Overkill @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO)

OVERKILL / SANCTUARY / METHEDRAS / SUBORNED

Date: 14th March, 2015
Venue: Mega Club
Ticket: 80PLN (€20/$22)
Promoter: n/a
Photos: Erika Wallberg


It’s actually quite common these days that bands I’ve never heard appearing in opening slots for bigger bands. What’s not as common that I’ve never heard of the bands before they appear on the bill. Ok, ‘Killfest’ is always kind of special in that way since new upcoming good bands gets the chance to play on a real tour for a dedicated audience. Of course, OVERKILL is the main reason for visiting ‘Killfest’ over and over again but the rest of the lineup sure adds to the whole experience.

First up were the Swiss SUBORNED with pretty Lucie behind the microphone. Having women in brutal bands has been rather common these days but I still have to say that SUBORNED stood out. Lucie is a fantastic frontwoman; she really got the crowd going and I really enjoyed her attitude. She is cool of course but the whole show felt like a big party booster and Lucie as well as the band spread lots of joy and energy inside Mega Club. Unfortunately, the sound was rather crappy all the way through the set with guitars drowned completely and most of the music was just an indistinct wall of sound which in general is good but in this case it was the wrong kind.

Still, it was fun to watch Lucie stir the crowd up and the response happened quickly. “We Are Suborned” (or something sounding similar to that) was up as number 3 or 4 in the set and the groovy beat went down well and the mosh-pit was on. It’s great seeing new bands getting a good welcome and a decent response from the crowd. And from there on, it just continued to grow. “Bitch” took it one more step up, a few more people in the front row and a few more in the mosh-pit. The sound took a turn for the better towards the end of SUBORNED’s set but for me it was a little too late. I enjoyed the show very much but most of the music got lost with the sound. Still, SUBORNED were good enough to be worth digging into. Cool opener for a cool package.

SUBORNED

Suborned @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Suborned @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Suborned @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Suborned @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Suborned @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

Suborned @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Suborned @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Suborned @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Suborned @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Suborned @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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Italy’s METHEDRAS was another new encounter and I must admit I was a bit skeptic in the beginning; first turn-off was when the computer rigged by the drums. Then, of course it’s cool with an image and some props but with the strait-jackets and gas-masks I got some kind of a SLIPKNOT feeling, of course a good band too even if they’re not one of my favorites. But METHEDRAS impressed me too. If they were using back-tracks they did it very good, I never really noticed it at least which is a very positive thing. Perhaps the whole shebang was for Daniele Gotti’s drum trigger, I don’t know. METHEDRAS’s music felt very much alive and vibrant at least something I really like. Sure, precise and technical in the same vein as many of the bands that plays to click-tracks or back-tracks. But again, if you do this as METHEDRAS did it. I don’t care really what they’re using, good music and flawlessly played is the main thing.

By this time the place started to fill up really well and it was almost hard to get out of the photo-pit. The atmosphere was still rather friendly but it sure there was a difference in attitude between Poland and Germany, where I last saw OVERKILL. It’s not as cheerful in these parts of Europe I can say, damn fun to watch from a safe distance though.

Also, the sound got better and better the further into METHEDRAS set got and halfway through it was very clear and nice which does a lot for the whole impression. Perhaps neither METHEDRAS nor SUBORNED will get in to my favorite bands list but they sure made good shows both of them and the venue was boiling at this point.

METHEDRAS

Methedras @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Methedras @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Methedras @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Methedras @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Methedras @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

Methedras @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Methedras @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Methedras @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Methedras @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Methedras @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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By the time SANCTUARY were ready to hit the stage, the place was packed and it wasn’t only hard to get out of the photo-pit, it was virtually impossible to get there even. A few angry faces later I got through to the entrance and off we went. The pressure in the front was immense and people actually looked sick on occasion. The security didn’t look too bothered (yet), so I guess this is the way it is at Mega Club all the time. The sound improved a lot for METHEDRAS and was taken another step up for SANCTUARY. But this wasn’t the thing to focus on for the first few songs because: a) people were reaching out towards the stage to try to get to the band, b) crowd-surfing is still allowed in Poland.

SANCTUARY seemed to be enjoying their time onstage since the response was great from start. Even if the difference here was bigger between new and old songs compared to their tour kick-off in London, the band seemed very happy with the situation. I was a bit worried actually what would happen when the classics showed up. Ok, the place was as packed as a can of sardines so people weren’t able to move very much, oh well, they managed to crawl up on the people in the front and bounce down in the photo-pit of course. The singing got really loud, at least for the classics even if I can’t complain about the response on the new material. It’s damn cool to hear a packed venue sing along to “Die For My Sins”. The bit annoying part was that some, rather far to the back really couldn’t resist headbanging. I normally don’t mind but since I couldn’t move further to the back and having someone’s back of the head touching my nose every time the dude swung his head felt a bit scary. The plan wasn’t to come back with a broken nose or a black eye to work next Monday.

