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2016 – A Year in Review

Posted in Uncategorized on December 31, 2016 by Sara Hammerzmith

So! It’s time for my lookback at 2016, and it feels like this year, has been QUITE the year, actually.

January

Started off the year with the best of the best in SlipKnot – Two shows, one in Helsinki and one i Gothenburg. The shows were.. they were good. I was sort of set off by the fact they actually opened the shows with “The Negative One”, but what can you do. In Helsinki, I also had the opportunity to meet them, which was amazing! In Gothenburg I met Fritiof and Sebastian as well, which was amazeballs! I wrapped up the month with my annual visit to Sofia, which was amazing!

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February

February was a bit of a month! The last preparation for the upcoming trip was happening, but most importantly, it was filled with some gigs – Toto and Grave Robbert in Stockholm. Both gigs were amazing, and I had a lot of fun!

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I had to re-install my The Sims 4, and because of that, I made Aria Cavanaugh. I still miss Anna to this date, but Aria is a good go still.

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At the end of the month, I started my trip to Australia with a pitstop in Norwich to catch Sabaton and Alestorm on their co-headline tour, support by Bloodbound. Incredible gig with an incredible line up! But of course, I didn’t leave before I could say good bye to Nathan.

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March

Most of March was spent in Australia and New Zealand. It was amazing meeting one of my close friends of almost ten years for the first time, but also to discover countries completely different from our own. Looking out the windows seeing, what for me, is tropical trees, going outside while dark and it still being warm, breathless views over waterfalls and forests… I can’t even begin. And not to mention, the amazing gigs by Epica in Auckland and Brisbane! Was so good to finally catch the Quantuum Enigma tour.

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End of March was spent in Germany, hanging out with Daniel and walking around the city.

April

April started off with a bam together with the mighty wolves in Powerwolf. Two shows – Frankfurt and Clermont-Ferrand in France, which was an epic journey! There’s nothing quite like getting to the trainstation at 6 am in the morning, meeting up with an equally tired Madlen embarking on a 9 hour long journey to Clermont. On the stop in Paris we picked up on Sophie, and they both tested Vegemite which I so lovingly, on Sophie’s request, had brought home. Or actually not, I got it at the Australia shop in Frankfurt, but!

Once in Clermont we met up with additional friends and basically had the night of our lives. It was a great evening, to say the least.

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The month was pretty filled. Catching up with a lot of people here at home, forcing Vegemite down their throats, and a lot of travels to Stockholm, partly as preparations for what was coming in May, but also to catch Butcher Babies and Sumo Cyco. Sumo Cyco, what a band! And Butcher Babies. Ah, I love them.

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May

May was a big month for me, as I finally fulfilled my dreams of working at the Eurovision Song Contest. It was an amazing experience, and I’m so happy Stockholm City allowed me to do this, and thanks to Robert for letting me stay at his place.

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In May, I also celebrated ten years as a Lordi fan. What a perfect way huh?

June

June was all about Sweden Rock! Our amazing monstars played the festival for the first time, and I couldn’t have been more proud of them! The festival all in all was pretty great, aside a massive betrayal, but what can one do? The bands, some of the friends were great – and the shopping was great as usual!

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July

July… July started off so great. Tuska Open Air Metal Festival – 10 year anniversary since The Arockalypse tour, and a show replicating most of the show from the The Arockalypse tour. The show… the show people. This is easily one of the best Lordi shows that I have seen to date, but what made this trip so amazingly special was the people. Sharing this amazing and special show with Nathan and Sophie was the best thing ever. The next couple of days we had shenanigans at the Lordi exhibition, playing around, getting peppersprayed, making new friends in Niki, Vickie, Saana, Juuso, Markus and Elodie. And not to mention… The last dinner at the pizzeria. That was seriously one of my favorite moments easy – chilling for hours, eating good food and not wanting the night to end because it meant departing.

Tuska was one of the best experience.

