Archive for August, 2017

Time is on Our Side

Posted in Music, Uncategorized on August 12, 2017 by Sara Hammerzmith

After three years of silence, and a guitarist “change”, H.E.A.T has finally broken the silence and released a new single from their upcoming album “Into The Great Unknown” which is set to be released on September 22nd, it’s moving pretty fast!

As you might remember, Eric Rivers decided to leave the band earlier, and was replaced by previous H.E.A.T guitarist Dave Dalone. Ironically, Dave was always my favorite member, so it’s an interesting situation to end up in. From my side, I mean.

So, they released their new single the other day – “Time is on our Side”. The artwork itself for the album is a bit different from what we know from H.E.A.T, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but of course it makes you a bit… nervous, should I put it that way? I mean, we all remember what Dynazty did.

So, this is the song. I’m a bit torn between it. I really like the verses, not as much a fan of the choruses. And it’s something in the arrangements or production of the verses that I don’t really like either, the plinkiplonki in the background… Perhaps it’ll grow on me.

I do find the lyrics facinating though. I can’t help but feel that this song could be written to Eric Rivers, at least him is what I think about when I hear it. Aside from that, I am as in love with Erik’s vocal works as I have always been.

I’m looking, very nervously, forward to the album.

// Sara

Friendly Fire

Posted in Uncategorized on August 10, 2017 by Sara Hammerzmith

Happy Birthday to me! It’s my 26th birthday today. Yay me! Only four more years until 30. I was a bit sad that I wasn’t able to attend Leyendas Del Rock right now, which was the original plan – but shit happens, right? Otherwise I would have seen Epica and Alestorm, and met both of them today. You live and you learn, right?

Either way. It was still a good day. Thomas kept me occupied most of the day, and then I went to the first ridinglesson of this semester. I will admit – it was really good to be back in the saddle, even if I sometimes stress about it. Like, way too much.

After ridinglesson, my family came over to celebrate me a little bit. It was nice catching up a bit, even my brother joined which is a new one for him. They got me some gifts and a cake, and it was all in all a nice evening.

So, I guess people are a bit curios on what I recieved. I was surprised by the amount, to be honest, I’m a humble person who don’t ask for much, so imagine my surprise when the first thing I open is a bike. A BIKE. Then a snail glass decoration – because I love snails.

A major frame for multiple photos, will be perfect for tour photos. On top of that, I got no less than six (!) new albums – which were as follows:

Alice Cooper – The Last Temptation
Accept – Balls to the Wall
Stone Sour – Audiosecrecy
Freedom Call – Crystal Empire
Grave Digger – Tunes of War
Lita Ford – Dangerous Curves

AND, as the cherry on top – I was given a new CD player – and not just a CD player, but a CD player which can shuffle between five different CD’s. Handy, means I won’t have to change CD’s all the time.

In the evening, I together with my empty fridge (becasue of festivals), treated myself some KFC and a nice evening movie. I also recieved a lot of new packages from Wish, but I’ll go over them tomorrow or so.

Good night!

// Sara

Wacken Open Air: Thursday (Part 2)

Posted in Concerts, Music, Travels, Uncategorized with tags , on August 3, 2017 by Sara Hammerzmith

Alrighty! Time for the first official day of the festival, at least for me anyway. It was in fact only one band on the billing I cared to see – which is Accept. So I spent most of the day exploring the area and in the camp. How exciting huh? And it actually was.

For the first time in a very long time, I had a good camp. A camp where you woke up with a smile on your face every day, and you know you’d be sore from all the laughing that was taken place. After all, to begin with, it’s me and Thomas together in one spot. And the rest of the crew – Jörgen, Jonathan, Johan, Mina, René, Anja, Martin, Nicolai, Maria and Sandra made it even better. Because that’s what camps are for, right?

Funny thing. Maria and I went to go shower and pick up food for her. The showers at Wacken are for free, and they are WARM. Unlike the pay-per-shower at Sweden Rock which is cold. Right after we got out, towels on our heads and everything, we felt a few drips come down so we decided to go inside the food tent in order to put on our ponchos.

And just as we got in, the rainstorm from hell broke lose. It was an absolute disaster, and despite standing long inside the food court, we still could feel some of it. We waited out the rain, got food for Maria and then headed back to the camp only to find that one of our partytents had given up and died. But apparently it had been quite the fight to keep it up.

It cleared up, gladly, so we could sit down and enjoy ourselves before we headed inside to catch a bit of Status Quo. After Status Quo, I went over to Accept to catch them.

Accept

As you know, Accept is a band I only very recently started to grow fond of, thanks to the Sabaton tour. I was really excited to see them, and the response from the audience was massive. I was actually far, far in the back because you know, PEOPLE! But it was amazing to see them nonetheless.

What I had missed out on though, was the use of the orchestra. I guess I should check these things out better in the future, but it was quite interesting to see them perform with an orchestra on stage, and “Princess of the Dawn” just became even better with the orchestra.

The show lasted for two hours, and it was two well enjoyable hours. Thank you Accept, for a great evening!

After Accept I headed off to the merchandise to pick up some rainboots. The mud had really done the work with my militaryboots, and I simply gave up. So I got myself a nice pair of Wacken rain boots. Handy, huh?

Got back to the camp and hung out for a little while before I crashed in bed. It had been an exhausting day, despite the little activity.

