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HammerFall @ Liseberg, Gothenburg 2014-08-29

Posted in Concerts, Uncategorized on August 31, 2014 by Sara Hammerzmith

So yes! It was time for the first in three years for me to see HammerFall, last time was on their “Infected” tour, and now it’s time for a new album, a new era and perhaps a new HammerFall? No – not really, but they did indeed take a break for two years in order to get some new energy pumping in their veins. With a new album in their backpacks, the band, as well as us, headed down to Liseberg to have a releasegig for the newest, “(r)Evolution”.

We arrived at the stage about half an hour before the show began, and at first, it looked like the place was crowded, but the closer to the stage we got, the more we realized that it wasn’t as crowded as it looked, and we got fairly close to the stage, approx. the fifth row, if you like. It wasn’t too packed, gladly.

Pretty much right on time did the warriors enter the stage one by one starting with Anders and eventually they kicked the whole set off with “Heeding The Call”. Quite interesting, I’ve never seen them start with this before, so it was surprising! Surprising, in a good way. Right after this they hit it off with one of my personal favorite, “Any Means Necessary”.

While the band on stage had an amazing energy, the crowd did not. It’s quite sad to see, and this is one of the reasons I’m not a too big of a fan of these amusement park gigs. I don’t mean it in any offence to non-metalheads, but the feeling in the crowd is usually a lot better when it’s 110% fans there. But yes. The band – amazing energy.

“Renegade” was next on the list, and for the first time in a little while, the crowd seemed to come alive a bit. There is one thing I want to talk about a little bit thought. And that is Oscars new guitar. Can we just appreciate his, if I may say so, hammering guitar?

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It’s literally in the shape of the HammerFall hammer, and it got a blue light in it, as you can see. I love it, I just flippin love it! I love how this band commits 100% to their image, even still after all this time.

“B.Y.H” was the next song on the list before cooling things down with “Bloodbound” off “Chapter V”. It’s fun – perhaps this is because I haven’t seen them in a long time, but you know, they always do like a slow start on the song, right? And in my mind I was just thinking “Ah, this must be ‘Glory to the Brave'” DESPITE Joacim saying they were going to play something off “Chapter V”. But damn. I love “Bloodbound”. And so did the crowd! Finally a bit of a reaction. The band? I still can’t complain about their performances.

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They contiuned on with the Warlord cover “Children of the Damned” that they apparently haven’t played live in many, many years according to Joacim, moving on to “The Metal Age” until it was time for THAT.

You people who’ve seen HammerFall before knows exactly what I’m talking about. When Joacim asks us one simple question. What we are going to say, if he says Let The Hammer….

FALL!

Let the Hammer?

FALL!

HE SAID LET THE HAMMER?

FAAAALL!!!!!!!!!

And with that, I think Liseberg just delievered their loudest scream ever. Thank god. Finally alive. During “Let The Hammer Fall”, I noticed that Joacim’s voice got soarer and soarer, and afterwards he announced he’d need a five minute break to recover his voice. He and the band walked off stage.

This left a bit of an uncertainty amongst the fans. Are they gonna come back? Are they gonna have to cancel? We didn’t know. It was a bit of an anxious waiting, until the band returned on stage together with Jocke, ready to continue the show.

Apparently, Joacim is allergic to the sulfur that comes with the pyrotechnics, which is why his throat had thickened. So no more pyros, and just on with the show. Fair enough.

“Last Man Standing” was the first song to be performed after the break, and the crowd was all with them on this one. I’m not sure if people were intimidated before, or if they just know this song, but yes. Again, finally.

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After all these songs, it was time to premiere something off “(r)Evolution”, and what song is better than the opener “Hector’s Hymn”?

I’m just gonna tell you guys.

This song, is beyond epic live. I loved this song a lot on the record, but I love it even more live. It just brings that epicness to the show that sure as hell is already there, but you know, just that little extra.  And oh oh oh! They had a Hector helmet AND a hammer lying on stage behind Fredrik and Ponuts that Joacim decided to swing a bit. Loved it. Jesus christ, I love Hector. They wrapped up the show with “HammerFall” before leaving the stage for the night.

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As always, the returned for encores. The first encore to be played, which also had it’s live-debut, was the single “Bushido” (off “(r)Evolution”). It’s amazing live. I haven’t been a too big fan of it on the record, but it just NAILS it live.

I guess it should come as no big surprise that the last encore for the night was “Hearts on Fire”. And for the first, and only time during the whole night, did the entire crowd chant and sing together with the band. The song was executed in perfection and they ended the whole thing with some bombastic pyros (I guess it’s fine when it’s the last song and all, haha) before saying thank you and good bye for the night.

