Dirkschneider @ KB, Malmö (SE)

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DIRKSCHNEIDER / ANVIL / RAMPART

Date: 25th February, 2016
Venue: KB
Tickets: 345SEK (€35/$38)
Promoter: Triffid And Danger Concerts
Photos: Erika Wallberg


How did RAMPART landed this gig with DIRKSCHNEIDER and ANVIL is rather strange. One could think that they'd be better off tagging along closer to their home in Bulgaria. Not that I mind having new bands appearing on the shows I go to and getting something completely different from what's hot among bands in Sweden today is great actually. Musically RAMPART was a pleasant surprise; I really enjoyed the dark and moody Heavy Metal with some odd rhythms and rather complex arrangements. I guess epic Heavy Metal is a good label. Vocalist Maria Dièse voice is fantastically strong and it's so good to get a nice clean female voice that can carry this Heavy music without leaning towards Opera or Goth style.

The downside was that it felt RAMPART had taken a bigger bite than they could chew on occasion. Technically, it sounded good still but for a set opener as “Apocalypse Or Theater” and not nail it to 100%, it kind of dip the interest. Perhaps it was the nerves that played a big part here. But the flow wasn't there and Maria felt a bit awkward in the long instrumental passage in the middle of the song. And then, with “Metal Spell” it was the smack in the face I needed from the start. The intensity and the flow were perfect and it felt like a different band. Guitarist Yana Ivanova came out of her dark corner getting people's attention; her intense eyes and seductive lips really made people stare at her. And how the hell she could move around, headbang and play in those shoes is beyond me.

The show continued in the same way, everything sounded good but on occasion it felt like RAMPART couldn't hold the songs together in the way needed. And for other, set closer “Градът” among a few more they nailed it completely.

RAMPART setlist:

01. “Apocalypse Or Theater”
02. “Metal Spell”
03. “Ghost Of Freedom”
04. “The Flood”
05. “Crown Land”
06. “Градът”

RAMPART

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Even if the chanting had quiet down after the boost ANVIL got from RAMPART as they left the stage, there was an eager audience waiting for ANVIL to start playing. I'm fascinated every time by how they can manage to build that kind of energy night after night: Lips looked like a kid inside a candy store the second the lights hit him on stage and it was time to go. I mean, he and his constant companion Robb Reiner have been doing this for 35+ years now and they both closing in on 60 but that doesn't impact anything at all; it's still the same joy and energy. With the addition of bass player Chris Robertson, all is better than ever. He's a perfect fit both in style of playing and personality with the band and it really feels like he's been with them forever. And for each and every tour, he gains confidence and takes more space on stage. Lips can for sure amuse people but some energy and entertainment on his right side come in pretty well.

The show started off in classic manner with “March Of The Crabs” followed by “666” with Lips screaming to the crowd through the microphones of his guitar. It's hard to hear what he's saying for real but the message comes through no matter what. He gets a very good reaction from the front row. It's good to see this kind of support for ANVIL in Sweden. The atmosphere was fantastic at KB this evening which was very close to sold out. The response was also good when Lips asked if there were any old ANVIL fans in the building although the reaction wasn't equally positive when Lips claimed he could see that as people was getting bald. That comment followed by the very contagious smile and all was forgiven in seconds.

The coolest thing with this show was that ANVIL had picked up a few songs I've never heard live before like “Ooh Baby”. Even if “Hard 'n' Heavy” isn't my favorite album to listen to, these songs work perfect live. For “Winged Assassins”, Chris got the chance to show his true skills as it started off with a bit of a bass solo. His capacity in playing is phenomenal and it all looks so easy when he's doing it. Another real highlight was “Free As The Wind”, which also is from “Forged In Fire” as the previous on the setlist. The track was dedicated to Lemmy which felt very suitable.

February 26th marked the release date of ANVIL's 16th studio album “Anvil Is Anvil” and even if it wasn't out for this show, the new songs worked, both very heavy “Zombie Apocalypse” and faster “Die For A Lie”. I'm not sure if it was the best idea to have “Metal On Metal” as the second to last though and end it all with “Swing Thing”. In one way, I get the point to start and end the set with an instrumental track allowing all to get a piece of the lights. But from the show's perspective, it would have been better to switch the two. I love “Swing Thing” and I'm really happy they played it but people looked very confused when ANVIL said "thank you and goodnight" after that song. But it was a really good set and ANVIL delivered as always, perhaps even a bit better, one step up from their very high level.

