Death and Hammerfall
Invade North America!!!

The Death/Hammerfall US tour started in mid-November on the East Coast and ended in California in mid-December.  During this period, I had the chance to see three (3) of the shows (Coney Island High - New York, Obessions - New Jersey, and Ventura Theatre - CA).

This review will be a summary of the three shows I witnessed rather than a specific review of any one venue.

Hammerfall was great to see!  Their sound quality was excellent and their interaction with the audience was good.  They played several cover songs which I did not expect such as "Breaking the Law" and "Children of the Damned".  They played about eight songs total (Death was the headliner!) and had encores at the first two shows.  Since they played in small venues I had a chance to meet the band and had conversations with Joacim, Oscar, and Magnus.  Hammerfall is a true metal band on disc and a true metal band on stage.

One major problem with the tour, however, is that the packaging of Hammerfall was horrible.  In all cases, Hammerfall was the only non-death act on the line up.  In all cases, 2 or 3 local death-metal acts opened, followed by Hammerfall, followed by Death.  Many of the death metal fans were luke warm to Hammerfall, although I must say that Hammerfall had a good following at Coney Island High in NY.  (As an aside, I also enjoy death-metal but would have preferred a more consistent line-up.)  In any event, the band would have benefited greatly from a better touring partner such as Manowar, etc.  While speaking with Joacim in CA, he admitted that Hammerfall had to essentialy win over the death-metal crowd just about every night and it was sometimes difficult.

Nonetheless, I enjoyed myself at every show, was able to be in the front row, and got to know the band a little bit.  

Death recently released "The Sound of Perserverance" which I think is very good.  In all cases, Death was the main act and most fans came to see them.  While TSoP is a very good disc, Death had a lot of trouble reproducing the tight and at time complex melodies found on TSoP in a live setting.  Sound quality was not bad nor was Evil Chuck's vocal performance.   However, the remainder of the quartet had trouble cleanly pulling off some of the newer songs.   The older songs, which are more simplistic, went off well.

Overall, the shows were enjoyable.   However, Hammerfall was improperly packaged and suffered because of it.  Death was decent, but the tight and complex sound of their studio disc could not be well reproduced live.

Reviewed By
Peter a.k.a. "Rocker"


Helloween Live in New York City
at Coney Island High

Recently I went to go see Helloween play in New York City, at a club called Coney Island High. The club was packed, I spoke to fans who had come from as far as Alabama to see them. This was to be Helloween's first U.S. appearance in nine years.

I happened to be sitting on the stage due to the size of the club. The opening band, Click, was  a hardcore band which wasn't bad. However they were booed because they weren't metal. I felt sorry for them, but they should have known that would happen when they signed up for the gig.

Helloween came out in force, starting off with "Eagle Fly Free" and following up with "Dr. Stein". Many of us took this as a sign of respect for the American fans, it showed that Helloween wasn't here for a mere album promotion.

Fans who own Helloween's double CD "High Live" will have a pretty good idea of how the rest of the night went on. When Helloween played "Power", Andi Deris (lead singer) went into a game with the audience of "which side is louder?" where both sides of the audience sang against each other.

Helloween played with audience all night actually. Deris made hand motions for every song, and when audience members mimicked them, he would point or give a thumbs up sign. This was especially seen on "I Can" and "Where The Rain Grows". From his position, my friend was able to see Helloween's song list. We noticed that two songs had been crossed off the list, one being "March Of Time". Still, Helloween played on, guitarists Roland Grapow and Michael Weikath throwing guitar picks into the crowd throughout the show.

Helloween treats the audience as though they are there, not as though the audience is invisible. At one point my friend and I yelled at Weikath "Stay in America!!" Weikath bent down and pointed to his watch. "We can't" He yelled. "Plane leaves early tomorrow." They even threw drinks into the crowd.

Later we found that Helloween does not plan to return to the U.S. before the year 2000. Even on there concert tour t-shirt, it doesn't say U.S. It says New York, though.

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Metal Rules!!: Death, Hammerfall, Helloween

Death and Hammerfall
Invade North America!!!

