Copenhell Day 1 @ Refshaleøen (DK) - Page 2


Another old school band from the dawn of Death Metal! I don’t think INVOCATOR hit as hard in Sweden as they did in Denmark. I think I’ve only heard “Excursion Demise” which made this show an introduction to the band. However, talks prior to the gig rendered around this being the most important gig of this year’s festival.

It's hard to understand their greatness of course since I haven't followed them over the years, but putting them in parallel with Swedish giants like ENTOMBED or DISMEMBER the statement makes sense.

And yes, it definitely worked. It felt grown up in a way, the danger of Death Metal is of course since long gone everywhere. But it worked and the attitude and mood suited INVOCATOR perfectly. Jacob Hansen looked like he owned the place and that too added to the grand feeling around the band. It all was very impressive.

And it was a good mix of songs from their whole career too. I could of course have taken a few more from that first one, but I'm not complaining. With the whole performance and how good INVOCATOR sounded, I feel more bummed out with myself that I wasn't more prepared for the show. I appreciated it very much anyway, but I think it would have been even better if I'd known the songs.

INVOCATOR setlist:

01. "Dying To Live"
02. "Doomed To Be"
03. "Astray" / "From My Skull It Rains"
04. "Excursion Demise"
05. "Shattered Self"
06. "Breed Of Sin"
07. "Alterations" / "Desert Sands"
08. "King In A World Of Fools"
09. "The Afterbirth"
10. "Through The Flesh To The Soul"
11. "Through The Nether To The Sun"

INVOCATOR

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“Wow, this show was legendary!!!”, the announcer proclaimed after SAXON ended their set. I don’t know if I start to get picky or spoilt after all the SAXON shows I’ve seen or that guy didn’t know better. As always, it was a very good show by SAXON but far from legendary. Why? Well, no eagle, no 2-hour set where Biff pissed off the security by ignoring stage-time being over and just continued to play. THAT’S a legendary SAXON show. Not around the hour, with hardly any stage-props.

No matter what, it’s always cool to see SAXON play. There’s no one cooler than Biff Byford. The way he’s dominating the crowd is just fantastic. It really doesn’t matter how many times I see SAXON play, I’m always equally thrilled to see them. The set was kicked off with new “Battering Ram” and followed up by “Motorcycle Man”. The two fast ones got me moving at least. First, because it was rather hard to keep up with the guys on stage and catch them in one frame. But then, also because SAXON’s performance boosted me to the max. I realized it was beneficial to have seen SAXON play quite recently. For “Sacrifice” there are massive pillars of smoke coming from the pyro-technics which creates cool pictures if you’re in the right position.

The crowd was basically behaving the same for SAXON as for CARCASS; there were a lot of people watching the band play but the response wasn't all that massive which I think is strange. Songs like "20,000 Ft", "Dogs Of War" (which I think is super cool to have in the set) and "Heavy Metal Thunder" should go down well with the mixed crowd at 'Copenhell'. Perhaps it did, but people were rather quiet in general.

And it really doesn't matter how many times I’ve seen SAXON play and how many times I've heard "Wheels Of Steel", "Denim And Leather" and "Princess Of The Night" live. I'm always excited when they come on the set. It was fun to see a very happy Paul Quinn kicking off the set closer too. He seemed to have found new joy being on stage, showing off both riffs and solos. And when the set ended, it was just to put another fantastic SAXON show to the archive.

SAXON setlist:

01. "Battering Ram"
02. "Motorcycle Man"
03. "Sacrifice"
04. "Power And The Glory"
05. "Solid Ball Of Rock"
06. "Battalions Of Steel"
07. "20,000 Ft"
08. "Dogs Of War"
09. "Heavy Metal Thunder"
10. "And The Bands Played On"
11. "Crusader"
12. "Wheels Of Steel"
13. "Denim And Leather"
14. "Princess Of The Night"

SAXON

Saxon @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Saxon @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Saxon @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Saxon @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Saxon @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
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I was rather bummed out that I wasn't allowed to shoot SYSTEM OF A DOWN. I'm not sure why, but it was only a very selected number of photographers who got the permission. There's not many of these new bands still going (hmm, bands appearing in the mid ‘90s playing some sort of Nu-Metal). Nu-Metal perhaps isn't the right label for SYSTEM OF A DOWN but you get the point.

