HOA Day 3 @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE)

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DEATH ANGEL / SATAN / STORMWITCH / ROCK GODDESS / HEXX / RUTHLESS / WARRIOR / SPELLCASTER / AFTERMATH

'Headbangers Open Air Festival, Day 3'

Date: 25th July, 2015
Venue: Brande-Hörnerkirchen
Tickets: €49.50 (3-day) ($54)
Promoter: Headbangers-Open-Air.de
Photos: Erika Wallberg


After another night of pop-music torture from our tent neighbors and the imminent scare of the storm that was to come the third day started off; perhaps not as easy going as normal. We had no luck at all with our camping place this year. I mean, why sit on the campsite and play MODERN TALKING on a Metal festival? When everything was safely secured to make sure it wasn't going to be blown away it was time for AFTERMATH to kick of the festival.

There are so many bands showing up at this festival that I should have known better, since they're both in my taste and I've seen the records lying around in the shops but never gotten around to buy them; AFTERMATH's “Eyes of Tomorrow” is one of them. So, I wasn't as familiar with AFTERMATH as I’d wish I was. Still, they impressed me with their show and the title-track of that first full length album as well as “Words That Echo Fear” worked really well. Something I think is fascinating with bands and also with music is that the same thing can be presented in so many ways. Musically AFTERMATH fit right in to the ‘Headbangers Open Air’ label but the attitude they had on stage set them apart. It's not in a bad way, just different. The 90's was all about aggression and that was shown here as compared to the lighter having-fun and party attitude from most bands. Vocalist Kyriakos “Charlie” Tsiolis looks like a relic from the 80's HC scene; I’m talking about rock solid guys you really don't want to meet in a dark alley, regardless their size. I bet they're all the nicest people in the world though but on stage they all were a bit scary.

So despite the storm warning and all other stuff, when the third and last day of ‘Headbangers Open Air’ kicked off it did it in the standard good way it always does.

AFTERMATH setlist:

01. “Meltdown”
02. “Chaos”
03. “Eyes Of Tomorrow”
04. “Sentenced To Death”
05. “Shotgun”
06. “Words That Echo Fear”
07. “Going No Place”
08. “War For Freedom”
09. “Proud Reflex” / “Snuff”
10. “When Will You Die”

AFTERMATH

Aftermath @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Aftermath @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Aftermath @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Aftermath @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Aftermath @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Aftermath @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Aftermath @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Aftermath @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Aftermath @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Aftermath @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Aftermath @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Aftermath @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Aftermath @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Aftermath @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Aftermath @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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US Heavy / Speed Metal is always appealing and at a first glance checking SPELLCASTER out before the festival, I thought they sounded amazing. Getting the “Spellcaster” album I wasn't as impressed; the songs were really good of course but both production and performance on the record left a bit more to wish for. There are so many great bands in the genre so the competition is fierce and then the smallest flaws can tip an album over.

It was a supercharged SPELLCASTER that took over the ‘Headbangers Open Air’ stage though and everything was as one could expect from SPELLCASTER; tight, intense and furious and very difficult to catch the guys with the camera. And these are the best moments when you don't have any expectations on what's to come and everything is virtually perfect. Despite the invitation to “Run Away” more and more people gathered and started to nod affirmative to what was going on onstage. That one sure is a good song and so is “Bound”. My favorite out of the “Spellcaster” album came at the end of the main set in “Voyage”.

And as the SPELLCASTER set and performance was so good here, I had to revisit the album after returning home and I realized it wasn't anything wrong with the performance on that one either, more that the production was rather unforgiving so it didn't have the same flow and powerful sound as SPELLCASTER got on stage. If AFTERMATH didn't wake everyone up, SPELLCASTER sure did.

SPELLCASTER setlist:

01. Intro
02. “As Darkness Falls”
03. “Ghost Of My Memory”
04. “Nite Of The Hellbeast”
05. “Run Away”
06. “Bound”
07. “Clockwork”
08. “I Live Again”
09. “Power Rising”
10. “Voyage”
11. “Molten Steel”

SPELLCASTER

Spellcaster @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Spellcaster @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Spellcaster @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Spellcaster @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Spellcaster @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
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Spellcaster @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Spellcaster @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Spellcaster @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Spellcaster @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Spellcaster @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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WARRIOR or WARRIOR? I was assuming it was the American band who released “Fighting For The Earth” in the '80s but as it turned out, I was wrong. Ok, I had realized my mistake before the festival and could do some digging but far from enough to say that I was all familiar with the UK version of WARRIOR. And this is another band which was around in the early '80s, disbanded and got back together a few years ago. Back in the days they released one 7” on Neat Records and a few more by themselves from what I can read. So perhaps it's not that strange I wasn't spot on here, it's not like you stumble over independent NWOBHM releases in my corner of the world.

