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Metaltown 2012 - Part 19: SLAYER
One of the world’s biggest metalband in Gothenburg
SLAYER: “WE LOVE TO PLAY IN SWEDEN”
Metaltown 2012 - Part 18: Fuck Sabaton :D
After Gojira’s gig, I was the happiest person on the planet. I immidiately knew it was the best gig I’ve ever been to and nothing can top that any time soon.
I walked slowly out from the Close-Up stage towards the main stages. I was supposed to go to see Sabaton playing on the Fire Stage because I like them a lot and I’ve listened them a lot (1413 times according to Last.fm).
But when I saw the stage and heard them I was like “Fuck Sabaton” with that same face expression you can see on the image :D Normally I wouldn’t pass any gig like that but Gojira was so good it made everything else look bad :P
I walked directly past the Fire Stage to the merch stand with that “shut up and take my money” attitude. Unfortunately all the Gojira merch was sold out so I had to hold on to my money little longer.
Later I’ve heard Sabaton was really good and I don’t doubt that. You can watch official live video of Sabaton’s Metaltown gig *here*.
I really hope I will see them next summer at Sauna Open Air.
Metaltown 2012 - Part 17: GOJIRA!
Can you remember, what was the very first thing I wanted to share with you after I spent 500 euros, travelled 2000 kilometers and had the most awesome festival experience ever?
Few days before Metaltown I saw Gojira at Sonisphere Finland. It was the best performance of the day, easily better than Machine Head or even the “mighty” Metallica. And after Metaltown I saw Gojira in Nosturi which was their first club gig in Finland and for me the best club concert I’ve ever been to.
Concidering my experience in live events, I’d say both of those statements are quite flattering for any band. And then there was the gig in Metaltown - THE BEST CONCERT I’VE EVER BEEN TO! And I don’t think it’s going to change any time soon.
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I was still hungry after Hammerfall’s gig so I went to buy some more food. But this time, just for fun, I decided to order it in Swedish. It wasn’t an easy task because I’m not really good at Swedish. On the menu they had this one thing I managed to translate: “nudlar med kyckling”. I understood it is noodles with chicken but I had no idea how to pronounce ‘kyckling’ :D So when it was my turn I just said ‘nudlar’ and luckily that was enough to get me what I wanted =)
I was in Sweden for over 2 days and the only Swedish words I used were ‘tack’ (thank you) and ‘nudlar’ (noodles). Everything else went just fine in English. But still in Finnish schools the teachers say how important it is for us to learn Swedish. Bullshit I say!
Anyway.. I enjoyed my noodles while listening to Anthrax but it wasn’t amusing enough because of the rain so I went early to Close-Up stage. Nasum was still playing in there but soon it was Gojira’s turn to take the stage.
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When the Close-Up stage emptied up a little I went as close to the stage as possible. Gojira was something I didn’t want to miss. But I could have been little more excited about it. My shirt was still wet, I was feeling cold and tired and my neck and everything else were still sore from all the headbanging on Friday. Spending the night in a tent on a field without any mattress wasn’t that comfortable either :P
Few minutes before the showtime a fellow metalhead said to me that I should take off my rain poncho because it was going to be hot in there. I followed his advice and now I am eternally thankful for him.
Because when the gig started, it seriously was hot in there! Everyone and everything went just mad while Gojira played Oroborus. The pit was huge and fun and amazing and brutal and nothing like that pointless jogging in a circle. And somehow the crowd managed to stay LOUD at the same time. I fucking love you Swedish metalheads, you are more than perfect!
Along with that, all the negative things just disappeared. I wasn’t feeling cold anymore, I was filled with energy and even the pain and stiffness were gone.
Gojira played the same setlist that they played in Sonisphere. That was great because in the first time I didn’t know the songs that well but this time I knew what to expect.
The second song in the set had probably “the heaviest riff in the universe” :P The song is called of course, The Heaviest Matter in the Universe. The pit kept growing and the awesomeness went even further.
Up next was another song from the album From Mars to Sirius called Backbone. For me this album isn’t as good as The Way of All Flesh and L’enfant Sauvage but I’ve always thought Gojira’s awesomeness compared to others is as much as the distance from Mars to Sirius :P Therefore I still enjoyed the gig more than I’ve been enjoying ever before.
As a sidenote I have to say that before this gig I didn’t realize how good looking blue hair is. I bring this up now because there was this one girl with blue hair and damn she was cute. And the 4th song of Gojira’s set was called Love. I don’t have anything to say about the song because I don’t even know what it sounds like. It’s probably one of their old songs.
The best gig ever continued with one more old song, Flying Whales, that has really fun intro riff. Otherwise the song is little more calm than others so we had our rest before the last three songs.
First was my favorite Gojira song, Toxic Garbage Island. I didn’t have favorites before this gig but it instantly became my favorite after I realized how headbangable it is. Yet another perfect moment in a perfect gig.
Next was the first time Swedish people heard the new beautiful amazing heavy song L’enfant Sauvage. Usually the crowd slows down when they hear new songs because they don’t know what to do but in Metaltown it was exactly the opposite, they partied even harder!
The last song of Gojira’s very short setlist was obviously Vacuity. It’s like In Flames gig ends always with My Sweet Shadow and Stratovarius with Black Diamond. But why shouldn’t Gojira end with Vacuity? It’s amazing song that people expect to hear and it never leaves anyone cold.
*Click here* for videos! I especially like the description of the Vacuity video clip because it tells a lot about the show and why there isn’t that many videos:
I stoped filming to join the moshpit! :D
and that’s a perfect way to end this gig review of a perfect gig! :P I hope you enjoyed!
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Review of the Medeia / Jaakko & Jay / Khroma gig is coming very soon! I’ve already written most of it.
Metaltown 2012 - Part 16: Vildhjarta or Hammerfall?
