Accept @ Amager Bio (DK) / Tragar’n (SE)

ACCEPT / DAMNATION'S DAY

Date: 19th September, 2014 (Copenhagen), 21st September, 2014 (Gothenburg)
Venue: Amager Bio, Trägår’n
Ticket: 292DKK (€39/$50), 350SEK (€38/$48)
Promoter: Triffid Productions
Photos: Erika Wallberg


The number of drunks outside Amager Bio was very high already an hour before doors opened for the evening. But, regardless of how fast beers were going down for a lot of people, the spirit was on top, plus we were being served with a hit parade of classic Heavy Metal tracks while waiting for the event to start. I actually tried to search for information regarding the opening act for these two shows but couldn't find anything at all. To me, it's always more fun to see bands after having dug into them a little bit, but since I couldn't, DANMATION'S DAY became a surprise for me - a rather pleasant surprise I'd say. However, the sound at Amager Bio was a bit strange; it was loud and compact but lacked force and heaviness and this is not uncommon for bands of this genre. I mean, Progressive Metal, though I wouldn't describe DANMATION'S DAY as pure Prog Metal - they sure touched upon other genres as well. Classic Metal and standard Power Metal are two terms that I can mention and then also something more modern and more brutal sounding. To me, INTO ETERNITY or CONTROL DENIED came to mind as references. Luckily the sound was much better in Gothenburg, so the overall impression rose there as well.

Not listening at all to a band makes it hard to refer to specific songs but it should have been "Carried Above The Sun" that really stood out. I really enjoyed the dynamics of this one track as it was changing from hard and heavy to very mellow and melodic. Mark Kennedy's rather frail and clean voice worked really well for everything but it sure stood out during the softer passages. The good thing with the high spirits in Copenhagen was that the crowd was full on from the start so the Aussie lads of DAMNATION'S DAY got a rather warm welcome to Europe at least. The crowd followed Mark when he asked everyone to raise their hands and clap (or was it to scream hey, hey, hey) together with him. The closer of their set was a brutal piece called "Reaper" and I think CHILDREN OF BODOM could be mentioned as a reference for this one. This also got some good response from the crowd. All in all, DAMNATION'S DAY did a good job heating the place up for ACCEPT but it was clear why at least Amager Bio was sold out this evening, and that was yet to come.

DAMNATION'S DAY (DK)

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DAMNATION'S DAY (SE)

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Apparently the European premiere was in jeopardy since ACCEPT's flight over the pond from New York was over 20 hours delayed and they basically landed just hours before they were due on stage. You could think that they would have been annoyed and tired when they hit the stage but... not a chance. "Stampede" from the brand new "Blind Rage" kicked off their set and was followed by "Stalingrad", the title track from their last effort. It's so much fun to see the crowd's reaction to these songs and I think "Stalingrad" is a classic already.

But the annoyance showed up in Gothenburg instead. One could think that a Sunday concert would be a calm event and sure, if I compare the beer consumption between the two places Amager Bio is a winner but something happened in Gothenburg that I haven't seen in a very long time at any concert - not in Sweden at least. The show had just begun when the first beers came flying on stage. I think I got most of it over me in the photopit but some landed on stage and on Mark as well. And the beers kept flying! After a few songs in the set Mark commented that it was better to drink the beer or just hand it up on stage than throw it but that didn't help much. Also Peter Baltes was hit by a beer and asked the crowd to point the bastard out to security to just get rid of him which was met by a huge cheer from the crowd. Again, that didn't help, even from a bit back I can see someone really aiming for Peter throwing a whole beer right in his face. Why do something like that? Why pay just under €40 for the ticket and another €7 for a beer to just be sure to be thrown out of from the show? Why go there at all? And why risk to destroy the event for (and get beat up by) a couple of hundred metalheads just for being an asshole?

Luckily this happening didn't spoil the concert. ACCEPT was damn charged in Gothenburg and gave it all for the show. As always with the classic bands, the old school tracks get the most response and sure "Losers And Winners" as well as "London Leatherboys" really rocked both Amager Bio as well as Trägår'n. However, the really new ones as "Dying Breed", "Final Journey" and "From The Ashes We Rise" got some sing along as well, and that's really cool since the album just has been out for a bit over a month.

ACCEPT (DK)

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One thing that has become the trademark for ACCEPT these recent years is how damn much fun they seem to have when playing live. Wolf Hoffman radiates so much energy and joy and Peter is not far behind either. This could be one of the reasons why the new albums have become classics in such short period of time. Of course, the records are really good but to be able to keep the crowd going with so many new tracks in the set sure says a lot. I think it is really cool that they are playing new stuff. I do love the classics as well for sure but there are so many bands living off from the 80's merits these days (even if they are releasing good albums nowadays also, the new stuff never even get a chance) it is extra much fun when it really works with both new and old material. To get it all perfect ACCEPT should have played for another hour but that is perhaps to ask a bit too much. The two hour set went past in no time though.

Just before the encores, Mark asked the crowd to sing a bit and started of the intro to "Fast As A Shark" with just Hi. The rest went by itself. It's hysteric to see grown men freak out; it happened for this as well as "Princess Of The Dawn", some were screaming their lungs out and others were dancing (!), no matter what they did, they sure looked happy at least.

One thing that struck me watching ACCEPT in Copenhagen was that it felt a bit like they were performing on routine. It was still an amazing show but not as inspired as it has been since they came back with Mark Tornillo on vocals. Comparing the overall feeling between the shows, Gothenburg was really just what I expected it all to be. But taking in consideration the delayed flight and the lack of sleep (everyone knows how fun it is to hang out on an airport for that amount of time...) even on a bad day ACCEPT is better than most bands these days. But yes, the show in Gothenburg won of comparing the two.

ACCEPT setlist:

01. "Stampede"
02. "Stalingrad"
03. "Hellfire"
04. "200 Years"
05. "Losers And Winners"
06. "London Leatherboys"
07. "Starlight"
08. "Dying Breed"
09. "Final Journey"
10. "Shadow Soldiers"
11. "From The Ashes We Rise"
12. "Restless And Wild"
13. "Ahead Of The Pack"
14. "No Shelter"
15. "Princess Of The Dawn"
16. "Dark Side Of My Heart"
17. "Pandemic"
18. "Fast As A Shark"
19. "Metal Heart"
20. "Teutonic Terror"
21. "Balls To The Wall"

ACCEPT (SE)

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