Friday started with absolutely disgusting, grey weather, but were would we end up if some rain stopped us from checking out bands?! So, what could be better than some Metal for breakfast? Breakfast today was quite "nordic", since Dark Age started the 2nd festival day pretty early, even a few minutes before 11 with "Fix The Focus". Great to see, that quite a lot of people had obviously thought the same about the weather and thought, that headbanging was surely a great way to dry wet hair again!
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Heidevolk from the Netherlands unfortunately had to play their with only one, instead of two vocalists, but they did their best nevertheless. The second was definitely missing somehow, but still, the gig was quite entertaining and fans did their best to support them and helped by singing along.
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Midnattsol got a bit out of the line after that, musically as well, as optically. The female vocalist dressed all in white was hovering over the stage like an elve, but the rest of the band, except the bassist, who was headbanging like crazy, was looking kinda unmotivated in a way. If Iīm wrong with the impression I got, sorry for that, but this bombastic, symphonic Nordic Folk Metal didnīt knock my socks off.
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3 Inches Of Blood were the complete opposite and they really managed to warm up the audience, that was slightly freezing, due to still cold temperatures. Pretty cool with jackets and patches all over, posers, lots of energy, thatīs how a gig should be!
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After this quite entertaining gig, I thought it was time for a little break, so I skipped Schelmish and Mad Sin and just took some pictures of Megaherz - this day would be a damn long one once again anyways!
But I jumped back into the pit just in time for the partyband from Finland: Korpiklaani. Wow, how packed the area in front of stage was, I have to say, I was quite impressed by the numbers of people those Finnish guys had attracted that early! Pretty cool, to hear lots of them screaming for Korpiklaani and well, they got what they wanted. After that gig, quite a lot of smiling faces could be seen in the crowd and Korpiklaani once again proved, that it is possible to present folk music stuff in a very metallic way.
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Pro-Painjust continued the Finnish party, but in typical New York style. After about 16 years of band history, they donīt even think about getting calmer, no way, they got the crowd going at ease, just as lots of younger bands did. No huge backdrops or decoration, no special outfits, just pure "in-your-face" music - that was and still is their motto. And it still works. At the latest, when they played "All For King George", singing along was a must. Thumbs up, pure party!
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Enemy Of The Sun were playing at the partytent at nearly exact the same time and surely didnīt let anyone have a rest. Especially their hyperactive vocalist Jules wasnīt standing still for one second adding that special something to the music of Waldemar Sorychta with his quite variable voice. The guest appearance of Gus Chambers, who was singing two Grip Inc. Songs "Ostracized" and "Hostage To Heaven" made this gig a perfect one.
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End of Greenhad just released their newest album "The Sickīs Sense", when they already entered the stage at Summer Breeze. You can easily call this band a "permanent fixture of the SB", since they seem to be there every year. Those guys were definitely in top form, no wonder cause all those people surely made them giving their best. Pretty cool ,that so many were singing along to their Gothic Metal. Thatīs Gothic Metal, that doesnīt get totally cheesy and rocks!
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Six Feet under on the Mainstage and at exactly the same timeManegarm were serving their very own mixture of Death, Black and Pagan Metal, that worked perfectly for the eager headbangers. Yes, I hadnīt seen this band before (unfortunately I have to say after this gig!), but I at least knew their stuff on CD and was thus looking forward to that gig. What can I say, neither me, nor anyone else was disappointed by this energetic performance.
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Six Feet Under, yes, one of THE Deah Metal bands from America was just destroying the mainstage. Rastaman Chris Barnes was propelling the audience more and more with a best-of-set. No problem of course thanks to a heavy sound, great choice of songs and a band that obviously totally enjoyed playing this gig. At the latest when they were firing off "TNT", a cover version of ACDC, there was no one standing still anymore. The audience was going off the rails, wonderful!
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Kataklysmtied in there pretty smoothly and simply continued destroying the battlefield a bit more. Thanks to the sloppiness of the airline, they arrived at the festival without equipment and backdrop. Thanks to Eluveitie and Aborted they could play, since those guys where so nice to lend them their equipment. However they didnīt let anyone on about this trouble and played a sovereign gig. Can Death Metal get any more brutal than this?! Audience "destroyed", mission accomplished!
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Shadow Reichenstein where one of the very few bands at this festival, I only knew by name. But like every year the SB is always good to get to know some yet unknown bands - horrorpunk in this case. Perfectly styled the guys from Texas entered stage and their vocalist inevitably reminded me a bit of Wednesday 13 - well just some information on the margin. Pretty cool gig I have to say, something different between all those metal bands and Iīm pretty sure that they got some new fans!
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Since Subway To Sally werenīt really my cup of tea, I decided to stay in the Partytent, to listen to some more brutal and absolutely captivating stuff from some guys from the Netherlands: Textures. If you want to describe this polyrhythmic madness, itīs located somewhere between Death and Thrash, but thatīs all you can say, you simply have to see them live! Fans of progressive tunes got their moneys worth for sure. Great to see, that the Dutch werenīt only technically absolutely skilled, but also enjoyed being on stage, delivering some of the best technical stuff The Netherlands have to offer nowadays.
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While ASP were playing the last gig of the day on the mainstage, Hollenthon entered the Partystage and I once again decided to stay. Once again, I surely didnīt have to feel sorry at all to miss the programme on the mainstage. You didnīt hear much about Hollenthon for a few year, but now theyīre back! You could easily see, that there were not only still a lot of people awake, but that quite a lot had also been waiting for this gig - the partytent was pretty packed. So Hollenthon celebrated a nice party with dark epic music in quite a convincing way. Thumbs up, nothing to complain about this gig!
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Up for more epic stuff? Good! Because the next band should be at least as epic as the Austrians, if not more. I had already heard and read some quite impressing concert review about The Vision Bleak. So I had quite high expectations and finally a chance to see, whether it was true or not. Just like before the tent was still quite packed for this time and since the fans seemed to be amazingly awake and fit after a strenuous day, the band got them going with ease. People were singing along and the vocalist jumped into the photopit quite a few times to be closer to the fans. Great gig, I got convinced completely!
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Jesus On Extasy had to finish the second festival. And everyone seemed to be in partymood, since the tent didnīt get empty at all. Well, this was definitely something for the eyes, especially for the male fans. They presented some nice Electro/Goth/Industrial mixture that made everyone, who was into that stuff go off the rails. Well, it wasnīt completely my cup of tea, so I decided to go to my tent and catch some sleep. Day 3 was coming up and would surely be a pretty exctiting one again.
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