Everything was ok in the end even if it came way to close a few times. I actually thought that “Future Tense” would be the song to get the strongest reaction but it was doubtless the songs from the first album most people knew. Like already mentioned “Die For My Sins” and “Battle Angels”, actually thinking about it “Season Of Destruction” was one of this crowd’s favorites also.

To compare the two shows I do prefer the one in London because the set was longer and it was easier to watch the band. Performance-wise I do think the Katowice show was a bit better and more full on, no doubt that was a fuller experience too since the place was rather crazy. Still this was two amazing shows by SANCTUARY.

If it was packed for SANCTUARY I don’t know what to call it when it started to get closer to the OVERKILL set. Also, in the front row it was even more packed and it must have been really painful to be there. Still, the atmosphere felt rather positive anyway. Looking at the floor-space for the previous gigs the circle-pits attitude was rather raw and rough, which of course was the case in the front as soon as OVERKILL hit their first note. “Armorist” passed rather smooth but for “Hammerhead” people started flying over the fence and the guards worked very hard catching everyone. Halfway through “Electric Rattlesnake” the security had enough and kicked all photographers out of the pit, which was easier said than done. Some guys tried to squeeze in while all photographers were pushed out. This along with the massive mosh-pit covering basically the entire floor created pressure waves and all of a sudden all in-front of me started falling but as always at Metal gigs everyone was picked up quickly and after this it was a bit easier to get away into safety.

SANCTUARY setlist:

01. “Arise And Purify”
02. “Let the Serpent Follow Me”
03. “Seasons Of Destruction”
04. “Die For My Sins”
05. “Battle Angels”
06. “Mirror Black”
07. “Frozen”
08. “Question Existence Fading”
09. “The Year The Sun Died”
10. “Future Tense”
11. “Taste Revenge”

SANCTUARY

Sanctuary @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sanctuary @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sanctuary @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sanctuary @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sanctuary @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

Sanctuary @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sanctuary @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sanctuary @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sanctuary @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sanctuary @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

Sanctuary @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sanctuary @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sanctuary @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sanctuary @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sanctuary @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

Sanctuary @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sanctuary @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sanctuary @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sanctuary @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Sanctuary @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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One really good thing with Mega Club was that it was possible and allowed to stand in the massive windows which made it possible to see, not the most comfortable place to spend 1.5 hour but rather this than ending up in the middle of the mosh-pit and the view was great.

OVERKILL delivered as usual; they surprise me every time I see them live and it’s amazing that they can build up this kind of energy every night. They also seemed to be boosted by the craziness and looked ridiculously happy up on stage, sweaty as hell still happy. The cool thing with OVERKILL is no matter the place the crowds are the same, a lot of old-school fans who’s been with them since the 80’s but at the same time there’s a lot of young new fans and every one really knows everything OVERKILL play. It doesn’t matter if it’s new or old tracks “Ironbound” gets the same response as “Rotten to the Core” or “In Union We Stand”, which wasn’t the case for SANCTUARY.

So, there’s absolutely nothing to complain with this OVERKILL show either but it was rather different from the ones I’ve seen over the last few years. Ok, this was the first time in Poland and I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a more furious crowd anywhere else in the world. ‘Thrash Assault’ came close when DESASTER played a few years back but it doesn’t beat this. This didn’t have much to do with OVERKILL, rather just the place and the crowd but that’s a part of the experience too. And it sure was damn cool to see.

OVERKILL setlist:

01. “Armorist”
02. “Hammerhead”
03. “Electric Rattlesnake”
04. “Powersurge”
05. “In Union We Stand”
06. “Rotten To The Core”
07. “Bring Me The Night”
08. “End Of The Line”
09. “Necroshine”
10. “Horrorscope”
11. “Hello From The Gutter”
12. “Overkill”
13. “Ironbound”
14. “Bitter Pill”
15. “Elimination”
16. “Fuck You”

OVERKILL

Overkill @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Overkill @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Overkill @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Overkill @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Overkill @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

Overkill @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Overkill @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Overkill @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Overkill @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Overkill @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

Overkill @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Overkill @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Overkill @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Overkill @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Overkill @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

Overkill @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Overkill @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Overkill @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Overkill @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Overkill @ Mega Club, Katowice (PO) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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