Death Angel @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE)

DEATH ANGEL / FLOTSAM & JETSAM

Date: 28th July, 2015
Venue: Sticky Fingers
Tickets: 300 SEK (€31/$36)
Promoter:Triffid & Danger Concerts
Photos: Erika Wallberg


As usual during the Swedish summer it was raining when I arrived at Sticky Fingers that evening, and the fact that it was a Tuesday evening was quite stressful being virtually alone at the entrance of the venue just minutes before the doors had opened. Ok, more people joined me but I don’t think I’ve ever been at this venue without a line 10 minutes prior to the doors opening. And it looked rather bad for a while but talking to the promoter, he seemed quite ok with the situation with pre-sales and so. And of course, it turned out to be a good evening in the end, even if it looked rather empty until FLOTSAM & JETSAM had hit the stage.

The summer festival season means seeing some bands over and over again, so both bands had played at ‘Bang Your Head’ and ‘Headbangers Open Air’, which both were in my summer schedule but still I would have never really thought of skipping this show.

FLOTSAM & JETSAM snuck up on stage rather quietly and caught most of the place by surprise when they kicked off their set with “No Place For Disgrace” and quickly the area in front of the stage was filled up. A few took the opportunity with the initially rather sparse populated floor and started something like a one man mosh-pit combined with a few guys slam-dancing. The atmosphere was really good from the start and it was clear that a lot of people had been waiting to see FLOTSAM & JETSAM for a really long time. And what can I say, FLOTSAM & JETSAM completely destroyed ‘Keep It True’ and they didn’t do much less with ‘Headbangers Open Air’ and certainly not here. No, I’m not mentioning ‘Bang Your Head’ because I didn’t see them there, since their slot was very late and that I really regret. Sure, I had two more opportunities to see them but after this, one more wouldn’t have hurt.

It’s fascinating with Eric A.K. since he hardly look awake off stage and as soon as the show starts, his energy is enough to light up a small city. It’s so much fun to see FLOTSAM & JETSAM these days since my first encounter with the band live was far from my expectations. But these last few years it’s been phenomenal each and every time. It’s always fun to watch the crowd too during concerts. I could have wished for a more packed floor though since the moshers got too much space and kept flying in and out of the circle affecting most everyone just watching the band. Fun to watch of course but a bit annoying too, since a lot of energy actually went to watch these guys rather than towards the band. But take for example “Suffer The Masses” during which the crowd went crazy, everyone participated while for groovier and newer “Gitty Up” a few of the guys really tried to get the pit going whereas most took it easy waiting for the next old school track.

It’s rather common with this effect though with classic bands that it is the old songs people know and what to hear. And by all means, both “No Place For Disgrace” and “Doomsday For The Deceiver” are fantastic albums, still it is a shame that newer songs don’t get the same treatment. Especially since both “The Cold” and most recent “Ugly Noise” are fantastic albums. Oh well, the lack of response from the crowd didn’t affect FLOTSAM & JETSAM’s performance. For “Der Führer”, Eric told a story about being banned in Austria for that particular song, which of course is understandable. Still, I’m not sure if I think it’s tasteless (from the crowd) to heil during a Metal concert. Music and lyrics is one thing but showing sympathies for Nazis, even if it’s just a gimmick, feels rather offensive. But as FLOTSAM & JETSAM finished off their set with “I Live You Die” everyone around had silly smiles on their faces looking at their watches, and made me wonder: had 45+ minutes passed already?

FLOTSAM & JETSAM setlist:

01. “No Place For Disgrace”
02. “Dreams Of Death”
03. “She Took An Axe”
04. “Suffer The Masses”
05. “Gitty Up”
06. “Hammerhead”
07. “Iron Tears”
08. “Swatting At Flies”
09. “Me”
10. “Der Fürhrer”
11. “I Live You Die”

FLOTSAM & JETSAM

Flotsam & Jetsam @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Flotsam & Jetsam @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Flotsam & Jetsam @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Flotsam & Jetsam @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Flotsam & Jetsam @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Flotsam & Jetsam @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Flotsam & Jetsam @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Flotsam & Jetsam @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Flotsam & Jetsam @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Flotsam & Jetsam @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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With the response FLOTSAM & JETSAM got and how well they did, everyone I talked to were a bit afraid whether DEATH ANGEL could match FLOTSAM & JETSAM’s performance. Not that DEATH ANGEL has ever disappointed me while playing live, rather the opposite. And again, just as for this evening’s opener, people seemed to be taken off guard when DEATH ANGEL kicked off their set. Beer went down fast and in half a minute or so everyone was in place. And what a tempo! This really shows why gigs are more fun inside clubs because it's impossible to create the same intensity in open air.

A few songs into the show Mark Osegueda announced that he waited a long time to do this and shouted “Good evening, Gothenburg” in best arena spirit. This was actually DEATH ANGEL’s first visit in the city which was way too late and for sure, the response from the crowd spoke clearly that this should had happened long ago. According to the promoter, there were approximately 150 tickets sold as pre-sales, luckily about the double showed up and filled up the venue. The moshers were of course still going but for this band they’d gotten some new friends. For good and bad! Some of them were a bit too drunk to be there and got really pissed off after a while (it got so bad it became a real fight on one occasion). Others didn’t have any feeling on who to pull in or just leave outside which of course also disturbed the peace a bit. There were also celebrities in the mosh pit as Mikael Stanne from DARK TRANQUILLITY joined in for a few songs who also got a chance to sing a bit.

If FLOTSAM & JETSAM lost some of their support during the newer tracks, DEATH ANGEL could play just anything and still get the crowd going which is really fun to see. Sure, the people responding changed a bit depending if it was new or old material. “Claws In So Deep” from “Relentless Retribution” is a very good sample of this. A few (mainly girls) were really clawing their way to the front for this song.

But it was for songs like “Voracious Souls” the real madness began, and damn, people were singing. Of course, that happened for other songs also, but it’s rare on a Thrash concert that you really can hear the crowd in the chorus lines - at least at a fairly small place as Sticky Fingers. So, even if it was the third DEATH ANGEL show in just over a week, it was still very special and I truly admire the energy they have. The shows they’ve been playing have been extensive in most places but they still look as charged as if it would have been the first show on the tour. I sure hope DEATH ANGEL keep their promise to return soon to Gothenburg and Sweden, since this was a killer evening; a real energy boost and feel good moment for me, despite just coming home after 3-week festival trek.

DEATH ANGEL setlist:

01. “Left For Dead”
02. “Son Of The Morning”
03. “Claws In So Deep”
04. “Fallen”
05. “Buried Alive”
06. “Mistress Of Pain”
07. “Succubus”
08. “Execution - Don't Save Me”
09. “Truce”
10. “3rd Floor”
11. “Seemingly Endless Time”
12. “The Dream Calls For Blood”
13. “Caster Of Shame”
14. “Bored”
15. “Voracious Souls”
16. “The Ultra Violence Intro” / “Thrown To The Wolves”

DEATH ANGEL

Death Angel @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Death Angel @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Death Angel @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Death Angel @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Death Angel @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Death Angel @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Death Angel @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Death Angel @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Death Angel @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Death Angel @ Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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