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Civil War @ Falkenberg Rock Fest, Falkenberg, Sweden 26/8 – 17

Posted in Concerts, Music, Uncategorized on August 26, 2017 by Sara Hammerzmith

So, yeah, this thing about Sabaton Open Air being the last festival didn’t exactly happen. And I suppose you are not surprised, so perhaps I shouldn’t be either that I wound up on yet another festival, but this time, in a lot smaller scale.

Since we were really only interested in one band on the bill, we decided to get a one day ticket, and to head down somewhat in time for the band to enter the stage. For once in my life, we actually left in a good amount of time. We even had time to stop by in Gothenburg to pick up some food. Even better, we had a bit of a shitty incident on our way from Gothenburg to Falkenberg, which ran as smooth as ever as well!

Once at the arena, we simply went inside and watched the remainder of Liv Sin’s set. It was a great set – she’s a really cool frontwoman, and I enjoyed it a lot.

After the set, we were escorted out of the venue because of soundcheck, which was a bit… weird to me, if I can say so, but oh well. It means we had better chance for front row. And when they finally opened the doors again, we gained our spots. Perfect!

Civil War

Right as announced, the band walked on stage and started off the set with “USS Monitor”. This was the first time for me seeing them with their new singer, Kelly Sundown, and I was about to learn that this was his first show in Sweden as well. Good on you Kelly!

“St Patricks Day” was next on the list, tightly followed by “Gettysburg”. As I sort of imagined, the turn out as far as FANS went, wasn’t too big – BUT – the house was somewhat full. Just energydrained. “Deliverance” off their most recent album was next on the list, and I guess about this time I can honestly say that I love Kelly as a front man for Civil War. He is doing such a good job! And he fits right in.

“A Tale That Never Should be Told” was next, followed by one of my personal favorites “I Will Rule The Universe”. “Tombstone”, which was quickly grown into one of my personal favorite songs was next, and seriously, probably the best moment on the entire show. I really love this song.

“Bay of Pigs” wrapped up the set, they left the stage only to return to finish off the set with “Rome is Falling”.

The band thanked for the time, and left the stage.

Personally, it was soooo good to see them again, I loved it. I have missed them, I really have.

After the show, we excited the venue again, went outside and watched that band outside, and then came back in, at least I was, to catch Lillasyster. They had a better turn out, I guess they are somewhat of a local band, or just very very big. I’ve seen them once or twice before, so I enjoyed the set even if I’m not a big fan. Was a nice wrap up.

After the show, we headed back to the car and drove to a nearby breakstation where we parked for the night and went to bed. Tomorrow was time for new adventures.

// Sara

 

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Gods of War

Posted in Uncategorized on August 25, 2017 by Sara Hammerzmith

I will admit that the first week after the festival wasn’t very exciting. We spent two days unpacking everything, cleaning out everything and doing major grocery shopping. Playing some Pokémon Go.

The first exciting thing would be what we were doing today, preparing the car for the upcoming adventures. Tomorrow we were set to go off to Falkenberg for what could POTENTIALLY be the last festival of the year – but then again you never know with me. And I don’t even know anymore what to call a festival anymore.

We cleaned out the car and prepped it, so that close to everything would be done. The only thing missing was a matress for the car, but we figured we’d pick that up later.

To celebrate the oncoming show, we had tacos for dinner and watched some movies before going to bed. It was a big day tomorrow!

// Sara

Sabaton Open Air: Day 5 – Sunday

Posted in Uncategorized on August 20, 2017 by Sara Hammerzmith

So, last day of the festival. Gladly, I had packed some of my shit already yesterday, but we still had stuff to pack and organize. We did so, and then said good bye to everyone in the camp who were leaving before us, and then went out to the parking lot with our stuff, where we find one of the friends from the campgrounds, Monika waiting. Apparently she hadn’t managed to get a ride to the hotel, so we packed in her stuff in the car, and her on top of that and drove her in. It’s a short ride with a car, but longer to walk with two suitcases.

After this, we finally headed home. We had booked an early laundry time in order to get home in “time” and not sauce like carrots at the fest, so once we came home we sorted out all the laundry and once done with THAT, we ordered ourselves our well deserved pizza and watched a couple of movies.

This is the best way to relax after a festival.

// Sara

Sabaton Open Air: Day 4 – Saturday

Posted in Concerts, Music, Uncategorized with tags on August 19, 2017 by Sara Hammerzmith

Last day of the best. Absolutely dead from going to bed too late and getting up too soon in the morning – but what can you do? We had to get up early regardless because of spots for Sabaton. Sjorven went ahead of me as I started to pack up and prepare, but I wasn’t far after him.