While I have nothing to complain about when it comes to the bands performance and energy, I still find the show a bit weak. I’m not sure if it’s the setlist or if it’s the not-so-energetic crowd, but I do think it’s a mix of both. I hope to catch HammerFall on a proper date on their tour instead of a “festivalgig”, and we’ll see then if there are any changes and differencies. But they get an A for effort, but a little lower in creativity with the setlist. And of course, A++++ for the Hector Helmet, hammer and Oscar’s new guitar. Damn, I love that guitar.

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Setlist in whole: Heeding the Call / Any Means Necessary / Renegade / B.Y.H / Bloodbound / Children of the Damned / The Metal Age / Let The Hammer Fall / Last Man Standing / Hector’s Hymn / HammerFall / – / Bushido / Heart on Fire

// Sara

 

Razorblade

Posted in Concerts, Uncategorized on August 30, 2014 by Sara Hammerzmith

I want to say something.

I’m sitting here, DEAD tired since HammerFall’s show last night at Liseberg, and no worries, I WILL write about it I promise, but not right now. It’ll take me about an hour or two + going through the photos to write about it, and for now, I’m too tired to that.

I’ve slept an average of three-four hours a day this past week up ’til Friday, where we decided to sleep in a little bit, not a lot, but a little. At 11 or so we headed down for Gothenburg and Liseberg, and about four hours and loads of confusion later, we are there. We had a great time at the amusement park – a lot of gambling, some rollercoasters. We had even more fun at the gig, despite the crowd not being too good. And I wanna give a nice smack to the girls infront of us who thought it was so “cool that people actually dressed up for this”. Because it’s not like we dress like this daily. Haha, seriously.

After the show, we did some more gambling and more rollercoasters and also had dinner. I think the dinner was the first thing that pointed at how tired you were – not only did I manager to drop my phone right into tacoplate of mine, but we also kinda heard what we heard about foreheads and what not, haha.

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Anyway, the tests of the tests came when we were gonna go home. We decided against having  a hotel, and instead drove home instantly. At first it was ok, even though it drove us MAD trying to get out of Gothenburg. Once we did, we were calm. But then tiredness hit in, and I’m not sure if I ever actually did nick a couple of times, but after 1/3 of the way we stopped at a pit stop to catch 30 minutes of sleep.

And then we continued. There wasn’t much traffic, and I barely even remember anything from driving home, which scares me in a way, but we got home, safe and sound. At 4 am or so in the morning. It was the drive from hell, and I know it ain’t even close to what some people sometimes go through.

We went to bed, and then got up around noon. Michelle went home, and I took another nap to try to catch up.

Now I’m sitting here. Tired as hell. Wanting to write about HammerFall, but I know I won’t be able to write properly with a brain like this. And I don’t have the time either.

Because I’m going back to work in about an hour.

How about that, you guys who say we don’t “deserve” this or are “so rich you can do whatever you want”.

I’d challenge you to travel and see the band under the same conditions we do sometime. And see if it really is as glorious as you think it is. Travelling for bands is the absolute best thing in the world, I wouldn’t be doing it if I didn’t love it as much as I did.

But don’t you dare come tell me it’s so easy. Because the way we do it, it ain’t.

I hate going all negative on here, but I’ve had it up to here with people who do this. And they say this everytime we go somewhere. And it’s pissing me off.

“We worked our fucking asses off to get here, this was no easy ride whatsoever” – Joey Jordison

// Sara

 

Deadache

Posted in Uncategorized on August 29, 2014 by Sara Hammerzmith

Last night Michelle came over in order to have a bit of a prelistening party before the HammerFall show we are about to see today (this entry has been clocked) and we started out pretty nicely with eating some asian food and listening to the record. We came up with some stuff while listening to the record, and we will show you sooner or later, I promise.

After dining, Michelle brought out the gifts she’d gotten me for my birthday. This is beyond sweet of her. She’d gotten me a Sailor Jupiter plushie, a giftcard for concerttickets, a kinder egg with Phineas&Ferb AND.

Erasure’s “Always” single.

If this wasn’t enough, she also brought a cake. And not just any cake.

A Frozen cake.

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Giftigivng was done, and we decided to cool it down a little bit with watching SlipKnot’s show from Roskilde in 2009.

Here’s the dumb thing. I can’t watch things without coming up with stupid things. We noticed how high Corey would jump and Michelle pointed out he might have rubber legs, and in response I yelled out “RUBBER MASK, RUBBER LEGS, JUMPS HIGH WITH SUCH A DENSITY!” (Which is a spoof of Phineas&Ferb song ‘Rubberbands, rubberballs“)

Seriously people, don’t watch live DVD’s with us. It won’t work.

// Sara

HammerFall – (r)Evolution

Posted in CDs, Uncategorized on August 28, 2014 by Sara Hammerzmith

It’s been three years since HammerFall’s last album “Infected” was released and in the meantime Joacim has been doing Rock of Ages, Oscar’s been writing a book and they’ve released a wine. But now they band has returned – and they are stronger than ever.

