Friday started rather slowly, since for the first time in years, I didn´t have to/want to be in front of the stage at 11 already, since basically none of tue bands that were playing early interested me that much.
Thus this day "started" at around 3pm, but then in quite a brutal way, it was time for Black Dahlia Murder. Those had, first of all, one of the most colorful backdrops of the whole festival and kicked off with "Everything Went Black". Luckily not everything went black, cause the weather showed its nicest side with lots of sunshine. Up till now the stage had been in the hand of violin players, Goth and Electro bands and the like, so now it was about time to start some serious circle/moshpit action and some melodic attacks in the vein of good brutal Death Metal. The crowd went off the rails and the security guys decided it was time to try to cool down the masses a bit by wetting the them with a big hose. However it´s questionable, whether it cooled that much, given the fact that the band was firing off songs like "Statutory Ape" and Co. One thing is for sure, the fans were served with a really good gig!
Everything Went Black, Elder Misanthropy, Black Valor, Statutory Ape, Necropolis, Closed Casket Requiem, A Vulgar Picture, What A Horrible Night To Have A Curse, Funeral Thirst, Miasma, Deathmask Divine, I Will Return
A bit later it was time for the first visit at the partystage for today - Pantheon I from Norway entered stage, while a pretty gloomy intro was playing. They had already managed to convince during their last gig at Inferno Festival in Norway and should be able to keep up this good impresssion at Summer Breeze. Apart from the normal instruments, they also had a cello player with the, who, apart from playing some wonderful melodies kept on headbanging her head like crazy. Even though the tent wasn´t completely packed, the band could be sure, to play in front of a bunch of fans, who absolutely enjoyed what they heard and saw. "Serpent Christ" and "Enter The Pantheon" were welcomed warmly - great to see, that Black Metal also works fantastically without cliché corpsepaint and über evil attitude.
Serpent Christ, Defile The Trinity, The Wanderer And His Shadow, Enter The Pantheon, Where Angels Burn
Even though the festival hadn´t been conquered by Finnish bands today, there was another band from Suomi waiting: Ensiferum. However, I only watched this gig from afar, from the campingplace to be exact, but since we had a pretty good view over the stages and also quite an acceptable sound, it was enough to recognize, that they delivered a great gig and pleased their fans with "Afar", that opened the set and of course also songs like "Token Of Time" or "One More Magic Potion".
From Afar, Twilight Tavern, Into Battle, Token Of Time, Ahti, Smoking Ruins, Stone Cold Metal, Blood Is The Price, One More Magic Potion, Iron
It was quite a change, when the Brits of Anathema came on stage, who once again, like two years ago, were on the Painstage. Unfortunately damn early this time and not like last time, when they had played at around 11 at night. Anathem at 5pm with bright sunlight, can this work? Yes, it can! They simply started with some faster pieces "Deep" and "Empty" and had the audience on toast within minutes. The fronter was charismatic as always
and somehow they managed to almost make us forget about all the sunshine around. "A Natural Disaster" featured a female vocalist and right after that, they made a big jump backwards in their discography by playing "Sleepless". The final song, without which of course no Anathema set can be ended was the wonderful "Fragile", that surely brought tears to some people´s eyes. Even though the atmosphere simply wasn´t the same like at night, it was a great gig!
Deep, Empty, Lost Control, A Simple Mistake, Closer, A Natural Disaster, Sleepless, Universal, Fragile Dreams
After that I tried to catch at least a bit of the War From A Harlots Mouth gig - quite a change of music styles once again, but surely a convincing gig as well. The guys from Berlin were presenting their material in a damn energetic way, the fronter was literally screaming his lungs out and was running around like mad, jumping into the audience, while he continued singing. At the latest, when he did that, he had the audience completely on his side, great!
How To Disconnect, They Come In Shoals, Heeey, Let's Start A Band!, No Hi-5, Security Werewolves, Crooks, Fighting Wars, Uptown Girl, Copyriot, Keeping It Up, Transmetropolitan, Cancerman, Recluse
Back on the mainstage it was time for some cannibalistic entertainment. Who the hell came up with the idea to put Cannibal Corpse between the gigs of Anathema and End of Green?! It would´ve fitted so much better to put those bands together and let Cannibal Corpse play afterwards, right before Hypocrisy. Or did someone want to make sure, that all those, who went crazy with headbanging and moshing during CC to get a short rest afterwards? Whatever the reason might´ve been, the Americans caused quite a massacre with their music, tight and with a lot of routine - more than 10 songs within one hour of playing time and a joking vocalist, who invited the audience to bang their heads to the next tracks, trying to keep up with his headbanging speed. Sure thing, that nobody won, however, the audience went berserk during "Wretched Spawn" and "Make Them Suffer". If somebody suffered, it was everybody´s neck! For me personally the material starts getting boring pretty fast, sure, the songs are ultra brutal but it´s surely not the most versatile stuff. However, the fans want to have a great time and that´s exactly what they got!