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And oh. Lordi released their new costumes and everybody pretty much just lost their mind. It’s like Sophie said – “You are just waiting and waiting and hoping they will release it, but as soon as they do you are completely not ready and your losing your mind”.

August

August was festivalmonth! Started off with the best smallest biggest coziest festival in the world. I went alone this year, meeting up with occasional friends at the spot, and had an amazing time. Seeing great bands like Quiet Riot, Art Nation, Haunted by Destiny, Kamelot and Hardcore Superstar. It was very pleasant.

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This was also the month Delain’s “Moonbathers” was released, “The Last Stand” by Sabaton and single drops from HammerFall (“The Sacred Vow”), Amaranthe (“That Song”) and Lordi (“Hug You Hardcore”)

Toward the end of August it was time for Sabaton Open Air. I haven’t been on this festival since it’s very first one in 2008, it was nice being “back”. Well, “back” since they moved the location since then. The main reason I was there was of course Lordi, but I was happy to see amazing bands such as Hysterica, Bloodbound and not to mention – Sabaton. Oh, I also turned 25!

September

In September, I celebrate ten years since I saw Lordi live for the first time. But aside that, it was a pretty slow month – we mostly planned November’s endeavours. On the other hand, we had a lot of single releases and album releases. Or perhaps not a lot, but Lordis new, long awaited album came out, and it was mindblowing! Same thing for The Lounge Kittens “Sequins and C-Bombs” and a number of singles from HammerFall and Sumo Cyco amongst others!

October

October means Powerwolf+ Civil War tour! I did two shows in the tour, which is a little on the low side for me, but I had to put most of my fire into the two week tour in November.

But, the two gigs I did see was great – great catching up with Dani, Toni and Madlen, as well as meeting Claudia and Sandra!

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November

November was amazing. I guess this is one of the highlight months, completely. Started off my major tour in France and Paris, where I saw three amazing gigs – Kissin’ Dynamite, Amaranthe and Delain. I got to spend time with some great friends – Sophie, Laura, Cyril, Florian, Emilie, Ambre and Elodie, and see amazing things. After France, I set off directly to Ireland together with my amazing crew Sophie, Nathan and Paula to have a couple of amazing days in Dublin and seeing two amazing gigs by Lordi, and not to mention the crazy amazing gig in Galway. TOP SHOW. Wrapped it up with seeing Delain again, amazing tour!

I also did a spontaneous last minute trip to London with Nathan, Paula and Niki to see the beloved monstars just one more time, and additionally, seeing Reckless Love at the legendary Electric Ballroom!

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December

December was a slow month. Didn’t do a lot, mostly planning and preparing for the new year, which will be INCREDIBLE!

So… That is my year in review. There has been some extreme dips, but also some extreme highs. It’s been an amazing year. Let’s see how many of my predictions came through:

  • Make it to 400 CD’s. Let’s make it a little more… achieveable.
  • Travel somewhere new. Aside what we have already planned.
  • See Civil War live again
  • Get somewhere new.

Well… It’s a few anyway! I don’t think I made it to 400 albums, sadly, but I got a good way!

So, for the next year:

  • Make it to 500 CD’s. Despite not finishing my goals last year, I raise the bar.
  • Travel somewhere new aside what is already planned.
  • See Van Halen live
  • See Bon Jovi again
  • Start writing somewhere new.

I think that will do for now.

And now; Thank you, to all people that were a part of my year, and all the things we did together. I love you all, and see you next year!

// Sara

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My year in Music

Posted in Music, Uncategorized on December 30, 2016 by Sara Hammerzmith

So, time to sum up this year in music. I’ll be using LastFm, which tracks all the music I’ve listened to on my iPods, which will help me.

So, to start off with, my five most played artists.

5. Sabaton

This surprises me a little bit – that they’d be so “low”. They are my second all time played band, but at least they are still on here, right? This year they released their new album “The Last Stand” which I have a love-hate kind of relationship to. I do love it, from a fans point of view, but I also dislike how self-plagirised the album actually is. But, these guys never ever fail to entertain.

