Satan @ Truckstop Alaska, Gothenburg (SE)

SATAN / TYRANEX / TRIAL

Date: 22nd February, 2015
Venue: Truckstop Alaska
Tickets: 200SEK (€21/$24)
Promoter: Truckstop Alaska
Photos: Erika Wallberg

Gothenburg in February is not all that pleasant being windy, wet and cold. Luckily that wasn’t the case inside the cozy venue of Truckstop Alaska and with the billing like this, it was for a must-go.

TRIAL opened the bill. I’ve seen these Swedes a couple of times already and for sure, it has been very good but it was kind of different this time. Vocalist Linus Johansson has always been charismatic but this time he performed with more dramatic than ever. Also, it felt like TRIAL’s music had taken a step to more loose forms. The style is still the same but they sure allowed more time for instrumental passages than I’ve experienced before. I can’t claim to be all that familiar with their music, especially not most of the songs performed that night even if like it a lot, since everything aside from the set closer “The Primordial Temple” was from the brand new “Vessel” LP. Either something actually had changed or it was the lights and the atmosphere at Truckstop Alaska that set this mood. No matter what, it felt like a very confident band took on the stage and really gave the rest of the fantastic line-up a match for their money.

TRIAL setlist:

01. “To New Ends”
02. “Where Man Becomes All”
03. “Ecstasy Waltz”
04. “Through Bewilderment”
05. “The Primordial Temple”

TRIAL

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I surely was blown away by TYRANEX the first time I ever heard them. I was skeptic whether Linnea Landstedt would pull off the vocals, which are quite hysteric on record. But hell yes, she sound fantastic live as well, even better on occasion. And it sure was full speed ahead from the first moment. Being the opposite of TRIAL, TYRANEX is straight in your face, direct and captivating. “The Curse” from the debut “Extermination Has Begun” shook the crowd for real and got everything started in a grand way. “Unable To Tame” from their latest effort with the same title didn’t do less. I think it’s great to see a band that really breathes Metal, it’s just the way it is, it’s not studied or dressed up or adjusted. It’s for real and it’s no bull-shit, neither the image nor the music. It’s hard to describe this in words without making it sound pretentious but any true metalhead will understand what I am saying. Especially if you’re familiar with the scene in Sweden of the recent years and the only thing that’s true is if you look and sound like any NWOBHM did in the early '80s. TYRANEX also have their roots in the late '80s and early '90s Speed and Thrash scene but it’s different with this band.

What’s really cool with TYRANEX is that have gotten a good following over the years. Even though they’re from Stockholm, the Gothenburg crowd seemed very dedicated and followed everything the band did on stage, they even knew “Blade Of The Sacrificer”, the closer of the set which had been released as a demo only. Damn cool I say and a damn good show.

TYRANEX setlist:

01. “The Curse”
02. “Unable To Tame”
03. “Witches Gathering”
04. “Fight Them Back”
05. “As The Cross Crumbles”
06. “Invasion Of Evil”
07. “Take The Torch”
08. “Tormentor”
09. “Blade Of The Sacrificer”

TYRANEX

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Even if both TRIAL and TYRANEX kicked ass, it was still SATAN’s show. And for sure, Brian Ross doesn’t have to do more than just show up to get the crowd going. The stage was smaller but he has the same captivating aura as the front-men of the big league bands as JUDAS PRIEST, IRON MAIDEN, BLACK SABBATH... His word is law. The show started with the amazing “Trial By Fire”, which is the only thing to complain about. Of course, it is a great opening track but normally at a place like Truckstop Alaska it takes a while for the crowd to wake up and the sound to be settled. No disaster with neither the sound nor crowd though. And the people present seemed to be very excited to see SATAN play.

“Blades Of Steel” followed and then it was time for some tracks of SATAN’s latest LP, with “Time To Die” and the absolutely fantastic “Twenty Twenty Five”. The latter is absolutely one of my favorites from that release. Perhaps the pressure wasn’t exactly as high for these as for the two openers but they still worked very well live. It’s actually very cool to see that the Swedish Heavy Metal crowd is taking in new releases from old school bands. This hasn’t always been the case so it for sure is a good change for this scene. And that was a good thing since about half SATAN’s set was songs from that new release. I can’t say that I’ve seen SATAN that many times but on the few occasions it’s been damn good but it seems like it is a super charged band to hit the stage these days. They sound fantastic together and perform with a lot of energy. Of course, Mr. Ross takes a lot of the attention just by being present, but he too sound fantastic and he sure as hell pull off every song still. So it was a happy crowd that left Truckstop Alaska that cold winter night, heated by the concert which ended with fantastic “No Turning Back” and “Kiss Of Death” no one seemed to be bothered about the weather leaving the place at least. So hell yes, a night of true Metal for die-hard fans and an awesome such!

SATAN setlist:

01. “Trial By Fire”
02. “Blades Of Steel”
03. “Time To Die”
04. “Twenty Twenty Five”
05. “Break Free”
06. “Cenotaph”
07. “Life Sentence”
08. “The Ritual”
09. “Siege Mentality”
10. “Oppression”
11. “Incantations”
12. “Testimony”
13. “Alone In The Dock”
14. “Heads Will Roll” / “No Turning Back”
15. “Kiss Of Death”

SATAN

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