Copenhell Day 2 @ Refshaleøen (DK) - Page 2


And then to something completely different; AIRBOURNE packed out the area in front of the massive Helveti stage to the last spot. It’s very cool to see a new band like these guys making it big. It shows that hard work pays off and I have to give them credit for that. They are an amazing live act but they’re not for my taste musically. It’s not just them, in general the basic Aussie Hard Rock trademarked by bands as AC/DC and ROSE TATTOO works when I see it live but it’s nothing I fancy listening to at home.

Already in “Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast” Joel O'Keeffe was sweating heavily and this builds on to the hard-working band concept. And absolutely AIRBOURNE sounds fantastic, I can’t say anything but that. Another track I really like from AIRBOURNE is “Cheap Wine & Cheaper Women”. Perhaps a provoking title these days with all the #metoo stuff going on but come on, it’s only Rock’n’Roll. Some naughtiness belongs in the music, it still have to be allowed to be a little filthy and dangerous. One more thing that AIRBOURNE do is to boost the crowd, it’s sweaty and tight in the front as well and more towards the back the beer and shots were flooding. The Danes know how to push a party and the supersaver concept applies here as well, buy more and get it cheaper. Which resulted in the paper crates of beer glasses and buckets of test-tube-shots. Need I say the party-mood was set on high?

Towards the end of AIRBOURNE’s set Joel jumped off the stage and started to climb the security fence. It doesn’t take long before he’s out on the crowd, surfing. With guitar and all. I don’t know how people managed to hold him floating, he must have been so slippery. I mean, he was soaking wet in the second track already. It’s not like he’d dried up for now. The encores “Live It Up” and “Runnin' Wild” were enjoyed with dinner. That roasted pork with potatoes is a new favorite on the festival. And a rustic dish actually felt like a good combination with the rustic music.

AIRBOURNE setlist:

01. Intro - Main Title from “Terminator 2” (Brad Fiedel song)
02. “Ready To Rock”
03. “Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast”
04. “Rivalry”
05. “Down On You”
06. “Cheap Wine & Cheaper Women”
07. “Girls In Black”
08. “It's All For Rock 'N' Roll”
09. “Breakin' Outta Hell”
10. “No Way But The Hard Way”
11. “Stand Up For Rock 'N' Roll”
12. “Live It Up”
13. “Runnin' Wild”

AIRBOURNE

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I’m not a huge fan of THE DILLLINGER ESCAPE PLAN so I decided to go and check out a band I’ve never ever heard of before. MOTIONLESS IN WHITE took on the Pandaemonium stage and I started wondering what I’d gotten myself into. It’s always hard to do a fair review if I’m not into the bands style of music. I mean, Chris “Motionless” Cerulli looks like Marilyn Manson’s little brother, tattoos, haircut and general appearance. In that Goth influenced NU-Metal which came about in the mid 90’s only a few songs and artists appealed to me so I hadn't much hope for this. But surprise, surprise; musically it’s of course modern Rock but what struck me was that MOTIONLESS IN WHITE both have good songs and a very cool attitude on stage. That I haven’t seen in these Modern bands very often.

And apparently I’m not the only one being impressed by the band, the crowd went nuts as soon as MOTIONLESS IN WHITE hit the stage. The frontline consisted of guys looking like girls and girls looking like guys or extremely girly girls. The shout they did when the show started was remarkable. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a more high-pitched scream at a show anywhere.

And it was well-deserved response. Musically I liked it more than I expected, there was a technical aspect to it that really appealed to me. And also that they had a lot of energy in their show to lure me in to it even more.  So, it was definitely the right choice to go and see MOTIONLESS IN WHITE. And they were actually just the first in the line of surprises with modern Metal for this year’s ‘Copenhell’.

