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Sabaton Cruise X – The Battle Ship: Part 1

Posted in Concerts, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , on December 7, 2019 by Sara Hammerzmith

And finally, the time was yet again upon us! To board a ship here upon our own lands, celebrating another cruise with Sabaton. As so has it, this was the 10th anniversary of the cruise, and for the occasion they’d upgraded to a bigger ship (apparently) and changed the route. Instead of the like, 14 hour trip it was now a three-day cruise stopping in Tallinn over the day. Yay! Why not I mean?

So, Ivan and I came into Stockholm the day before, and Misa had been around since forever, or something along those lines. Toivo had made a stopover at Dreamhack for some shows, so you could say we were a bit scattered. Around lunchtime the first three mentioned of us met up for Lunch, getting out excitement about the cruise ready. They’d said they’d post the schedule at 13, and frantic as I am, I was sitting and kept hitting refresh like a maniac until the schedule was posted. The bands announced was Bharuk Khazad, Eleine, Manimal, Sabaton, Civil War and Thobbe Englund. Decent schedule, with some bands I like, some I don’t but overall rather good! And still a bit of a “Sabaton Family” cruise, but I guess I just can’t expect anything else.

Toivo was set to arrive around 15.30, so we got ourselves to port about 16.00. checked in and sadly I saw I wasn’t about to continue my tradition. My first Sabaton Cruise I was awarded the cabin 8807, and my second 8809. Needless to say, the pressure on what cabin to receive was high.

But all in all, the cabin we got was, again, good. I seem to, at any cruise I ever went, got really lucky with my cabins, having them rather central and close to stairs or elevators. Yay me, right?

Unexpectedly, when sheepisly looking for programs, we ran into an old friend of Misa! What are the odds for that? Great nonetheless!

After some time, the boarding started and much to our delight, the baggage checking had been removed! How amazing isn’t that? Makes it all alot faster! We made our way onto the boat, and onto our cabin and for the first time really sat down to relax for like 10 minutes before starting.. Whatever we were doing. Misa and I were doing our make up, Ivan did his own thing and Toivo went on and about.

Since Sabaton wasn’t the first band playing tonight, we weren’t as stressed about getting ready as previous years. This days particular schedule started with Bharuk Khazad, followed by Eleine and Manimal before Sabaton. And Eleine was the first band for us today.

At some point, we heard some knocking on the door. Ivan went to open, tightly followed by Misa. And a certain tranquility of shock set in, as them both just stared at whoever was at the door, and the person at the door doing the same. I leaned in a bit, and noticed it was Roy that we’d met on Grapsop earlier this year. We invited him into the cabin for a little chat before it was time for him to hit his own cabin, and for us to get to Starlight Palace for the first show of the evening.

Eleine

Eleine is a band I think I have seen once or perhaps at most twice before, and I was really excited to get to see them again, and this time a little closer up than a hill far, far away.

They played for around 45 minutes, and they put on yet another energetic set, with beautiful views in Madeleines dancing and her enchanting vocals, another supreme performance from the band, and a great start for the cruise for us!

After the show, a lot of people left the venue, and while initially we had thought too, we instead scouted for a great location which would give us minimum pressure, a great view, and enough space to goof around, so Ivan and I stayed to hold down the fort while Misa went to take a little rest during Manimal.

Manimal

I think, legit, it’s been… 12 years? Since I last saw this band live. At least that I have a concious memory of seeing them. Sadly this is a band I never really fell for, but it did not make their shows any less enjoyable! Thank you, Manimal!

Misa had already arrived back during their set, and as they wrapped up, the Soundtrack version of their album started playing and the excitement was high.

TO BE CONTINUED…

 

Gonna Get You Someday

Posted in Music, Uncategorized on November 22, 2019 by Sara Hammerzmith

And today, the day I never thought would ever come.. came.

Today while at work, my phone started buzzing like crazy. Thinking it was some other business at first, I cursed a bit under my breathe and asked everyone to calm down. But going outside, I saw it was “just” some people tagging me.