On my way to the parkinglot to get changed – for some awkward reason I kept half of my stuff in the car in the parkinglot, and half of it in the tent. But it wasn’t a too bad idea, as I ran into Tero and Susanna, my neighbours from Graspop Metal Meeting earlier this year. I was introduced to some of their friends and we had a nice chat before I had to leave to make it for the first band of the day for me, Thobbe Englund.

Thobbe Englund

I don’t know if this person needs any major introduction – but he’s the previous guitarplayer in Sabaton who left the band last year, and had his last show with Sabaton on this very festival. But now he was back, and with his own band with that.

He opened his set with “Sold my Soul”, and the crowd… I mean, it was okay. I actually thought he’d have a bigger crowd seeing he was once in Sabaton, but I guess a lot of people simply don’t have any interest in him as a solo guy. Can relate though.

“Annihilation” was next on the setlist, then followed by “Steel & Thunder”. “The Glow” and “It Burns” was next on the list before Thobbe showed us a guitar solo – he is a guitarist after all – before continuing with “Wildborn” and “The End of Oil”. The reception from the crowd was pretty good – I’m guessing a lot of people simply know him from Sabaton and hasn’t paid much attention to his own work, and most people were also already waiting in line for Sabaton.

“Break The Chains”, “I Am” and “Trägen Vinner” rounded up this show as Thobbe thanked for the day and left the stage. After this, I headed over to the other stage to catch a local band of mine, Lancer.

Lancer

So, I will admit I have never heard this band before, but I knew they were from here and wanted to watch them because of it. They were really good actually – I enjoyed the show a lot, and they gathered a good crowd. Fun to see, and I will watch again some day.

After Lancer I went back to Sjorven to hang out a bit and slowly watch Eternal of Sweden before I was set to head off back to the other stage to watch Avatar.

Avatar

I prefer to watch Avatar in the dark. So as you know, I was already not a fan of watching them so early in the day at Graspop, and they had yet an early set here in Falun as well, but it’s better than nothing.

The band walked on the stage the way they always do, and they opened the set with “Hail The Apocalypse” as per usual this year, and quickly followed up with “Paint Me Red”, “New Land” followed suit. Something I really love about Avatar – as with any other band like theirs, is that they stick to their concept and really act out on it. Making a show out of their music than simply the music. And you all know I’m very weak for that.

“Bloody Angel” and “The Eagle Has Landed” was next songs on the list, followed by “Get in Line” and “Vultures Fly”. “Murderer” and “Let it Burn” rounded up the show before they ended the whole set with “Smells Like a Freakshow”. The reception from the crowd was great, I’m glad to see how great it’s going for them. Really.

It was such a good show that I barely even wanted to leave my spot up on the hill to go back to Sabaton queueing.

Per default I saw Evergrey, which put on a pretty good show, but I need to admit I’m not a that big fan of this band, despite seeing them a couple of times by now. But still, better than nothing.

At this time, it started to get pretty thick, which isn’t so weird given it was about time for Sabaton to come on, once Steve Harris was done on the other stage.

And finally, after some wait, “In The Army Now” finally started rolling.

Sabaton

“The March To War” started echoing, and “Ghost Division” started off yet another Sabaton show. Soon, it’s going to have been ten years of torture. Ten years of torture. Oh well. I shouldn’t complain too much, should I, seeing that “The Art of War” was next on the list, and I pretty much forgive everything when this song comes on.

“Blood of Bannockburn” was next on the list, followed by “Swedish Pagans”. I’m so glad to just get over with that song so early in the set. I really don’t get it. The obsession. I really don’t.

“Attero Dominatus” was next on the list, and it is sooo good to see this song back. I missed this song during the Last Tour, so I’m more than happy to see it make a return. And then of course, the highlight of the show for me was next – “The Last Stand”. I cannot get enough of this song. Ever. Like, EVER.

You know, Sabaton tend to always have the same jokes on their shows, but this time it was funny. Jocke asked all of us Swedish speaking people to just randomly start screaming at whatever he said, just to confuse and weird out the non Swedish speaking, so he literally just said “ok, lets scream” and all the Swedish speaking people did so, and I know that all my friends that I was there with, that happened to be non swedes, just looked at me like “what did he say, what did he say” and me and the security guard just looked at each other and smiled. Oh if they only knew.