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“(r)Evolution” is the ninth album in line and contains 11 tracks + bonsutracks on certain versions. I must admit, I did have fairly high expectations on the album itself, and I anticipated the album a lot before getting it. I got myself the digipack version with “Demonized” as a bonus track, and while I absolutely HATE digipacks (we can talk about this some other time) I love touching the cover. The texture they got on it makes you able to basically TOUCH Hector. Love it!

When listening to the album, the first thing that strikes me is that this album is very, VERY HammerFall. Imagine “Glory to the Brave” meeting “Legacy of Kings” and you got it. While “Hector’s Hymn” is a powerful opener, and it got some of the most EPIC back-chanting-vocals I ever heard, you can hear in the lyrics pretty clearly all the references to the past. I suppose this is intentional – almost like Hector’s resurrection.

I might add, for those of you who don’t know. Hector is their mascot, it’s basically the guy with the hammer on the cover.

While the CD is very strong, it’s still a bit… too familiar. They haven’t exaclty literally re-used the riffs,  “Hearts on Fire” meets “Blood Bound” (“Live Life Loud“), you gota bit of “Templars of Steel” in “Et Inferis” and I could really go on forever. It’s not the exact same – but it’s still not new, you know? I must admit – I absolutely LOVE the idea of having James Michael singing in “We Won’t Back Down”. It fits smoothly, and just adds to the song.

A song I must bring up here is “Origins”. And what is it I love about it? I think you already know. The acapella part. After the guitarsolo, they sing the whole chorus once completely acapella before losing it and hammering on as usual. While this is very typical HammerFall still, it caught my attention to the extent that I dare call this the best song on the album, in my personal book at least. The arrangement is absolutely perfect.

Well – all in all I guess I can just repeat what I’ve said many times. This is pretty much as much HammerFall you can get, and it’s going back to their roots with a lot of the material. But it was good. I’m gonna give them that. They still know how to deliver, even though they didn’t bring that much new to the table.

// Sara

Bushido

Posted in Uncategorized on August 27, 2014 by Sara Hammerzmith

Who got HammerFall’s new album?

THAT’S RIGHT! I did! And you too, maybe.

Due to lack of time I’ve really only gotten around to listen to it once, and while I do plan on writing a more detailed review tomorrow (I figured I should give it a couple of more listens to make it fair) I can already now say that it’s a very typical HammerFall album. Not a whole lot of new stuff going on, I even found myself being able to sing along to a lot of the songs despite this being the first time I hear them.

However, regardless of the album – it’s now only two, or maybe one, depending on when you’re reading, until HammerFall’s release gig! I haven’t seen HammerFall live in AGES, it’s possible Lichtenfels 2011 was the last time I saw them (too lazy to check right now) so it’ll be MAJOR, I’m telling you, MAJOR. And the fact that the show will be at Liseberg just makes it even better!

But – til next time, keep the flame burning all of you templars of steel! (oh how cheesy)

// Sara

Day 13 – a song that is a guilty pleasure

Posted in 30 Day Song Challenge, Uncategorized on August 26, 2014 by Sara Hammerzmith

Ahhh, a guilty pleasure song. This one is rather easy!

Hot Boy, Hot Girl” by norwegian singer Lene Alexandra. Lene is an artist I started listening to back in high school, when her hit “My Boobs are Ok” came out. The lyrics are obviously UP THE WALLS, but it’s hilarious as fuck on the same time, which is why I love listening to this every now and then, and I mean, it’s not like she’s any different from Steel Panther or Alestorm, haha.

Yeah. I don’t really know what else to say about this, more than that. Now you LITERALLY know my dirty little secrets!

// Sara

Cliché Love Song

Posted in Uncategorized on August 25, 2014 by Sara Hammerzmith

So many exciting things has happened today. First of all, I officially started at Ingesunds College of Music – and I tell you guys, I feel SO at home at that place. So much at home I wish I had never stopped playing the flute. But you know, things are gonna change a lot at home here from now on. What’s gonna happen? Well, that’s for you to find out later…

But aside that, first of all, the title and tracklist and releasedate for SlipKnot’s number five is out. The album will be called “5: The Gray Chapter” and I must say I really like the homage to Paul! Excitment is growing stronger, and even more so looking at the tracklist. Can’t wait! October 21st is the date. Soon soon!

There are so many new albums coming out this fall. Like, Knot’s new, Lordi’s new, Amaranthe’s new… And Honey Hellraisers new! Damn, this is gonna be an interesting “semester” musicwise. Need. To. Keep. Up.

But now. Bed awaits. The train leaves at 06.45 every morning. Need. To. Survive.

I guess I can do so with Sabaton in my ears.

// Sara