Not just any people. People I’ve gotten to know through a certain band, and I felt it was a bit odd that these people creep out of the shadows out of nowhere. At first, I just shook it off, just to moments later received a photo from Thomas. These people, Thomas… I didn’t have time to open, but I couldn’t help to ask myself… Is Wig Wam having a comeback or what is going on?

And indeed.

At this point I’m still at loss for words. Whenever I hear a single second, a single word from this band… I tear up. Cry fest deluxe. I was sitting looking at my Setlist.fm and just thought to myself how some of these bands, like Wig Wam, will never have a higher number.

And now this is released. I guess, I just got my 3rd confirmed festival for next year. Regardless of the rest of the bands. I still can’t believe this. Wig Wam, again? Wow.

// Sara

Powerwolf @ Arenan, Stockholm, Sweden 16/11 – 19

Posted in Concerts, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , on November 18, 2019 by Sara Hammerzmith

Well. Me and Toivo got back home at three in the morning, but there is no rest for the wicked am I right? So at eight we both got up, had some breakfast and then Toivo set off to Malmö to catch Battle Beast again, but I hopped on a train to Stockholm to catch Powerwolf.

It’s been barely, or just over, a year since I last saw the Wolves in a concert, besides some festival appearances this summer, and not to mention, the fact they had Gloryhammer with them just made it all that much better. Excitement!

I arrived in Stockholm just around 13 and waited for Mårten to arrive as well and then we headed to Subway for some lunch before we went our separate ways to check into our hotels and for me, to take a nap. This week has been exhausting for many reasons, and the lack of sleep from the night before didn’t exactly help. After a nice nap I started getting ready. Two bands I love on the same evening meant outfit change mid set – I had a galaxy printed top for Gloryhammer and my usual dark outfit for Powerwolf.

Doors were set to be opened around 18.30, so I made my way down to the venue about half an hour before the doors opened, where Mårten was already waiting for me in the line. They opened the doors in time, and we made it in relatively quick actually.

They opened the doors down at Klubben, forcing us to run up those stairs again, which really ANNOYS ME. We checked out the merch real quick before making our way into the venue to check out the state of the barricade, and took the moment to say hello to Tim again, who was with us yesterday when seeing Battle Beast.

After that, we went out again to get some merch for Mårten and then get ready for Gloryhammer.

Gloryhammer

The intro consisting at first of “Delilah” to later go into “Into the Terrorvortex” started echoing in the venue before “The Diege of Dunkeld (In Hoots We Trust)” opened up the entire show. The venue was PACKED before this show even started, giving the boys quite the warm welcome!

“Gloryhammer” was next song on the list – as Misa says it – “In case you forget what band is on stage”, before the prince himself asks us what his name is. Which happens to be, “Angus McFife”. “The Land of Unicorns” followed suit very quickly before it was time for a little lesson.

A lesson in how to slay Goblins that is. With the hammer, Angus illustrates how it sounds like, and how it would sound like when slaying a Goblin, the same Goblin he earlier fought on stage. And of course, we are continuing on our tradition from Sabaton Open Air where Mårten holds the position as the Goblin, and thus I slay him as they start “Goblin King of the Darkstorm Galaxy”.

Angus picked out a fella in the crowd asking where he was from, only to get an answer that he’s from Sweden which wasn’t good enough. He sent the fella on a Quest to get a beer as they continued on with “Questlords of Inverness, Ride to the Galactic Fortress!”, Inverness being the place he wished the guy was from.

We are now getting introduced to the Hootsman, and just like that, we’re thrown into “The Hollywood Hootsman” just like this and then right into “Masters of the Galaxy”. Because I guess they are, right?

“Hootsforce” stood next on the list, which as far as we are concerned, means rage time! Oh yes. Angus starts talking about how he wants to set the world, no, the entire universe on fire and thus, “Universe on Fire” is the next song. They ever so strongly wrap up the show with “Unicorn Invasion of Dundee” before leaving the stage.

