SWEDEN ROCK 2013

July 12th, 2013
by Marko Syrjala

SWEDEN ROCK 2013

THURSDAY

 

HUNTRESS

The frontlady of Huntress looks so cute when snarling to the mic and putting all the male audience in the frontline drooling and on their knees. The stuff of Huntress is solid sounding metal with traditional and modern day power metal elements. Above all, Jill Janus introduced with pride in her voice about a song they collaborated with Lemmy Kilmister called “I wanna Fuck You to Death”.  A nice gig from the lady fronted Huntress.

Huntress

Huntress

Huntress

Huntress

Huntress

Huntress

DEVIN TOWNSEND

Seeing Devin Townsend again and again every summer at some festival is getting to be more than a normal standard. However, the former SYL frontman has gained a massive and loyal fanbase. The man himself is a real character on the stage, leaving the other members to gather in his dust and focus on just playing.  His funny facial expressions, sense of humor, and above all,  performance proved him to be a real showman to the bone. The whole gig was Devin’s show indeed. The audience went entirely beserk. The set consisted of the material off from Devin Townsend’s own catalogue, leaving all the SYL stuff out.

Devin Townsend

Devin “Grumpy Cat” Townsend

Devin Townsend

Devin Townsend

Devin Townsend

Devin Townsend

Devin Townsend

Devin Townsend

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

The modern Yankee metal was a nice exception on the list amongst all the classic rock stuff. FFDP turned out to be a very energic live band. The frontman, Ivan Moody’s, showman elements can easily be compared to several frontmen of the same kind, Phil Anselmo – Rob Dukes – Fred Durst – the acting and speeches and in general moving on the stage was so close to those listed frontmen. Moody literally demanded the audience to raise hell by arranging circle pits and doing the crowd surfing. Of course, lazybum security all of a sudden realized to do something for their salaries. FFDP’s poor man’s Pantera copying literally sounded surprising good. The band’s hyperactivate and reckless performance  came out of blue for several old hard rock worshippers. At least they enjoyed being on the stage, so did the audience as well.  This band gotta be checked out again, when touring with Avenged Sevenfold.

Five Finger Death Punch

Ivan Moody – Five Finger Death Punch

Five Finger Death Punch

Five Finger Death Punch

Five Finger Death Punch

Five Finger Death Punch

Five Finger Death Punch

Five Finger Death Punch

Five Finger Death Punch

Ivan Moody – Five Finger Death Punch

 

SURVIVOR

Survivor is one of those American AOR bands who had their “heyday” in early 80’s and whom since then have mostly just been fighting for survival with varying degrees of success. It’s a fact that almost everyone at their 40’s recognizes Survivors two biggest hits: “Eye of the Tiger” and “Burning Heat” but the problem is that there isn’t many who could name a third and not to even mention more of their songs. Because of this, the audience was sometimes very calm. However, Survivor sounded very good on stage and the bands founder and the only member who’s always been with the band, Frank Sullivan, turned out to be a great guitarist and entertaining performer. The vocalist duo, you did read it right, Jimi Jamison and the original singer Dave Brockman both did a great job. Both singers sang songs from their own era with the exception of “Eye of the Tiger” which was shared between the two. Maybe it was Jamison whose voice was in better shape but Brockman wasn’t weak either. All in all, Survivor was quite a pleasant acquaintance and it would be great to see them again in indoor circumstances.

Feels Like Love
Can’t Give It Up
Take You on a Saturday
High on You
Rockin’ into the Night
It’s the Singer Not the Song
Rebel Girl
The Search Is Over
Burning Heart
I Can’t Hold Back
Eye of the Tiger

Survivor

Dave Brockman and Jimi Jamison

Survivor

Jimi Jamison and Frank Sullivan

Survivor

Frank Sullivan

RICK SPRINGFIELD

Rick Springfield is an Australian musician, songwriter and actor best known from his 80’s hit songs “Jessie’s Girl”, “Don’t talk To Strangers” and “Affair of the Heart”. The last time Springfield and his band played at Swedenrock was in 2010 and now it was the time to return. The energetic show opened up with “Wide Awake” from Springfield’s latest opus SONGS FOR THE END OF THE WORLD. The song picked up people well and next the band played a selection of hits from the 80’s albums. Well, the fact is that most of Springfield’s older material is very radio friendly pop music and at times it even sounded a bit corny but the energy level of this show was really high through the show. Springfield himself turned out to be a real showman. About in the half way of the show the man jumped boldly among the audience without a shirt on and worked his way across the stage to the mixing booth and back. Like said before, the older material was a bit cheesy but the songs from the latest two albums rocked hard and, therefore, this gig was strongly on the plus side.

Wide Awake
I’ve Done Everything for You
Living in Oz
Celebrate Youth
Our Ship’s Sinking
Affair of the Heart
I Hate Myself
Rock of Life
Love Somebody
The Man That Never Was
Love Is Alright Tonite
Cross Road Blues
Don’t Talk to Strangers
Human Touch
Jessie’s Girl

Rick Springfield

Rick Springfield

Rick Springfield

Rick Springfield

Rick Springfield

Rick Springfield

Rick Springfield

Rick Springfield

THUNDER

British hard rock band Thunder might someday end up in the record book of Guinness regarding the number of re-unions made within its 25 year career, but it was still great to have them back at least for one more time.  It’s been eight years since the band released its latest studio album BANG! So it wasn’t surprising that the band was mostly focusing on their early albums. The debut, BACKSTREET SYMPHONY, was present with five tracks and it can’t be denied that the classics like “Dirty Love”, “Higher Ground” and “Love Walked In” still sound as good as ever. Danny Bowes is still a world-class vocalist and a great front man although the man’s appearance today is quite different to old times.  At the middle of the show the atmosphere watered down when the band performed a several songs from their most recent albums but despite this little downswing, this was very welcome and successful return.

