Copenhell Day 1 @ Refshaleøen (DK)

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY / IRON MAIDEN / ANTHRAX / ARCH ENEMY / MONSTER MAGNET / TÝR / THE PSYCHE PROJECT / HELHORSE / BLOOD EAGLE / OF MICE & MEN

Date: 11th June, 2014
Venue: Refshaleøen
Ticket: 2-Days 895DKK (€120)
Promoter: Live Nation
Photos: Erika Wallberg


So, summer festival season starts again then! And this year a bit more stressful than usual actually since there were three full days offered this year as compared to the two plus a smaller event to warm people up for the real deal. Also, that I really wanted to see TÝR play put even more pressure on us to be on time. The issue is of course to get out of work in time and hope that everything is sorted getting the passes out. No issue with this, ‘Copenhell’ is a very well organized Festival and we got in just in time for TÝR to start.

It was long since I had seen TÝR play now but seeing them onstage again it felt like it was yesterday. The looked exactly the same as they did some 6-7 years ago. And, most important perhaps, they’ve managed to keep up the pace and energy over the years too. Just a shame I haven’t really kept up with TÝR… Still, this was a very good show and the crowd was up to date with them at least. Ok, it’s always a good atmosphere at ‘Copenhell’, at least when it’s not Nu Metal on stage but most of the first few lines were really into TÝR’s music and really knew the songs and were screaming their lungs out. TÝR’s performance was flawless as usual, apart from a few flaws in the sound at the first few songs of the show. Nothing to blame flosses for, and hardly even the festival since they were the first band out on the stage, it was only minor issues and were fixed in no time. By the fantastic “Mare Of My Night” everything had been sorted out and TÝR sounded as fantastic as I remembered them to. What I really find impressive with TÝR is that they manage to pull off those massive choirs, so many harmonies and it all sound super together. I mean, their singing is very controlled even though it is powerful and the harmonies are spot on. I really enjoy that folksy style of music when it still is dark and heavy. TÝR sure is. Their great energy boosted the steadily growing crowd also. It's fun to see that a band that I discovered years back has gotten to others as well, and still are. Sure, the older part of the crowd perhaps hadn't gotten out of work while TÝR were playing but the support given by the young crowd was great. A great start of the day and festival - it sure was.

TÝR setlist:

01. “Blood Of Heroes”
02. “Hold The Heathen Hammer High”
03. “Mare Of My Night”
04. “Tróndur Í Gøtu”
05. “Grindavísan”
06. “Ramund Hin Unge”
07. “Lady Of The Slain”
08. “Sinklars Vísa”
09. “Shadow Of The Swastika”

TÝR

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After a bit of a break, since the events on the Helveti stage hadn't started for the day yet, MONSTER MAGNET took on the Hades stage. I was a bit curious to see this band play again. This because the promoter of the festival where I last saw them gave me the impression that MONSTER MAGNET were rather strict with photographers and press. Would they allow us in to the pit at all? Well, a lot had happened over the recent years but it sure was a happy band entering the stage at least. Dave Wyndorf looked very satisfied as he strutted over the stage to the center microphone. And off the band went into “Superjudge”. Not even pulling a string in the first few songs could wipe the smile off Dave's face. They seemed very satisfied and swung though the show with grace. One couldn't but compared to the band I saw a decade and a half ago on the ‘God Says No’ tour which is one of the best concerts I've ever seen. It was still good now of course but compared to the old days the band lacked a bit of energy and drive. The slow and sticky groove worked perfectly in “Dopes To Infinity” while “Powertrip” and especially “Space Lord” lacked that little extra punch. The whole experience could have had something to do with that the bass player stood next to the drum-kit with a crazy focus on the drummer. Bass and drums are the foundation of this type of music of course but from the visual perspective the show kind of died on that side of the stage. Still, MONSTER MANGNET stuck to their standards, it was still great to watch and their groove sure boosted the urge to drink beer. The set felt a bit short though. What that did was just leave me wanting more.

