Powerwolf @ Trädgår’n, Gothenburg, Sweden 17/11-19

So, the clock rang at 7 in the morning simply for me to get up and get on the train toward Gothenburg. Oh the beauty in tourlife – everybody always thinks this is the gloriest of vacations and a luxurious lifestyle, and while I appreciate every single second I spend on the road, it sure as hell is anything but luxurious.

Around 12 I rolled into Gothenburg and headed straight to Subway for some lunch (and later dinner) before heading using the restrooms to get ready for the show and then going to the venue to await my friends. I was first in place, as per usual, and soon enough my friends showed up to collect my stuff. After a little bit more wait, Paula and Dennis showed up, and soon enough the rest of our friends.

Time passed by as more and more people joined our gang who grew bigger and bigger as time went by, and soon it was time for them to open the doors. And the system was anything but great, if you ask me.

So first, they open the doors to the venue itself, but not to the hall where the concert takes place. This kind of fucks up the queue system, as people tried to push away us who stayed there like the entire day. And then we had this thing with a few people getting early entrance, and there was no proper way for the venue to handle that. I understand the idea, to let us in to have drinks or buy merch, but it just didn’t work.

Finally, they let us in and we got our desired spots in front of Charles. Not sure if it was what we asked for, but for some reason, I get drawn to this side. Regardless of the band.

And so, the wait began, and soon enough, Gloryhammer started.

Gloryhammer

And so, “Delilah” started once more echoing through the speakers and the Hootsforce started coming on stage and opening once again with “The Siege of Dunkeld (In Hoots We Trust)” strongly, but the crowd was perhaps not as into Gloryhammer here as they’d been in Stockholm.

“Gloryhammer” was next on the list, and finally, Angus McFife does the joke himself – “Now that you know we are not Powerwolf, what is my name?” Haha! Finally! Misa has been saying it for so long, and now themselves. “Angus McFife” followed suit before they introduced us to the “Land of Unicorns” once again.

We got yet another lecture about how to kill Goblins, the same Goblin who recently visited us and “Goblin King of the Darkstorm Galaxy” was next on the list. Amazing, as per usual! “Questlords of Inverness, Ride to the Galactic Fortress!” was next, and this time, with an unfulfilled quest sadly.

The band left the stage real quick to just let the Hootsman come back, to the epic tunes and taking the space until it’s time “The Hollywood Hootsman”, and then straight into “Masters of the Galaxy”. And then, straight into the “Hootsforce” which is ALWAYS and FORVER a constant party, before it was time to set the “Universe on Fire”, and lastly wrapping it all up with “Unicorn Invasion of Dundee”.

Once again, an amazing show. Thank you, Gloryhammer!

And then, the long wait for Powerwolf began, and it was time for us to get ready.. And then.. Black out. “Mr Crowley” in the speakers and the mood was set.

Powerwolf

There was a slight lack of backdrop in front, presumably from the small venue, but they started off with “Fire & Forgive”, ever so powerful. “Army of the Night” followed suit directly, and Attila stepped down with the incense and it was time to head into “Incense and Iron”.

Attila proceeds to ask us, if we know the lyrics of Powerwolf. And it seemed to be a bit of disbelief about it, but it was at least enough to send them straight into “Amen & Attack”.

We start talking once again about how to kill vampires, and it’s time for my personal highlight of the entire show, “Killers with the Cross”. What a song they wrote in that one, holy hell. HOLY HELL. That’s all I can say about that song. And live, oh my.

Attila asks for all the girls in the audience, and specifically for this day, we were quite a few girls. Me, Paula, Michelle, Susanna and Martyna to be more exact, and together with Dennis and Toivo, we decided to start some… dancing. Because that’s what we do best, you know?

Time to learn how to sing, and surprisingly it didn’t go all that well this time around. “Armata Strigoi” was next on the list before the cross reappeared behind them, and “Stossgebet” was on. “Ressurection by Erection” followed up, and then.. a piano was brought out on stage and the mood was set low for “Where The Wild Wolves have Gone”. Emotional song, for sure.

After the last bits of snow had fallen, after the last tone had been taken, “Blessed and Possessed” became the next anthem we were thrown into “Kiss of the Cobra King”, with yet another set of dance moves for the evening!

To wrap up the set for now, they blessed us all with “Lupus Dei” and for a change we got a few people getting down on their knees with us. They left the stage, and “Agnus Dei” started echoing out the speakers…

“Sanctified with Dynamite” started, and ah.. What a feeling it is. What a feeling it WAS! Amazing. “Coleus Sanctus” and “Werewolves of Armenia” wrapped up the set, and the wolves thanked for themselves and left the stage.

Another amazing holy heavy metal mass has been celebrated, and I couldn’t be happier. There is something about this band that makes my heart do flips, over and over again. Is it even possible?

After the gig we all gathered around the merch and eventually we said our good byes.

// Sara

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