Pomona (Shit Happens)

Posted in Uncategorized on October 16, 2017 by Sara Hammerzmith

Yeah, Shit happens is also what I could say about me ignoring this blog for like, almost two weeks. Not like me I know, but there were some business that simply had to be taken care of. And I’m finally more stable now and structured up my daily life a bit – isn’t that amazing huh?

In two days I’ll break my month long hibernation and get back on the road, and November alone will be filled to capacity with fun stuff! Actually, November is like 95% Battle Beast, but irrelevant, right?

I put myself on the waiting list for 70,000 Tons of Metal. I have yet to decide if it was a foolish move, or if I’m genius, all I know is that I have to raise that kind of money very very quickly to be ready. The line up is a basic dream, and the more bands they put out the more pissed I am for not going. But at least I have now tried. I always get what I want, so it shouldn’t be too much of a problem right?

Epica’s Principle Tour and Dragonforce is on the list for this week. This will be about my what, fifth time or so seeing the same tour with Epica – but look, I can’t just say no to a concert when I so happen to be in the country now, can I? No, thought so.

Dragonforce, well I’m more going for Twilight Force to be honest. It’ll be like, the sixth time or so I see them too, but I can’t really count the four shows I saw with Sabaton. I just saw them by default really. It’s like my first two Dynazty gigs – they don’t count, I hated the band at that point.

With all of that said, I’m now going to check all my powerbanks, crack open a bag of crisp and enjoy this evening while trying to figure out what the hell to wear for Epica.

// Sara

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There and Back Again

Posted in Uncategorized on October 3, 2017 by Sara Hammerzmith

So, sitting and scrolling through Facebook I came across the news that Chrileon is, for some reason, no longer a part of Twilight Force.

It was somewhat weird, and it kind of came out of the blue. They have just finished some shows in USA and Japan, and now this? Right before the tour start? I get some small flashbacks from when Kita was let go form Lordi, which also happened just before a tour start. At least Twilight Force had a back up plan.

I must admit that even though I haven’t been a fan for that long, I will miss his vocals. I do hope and wish him all the best on his future endavours, and I hope they find a real good replacement.

I was worried that the tour would be affected by this, but gladly, Tommy Johansson from Sabaton is stepping in to sing, which I can’t even be angry about as I loved his singing parts when I saw them perform in Luleå earlier this year. So I think it can be interesting, even if I’ll miss Chrileon on stage.

// Sara

Dollhouse

Posted in Uncategorized on October 2, 2017 by Sara Hammerzmith

Post tour depression hit hard, even if it was essentially just a warm up. But on the same time, I’ve found myself in a nice tranquil state, the calm before the storm if you want to put a word on it. I’ve taken the time to get a lot of work done, but also get stuff done here at home, investing it what will turn this apartment of four walls from a place to stay to a home.

First and foremost I treated myself to some new toys. A wireless bluetooth keyboard that allows me to play computergames as well as chat while in my couch – I cannot express the kind of freedom that comes with this. Not having to move the computerscreen which also serves as a TV at the moment, and not having to have dangerous wire set ups only to play games. I love it.

Speaking of games, I’ve found myself playing nothing but Roller Coaster Tycoon classic the past couple of days. Had to be done, you know. Another new toy I got myself was a portable speaker which also serves as a discoball. This one will be nothing but perfect on festival and concert trips. Partying was just taken to another level, that is for sure.

Other than that, it’s just some casual things. A carpet for the door. Some more paintings, FINALLY getting bedroom lamp and a new blanket. Because winter is coming and I cannot have too many blankets, I’ve noticed. The cold weather is real.

With that said, it’s just a matter of weeks until I return to Belgium for a couple of shows. It’s going to be mad nice, I can’t stress that. To see Twilight Force again, I really can’t wait for it. It’s a different thing seeing them as a “fan” so to speak. On tour with Sabaton you know, I only just discovered them. It’s not entirely the same.

Oh well. I should really get to bed now. I’m starting my new job tomorrow. I can’t really get enough of working. We have somethings planned, lets say we’ve put a ball into motion. It’s a long term plan, but with the right tools, timing and planning, I’m sure it will work out in the end. And I’m so excited about it.