ANVIL setlist:

01. “March Of The Crabs”
02. “666”
03. “Ooh Baby”
04. “Bad Ass Rock 'n' Roll”
05. “Winged Assassins”
06. “Free As The Wind”
07. “Zombie Apocalypse”
08. “Mothra”
09. “Die For A Lie”
10. “Metal On Metal”
11. “Swing Thing”

ANVIL

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It was really difficult to not get a glance of the DIRKSCHNEIDER setlist prior to the show. I'm one of those who rather get surprised the day of the show rather than know exactly what was to come. But that it was a massive list of songs and of course also knew that the theme for the tour would be ACCEPT songs. It's both damn cool and a little bit sad that this will be last time Udo playing ACCEPT songs. Of course he has enough material on his own to not play any ACCEPT songs but those are immortal and always a nice feature in the set. On the other hand, ACCEPT is touring and I might just as well go and see them to get the ACCEPT songs and hope that U.D.O. will pick up some odd sods from all those albums the coming tours instead of playing ACCEPT songs then.

So with that, there was no chance I was going to miss out on this tour and I'm not alone with that. Three out of four gigs in Sweden were completely sold out, this being the only one with tickets available when the doors opened for the night. It can't have been many though since the place was virtually packed from front to back, side to side and the spirits were high. The beer flooded and together with the challenge to move there was some brawls in the front. Exactly what happened I don't know and it was sorted out rather fast. It's still very rare for anything like that to happen at a concert in Sweden.

The sound was fantastic and was probably one of the best ever at KB. The light-rig though was a bit oversized for the place. Damn, it became bright when they switched the whole thing on. But for sure, it's spectacular and something outside the ordinary. What I love with the band Mr. Dirkschneider has with him now is that everyone seems to be having a lot of fun playing; both Andrey Smirnov and Kasperi Heikkinen look so cheerful and are constantly messing around. Udo has always selected good people but with this new line-up it for sure brought new energy into the band. But sill, they have some catching up to do when it comes to match Wolf Hoffman and Herman Frank. It sounded great this night, don't get me wrong but on few occasions, there was a bit of edge missing compared to the ACCEPT guys. But it's a petty to complain about. How can one resist rocking to songs as “Flash Rockin' Man”, “Midnight Mover” or one of my favorites “Head Over Heels”?

The section with “Neon Nights” followed by “Princess Of The Dawn” (which was absolutely amazing, what a crowd and what a response) and the mellow “Winter Dreams”. The fun thing though was that in between songs the crowd was kind of lazy, but during the songs, singing along and screaming like crazy at least hint from stage, everything worked. It didn't calm down one bit for “Restless And Wild” and “Son Of A Bitch”. It was good to see these guys, regular men in anything from sporty t-shirts to suites acting like 15 again making a mess. These two especially boosted a lot of people, not only the one in the front.

The whole set clocked in at 2h 20 minutes or so, a massive set for sure so the crowd got its money worth. But I can't help but wonder, how the hell can Udo pull this schedule off. The set is massive as is the list of dates and there's not many days off. It really is impressive. Reaching towards the end of the main set, Udo asked the crowd if they were tired. The beer-boosted front lines could definitely not get enough. And of course, the place stayed packed until the last note but towards the back people started to look a bit beat after the main set.

What can I say... I expected this to be absolutely fantastic and it sure was. It's a cool thing to put it under a different name so there won't be any confusion. ACCEPT or U.D.O songs, it doesn't really matter, the band delivers steady every single time. I'm not sure only one time was enough for this though. Where to go for another one? Luckily there are still a lot of dates to choose from.

DIRKSCHNEIDER setlist:

01. “Starlight”
02. “Living For Tonite”
03. “Flash Rockin' Man”
04. “London Leatherboys”
05. “Midnight Mover”
06. “Breaker”
07. “Head Over Heels”
08. “Neon Nights”
09. “Princess Of The Dawn”
10. “Winterdreams”
11. “Restless And Wild”
12. “Son Of A Bitch”
13. “Up To The Limit”
14. “Wrong Is Right”
15. “Midnight Highway”
16. “Screaming For A Love-Bite”
17. “Monsterman”
18. “Losers And Winners”
19. “Tv War”
20. “Metal Heart”
21. “I'm A Rebel”
22. “Fast As A Shark”
23. “Balls To The Wall”
24. “Burning”

DIRKSCHNEIDER

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