TO BE CONTINUED

// Sara

Wacken Open Air: The Journey (Part 1)

Posted in Travels, Uncategorized on August 2, 2017 by Sara Hammerzmith

So. Very, very last minute I did actually decide on Wacken after all – as you probably already knew. So, Tuesday evening it was time for to take the, well, train down to Gothenburg to jump on the Festivalbus, which was supposed to leave from my town but yeah, it’s the Festivalbus so it never does.

I was going to Wacken with a large group of people, well, in my eyes anyway, and Thomas and Maria being the primary people I knew, I had been set up to travel down with two friends of theirs – Sandra and Johan. Upon arrival I also met the secret guest of honor Jørgen who was set to travel with us as well.

Train arrived, it was one of those tiny and old school trains with a complaining steward, off to a great start ey? But that aside the trainride was amazing. Getting to know three new friends as we rolled toward Gothenburg, and it went by so fast! At one moment we were like “Wait, is it only like 30 minutes left?” Time goes by when you have fun, you know.

Once arrived, we met up with some other people also going on the bus, picked up some late night dinner and went off to where the bus was to leave. Sadly, and somewhat annoyingly, it wasn’t leaving from Nils Ericsson terminalen as it usually does, but oh well. We walked to Göteborgs Operan where we were met by a double deck bus that had already arrived, and we chose the second deck of course! In the back, like the cool kids we are. Or something.

The journey to Wacken isn’t very long. It’s two ferries, and a nine hour ride from Gothenburg, so sleep wasn’t… well, it wasn’t generous. Especially since we had an.. interesting tourguide who woke us up every hour to make sure we had beer. Well. Ok.

Once arrived… we started with collecting our luggage and walk toward the entrance. I saw Thomas and Maria coming to greet us, but they stopped flat and with surprise as they saw our mystery guest! They were soooo happy to see him! We teamed up with Jonathan from Graspop as well, collected our tickets and made our way through the enormous camping toward J, where we were staying. And despite the long walk, I think we got a real good spot.

I was introduced to the rest of the crew, we put up our tents and then sat down to enjoy a nice drink. We chatted, caught up with each other and just enjoyed finally arriving to Wacken – and this is how entire Wednesday went down for me. I went to look at the merch and discovering the food, checking out the place.

It was good to be here.

// Sara

Last Dance

Posted in Uncategorized on August 1, 2017 by Sara Hammerzmith

Skogsröjet, you are the love of my life. You are the best festival in the world. You are the biggest smallest coziest festival in the world. My favorite time of the year, is to go down to Röjmyre. I always find myself chanting the name as soon as the name of your village appears on roadsigns. I love you so much, that the final road trip I did with my old car was down to the festival area of yours.

But this year… I have to say good bye. The line up was too weak, even though you have Amaranthe, it was not convincing enough, despite how much I love you, I have to let you go. At least for this year. Wacken’s line up was too good to deny, and when some amazing friends I haven’t seen in a long time begs you to come, no matter how much I love Nils Molin and you, it can’t be resisted.

So I’m sorry Skogsröjet. Today I embark on my journey toward Wacken Open Air, but I will see you and Rejmyre next year. I’m sorry, and I love you.

// Sara

July in Music

Posted in Music, Uncategorized on August 1, 2017 by Sara Hammerzmith

So, let’s go for July in Music, shall we? This one is actually a bit different.

5. Sabaton

Sabaton has been dethroned, and we find them down on fifth place. But of course, still going strong!

4. Lordi

Lordi is found on fourth place, which isn’t too big of a surprise in all honesty.

3. Art Nation

The golden boys and girl in Art Nation are staying in the top on third place – and I sense that both Lordi and Art Nation are staying in the top because of Vicious Rock Festival.

2. Eläkeläiset

So this is a funny on. Eläkeläiset is a partyband from Finland which makes covers of songs in the style of humppa. On their most recent release they got both Battle Beast and Lordi featured – and this is why it’s ticking up.

1. Ed Sheeran

My current obsession with “Galway Girl” and “Castle on the Hill” has brought Ed Sheeran to the top of the list for July, which isn’t so weird. “Divide” has gone warm here at home like insane. So no surprise, to be honest.

So, that was artists and bands, lets move on to top albums.

5. Liberation – Art Nation

No wonder in all honesty – I’m completely stuck on “Liberation” as far as Art Nation goes at the very moment. I love “Revolution”, but it’s something with the new material that you simply get stuck on.

4. The Last Stand – Sabaton

It seems that it’s always the most recent releases that gets the most plays. But this is also one killer album, so it’s not exactly weird, if you ask me.

 

3. Bringer of Pain – Battle Beast

Despite not making the top 5 of artists, Battle Beast still hold on with their amazing newest release. Always the new one?

2. Monstereophonic – Lordi

I guess it is somewhat the same as with Art Nation – you love the old material, but for a certain period of time you just get stuck on the new one. We had this thesis, that it’s for rehearsalreasons. To learn the new material. Oh well. It’s a killer album.

1. Divide – Ed Sheeran

No surprise – if Ed Sheeran is my most played artists, it’s not odd that his album also counts up as the most played album of the month. It’s a killer album.

And lastly, the top five songs.

1. Kamferdrops – Jag trodde änglarna fanns
2. Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl
3. Eläkeläiset – Humppapeto
4. AS IT IS – Dial Tones
5. Eläkeläiset – Humppamuoti