// Sara

Epica – The Solace System

Posted in CDs, Music, Uncategorized with tags , on September 28, 2017 by Sara Hammerzmith

One year after the release of ”The Holographic Principle” Epica releases a six track long EP called ”The Solace System”. The six tracks featured are songs that got left over from the writing process of the last album, yet songs they did not want to go to waste. And now, we have this EP.

The EP opens quite powerfully with the opening track ”The Solace System”, which is somewhat what I’d expect of any Epica album. The EP continues with a heavier and rougher track in ”Fight Your Demons” Before exploding in the epic and greatness that is ”Architect of Light” before going back into the heaviness and roughness. There’s a beautiful little breakdown with ”Immortal Melancholy” to break off the pounding before tying up the album with ”Decoded Poetry”. It’s following the same theme of quantuum physics kind of lyrics, so no real new surprises there.

I like the EP. I think it’s a nice break off from The Holographic Principle, and I understand that they had a hard time not releasing this, and I’m glad they did as I really enjoy it. It’s very much the same old that we are used to with Epica – epic arrangements, bombastic song and catchy melodylines. Sadly, as far as this EP goes, nothing really new for them. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it, now does it?

Favorite song: Now You’ll Never Know
Least Favorite:
Dance-friendliness:  2/6
Headbang-friendliness:  4/ 6
Crowd-friendliness: 1/6

// Sara

This is how We Do

Posted in Uncategorized on September 18, 2017 by Sara Hammerzmith

Hearing Katy Perry’s “old” song “This is How We Do” always makes me think of traveling. While her song is primarily about partying at a club, some of it is still relatable. And if you just replace things like “buying bottle service with your rent money” with “buying concert tickets with your rent money” we are getting a bit closer. And then, the next song on the album is “International Smile” about a girl traveling around for bands, and simply having an international smile. For some reason, Katy Perry’s entire “Prism” album feels very relatable right now.

Touring season, that is the reason. But it’s not all bliss sadly.

We were reached with the news recently that Lady Gaga has to postpone her European tour because of illness. She was hospitalized in Brazil as you probably have heard or remember, and she’s now in rehab for the illness. We haven’t gotten a new date for the show just yet, but I hope she takes the time to get better. I was really looking forward to the show, and now I can’t wait for her to come back, once she’s better and in one peace.

Other than that. Slow day. Work. Unpacking… well, not unpacking. I’m going to unpack about the time I’m about to leave again. As usual.

// Sara

Amerika

Posted in Uncategorized on September 17, 2017 by Sara Hammerzmith

So, as I said. We had to leave early as hell. I think we got to bed at what, 4? 5? More like 5, in the morning, and were set to go up at 7.30, so we could go the airport by 8. Because that would leave me arriving 8.30, which is about an hour and a half before my flight. I do need a little bit of marginal. Sometimes.

All of that went smooth, got on my plane at 10.10 and got home to Sweden. Spent an hour or so at Arlanda eating proper breakfast or lunch or whatever before getting on the bus home to Karlstad. Was finally home at 20. 10 hours. Bah.

That aside, it was a great trip. It is so good to be back in the touring season again, I’ve missed it so much. I’m glad my fall is pretty stacked up. Well, at least for now.

// Sara

Lordi @ Hell Rock Fest, Ciudad Real, Spain 16/9-17

Posted in Concerts, Music, Uncategorized with tags , on September 16, 2017 by Sara Hammerzmith

So, we slept in big time, which was soooo nice. I know we didn’t go to bed THAT late in Norway, but still – always good to catch some sleep, and rest. Once you are on a vacation and all, you know.

I hopped in the shower first thing when I woke up and then we packed our stuff and headed out to the car. We stayed in Madrid, and the show was about a two hour drive away from the city, so we had a long drive. But before we could go, we had to have some breakfast, and we decided on KFC. So we had a pleasant KFC meal out in the sun. I think this is the point that it finally hit me I’m in Spain. As always on tour, I tend to lose grip on time and space, and that includes where the hell in the world I am.

Once sort of finished, we FINALLY jumped in the car and started the looong drive up to the place. I was of course dealing with being the DJ for the trip, and after a long, scenic and beautiful drive we finally found ourselves at the venue… or festival. And well… I mean.

