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For The Love of Metal

Coffee drinker Dee Snider performing live at Liseberg in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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A Zombie in the Sun

It is not easy to get up on stage in broad daylight and make it look rock n’ roll.

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Scorpions – Reggae you like a hurricane

I have a confession to make.

I have not listened to the Scorpions at all. Of course, I have heard “Rock you like a hurricane” and “Winds of change” but who hasn’t?

Other than those two songs their music has pretty much passed me by. As a teenager in the 80s I was aware of the Scorpions but listened more to Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Metallica.

So if anyone out there reading this wants to recommend any songs or albums to start with please let me know.

I did not stay for the entire concert. Sorry, I wanted to, but it was getting late and I could not really get into it. They had a very impressive light and video show and there was nothing wrong with their energy on stage. But for some reason the energy was not present in the music. When they started to play a reggae song I decided to go. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy reggae but that is not why I went to Copenhell.

But I am sure it was a great show and I probably missed something fantastic by leaving early. Maybe next time?

Amon Amarth – A Viking Barbeque

We got sun, fire and horns with a huge dose of melodic death metal. Amon Amarth entered the stage at Copenhell and delivered a great show.

According to Spotify, I listened to Amon Amarth more than any other band during 2018. They do make great music for biking to and from work.

Despite singing about swords, battles and monsters Amon Amarth comes off as a fun loving bunch of bearded men.

The setlist was filled with great songs and I got to hear some of my favorites.

Setlist:

  1. The Pursuit of Vikings
  2. Deceiver of the Gods
  3. First Kill
  4. The Way of Vikings
  5. Crack the Sky
  6. Death in Fire
  7. Shield Wall
  8. Raven’s Flight
  9. Guardians of Asgaard
  10. Raise Your Horns
  11. Twilight of the Thunder God

Glenn Hughes – Dance with the devil

I first heard Glen Hughes and his mighty vocals on the album “Phenomena” released in 1985 by the musical project with the same name.

Phenomena was a project from the two brothers Mel and Tom Galley with contributing musicians from Whitesnake, Deep Purple and Ozzy Osbourne. Tom has worked as a record producer and his brother Mel was a guitarist who have played with Glenn Hughes in the band Trapeze as well as with Whitesnake for a while. The sound of Phenomena was very melodic and keyboard based rock with great vocal performances and catchy choruses. They continued the project and released the album Dream Runner in 1987.

Dance with the devil

My friends and I enjoyed that album so much we convinced our music teacher that we should play the track “Dance with the devil” at our schools summer graduation. We did end up doing it with a few lead singers and the entire school choir but we had to change the lyrics from Dance with the devil to Dance to the music.

Seventh Star

Another album I have listened to a lot which features the vocals of Glenn Hughes is “Seventh Star” by Black Sabbath. That album was originally intended to be Toni Iommi’s first solo album but after pressure from the record company and their band manager it was released as Black Sabbath featuring Tony Iommi.

Setlist

The setlist at Copenhell was packed with classic rock tracks from Deep Purple like “Stormbringer”, “Mistreated”, “Burn” and “Highway Star” to name a few.

Even when they start to play one of the most butchered and played guitar riffs if all time it is just pure joy to listen to. Not many band can pull of a cover of “Smoke on the water” without sounding like a bunch of kids in a rehearsal room. But this is the real deal and I see smiling people all around me in the audience. The joy of the people performing on stage spreads to everyone.

Live band

Glenn had a very competent backing group joining him on stage and they managed to recreate the sound of Deep Purple and the seventies very well. Both guitarist Søren Andersen and Jesper Bo Hansen on Hammond organ did a fantastic job during the concert. Both of them were greeted with an extra warm welcome as they are from Denmark. Drummer Ash Sheehan completed the live band and played with plenty of power and groove.

At 68 years of age Glenn Hughes was one of the oldest performers at Copenhell this summer. He definitely did give the younger musicians something to think about…

Trivium – The Sun and the Sandwich

Matthew Heafy and the guys in TRIVIUM started their concert at Copenhell at 14:00 in broad daylight. Most people wandering the festival grounds were either looking for a place to get at late breakfast or are trying to wake up after the night before.

This might not be the ideal conditions for putting on a memorable show. The lights will be close to invisible and the audience has not yet woken up.

All I can say is that this was a fantastic way to start the day. Absolutely crushing music and a really positive vibe were spreading from the stage everywhere. Even a few minutes of light rain did not seem bother anyone.

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A Fraction of a Second Later

The mysterious world of Tool

I was very happy when it was announced that Tool would be playing at Copenhell in 2019. Tool is band that I have huge respect for and their music is absolutely breathtaking.

The first time I saw Tool live was in 1993 when they toured with Lollapalooza and played the so-called “side stage”. I was back in Pennsylvania visiting friends over the summer when the Lollapalooza Tour came to town. It was a pretty good line up of bands with Primus, Dinosaur Jr, Alice in Chains and Rage Against The Machine to name a few.

Tool gave the people at Copenhell a fantastic concert. The music was performed absolutely flawlessly, the vocals were spot on and the sound was great. All this was complemented by a fantastic light show. The intricate and sometimes complex yet accessible music that Tool produces just grabbed everyone.

The withdrawn appearance on stage by singer Maynard James Keenan, the somewhat static and calm movement on stage added to the mystic and atmosphere. It was just a beautiful ending of a great first day at Copenhell in 2019.

Setlist
  1. Third Eye (Intro)
  2. Ænema
  3. The Pot
  4. Parabola
  5. Descending
  6. Schism
  7. Invincible
  8. Sweat
  9. Jambi
  10. Forty Six & 2
  11. Vicarious
  12. (On tape) (-) Ions
  13. Stinkfist

Halestorm

Halestorm, fronted by the very charismatic Lizzy Hale, performed at Copenhell to an enthusiastic crowd.

I never got very close to the stage but did get a few shots from a distance.

Demons & Wizards

I have played Dungeons & Dragons twice but never heard the band Demons & Wizards.

Demons & Wizards is a side-project by vocalist Hansi Kürsch of Blind Guardian and the guitarist Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth.

Blind Guardian

I did listen to Blind Guardian a few years ago. On my birthday one year a friend of mine gave me the album “Nightfall in Middle-Earth”. I really enjoyed that album with its cinematic feel and later also bought “A Night at the Opera” when it was released. Being very impressed by Hansi’s vocals I really wanted to see him perform live.

Ayreon

During many years I have listened a to Dutch multi-instrumentalist musician and record producer Arjen Anthony Lucassen and his Ayreon project. In 2008 Hansi made his first appearance on an Ayreon project and contributed vocals to the album “01011001”. He then returned on the 2017 album “The Source” and being a part of the Ayreon universe made me want to see him even more.

It was also a bonus that keyboardist Joost van den Broek was a part of their live band. Joost has played keyboard on a couple of Ayreon albums as well as Arjen’s other fantastic project called Star One.

Iced Earth

Iced Earth is, however, a band I have never really heard anything from. I had read about them in different magazines and knew they were a well-liked power metal band from the US. But that was about it so this was a nice opportunity to experience something new.

If I remember correctly Hansi thanked the people of Copenhell for giving a young and upcoming band as them the opportunity to perform at the festival.

Live band

On this tour the demons had help from some wizards. The live band consisted of Joost Van Den Broek (Ayreon, Star One, After Forever) on keyboards, Jake Dreyer ( Demons and Wizards ) on lead guitar, Marcus Siepen (Blind Guardian) on bass and Frederick Ehmke (Blind Guardian)on drums.

Fakebook

Here is a mock-up of a book with two of my photographs.

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