KIT XIX Day 1 @ Lauda-Königshofen (DE)

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RAZOR / ROSS THE BOSS / THE RODS / ROCK GODDESS / TOKYO BLADE / THRUST / SDI / MYTHRA / TERMINUS

Date: 29th April, 2016
Venue: Tauberfranken Halle
Ticket: €63 / $70 (2-day)
Promoter: Keep It True
Photos: Erika Wallberg


‘Keep It True Festival’ approached without same calm as usual due to a weather threatening for rain and last year’s ticket chaos in mind. Also, the queue to get in was much, much longer than normal and at times it felt like I would miss TERMINUS since the line moved so slow. But the sun was shining, beer was cold and there was no issue getting in to the venue well in time.

What a kick-off by TERMINUS! They’ve always been very good the times I’ve seen them but also, for each and every occasion their confidence has grown and with the conviction they performed here was absolutely fabulous. It was good to see the support they got as the venue was virtually full. And yes, most people were eager to get in to be able to buy tickets for next year, but when done all focus was on TERMINUS.

James Beattie’s strong voice became even stronger with the power of his visual performance. The development over the last year is fantastic. And of course they have some truly amazing songs to go with that performance too. It actually took one song to get the sound right though, so “The Reaper's Spiral” was a bit lost. The sound issue can of course have to do with the place still filling up too. But in general, it felt that the record fair and the merchandise sellers had moved out, the sound bounced off the back wall and was rougher than usual. But for “The Encyclopedists” it sounded alright and it just went upwards from there. One of my favorites is “Poseidon's Children”, a rather brutal one which worked perfectly live. Brand new “To Ash, To Dust” shows that there’s also a very promising future for TERMINUS.

I have to admit that this performance really surprised me, both the band as well as the response. For sure, there’s always a good crowd for bands at the ‘Keep It True’ but it’s the first case I’ve seen a packed place for the first band on the first day. But then also, would TERMINUS be able to fill out the stage at Tauberfranken-Halle? I’ve only seen them at smaller places prior to this one. But my concerns were unwarranted. The back-up James got from the rest of the band was phenomenal. And then, the response TERMINUS got for “Centaurean”, even they looked surprised up on stage. The chants from the crowd really sent shivers down my spine, wonder what they felt up on stage. So, TERMINUS really kicked off the festival in a good way and with this all concerns and bad feelings I had before it all started was gone. All back to the normal joyful mood common for ‘Keep It True’.

TERMINUS setlist:

01. “The Reaper's Spiral”
02. “The Encyclopedists”
03. “The Merchant Princes”
04. “Fortress Titan”
05. “The Traders”
06. “Poseidon's Children”
07. “To Ash, To Dust”
08. “The Psychohistorians”
09. “Centaurean”

TERMINUS

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It’s actually fascinating to see all these NWOBHM bands who weren’t really the big deal during the early '80s but are back with more force and determination than many young bands happening today. MYTHRA is one more perfect example of this. Musically, I prefer more the darker and more epic bands but no one can deny MYTHRA their stage presence and their energy. Vince High is fabulous to watch and there’s no chance anyone gets away with just looking. He pushes and chases. I really wish I would have seen MYTHRA on a smaller stage prior to this. It’s my first time seeing them but I think it would have been the same here as it was with VARDIS for example. Their performance at the sweaty Kyttaro Club in Athens (GRE) made me to totally change my opinion. Hard Rock works best in a small and sweaty club, but after a performance like that anything goes really.

And what could be better than to start with “The Best Is Yet To Come”? The song is really good in itself but the tracks from “The Death And Destiny” EP is classics and sounded amazing live. If songs like “U.F.O.”, “Killer” or “Overlord” aren’t party, what is?

The crowd showed their support even though the place wasn’t as packed for MYTHRA as it was for TERMINUS. But what a start of the first day! Ok, I did miss the record fair and the merch dealers inside but the atmosphere for the shows actually got bigger and better with this new arrangement.