Another favorite back is “Panzerkampf”. I am not sure why this song ever actually disappeared from the setlist, but I’m glad it’s back. The adrenaline rush that is “Sparta” was following next, before it was time for them to play a song that, as far as I understood it, they have only played once before – “Wehrmacht”. Was really cool to see it live, really!

“Screaming Eagles” followed suit before it was time for another highlight of the show, “Carolus Rex”, which was instantly followed by “En Livstid i Krig”. And you know, I’m no big fan of this song in particular, but I’ve learned to appreciate it, only for the baby bears. Those who knows what I mean, they know.

“Diary of an Unknown Soldier” started echoing through the speakers, followed by “The Lost Battalion”. This song is still as magical to me was it was the first time I heard it on Sweden Rock 2016. “Winger Hussars” and “Night Witches” wrapped up the set before they left and the video from the storming of Normandie appeared, and “Primo Victoria” was set off.

“Shiroyama” was next, and they ended it all with “To Hell and Back”, and then left the stage.

While I was a bit disappointed in the setlist – Sabaton is good at false marketing – these boys still never disappoint me with their live shows. And as long as they keep “Winged Hussars” so I can get myself a proper slayer neck I’m very, very happy.

However, the night didn’t end here for us. Next stop for us was up the hill, to watch the last band of the festival – Grimner.

Grimner

I have seen Grimner twice before, when they were supporting Korpiklaani on their Swedish tour, and I enjoyed it a lot. I have one of their albums – “Frost mot Eld”, and I really, really like them.

They put on a really good show. They had a good turn out, despite being the very last band, and I enjoyed every single minute of it. Folkdancing to “Bastu”, headbanging the hell out of oneself to “Eldhjärta” and so on… It was a good ending.

After the show we met up with Helle, Martine and Joran for a one last good bye before going back to the tent and going to sleep. After all, it had been a long day.

// Sara

 

Sabaton Open Air: Day 3 – Friday

Posted in Concerts, Music with tags on August 18, 2017 by Sara Hammerzmith

Friday, Friyay! First of the long days at Sabaton Open Air. Sadly, I’m lazy so I spent most of the time lying in the camp, organizing, going into Falun for my daily Pokéstop and just hanging around until the first show of the day for me started, which was Follow the Cipher.

On our way to the show we ran into Jenny, one of the girls I had in my Camp Ellen on Graspop, and we watched the band together.

Follow the Cipher

Follow the Cipher is a local band from Falun, and I must say I really liked them! Not only did they have good music, but they had an interesting stage show as well. And most people who read my blog knows how well I like well planned stage shows. Definitely a band I’ll watch again if I have the chance

After Follow the Cipher I went to the car to eat some left overs from yesterday, going back to the tent to organize some stuff, and then rush back to the area for Dirkschneider

Dirkschneider

You know, we joked on Wacken about that Udo is everywhere. I thought he was playing Wacken, but he wasn’t – even so, he was then announced as one of the first bands for Wacken next year. So basically, Udo is everywhere. And he was at Sabaton Open Air as well.

So, with Dirkschneider he still plays Accept songs, and it was magical for me to hear “Princess of the Dawn” which rapidly has grown into one of my favorite songs with them, made me very happy.

Other than that, the set was really good and I’m glad we managed to catch him.

After Dirkschneider we went up and claimed our spots for HammerFall. This is a small festival and I figured it wouldn’t be impossible to claim a front row spot for HammerFall, and although we managed, it wasn’t super easy.

But, we waited, and then it finally began

HammerFall

The intro started to roll, the band walked on stage and started off their set with “Hectors Hymn”. They quickly followed up with “Riders of the Storm” and this was the moment where it just… dawned upon me.

This band, much like Sabaton, has been with me for ten years. This is the first heavy metal / power metal band that I ever listened to, they are the ones who showed the way. As the years passed, they faded, I faded, and a mixture of emotions came up inside of me when they started playing this song, as I realized how much I love this band – and how much I’ve missed them. It was so good to see them. So fucking good.

“Bloodbound” was next on the list, followed by my all time favorite “Any Means Necessary”. I honestly cannot get enough of this song. Period.

“Renegade” was next on the list, followed by “Dethrone and Defy” from their newest album – “Last Man Standing” and “Let The Hammer Fall” and lastly “Built To Last” was fired off before something special started happening.

They were celebrating 20 years since the release of “Glory to the Brave”, and because of this, they had brought in a group of well established folk musicians who accompanied them for “I Believe”, “The Dragon Lies Bleeding” and “Glory to the Brave” specifically, and before doing so, they had their own solo as well. It was magical to see.

