Copenhell Day 2 @ Refshaleøen (DK)

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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH / POWERWOLF / BATUSHKA / BLACK STAR RIDERS / CANDLEMASS / ALTER BRIDGE / THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN / MOTIONLESS IN WHITE / AIRBOURNE / BARONESS / PSYCHOTIC WALTZ / SLÆGT / THE INTERBEING / SEVEN THORNS

Date: 23rd June, 2017
Venue: Refshaleøen
Ticket: 1340DKK 3-days (€178/$218), 890DKK 1-day (€118/$145)
Promoter: Live Nation
Photos: Erika Wallberg


Day 2 of ‘Copenhell’ festival started very nice too. The sun was out when SEVEN THORNS took on the Pandaemoneum stage. I’ve gotten a few samples from Metal Revelation of SEVEN THORNS and I sure liked what I heard. After a short intro “Black Fortress” took form; the recently released single which was followed by the rest of the songs from the same release. Both “Last Goodbye” and especially “Eye Of The Storm” sounded fantastic.

My focus on shooting was completely knocked off as soon as Björn Asking came out. He looked very familiar but I couldn't for my life remember where I'd seen him before. It was hard to focus on anything else. This also because Björn is a very captivating front man, it's very hard to look away from him. And SEVEN THORNS impressed, it's not all that unique type of Power Metal they play but it all sounds good and the songs are clever. It's something with the Danish scene, a creativity rarely seen elsewhere which makes the bands unique. And all hold very high quality.

It took until the end of SEVEN THORNS set to figure it all out, I think it was in “Joker's Game” or “Symphony Of Shadows” Björn did a move and it all fell into place. It was long since I had last seen him perform for sure, a decade plus. But seeing ZERO ILLUSIONS there at the 'Gothenburg Metal Fest' was a spectacular experience and he sure still has his stage presence as well as a great voice.

So again a festival day started with a new band with an impressive performance. It’s good to see that there are bands coming that fits my taste in music perfectly also. I mean, I like a lot of course but it still is Heavy Metal that appeals to me the most.

SEVEN THORNS setlist:

01. “Intro”
02. “Black Fortress”
03. “Last Goodbye”
04. “Eye Of The Storm”
05. “Beneath A Crescent Moon”
06. “Castaway”
07. “Queen Of Swords”
08. “Joker's Game”
09. “Symphony Of Shadows”
10. “Outro”

SEVEN THORNS

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Then it was another Danish band that there has been a buzz around lately, the young and fresh SLÆGT. I did some research prior to the festival but I don’t know what I found. Either I missed my target completely or just found a clip not at all reprehensive for SLÆGT. I wasn’t prepared for what was to come at least. But it was a pleasant surprise. A bit rawer than Swedish TRIBULATION and not as polished. Which I think benefits them. And I think it was more from the visual aspect the parallels were drawn with TRIBULATION.

I really enjoyed the mix of mellow Rock and Black Metal, listen to “Egovore” as a sample. It's quite rare that a band manages to do something flipped out as this and still make it stick together. This is the main reason why SLÆGT impressed, it was a little of this and a whole lot of that but it worked.

Also “Remember It’s A Nightmare” stood out. This one leans more towards the Gothenburg sound, early days of it. SLÆGT's set was short and massive and it worked perfectly as an introduction to the band.

SLÆGT setlist:

01. “Succumb”
02. “Egovore”
03. “I Smell Blood”
04. “The Tower”
05. “Remember It's A Nightmare”
06. “Domus Mysterium”

SLÆGT

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I tried to listen to BARONESS some years ago but couldn’t really get into it and just left it be. I’m not sure what I mixed them up with this time though as I expected something very slow, drone styled grinding music. But instead got what BARONESS really are, raw and heavy. There’s a touch of Punk and Hardcore I can’t decide if I like or not. In a way it gets very raw and cold but in general I prefer other harmonies in front of this. Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay very long for BARONESS since PSYCHOTIC WALTZ were getting ready at the Pandaemonium stage and that was a no miss. Still, I thought I’d be able to see a few songs but in the end I had to make a run for it in the middle of “Morningstar” which in turn gives that I saw everything from the photopit. Still it was far better than I expected.

BARONESS Setlist:

01. “Kerosene”
02. “March To The Sea”
03. “Morningstar”
04. “Green Theme”
05. “Board Up The House”
06. “Shock Me”
07. “If I Have To Wake Up (Would You Stop The Rain?)”
08. “Fugue”
09. “Desperation Burns”
10. “Chlorine & Wine”
11. “The Sweetest Curse”
12. “Isak”
13. “Take My Bones Away”

BARONESS

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PSYCHOTIC WALTZ is definitely one of the most remarkable live acts I’ve ever seen. The way they sound is just fabulous and the charisma of Buddy Lackey (or Devon Graves) is amazing. Rain or shine, nothing was going to spoil this experience. But I have to say, no matter how good the band is it’s more fun to watch a show when it’s not raining. Luckily the skies cleared up a few songs into PSYCHOTIC WALTZ set and everything was good from then on.

“Dancing In The Ashes” started the show but to be honest, I was more focused to wipe the water off the lens and try to get some shots at this point. I could relax a bit for “Faded” and when “Mosquito” showed up I could enjoy it for real. And it sounded just as amazing as I remembered it. The complexity and structure creates a very good groove in the music and the musical performance is absolutely flawless. But it is Buddy Lackey that is the focus area, it’s very hard to look away from him. His aura is spellbinding and the effort and emotion he puts into the music is one of the reasons why this band is as fantastic as they are live.

Another favorite from the set was “Locust” but nothing could measure against “I Remember”. The mellow track worked amazingly well in the middle of a frenzy festival party. The crisp and clear sound of the guitars cut through the atmosphere and gave me goosebumps all over. It doesn’t get much better… Or, I only had to wait a few more songs, “...And The Devil Cried” which quite abruptly ended PSYCHOTIC WALTZ set was even better. Perfect really. I don't know what happened there at the end of the show as it didn't feel as PSYCHOTIC WALTZ were running on overtime but it all just ended there. But to start with, I was surprised to see PSYCHOTIC WALTZ name appearing on the 'Copenhell’ poster. They definitely don't feel like the typical band for the festival but I sure was super-thrilled though and this was one of the main reasons why I was desperate to go to the festival this year.

PSYCHOTIC WALTZ setlist:

01. “Dancing In The Ashes”
02. “Faded”
03. “Mosquito”
04. “Northern Lights”
05. “Haze One”
06. “Ashes”
07. “Locust”
08. “I Remember”
09. “Morbid”
10. “...And The Devil Cried”

PSYCHOTIC WALTZ

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