OPETH @ Vagos Open Air, 2014/08/09

Originally posted in Valkyrian Music.

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Now OPETH… I’ll start with something Mikael Åkerfeldt said at some point, regarding a song I honestly can’t remember the name, but he said that “if it sounds like a fuck-up, it isn’t. It’s just us being progressive”. And this is more or less what I think of prog. Nope, it’s definitely not my cup of tea. I recognize the high quality of some of the bands/artists, but I just can’t like it. So me, and many others like me, wouldn’t have enjoyed the show (apart from Åkerfeldt’s jokes, that is). The thing is that even among the die-hard OPETH fans there are mixed feelings about the Vagos show. Some complained about the “soft” setlist, others about the somewhat shallow performance… and then there are those who were simply enthralled from the moment “The Devil’s Orchard” started to the one where “Blackwater Park” stopped. They have played VOA two years ago, and I’ve also seen them at the 9th (and last) anniversary show of the original Hard Club, and this was the weakest of those three. But like I said, prog isn’t my thing, so I could be wrong… I still laughed when he said they came from Stockholm, where other great metal bands came from, like ENTOMBED, DISMEMBER, BATHORY… and ABBA. That the next song was actually “Super Trouper” (it was “Heir Apparent”). Or when he said it smelled like dead cat in his armpit. Or when he told a girl she could lower the “teddy-crocodile” as he didn’t know that song (it was a dinosaur plushie with a sign asking for “Coil”). Still there was something missing in his attitude – even I noticed that. Was it a bad concert? No, I can’t say that. But OPETH can do better.

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ANNIHILATOR @ Vagos Open Air, 2014/08/09

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Originally posted in Valkyrian Music. In their own old-school way, ANNIHILATOR were top as well. They released a new album last year, titled “Feast”, so they played a few songs in order to promote it – “Smear Campaign”, which opened the … Continue reading

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BEHEMOTH @ Vagos Open Air, 2014/08/09

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Originally posted in Valkyrian Music. But in my humble opinion, it was BEHEMOTH who put up the greatest show – even in daylight! They were also missing their cobra microphone stands and some other paraphernalia, just the cloaks and make-up. And … Continue reading

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THE HAUNTED @ Vagos Open Air, 2014/08/09

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Originally posted in Valkyrian Music. Not sure when THE HAUNTED had played here last, but it’d been quite a while. To say the crowd was eager for this gig is an understatement. And while you can never read Jonas Björler’s expression, … Continue reading

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ANGELUS APATRIDA @ Vagos Open Air, 2014/08/09

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Originally posted in Valkyrian Music. ANGELUS APATRIDA, on the other hand, unleashed hell – kicking off with “Violent Dawn”, violent is the right word to describe the circles. The Spanish thrash metal act has a solid fan base here, but even … Continue reading

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REQUIEM LAUS @ Vagos Open Air, 2014/08/09

Originally posted in Valkyrian Music.

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Despite the 1-day tickets for Saturday being sold out and their much longer career – 16 years longer, to be exact –, REQUIEM LAUS didn’t have a crowd as big as GATES OF HELL had had the previous day. Singer Miguel said this was their return to the stages, after two years and a half (personally, I hadn’t seen them in 7), so maybe that’s why their sound seemed so alien to the majority of the crowd. Plus they’re somewhat… introvert. Good musicians, with great death-blackish songs such as “Reflection Of God” or “Impulse”, which they performed there, but they enjoy the music on their own, not reaching out to the crowd much. So sadly they didn’t get an effusive response to their gig.

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KREATOR @ Vagos Open Air, 2014/08/08

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Originally posted in Valkyrian Music. Okay, it’s true that a KREATOR gig is always a KREATOR gig, and even when they’re bad, they’re still pretty good. But sometimes they’re REALLY awesome – like this time! From “Mars Mantra / Phantom Antichrist” to “Flag … Continue reading

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