Artillery @ Lygten Station, Copenhagen (DK)

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ARTILLERY / FEARUS / ALIEN FORCE

Date: 14th April, 2018
Venue: Lygten Station
Tickets: 100DKK (€13/$15)
Promoter: Aikki Concerts
Photos: Erika Wallberg


You never know what you're going to get with these old school bands; ARTILLERY always deliver of course, but they've been playing continuously over the years also. ALIEN FORCE, on the other hand, hasn’t hit the stages much lately.

It sure sounded very good though; the sound guy did a fantastic job here. The venue isn't the most convenient for shows since the roof is tall and it's basically a square stone-room, but it worked just fine.

The band looked a little awkward walking out on stage at first, not really knowing where to place themselves, and "Night Of Glory" felt a little shaky. It took a few songs before they got comfortable with the situation and could relax. And with this, everything else settled as well. So, from "Get It Out" or so, it was a very nice atmosphere and a fun gig to watch. Peter Svale Andersen has a great voice and performed the songs in a great way. Musically we’re talking high standards and the ALIEN FORCE material has really been standing the test of time. "Pain And Pleasure" became a favorite in the set with its easy to sing-along chorus and headbang-friendly beat. But the favorites came towards the end of the set in the mellow "Don't Touch The Fire". Again, Peter's voice impressed but also the dynamic the band had, really showed in a mellow track as this one. It sounded fabulous and with the conviction it was delivered the little awkwardness from the concert start was gone and forgotten. Also, “Hell And High Water” is a top song and marked a really good show. I didn’t see ALIEN FORCE back in the day, so I don’t have anything to compare to, but it felt genuine and left nothing to complain about.

ALIEN FORCE setlist:

01. “Night Of Glory"
02. Gates Of Hell"
03. Get It Out"
04. To You"
05. Pain And Pleasure"
06. Stranger"
07. Time Is Out"
08. Don't Touch The Fire"
09. Hell And High Water"
10. Alien"

ALIEN FORCE

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Complaints were to be placed on behalf of FEARUS though. I don’t know what happened since ALIEN FORCE had a very decent sound, dynamic and comfortable. Denmark doesn’t have the same volume restrictions as it happens in Sweden, so it tends to be loud on occasion. And that it certainly became for FEARUS. Sure, musically they’re more brutal and have a much more massive sound than ALIEN FORCE but it wasn’t only the volume that was the problem. The bass took over completely and it really got painfully loud. It’s unfortunate because when the guitars came through, it sounded very impressive. FEARUS delivered some really crazy fast and technical guitar duels. Most of it was drowned by the bass though.

Musically, FEARUS felt a little misplaced on the bill too. If that was the cause of the bad sound or not, I don’t know. But the contrast between their music and even towards ARTILLERY who headlined was massive. So, perhaps FEARUS will work better in another occasion.

FEARUS setlist:

01. “Laugh Of The Hyena"
02. Ocean Tides, Silence"
03. Destined To Madness"
04. From Within"
05. Pillars Of Creation"
06. In Dreams And Nightmares"


I was a little worried that ARTILLERY would have the same bad sound as FEARUS had. But when the Danish Thrash titans hit the stage, it was back to good dynamics delivered like it happened during ALIEN FORCE’s set.

I was also really happy to see Peter Thorslund rigging the bass. For sure, ARTILLERY has always been good when I’ve seen them, but lately it hasn’t been the same smack in the face as I’ve gotten used to over the years. Now everything is back to normal again and it all sounded great, right from the start. Especially "The Almighty" from "Fear Of Tomorrow" sounded absolutely fantastic. The drive and force delivered was above the shows when ARTILLERY played that album in its entirety.

It was also good to see that Michael Bastholm Dahl didn't need the lyric-sheets any more for the old tracks. Even if he pulled that one off in a good way when playing those songs, it still disturbs the energy. But not here. And the interaction between the guys on stage did the trick too; guitarist Michael Stützer looked pleased with the response he got. It all got especially intense for "By Inheritance" and the whole place almost turned in to a huge mosh-pit. The atmosphere was still very good though; people towards the back of the place seemed to enjoy watching the mess in front of the stage.

Michael sure sounded great on the old school stuff, but here it showed that the more recent songs, from the album where he sings, are adapted to his vocal range. He has a fantastic voice and it comes to full range in these new ones. I really enjoyed "Live By The Scythe", and I was very surprised that also "When The Magic Is Gone" showed up in the set. I love that track but it is a ballad, so I wasn't hoping to get to hear it live really.

It was a very good mix of old and new songs in the set and I'll be damned if this wasn't one of the best ARTILLERY shows I've ever seen.

ARTILLERY

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