I know it is a small festival. But this was something else. There was one open air stage – I didn’t even realize it was an open air festival – there was one bar with drinks, one place where you could get tokens and one merch booth. There wasn’t even a foodplace. Which confused me, and also made me very happy we brought some leftovers.

The first band I watched today was Prima Nocte, a female fronted metal band that was pretty good actually. I enjoyed the set!

I also saw Iridium, but eventually decided to head back to the car to get some rest, as the sun and heat were getting to me and I felt my blood sugar drop real fast. I spend a long time there, resting and getting ready, and waiting for the sun to drop. I made my way back in when Morphium was just about to wrap up their set, and ironically enough I was given a setlist. And I hadn’t even been watching the band. Like, what.

Once the sun went down, it went very very cold. Very rapidly. So cold I had to get back to the car to pick up another cardigan to wear outside of my leather jacket. Seriously! I took the time out of the pit to also pick up on a festivalshirt, because much to my surprise, it was actually pretty nice.

Soon enough though, it was time for the band of the bands to perform. At 00.30, or more like, 00.40, Lordi went on stage (so late right, I know!) and started off the set with Skeletor and “Let’s Go Slaughter He-Man”

Lordi

The band then continued on with “The Riff” and.. the front row was pretty good. It always fascinated me how Lordi is like, the biggest smallest band. They always have people waiting in line at the front rows on festivals, even in Sweden, at least a couple of hours before they go on, and it’s always full. Despite this the bookings aren’t there. Why? But aside that, it was a bit… well what you would expect from a small festival like this.

The new song in the setlist for the summer, “Demonarchy” was on the list, and this is still as good as the first time I heard it live. After all, it is my own favorite off the “Demonarchy” side so obviously, it makes me happy. “Hellbender Turbulence” was fired off before OX was set to have his moment. I think I’ve said it before, but I have never enjoyed a bass solo as much as I’ve enjoyed OX’s this year. He’s still doing the funk / dance kind of solo, and it really is one of the highlights. A priestess, or nun, comes on stage to tell him to shut the hell up, but he just slays her, and “Bite it Like a Bulldog” is a go.

Mana launched us into “Babez For Breakfast”, which is so good to see as a return. The cowbells chimed, which is sort of my queue. But Mr L didn’t reach all the way. For those of you who are perhaps new readers or don’t remember – for the past six years I’ve spent “It Snows in Hell” upside down at the barrier. And on certain occasions Mr L took this as a queue to try to drown me. Some occasions were more successful than others. As on the rest of the tour, it was merged together with “Children of the Night”

“Hug you Hardcore” was next on the list, followed by “Sincerely With Love”. Another new surprise for this summer, “Sick Flick” was introduced, and it took me all up ’til now to realize that the “Down with the Devil” thing is happening here – with the priest pressing a cross on Mr L’s head. I didn’t really pay attention on Vicious Rock, and for the first time in my life I wasn’t going there with a Lordi fan – which made it all a bit awkward when I tried to ask him where it was.

An old favorite – “Nailed by the Hammer of Frankenstein” was ripped off, followed by “Blood Red Sandman”. And I think I’ve said it before – but I’ll say it again. You know you have seen a band, perhaps too many times, when your timing is timed perfectly with the band. Even on a live version.

Nalle started playing the intro, and “Hard Rock Hallelujah” was a go. Surprisingly, the crowd wasn’t going as nuts as I thought they would. That’s new. Usually festivalcrowds like this loses it during this one. Hm. Amen came out, alone, did his hand-thing and “Devil is a Loser” was a go.

A sidenote, on the whole “seeing-a-band-too-much”. Nathan sent me a message during the show, asking if they were still on, and I simply sent him a picture of the stage before Amen walked on. And he was like “Ah, Devil is a Loser!” only to moments later say “Wait. Did I just call out the songs only by the lights? This is a new level.” and it’s so true. Haha.

“Who’s Your Daddy?” was the next song on the list, before they rounded the whole show up with “Would you Love a Monsterman?”. The band thanked for the show, and left the stage.

Soon after, after sorting some stuff that had to be taken care of, Santi and I left the festival ground. At like, 3 am. Two hour drive. And I was getting up at 7.30.

Fun, huh? See guys. The tourlife has it’s backside, too.

// Sara