Day 5 (6th July, Monday)
HannTu: Day 4 of the bands started at the ungodly hour of 3.40 pm for Negura Bunget. I know the Romanian band made lots of waves at last year’s Wacken, hardly surprising if you consider the popularity of folk-influenced metal at the moment. However, the hype managed to steer clear of me, and I got my first glimpse of the ‘dark foggy forest’ on a wet, bright Monday afternoon.
They were…interesting. The drummer is really unbelievably creative, making use of his entire kit to give variety to the band’s sound. And variety is not lacking in this band, oh no indeed. With the number of exotic and weird instruments on stage, one is reminded of Skwisgard’s ‘granny guitars’ remark in Metalocalypse. I wouldn’t say this was a band I’d watch over and over again, but it was a good experience to watch such a mellow show so early in the day.
HannTu: From laidback to right-in-your-face, the Polish death-thrashers Vader were next. With only a 45 minute set, they wasted very very little time with such trivial things as talking, and Peter and co. absolutely blazed through the set with blasting renditions of ‘Wings’ and ‘Black To The Blind’. I did wish I had remembered to bring my own Remembrance Burns Forever shirt that Vogg Kieltyka was wearing…
The sound balance was absolutely horrible; as Peter and Vogg switched between lead and rhythm guitar, the sounds levels dropped and spiked noticeably. But it was a brutal and professional performance from one of Poland’s best-loved bands and one of my all-time favourite death metal acts.
HannTu: The second of the Big 3 of German thrash were next on the main stage. Destruction just released an album D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N., that was right up there as one of the thrash releases of last year. Schmier seemed in a pretty good mood; the last time I saw him onstage, he kicked an amp and a mic stand over, and yelled at the sound crew, so thankfully he looked pretty happy in the bright sunshine. Well, as happy as a man with a spike through his nose can look.
Schmier had a bit of a trip down memory lane, telling the crowd about the previous times they had come to Slovenia, but it was the now that counted, and Destruction delivered. From the awesome chant-inducing ‘Nailed To The Cross’ to other crowd favourites like ‘Mad Butcher’, ‘Thrash Til Death’ etc, Destruction have another sturdy performance under their bullet belts, and another satisfied crowd to rack up to their tally. “Nailed to the FUCKING CROSS!”