Helgeå Festival Day 3 @ Knislinge Folkpark, Knislinge (SE)

HAMMERFALL / THE CARBUERATORS / SATOR / DE LYCKLIGA KOMPISARNA / SME'NS BAGLOMMA / TALISMAN / NOICE / ART NATION / SLÄKKTEN / CHRIS L SVENSSON / VINTERSPÖKE

Date: 05th August, 2017
Venue: Knislinge Folkets Park
Tickets: -
Promoter: Helgeå Festivalen
Photos: Erika Wallberg


Last day out then and the weather looked a bit better. It was really just the first day that was crazy with the rain during the PRETTY MAIDS show but of course, the rain-heavy sky sure made people stay at home.

ART NATION was the first band I caught this third day. I've seen a lot of good posts about them but musically, their type of soft Hard Rock haven't been for me. I've opened up a lot lately for it though and the performance ART NATION put on sure was impressive. Musically it's pretentious and arty but the performance was so much fun and a pleasure to watch. They had fun, connection with the audience and made a mess up on stage.

ART NATION have also managed to write some very catchy tunes, “Paralyzed” stood out with an excellent chorus-line. Alexander Strandell’s boyish voice works fine towards the music, and his power in the high notes is impressive. Just hope he gets to keep that in the future and also gain some depth then, he will be very hard to match.

As this was a festival gig it was mandatory to party. That's how “Start A Fire” was introduced. It was early on the day but ART NATION sure got the party mood going. This song also featured a bass solo by Richard Swärd which was greeted with a big cheer from the crowd. It was also very good to see quite a crowd for ART NATION and that both young and old knew their songs. I've definitely missed out here so I need to do better the next time they show up around here.

Fantastic “Ghost Town” from the brand new “Liberation” album ended ART NATION's set in a great way. This definitely came as a huge surprise for me, both musically and visually but I'm not late to admit my mistakes. Also, I love when getting run-over by a band I didn't expect anything from. ART NATION impressed so this was an eye-opener, a very good one.

ART NATION

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NOICE perhaps doesn't belong on the pages of Metal Kaoz but they played the festival and have a solid mark in Swedish music history. Also, it's kind of fun re-visiting the youth days. Ok, NOICE actually were active before I really got into music but their songs I know anyway. They were the dirty bad-boys back then in the early 80's, teenage rebellions if you will. So, I had no idea what to expect from them now as it been 30+ years since they were the news. Would it really work for middle-aged guys (including a vocalist calling himself Funky Dan) to sing about being adorable kids of their time, teenage dreams and roaming around down-town like you own the town?

Actually it did! The balance between youth and maturity was perfect. Musically it sounded awesome and Funky Dan's attitude worked, a bit of that energetic After-Ski type, a bit punk and a good authority made it work. He's also a very good singer paying attention to details in the old school NOICE sound without being a carbon copy of the late Hasse Carlsson. So, hell yeah, go Funky Dan!

And it was a delight to hear these songs live. “Dolce Vita (Det ljuva livet)” is an easy going song and it was fun to watch the crowd. There were a lot of men and women re-living their teenage days going totally nuts for this while most of the youngsters didn't have a clue. “Romans För Timmen” is a favorite and it sounded good. The only thing that didn't work at all and got as embarrassing as I thought the whole show would be before they kicked off, was when band founder Peo Thyrén grabbed the microphone and started singing. (Of the original members also drummer Robert Klasen has joined the fold.)

For the last one, “Ut I Natten” Peo took tone again... It's a very cool song and I still think that one holds and is relevant today also with all harassing and bullying going on. NOICE did this one a capella and since Dan sung most of the lead it all worked out good in the end. So absolutely, a good and very decent delivery by NOICE. It was a fun show and much better than I dared to hope for.

NOICE setlist:

01. 1987"
02. Jag Vill Inte Va' (Som Alla Andra)”
03. Bedårande Barn Av Sin Tid"
04. En Kväll I T-Banan"
05. Dolce Vita (Det Ljuva Livet)"
06. Romans För Timmen"
07. Rosa Ljus"
08. Amerikanska Bilar"
09. Vi Rymmer Bara  Du Och Jag"
10. Vi Lever"
11. I Natt É Hela Stan Vår"
12. “Ut I Natten”

NOICE

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TALISMAN was one of the more unique bookings for ‘Helgeå Festivalen’ as this was their only appearance this summer. I think I saw them once or twice back in the 90's but don't think I was too impressed at that point. Never too late to change right? Jeff Scott Soto is a true entertainer and it felt more like being on a private party in his living room rather than a public appearance on a festival. Some jokes were below the belt and rather dirty and since this was still an early gig some of the parents looked a bit concerned with the jokes. Jeff excused himself and saved the day with saying most of the kids didn't understand English anyway.

