Support to Mustasch
4/6 ? 2005
By: Anders Sandvall
Photos by: Anders Sandvall
Finally Hellfueled stood on stage. I?ve waited for some time for a chance to catch the band live and the opportunity came when they were support act to another Swedish band Mustasch. They have been support act to Mustasch during for three shows in Stockholm, Gothenburg and finally Malm?. Mustasch have recently released their new album POWERHOUSE which they were out supporting. Hellfueled are still touring on their debut album from last year VOLUME ONE, but the following album has already been recorded and is going to be unleashed at the end of this year. Before the show I had the chance to do an interview with the very nice guitar player Jocke, you can read the interview in metal-rules.com.
This evening there was an age limit, this night it was 20 years old so there wasn?t any minor in the audience as it was on Morbid Angel earlier this year.
The gates opened at 9 pm and for once there wasn?t any problem to get in, as promised I was on the guest list. Hellfueled stood on stage 10 minutes before scheduled time.
Andy Alkman ? lead vocals
Jocke Lundgren ? guitar, b-vox
Henke L?nn ? bass, b-vox
Kent Svensson ? drums
The band opened the show with ?Second Deal? and the band had about 30 minutes playing time therefore didn?t Andy do much talking between the songs. Instead it was full speed ahead throughout the whole show that consisted of 7 songs, all except one taken from the debut album. The new song is called ?Born to rock? and is featured on the forthcoming album. It was an impressive song that sounded even harder than the older songs.
Andy said that he and the band thought it was great fun to be in Malm? to play a town they haven?t played in before. He also thought it was fun to meet the Malm? audience this Saturday night.
The main act didn?t have any excessive equipment up on stage so the guys in Hellfueled had certainly a lot of space to move and jump around on. Something the three front figures surely did. Andy ran across the stage in order to get the crowd going and both Jocke and Andy did some serious headbanging through the whole show.
Other songs the band played besides the two I already mentioned were ?Eternal?, ?Mindbreaker? and ?Let me out?. They also played their hit song from their EP titled ?Midnight Lady?, in that song did Andy invite all of us to sing a long and it sounded like many in the crowd had waited especially to hear that song.
The band was in good shape and it looked like they had a really good time on stage, it was quite a big crowd surprisingly ?cause at the Morbid Angel show the venue was only half full, this evening it was the opposite and the club was half full already when Hellfueled entered the stage.
Something that struck me when I witnessed the band live is that they sounded slightly thinner music wise during the show compared to the on the album, but on the other hand sounded they even more metal live than on the album so the race was even. Andy has a striking vocal resemblance with the legendary Ozzy Osbourne, at least on the album, however this evening sounded Andy like Andy.
When I heard their album I immediately categorized their music as 70?s hardrock, or if you like stoner rock, but live on stage it sounded much more heavy metal of the music. The sound wasn?t the best but apparently didn?t that matter to the crowd because they only seemed to enjoy themselves. With thought of that the guys haven?t so many live shows yet I think they did a great job and I can only imagine how tight they?re going to be in the future after having more live experience.
The show ended with ?Rock?n?Roll? from the debut and 30 minutes have already past when I looked at my watch. Andy thanks the crowd for the warm welcome and the band leaves the stage.
If the guys have the right back up from their label I think they definitely have the ability to go real far in the future, but that depends if the label are ready to let them out on the road. If you haven?t discovered this band yet then I recommend you to buy VOLUME ONE at once.
Thanks to Hobbe at Sound Pollution for press/photo pass at the show.
Thanks to the great crew at Kulturbolaget for the always polite treatment at the show.
Born to rock (new)
Let me out
More info about the band