We went out for a quick bathroom break where I multitasked and got Powerwolf ready and then back into the venue.

I’m not sure if it’s a good or a bad thing.. But I felt that the crowd was thinning out slightly once Gloryhammer was done. Shame for Powerwolf, but.. good for me right? And then.. Lights out.

Powerwolf

“Lupus Daemonis” eachoed through the blacked out venue as the silhouettes of the band appeared on the drop covering the stage, and as it fell to the ground, “Fire and Forgive” opened the show. With a lot of force and energy, they took over this venue as they continued on with “Army of the Night”.

Attila got his incense and came down to talk to us about how we need iron, as well as incense to be strong warriors, and it was said and done. He proceeds to ask us, do we know the lyrics of Powerwolf? And I’ll never completely be able to let go of Metalfest earlier this year, when Attila kept fucking up the lyrics of the first few songs which lead Szilvi to say “We have to, because you don’t!” and that will more or less be a running joke from now.

But, as any experienced fan knows, “Amen and Attack” was next on the list.

When Attila comes down, he talks to us about how, how to kill vampires the most efficiently? We do it with the crocs. Sorry, cross. “Killers With The Cross” was next on the list, and seriously, could I love this song more than I already do? I guess I can!

Are there any girls in the arena? Well we are a few, perhaps not as many. But one thing is for sure, “Demons are a Girls Best Friend” was next, and I took the time to take up some dancing together with Mårten, in lack of better things to do. This song, the chants become so powerfull when echoing out like this.

Time for some singing lessons ala Attila Dorn as “Armata Strigoi” continues as the next song. The stage setting is pretty much the same as it was last year – the broken castle with the hidden wolves peaking out here and there. Beautiful setting. I love big productions, have I ever mentioned that?

Attila placed himself ontop the piedestal and started talking in German, meaning only one thing – “Stossgebet”. This song is just… perfection? Can I say it like that. And what a delivery of it! Amazing.

The piano was brought out and the lights got up as “Where the Wild Wolves have Gone” was next on the list. This has always been an emotional song as it is, but it has a bit extra meaning right now.

We are starting to again speak of erections, and naturally this is one of my absolute strongest memories of Powerwolf since it’s my first memory from the first time I ever saw them live back in 2014, and another great performance of “Resurrection by Erection” was fired off.

“Blessed and Possessed” was next before it was time to introduce an old new song in “Kiss of the Cobra King”. Excellent execution of this song, I must say!

Attila brought down the chalice, and “We Drink Your Blood” was next on the list until it was time to pray and get blessed with “Lupus Dei”. Beautiful moment.

The band left the stage, and surprisingly, a large amount of the crowd also left. I mean, why? But okay.

“Agnus Dei” echoed out in the blacked out arena as the band came back on stage and started off with “Sanctified with Dynamite”. “Coleus Sanctus” was next before the whole show was wrapped up with “Werewolves of Armenia”. The band thanked for themselves as “Wolves Against The World” played out of the speakers.

Thank you Powerwolf for yet again a wonderful show. I love you, forever.

// Sara

Crashdïet @ Nöjesfabriken, Karlstad, Sweden 15/11-19

Posted in Concerts, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , on November 17, 2019 by Sara Hammerzmith

As the Battle Beast show came to a wrap, I took a moment to catch my breath before I hurried to Rockbaren or Kristallbaren or whatever it is actually called, where Crashdïet had already kicked the evening off with “Reptile”.

I’m not sure how many people paid simply to see Crashdïet, but at the time of my arrival it wasn’t exactly a lot of people, sadly.

Second song of the evening was “Tikket”, and the band had really decent energy on stage! I guess that anything looks rather weak after seeing Battle Beast, but still they held on.

“Riot in Everyone” followed suit, and I swear to you – this song gets to me every. single. time. “Down with the Dust” was next before it was time for the first song, the first evidence of life from this band after four long years – “Legion”. I remember I just told Maria, who were with us, that there is no band who fought like them, and no fans as patient as their fans. Living in that complete unease – is the band dead, is the band around? Never again, I hope.

