Copenhell Day 3 @ Refshaleøen (DK)

D.A.D. / WATAIN / SUICIDE SILENCE / UNCLE ACID / GRAVEYARD / OBITUARY / BEHEMOTH / KILL DEVIL HILL / AVATARIUM

Date: 13th June, 2014
Venue: Refshaleøen
Ticket: 895DKK (€120)
Promoter: Live Nation
Photos: Erika Wallberg


Looking at the lineup, the third day of this edition of ‘Copenhell’ was probably the weakest I’ve seen, at least on paper. Or perhaps the earlier days were extremely strong and made this look a bit pale. This has more to do with what I’ve been listening to over the years rather than the quality of the bands.

One band I was very much looking forward to seeing was AVATARIUM, rather new but already reached a cult status. Of course this can be due to Leif Edling but it is wrong to take the credit away from the rest of the band. Jennie-Ann Smith is of course captivating with her sweet and delicate with her angelic voice, blonde hair and fairy movements. On occasion, she doesn’t look all that comfortable being at the center of attention in a Doom-band but this was just for a few short seconds, else she really pulled it off. “Moonhorse” and “Bird Of Prey” allowed a very decent amount of time to work on the photos too and even if it was a true pleasure to shoot AVATARIUM, I would preferred being on the other side of the security fence.

The thing that struck the hardest with this show, which really impressed me, was guitarist Marcus Jidell. His dynamic guitar-playing was amazing; the variation from super heavy to very gentle, almost Blues-y two-in-one rhythm and melody kind of playing. I’ve never seen him play live before and I sure hope it won’t be the last. Watching him was a true pleasure and with this the absence of Leif could of course still be felt but Marcus performance compensated that a bit. Speaking of Leif, his replacement, Anders Iwers, has been around the Swedish music scene almost as long as Leif and he did a very good job filling the spot.

AVATARIUM started the festival in a mellow way and even though the crowd was apparently a bit tired but they did show up at least. For me, this was one of the finest moments of the festival; of course, AVATARIUM didn’t beat IRON MAIDEN or TWISTED SISTER but their performance was great. It sounded awesome and was very full of emotion. Just take a track like “Tides Of Telepathy”, the minimalistic riff was still shivering with emotion and so intense it was almost hard to breathe. AVATARIUM sure is a very good reason to see bands live. Amazing start of the third day and I had to eat my words immediately.

AVATARIUM

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During the afternoon, TOXIC HOLOCAUST would play on the Pandaemonium stage. I was there at the announced time just to find out that they were full on with their set. All photographers had left which meant it was more than three songs in. I think I saw about 2½ songs in total before TOXIC HOLOCAUST said thanks and goodbye. This was really a shame since those few songs sounded amazing, with raw energy, a bit punky but still with the Thrash Metal nerve and the riffs. The band was fun to watch, as was the crowd since this type of music invites to a mosh-pit.

This happening in ‘Copenhell’ is rather rare and I don’t think I’ve ever experienced such a mess with the schedule because normally everything is structured and very well organized. Ok, so I missed one band that I wanted to see; not the end of the world, but it says something on how good everything works if this was the major mess-up. And it continued in the same vein; KILL DEVIL HILL marched out onstage and stated their rights to rock. Since I’ve never been a PANTERA fan, I’ve never bothered to check KILL DEVIL HILL out. But they sure made their mark quickly and I really regretted my own ignorance because the force and groove really got to me and everything really sounded perfectly. It’s actually a bit contradictive because I really want to be prepared for shows because being familiar with the band’s music makes the experience more enjoyable. On the other hand, I love the feeling sitting in the grass at the back of the stage area, enjoying the sun and just being amazed with what KILL DEVIL HILL were delivering.

It is of course Rex Brown’s fame with PANTERA which has generated the publicity around KILL DEVIL HILL but it’s definitely not a one-man show. I really liked the music of course but the whole vibe around the band was what really got to me. It felt like an entity trying to conquer the world. The response for KILL DEVIL HILL was absolutely ok straight through their show but was taken to another level for their last song, PANTERA’s “Mouth For War”. I think everyone was singing along to this one. For me, the rest of KILL DEVIL HILL’s set was stronger, mainly because I appreciate their type of music more than PANTERA’s. But the hit-factor in that track can’t be denied. So after this killer set, it was just to list two more records to my must-buy list.