But it's a shame I wasn't, or that the material from WARRIOR isn't more accessible because the show was fantastic. The songs were really, really good, very catchy and the people who had gathered to see them started nodding with consent instantly. Especially “Stab You In The Back” went down really well. Ok, the visual performance perhaps left a little to wish for as it was mainly bass player Duncan Emmerson messing around on stage. But it actually felt better like this in one way. Ok, not all members are from the original line-up but it all felt genuine and just as a bunch of guys getting together to have fun and play, then it all works. I'm still surprised though about the never ending flow of bands like this. The old recordings leave more to wish for but there's so many bands with a whole bunch of damn good songs from the NWOBHM genre, hidden gems and it's even more fascinating that festivals like ‘Headbangers Open Air’ manages to dig them out and get them over to Germany to play. WARRIOR was one of those bands and I sure enjoyed the show very much.

WARRIOR setlist:

01. “Oblivion”
02. “Stab You In The Back”
03. “Dragonslayer”
04. “Kansas City”
05. “Suicide”
06. “Breakout”
07. “Warrior”
08. “Take Your Chance”
09. “Prisoner”
10. “Flying High”
11. “Dead When It Comes To Love”

WARRIOR

Warrior @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Warrior @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Warrior @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Warrior @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Warrior @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
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As the sky slowly but surely was closing up and turning into that lead color, RUTHLESS took over the stage and it was good to have a trustworthy act showing up. For some reason, these old school US Power Metal bands put on one hell of a show. And RUTHLESS is no exception from this standard. I admit though that it took a while for the “They Rise” release to settle; it wasn't an immediate like but after a few spins things started to clear out and after a more few spins more, I was sold. So, it was very nice to get to hear these songs live. “Defender” is fantastic on record but worked even better live. The main frenzy on stage can be signed to Ken McGee; his blonde hair flow was basically everywhere. But the energy from the rest of the band also contributed to the show. As I am a fan of BC Rich guitars, it was extra nice to watch Dave Watson with his beautiful black Mockingbird.

The show was fantastic, such great energy and I especially enjoyed to hear “Hang Man” and “They Rise” live. The RUTHLESS show worked and heat things up from the overhanging weather change that was about to come. The good thing though, no matter the weather, a good show can boost even the lowest party-mood and RUTHLESS sure did.

RUTHLESS setlist:

01. “Gates Of Hell”
02. “Defender”
03. “Laceration”
04. “Hang Man”
05. “They Rise”
06. “Discipline Of Steel”
07. “Mass Killer”
08. “Frustration”
09. “13 Skulls”
10. “Metal Without Mercy”

RUTHLESS

Ruthless @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ruthless @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ruthless @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ruthless @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ruthless @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Ruthless @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ruthless @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ruthless @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ruthless @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ruthless @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Ruthless @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ruthless @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ruthless @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ruthless @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Ruthless @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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For some reason, HEXX kind of drowned under the impression for the other bands when they played at ‘Keep It True’ a few years back, so I was really happy when they were announced so I could get another chance to see them play.

Though I actually got caught by HEXX during their more brutal period and I worship “Quest For Sanity” to this day. I wasn't as impressed with “Under The Spell” when I got hold of that one just after discovering the band. Picking that one up in recent years that too turned out a killer record. But I must say vocalist Dan Bryant gave a very weird impression behind his sunglasses and truckers-cap. It was absolutely nothing wrong with his voice but again the performance got lost after RUTHLESS' frenzy and Dan not being in the front at all. The others had to work hard to make it happen but still it was hard to look away from Dan. His outfit wasn't really suitable but it brought some mystique over it all and at least I was trying to figure out what was going on.

Anyway, as long as the setlist sounds good a show can't fail completely. “Edge Of Death” holds to this day, as well as “Hell Riders”. It was the songs from “Under The Spell” that won even if both “Night Of Pain” and “No Escape” are fantastic too. It's hard to say why but the rest just came out better. Of course, “Under The Spell” is Dan's album while “No Escape” isn't which could have some to do with it.

So, even if HEXX didn't meet RUTHLESS’ energy, they did a very good show and at least to me, more memorable than the ‘KIT’ one.

