Nordic Noise V Day 2 @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK)

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'Nordic Noise Rock Festival 2018' - Day Two

MAIDEN AALBORG / DREAM EVIL / PORTRAIT / JUNKYARD DRIVE / TRANSPORT LEAGUE / PECTORA

Date: 12th May, 2017
Venue: Halmtorvet 9
Tickets:400DKK 2-Days 666DKK V.I.P tickets/day  (€55/$59 vs €88/$99)
Promoter: Mighty Music
Photos: Erika Wallberg


Day 2 of ‘Nordic Noise’ festival started off in a very nice way with PECTORA. They impressed when opening for FLOTSAM & JETSAM at Beta2300. I really enjoyed the Folk-sy touch to classic Metal at that time. I was a bit surprised though by Kenneth Jacobsen’s smooth and melodic voice. Just judging by the AMON AMARTH-esque look I expected something harsher, but it sounded great and worked really well as a warm up. It was the same now but it was a much more confident band that took on the stage.

The whole set was more straight in your face which enhanced the experience from last time. Of course it helped that I’m more familiar with PECTORA’s music as compared to the last time too. “Democracy In Disguise” was a favorite from this night. It is the opening track of the “Redemption” EP which was a must to pick up last time.

I’m really impressed with the Danish scene, there are so many very cool and good bands coming up and the best thing is that there is a good support for local bands in the scene as well. That’s great to see.

PECTORA

Pectora @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Pectora @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Pectora @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Pectora @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Pectora @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Pectora @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Pectora @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Pectora @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Pectora @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Pectora @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Pectora @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Pectora @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Pectora @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Pectora @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Pectora @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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Then over to something different. If PECTORA represented the new, TRANSPORT LEAGUE brought on the nostalgia. Even if I haven’t listened much to this type of Groove Metal lately, the bands that were with me in the past are always welcome. All of them bring on good memories, more or less. I was totally blown away the first time I saw TRANSPORT LEAGUE, just when they’ve released “Stallion Showcase”. After that I followed them and took every opportunity to see them and they’ve always delivered high quality shows. Of course, not much from the set was from the old days though. I have to admit I haven’t really caught up since they reformed again in 2009. So it was actually just “Lost In The Desert Of Habib” from “Super Evil” which showed up towards the end of the set that I really knew. But with that, I still really enjoyed the set. I mean, we are talking about good songs and a great groove, what’s not that to love? Also the lack of limitations on volume Denmark have did TRANSPORT LEAGUE good, with the push from the volume it all was very powerful and a size bigger than the rest. Both sound-wise and size-wise. It becomes a little crazy when the stage all of a sudden felt cramped, and tiny.

The conclusion of this show though is that I’ve missed out on a lot of goodies since I haven’t caught up with TRANSPORT LEAGUE in recent years but that’s quite an easy fix though. And after the show I know it will be worth it also.

TRANSPORT LEAGUE setlist:

01. “Swing Satanic Swing”
02. “Power Of The Sloth”
03. “Holy Motherfucker”
04. “Thousand Eyes And One”
05. “Barabbas Venomous”
06. “Cannibal Holobeast”
07. “Kill Kill Faster”
08. “Destroy Rock City”
09. “Lost In The Desert Of Habib”
10. “Bitter Sand”

TRANSPORT LEAGUE

Transport League @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Transport League @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Transport League @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Transport League @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Transport League @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Transport League @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Transport League @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Transport League @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Transport League @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Transport League @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Transport League @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Transport League @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Transport League @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Transport League @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Transport League @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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Then again a sign of the blossoming Danish scene. Like PECTORA and TAINTED LADY JUNKYARD DRIVE have always delivered fantastic sets. Also they always have a good following and this night was no exception. The difference from last time I saw them was the confidence in their performance. It all felt very relaxed and effortless, still with the high energy that has been prominent in the other shows. New “Time Is Over” opened the show and as always with new songs the crowd watched politely. When the songs from “Sin & Tonic” showed up everything was turned up a notch. “Drama Queen” which followed is a catchy one but I sure prefer “Natural High”. The latter, more dynamic track felt more vibrant and it continued the same way throughout the show.

And it is good to see that also new material is getting support. “Sweet Little Dreamer” is something that could have been an MTV hit if it had been released 20 years ago. Also “Sucker For Your Love” sounded really good and shows that JUNKYARD DRIVE have the future ahead of them. These new songs sure sounded interesting and more unique when compared to the older material. One thing that really blew me away the first time I saw JUNKYARD DRIVE was their version of “Geordie”. The song is of course good but the response it got was just fantastic. For sure, it’s not a JUNKYARD DRIVE original but they really do the song justice and that virtually everyone in a venue would know a song and sing along the way it happens for this track is just fantastic.

To wrap things up JUNKYARD DRIVE had dug out “The Golden Lady” from their debut EP “Junkyard Luxury”. All in all, this was as JUNKYARD DRIVE always are, very good and it sure is a lot of fun to see them play.

