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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

Wacken Open Air: Friday (Part 3)

Posted in Concerts, Music, Uncategorized on August 4, 2017 by Sara Hammerzmith

Friday! Today I did have a few bands I wanted to see – some of these even being one major reason I went here in the first place.

But, first there is something else to talk about. I got up in the morning, went and got my daily breakfast and everything, and I get a notification of my Wacken app about this one band I had favorited, but I figured I wouldn’t see until Thomas blurts out “Anyone wanna go see Evil Scarecrow”? and I was like “YES!” so, essentially, off we went.

And I am very, very very thankful and happy that we did.

Evil Scarecrow

As someone who knows nothing about this band and knew nothing about them prior to this show, we were quite taken aback with this band. The aliens. Link. The robots and not to mention – “CRABULON”.

A big crab robot that made the crowd go from one side to the other while doing crab claws. This stuck. Quite a lot with me and Thomas. So much that “Crabulon” is in fact our official song now. And this show… well what can I say? It was amazing. It blew our minds, especially since it wasn’t just fun, it was really good musically too!

After Evil Scarecrow, we headed off to some CD stores in order to pick up Kissin’ Dynamites album. Since I had decided so last minute, I had no way of actually obtaining the CD prior to going here. I had hoped to find the vinyl or a vinyl, but I had to settle with the CD. No harm done really.

He headed off to the campgrounds, and I went back to Headbangers Stage to see one of the bands that brought me to this fest in the first place.

Kissin’ Dynamite

Right on time they opened their set with “Highlight Zone”, and I was stunned to see the stage being packed. Not that I don’t think of them as a big band, just that they were put on one of the smaller stages, making me assume they were perhaps not THAT recognized, but they sure were. Happy to see! And the reception for them from the crowd was really good, on top of that.

I did sadly not keep track of the setlist, and the setlists I find online I know are wrong, so I can’t give you a detailed set update sadly (I will improve!) but the show was really good – They had even gotten a dancer for “She Came, She Saw”, which I thought was pretty cool. It was so unusual to see as I have for most parts left the sleaze scene behind, but it was a nice touch, really.

The band delivered very well and it was a well enjoyable show.

After the show, I headed off to the signing session to get my copy of “Generation Goodbye” signed, which went fast, easy and smooth. Don’t get me wrong – it’s fun to meet the bands but when it comes to signing sessions I prefer to make them quick, so as many as possible can make it through.

After this, I went back to the campgrounds for a little while to hang out in the camp – I think I’ve mentioned it before, but seriously, this camp is dope. The people – amazing. Later on, Thomas and I headed off to Wackinger Village to catch Skalmöld

Skalmöld

I must admit I missed out on a bit of the start, as I had to get something to eat. We had met up with Jörgen in the village who had gotten himself a meatstick, I myself was craving crepes so, said and done. After that, we watched the band.

I’ve seen this band once before as supportband for Epica earlier this year, and they put on a good show and set actually. I don’t know much about them, sadly, but I enjoyed this set as much as the last one really.

After Skalmöld I had a big decision to make. To go see Marilyn Manson, or see Turbonegro. I’m equally as small of a fan for either, but I remember really enjoying the past two Manson shows I saw, one of them being as recent as 2015, and Turbonegro I didn’t even remember the two shows I saw – so I decided to see Marilyn Manson.

Marilyn Manson

And what can I say other than for future notice to myself – if Marilyn Manson ever place the same spot as a another band I like a little, I will always go for the other band. Going to Marilyn Manson was the biggest mistake of my life.

I do not possess his most recent album, and perhaps this is why I didn’t get that show – I’ll give him that much of credit, but for the first time in my life I’ve found myself leave the audience ground and sit down in a nearby house because it was so utterly boring. I saw the lights from Turbonegros stage, but I reckoned I wouldn’t really make it there in time anyway, so I remained put at what has gone down in history as the most boring concert I have ever seen in my entire life.

Manson was doing fine – Like, he was singing fine and the band was doing good, but damn I could not take this. I should have gone for Turbonegro. Because that would at least have been fun. Oh damn.

Kryptos

After Manson, I headed back to the tent to catch another interesting band of mine – Kryptos. You might remember that I wrote about them earlier this year when they released their new album, and I was glad to see them on the bill for Wacken. But that playtime – 2.25 – 03.00. That is the latest I have ever watched a band played, and had it been like any other band I would have skipped. But not this one. Because who the hell knows when they will come back.

For being such a late night, there were a group of brave metalheads there, a big group actually. Kryptos is a very classic heavy metal band, which made this a very… Like, I can’t put my finger on the feeling. It’s the same feeling I had as when listening to their album – you are sent back to the 80’s, in a basement with your friends, beer and a taperecorder just partying. And I like that.

The crowd was good too – large moshpits, and people just being into it. I’m really glad. And I’m so glad I got to see this band perform live.