Scalding Hail, Unleashing The Bloodthirsty, Savage Butchery, Sentenced To Burn, The Wretched Spawn, I Will Kill You, I Cum Blood, Evisceration Plague, The Time To Kill Is Now, Death Walking Terror, Make Them Suffer, Priests Of Sodom, Staring Through The Eyes Of The Dead, Hammer Smashed Face, Stripped, Raped And Strangled
I had already seen Kylesa two weeks before at Brutal Assault Festival in Czech and this time I unfortunately only heard their material from a distance, since it was about time to get something to eat. One thing is for sure, in case you haven´t seen /heard them so far, make sure you do when you have the chance for that! Their Stoner/Sludge Metal mix is not only pretty cool live stuff, also the two drummers are serving the audience with a damn nice fat rhythm basis.
Back at the mainstage End Of Green were about to play in front of quite a big crowd. The gothrockers kicked off with "Weakness" and vocalist Michelle Darkness really seemed to enjoy the gig and the great amount of fans that had gathered. The one, who was jumping around the most was the guitarist with his flying dreadlocks for sure! So we had everything we need for a good gig, but the audience still seemed somewhat reserved. What was wrong? Still too hot? Too much action already
during the day? Whatever it was, it was surely not the bands´ fault!
Weakness, Dead City Lights, Demons, Killhoney, Pain Hates Me, Drink Myself To Sleep, Goodnight Insomnia, Hurter, Everywhere, Tie Me A Rope… While You’re Calling My Name,
Die Lover Die, Death In Veins
Ok, ok, maybe the goth stuff was simply to harmless and gloomy for some, maybe it was better to have a look what was going on at the tentstage then. Disbelief were on and they didn´t hesitate for one second and fired their songmaterial into the headbanging crowd from the first second on after an Intro and the following "A Place To Hide". Even though the band is still quite underestimated, it´s surely one of the best Death Metal bands Germany has to offer and the crowd knew this for sure! No time for boredom or for making a short rest, the setlist consisted of a nice mix of songs through the whole discogrpahy. And "Rewind It All" was drilling its´ way into everyone´s head, so you surely didn´t try to get out of the tent before the gig was over.
Intro (Hell), A Place To Hide, Hate Aggression Schedule, Rewind It All, Navigator, Sick, The One, Misery, The Last Force: Attack!!
Still not enough brutal stuff?! Well, what about jumping over to the mainstage again to catch the Swedes from Hypocrisy, who had just started their ging with "Fractured Millenium". The guys were in a brilliant mood and thus it didn´t take them too long to make the crowd got completely nuts - sure thing with "Weed Out The Weak" and "Eraser". 20 years and still rocking loud and proud, that definitely fits to Hypocrisy. Let´s hope, that Peter Tägtgren will tour as much with Hypo as he did with Pain, the fans have been waiting for that long enough! The last song was of course the infamous "Roswell 47" that has to be played at every gig! Damn great!
Fractured Millenium, Weed Out The Weak, Eraser, Pleasure Of Molestation/Osculum Obscenum/ Penetralia, Apocalypse/The Fourth Dimension, Let The Knife Do The Talking, Adjusting The Sun, A Coming Race, Killing Art, Fire In The Sky, Warpath, Roswell 47
After that Gorgoroth could only lose. Even though their Black Metal was of course even more evil...but still. They already lost, when their started their gig almost 10 minutes later, making the audience wait and that of course got quite impatient. That was probably the main reason, why the reactions during the first song "Bertrollets Hevn" were pretty much reserved. I for my part decided, that this was neither what I had expected, nor what I wanted to see right now. As I got told lateron, I definitely hadn´t missed too much.