To not being allowed in the photo-pit actually got more and more annoying the longer the show went. SYSTEM OF A DOWN sounded amazing, they are special in how they build their songs. The brutality in "Suite-Pee" was crazy. Serj Tankian of course sounds very special. I like the oriental touch which feels quite out of tune for a western ear, on occasion. But what really struck me was the total crush Daron Malakian guitars was. Everything was extremely tight and groovy which made the show the success it was. And here, in comparison with DEVILDRIVER, SYSTEM OF A DOWN manages to get the same distinct punch out of the kick-drum without the extreme trigger. When it feels like getting a wallop for every patter, then we're talking power.

One absolute favorite from the show was "Aerials", the dynamics in this one is phenomenal and I love the melancholy and the groove. A few more I really enjoyed was "Mind", "DDevil", "Radio/Video" and of course "Chop Suey!".

One song came rather unexpected though. "Lost In Hollywood", the ballad which ends "Mezmerize". Again, it's the structure and dynamics that appeals to me and SYSTEM OF A DOWN delivered with perfection. I never thought I'd get to hear this one live, so this became a real treat but of course bummed me out even further regarding the photo-pass. Anyway, it was a good show and I enjoyed it far more than expected. But I guess there's no coincidence that SYSTEM OF A DOWN are standing where they are today. They are special and it all sounds fantastic.

SYSTEM OF A DOWN setlist:

01. Intro - "Soldier Side"
02. "Suite-Pee"
03. "Prison Song"
04. "Violent Pornography"
05. "Aerials"
06. "Mind" (intro only)
07. "Mr. Jack"
08. "DDevil"
09. "Needles"
10. "Deer Dance"
11. "Radio/Video"
12. "Hypnotize"
13. "Dreaming" (middle breakdown only)
14. "Pictures"
15. "Highway Song"
16. "Bounce"
17. "Suggestions"
18. "Psycho" (with "I Feel Love" by Donna Summer intro)
19. "Chop Suey!"
20. "Lost In Hollywood"
21. "Question!"
22. "Lonely Day"
23. "Kill Rock 'N Roll"
24. "B.Y.O.B."
25. "Roulette"
26. "Toxicity"
27. "Sugar"


Then I have to admit I was rather beat and also it started to rain. Ok, it started to rain again, which took away the last ounces of energy to enjoy MINISTRY. It's a shame really since it was one of the bands I missed at 'Sweden Rock Festival' due to clashes with other bands. But as I had the opportunity to see them here, it felt like an ok trade at the time.

But just as for SYSTEM OF A DOWN it struck me how unique MINISTRY are. It's not really what I listen to, but how they manage to create something special with rather small means is fascinating. In Denmark, there aren’t the same volume restrictions as in Sweden which of course helps to create the intensity. Here, the mechanical sound came through perfectly and the triggered sound of the drums felt like it belonged in the whole sound.

About halfway through the set came "Jesus Built My Hotrod" from the 1992 "Ke*a*h (Psalm 69)" album. That one was a hit at the bar I used to work at, eons ago. But almost always music gets better live than on record; this was such a case and hearing it brought back a lot of memories.

And that got to wrap up the first day of 'Copenhell'. It was a very nice day and I enjoyed all the bands I saw. And for the ones where I didn't have any expectations whatsoever, they came in as very pleasant. Perhaps it isn't such a bad idea to be introduced to new music through a live-experience after all.

MINISTRY

Ministry @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Ministry @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Ministry @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Ministry @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Ministry @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
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Damien Thorne @ Keep It True XIV @  Lauda-Königshofen (GER) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)