Immidiately after Killswitch Engage’s show I had to choose between Vildhjarta and Hammerfall.
Vildhjarta is a new band for me and I didn’t know many of their songs. But those what I’ve heard were truly amazing and seeing them live would have been a great way to get deeper into their music.
In the other hand, I have a very long history with Hammerfall, I have listened them for years and they are one of my favorites. I have even seen them live once.
The reason why I decided to choose Hammerfall was simply because I was still little tired, cold and I didn’t feel like listening something too heavy. Also, in the mood like that it’s a lot more enjoyable to listen great songs you know rather than amazing songs you can’t name yet.
Of course there was also an option to see full Vildhjarta gig and then last 30 minutes of Hammerfall’s show but that would have been little too much.
So Hammerfall it was :)
I don’t have much to say about the actual gig because, well, Hammerfall doesn’t have any special show. They just come to the stage, play their amazing songs, make everyone happy and leave the the stage. End of story :P
Because there wasn’t anything too special going on the stage, I left early to buy some food and saw the end of the gig little further away. But the sound was loud and clear so it didn’t make any difference where I was and even the people at the restaurant area were singing along and pumping their fists. I love how passionate Swedish people are at festivals =)
I have only seen Hammerfall on festivals but I’m quite sure their show is different when they are headliners and in a club. I hope I can experience that one day :)
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I spent 2 days writing this and there is still 2 reviews to make. Tomorrow I’m going to yet another gig and on Saturday I’ll leave to my hometown Lappeenranta to see my family and spend my christmas there. Finishing the whole Metaltown story before my deadline 31st of December is going to be tough but I’ll do my best! :)
Metaltown 2012 - Part 15: Killswitch Engage
I got suddenly a huge desire to write this review. I have no idea why but I’m glad the Metaltown story wasn’t over after all ^_^
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Metaltown’s Saturday had less interesting bands so I decided to skip Adept and Candlemass. This meant over 2 hour wait after Pain’s gig but since I was so exhausted from amazing Friday this was very welcome break. I did listen few songs from Adept and Candlemass but it just wasn’t for me.
At 5.00 pm Pain was supposed to give people autographs but they never showed up. I waited there to the very last possible minute before I had to rush to the Fire Stage to see Killswitch Engage because it was one of the bands I really really wanted to see and also one of the reasons I bought the ticket in the first place. Therefore missing even 1 second of the show would have been more worse than anything :P
But because of the desire to get autograph from Peter Tägtgren I didn’t get very good spot at the beginning of the KSE show and their energy felt little too distant for me.
But the weirdest thing was that even I haven’t listened much KSE (compared to my other favorite bands) and I haven’t seen KSE live ever before, I was somehow really glad to see Jesse Leach on the stage instead of Howard Jones.
My favorite moment was when we were told that one of the band members had his birthday that day and we had to congratulate him. First everyone said it in their own language and of course that sounded like a mess but it was fun. Then one of the guitarists had a better way to congratulate and everyone yelled outloud “HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASSHOLE”. Swedish people are loud and that sounded amazing :D
Later I moved closer to the stage and joined the circle pit because thats where all the fun is :P Unfortunately the pit was little too fast for my tired legs and I moved very close to the stage to see the rest of the show.
Being around the right people (the people who live the music, not just listen to it) gave me more energy and the humour KSE had between the songs made the rest of the show really fun. Finally it was beginning to reach my expectations.
And it goes without saying the highest point of the show was to see My Curse played live. It was the song that got me into Killswitch Engage’s music and it is still my favorite KSE song.
The gig ended with a godlike cover of a godlike song, Holy Diver by Dio. I will never see Dio live but I’m very happy with this cover version.
You can watch the last 20 minutes of the show below :) It’s decent quality!
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And that’s about it this time. Like always, I hope you enjoyed. There might be a surprise coming for some of you people, stay tuned! ;)
Metaltown 2012 - Part 14: PAIN
There isn’t really much to write about it but I need to get over this so I can write about the rest of the performances and finish this story. Metaltown 2012 review will be finished by the end of the year. I just can’t write one festival review over 6 months, even though this is only a hobby and I do this only to entertain myself. Of course I love all of you who read my reviews and you make me enjoy this even more :)
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Since Pain was the first band of the day performing on the main stage, there wasn’t too many people who came to see them. Obviously that affected the common atmosphere during the show but all few thousand of us had really great time.
I’ve always liked all the special effects such as lights, flames, pyro, lasers and other cool stuff. Pain had few cylinders on the stage with skull painted on them and I knew something was going to come out of them. I was just wondering what they have to offer =)
It didn’t take too long to find it out because Pain had quite exploiding start of the show. The most cliché intro song ruined it a little though but everything can’t always be perfect :P Lux Aeterna (also known as Requiem for a Dream) by Clint Mansell is a great song but still, using it is almost the same as using Comic Sans font.
The show continued with the following setlist:
- Dancing with the Dead
- Zombie Slam
- Dirty Woman
- End of the Line
- The Great Pretender
- I’m Going In
- Monkey Business
- Same Old Song
Really not too much to say about anything there. It was great to see Pain for the third time and it didn’t really matter which songs they play. Of course I was hoping for Walking on Glass because it happens to my favorite Pain song. They played it at Tuska 2010 though so it’s not like I’ve never heard it live :P
The Metaltown gig ended obviously with Shut Your Mouth. Yet again, exploding start after the intro but it didn’t last song because it was quite windy out there. It was cool though :P
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I’m actually quite surprised how much text I managed to write about that. But well, thats just how it goes when you get the inspiration :P
Next: I don’t know what. Maybe more Metaltown, maybe Gojira, maybe another album review or maybe something completely different. It’s going to take a while though because I have so much other stuff to do aswell :/