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4. SlipKnot

I started off my year with SlipKnot, and I guess most of the plays come from there, but it is no major surprise at all. The shows earlier this year was… good. It feels horrible to say these things, it’s just that, the show was so stripped down as to compared when we saw them last year, and even songs that are basic crowdkillers were gone. They still entertained, absolutely, but..

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3. Amaranthe

I did honestly think this band was going to be a little bit higher, seeing this is actually the band I keep the most songs of on my little iPod, but everything surprises you! It’s not odd that they are on the list, they are one of my absolute favorite bands, and I love it every time I get to see them live.

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2. Powerwolf

So, no big surprise here. The major tour in April and also the autumn tour leaves it’s traces, and also, simply epic music! Next year I’ll start my year off with Powerwolf and Epica, so it is kinda perfect, don’t you think?

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  1. Lordi 

No big surprise that the best band in the world would be number one! The release of their new amazing album “Monstereophonic” has a lot to do with this I reckon, but I can’t even say anything more than that really.

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Moving on to next category, most played ALBUMS of 2016.

5. “MASSIVE ADDICTIVE” of Amaranthe

No surprise. This is my favorite Amaranthe album to date, even with “Maximalism” released. It’s heavy, it’s electronic, it’s just amazing.

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4. “Blessed and Possessed” by Powerwolf

No surprise here. It was my first Powerwolf album, and it’s also one of my favorites by them.

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3. “MAXIMALISM” by Amaranthe

Amaranthe’s new album claims the third spot on this list. Which is sort of fun, seeing what I said about “MASSIVE ADDICTIVE”, but I’m guessing a little bit of this is because of the fact that it’s a new release. Always when I get new albums I really listen through them a lot to get used to them and getting a proper impression.

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2. “Bible of the Beast” by Powerwolf

This surprises me a bit, that it’s so high, but the list is meant to surprise you.

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  1. “Monstereophonic (Theaterror vs Demonarchy)” by Lordi

No surprise this album is at the top. It’s such an amazing album, such a jump up for them since “To Beast or not To Beast” and “Scare Force One”. I cannot stop listening to this album, that is just how good it is!

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And now, I’ll talk about my own personal albums of this year. This list will not necessarily contain albums released this year, only albums that have had a lot of importance and impact for me this year, in no particular order at that.

Art Nation – Revolution

I have been somewhat obsessed with this album ever since I got it, to the point it is pretty much the only album I’m actually listening to these days. It’s just a masterpiece of an album.

Savatage – Edge of Thorns

This is the album I turn to whenever I need something that soothes and calms. For instance, when I bath or when I just want something in the background that itches my brain but not consumes me too much. It’s hard to explain, but it’s something with the lyrics, the singing style and the music that just captures me.

Delain – Moonbathers

Delain is the only band in this world, Charlotte is the only songwriter in this world that I’ve come across, that knows exactly how to channel my emotions. Never before have I related so much to someones music, which makes this album very close to heart and personal because of it’s content.

Sumo Cyco – Lost in Cyco City

This album has become a bit of a good friend. I turn to Sever and the boys constantly, and I guess she’s coming close to Charlotte as far as songwriting goes.

Powerwolf – Metallum Nostrum

This album is a bit of my best friend, you could say. This is the one album I always listen to when I work – regardless of the job, because it’s a best of playlist, but with epic music. It’s difficult to explain, but it’s my go to album

 

So, that is a little about my year in music. It’s crazy sometimes to see these numbers, and I’m more than ready for 2017, at least musicwise!

// Sara

Conversation Piece

Posted in CDs, Uncategorized on December 29, 2016 by Sara Hammerzmith

Christmas just keep on happening for me! Today, an additional pair of albums arrived in the mail, this time actually FROM my brother.

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First off: Nightwish’s album “Endless Forms Most Beautiful”. Having fallen in love with songs as “Elán” and “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” I sort of had to get my hands on this album eventually. I guess the only shame is that it took me this long! I can’t wait to dig into it deeper.

