Ahhh..day two marked some cooler temperatures once again for Metal Fest and actually some rain which is the bane of photographer as we don’t like to get our equipment wet and destroyed from moisture. Luckily though, the rain only lasted a short while and only in Scorpion Child’s set mostly so there wasn’t a lot of harm done.
Day 2 of the festival marked what I feel may have been some of the weakest bands overall but some of the strongest individually wise…if that makes any sense. I guess we will get into that as we recap the bands below!!!
Gloryful (DE)- Another pleasant surpriseand from the opening band again. Gloryful play a straight ahead old school power metal that will come at you and won’t stop. With a singer that has mid range vocals and a gruffness that is a contrast to some more of the melodicness of the music. Catchy songs and of course fun riffs and if you like the fantasy stuff Gloryful songs are filled with it. So if you like Power metal with a little roughness to it Gloryful is for you.
WIZARD (DE)- Ok so here is a band that has been around for 25 years that I had NO clue about. But now this band is one I would call Germany’s Tarot I think. Their live set seemed to sound similar to the straight ahead metal music you would hear from older Tarot and the subject matter are about warriors and fantasy and such..though unlike Tarot they do have songs that are more ‘metal’ anthem in nature. I would say for this day Wizard was the best surprise for me and I really enjoyed what they played and want to listen to more of their songs and see if my comparison to Tarot is accurate or not.
Scorpion Child (USA)- Scorpion Child is another one of those bands that are steeped in the stoner/doom/bluesy type of music. Again, I am not a hardcore fan of these type of bands usually though Scorpion Child on this day played a very solid set of their material and they play their style of music well. It just isn’t the type that sticks with me but if you like these type of bands Scorpion Child is very good at what they do and you would not be disappointed.
BloodBound (SWE)- Sweden. Power Metal. Kind of goes hand in hand these days. The country puts out power metal like a nuclear power plant puts out radiation during a meltdown. I just recently discovered BloodBound and think they play catchy well produced power metal music that if you like the genre you wouldn’t be disappointed here. They have one song called ‘Drop the Bomb’ that I think is a really great tune but I didn’t hear it here at the festival which is unfortunate as I think it would have been a great crowd pleaser. A good band that I think deserves your attention.
Gorguts (CAN)- Oh goddddd….I’m sorry..I’m not a death metal fan and no disrespect to Gorguts or their fans but they were really out of place at this type of festival. I didn’t even have to see the performance I could hear it and know it was just…not for me. And from what I was told there were not many in the audience who were impressed either. If this was a festival dedicated to the type of metal Gorguts play then I think they would have been better received but as it stands this was not the place.
Grave Digger (DE)- Now here we have a band that are true Veterans of the heavy metal scene.
Grave Digger have been going, going and going for over 30 years. I have been a fan for a long time and it was one of the reasons I wanted to attend Metal Fest this year. I was also honored to be able to interview Chris Boltendahl as well and he is a great guy to speak with and I called him the dark side Yoda of heavy metal which he thought was funny. The one thing that surprised me about Grave Digger at this show as that they were in the middle of the running order but had a fan base there in support of them that seemed like they should have been higher. When Grave Digger took the stage they really got the crowd into the show and Chris makes an excellent front man for a band as he knows how to work the crowd and he makes for some great photos with his face all snarled up. Also, like I said the fan support for the band was fantastic as many people were there for and singing along with the band who were playing a greatest hits type set. I tried to get Chris to play ‘Fallout’ from Wargames but he was having none of it! So maybe one day they might go back and revisit that one. Otherwise grave digger put on a strong show and the fans enjoyed it as well.
Eluveitie (SWISS)- I had heard a few songs from Eluveitie and thought…not bad so maybe they will be a pretty good folk/metal act. Well…no. I’m sorry this band is just not for me. The singer is someone that sings in a style that is suited for a hardcore band or some other kind of extreme band. The songs I do not remember and nothing about the band seemed memorable. On the positive side of things the band did have a large amount of people there in support of them so they have a large fan base. But for me I have to pass.
Monster Magnet (USA)- Great. Monster Magnet. Never was a fan of this band back when I saw them open for Iron Maiden back in ’99 when the singer goes on stage and says suck Satan’s cock and all kinds of stupid shit. And after hearing them this day…still not a fan.
Powerwolf (DE)- Another band I have been wanting to check out for a long time. Powerwolf
blends the imagery of Cathalocism and religious symbols into a brand of power metal that uses the religion in their lyrics to make the metal the religion of choice. So the band has Latin lyrics in some songs, TONS of imagery and songs that are simple but catchy and fun. Granted if not for the elaborate scenery the band displays the show and band probably would not have the same appeal but they are fun to watch and like I said the songs themselves are fun. The stage this night was in the style of a church, lots of pyros, band is full corpse paint makeup and I have never seen a keyboard player have such an active role in a band before… he was doing the same job as the lead singer in running out from behind the keys and getting the fans into the show. And the fans were most definitely into the show which makes for a lot of fun. Definitely a band worth checking out.
In Extremo (DE)- I had seen In Extremo briefly once before a few years back and thought they were kind of interesting, so I was interested in seeing them this night. The reminded me a bit of a more serious Saltatio Mortis and played with all the wind instruments and so on. At first when the band took the stage the music and songs were pretty fun and interesting but as the set list went on I found them to start sounding a little boring and not very engaging. I don’t mind if a band has a sound that can sound the same sometimes but the songs also need to be engaging enough to make me not care. In Extremo though made me feel like I wasn’t going to miss anything if I left and came back 15 minutes later. So I was a little disappointed in this. I know others really like this band so maybe it is just me.
Recommend: Ehh..Not for me
Day 2 marked a day that was filled with some really big highlights but also some really deep low points so it kind of made the day as a whole kind of hit and miss. But still it was a fun time to be had and the next day promised to be a really fun day indeed!