“Break The Chains” which opened the set sounded fantastic. His voice has such power and he sings everything with great ease. The band too sounded fantastic. And it was especially impressive to see Johan Niemann (EVERGREY, MIND'S EYE, ex-THERION, ex-EVIL MASQUERADE among others) taking on the bass parts. Marcel Jacobs was a spectacular player and did a lot of crazy things. Johan sure did it all justice. One of the real highlights of the show was “Mysterious (This Time It’s Serious)” released posthumous, three years after Marcel's death. “Tears In The Sky” was dedicated to Marcel and Dave Z. Dave Z is another fantastic bass-player leaving too early. He's been playing with the S.O.T.O solo-band and was in the ADRENALINE MOB tour-bus when the accident happened. In the middle of the festival fun it all became serious but the delivery was very nice and when music and a performance can affect you it's good. It sure did.

Most of the show was good fun though and the connection between TALISMAN and HAMMERFALL made itself noticed. For one thing, Pontus Norgren is in both bands. And as this was the only TALISMAN gig they didn't bring any stage props or back-drop. This was taken care of by the HAMMERFALL guys though as they pushed a flight-case with a handwritten sign saying TALISMAN. The printed HAMMERFALL-logo on it was about the same size...

They sure can write catchy songs though TALISMAN and I realized I've listen to their self-titled debut more than I thought. Which made the second half of the show a true pleasure (yes, again I have to admit I've missed out tons here). “Just Between Us” followed by “Dangerous” became a pleasant part of the show. Then it's pretty obvious that “I’ll Be Waiting” should go down well. But I don't think the crowd understood the introduction fully. I expected a massive cheer but that didn't really happen until the chorus came in. This one also featured Joacim Cans from HAMMERFALL who was invited and reluctantly accepted to sing every second row back to back with Jeff. Joacim is a good vocalist but he had to see himself beaten by Jeff here.

After a short break TALISMAN came back to do one more song, another from the debut “Standin’ On Fire” and it sounded fantastic. TALISMAN got a good support for their show, no doubt about that. But most were like me, familiar with the debut but not much more. I really expected more since this was such a unique show. It was definitely one of the highlights of the festival.

TALISMAN setlist:

01. “Break Your Chains”
02. “Colour My XTC”
03. “Fabricated War”
04. “Mysterious (This Time It’s Serious)”
05. “Tears In The Sky”
06. “If U Would Only Be My Friend”
07. “I'll B There 4 U”
08. “Sorry”
09. “Just Between Us”
10. “Dangerous”
11. “I'll Be Waiting”
12. “Standin' On Fire”

TALISMAN

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One thing I like with ‘Helgeå Festivalen’ is that they book local spectacles as well. For some reason I missed most of them. But it still felt like a good plan to focus on the things I actually like and took a small dinner-break when SME'NS BAGLOMMA played. That meant I was rested and charged for SATOR instead. Perhaps they're a bit off from what I normally listen to but as NOICE, SATOR are also a big part of Swedish Rock/Punk-Rock history and one hell of a live act. I think it was around 1994-95 when I last saw them play and the funny thing is that they basically look the same now. Chips hair is grey these days of course and he's standing a little more solid on the ground but else he and Kent Norberg haven't changed at all.

Andy musically they have the same groove as back in the days also. “Slug It Out” and “No Reason” wet down fine even if I was more focused on taking photos at that point. “We’re Right You’re Wrong” was a favorite back in the days and that still holds too. It's a pleasure to listen to the guys present and tell stories between the songs. Their accent is fantastic and very charming. Since the weather had been bad most of the festival it was a welcome surprise when the sun showed up this Saturday afternoon. Apparently this was the case the last time SATOR visited ‘Helgeå Festivalen’ as well and they got the nick SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA at that point. Referring to the old Albert Hammond track.

“Pigvalley Beach”was actually about the area, written back in 1988 and mentions that Rock saved Chips from a regular job. That, together with the suggestion to sing along to “I Wanna Go Home” if knowing the words and don't sing if you didn't know them sounds rather strange when telling it back. But the way it was said and the accent made it so charming. For this song bassist Heikki Kiviaho jumped off stage and started climbing on the security fence and out in the crowd which gave effect and the crowd started to show their support for real.

The show was wrapped up with two more hits, “I'd Rather Drink Than Talk” from the fantastic
“Headquake”
album. Then the Kim Larsen cover “This Is My Life”. It's a fantastic song and SATOR really does it justice with Kent performing all by himself initially. It's fun to see these bands again after all the years. And to see that their songs hold today as well as the guys as a band. Punk can be rather unforgiving to middle-aged men but SATOR sure rock the way they always have.