“Cocaine Cowboys” from “The Savage Playground” followed, before it was time for “Rust”. For those of you who have read my review of the album, you guys know damn well what the meaning of this song is for me.

“Queen Obscene / 69 Shots” came next, oldie and goldie, and this was the first time Gabriel decided that no, fuck this stage and headed out in the crowd. I don’t know if it is good or sad, that despite the song being played, he only ended up with men surrounding him… Oh well right?

The tempo was slowed down slightly for the next moment, as “In The Maze” was the song to be performed next, and if that wasn’t slow enough, Gabriel pulled out an acoustic guitar and played “I Remember You”. That was quite a beautiful moment, I have to say.

“Breaking The Chainz” was next on the list, and I believe this is the second song where Gabriel gave up the stage but this time around, he instead started climbing the walls. Because why not, am I right? He is quite the energy dude, and I really, really like him as the singer. He’s the singer they need. He HAS to stay.

“Idiots” from the most recent release was next, before going back a bit in time and dust off one of my personal favorites “Chemical”, which was followed by another favorite – “Falling Rain”. I’m so happy this particular song has made it into the setlist. So amazing I can’t even deal.

The beautiful, and more importantly special song “It’s a Miracle” was next, before they ended the entire set with “Generation Wild”. The crowd, that was still rather small, kept asking for more but Gabriel just told them they pretty much have no more songs to play, and it isn’t even a lie, haha!

The band paid their thanks and then left the stage.

It was yet another enjoyable show by the boys, although I worry a bit about the dead look in Gabe’s eyes, and his fumbling around on stage. But it’s nothing that isn’t unusual for this band, right? Other than that – energetic and enjoyable set as usual.

After this we got in the car and headed home. Tomorrow this mini-tour continues with Powerwolf.

// Sara

Battle Beast @ Nöjesfabriken, Karlstad, Sweden 15/11-19

Posted in Concerts, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , on November 16, 2019 by Sara Hammerzmith

Earlier this year, in May to be specific, I had just witnessed a Battle Beast show over the weekend, and was set to walk to my dentist in my Battle Beast hoodie. I rarely use it, beside shows of the aforementioned band, but this day I did. And as I walked to the dentist, I thought to myself “No one in this town knows what Battle Beast is”.

Imagine my surprise, when I around ten minutes later, are greeted with a screen that says “BATTLE BEAST RETURNS TO SWEDEN” and my first instinct winces, as I already have so much planned later this year, how would I ever fit this in?

And then I read it.

“Nöjesfabriken, Karlstad”.

Say what now? SAY WHAT NOW?

And here we are, six months later, and the band is indeed setting foot in MY City. This ever so rarely happens.

So, Toivo arrived at my place around 18 in the evening, and after a quick “romantic” dinner we headed off to Nöjesfabriken, where we met up his friend Martyna. There were a few people scattered about the place, but we sure as hell were one of the first people to arrive on the scene.

However, more and more people arrived much to my surprise and a line started to form so we simply joined them, a lot further back than we normally would be all things considering. But we saw a lot of coats. And coats means wardrobe. Meaning no issue to get to the front, after all. So, we made it to the front all was well, and before we knew it, band numero uno for the evening started.

Brymir

So, first band of the night was Brymir, another band to come out of the Finnish woodlands. Formed back in 2006 at a camp, they’ve been working hard to move forward and here they are.

Sadly, I hadn’t managed to get as much into them beforehand as I wished, but, I must admit – I REALLY enjoyed their show! I guess this is one of those bands that you simply have to see live to truly appreciate! They put on a really good show, despite there being close to no crowd at all.

So, after ca half an hour they left the stage and left it for CyHra to conquer.

CyHra

Today, was in fact, the release gig for “No Halos In Hell”, or at least as close to it as you could say as this was the day of the release for said album. The intro rolled, the band walked on stage and they opened with “Letter To Myself”, and while I was never THAT BIG of a CyHra fan, I simply love this song on so many levels.