KILL DEVIL HILL setlist:

01. “No Way Out”
02. “Crown Of Thorns”
03. “War Machine”
04. “Wake Up The Dead”
05. “Rise From The Shadows”
06. “Life Goes On”
07. “Leave It All Behind”
08. “Strange”
09. “Mouth For War”

KILL DEVIL HILL

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And then (again) to something completely different. Moving from KILL DEVIL HILL’s loose Rock ’n’ Roll attitude to BEHEMOTH’s studied pure perfection. I sure appreciate both when they’re done right. Last time I saw BEHEMOTH I was blown away with the whole setup around the show; from the lights, the pyros to the visual effects and stage props. And of course, you have to go all the way to get the real effect and BEHEMOTH sure do. Musically they’re all about the same perfection also.

Still I must say, some of the effects from the show were lost in the daylight. No one can deny that fire and lights need a dark club to come to their full effect but apart from that, it was just as awesome this time as last I saw them. The massive “Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel” brought on the fury. The song is very catchy, even if it’s both brutal and heavy, at that point it was almost scary to look at the crowd, a lot of angry faces stared back at the band trying to outdo each other and protect their spot in the front. BEHEMOTH’s “The Satanist” was one of my favorite albums of the year and I’m happy they played quite a lot from it.

Then it’s a fine line between what’s the coolest between the initial part of “Christians To The Lions” where the drum-riser is set on fire or the massive “O Father O Satan O Sun”. The first time I saw them setting fire to the place, I just thought what the hell (which probably the club-owner also did), the surprise is gone of course but it still is damn cool. But not much can measure up to the closer of the set. It’s massive and heavy and the whole atmosphere in it is kind of chanting, like moving a cult or so. And of course it’s a damn good song. So hell yes, again BEHEMOTH showed why they’re one of the greatest bands in the genre and the show really worked, despite the daylight.

BEHEMOTH setlist:

01. “Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel”
02. “Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer”
03. “Conquer All”
04. “As Above So Below”
05. “Slaves Shall Serve”
06. “Christians To The Lions”
07. “The Satanist”
08. “Ov Fire And The Void”
09. “At The Left Hand Ov God”
10. “Chant For Eschaton 2000”
11. “O Father O Satan O Sun!”

BEHEMOTH

Behemoth @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)

Behemoth @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)

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I remember hanging around the house where all bands rehearsed in my old hometown in the late 80’s. Of course to watch the coolest bands rehearse and that particular Saturday one of the coolest came with a bag of vinyl. One of the bunch was OBITUARY’s “Slowly We Rot”. The title struck hard but the music got me more. It was different from the Swedish brand of Death Metal. OBITUARY have stayed with me since and no other US Death Metal band has really had the same impact on me.

The annoying thing with the OBITUARY show was that it had become rather windy which of course can be a cool effect with long-haired Hard rockers. But at the Hades the wind made John Tardy look like Cousin It from Adams Family which also made it a little hard to get decent pictures. But apart from that, I felt like a kid on Christmas and looking around me a lot of people, who probably had the same experience as I with “Slowly We Rot” looked equally happy. Of course, this reaction wasn’t only for the classic songs, even un-released ones sine “Visions In My Head” was from the upcoming “Inked In Blood” album.

It’s a bit fun thinking about it, it’s not really all that hitty and catchy music Death Metal but somehow it has become kind of that over the years. Of course, records that has been spinning at home for 25 years should be stuck but thinking about the genre with getting away from the commercial circus and such it becomes a bit amusing to see people singing along to OBITUARY songs in the same way people do to IRON MAIDEN’s “Run To The Hills” or so. “Chopped In Half” and particularly “The End Complete” perhaps were the ones that did the most for me even if the whole set was amazing as was OBITUARY’s performance. It’s great to see these bands, which have been around since the beginning but still manage to inspire. OBITUARY sure have been doing this over the years and I’m as excited about then now as I was back in the days. The only disappointment with the whole thing was that they took down the merchandise before I had the chance to buy one of the really cool shirts they sold.

OBITUARY setlist:

01. “Stinkupuss”
02. “Intoxicated”
03. “Bloodsoaked”
04. “Immortal Visions”
05. “Infected”
06. “Visions In My Head”
07. “Violence”
08. “Chopped In Half”
09. “Turned Inside Out”
10. “Back To One”
11. “The End Complete”
12. “Dead Silence”
13. “Inked In Blood”
14. “Slowly We Rot”

OBITUARY

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