Soulfly @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE)

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SOULFLY / KING PARROT / INCITE

Date: 07th March, 2016
Venue: Debaser Strand
Ticket: 265SEK (€27/$29)
Promoter: Live Nation
Photos: Erika Wallberg


This is perhaps not the music or the bands I listen to the most at home but a concert is a concert, and with this kind of names and experience, it’s bound to be good.

It was a bit unfortunate for INCITE though; first they started earlier than it had been announced so the place was rather empty when they played and on top of that the sound left more to wish for. As they’d gotten themselves over to Europe from Phoenix, Arizona I think it’s a little unfair that they had to play for such a sparsely crowded venue. And even more unfair since they sounded really good, they had a very good drive and energy playing. The frenzy coming from vocalist Richie Cavalera really boosted my mood. (Yes, he’s Max’s stepson) I liked the mix of the brutal groove combined with technical riffing. Dru Tang’s style, having his fingers just flying over the fret-board with such ease was amazing to watch and hear. The downside with being the opening act as well as having just one guitar (reading about them it seems they actually have double guitars normally which should have been beneficial here) the sound was rather unbalanced and standing at the wrong side of the venue much of the guitar was drowned by the drums and bass. The trigger sound of the drums took over after a few songs and I must say I really preferred the more organic sound rather than the crisp modern. But moving to the other side and get the guitar amp straight in the face everything sounded much better. Which made the second half of INCITE’s show very pleasant. Not knowing their music was my bad and the only title getting stuck was “WTF”, which went home very well with everyone present at the time. And for sure, it was a good and catchy track but so was the rest also. I was actually surprised that I enjoyed their music so much. I’m normally not that fond of the modern touch in brutal Metal but for INCITE the balance was perfect and despite the issues with the sound I truly enjoyed their gig.

INCITE

Incite @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Incite @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Incite @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Incite @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Incite @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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Nope, I certainly hadn’t done my homework before this show as I decided very late to go so to continue the topic, all I could think as KING PARROT hit the stage was WTF... How the hell am I going to write anything about this? Fast, Grindcore and totally chaotic to start with, and a little scary being in the photo-pit as vocalist Youngy poured water all over himself as well as on the crowd. To my surprise, after the first shock things started to fall into place; I’m not sure if I got used to it or that KING PARROT got tighter after the initial fury but a few songs in it all sounded impressive. It was still all frenzy but I loved the old school organic sound and damn, Toddy was beating the shit out of the drums. Oh well, the whole band really made a mess of the place. It’s good to see a band that basically don’t play by the rules, regardless if you brand KING PARROT as groove, Grind, Death or whatever type of Metal they really didn’t fit anywhere visually. Ok, Youngy left very little for the imagination as his loose shorts went up and down on a few occasions but for the rest, Axe guitars and sports shorts, leather vest, dread-locked hair and tight jeans or greaser sideburns. It’s all like, couldn’t care less and it really worked.

Debaser Strand had started to fill up but the floor in front of the stage was still rather open. People submissively walked towards the fence upon invitation just to get another shower of water. Also, a guy at the security fence lost his glasses for a while as Youngy borrowed them, which made him look completely different and not as dangerous as else way. Then, what to do if you don’t get a mosh-pit out of the crowd? Create your own of course. There was so much going on straight through the KING PARROT gig it was hard to follow everything. But it was hilarious to watch them and their energy was absolutely fantastic. Again, a very pleasant surprise this Monday night and I just love it when I’m knocked off my feet by a band I expected nothing from going to the show.

KING PARROT setlist:

01. “Stench”
02. “Anthems”
03. “Hell Comes Your Way”
04. “Sick In The Head”
05. “Gutter”
06. “Bozo”
07. “Dead End”
08. “Tomorrow”
09. “Silly Ol Mate”
10. “Psychotherapy”
11. “Shit On The Liver”

KING PARROT

King Parrot @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) King Parrot @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) King Parrot @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) King Parrot @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) King Parrot @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
King Parrot @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) King Parrot @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) King Parrot @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) King Parrot @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) King Parrot @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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I have to say I’m a bigger SEPULTURA fan than I am a SOULFLY one but after reading Max Cavalera’s biography “My Bloody Roots”, I actually got more interested. Max’s vision and ambition for the band are admirable and even if it’s not really my style of music I can’t but to have respect. And this was the main reason I wanted to go to the show, curiosity and respect for someone who really followed his heart when creating music.

And I’m surely happy I made it to the show since what’s not working for me on record certainly does live. It’s the bouncy stuff that does not turn me on at home but at a sweaty venue with people having a really good time it certainly worked. The place filled up pretty good for SOULFLY which is good since it’s not fun being on a show where bands that have travelled all over the world get no support. But not here, it turned out really good in the end and everyone present seemed to enjoy what they got for real. The perfection in the musicianship of course did a lot for the whole thing too, the groove created by guitarist Marc Rizzo, bassist Mike Leon and of course Max’s son Zyon Cavalera on drums was absolutely fantastic, tight, intense and damn groovy.

One really amusing thing to see though, as the SOULFLY set contained quite a few SEPULTURA songs, it was clear that a few were there to get some SEPULTURA songs while others hardly knew what hit them with “Refuse / Resist” or with the absolute highlight “Arise” that was combined with “Dead Embryonic Cells” for example. Some guys standing with crossed arms in the back completely freaked out for the SEPULTURA classics and the SOULFLY fans didn’t know what happened. And the other way around for the SOULFLY stuff of course. Towards the end of the set Max got some alone time on stage with his guitar where he served some of “Orgasmatron” and other Heavy Metal classics, most worked really well and the crowd was on but I think he needs to practice the SLAYER stuff for next gig...

For the encore KING PARROT joined on stage to pay tribute to Lemmy in “Ace Of Spades”; what a killer version that was. Toddy (KING PARROT drummer) really got that Philthy groove and the duet between Max and Youngy worked perfect. One funny thing happened before the song started through; I assume it was intended that Max would lend his guitar to KING PARROT as he’d taken it off but he looked so surprised when it was taken from his hands, which of course boosted the craziness round KING PARROT even more.

So again, I’m really happy I decided to go and see SOULFLY, apart from the little dip when Max played on his own and the unfortunate sound for INCITE the evening was fantastic and I’m surprised I appreciated the music as much as I did. Well, as long as bands are true to themselves and play from the heart it normally turns out really good, regardless if the music fits my taste or not. This was such a night, everything turned out really good and the whole thing became a feel-good moment, a real energy booster for the rest of the week.

SOULFLY setlist:

01. Intro – “We Sold Our Souls”
02. “Archangel”
03. “Ishtar Rising”
04. “B.F.W.H”
05. “Carved Inside”
06. “Refuse / Resist”
07. “Sodomites”
08. “Prophecy”
09. “Seek N Strike”
10. “Shamash”
11. “Bethlehem’s Blood”
12. “Titans”
13. “Tribe”
14. “Arise” / “Dead Embryonic Cells”
15. “Frontlines”
16. “Roots Bloody Roots”
17. “Primitive”
18. “Ace Of Spades”
19. “Jumpdafuckup” / “Eye For An Eye”

SOULFLY

Soulfly @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Soulfly @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Soulfly @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Soulfly @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Soulfly @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Soulfly @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Soulfly @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Soulfly @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Soulfly @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Soulfly @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Soulfly @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Soulfly @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Soulfly @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Soulfly @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Soulfly @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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