Next song on the list was “Bye Bye Forever” from the new album, and this song is a killer. So fun, and really good! They continued on “No Halos In Hell” by going forth with “Dreams Gone Wrong”, “I am The One” and “Battle From Within” before going a bit back in time and doing “Karma”, a well-recieved song from their first album.

“Here to Save You” was next on the list before it was time for “Closure”, and then they jumped straight back to the new album to wrap up the set with “Man of Eternal Rain” and “Out of my Life”.

It was a very very nice show, and I enjoyed it a lot! I think that for every time I see this band I start liking them a little bit more. How great, huh? Fifth time’s the charm and all that right?

The band thanked for themselves and then left the stage. And then, the wait for Battle Beast started.

Battle Beast

And almost precisely 22.30, the intro started rolling and the band emerged one after one onto the stage. And the intro later emerged into “Unbroken”. What a song, what a band? The energy they radiate, and the presence on the stage, it’s perfection!

“Familiar Hell” followed suit real quickly and then right into “Straight to The Heart”. So far, the entire opening has been a series of adrenaline rushes together with a well-designed performance, and it didn’t slow down seeing “Black Ninja” was next on the list.

“Endless Summer” was next on the list, a serene breakdown before going even more down with “I Wish”. Beautiful moments.

The tempo was sped up again with “Raise Your Fists” and if that wasn’t tempo enough, “The Golden Horde” followed straight after. What a kick in the gut.

After this.. it was time to dance. This might, the times it happens, be my favorite moments on the entire Battle Beast shows. When you get to move the body, to the delicate tunes of “Touch In The Night” Laura, Daniel – you aren’t reading this but sure as hell I am thinking about you and looking at you when I hear this song.

“The Hero” was the next song on the list, before it was time to KICK. AS. HIGH. AS. POSSIBLE.

Which is impossible when you are front row, but we managed sort of. Anyone who has ever seen Battle Beast before knows that the song I’m talking about right now is “Bastard Son of Odin”, which was a cardio killer, as usual.

“Out of Control” followed suit and then they wrapped up the show with “Eden” before leaving the stage.

After some time, they returned, positioning themselves on the stage.. Noora kneeling down as the intro to “No More Hollywood Endings” started… beautiful performance. Noora really is a goddess, a queen. Her movements, and her attitude. It’s amazing. She’s a role model.

“King for a Day” was next on the list until they wrapped up their set with “Beyond the Burning Skies”.

Thank you, Battle Beast, again, for yet another amazing show. For being the band you are, and delivering beyond what one could ever imagine. Thank you.

After this, we collected ourselves before it was time for me to hit the next show… So – To be continued!

// Sara

Raubtier @ Frimis Salonger, Örebro, Sweden 11/10 – 19

Posted in Concerts, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 31, 2019 by Sara Hammerzmith

After my little trip to Belgium, I very sadly ended up being ill. I’m not gonna go into details, but painful it was. But when was the last time a bit of illness or pain stopped me from going anywhere? Never.

So, I decided time with my ever so loved partner in crime Toivo, and we set the time to meet up in Örebro around 19 to grab a quick bite and then get in line for the show. A little after 19 I arrived – traffic is your best friend right? – and we grabbed some weird ass food from the trainstation before getting in line. It was “only” around four to five people ahead of us in line, which was great.

The doors opened pretty much right on time and Toivo and I could.. Well, we didn’t need to run we could very simply just walk to the front row. And not long after that, the first band for the evening started.

Alfahanne

So first band was a Swedish band called Alfahanne. They’re from Eskisltuna from what I understood, and I’ll admit I never heard of them prior to this. The drummer came out on stage and pretty much intimidate me with his insane stare in his eyes, and I got these kind of.. trying to be alpha male vibes off him. Not that weird I guess?

The rest of the band came out on stage, and I expected this to be some sort of punkbank, but in reality it was more of a hardrock band. They sang primarily in Swedish and I’m saddened to say it wasn’t exactly my cup of tea. But they delievered as good as they could!