HEXX setlist:

01. “The Victim”
02. “Edge Of Death”
03. “Under The Spell”
04. “Terror”
05. “Invader”
06. “Night Of Pain”
07. “Hell Riders”
08. “No Escape”
09. “A Time Of War”
10. “Suicide”
11. “Fever Dream”
12. “Out For Control”

HEXX

Hexx @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Hexx @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Hexx @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Hexx @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Hexx @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Hexx @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Hexx @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Hexx @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Hexx @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Hexx @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Hexx @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Hexx @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Hexx @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Hexx @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Hexx @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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Basically anything would appear open and cheerful after HEXX Dan's mystique appearance and it sure was something completely different hitting the stage right after. I've seen in stores the ROCK GODDESS records over the years but never really came to my senses and buy them until a few years ago. This was my loss since “Hell Hath No Fury” didn't leave the player for weeks. So yes, I was really looking forward to seeing ROCK GODDESS play but I didn't dare to push my expectation too high though. The main reason for that was that bands like GIRLSCHOOL, CRUCIFIED BARBARA, THUNDERMOTHER are fantastic on the right place at the right time but I've seen all of them when they really can't fill the stage and it all come out rather weak. So, this was my concern in this case too; could ROCK GODDESS manage to bring life to the ‘Headbangers Open Air’ stage. Hell yes, they could! The sound was dull despite the fact they are a trio, heavy and full. That I like. And of course, that they have the songs added more to it all. “Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right” was really one of the highlights but the songs from the aforementioned “Hell Hath No Fury” were the ones that made the most for me. “You've Got Fire” and “Hold Me Down” sounded fantastic. There's no doubt Tracey Lamb did great fronting the band and keeping the show alive but it was Jody Turner who impressed the most; the way she handled the guitar and vocal duties at the same time while looking absolutely stunning all the time as well.

So ROCK GODDESS hit high over expectation, this was absolutely one of the best shows of the day, perhaps also one of the best from this edition of ‘Headbangers Open Air’.

ROCK GODDESS setlist:

01. “Satisfied Then Crucified”
02. “God Be With You”
03. “Heartache”
04. “Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right”
05. “You've Got Fire”
06. “Hold Me Down”
07. “Make My Night”
08. “To Be Betrayed”
09. “Take Your Love Away”
10. “Drive Me Away”
11. “This Is The Day”
12. “My Angel”
13. “Heavy Metal Rock 'N' Roll”
14. “Back To You”

ROCK GODDESS

Rock Goddess @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rock Goddess @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rock Goddess @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rock Goddess @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rock Goddess @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Rock Goddess @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rock Goddess @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rock Goddess @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rock Goddess @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rock Goddess @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Rock Goddess @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rock Goddess @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rock Goddess @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rock Goddess @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Rock Goddess @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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And then on to another odd figure of the scene; Andy Aldrian the vocalist of STORMWITCH. I actually love when bands have some sort of a gimmick as it adds a lot to the show. And especially when we're talking about theatrical type of Heavy Metal. Lee Tarot's passing a few years ago was of course very unfortunate and it felt then as STORMWITCH would be over forever. I'm glad that's not the case. I found STORMWITCH in the second half of the 90's so I can't claim to be an old school fan of the band but I have listened a lot to the records I got. But for some reason, it seems like records I don't have pops up here and there when browsing through records in stores. Of course, STORMWITCH have released a considerable bunch of records and what I want to say is that I didn't know STORMWITCH as good as I thought. Regardless, I enjoyed the gig very much. The new “Evil Spirit” opened the set and I think it sounded better live than on record. “Dance With The Witches” went down really well, as did “Russia's On Fire”. And most others seemed to enjoy “Stronger Than Heaven” very much and it was here I started to realize I've probably missed a few things from STORMWITCH. The title track of latest release “Season Of The Witch” also sounded better live than on record. I think the album’s sound lacks a little power so with full volume and a good show these songs really came to life.

And it was like that throughout the show, it was a song here and there I wasn't familiar with. But I sure as hell appreciated the whole set anyway. A charismatic frontman as Andy is and at the same time a good vocalist will be captivating and he sure entertained straight through their set.

