Copenhell Day 3 @ Refshaleøen (DK) - Page 2


It was CORROSION OF CONFORMITY though I was waiting for. I was hooked on them when they changed from Hardcore to more mellow notes with “Blind”. When they released “Deliverance” and “Wiseblood” CORROSION OF CONFORMITY was upgraded to a favorite band. And with albums like that I've been listening to as much as I have. And for a band I like as much as this and have hardly seen live at all actually is quite rare.  What an opening that was! “The Ludditude” is a favorite from most recent full length release “No Cross No Crown”. And to follow that one up with “Broken Man” from “Deliverance” was enough for me to be totally hooked again. “Seven Days” from the same album didn't really slow things down.

The whole thing was both slower and heavier than it used to be. Something that really suited the songs. And it didn't feel like it got lazy, rather even more intensity. It was just to stand there and get sucked in to the music. I even got comments during the show that I looked rather silly smiling like that. But I couldn't really help myself.

I didn't date to hope that “Albatross” and “Clean My Wounds” would be a part of the set. I really wanted to hear both and I was super-thrilled when the first of the two was announced. It sounded better than I ever expected which made this the absolute highlight of the festival. It was really good to see CORROSION OF CONFORMITY back in shape, which they are, both on record and stage. Before it really ended it was time to move towards the Helveti stage where HELLOWEEN was getting ready. But before it was all done, PANTERA's “I'm Broken” blasted from the speakers as a tribute to Vinne Paul who had passed away just days prior to this event.

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY setlist:

01. “Bottom Feeder”
02. “The Luddite”
03. “Broken Man”
04. “Seven Days”
05. “Paranoid Opioid”
06. “Vote With A Bullet”
07. “Wolf Named Crow”
08. “Albatross”
09. “Clean My Wounds”

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY

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The ‘Pumpkins United’ set was sure one of the mightiest concert experiences ever. The massive set felt like it was over in no time and the guys seemed to have genuinely fun together. They still do and the set is still fantastic, however somewhat slimmed down to fit the time-slot a festival grants a band.

Which in itself becomes a downside if you ask me. Songs are cut short, the parts of both “Halloween” and the real epic “Keeper Of The Seven Keys” were removed in favor for other tracks. But I guess it is petty to point that out since it all sounded fantastic and the rest of the set keep most of what I wanted to hear. Ok, I could easily have taken more but it still was a great set. The fun thing though was that “If I Could Fly” got the same response as “Dr. Stein” which wasn't the case in Sweden. I really like the Andi Deris albums as well as him so I was happy with this response. He deserves it and the song sounded fantastic. But still, as much as I love him I enjoy hearing Michael Kiske singing the songs from his era. He has a very special voice and since he haven't touring as extensively as most, he has it intact and sound fantastic.

Then of course I like Kai Hansen as well. His voice is also special but the quality of it has been so and so the last few years. No issues this afternoon though and it never gets boring to hear “Heavy Metal (Is The Law)” live. It was my anthem back in the days and I took every opportunity to crank the stereo up to max. “How Many Tears” can absolutely be mentioned in the same sentence. I love “Walls of Jericho” but it was the “Keeper Of The Seven Keys” albums that got me hooked for real. I think the arrangement between all musicians work fantastically as well. The trade-offs are great and I sure like it when all are on stage together.

It's a little odd with Denmark though as the tradition and following around Heavy Metal isn't as strong as for more brutal music. The encores with “Future World” and “I Want Out”, two songs normally treated as anthems got a quite cool response as people had started to move on to the next event. But I sure like it all even if I think it was more fun when HELLOWEEN was touring on their own and could do their whole set.