Next band to join the ranks, was Utmarken.

Utmarken

So, Utmarken is in fact a band I did see live earlier this year, at Sabaton Open Air. I liked their show, and was looking forward to seeing them again.

They opened the set with “Förfallstid” and I was happily surprised how well the audience responded to them! They quickly moved on to “Välkommen till Norrland” and they had this special kind of energy that, if you ask me, you can only really find with folkmetal bands. Then it was time for “Jaktmarker”, which, judging on the audience, is one of their most popular songs. Great times! “Älgtid, Björntid, Vargtid” followed suit and then “Triumfera” before wrapping the whole set up with “Bröder i Strid”.

That was an amazing show, but the excitement we now felt for Raubtier was something else.

And so was the arena.

As usual with this kind of things, its typical to get tighter when the main act goes on, but even more so considering the typical Raubtier fan. But I’ve survived worse, so how could I not know?

Well we were about to see about that.

And before we knew it.. “Be Mig” started echoing through the speakers and the show started.

Raubtier

They walked onstage to the tunes of Björnes Magasin and opened their show forcefully with “Det Finns Bara Krig” and pretty much the entire crowd turned into a battlefield. But I guess, what else could I be expecting?

“Kall Död Hand” was next on the list, before heading into one of the new songs – “Bunkern”. And it was quite the crowdpleaser, if you ask me! From the bunker into the death with “Dieseldöden”.

“Bothniablod” followed suit, and you know. Something I notice with this band is this.

The place is packed. And every single person in the room seem to know every single song. This band is popular, beyond anything else. Why don’t they tour more often? Or is this the reason, to make sure to maximize profit? Who knows?

“Änglar” Followed up before it was time for another new song, “Ovtjarka”. “Hjärteblod” was next song on the list, followed by what I can only assume is like one of the most popular songs from Raubtier, judging my few experiences in seeing them “Achtung Panzer”.

The band on stage, are delivering better than good this evening. The energy they radiate would get pretty much anyone to.. go beserk? Is that the best way to describe the primal behaviour of the majority that is this crowd? Somwhere along this place in the set, the crowd is getting, very, very, nasty. And we aren’t talking moshpit nasty because that is more than fine.

“Vittring” followed suit before Buffeln got some time in the spotlight for an amazing drumsolo which lead into “Polarvargen”, which was amazingly beautiful. “Götterdämmerung” was next, and it was swiftly followed with “Sveriges Elit”.

“Besten i Mig” and “Dobermann” wrapped up the first part of the set, and the band left the stage.. for a moment as per usual and came back. Started off the encores with a new song, “Högt, Fritt, Blött” before launching into “Världsherravälde”.

And at this point.. Things got real nasty. For some reason, we managed to get a guy behind us who must have been really high on Alfahanne’s testosteronfilled chants, because he thought it was a good idea to start really going for it at me and Toivo. At some point it turned into a complete assault, and gladly, he was removed.. Not by security guys, but by other guys around us, Toivo being the one who pushed him away at first. Where are the security when you need it?

“Kamphund” and “Låt Napalmen Regna Ner” wrapped up the show for this time, and the band thanked for themselved and left the stage.

Aside the shitty event that happened towards the end, this was a really nice show. Enjoyable, and I can’t wait to see them again some time! Thank you!

// Sara

 

 

Crashdïet @ De Verlichte Geest, Roeselare, Belgium 5/10 -19

Posted in Concerts, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , on October 15, 2019 by Sara Hammerzmith

If there was any tour I was looking forward to this fall, it was this one. Crashdïet is one of my original favorite bands from a long, long time – we are talking 11 years here – and them playing together with my newfound heroes in The Cruel Intentions it was simply not an option – I HAVE TO BE THERE.

Said and done, I took the flight down to Belgium, and once at the airport I was greeted by Ivan and we took the train home to Antwerpen – the long route because of broken wires. Oh well, never hurt a soul.

