KIT XVIII Day 1 @ Lauda-Königshofen (DE)

EXCITER / ULI JON ROTH / LEATHERWOLF / ASHBURY / FIST / JUTTA WEINHOLD / MINDLESS SINNER / COBRA / THE UNHOLY / SACRAL RAGE

Date: 24th April, 2015
Venue: Tauberfranken Halle
Ticket: €58 / $65 (two days)
Promoter: Keep It True
Photos: Erika Wallberg


So it was time again to sweat away a weekend at the Tauberfranken Halle. Don't get me wrong, I love being here and ‘Keep It True’ is absolutely one of every year's highlights. It's a tradition, even if I haven't been to all 18 festivals.

First out was the Greeks of SACRAL RAGE and they sure set a standard for the day. I just noticed this band prior to the festival and didn't really have time to check them out, just a few songs on Youtube or so. I sure liked what I heard. And SACRAL RAGE delivered; vocalist Dimitris K strutted in on stage during the first song wearing a strait-jacket and sang the first half wearing it before breaking out and the real madness could start. What I really liked about SACRAL RAGE was the riff's, somewhere between New School and old school; Classic, yet modern. And they had a very good drive in their music. Unfortunately they only had a bunch of die-hard fans in the front, apart from these guys the venue was rather empty still so I guess I wasn't the only one missing to dig out info about these guys prior to the festival.

It was quite a surprise when Alan Tecchio joined in on stage for a HADES track, “The Leaders” in the middle of the set. A very cool feature and a great surprise, this one too sounded very good. The downside with SACRAL RAGE's gig was the sound, it sounded alright in the photo-pit but a bit back in the venue the sound was rather weak and the true power didn't really come though. And one more think, why did Spyros the bass player wear knee-pads? It's not like he used them during the show. But a good start of the festival for sure.

SACRAL RAGE setlist:

01. Intro - “Harbinger”
02. “En Cima Del Mal”
03. “Panic In Urals (Burning Skies)”
04. “Lost Chapter E: Sutratma”
05. “A Tyrannous Revolt”
06. “Lost Chapter E: Amarna's Reign”
07. “The Leaders” (HADES Cover)
08. “Return Of The Dead”
09. “Foreshadower”
10. “Master Of A Darker Light”

SACRAL RAGE

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I was rather surprised when I listened to THE UNHOLY before the Festival. Their Heavy Metal oozed SAVATAGE and how can you not like that? Then I was again surprised when seeing the band live as the Progressive feel wasn't as present as it was on the songs I listened to. But a classic 80's Hard Rock show isn't bad either. Sara Steel gives Diamond Dave a match for the money when it comes to posing. She is captivating to look at and has a hell of a voice at the same time. I really enjoy a female fronted band when it's not Goth, growl or some other smirk style of singing. Just a strong clean voice! That is needed in the Metal Scene. And she frankly owns the stage, even taking your eyes off her she will soon be in the visual field again as she roams the stage from side to side constantly. Guitarist Nuno Nightmare and bassist Joe “The Lion” Dalton have to see themselves pushed far to each side. While at it, it would actually have been nice to see Nuno's face at least once during the show, it was just hair, hair and hair and fingers moving over the fret-board straight through the show. I really enjoyed the song “Warriors”, that was the one standing out the most in the set I think. But it was a hell of a set and I'm looking forward to hear more from THE UNHOLY.

THE UNHOLY setlist:

01. “Intro”
02. “Open The Gates”
03. “She Comes From The Grave”
04. “Freeway Fighter”
05. “A Call From The Night”
06. “Fight For Your Life” (RUFFIANS cover)
07. “Warriors”
08. “Tonight You Sleep In Hell”
09. “Queen Of Thunder”

