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Finally the time is there again for the Rock Hard festival.
The weather forecast is good for the weekend so I can load in some bbq’s.
After arriving in the morning we put up our tents and lighten up a bbq and get some booze.
After a few hours the first band was beginning.
KETZER was the first band of this festival and I never had heard of them before.
But this German thrash band was a good start of the day.
It wasn’t very crowded but they gave a good show were the first people already could bang their heads.
NECROS CHRISTOS was up next and I also never heard of them and I want to keep it that way now cause I really don’t like their show.
The music was not good and they played also not very well and interested.
KATATONIA was the first band I looked forward to.
I only have seen them in clubs and now they had to perform in the burning daylight.
Today they gave not a very good show, it was very sloppy and the melancholic parts were wasted.
I must say I only have seen half of the show cause I was out of the rum but what I saw was not good.
Next time better in a club.
SABATON up next and I don’t really like their music but today I could enjoy it.
They were al very enthusiastic and you could see how much fun they had on stage.
It was funny to see how they all were the same pants.
If they perform always like this maybe I gonna check them out some other time.
BLOODBATH was playing today their fourth show.
I saw their first show 5 years ago and that was just awesome so I was hoping they could give a show like that again and they did.
From the first song Ways To The Grave their was some fine headbanging all around me.
It’s Always funny to hear Mikael hearing to talk between the songs.
Beside the talking there was enough time to play some killer songs.
They played some old songs like Soul Evisceration, Breeding Death, Mass Strangulation, Cancer Of The Soul, Like Fire, Blood Vortex, Outnumbering The Day and Eaten.
Also was it nice to hear some newer songs like Process of Disillumination, Mouth Of Empty Prais, Mock The Cross, Iesous and Hades Rising.
It was a really awesome show and they played very good.
THE DEVIL’S BLOOD is a band that you hate or love.
For me the first.
The music is ok but after 15 minutes you get really bored but that’s not the baddest part.
When the singer open her mouth you ears starts to bleed.
It’s just so false and after half an hour it was time to do something else.
ORDEN OGAN was the first band today.
It is a German Power metal band that you could best compait with Sonata Arctica but this band is much better.
I really like their latest album Easton Hope and I heard different songs of that album today with ofcourse the biggest sing along song We Are Pirates, good show.
EVILE started the set with Infected Nation and they played it good.
They had fun in playing there and I could really enjoy this gig.
Other songs I hear come by were Now Demolition, Enter The Grave, Time No More and Thrasher.
BULLDOZER was a band a never heard before although the name did rinkle a bell.
The singer stands behind a table they used to preach in church.
It was all ok but the music was not very exciting.
ARTILLERY was up and I’m sure I have seen them but somehow it’s one big hole in my head and I cant remember a thing of the show.
RAVEN was a and I was looking forward to.
These oldies still kick some ass these days with their latest album.
The show was great, 1 of the better bands this weekend.
It was just great to watch the show cause they had so much fun of performing and making fun with eachother.
It was just awesome and sing along with songs like All For One.
EXHORDER is playing reunion show today.
I was looking forward to them but I was disappointed.
It was not all that good.
Maybe my expectations were too high.
Finally ACCEPT was up with a new singer.
They started with Metal Heart and you could hear right away that this new singer is very good and fits perfectly with Accept.
The new songs they played sounded very good to me and fits right with the rest of the songs.
Older songs I hear came by were Son Of A bitch, Balls To The Wall, Living For Tonight, London Leatherboys, Breaker and I’m a Rebel.
It was great to see a band like this performing, awesome.
Last up was KREATOR.
The sound was pretty loud but that was alright.
Kreator sound live always like a wall of sound.
They started with Choir Of The Damned, The Pestilence and new one Hordes Of Chaos.
Other new songs I hear were Amok Run and Demon Prince.
The lightshow was awesome as always but with the background images were some problems.
For the rest you could enjoy of songs as Coma Of Souls, Phobia, When The Sun Burns Red, Flag Of Hate, Enemy Of God, Endless Pain, Tormentor, Violent Revolution, The Patriarch, Extreme Agression and Impossible Brutality.
It was a fantastic show with a lot of headbanging and mosh pits.
SACRED STEEL was first up.
They have not the best singer but with their heavy/power metal it really fits in and it was nice to look at them while they also having fn with performing songs as Open Wide The Gate, Wargods Of Metal, Heavy Metal To The End and The Power Of Speed.
It was really fun when the singer ran off the stage and got into the audience to sing there and to bang along and than running to the seats to sit between the fans and sing along.
Really nice show.
KEEP OF KALESSIN started with a awesome intro that is part of the new song Dragon Iconography.
The sound was very clear but also was it very very loud.
They played a lot of new songs like The Dragontower, Judgement and The Awakening.
The drummer of the band is awesome, he is really a beast behind the kit.
Really nice to watch him.
It was a very tight show by the Norwegian black metallers.
CRASHDIET is a glamrock band and you could really see that with many posers in the front and ofcourse on stage.
I have nothing with this band and I don’t like the music so I went away after 10 minutes.
OPRHANED LAND is pretty ok on cd but when I saw them now live for the first time was just horrible.
The singer sound like a cat who’s throat is cut down.
And the music doesn’t sound either very interesting.
VIRGIN STEELE was a band to look forward to.
Some fine heavy metal tunes at the middle of the day.
At the first song it was clear that it would not come out very good.
Somehow it wasn’t that good.
And after 15 minutes i grabbed a bite and come back later to watch again a bit of the show but still it couldn’t convince me.
Hopefully next time better.
NEVERMORE was one of the main bands that i was looking forward to.
They are always a awesome live band and with the new album The Obsidian Conspiracy in their pocket it is time for a new tour were they will also play 4 new songs.
They start the set with Beyond Within followed up with The River Dragon Has Come.
It becomes clear that they played very tight and good but the sound was way too loud, not normal anymore.
The beautiful guitar solo’s of Jeff Loomis hurt in your ears.
Other songs i heared were Inside Four Walls, The heart Collector, Born, This Godless Endeavor, Enemies Of Reality and 4 new songs The Obsidian Conspiracy, The Termination Proclamation, Your Poison Throne and Your Poison Throne.
It was a awesome show with a lot of headbanging and air guitar playing.
Next up SONATA ARCTICA.
I can not understand why they are after Nevermore and more people thought that cause there were not as many poeple as with Nevermore.
And besides that they played a awful set.
The singer song very false, horrible.
And the rest of the band played also not very good.
And than they quit 20 minutes too early.
And than it was time for the band.
RAGE will perform with the LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTRA.
They start with Turn The Page.
The sound was pretty soft both band and orchestra.
After 20 minutes it was good in balance and harder.
Other songs they played beautifully with the orchestra were Fromn The Cradkle To The Grave with guest singer Jen Majura, Alive But Dead, a medley of Black In Mind, Sent By The Devil with beautiful parts between of the orchestra.
Of the latest album they played Empty Hollow.
A masterpiece was set in when they played the first 8 songs of the album Speak Of The Dead.
They ended with Higher Than The Sky.
It was a great show with the orchestra.
It was again a great weekend but also very hot where i ofcourse as always burned very red.
Up to next year were it will be my fifth time.