After their show, I FINALLY headed back to the camp to get my well deserved sleep. Tomorrow, Saturday, was going to be a heavy day for me.

// 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

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

Vicious Rock Festival, Trollhättan 8/7-17

Posted in Concerts, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , on July 8, 2017 by Sara Hammerzmith

On it again. It appears, there’s barely any rest for me what so ever when it comes to festivals. And honestly though, why would it be? And especially so when Lordi’s on the bill. We got to Trollhättan the day before in order to get there in time, get settled and basically get to relax. Sjorven was coming from Belgium, so it was either the day before or waay too late. It was a nice evening of dinner and catching up, and getting ready for the day to come. Oh by the way. I think I have officially had the smallest hotelroom yet. It was basically just a bed! Haha!

We were actually a bit lazy, which I always tend to be when I’m attending something where only one or two bands excite me. We got up fairly late, went to MAX for a change (at least for me) and had lunch / dinner before walking down to the area. Time optimist as I am, we of course did not get there an hour before Art Nation started, rather ten minutes. But hey – at least we weren’t late! That must count for something, no?

Art Nation

Art Nation bravely went on stage for the approximately 20 people that were in front of the stage. They opened, much like on Sweden Rock with “One Nation”, and quickly followed up with “Alive”.  The newest single “The Real Me” was next, and I was happy to see they did, despite the thin crowd, have quite a few fans, that knew the songs and such. I like that.

“Need You to Understand” and “Kiss Up & Kick Down” followed suite, and the band… Was doing good. You know, considering the circumstances. I can imagine it’s hard to really get anywhere when the crowd is… fairly small.

“Paralyzed” and “Don’t Wait for Salvation” was next, followed by “Start a Fire” until they finally wrapped up with “All In” and “Ghost Town”.

Given the circumstances, it was a very very good show. I still think some of the member might have to get a bit more comfortable in their own skin, but I reckon that comes with time.

After that, we planned to stay in front of the stage for the rest of the day, but pretty soon we figured that, yeah, we are not going to have to do that, so we wandered about the little place that was the festival area, checking out the practically non-existing merch and shopping booths. We did get some patches, though!

We lazily watched Chris Holmes and whatever band was really playing, and it wasn’t until after that (meaning it was just Sator and then Lordi) we claimed our spots at the barrier. And then the wait began… and then… You know.

Lordi

Sjorven is a first timer. He’s never ever seen Lordi before, not even being NEAR seeing Lordi before. So he’s a first timer. So I told him – you know it will start when “God of Thunder” starts. Much like “In The Army” with Sabaton. So imagine my confusion, when what started echoing from the speakers was in fact “SCGVIII: The Opening Scene”. I got dumbfounded and I was just like “what”. Wasn’t exactly prepared.

After Mana and NALLE (!) had gone on stage, Skeletor came out and “Let’s Go Slaugther He-Man” was set off. The crowd was pretty thick actually – I liked that. A lot. But sadly… Yeah. It is like it with Lordi, let me leave it at that. “The Riff” was next on the list, followed by, already as the third song, the song I was the most exicted about for the evening – “Demonarchy”.

Never in my life did I think I’d get to witness “Demonarchy” live, at least not like this. At least not this soon. I knew they spoke of some, potential, probable special show, but aside that, we all thought and felt that as far as the “Demonarchy” side goes, we are all screwed. But apparently not. And it was absolutely dreamy live. I love this song so much, do you understand? OX’s bassolo together with “Bite it Like a Bulldog” was next on the list, and then “It Snows In Hell / Children of the Night”. Upside down never gets old. Well at least not for me. I was a bit worried the guards wouldn’t let me do it, but we always manage to persuade them. One way or another.

“Hug You Hardcore” was next on the list, and then a bloody return of “Sincerely With Love”. Like, I really did not miss this song, and I remember I just turned to Sjorven shaking my head like “why is this back?” Oh well. If they like it! And then, the second surprise for the night.

“Sick Flick”.

I’m pretty sure this song was the most wished for song ever since like, “Icon of Dominance”, and finally they are doing! And it was absolutely amazing. “Nailed by the Hammer of Frankenstein” was next, this song I DID miss on the other hand, so good one. The set was then wrapped up by the big three, if you like – “Blood Red Sandman”, “Hard Rock Hallelujah” and “Devil is a Loser”. And of course, encores in the shape of “Who’s Your Daddy” and “Would you Love a Monsterman?”.

The monsters thanked for the evening, and walked off the stage. The show was really good, like really good. Hello, “Demonarchy”? And it was good to see Nalle in action. I guess you could say I “missed out” on him last time around, and even if I miss Hella, (where the hell is the women?!) it was really good to see him.

Thank you!

After the show, we lazily watched Niefelheim before buying popcorn and walking back home to the hotel.

