SWEDEN ROCK 2013

July 12th, 2013
by Marko Syrjala

Swedenrock 2013

SWEDENROCK FESTIVAL 2013

Article and pictures by Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjälä

“Welcome to the show” – welcomed by KISS  when headlining the second day of the Sweden Rock fest. Well, once again the Finnish Metal-Rules.com team made their annual roadtrip to Sweden Rock. Metal Rules has covered Swedenrock since 2001, therefore it is quite logical to cover the festival again. The 2013 line up presented a wide range of metal and hard rock. Over 70 metal and rock bands offered one hell of an experience for attendees. Sweden Rock has been successful during the past ten years as the festival has always been sold out. This year wasn’t any exception as the fest was sold out despite the lousy economic situation worldwide. It has become quite logical for us to give an in depth article on several bands performing at Sweden Rock to all the readers out there. The weather was tremendous during these four days. The Metal-Rules.com team was there witnessing bands, not for having some beach party crap. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading experience… Rock on!

WEDNESDAY

SWEET

Sweet, or The Sweet, is one of the most influencial pop/glam rock bands from the 70’s. Along with names like Slade they dominated charts around the world and created a brand new concept called “bubblegum rock”. Well, today Sweet is more than less equal to guitarist Andy Scott who is the only surviving member left from the band’s classic line-up. Since there’s not been any original Sweet material released after the somewhat disappointing SWEET LIFE (2002) they’re now a pure and unashamed nostalgia act and there’s actually nothing wrong with that. The band opened up surprisingly with “New York Groove” which is a song best known covered by former KISS guitarst Ace Frehley for his solo album in 1978. The song was recorded by Sweet for their cover album New York Connections (2012) and it was warmly welcomed by the audience which, of course, contained a lot of KISS fans. Other than that there were no surprises and the rest of the set was pure best of Sweet including all the biggest hits from bands career. You simply can’t go wrong with catchy songs like “Hellraiser”, “Fox On The Run”, “Action” or “Ballroom Blitz”. Overall, this was a very entertaining and warm-hearted show which did not leave either the band or the audience cold.

New York Groove
Hell Raiser
Turn It Down
The Six Teens
Wig Wam Bam/Little Willy
Teenage Rampage
Love Is Like Oxygen
Fanfare for the Common Man
You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)
Love Is Like Oxygen
Action
Blockbuster
Fox on the Run
Ballroom Blitz

Sweet

Andy Scott of Sweet

Sweet

Sweet

Sweet

Sweet

Sweet

Sweet

VADER

The long time death metal veterans is known for the extreme skilled and razor sharp tunes in your face. The Polish death metal mongers’ lethal and murderous riffs roared out of the loudspeakers with deadly grip. Vader is always a guaranteed great live band with a neckbreaking death metal onslaught. The set list was pure Vader at its best and the gig was concluded with the Slayer cover “Hell Awaits” dedicated to the late Jeff Hannemann.

Vader

Vader

Vader

Vader

Vader

Vader

CANDLEMASS

Well well the long time doom metal veterans have announced about calling its quits and now touring to say the farewell to the audience this summer. However, Candlemass fired Robert Lowe and recruited Mats Leven to take over the vocals. Was this a wise move?  Leven is without any doubts an amazing singer for sure, but considering him as a Candlemass singer is kind of odd to see to be honest, because of Messiah Marcolin with the monk cape as the trademark is always appreciated as the voice and the figure of Candlemass amongst die hard fans. All right, enough crying, Leven has brought certain new vibes of his own to the Candlemass hymns and the stage performance. His role as a frontman has brought a more aggressive performance waking up the other Candlemass guys up from their coma. In general, it can be easily said Candlemass with Mats Leven did a strong performance for a farewell show, even though the set could have been a bit longer.

Prophet
Bewitched
Dark Reflections
Waterwitch
Emperor of the Void
Under the Oak
At the Gallows End
Darkness in Paradise
Psalms for the Dead
Black as Time
Crystal Ball
Solitude

Candlemass

Candlemass

Candlemass

Candlemass

Candlemass

Candlemass

Candlemass

Candlemass

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