The Death/Hammerfall US tour started in mid-November on the East Coast and ended in California in mid-December.  During this period, I had the chance to see three (3) of the shows (Coney Island High - New York, Obessions - New Jersey, and Ventura Theatre - CA).

This review will be a summary of the three shows I witnessed rather than a specific review of any one venue.

Hammerfall was great to see!  Their sound quality was excellent and their interaction with the audience was good.  They played several cover songs which I did not expect such as "Breaking the Law" and "Children of the Damned".  They played about eight songs total (Death was the headliner!) and had encores at the first two shows.  Since they played in small venues I had a chance to meet the band and had conversations with Joacim, Oscar, and Magnus.  Hammerfall is a true metal band on disc and a true metal band on stage.

One major problem with the tour, however, is that the packaging of Hammerfall was horrible.  In all cases, Hammerfall was the only non-death act on the line up.  In all cases, 2 or 3 local death-metal acts opened, followed by Hammerfall, followed by Death.  Many of the death metal fans were luke warm to Hammerfall, although I must say that Hammerfall had a good following at Coney Island High in NY.  (As an aside, I also enjoy death-metal but would have preferred a more consistent line-up.)  In any event, the band would have benefited greatly from a better touring partner such as Manowar, etc.  While speaking with Joacim in CA, he admitted that Hammerfall had to essentialy win over the death-metal crowd just about every night and it was sometimes difficult.

Nonetheless, I enjoyed myself at every show, was able to be in the front row, and got to know the band a little bit.  

Death recently released "The Sound of Perserverance" which I think is very good.  In all cases, Death was the main act and most fans came to see them.  While TSoP is a very good disc, Death had a lot of trouble reproducing the tight and at time complex melodies found on TSoP in a live setting.  Sound quality was not bad nor was Evil Chuck's vocal performance.   However, the remainder of the quartet had trouble cleanly pulling off some of the newer songs.   The older songs, which are more simplistic, went off well.

Overall, the shows were enjoyable.   However, Hammerfall was improperly packaged and suffered because of it.  Death was decent, but the tight and complex sound of their studio disc could not be well reproduced live.

Reviewed By
Peter a.k.a. "Rocker"


Helloween Live in New York City
at Coney Island High

Recently I went to go see Helloween play in New York City, at a club called Coney Island High. The club was packed, I spoke to fans who had come from as far as Alabama to see them. This was to be Helloween's first U.S. appearance in nine years.

I happened to be sitting on the stage due to the size of the club. The opening band, Click, was  a hardcore band which wasn't bad. However they were booed because they weren't metal. I felt sorry for them, but they should have known that would happen when they signed up for the gig.

Helloween came out in force, starting off with "Eagle Fly Free" and following up with "Dr. Stein". Many of us took this as a sign of respect for the American fans, it showed that Helloween wasn't here for a mere album promotion.

Fans who own Helloween's double CD "High Live" will have a pretty good idea of how the rest of the night went on. When Helloween played "Power", Andi Deris (lead singer) went into a game with the audience of "which side is louder?" where both sides of the audience sang against each other.

Helloween played with audience all night actually. Deris made hand motions for every song, and when audience members mimicked them, he would point or give a thumbs up sign. This was especially seen on "I Can" and "Where The Rain Grows". From his position, my friend was able to see Helloween's song list. We noticed that two songs had been crossed off the list, one being "March Of Time". Still, Helloween played on, guitarists Roland Grapow and Michael Weikath throwing guitar picks into the crowd throughout the show.

Helloween treats the audience as though they are there, not as though the audience is invisible. At one point my friend and I yelled at Weikath "Stay in America!!" Weikath bent down and pointed to his watch. "We can't" He yelled. "Plane leaves early tomorrow." They even threw drinks into the crowd.

Later we found that Helloween does not plan to return to the U.S. before the year 2000. Even on there concert tour t-shirt, it doesn't say U.S. It says New York, though.

Thanks to Cygodd
For submitting this review.

 

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Then see the submission guidelines here.


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All rights reserved and contents 1995-99.
Keeping the Metal Faith Since 1995.

This page last updated on:
Wednesday, December 26, 2001