2/2 – 2007
By: Anders Sandvall
Pictures by: Anders Sandvall
A new hardrock/metal club has opened its doors in Malmoe and when Hellfueled played it was my first visit at the venue. Choklad Fabriken is a place where the club moves to when they have bigger bands performing; otherwise the club is situated in another place. The band is in the studio recording their third album and in between the recording sessions the band does a few shows here and there in Sweden.
The venue fits about 500 people, unfortunately that wasn’t a number that was reached this evening. Barely 200 souls were at the show.
There were three bands playing this evening, and something that struck me was that the sound was getting louder and louder the longer the night passed. When Hellfueled got on stage my eardrums really ached and it has to be really loud before my ears protests.
It has been a while since I last saw Hellfueled and I’m really looking forward to hearing their new album REWINDING TIME. The band played 14 songs and the material was equally shared between their debut album and the previous one BORN II ROCK. They also did 4 songs taken from the new album; 3 of the songs are called “Skywalker”, “Break Free” and “Master of Night”. But because of the extremely high sound it was really hard to judge the new songs; in fact, it was really hard to separate the older songs from the new ones. The guitars was too high in the mix, the bass was nonexistent, the vocals too low and the drums somewhere in the between. I have nothing against loud music but when it gets this loud and greasy it doesn’t work at all. The band’s Ozzy influences didn’t show at all, which maybe worked to the bands advantage.
The set closed with the excellent song “Midnight Lady” and by then the band had played for 50 minutes. The encores were “Make it Home” and “Rock’n’Roll” and after that 70 minutes had passed. It really shows that the guys have toured a lot since I last saw them because they were even tighter this time which is something that really works to the bands benefit.
Overall Hellfueled did a solid rock show despite the circumstances. The club definitely has to think twice when it comes to both sound and light. These are important elements that can be the difference between a good and greater show. Hellfueled’s effort was flawless and it was fun to see the band on a live stage again.
Hellfueled is coming back to Malmo soon as support to Saxon on their European tour later this year together with Masterplan, and you can believe that I’m going to be there.
Can’t Get Enough
Let Me Out
Born II Rock
Master of Night
Make it Home
More info about the band
Thanks to Jenny at Sound Pollution for press/photo pass to the show
Thanks to Glenn W a.k.a DJ Painkiller for all the help this evening
More pictuers from the show here