Warrior Soul @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK)

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WARRIOR SOUL / FLUSH THE FASHION

Date: 09th May, 2018
Venue: Halmtorvet 9
Tickets: 100DKK (€13/$15)
Promoter: Mighty Music
Photos: Erika Wallberg


It can be so strange on occasion when that déjà-vu feeling comes across. There was something so familiar about FLUSH THE FASHION but I know for sure I've never seen them live before. Then I saw something familiar on Dennis Post's jacket and it all fell into place. I've shot him, as well as vocalist Magnus MP Möller before. Then with STARRATS also that time opening for WARRIOR SOUL but in Stockholm. Realizing it was almost 10 years that had happened felt even weirder though as I have that show quite fresh in mind still. Time flies...

And time flies when watching FLUSH THE FASHION too. It was actually hard to keep up with all the turns. It's a freaky and flipped out band and the variations are many. But one thing is for sure; they know what they are doing because musically it was flawless. I'm not sure I fully agree with the style but I can't deny them their skills. “Medicated Freakshow” is a cool song, and so is “Flash The Fusion” but there's a lot of things going on. The fury is fun to watch though, so it's all good. I was a bit surprised reading “Sweating Bullets” on the setlist. Since FLUSH THE FASHION are rather glammy it felt misplaced, I initially thought it was another song with that title. But it worked surprisingly well with the rest of the material. And to pull off the riffs and dynamics from a song like that can potentially describe the skills of this band. But that wasn't all. A few songs in to the set drummer Niels Alex Larsen was playing guitar on one track sending Magnus to the drums, another one gave Magnus a guitar and Dennis took over the microphone. It sounds like a joke but it actually worked and no matter who did what it sounded great. For sure a very odd thing to do but if you can make it work, why not?

But it sure was much to take in and I just felt WTF was that after the show. It was fun but I couldn't help but wonder what would happen if FLUSH THE FASHION actually would focus their talent. They have the songs and skill, no doubt but this was a freaky experience.

FLUSH THE FASHION setlist:

01. “Burn It Down"
02. Medicated Freakshow"
03. Backstage Pass"
04. Flash The Fusion"
05. Crackhead Yeti"
06. Preacherman's Door"
07. Sweating Bullets" (MEGADETH cover)
08. Midnight"
09. Bullies"
10. Thunderdogs"

FLUSH THE FASHION

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Flush The Fashion @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Flush The Fashion @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Flush The Fashion @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Flush The Fashion @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Flush The Fashion @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Flush The Fashion @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Flush The Fashion @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Flush The Fashion @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Flush The Fashion @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Flush The Fashion @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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The memories from the WARRIOR SOUL shows I attended in Hamburg back in 1995 and the one in Stockholm in 2009 are weighing each other out and unfortunately it's not the good ones that are the clearest. To have a band that I've listened to as much as I have with WARRIOR SOUL and finally will get to see them live and then, that I couldn't even make out what songs they were playing sure wasn't fun. The show in Stockholm though was a filthy and energetic Rock show and that was what I was hoping for this night as well.

Two songs from brand latest “Back On The Lash” opened the set, after the “American Idol” intro came “I Get Fucked Up” followed by the title track “Back On The Lash”, both very good rock songs tagging in to the WARRIOR SOUL style from the 90's. It sounds different of course, it's more primitive but it still works. Kory Clarke sounds angry and there are cool riffs to back him up. Just as it should be. The show was actually like a backwards WARRIOR SOUL history lesson, at least the first half as a few from “Destroy The War Machine” followed. An album I really like so those came in good. I really don't like seeing the setlist before the show starts but since Halmtorvet 9 is a small venue and I wanted to be in the front it sure took a lot of effort not to look. I was hoping for at least a few songs from those three first albums and from the small glimpse I took I sure wasn't disappointed.

But first came two from the “Space Age Playboys” record. I kind of dismissed that one when it came out but judging on how good these songs sounded I really need to revisit that album. Both “Rocket Engines” and “Generation Graveyard” rocked hard and got the show moving. The fun thing (or kind of sad) was that the ones there for WARRIOR SOUL were exactly the same type. People that had MTV and 'Headbangers Ball' as one of very few sources for new music back in the late 80's and early 90's. And of course, the rest were just as me, waiting for the old-school stuff.

So there was a turn for the better when it comes to response when “Ass-Kickin'“ came on and then it was all upwards through “Love Destruction” and “The Wasteland”. The band had some technical issues though and most of “Love Destruction” got lost due to the bass amp not working. Also Rille Lundell had problems with his guitar and got to borrow a spare from FLUSH THE FASHION. It looked quite funny when he got it on since the strap was way too short for his style and the guitar ended up right under his chin rather than on his knees. It's always fun to see how bands solve issues and from the guitar perspective it was hardly noticeable that he had issues. The bass going dead is of course different. On the other side of the stage though Daniel Kjölsrud seemed to be doing all fine, no issues at all with his guitar.

But Kory delivered. His voice is raspier than it used to be but he did the songs justice. It's perfectly fine to adjust, you don't have to scream your lungs out just because that was the way it used to be done. He sounded very good, nailed the notes as well as the emotion and that's the important thing. WARRIOR SOUL's expression is fantastic these days, I couldn't wish anything more.

But they kept on delivering. One song I didn't even dare to hope for was “The Losers”. The mellow song with a message to keep strong struck hard that first night I heard it. It still holds today and to get to hear it in a close to perfect version meant a lot. And the response came with this one. And that was actually one thing different this time. When people cheered Kory smiled and seemed very pleased with the response. Not the cold and angry dude from back in the days. I was also very happy about “Downtown” but in general it was a very good set and a fantastic show.

The 90's nostalgia sure has paid off this year but I guess it haven't hit a new generation yet. Still, the response was good for the number of attendances. I sure hope WARRIOR SOUL will keep things up and come back again soon. I want another round of this.

WARRIOR SOUL setlist:

01. “American Idol"
02. I Get Fucked Up"
03. Back On The Lash"
04. Burning Bridges"
05. Bad News (Rock 'N' Roll Boyfriend)"
06. Rocket Engines"
07. Generation Graveyard"
08. Ass-Kickin'"
09. Love Destruction"
10. The Wasteland"
11. Punk And Belligerent"
12. The Losers"
13. The Drug"
14. Downtown"
15. Rotten Soul"
16. Pigs"

WARRIOR SOUL

Warrior Soul @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Warrior Soul @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Warrior Soul @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Warrior Soul @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Warrior Soul @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Warrior Soul @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Warrior Soul @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Warrior Soul @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Warrior Soul @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Warrior Soul @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Warrior Soul @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Warrior Soul @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Warrior Soul @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Warrior Soul @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Warrior Soul @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Warrior Soul @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Warrior Soul @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Warrior Soul @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Warrior Soul @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Warrior Soul @ Halmtorvet 9, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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