M.U.R.K. @ Vagos Open Air, 2014/08/10

Originally posted in Valkyrian Music.

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M.U.R.K. – the “alternative death metal” Portuguese band, not the black metal Italian one – were up next. Never had heard of them before, not even when they were going by the name SATTOR, and that started back in 2005. Apart from the EP “Tyrants Of Decay” they’ve released early this year, it seems that they’ve only released another EP (“Seeds Of Perseverance”) as SATTOR. One must wonder why a band with just two extended plays out in a less than 10-year-old career was chosen for such a big event as Vagos Open Air. It’s commendable, of course, that Prime Artists support the national underground, but we have so many bands with a bigger discography and a larger fan base (there were some M.U.R.K. fans present, truth be told) that it just seems unfair the promoters chose this band. it wasn’t a bad concert – the highlight on “Footprint Of God”, apparently – but it wasn’t a spectacular one either, despite their ritualistic gear and makeup.

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OPUS DIABOLICUM @ Vagos Open Air, 2014/08/10

Originally posted in Valkyrian Music.

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First band was OPUS DIABOLICUM. The die-hard MOONSPELL fans will recognize this name from one of their early songs (from the 20-year-old EP“Under The Moonspell”, in case you’re not familiar with it). The name isn’t a coincidence, since OPUS DIABOLICUM did with MOONSPELL the same that APOCALYPTICA did with METALLICA – instrumental covers in cellos.

The gig didn’t kick off very well. After just a couple of minutes they had to interrupt due to a problem in the cello on the right (I wish I could tell you the name of the musician, but their Facebook page doesn’t mention names). And since none of the other two addressed to the audience, the silence became a little awkward. But when the cello was back in order, they attacked those strings with “Opium” and the crowd soon forgot the incident, singing the lyrics strongly. I confess I wasn’t expecting such a great feedback and I’m happy I was wrong about it. Of course they played some MOONSPELL key-hits, and that might have helped – “Vampiria”,“Nocturna”, “Scorpion Flower” – and such any MOONSPELL gig, they wrapped it up with “Alma Mater” and “Fullmoon Madness”. Neat!

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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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