SATOR setlist:

01. “Slug It Out”
02. “No Reason”
03. “Gamma Gamma Hey”
04. “Your Up Gets Me Down”
05. “We're Right You're Wrong”
06. “Turn Off The News”
07. “Pigvalley Beach”
08. “Wanted: Hope And Pride Before I Die”
09. “When You Lie Down With Dogs”
10. “I Will Stay” (HURRIGANES cover)
11. “Dance To The Rocket From The Crypt”
12. “I Wanna Go Home”
13. “I'd Rather Drink Than Talk”
14. “This Is My Life” (GASOLIN cover)

SATOR

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Then to another trip down nostalgia lane; I listened to some Swedish Punk in the early 90's and DE LYCKLIGA KOMPISARNA (DLK) was one of the bands. I can't say I've followed them over the years so I had no idea what to expect. But here too it worked. Mart Hällgren's lazy, laid back and rather nonchalant appearance and the Stockholm-slang accent made the show. And it's clear you really can make music about anything, anything goes. Even if I don't appreciate DLK’s musical style as much nowadays as I used to I did appreciate the concert very much. And it becomes so clear that when music is performed from the heart and it is for real it appeals to me. I take this type of brawling, unpolished stuff any day over a super processed, modern, back-track replete Heavy Metal act any day. And it was fun to hear “Dricka Sprit Och Hålla Käften” and “Troll Och Häxor” again, it was a long time ago since I last listened to DLK. And it's always good to see a band deliver a great set of songs.

DE LYCKLIGA KOMPISARNA setlist:

01. Bara Tiden Är Ny”
02. När Kristoffer Spelar Flipperspel”
03. Egon”
04. CP Framför Sin TV”
05. Dammsugarförsäljare Blues”
06. En Öl Till”
07. Äga Hela Världen”
08. Sagoland”
09. Vattengymnastik”
10. Hugos Sång”
11. Elivs Lever”
12. Ishockeyfrisyr”
13. DLK Finns Överallt”
14. Dricka Sprit Och Hålla Käften”
15. Troll Och Häxor”
16. Dit Kuken Pekar”
17. “Allmosor”
18. “Rysk Bompa”

DE LYCKLIGA KOMPISARNA

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HAMMERFALL were the last ones out and I really expected a cool show from them. First since it is 20 years since their fantastic “Glory To The Brave” was released and it was mentioned that they would celebrate that. And since they had the headlining spot I expected a similar response as for D.A.D. and DIRKSCHNEIDER.

What I really like about HAMMERFALL is their ability to write catchy tracks. Songs that really work in a live-situation like this one. Songs like “Blood Bound” and “Renegade” are very easy to sing along to and should work perfectly. I don't know if the crowd had wasted their last energy already because even if there were a lot of people present and watching HAMMERFALL play they didn't get the response I expected them to.

I was really thrilled when “Let The Hammer Fall" was introduced. And it sounded great. This has become a Heavy Metal classic too, both the album and the song even if I hold “Glory To The Brave” higher than “Legacy Of Kings”. There were a few that was on to the same line as me but the response wasn't as massive as I expected.

Then, when the HAMMERFALL started off the songs from “Glory To The Brave” I was delighted. Just to realize they did a medley with very short snippets from the songs, many of them instrumental which of course was a bit disappointing. It was only the title track which was played in its entirety and it ended the main set, which also felt a little strange. I expected a similar treatment for HAMMERFALL's ballad as D.A.D. got for “Laugh n' A Half” two nights earlier but that didn't happen either. Joacim tried to get the crowd going and I think there were a few in the absolute front that started screaming along but nothing came out that made any effect on the rest of the crowd.

HAMMERFALL actually did great, it was a good show but the pay-off wasn't really there and they didn't get the response they deserved. After the first encore “Hammer High” I decided to call it a night which really was a shame since Jeff Scott Soto returned the favor and appeared on stage later on. Special happenings like this is always cool to see and I make a not to myself for next time; don't leave until it's over for real.

And yes, ‘Helgeå Festivalen’ is a very cozy and friendly event. Despite the rain the familiar feeling rolled along and having people cramped up in the beer-tents or at any of the merchants sure made it easy to make new friends. It is a very pleasant hang-out but it of course is the bands that get the people there. I didn't expect D.A.D. to get the massive response they got which was a great treat. DIRKSCHNEIDER delivered as expected as did the crowd. I expected more support for both TALISMAN and HAMMERFALL but no matter what, both bands put on great performances so it's hard to pick a favorite. But, enjoying D.A.D as much as I did with soaking wet shoes on must mean something... Until next year then!

HAMMERFALL setlist:

01. “Hector's Hymn”
02. “Riders of the Storm”
03. “Bring It!”
04. “Blood Bound”
05. “Any Means Necessary”
06. “Renegade”
07. “Dethrone and Defy”
08. “Last Man Standing”
09. “Let the Hammer Fall”
10. “Built to Last”
11. “Medley to the Brave”
12. “Glory to the Brave”
13. “Hammer High”
14. “Bushido”
15. “Hearts on Fire”
16. Tape – “Dreams Come True”

HAMMERFALL

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