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The second one, perhaps a bit unexpected to you guys, is Adele’s “25”. At first, as with most things, I was a little annoyed at “Hello”, but the more I heard it (thanks to work) the more I fell for it, as well as “When we were Young”, so I figured it was about time that this one found it’s way into my record collection. Adele is completely new ground for me, having only heard “Rolling in the Deep” and the two aforementioned, which will make it really, really interesting to get into! I love to start with new artists, and even more so when it’s a little “outside” the comfort zone, so to put it, you know?

It’s really exciting to get so much new music these days. I have a large pile of unopened albums, that just keep growing bigger, but it’s only because I really wanna take my time with every album. Listen it through properly, to the point where I can actually pinpoint songs I like, and perhaps even don’t like, to allow songs to grow on me, to allow me to get tired of some songs. I don’t want to end up with a lot of albums that I barely know the content on just because I rush through it.

With that said, I’m now going to bed and preparing for tomorrows workday. It’s a bit hard at times to get back to work after being sick for so long, but I’m hanging in there! It’s going to be a rough couple of days, but I’m sure I’ll get through it. And after all; Money.

// Sara

We Are The Others

Posted in Uncategorized on December 28, 2016 by Sara Hammerzmith

Hello folks. Sorry for the late update, I’ve finally started to get back to work after being sick for so long, so it has taken a little bit of time to get used to everything, and to make it better, I start off my shifts with stablework and then nightwork the same time. So I basically went out harder than I normally would have. But hey, why not?

To put a little sparkles on my day, I got some late Christmas gifts, that were actually unexpected as well.

The first, was from my mother.

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Delain’s album “April Rain”. This was a bit unexpected, seeing I had no idea she had more incoming, which made me superconfused when I opened the box. But nonetheless, it’s was very welcomed! Now I’m only lacking one Delain album before I have the complete discography – well, on the album side anyway!

The next is actually from my older sister Caroline.

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“How to Build a Girl” by Caitlin Moran. Looking at the description of the book, it sounds very interesting and I’m looking forward diving into it!

And now, I’m getting back to bed because I’m literally falling asleep here.

// Sara

I Saw Mommy Blowing Santa Claus

Posted in Uncategorized on December 24, 2016 by Sara Hammerzmith

Merry Christmas everyone! By now, Christmas has actually passed and I’m just really sitting here and winding down with VH1 Classics “Nothing But the 90’s” where it’s nonstop musicvideos of the best of the 90’s. I love their themeshows like this.

The day started off pretty rushed actually – because of my illness, setting up everything for Christmas has been quite delayed. But, in about 45 minutes I worked my magic and managed to throw together a nice Christmas tree to surprise my hard working mother when she came down the stairs to a pretty much all set up Christmascelebration. Usually, she is the one who’s fixing it – but like I said, she’s a hard working woman and haven’t had the time.

Spent the day with the usual – Donald Duck followed by “Kan Du Vissla Johanna?” and what hopefully is a new tradition – “Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension”. Seriously, I had forgotten how much I love this movie. We had a nice Christmas dinner and then once Phineas & Ferb was done, we gave our gifts. So, before you all need to ask I’ll tell you what I got.

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From my little brother, and probably the most unexpected gift of the evening: Freddy Krueger chopsticks. Basically, I’ll always have a bit of Freddy now when I eat my noodles. I’m still a bit surprised he still actually remembered I’m into this movie franchise.

Next to it, a bit cut out, is actually a note with witty writings about some albums that didn’t make it in time for Christmas that I’ll get later. I’ll update you as time goes on what albums it actually was, unless some of you could guess from the little things you can see. As well as a card from my father with a financial contribution.

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Mixed make up from Mother and Brother. It’s two NYX eye shadows in the colors “Frostbite” and “Tin”. NickaK eyeshadow palette with various vibrant colors perfect for the upcoming Epica tour, and two NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream – colors “Prague” and “Amsterdam”. I cannot wait to swatch these. I’ve fallen in love with NYX’s Lip Creams – I just love the feeling of it on the lips, and the colors! I’m pretty sure I could end up getting all colors in the line if I didn’t prioritize things like traveling.