JUNKYARD DRIVE setlist:

01. “Time Is Over”
02. “Drama Queen”
03. “Natural High”
04. “Pauline”
05. “Sweet Little Dreamer”
06. “Sucker For Your Love”
07. “Geordie”
08. “The Golden Lady”

JUNKYARD DRIVE

Junkyard Drive @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Junkyard Drive @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Junkyard Drive @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Junkyard Drive @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Junkyard Drive @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Junkyard Drive @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Junkyard Drive @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Junkyard Drive @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Junkyard Drive @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Junkyard Drive @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Junkyard Drive @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Junkyard Drive @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Junkyard Drive @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Junkyard Drive @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Junkyard Drive @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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I guess the second day of the 2018 edition of ‘Nordic Noise Festival’ could have been called the Swedish day. Almost at least, as 3/5’s of the line-up was Swedish. Apart from TRANSPORT LEAGUE earlier on, now PORTRAIT and then DREAM EVIL to finish the billing (sorry, I’m not counting the tribute bands as a part of the billing). PORTRAIT have actually been quite uneven live. Or, they had a really unforgiving sound at ‘Headbangers Open Air’ some year ago which certainly didn’t make their songs justice and that performance stuck around for some reason. All the other times I’ve seen PORTRAIT it has been good and I was hoping for the best things night.

I don’t know why I was worried though; all other bands had sounded good so why shouldn’t PORTRAIT? And they did, the addition of fret-less Fredrik on bass have done a lot for the sound, it certainly is more dynamic with him in the band. The whole performance was intense, it really has to be tight with the sound PORTRAIT have. Distortion on the guitars is limited which was the issue before, even if it’s not much difference this show really beat most other PORTRAIT gigs I’ve seen. Per’s rather clean voice works well towards the music, it’s actually better live than on record because his energy really comes through live as well. Strangely enough though, the Danish crowd didn’t seem to have the hots for PORTRAIT. They had their support in the front but there people just watching and not really with the same supportive attitude as for JUNKYARD DRIVE. I know it’s tough for Heavy Metal in Denmark but, that Hard Rock or more brutal stuff works better and that was proved here. Still, I think PORTRAIT sounded great and I really enjoyed their set at least.

PORTRAIT

Portrait @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Portrait @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Portrait @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Portrait @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Portrait @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Portrait @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Portrait @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Portrait @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Portrait @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Portrait @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Portrait @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Portrait @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Portrait @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Portrait @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Portrait @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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Sometimes it’s strange, there are prominent Swedish bands I’ve hardly ever have seen play live. DREAM EVIL is one of them which actually is strange since I really like what they do. But apparently my schedule hasn’t fitted with theirs over the years.

So to see them now was something I was looking forward to and it was pretty much as I expected it to be. It all sounded fantastic. Niklas Isfeldt sure has a fantastic voice and he’s a very charismatic performer. Just that with the black paint around his eyes boosted the whole thing and added mystique. It’s funny how a small thing like that can have such a big impact on the experience. Opening “Dream Evil” from latest release “Six” sat the mood right awayy and “In Flames You Burn” worked well too. But there’s no doubt it is “The Book Of Heavy Metal” I’ve listened to the most. “Crusaders' Anthem” took me down a slight nostalgia trip. It is classic Swedish Heavy Metal at its best. The same things can be said about “Children Of The Night”, another fantastic one from the big bag of DREAM EVIL tricks.

As good as it sounded, I missed a bit of the frantic energy delivered by the other bands on the bill that day. It was mainly bassist Peter Stålfors that was showing off a lot of attitude. Perhaps it was the first day that had taken its toll on me though since everyone else present seemed to enjoy it all very much. The front-line was packed out long before the show started which didn’t really happen for the rest of the bands. And I have to say that the ending was a damn good one. Frist “The Chosen Ones” followed by “Chasing The Dragon” from the debut album “Dragon Slayer” and all wrapped up with “The Book Of Heavy Metal”. First time I heard the song I thought it was really cheesy but it sure got stuck and the more it spun the more the geniality of it showed. Now I really like it and it was a good way to wrap up the fifth edition of ‘Nordic Noise Festival’. Well, end it for me as the after-party started right after with MAIDEN AALBORG which should ensure to keep the party going throughout the night.

‘Nordic Noise Festival’ is a fabulously pleasant event, the atmosphere is cozy and the line-up always kicks ass. What I really enjoy with it is that there are band I’m not familiar with or not expect to appreciate that I find really interesting. And that there is an opportunity on a convenient distance that serves both a party and very good music, how can that be wrong?

DREAM EVIL setlist:

01. “Dream Evil”
02. “In Flames You Burn”
03. “Crusaders' Anthem”
04. “United”
05. “Immortal”
06. “Six Hundred And 66”
07. “Children Of The Night”
08. “Made Of Metal”
09. “Into The Moonlight”
10. “The Chosen Ones”
11. “Chasing The Dragon”
12. “The Book Of Heavy Metal (March Of The Metallians)”

DREAM EVIL

Dream Evil @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Dream Evil @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Dream Evil @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Dream Evil @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Dream Evil @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Dream Evil @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Dream Evil @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Dream Evil @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Dream Evil @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Dream Evil @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Dream Evil @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Dream Evil @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Dream Evil @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Dream Evil @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Dream Evil @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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