Bergtrollets Hevn, Satan-Prometheus, Profetens Apenbaring, Aneuthanasia, Forces Of Satan Storms, Ødeleggelse Og Undergang/Blood Stains The Circle, Unchain My Heart, Destroyer, Katharinas Bortgang, Revelation Of Doom
Thus I ran off to the partystage again. What a difference. First of all, the tent was packed, completely packed and what an atmosphere. The fans were already completely going off the rails, when I entered or rather, while I was fighting my way to the photopit during the 3rd song ("Diva Of Disgust").
Despised Icon were playing their (probably) last European gig before splitting up. Guess the fans really wanted to turn this gig into a truely memorable one. And so they did, they were screaming along whenever possible, did crowdsurfing, circlepits and the band was completely flabbergasted when seeing, how everyone welcomed them there with open arms. Even though the gig two years ago at 2am in the morning had alread been a fantastic one, this one was even better! Definitely one of the best ones, I had ever seen of that band. Maybe they´re gonna rethink their decision of splitting up...or they might at least think over a reunion in a few years.
All For Nothing, A Fractured Hand, Diva Of Digust, Day Of Mourning, Retina, Warm Blooded, In the Arms Of Perdition, Furtive Monologue, MVP
Hope you still had some energy left, since on the mainstage we heard a "Hello, it´s us again!" and yes, loads of people were happy about Heaven Shall Burn being back on the mainstage, headlining this day! They probably all remembered this truly memorably gig from two years ago and thus fans started moshing right after the intro and "Architects Of The Apocalypse". The band enjoyed being on stage a lot and performed in their well-known energetic way, no wonder, that this energy was being carried over to the audience, too. Of course the audience started doing circlepits really fast, but the vocalist asked them for something different, lots of small circlepits - and that´s what he got! Looked pretty cool from above! This band is growing and growing and this time they had added some more visual effects: Big videowalls and light effects added this special something. It´s not as if it had been really neccessary, but it surely underlined their headliner status. "Black Tears" was marking the end of a fulminant gig, that was ended with a rain of glitter. Both thumbs up, yet another highlight!
Intro, Architects Of The Apocalypse, The Weapon They Fear, Counterweight, The Omen, Buried in Forgotten Grounds, Intro + Endzeit, Combat, The Disease, Voice Of The Voiceless, Return To Sanity, Forlorn Skies, Lie You Bleed For, 7th Cross, Behind A Wall, Unleash Enlightment, To Inherit The Guilt, Black Tears
If you had been playing a similar kind of music afterwards, it would´ve been close to impossible, if not completely impossible to make it even better. However, Gwar were playing some completely different music and their approach of enterainment was a pretty different one, too. Let´s take a look at what was going on on the Painstage. The photopit was quite empty, everybody who didn´t have to be there, wasn´t there and those who had to or were crazy enough to go their, were covered in disposible raincoats from head to toe. Some others preferred to shoot from a safe distance. Why all those safety one might ask? Well...the crazy costumes of the guys were surely not the main problem, it was more because of all the blood and Otter juices that was spilled over the audience. First of all a beheaded guy spilled blood over the audience, followed by juices of various kinds all through the gig.
Quite obvious, that music wasn´t in the center of attention during their show. Without costumes and exaggerated show containing "violence" and obscene stuff, nobody would really go that crazy about this band. That way however, it´s cult for lots of people. I for my part decided it was enough after "Hitler´s" appearance and decided to take a rest before the last gig of the day.
And this was definitely necessary, since we had to stay up and awake until 2 am. Then one of the most exotic bands of the festival were playing: Orphaned Land from Israel. Even though it was already quite late - or early - the tent was pretty full. At the latest after their new album "The Way Of ORwarriOR", they managed to gather a large following here in Germany. The offered a great mix of various styles, that even contained oriental influences and clearly showed, that they belief and what they sing and talk about. No matter, if they wanted their audience to clap, sing along or jump, the audience followed. During "Sapari" it was of course time for another guest on stage, bellydancer Betül joined them and did a great perfomance, that added the cherry on top of that gig. Too bad, that the perfomance was already over after roughly 45 minutes with "Norra El Norra" and "Ornaments Of Gold". The screaming for encore clearly showed that this had been a great gig, that made people have lots of fun, even though it had been a long day.
Birth Of The Three (The Unification), Olat Ha'tamid, Barakah, The Kiss Of Babylon (The Sins), Sapari, Ocean Land (The Revelation), Thee By The Father I Pray, Norra El Norra (Entering The Ark), Ornaments Of Gold
Actually I had planned to watch the gig of the wonderful Long Distance Calling, tiredness threw a monkey wrench into my plans, sorry!