MONSTER MAGNET setlist:

01. “Superjudge”
02. “Medicine”
03. “Look To Your Orb For The Warning”
04. “Dopes To Infinity”
05. “Tractor”
06. “Powertrip”
07. “Space Lord”

MONSTER MAGNET

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First band out on Helveti was ANTHRAX. Now the festival was back to its standards when it comes to feeding bands to the crowd. MONSTER MAGNET had hardly finished their last note before ANTHRAX had kicked off their set. I was really looking forward to see them again because their last appearance at ‘Copenhell’ is the best I've ever seen them. Joey Belladonna was absolutely crazy, running from side to side of the stage and it's hard to expect less. To ANTHRAX's disadvantage, IRON MAIDEN's props took a lot of the stage, perhaps not so much occupying it, but it was built out 3-4 meters to the front for extra space but the speakers for the band were still in their original position which pushed ANTHRAX back the same distance. I don't think ANTHRAX did much different this time as compared to a few years back but since they wasn't up at the front of the stage, they lost the connection with the crowd and faded away. Still, they sounded amazing and since the crowd had done their best to empty the bars, the spirit was on top anyway. The show actually got better when I stopped focusing on stage and just tried to join in with the others singing “Indians”, “Got The Time” and so on.

So yes, ANTHRAX were really good this time too, at least they sounded just as awesome as ever but it is strange how much the visual can matter for the whole package. But again, it sounded awesome and the ending with “Deathrider”, “I Am The Law” and the absolute last, “Antisocial”. The dumb thing was that I had to move over to the next stage to catch the first songs of ARCH ENEMY. So I didn't get to see Rob Caggiano play with ANTHRAX, as he did in “Antisocial”. Even if he's not an original he'd made a great impression over the years and it's always a joy to watch him play. I shouldn't complain at all since there were two amazing guitarists getting ready on the Hades stage also.

ANTHRAX setlist:

01. “Caught In A Mosh”
02. “Madhouse”
03. “Indians”
04. “Got The Time”
05. “Hymn 1”
06. “In The End”
07. “Fight 'Em 'Til You Can't”
08. “T.N.T.”
09. “Deathrider”
10. “I Am The Law”
11. “Antisocial”

ANTHRAX

Anthrax @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)

Anthrax @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)

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And yes, even if it was the Amott brothers that set the standard for ARCH ENEMY I can’t deny that it works really well live without Chris since Nick Cordle is a fantastic guitar player. Also, at the very first glance he actually looks a lot like Chris, at least a few years back. And what can I say? For them to bring in Angela Gossow sure was genius. The reason why it worked is because she was amazing. With her out, could Alissa White-Gluz really fill her shoes? She sure did a good job and sounded amazing, felt believable onstage and looked like she could eat the whole front line of the crowd raw. But it still takes some time to get over a member change like this. Perhaps next time I'll be fully convinced.

ARCH ENEMY always perform with great energy and they sure still have that. Still the best with them is the melodic style of playing and arranging guitars. The combination between brutal, harsh and melodic is fantastic. Just take a song as “Ravenous”, so hit-y but still rock hard. It has been quite some time since I last saw ARCH ENEMY play but from what I can remember until these days is that it felt like they've gotten some new energy. Sure, some things are rehearsed and look perfect and very professional. But the whole band seemed to have more fun and brought more energy to the stage now than what I remember from my last encounter with the band.

Towards the end of the show, Alissa's voice started to sound a bit torn and tired. This wasn't noted by the crowd though that supported her and the band from beginning to end. But what can you expect, a show close to an hour should beat an hour at the gym any day. So yes, ARCH ENEMY still is a force to be reckoned with.

ARCH ENEMY setlist:

01. “Yesterday Is Dead And Gone”
02. “War Eternal”
03. “Ravenous”
04. “My Apocalypse”
05. “As The Pages Burn”
06. “Dead Eyes See No Future”
07. “We Will Rise”
08. “Nemesis”
09. “Fields Of Desolation”
10. “Enter The Machine”

ARCH ENEMY

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