day and there was a long billing ahead of us. “We are going to play an old song and I know that you like old songs”, Colin Hendra said as a short intro for “Proclaim” and I think the chanting-along riff did work as he was suspecting. Visually, it was tough for the band to “fill” the stage, especially if you consider that Colin had to be close to the mic. Ok, the Christian lyrics can be a turn-off for many metalheads but for me this works the same way it does for the bands of the other side of the spectrum (e.g. MARDUK, BEHEMOTH etc.) so I totally enjoyed “Surrender” and “We Will Be Strong” with its marching-on groove. So, considering the lousy acoustic of the venue and the one-member down, WYTCH HAZEL did great and now I really want to check them out again onstage and on the record.

WYTCH HAZEL setlist:

01. “Freedom Battle”
02. “Fight”
03. “Proclaim”
04. Instrumental / “He Shall Reign”
05. “Surrender”
06. “More Than Conquerors”
07. “Wytch Hazel”
08. “We Will Be Strong”
09. “The Truth”

WYTCH HAZEL

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DimK: Again, it was radical change in style but absolutely fitting for the festival’s looks. I mean, you can go truer than the German version of MANOWAR named MAJESTY, right? I was expecting to see a solid lines in front of the stage thinking how pompous the intro sounded and how pumped the band looked from the get-go with the fists in the air during “Die Like Kinds”. Maybe it was too close to lunch time or maybe if MAJESTY came a bit later, it would have been more intense. Ok, the galloping “Hail To The Majesty” came out great and even though I would not listen to MAJESTY on the record, this got me going. The smoke jets did make this look special and I think the longer we got into the set, more people were drawn closer to the stage. After all, in such a live setting and such an old-school crowd, songs like “Metal Law” and especially “Keep It True” it is impossible to go wrong. There was a special treat after “Rebels Of Our Time”; Oliver Weinsheimer (the ‘KIT’ mastermind) came onstage and sang the first song from SHADOWS OF IGA debut LP “...The Darkside” going back more than 20 years ago... Sure, Oliver’s voice was too loud on the mix, but it came out really special and I think that was the intent.

MAJESTY setlist:

01. “Path To Freedom” (taped intro)
02. “Die Like Kings”
03. “Hail To Majesty”
04. “Metal Law”
05. “Thunder Rider”
06. “Rebels Of Our Time”
07. “Fight For Honour”
08. “Keep It True” / “Metal To The Metalheads”
09. “Rebels Unite” (taped outro)

MAJESTY

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DimK: The hunger kicked in and forced us to take a lunch break just before the ATROPHY set. Of course and I felt bad about missing this, but at that point in time, getting some calories in my system seemed like the number one priority. On a happier note, we returned just before “Violent By Nature”, and man, it was a frickin’ blast! “The next song we’ve got for you comes off our second album”, Brian Zimmerman said in a cool and relaxed way that had nothing to do with how the crowd responded... Yeah, there was some serious mosh-pit right in the middle of the arena and it looked absolutely awesome. This is the way to respond to such mid-‘80s Thrash. Unfortunately for us, “Beer Bong” was the setlist-closer that I think came a bit earlier than the program said. Brian thanked everyone for their support and let the 2-minute Thrash do the rest... That was a trip down the ‘80s memory lane for sure. Can this lineup produce new music? Oh, I hope it will, and based on the ATROPHY, ATROPHYchant that followed the band off stage, made it clear that I was not the only one thinking this.

ATROPHY setlist:

01. “Urban Decay”
02. “In Their Eyes”
03. “Socialized Hate”
04. “Preacher, Preacher”
05. “Product Of The Past”
06. “Chemical Dependency”
07. “Puppies And Friends”
08. “Violent By Nature”
09. “Beer Bong”

ATROPHY

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DimK: And then, it was something I was really looking forward to. Of course, nostalgia has a major role in my excitement, but at the same time the fact that Q5 had returned to discography with the killer album “New World Order” meant a band that had more juice than any other being-reactivated-just-for-some-shows lineup. And the setlist opener stated exactly that with the fast and most melodic “One Night In Hellas”. Oh my, Jonathan Scott K.’s vocals aimed straight to the heart, and just by looking around me, I believe I was not the only one feeling like that. “This is a special song for a friend of mine”, Jonathan said and let the band lift the roof of the stadium with “Lonely Lady”. The opening riff got everyone going and how couldn’t they? The performance was spot-on and once again the old-school band’s unique quality made me feel nostalgic, and in a way realizing that nowadays we rarely see young(er) lineups having this kind of feeling in their music. On top of this, Jonathan knew how to work with the crowd, so “Pull The Trigger” and “Missing In Action” went down fantastic; the band was on a roll, alright! The three-song NIGHTSHADE suite did not slow things down (especially “Surrender”) coming almost back-to-back. “Ain't No Way To Treat A Lady” came at the right time to give us a breather with the really cool Hard Rock vibe and it felt great seeing all around people having a killer time.

Q5 mixed the old with the new and the beauty of it was that it did not feel like tasting two different dinners. Yes, Q5 are active and sound so good that the time gap does not show up unless you are nitpicking and forget what time can do… You should hear how “New World Order” fitted with “Teenage Runaway” that came next and you’d get my point. A guitar and a drum solo followed with the latter leading straight to the song - I believe - many were dying to hear; yes, the mid-tempo drum groove marked the time for “Steel The Light” and it was spreading goosebumps from start to finish. This made it to the highlights of ‘KIT’’s Day One, and we had four more bands to go.

Q5 setlist:

01. “One Night In Hellas”
02. “Lonely Lady”
03. “Pull The Trigger”
04. “Missing In Action”
05. “Dead Of Night”
06. “Situation Critical”
07. “Surrender”
08. “Ain't No Way To Treat A Lady”
09. “New World Order”
10. “Teenage Runaway”
11. “Steel The Light”

Q5

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