Anvil @ Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE)

ANVIL / REZET / BROKEN FATE

Date: 06th November, 2016
Venue: Debaser Strand
Ticket: 180SEK (€17/$18)
Promoter: Triffid and Danger Concerts
Photos: Erika Wallberg


Even if I've seen ANVIL countless times these recent years, they've not done a headlining gig on Swedish soil. It's always good to see how the locals react to the bands and compare the support given here as well. You never know, most of the time it feels like people here more like to complain that nothing happens than actually get out and go to shows when bands come over.

First out that chilly November evening was Swiss BROKEN FATE; they'd took over the opening slot from MYSTERY BLUE since the last I saw ANVIL in the UK a few weeks before. And by all means, BROKEN FATE served a very nice groove in a modern way. And it's not that far off to mention “Load” or “Re-Load” when describing the band’s style. We're talking about riff-based Heavy / Thrash Metal with rather catchy songs. It's always a plus when things get stuck immediately but then it is not as good when one cannot remember much of the show afterwards. I think that was the downside here; BROKEN FATE sounded very good, tight and Heavy but the songs weren't too memorable.

I hadn't heard much of MYSTERY BLUE prior to the shows in England either, but what they did got stuck. BROKEN FATE was probably better from a technical perspective but when the only thing stays in mind is the MISFITS “Last Caress” cover, then there's something missing.

Ok, an early Sunday show is perhaps not the easiest slot to take on and indeed it was a very sparse crowd at Debaser when they started. Having gig-time 10 minutes after the doors opened doesn't help in that sense. So I shouldn't judge too hard - if it would have been on a Saturday night and that BROKEN FATE's music would have been more familiar it probably would have gone down better. They still did an ok gig and worked hard to get the crowd's attention.

BROKEN FATE

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

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REZET had some fans of their own in Stockholm as a bunch of guys took their spot in the front lines as soon as they got in and went bananas once REZET started playing. This I liked to see as the band really impressed me the times I've seen them play earlier. “Reality Is A Lie” title-track and opener from the brand new album kicked off REZET's set in Stockholm. I love the “Hear no Evil” chanting in the song and also the change of pace and intensity is phenomenal. The combination of really crazy technical riffs and catchy songs works. How they manage to nail it all while making a total mess up on stage is beyond me but they sure did and it sounded fantastic. “Dead City” is another favorite from the set, also from the “Reality Is A Lie” album. With songs as those two is bound to be one of the coolest Thrash Metal releases of the year.

One of the craziest songs of the set was the title track from the debut album “Have Gun, Will Travel”; the speed and naivety in the riffs are fantastic. You need to be young and naive to actually rehearse a song like that in a way you nail it live and have it to be a complete smack on the face. REZET is still a very young band and having in mind that the record was released six years ago it's really impressive stuff.

As on the other shows REZET paid homage to the fallen MOTÖRHEAD guys with a killer version of “No Class”. It's smart when getting a position like this, opening for a well-known band to do a cover and just as for BROKEN FATE while playing “Last Caress” the part of the crowd lurking in the shadows waiting for ANVIL really woke up with this song.

So, this was another killer show from REZET and it’s always great to see a band with this kind of energy play.

REZET setlist (probably not complete):

01. “Reality Is A Lie”
02. “Toxic Avenger”
03. “Breaking The Chains”
04. “Dead City”
05. “Have Gun, Will Travel”
06. “No Class”
07. “Fight For Your Life”

REZET

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

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The fact that both openers did rather extensive sets and that there was a strict curfew at 10pm that Sunday night got me a little worried that the ANVIL set would need to be cut short as the venue-manager had threatened to break the power at 10pm sharp. But the change-over was done at no time leaving ANVIL sufficient time for their set. It was really good to see Debaser Strand packed out; it wasn't completely sold out but filled all the way to the back which is the best situation at that place. When full, it's hard to move in there and the shows are not very enjoyable standing like a sardine in a can watching the band. As tradition have it, Lips started off the show by running out in the crowd playing “March Of The Crabs”, a much appreciated stunt. On stage though, at the same time there's a whole lot of other things going on. Chris Robertson gets all the space to himself and uses it running and jumping like crazy. So even for the ones in the front row having Lips behind them for this first song, there sure are craziness to look at on stage as well.

It never ceases to surprise me the energy ANVIL have show after show. Plus, there was nothing to stop Lips who had recovered from the flu he caught in England. His smile is absolutely contagious and to not be affected by the energy, something must be wrong with you. “666” was received really well, the very young fan right next to me looked a little surprised when Lips gave the crowd the middle-finger as the last 6 in the introduction of the song though. “Oooh Baby” worked better on the last tour when they picked it up but it doesn't generate the same response anymore and not as much as “School Love” used to do. But to see a new one becoming a classic is really good, “Badass Rock'n'Roll”, from previous release “Hope In Hell” went down extremely well and heated up the venue to the max. The “Forged In Fire” album is one of my favorite ANVIL record, so to get to hear “Winged Assassins” never gets boring. The same goes for “Free As The Wind”; both tracks sound amazing.

Two of my favorites from the set were definitely “On Fire” from “Juggernaut Of Justice”, the drive in the song works perfect for the stage and also “Daggers And Rum”, from latest LP “Anvil Is Anvil”, which together with “Die For A Lie” are the only ones from that new fabulous album. The support for ANVIL was very good from start to end of their set but as always it increased even more for “Metal On Metal”, it always does. I don't mind that at all, at least not when the support is great throughout the show.

After a short break, the band came back, unfortunately the main set had dragged a little in time, so there was just over five minutes left before the curfew in which in turn only allowed one encore. It felt as Lips really would have done more, perhaps playing “Forged In Fire” as they did in Edinburgh, but with the time left, it was “Born To Be Wild” that was selected which of course worked too. Lips pulled a string during the last solo of the song and even if he did sort it out anyway, it was fun to see the other two trying to figure out what was going on and when to end the song. Things like these work when the music is 100% live and ANVIL sure is and they're killing it.

ANVIL setlist:

01. “March Of The Crabs”
02. “666”
03. “Oooh Baby”
04. “Badass Rock'n'Roll”
05. “Winged Assassins”
06. “Free As The Wind”
07. “On Fire”
08. “Daggers And Rum”
09. “This Is Thirteen”
10. “Mothra”
11. “Swingthing”
12. “Die For A Lie”
13. “Metal On Metal”
14. “Born To Be Wild”

ANVIL

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

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