MYTHRA setlist:

01. “The Best Is Yet To Come”
02. “U.F.O.”
03. “Warrior Time”
04. “Vicious Bastard”
05. “Face The Mirror”
06. “Killer”
07. “England”
08. “Machine”
09. “You”
10. “Overlord”
11. “Death And Destiny”
12. “Heaven Lies Above”
13. “New Life”

MYTHRA

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I remember hearing the S.D.I song “Never” on the Swedish Radio Show Rock Box back in '80s. I just loved it and played the tape over and over again but I never got around buying any records. If they’d been available I definitely would have but the selection wasn’t that broad in my dark corners of the world. Catching up in recent years I wasn’t as hooked as then. So I didn’t know what to expect of the S.D.I this Friday afternoon. I still hold to it, that S.D.I’s style of music is a bit to rowdy and Punky for my taste but... And a big BUT, the show was hysteric, hilarious. What amazing energy and fantastic attitude on stage. Guitarist Rainer Rage’s facial expressions would have made the show alone but of course it was more to it than that. The energy came from all three on stage. Drummer Ralf Maunert and bass player and at the same time vocalist Reinhard Kruse helped a lot too. It’s amazing that a trio can be all over the stage the way S.D.I was.

The majority of the set was from “Sign Of The Wicked” which is the one I like the best of the albums so that was a really good thing. I would have loved to hear “Never” live of course but one can’t get everything and I was actually surprisingly happy with what I got.

S.D.I setlist:

01. “Fight”
02. “Killer's Confession”
03. “Long Way From Home”
04. “Panic In Wehrmacht”
05. “Quickshot”
06. “Alcohol”
07. “Violence”
08. “Comin' Again”
09. “Sign Of The Wicked”
10. “Megamosh”

SDI

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US Power/Thrash Metal always work at European festivals, so my expectations for THRUST were very high prior to the show. And of course their “Fist Held High” album is damn fantastic. The other two are also good but I still prefer the first one. It feels THRUST have moved towards a more of a Glam-my and groovy sound as time passed.

And that was still the feeling now. Not that it sounded bad in any way, just a little different from what I have been expecting, THRUST performance was flawless, they sounded amazing and looked very good on stage. Vocalist Andy Beaudry dealt with the crowd in a very good way and bass player Ray Gervais together with guitarist Ron Cooke contributed with a lot of energy on stage. But the edgy Thrash Metal was dressed up in that typical 2000-sound, with more of a flow and funky groove than the chainsaw chewing guitars.

One thing this show did was boosting my impression of the songs from the 2015’s “Reincarnation” album. Both “War” and “Scream Girl Scream” worked amazingly well live and since both new and old songs were performed the same way it all felt like an entity. And I can’t really deny that I was enjoying it very much watching THRUST play “Thrasher” and even more, “Metallic Attack”.

THRUST setlist:

01. “Fist Held High”
02. “War”
03. “Scream Girl Scream”
04. “Overdrive”
05. “Hypocrite”
06. “Thrasher”
07. “Wasted”
08. “Metallic Attack”
09. “Fit Of Rage”
10. “Posers Will Die!”

THRUST

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Vic Wright couldn’t make it to ‘Keep It True’ and instead original vocalist Alan Marsh would join the fold. I can’t say anything about Vic since I haven’t seen him perform but TOKYO BLADE have really been on fire the last couple of years and it’s not always the case bringing in original members will be able to live up with the energy most NWOBHM bands have these days. And to be honest, Alan Marsh looked a little bit uncomfortable to start with and it took until “Dead Of The Night” before he really got started. And damn what a change. The longer the set went the more comfortable he looked and the more vibrant the show got. When it settled it sounded absolutely fantastic. And with these amazing songs to go with the performance TOKYO BLADE really became one of the absolute highlights of the ‘Keep It True’. “Lightning Strikes”, “Mean Streak” and “Love Struck” are great on record but they worked even better live.

Even if TOKYO BLADE did not do something special on stage, no extreme moves or funky actions the intensity was there and one got sucked into the show more and more for each and every song peaking for me with “Sunrise In Tokyo” and “Night Of The Blade”; I really love these songs. Even if the day had been really good up until TOKYO BLADE the bar was definitely raised with them and the remainder of the bands would have to work hard to beat this.

TOKYO BLADE setlist:

01. “Someone To Love”
02. “Death On Main Street”
03. “Dead Of The Night”
04. “Lightning Strikes”
05. “Mean Streak”
06. “Love Struck”
07. “Fever”
08. “Unleash The Beast”
09. “Sunrise In Tokyo”
10. “Night Of The Blade”
11. “If Heaven Is Hell”
12. “Midnight Rendezvous”

TOKYO BLADE

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