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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

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

 

 

 

Crashdïet – Rust

Posted in CDs, Music, Uncategorized with tags , on September 25, 2019 by Sara Hammerzmith

Very well. Here we are. At a point that I guess not a lot of us were entirely sure we’d see. After Simon Cruz’s odd departure some years ago, we were left wondering. What happens now? But we needed not worry it seems – From the ashes into the fire, Crashdïet announces new singer Gabe, and an album is in the production. And now, we hold it in our hands.

So, what do we expect? What will we get? Singles like “Legion” and “Reptile” gave us a taste, but will it live up to the expectations?

A big fat YES is what I’ll ring out to that. At first when you put on on the album, you are greeted with the titletrack and last single of the album “Rust” which is a song that sends you straight back to 1989 with its “Dr Feelgood” vibes, which has everything! The heaviness, the melodies and the lyrics – it is the perfect start of an album.

The album itself continues in the same great vein – it’s all very typical Crashdïet, although I feel the most similarities to “Generation Wild” which I personally consider being one of the best albums in the genre all in all, but we can easily consider this album being the rebirth of a band that has struggled in ways most bands never have had to do.

The start being heavy and aggressive, the album merges out in more melodic stuff with great rhythms and angry lyrics that we’re all used to – it got the typical more partylike tunes such as “Idiots” before mellowing down into “In The Maze” which directly brings the thoughts back to closing song “Beautiul Pain” from aforementioned album.

But, my personal favorite of the album has to be “Crazy”. An upbeat party tune about an insane girl, to put it mildly. I don’t know if it’s because I relate – or if the song is just that great, but to be honest it is. It’s all in the chorus – I could listen to this to the end of times.

Loving the fact it’s followed straight by a song like “Parasite”, about unwanted people in your life. Exactly what we all feel right? The album continues in the same vein – the anger, the heaviness and attitude. The thing I’d dare to say we are kind of used to with this band.

Gabe needs to get some recognition as well. He’s doing a phenomenal performance on the album, and he has the attitude and the voice to fit the sound perfectly. I hope, and believe, he is the answer. That this time it’s for good. I’m looking forward to see him more in action besides what I already saw. He’s a gem.

So all in all. This is the rebirth of the Crashdïet we know, and they came crashing through the doors in a way we could never imagine.

// Sara

We are the Legion

Posted in Music with tags on January 4, 2018 by Sara Hammerzmith

For the first time in many, many years, Crashdiet finally made some noise about themselves – and quite some noise too.

They announced their new lead singer Gabriel Keyes, a day we never thought would come – but that aside, I was so, and beyond happy, to see them coming back. I might have drifted off to metal wonderland, but it never takes away my love for my bands.

So, seeing him announced makes me so happy – and even better when the first song featuring him was released. “We are the Legion”.

I love his vocals first and foremost – he is very close to Dave Lepard in his vocals, which makes it a bit unusual for someone who was very fond of Simon Cruz, but I don’t mind it at all. The song is sooo Crashdiet, or at least the Crashdiet I liked. I have such good vibes and feelings about this, and seeing them booking gigs and festivals makes me so happy. Finally, Crashdiet is back and I couldn’t be happier. I can’t wait for the or maybe a, new album with these guys. I am so ready for this.

My boys. Finally back. I wish I could attend Gabriel’s first gig, but I guess it’s all young still so we’ll see what happens.

// Sara