Thank you, Lordi, again for a great show. I love you always. Thanks to Art Nation and Sjorven as well for the festival!

// Sara

June in Music

Posted in Music on July 1, 2017 by Sara Hammerzmith

Alright! It’s that time of the month again, where I go over the most played artists and such. So, let’s start with most played bands.

5. Art Nation

Art Nation, Sweden’s new stars I guess you could call them. You guys know I’ve been obsessed with this ban since I saw them at Skogsröjet a year ago, and since seeing them on Sweden Rock I’ve been really high on them. Seriously, they are like H.E.A.T – they can do no wrong.

4. Amaranthe

Good old favorites. I was really happy to see them on Tons of Rock again. I love this band – like, if I was ever in a metalband – this would be the one. No joke.

3. Delain

Long time no see with this band – I haven’t seen them since November last year, up until now when I saw them at Tons of Rock. Charlotte Wessels speaks my mind. I can’t… Like, it’s almost as if she saw into my head and took out all my feelings.

2. Alestorm

No surprise. “No Grave But the Sea” is really growing on me, or well, at least the For Dogs version. I can’t put my finger on why I find myself listening to specifically that version – I guess it’s soothing in a way.

1. Sabaton

No wonder that the Golden boys are on top, am I right? I wrote a couple of days ago about my love for this band, and I find it hard to put into words how much I love them, and how much they mean to me. But yes, the Carolus Rex show at Tons of Rock is probably a big reason they are number one.

Alright, let’s move onto Albums:

5. Carolus Rex – Sabaton

Very suspected. After all, prepping for the Carolus Show was real, you know? And this album… I’m not sure if it’s my favorite Sabaton album ever, however, it is the album I’m most proud of, if it makes sense?

4. Bringer of Pain – Battle Beast

Battle Beast’s newest album still holds on tight to the top, and it should – it’s a killer album.

3. Liberation – Art Nation

I guess I could use the same as above – This album is killer, and I’m just addicted.

2. Edge of Thorns – Savatage

It’s intersting of this album seem to always make the toplist, yet Savatage never makes the top bands. “Edge of Thorns” is my relax album. Like people would use Enya, I use Savatage. Isn’t it funny how certain bands just get certain positions?

1. No Grave But The Sea – Alestorm

It’s the dogs. I’m telling you.

And lastly, here’s the top ten songs of this month:

1. Take Me Home – Art Nation
2. Gott Mit Uns – Sabaton
3. The March To War – Sabaton
4. Lejonet Från Norden – Sabaton
5. As I Lay Me Down (Acoustic) – Wiktoria
6. Gates of Glory – Twilight Force
7. As I Lay Me Down – Wiktoria
8. By The Blood in Our Hearts – Running Wild
9. Rebels of Our Time – Majesty
10. Riders of the Dawn – Twilight Force

// Sara

Attero Dominatus – Sabaton the love story.

Posted in Music, Uncategorized with tags on June 29, 2017 by Sara Hammerzmith
Ten years ago, on this exact day, June 29, after further inspection, my life changed forever. This marks the exact day I became a Sabaton fan. The location was Borlänge, more to be exact – The Peace & Love festival. Jocke spoke of how it was ironic a festival called “Peace” was inviting Sweden’s only band who sung about war to play, and this was also the day I figured out they were Swedish, by the way.
While this may not have been the first time I experienced Sabaton live, it was the day I became a fan.
A few weeks later I found “Attero Dominatus” in a supermarket, and on that path – From that album, onwards to Monsters of Mora it all went down. My first show as a Sabaton fan, and it became a night to remember. Peace & Love 2008 – where I denied every single sign of Sabaton actually playing.
Over the years I’ve watched this band grow. A band I once saw in smaller clubs, as supportband for bands like Lordi and HammerFall, to now witnessing them headline festivals like Sweden Rock and Graspop Metal Meeting. Witnessing the very first Rockstad: Falun back in 2008.
Metallsvenskan 2009. What a moment. Watching Sabaton play football against other bands, and then wrapping up with a nice show… These moments, you know?
Last year I saw Sabaton be included in Eurovision Song Contests montage of Swedish music exports, and I will not deny that tears were shed. This is a band that means so truly much to me, I cannot even put into words how much I love this band, or how PROUD I am of them. PROUD to see them grow like this, and I feel blessed to have been a part of the journey.
This is a band I’d walk through fire for. This is a band I’ve traveled down to the very south of Malmö to watch, jump on a last minute plane to Luleå up in the North – I’ve seen them in and out of Sweden, and I’d walk a 1000 miles, ten times over for this band.
So far, I’ve seen this band 24 times. And trust me, there’s going to be many, many, many more. This band has become one of the most important things in my life, almost like the air I breathe.
Sabaton, I love you. Since June 29th 2007, and I’ll be always yours.
// Sara