“Hammer High” rounded off the set, and the band walked on stage. When they came back, they fired of “Bushido” and “Hearts on Fire” as encores before thanking for the time and leaving the stage.

While it was a great show, I will admit I had hoped for more seeing it was the 20 years anniversary of the album. But, it was still good. So I’m content.

After HammerFall I joined Sjorven to see some of his friends and we wound up being there until 5 o clock in the morning before finally, going to bed. So late.

// Sara

Sabaton Open Air: Day 2 – Thursday

Posted in Concerts, Music, Uncategorized with tags on August 17, 2017 by Sara Hammerzmith

Thursday. First day of waking up on festivalgrounds, it is a special feeling you know. You are home, but o the same time you are not.

Since the festivalgrounds didn’t open until 17 later this day, Sjorven and I had decided the day before that we were about to go and have proper lunch together, considering we don’t hang out much or often, and considering we were going to town regardless to pick up the orders I had made for Sabaton Open Air and Skogsröjet beer, it was simply a perfect oppurtunity.

So, off we went through the beauty that is the small forest before you get to centrum, off to the liqour store to pick up beautiful bottles of Sabaton Open Air beer. It was a large order, carried in a bigger box as I helped my non-Swedish friends to get their hands on a few as well. And of course – Skogsröjet beer.

After this, we headed over to the pizzeria we had spotted the other day and had a delicious meal. We then headed back to the festival area, had a drink or two before going inside the area. The first thing on the agenda for me, was the Sabation signing session. I picked up my The Last Stand vinyl and made way to the line. I stood relativel close to the French Division, and managed to say hi to Alexandre. Always a joy.

I’m legit sure that I stood in that line for a good hour before reaching the front, but it was all worth it. One more vinyl to my collection, and it was indeed nice to meet the boys again. Very chatty, Chris and I ended up in a disucssion about signing sessions, and me and Tommy about haircolors. Nice.

After the signing session, I headed back to the car to rest a bit before dinner and Freedom Call.

Freedom Call

Freedom Call had gathered a nice crowd, and the they delivered a very good set. Despite not being very much into them, I enjoyed the show a whole lot. It was really fun. Strong songs, anthems and hymns. Just what I like.

After the show, we headed off to have some late night snacks and watching some of Pain before going to bed. At least for me, that is.

// Sara

Sabaton Open Air: Day 1 – Wednesday

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

So, finally the time was here to get to the last “major” festival this year – Sabaton Open Air. Due to having my friends arrive already on Monday, I decided to get there as early as possible, which would be Wednesday. Delay after Delay made my arrival later than I had expected it – but hey – I made it there, somehow.

Apparently, this was all encountered with issues. Firstly, the parking only offered a pay system I do not use, which means I had to call my mother, who had to make the payment, then go to a electronics store to get help to get a picture of the phone so she could send it to me so I could prove to them I had paid parking. What is so fucking difficult with using cash…? This is a big no no for me that parking is 1. Not able to be pre-purchased, and secondly, only option while at the parking is by Swish. A big no no.

Secondly, since I had my ticket arranged for me beforehand, all I needed was to pick up a camping ticket, which as informed you are supposed to be able to do once there. But this was issues as well. I had to buy it from the website, because for God knows what reason, they could not sell camping tickets at the booth until the next morning. And I could not buy it online – because I had withdrawn all my money to pay for the camping upfront. Ironic, isn’t it? I was lucky as hell though – a gentleman from Germany has accidently purchased a camping ticket which he didn’t need, so we solved it as such that I bought the camping off him, making everything correct in their systems.

After that, I met up with Sjorven and we headed down to Falun to have some, well, it was supposed to be lunch but by this time it had turned into dinner. Dinner means Subway by the river, and it was nice to catch up. We headed back to festival grounds where we put up the tent and then off to see the first band of the evening for me, Mark Zero. – I will let you know something – I did forget my camera at home, as it seems, and because of that, only phone images will happen.

They put on a really good show – the little tent they played in, the bar tent which held the pre-party that this wednesday was, and the tent was packed. Happy to see!

I was introduced to some of Sjorvens friends as we waited for Brothers of Metal to begin.

Brothers of Metal

So this is a band I wound up seeing by accident on Sabaton Open Air last year, and I loved them. So I was looking forward seeing them again, and so was a lot of people.

They put on a really good show – as I expected, and I’m glad I came early, even if it only was to see this band perform.

After BOM I will admit that I headed straight for bed. It has been a long day, and tomorrow was set to be an even longer day.

// Sara