HELLOWEEN setlist:

01.  “Halloween”
02.  “Dr. Stein”
03.  “I'm Alive”
04.  “If I Could Fly”
05.  “Starlight” / “Ride The Sky” / “Judas”
06.  “Heavy Metal (Is The Law)”
07.  “Power”
08.  “How Many Tears”
09.  “Invitation”
10.  “Eagle Fly Free”
11.  “Keeper Of The Seven Keys”
12.  Guitar Solo
13.  “Future World”
14.  “I Want Out”

HELLOWEEN

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Off to Pandaemonium for one last show there. SATYRICON were on the bill. It's always a challenge to shoot this type of music as either there are no lights and if some, they are normally very dramatic. No exception here so it truly was a challenge but damn, the music… what a punch and it sounded damn good. Standing towards the back it made sense with the lights as that too contributed with the epic feel of the show. I'm always fascinated when a band sounds as good as SATYRICON did. Experience and skills of course do the trick but still, how big a difference it can be when everything comes together as an entity. Again, the unlimited volume regulations in Denmark surely helped a bit but volume alone doesn't do it.

The bands most recent release “Deep Calleth Upon Deep” sounds fantastic and the live version of “Midnight Serpent” which opened the show lived up to my expectations immediately. Also the title track, which came later in the set sounded fantastic. And I would say that SATYRICON had the same size crowd as HELLOWEEN. At least that is what it felt like. The area around the Pandaemonium stage was packed to the last place and everyone present seemed to enjoy the show very much.

It all was gallant and extraordinaire. Another track that struck me hard when it was released was “K.I.N.G” from “Now, Diabolical” and even if it is powerful on record it sure was miles better here. Extremely powerful and a fantastic way to wrap up the show.

SATYRICON setlist:

01. “Midnight Serpent”
02. “Our World, It Rumbles Tonight”
03. “Black Crow On A Tombstone”
04. “Deep Calleth Upon Deep”
05. “Now, Diabolical”
06. “To Your Brethren In The Dark”
07. “Mother North”
08. “The Pentagram Burns”
09. “Fuel For Hatred”
10. “K.I.N.G.”

SATYRICON

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Then I thought I'd see a few songs of the GHOST show before giving up for this year. When I last saw them at 'Copenhell Festival' it was on the Hades stage and I've never experienced more frenzy in the front-line at any show. I was expecting the same but also knew that it wouldn't be the same when the stage is bigger. The support was good of course, I'm actually surprised that so many people are hooked on this band. I mean, they are good and they've been working hard. GHOST deserve kudos for that but I still don't think the music is all that special. Especially this incarnation makes it more personal since the character changed from Papa Emeritus to Cardinal Copia. I really liked the Dracula feel and spooky atmosphere.

But a show can sure change that. The whole build-up with the set, outfits and arrangements makes it very unique and it is a very neat show. The start with two songs from brand new “Prequelle” in “Ashes” and “Rats” went down well. Then I was surprised that “Ritual” came so early in the set though. I like that song and it was very cool to see the crowd's reaction to it. That first record is the one I've listened to the most. But apparently the rest of the crowd have apparently listened to “Meliora” the most as “Devil Church” and “Mummy Dust” was received really well by the crowd. It became more than a few songs, almost the whole show. I couldn't really take my eyes off the stage.

So with that, I was really impressed by GHOST, much more than last time even if the intensity was higher that time. Musically and visually I enjoyed this much more. And it surely was a good way to sign off the 2018 edition of 'Copenhell'. To be blown away by a band I didn't expect to do very much for me. And it was a fantastic show to wrap up the gigs on the 'Helveti' stage as well. So GHOST marked the ending of yet another absolutely fantastic year at 'Copenhell'. The atmosphere was fantastic as always and all these little things they do extra makes it so special. Definitely I can't wait for the next edition.

GHOST setlist:

01. “Ashes”
02. “Rats”
03. “Absolution”
04. “Ritual”
05. “From The Pinnacle To The Pit”
06. “Faith”
07. “Devil Church”
08. “Cirice”
09. “Miasma”
10. “Year Zero”
11. “Spöksonat”
12. “He Is”
13. “Mummy Dust”
14. “If You Have Ghosts” (Roky Erickson cover)
15. “Dance Macabre”
16. “Square Hammer”
17. “Monstrance Clock”

GHOST

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