And lastly; the music. There is never a Christmas here without music.

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Firstly; Promo CD of Powerwolf’s debut album “Lupus Dei” given from my friend Hansi from Norway. I’m not sure if it was intended as a Christmas gift, but it arrived in good time for it! Secondly, all of the albums from my mother; Shiraz Lane’s “For Crying Out Loud” – as you all know by now, Shiraz Lane was one of Lordi’s supportbands on this past Monstour, and I did eventually fall in love with their music.

Second album is Stala&SO.s selftitled album, which I believe is also their last so far. I’m looking forward to get into it! And thirdly, Kissin’ Dynamites “Megalomania”. I’m so in love with this album, so I was very happy to see if behind the wrappings.

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So, that would be it. The rest of the night have been spent in front of Disney Channel up until now, as I wrote, when I’m sitting back with some Julmust and currently watching Guns n Roses crank out “Sweet Child O’Mine” on VH1 and digging into the albums a bit. Oh Fuck yes, Queen “Another Ones Bites The Dust” just started. Wonderful.

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// Sara

 

The Best of Both Worlds

Posted in Uncategorized on December 22, 2016 by Sara Hammerzmith

Well, that is a kind of odd title to put on this entry. As you’ve noticed, I haven’t written anything these past days, which is because the sinusitis evolved into something much worse, something we don’t even know what it is. And it’s still not over yet, but at least I feel good enough to have any sort of concious in my head.

So what has actually been up since… Well, I’ve gone over the new Savatage album I bought a few times, and while it doesn’t just yet meet up to “Edge of Thorns”, but I’m still liking it and will let it grow on me. I did fin the titletrack, “Gutter Ballet” pretty interesting as it drew the thoughts a lot to “Cliffs of Gallipoli” by Sabaton. Interesting times, huh?

Aside that it’s really just the usual. Tourplanning. We had a major setback, but we are finally back on track, which makes me really happy. I can’t wait for all of these amazing shows next year.

With that said, I’m now going to bed before I start write about a lot more nonsense than I already did.

// Sara

All In

Posted in Uncategorized on December 13, 2016 by Sara Hammerzmith

So, I was hit with an aggressive dose of sinusitis a few days ago which have left me completely knocked out. Like, I’m not even joking – I’ve spent evenings and also this morning crying out in the pain I felt in my forehead caused by this. Gladly, I got some painkiller that do literally kill the pain, so hopefully I’ll be good from now on.

But, I did get some things done before it hit me like truck, and the first and perhaps most major thing is that I got to collect my Sabaton beers. And they are sooo pretty! I can’t wait to try them out. Soon enough, hopefully!

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I also took some time to stop by Knastret, our amazing little second hand musicstore we have down a cellar by the big square. My father traded some vinyls there almost a year ago, so I had some store credit to collect. At last, my decision for today fell on two albums – first one is Kamelot’s “The Fourth Legacy”, I figured that after being absolutely mesmerized with their performance at Skogsröjet and also being in love with the few song Elize is featured on, it was time for me get more familiar with the band.

The second album is Savatage’s “Gutter Ballet”. I absolutely fell in love with Savatage after getting their album “Edge of Thorns” (Thank you Powerwolf!) and it was about time to extend the collection a bit. “Edge of Thorns” are one of those albums of mine that I cannot stop listening to, no matter how many times I hear it, I never grow tired of it. This is the album I put on when laying down in a warm bath or when I need some good music while working. And trust me, I don’t say this about a lot of albums, so it’s a pretty sensational thing.

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With all of this being said, I am now retiring to bed. I’m probably way beyond my bedtime right now, as I feel my body starting to ache a bit again, lets hope I can fall asleep peacefully, shall we?

Good night people!

// Sara