Anyway, my stay in Belgium is a whole different story – on Saturday we hade our way to Gent and got picked up about two hours before doors opened by my dear friend Ginny and made our way over to Roeselare. We had a good drive, catching up on what was new in life and everything and arrived pretty safely and easily at the city. Headed over to the venue where Ginny caught up with some friends of her, and we waited til the doors opened.

Once that happened, we were inside and we.. took some kind of spots. De Verlichte Geest is one of those small club venues, so it isn’t exactly to run up to the front row, but we got some decent spots on the side. Why not?

And after some time, the first band of the evening entered the stage.

Highride

Highride is yet another band to come out of Stockholm and though I had tried listening to them prior to the show, I never really quite fell for them. But they still gave a pretty good show.. for those like seven people who were there.

They played for around 20 minutes before it was time for them to leave it over to someone else. Not any less than 15 minutes later, The Cruel Intentions entered the stage.

The Cruel Intentions

So, you guys knows that I fell head over heels for this band some time ago once I listened them through, and been in love since the moment I got their debut album. There was quite the turn out as the band walked on stage, which I was both surprised and not about. I didn’t realize they had grown so popular, but all the same they deserve it!

They opened the set with “Weekend Suffering” and both me, the crowd and the band were feeling it. The band continued on with “Accidently Intoxicated”, which is one of my personal favorites of them.

The band actually put on quite an amazing performance. Perhaps it’s the fact that I’ve waited very long to see them – a year and a half since I saw them the first time – and that I see them so rarely that made everything become a big blur and static euphoria rather than anything else.

Everything was simply perfect. Setlist, setting, the band, the crowd – all of it. And my heart weakened a little extra when they wrapped up their set with “Sick Adrenaline” which is ultimately the song that made me fall for them. And then they left the stage.

And.. A large part of the crowd did too. That, I did not actually expect at all, but on the same time, why not?

A little while later, the heroes of the evening entered the stage.

Crashdïet

They opened up the set with “Reptile”, and I couldn’t have imagine a better opening song, to be honest! “Tikket” was next to follow up and you know.. As they started with “Down with the Dust” I got this warm, familiar feeling spreading in my chest. They are back. You know?

And Gabe is one hell of a performer. It felt like I was watching a younger Erik Grönwall who had merged together with Jocke Berg from Hardcore Superstar, making him the ultimate little duracell rabbit and he got the crowd going really, really good.

“Legion” was next on the list before they headed back to “The Savage Playground” with “Cocaine Cowboys”. And after this, “Rust”.

And this song… You know. After giving the album a few listens, and really absorbing this song in particular something just clicked. This band has been through more, in this short period of time, than most bands out there ever have to go through. But for every single setback, they keep pushing through. Some times it takes a long time before they are back, but they get there eventually. And this song has grown to be one of the most important for me because of it, as it represents that. KISS fans, Lordi fans and Eurovision fans may be loyal.

But us Crashdïet fans has be given one fat pat on the shoulder as well, for enduring through all of this.

Next up, Gabe started talking about all of us ladies out there.. And I just knew “Queen Obscene” was coming up next. It’s really a strange feeling, when you see a band that.. You know. Crashdïet was the original band I toured for. My friend and I would travel around as much as we could during Generation Wild era to see this band. They are the OG band.

“In The Maze” followed up, and then back to the beginning with “Breaking The Chainz”.

“Idiots” from the most recent release was played and then.. a song I really wasn’t expecting. “Chemical”, from “Generation Wild”. This song was my favorite song off the album, if we don’t include the bonus track from the vinyl.  So getting to hear it live was just… perfection.

And it seemed to be my kind of evening. My personal favorite song off “The Unattractive Revolution” was next, “Falling Rain” before taking it down a notch with “It’s A Miracle”.

And for the ending… we got “Generation Wild”. If that isn’t the perfect ending, I do not know what is.

And that was just pure bliss.

After the show, we hung around for a while to talk and hang out before heading back toward Gent where Ginny dropped us off after a perfect evening. I hope to do this soon again!

// Sara