MOTIONLESS IN WHITE setlist:

01. “Rats”
02. “Break The Cycle”
03. “Eternally Yours”
04. “Loud (Fuck It)”
05. “Unstoppable”
06. “Devil's Night”
07. Death March”
08. “Contemptress”
09. “Immaculate Misconception”
10. “Reincarnate”

MOTIONLESS IN WHITE

Motionless In White @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Motionless In White @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Motionless In White @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Motionless In White @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Motionless In White @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
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Yes, it’s clear that I’m not a huge fan of modern Rock and Metal. Frankly I haven’t given much of it a fair chance even. That goes for ALTER BRIDGE as well but I’ve been quite impressed with Myles Kennedy earlier, so him I know. He’s a fantastic vocalist but his whole appearance felt more genuine here compared to what he did with SLASH.

I’m always fascinated with these new bands that manage to fill out the major festival stages and connect with the crowd even if the gap between the stage and people is huge. Myles was pushing to get a response and it paid off. He got a very good response. And for music as soft as ALTER BRIDGE it became a contrast towards the intense crowd, eager to support. There were two songs in particular I really liked “White Knuckles” and “Ghost Of Days Gone By”. The dynamics in ALTER BRIDGE music was fantastic straight through the set but those two really made me enjoy this early evening. I'm a sucker for half-tempo choruses so the latter of the two was bound to stick on me.

Another fantastic track in ALTER BRIDGE's set was “Blackbird”, another melancholic and dynamic track. The changes between very light and super Heavy became really cool and worked perfect for a live situation. I guess it's no coincidence that ALTER BRIDGE plays a stage like Helveti. They have the songs as well as the musicality so it was just to add this show to the list of bands I didn't think I'd like but impressed greatly.

ALTER BRIDGE setlist:

01. “Come To Life”
02. “Farther Than The Sun”
03. “Addicted To Pain”
04. “White Knuckles”
05. “Ghost Of Days Gone By”
06. “Cry Of Achilles”
07. “Ties That Bind”
08. “Crows On A Wire”
09. “Isolation”
10. “Blackbird”
11. “Metalingus”
12. “Show Me A Leader”
13. “Rise Today”

ALTER BRIDGE

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One of the worst clashes of this year's ‘Copenhell’ happened during the Friday evening, CANDLEMASS on the Pandaemonium stage and BLACK STAR RIDERS on Hades at the exact same time. I love both bands but in the end I decided to see BLACK STAR RIDES out of three reasons; 1. the lights were crap in Gothenburg so the photos got so and so, 2. it was raining and freezing at ‘Sweden Rock Festival’ and 3. the most important, BLACK STAR RIDERS really killed the previous two shows, they were absolutely fantastic.

It's a rather strange situation between Denmark and Sweden. In Sweden all these classic (or classic related) bands draw massive crowds at the Festivals while the interest doesn't seem as high in Denmark. Just as for CARCASS and SAXON it was still a very good gathering for BLACK STAR RIDERS but not the biggest at the Hades stage throughout the festival.

“All Hell Breaks Loose” started the show and I’ll be damned if it didn’t start dripping from the sky now too. Ok, it was just a few drips but when it started I got rather crestfallen and was ready to give up. It stopped though and then it was very easy to enjoy BLACK STAR RIDERS. I really like Ricky Warwick’s attitude on stage. He was quite laid back in Gothenburg. At ‘Sweden Rock Festival’ he brought on a different attitude, a bit rougher and in your face. Here it was yet another, smaller stage but still a big crowd. The in your face thing was there still but with the cozy attitude again. “The Killer Instinct” went down well with the crowd while the attempt to get the crowd to sing along in “Soldierstown” fell quite flat to start with. Even at the sparsely crowded venue in Gothenburg the singing was louder for the second of the two compared to here.

I’m still really happy I went to see that additional show in Gothenburg, it was an extensive set at that time as well as it was at ‘Sweden Rock Festival’. Close to an hour play time felt rather short but BLACK STAR RIDER really delivered a good set here. I just love “Finest Hour” and “Bound For Glory” and I certainly didn’t get tired of hearing those again. I missed a few from the extensive set though.