THE UNHOLY

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And then it was time for a joyride, at least that's what I expected; some really energetic Hard Rock/Heavy Metal. And COBRA looked damn cool entering the stage but the real smack in the face didn't happen. I still think it's very impressive that a young band like COBRA first manage to create a buzz around them and then get over to Europe from Peru to play for a still rather sparse crowd at the Tauberfranken Halle. Ok, they had some real die-hard fans in the front screaming like crazy and perhaps it’s me missing something. But normally the standards at ‘Keep It True’ are extremely high so I missed something with COBRA. They couldn't build up the energy in their music needed to keep my interest up for the whole show. But they do have some really good songs so with a bit more stage practice I think this will be very cool. I really liked set opener “Beyond The Curse” and also “Fallen Soldier”. Both from latest release “To Hell”. And guitarist Nito Mejía had one of the coolest guitars ever built, a 10-stringed BC Rich Bich. Perhaps the additional 4 strings (more like a 12-singed guitar on the top 4 strings) isn't the most convenient when playing straight forward Heavy Metal but it would have been damn cool if he would have pulled that off. I actually don't think I've ever seen anyone using that kind of guitar fully. But a smaller stage at a sweaty club and COBRA would have worked; the ‘KIT’ stage was a little too big still.

COBRA setlist:

01. “Beyond The Curse”
02. “The Roadrunner (Bite My Dust)”
03. “Fallen Soldier”
04. “Denim Attack”
05. “Mion's Hill” (SABBAT cover)
06. “Rough Riders”
07. “To Hell”
08. “Highland Warrior”
09. “Inner Demon”

COBRA

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MINDLESS SINNER kicked ass at ‘Muskelrock’ the year before ‘KIT’. It's always good to see that these reformed bands still got it. But even if it was good on ‘Muskelrock’, that gig couldn't really be compared to this one because it was on another level. It all sounded fantastic and the energy was on top. It perhaps didn't look as cool as COBRA and it's hard to get away from the happy-joy-joy feeling while watching MINDLESS SINNER. What they wear is of course secondary and the most important is that they sound good and enjoy their time on stage. And they sure seemed to have fun, which made second song out very suitable “I'm Gonna (Have Some Fun)”. Vocalist Christer Göransson was roaming the stage from side to side, climbing the speakers and reaching for the audience. Ok, there was a whole bunch of Swedes in the front, and perhaps also other fans with Swedish flags supporting MINDLESS SINNER. It sure was good to see them getting this response. They worked hard and deserved every second of it. The whole festival lifted with MINDLESS SINNER, they were a class over the previous bands on the bill, no doubt about that. And they were also a class over themselves compared to their ‘Muskelrock’ performance; a definite highlight of the day.

MINDLESS SINNER setlist:

01. “We Go Together”
02. “I'm Gonna (Have Some Fun)”
03. “Live And Die”
04. “Broken Freedom”
05. “Standing On The Stage”
06. “Master Of Evil”
07. “Turn On The Power”
08. “Screaming For Mercy”
09. “Voice Of The Doomed”
10. “Here She Comes Again”

MINDLESS SINNER

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I bought ZED YAGO's “From Over Yonder” by chance a long time ago; I liked the cover and just because of that I picked it up. The record spun at home round after round and in the end it wasn't just the cover that was cool, the band rocked hard too so I've longed to get to hear these songs live. Sure, ZED YAGO played at ‘Headbangers Open Air’ and that was really good too but it wasn't Jutta Weinhold singing. So I was really looking forward to finally seeing Jutta herself live. And what a lady that is, impressive with such dignity. Her voice is fantastic and she really owns the stage. There's not many women in Rock that can do that kind of performance, doesn't matter if you're 20 or been in the business for more than 20 years. She sure is one of a kind. With such a stage persona the band ended up a bit in the shadows. They had to do with the show too of course and it all was fantastic. “The Fear Of Death” and “The Spell From Over Yonder” were absolutely fantastic and it was a little annoying to be in the photo-pit during these songs. For “Black Bone Song” a choir was brought up on stage, it consisted of various metalheads that tried to keep up with Jutta, hence headbanging like crazy. She got a match but it was still Jutta that was the center of attention on stage. Absolutely fantastic performance and very fascinating that she can perform with such energy. Also, as men in her age normally lose their voices she sounded as powerful as ever. And even if this wasn't the real ZED YAGO, it was a ZED YAGO set and that's close enough.

JUTTA WEINHOLD BAND setlist:

01. “Zed Yago”
02. “The Fear Of Death”
03. “The Spell From Over Yonder”
04. “The Pale Man”
05. “The Man Who Stole The Holy Fire”
06. “Revenge”
07. “Black Bone Song”
08. “Rocking For The Nation”

JUTTA WEINHOLD BAND

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