Dirty Love
River of Pain
Higher Ground
On the Radio
Low Life in High Places
Backstreet Symphony
The Devil Made Me Do It
Until My Dying Day
Somebody Get Me a Spin Doctor
You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down
Love Walked In
Fade Into the Sun
I Love You More Than Rock ‘N’ Roll

Thunder

Danny Bowes

Thunder

Ben Matthews

Luke Morley

Luke Morley

Thunder

Chris Childs

AMON AMARTH

The Viking crusaders Amon Amarth recently released a new album and were activated for a summer festival run. The stage had the visual side – a massive Viking dragonboat and a couple of dozen stakes had been placed on stage. As for Amon Amarth, the band sounded utterly heavy and tight. The set consisted of all the essential AA battle tunes such as “War of the Gods, “The Pursuit of Vikings” and a wide range of songs picked up from several albums and a new one which pleased a massive crowd.  Besides the stage props, there was a hilarious looking viking battle arranged on stage. All in all the Swedish Viking melodic death metallers didn’t let the audience down once and offered another killer highly appreciated set and performance.

War of the Gods
The Pursuit of Vikings
Destroyer of the Universe
Live for the Kill
Varyags of Miklagaard
The Fate of Norns
For Victory or Death
Asator
Where Silent Gods Stand Guard
Deceiver of the Gods
Runes to My Memory
Cry of the Black Birds
Death in Fire
Twilight of the Thunder God
Guardians of Asgaard

 

Amon Amarth

Amon Amarth

Amon Amarth

Amon Amarth

Amon Amarth

Amon Amarth

Amon Amarth

Amon Amarth

MANILLA ROAD

Sweden Rock always books some old nearly forgotten bands, but many still enjoy a real cult following. Manilla Road definitely is one of them. The set was kicked off by “Masque Of The Red Death” and followed by a number of cult songs picked up from several albums released on the long career. Even thought the band’s line-up has gone changes, the mastermind of Manilla Road Mark Shelton still keeps the spirit alive for all these years and the die hard doom metal audience is extremely pleased.

Masque of the Red Death
Death by the Hammer
Hammer of the Witches
Witches Brew
Metalstrom
Open the Gates
Heavy Metal to the World
The Grey God Passes
Only the Brave
Divine Victim
Road of Kings
Cage of Mirrors
The Riddle Master
Crystal Logic
Necropolis
Flaming Metal Systems

Manilla Road

Mark Shelton – Manilla Road

Manilla Road

Manilla Road

Manilla Road

Manilla Road

Manilla Road

Manilla Road

KISS

“Welcome to the show” was wished by Kiss when landing down to the stage on their massive spider robot. All aspects were ready for a great show. The show in Helsinki already proved Kiss was in a good shape and sounded truly tight and amazing. For some eccentric reason, the Sweden Rock show didn’t match the Helsinki show. Stanley’s voice was totally ruined. His speaking voice sounded weak, having a major impact on his capability to sing the songs with the required high register. For example “Heaven’s O Fire” had been dropped and replaced by “Calling Dr. Love”. It  is complicated to say if Stanley was suffering from some evil flu or if his voice is permanently gone. Like in Helsinki, it was Gene Simmons being the true star of the show. The man, soon at his mid 60′s, is still the compelling and nasty “Demon” on stage as ever. The definite highlight of the show was the old Simmons show number; the blood spitting/flying and the subsequent “God of Thunder”. As for that gigantic robot spider on stage, it definitely looked more huge and even bigger in Helsinki compared to that spider at Sweden Rock appearing to be a more reduced version of it. Obviously the spider was having some technical difficulties as it moved much less than a few days earlier in Helsinki. As for the set, as mentioned “Heaven’s On Fire” had been dropped, but in general the whole set consisted mainly of the golden stuff from the 70′s mixed with a few tracks from the bands latest release MONSTER. Despite Stanley’s weak night and technical problems, Kiss however offered a real explosive and dashing show with tons of pyros and bombs.

Psycho Circus
Shout It Out Loud
Let Me Go, Rock ‘N’ Roll
I Love It Loud
Hell or Hallelujah
War Machine
Calling Dr. Love
Deuce
Say Yeah
Shock Me
Outta This World
God of Thunder
Lick It Up
Love Gun
Rock and Roll All Nite
Detroit Rock City
I Was Made for Lovin’ You
Black Diamond

KISS 2013

KISS 2013

Paul Stanley

Paul Stanley

Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons

KISS 2013

KISS 2013

Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons

Simmons & Thayer

Simmons & Thayer

Paul Stanley

Paul Stanley

Tommy Thayer

Tommy Thayer

Eric Singer

Eric Singer

KISS 2013

KISS 2013

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