BLACK STAR RIDERS setlist:

01. “All Hell Breaks Loose”
02. “Heavy Fire”
03. “Bloodshot”
04. “Testify Or Say Goodbye”
05. “The Killer Instinct”
06. “Soldierstown”
07. “When The Night Comes In”
08. “The Boys Are Back In Town” (THIN LIZZY cover)
09. “Kingdom Of The Lost”
10. “Finest Hour”
11. “Bound For Glory”
12. “Whiskey In The Jar”

BLACK STAR RIDERS

Black Star Riders @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Black Star Riders @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Black Star Riders @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Black Star Riders @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg) Black Star Riders @ Copenhell @ Refshaleøen (DK) (Photos By Erika Wallberg)
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I was rather chocked over the attitude both from the band and crowd from one of them Three Cool Words band a few years ago. That bands get spat at is of course not acceptable but I think it got even worse when the gobs kept flying from stage as well. Which made be a bit reluctant to actually see bands in that genre. I did expect the same from FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH. Boy, am I happy I was totally wrong…

Again, this is nothing I have listened to at all but again I had to eat my own words because FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH actually sounded amazing. Style comes in secondary when the band has good songs and this band certainly does. Also, the show came as a surprise. That the whole band paid a lot of attention to the crowd, Tommy Vext (as vocalist Ivan Moody sat out the tour due to health issues) is constantly asking how everyone was doing ensuring himself that everyone was feeling good and having fun. Also the others where pointing at the fans in the front (as well as the photographers) to boost the reaction. It worked and it made FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH gig at the massive Helveti stage feel like a club-show. That is cool! And then, that they did a BAD COMPANY cover, “Bad Company” which sounded great and fitted right into the set with all the other songs.

And it feels like I'm saying this year after year. I should have listened to FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH (or whatever band it was last year that made me feel the same) prior to the festival. I still haven't learned but no matter what, I really enjoyed watching this show. As so many others. And that's also a thing I still want, I want bands to surprise me, I want to be stunned. And actually the best thing that can happen is that music moves me and FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH really did.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH setlist:

01. “Lift Me Up”
02. “Never Enough”
03. “Wash It All Away”
04. “Got Your Six”
05. “Bad Company” (BAD COMPANY cover)
06. “Jekyll And Hyde”
07. “Burn MF”
08. “Wrong Side Of Heaven”
09. “Coming Down”
10. “Burn It Down”
11. “Hard To See”
12. “No One Gets Left Behind”
13. “Under And Over It”
14. “The Bleeding”

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

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The Hades stage looked even bigger with POWERWOLF's stage props and massive backdrop. The windows created a depth and sat the mood to fateful straight off. I had difficulties to sort out the band initially. Guitarists Charles and Matthew look very similar and since they keep switching sides of the stage it all became a bit confusing. The same actually applies for keyboardist Falk Maria Schlegel the only difference is that he's only one but still appeared to be on multiple places at the same time.

The sound for POWERWOLF was strange though. When I last saw them, ages ago at ‘Bang Your head Festival’ I thought it sounded amazing. It becomes strange without the bass though and I don't know why they don't have one. The oomph and the groove was lost completely.

It's a shame because I like the songs and I enjoy the image very much. Attila Dorn is a true character and awesome to watch. Despite the hysteria going on behind him he steals the show. But POWERWOLF didn't give me what I needed this night some songs after “Let There Be Night” I decided it was time for night and called it a day. After all, there was another day to come with tons of good music.

POWERWOLF setlist:

01. Intro - “Lupus Daemonis”
02. “Blessed & Possessed”
03. “Army of the Night”
04. “Coleus Sanctus”
05. “Amen & Attack”
06. “Sacred & Wild”
07. “Armata Strigoi”
08. “Let There Be Night”
09. “Resurrection by Erection”
10. “Werewolves of Armenia”
11. “Sanctified With Dynamite”
12. “We Drink Your Blood”
13. “Wolves Against the World”