STORMWITCH setlist:

01. “Evil Spirit”
02. “Dance With The Witches”
03. “Russia's On Fire”
04. “Stronger Than Heaven”
05. “Tears By The Firelight”
06. “Fallen From God”
07. “Season Of The Witch”
08. “Eye Of The Storm”
09. “Witchcraft”
10. “Last Warrior”
11. “Taliesin”
12. “Priest Of Evil”
13. “Ravenlord”
14. “Call Of The Wicked”
15. “Walpurgis Night”

STORMWITCH

Stormwitch @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Stormwitch @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Stormwitch @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Stormwitch @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Stormwitch @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
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DEATH ANGEL was of course the real headliners for this year but due to the storm SATAN was nowhere to be found when it approached their gig time. From my perspective, I think it was better as it was now. DEATH ANGEL is a fantastic live act but how people had been talking about the excitement to see SATAN this night I'm not sure DEATH ANGEL would have had the same massive crowd if they'd played at their set time. But what do I know? I think it's very good that they accepted the change and took on the stage when time was given. As it was getting dark outside and since DEATH ANGEL is one of the most intense and fast-moving bands around taking pictures of them really became a challenge. And by all means, it's the way it should be. “Left For Dead” which opened the set is a fast one and it only went up from there. “Claws In So Deep” struck me when preparing for the festivals, a song that actually has passed me by but when it struck, it struck hard. And to get to hear it live was fantastic. Mark Osegueda made a cheer to the crowd a few songs in to the set, which isn't that strange but to follow that one with a few strong swigs from a gin bottle set the standard. I bet some parts of the crowd eagerly would have shared with him since the weather by now had changed from the warm and sunny festival standard to rather windy and cold.

But nothing a good show could not light up. “Seemingly Endless Time” is an old time favorite and “The Dream Calls For Blood” is a new favorite. And that's how DEATH ANGEL continued; flawless, energetic and damn fun to watch. I like the albums for sure, but it is live one should experience DEATH ANGEL. I wasn't counting on anything but perfection but they actually managed to exceed that. Then what? Would SATAN show up at all?

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 @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Death Angel @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Death Angel @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Death Angel @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Death Angel @ Brande-Hörnerkirchen (DE) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
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What to do, what to do? Well, Brian Ross was of course already on location since BLITZKRIEG played the night before. And so was the rest of that band. A short intermission kind of thing and up came BLITZKRIEG. A good deal I think and since I could hang out in the photo-pit and wait for it all to start I was happy since it was raining quite heavy by then. It kind of worked but I think the festival or BLITZKRIEG should have been more clear with the fact that the rest of SATAN was on the move and approaching the festival and this was just an additional treat to keep people around for the real deal. So with that these three songs played wasn't at all the same standard as the performance the night before, but it sure was good anyway. All times I get to watch Brian perform, are good times.

BLITZKRIEG setlist:

01. “Pull The Trigger” (SATAN cover)
02. “Unholy Trinity”
03. “Blitzkrieg”

BLITZKRIEG

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When SATAN arrived, everything happened very fast and it looked like an ant-farm on stage with people running on and off, forward and back with gear to get the stage set for the band. It's very impressive that they basically just rigged it all, checked that there was sound in everything, counted in and took off. For sure, they have a lot of experience but it still had to be hard being stress that much before hitting the stage. The sound perhaps suffered a little bit initially but was sorted out quickly and with consideration to how the show happened it's really a petty to point this out.

And I'll be damned what energy this band has on stage. I was frozen stiff and I doubt I was alone since the crowd had been spending the last hour + out in the rain and wind. Despite the roof over the stage the rain actually got in all the way anyway. Getting “Trial By Fire”, “Blades Of Steel” and “Twenty Twenty Five” served in the middle of the night sure warmed me up somewhat. I really like the new material from SATAN too, seeing them and getting to hear it live boosted the record also and when it settled I can't for my life understand why I didn't take it in immediately, at the first spin.

I love the intensity in the playing of this band; the riffs are fantastic and really hysteric on occasion. To get the speakers straight into my face while in the photo-pit just boosted that experience. In spite of the very raw and rather unforgiving sound it all sounded fantastic and the precision Steve Ramsey and Russ Tippins possess is phenomenal.

“Siege Mentality” was a very cool feature in the set. What is cool is how great new and old songs fit so well together. “Incantations” and “Testimony” got along very well with “Alone In The Dock” and “Kiss Of Death”. And around the time of “Kiss Of Death” I had to give up, I was soaking wet and freezing like crazy, bad planning I'd say since I missed to get some extra clothes before BLITZKRIEG and SATAN started playing. But despite the delay and insecurity that the show would happen (and the rain of course), SATAN did a great show and it was a great ending of another fantastic ‘Headbangers Open Air’, regardless of the weather. Hopefully the next festival will bring the usual sunny and nice weather common. But it really doesn't matter - a nice atmosphere and great music will boost the party no matter what.

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. “Siege Mentality”
09. “Oppression”
10. “Incantations”
11. “Testimony”
12. “Alone In The Dock”
13. “Kiss Of Death”
14. “The Executioner”

SATAN

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