THE THREE TREMORS / BENEDICTUM
Even on paper this looked like a crazy idea but to have three of the best screamers in the genre with Tim “Ripper” Owens, Sean “Helldestroyer” Peck and Harry “The Tyrant” Conklin sharing the stage is also one of the coolest things in the world of Heavy Metal ever. Then, that they're playing a small place like High Voltage on top of that was bound to do this an intimate and intense night.
But first it was time for BENEDICTUM to heat the place up. As if that was needed, it was reaching boiling level even before they started. But of course, everything can still go up a bit more. It was quite long since I last saw BENEDICTUM live so it sure was a nice feature in the set. The sound however wasn't all to their benefit, it got better but it was quite muddy and hard to make out all details initially. On the other hand, Veronica “The V” Freeman's cleavage distracted most people in the front and due to how the stage is setup at High Voltage she came awfully close on occasion. But what a voice she possesses, such power. But she doesn't only scream, she also has the ability to carry a melody.
When the sound was cleared out a few songs into the set I realized it felt more structured this time and more distinct. Which is all beneficial since the riffs came through much better than last time. A song like heavy “Obey” need that kind of dynamics it had at High Voltage. So all good with that. I still can't understand how Veronica could move at all in that kind of shoes, heels from hell and tons of cables, spilled drinks and more on stage. Yes, she was moving carefully which didn't match her powerful voice but she sure looked good.
Another test of her voice came with the BLACK SABBATH classic “Mob Rules” which ended the set and apparently also the tour. This was the last date for now and it was a good one. The crowd was on to BENEDICTUM and they delivered a fantastic set despite some sound-issues at the beginning of the show.
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I was very curious on how THE THREE TREMORS would structure the show and to my surprise it all was cooler and more worked through than I expected. The trade-offs and arrangements in the songs were phenomenal. Opening “Invaders From The Sky” stated this right away. They really made use of the talent and different voices they have in the band and it really was a co-operation straight through. It's though quite cocky to do a headline tour on your own material a couple of months before the album actually is released. But that too worked and “Wrath Of Asgard” which followed was also received well.
A few songs into the set it was Ripper's time to shine and it sure was cool to get to hear the JUDAS PRIEST track “Burn In Hell” live. Ripper sure sounds awesome nowadays too and regardless what you feel about his time with the Metal Gods and no one into heavy music can say that this was bad. The band behind the frontline was phenomenal too. It really is CAGE so of course it's high quality. They have never disappointed live and certainly delivered here as well! Sean Peck picked up the CAGE song “Helldestroyer”, a great track so no complaints there. Harry Conklin's pick though with JAG PANZER's, “Black” felt a little off. It is a fantastic song and it was really cool to see the interaction between him and bassist Alex Pickard for this track. Still, it is quite odd tune and it felt the show lost a bit of its flow.
It was soon picked up again though and the BEYOND FEAR fabulous “Scream Machine”. What song could be better in the set than this one, the band holds three scream machines so this version took the song to new standards. I mean, Ripper is a fantastic screamer and to have the others back him up was just fabulous. To say the show was intimate doesn't really begin to describe it. The High Voltage stage is small for a regular band and as here, to have a full backing band, double guitars and then three guys in the front really pushed it to the limits. The front row of the crowd had to dodge a microphone every now and then. But how cool it was to see THE THREE TREMORS from such a close distance weighed up all of it.
I can understand the reason for adding a few known songs towards the end of the set. Everyone knows “Painkiller”, no doubt about that and went down well but they actually didn't feel a necessity for the show. To contradict my reluctance to cover songs I actually enjoyed hearing “The Sentinel” very much. This as that is one of the greatest songs ever written. But THE THREE TREMORS own material stood strong on its own and was received really well by the crowd. That is quite fascinating actually since most only had heard one song or so prior to the show. But I guess, when the music holds such high quality as this did and that the band deliver it works regardless if the music is known to the crowd or not. It was a great show at least, great fun to watch and on a later occasion, when being more familiar with the material this should be even better.
THE THREE TREMORS setlist:
01. “Invaders From The Sky”
02. “Wrath Of Asgard”
03. “Bullets For The Damned”
04. “When The Last Scream Fades”
05. “Burn In Hell” (JUDAS PRIEST cover)
06. “The Cause”
07. “King Of The Monsters”
08. “The Pit Shows No Mercy”
09. “Sonic Suicide”
10. “Hell Destroyer” (CAGE cover)
11. “Fly Or Die”
12. “Lust Of The Blade”
13. “Black” (JAG PANZER cover)
14. “Scream Machine” (BEYOND FEAR cover)
15. “Painkiller” (JUDAS PRIEST cover)
16. “The Sentinel” (JUDAS PRIEST cover)
17. “Speed To Burn”
18. “Three Tremors Theme”
THE THREE TREMORS
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