SWEDENROCK 2014 – Solvesborg Sweden

July 19th, 2014
by Arto Lehtinen

Sweden Rock 2014: FRIDAY

Q5

One of the most interesting bands in this year festival was definitely the re-united Q5. The classic band from Seattle has been on hiatus, with the exception of one off performance in Headbangers Open Air 2009, since 1986. What’s interesting is that the band has only released two albums in its entire career. The debut album STEEL THE LIGHT is nowadays recognized as a classic in its own genre while the subsequent WHEN THE MIRROR CRACKS is remembered mainly because it appeared that it was a big disappointment when it was released. The band disappeared in 1986 but the majority of the band continued its career under the name Nightshade and released several albums during the following decades. Q5 in 2014 features three original members: vocalist Jonathan Scott K, guitarist Rick Pierce and bassist Evan Sheeley reinforced with onetime Nightshade drummer Frankie Rongo and guitarist Rick Van Zant who’s known from his stint with another metal legends Metal Chruch.

Q5 opened their long awaited show with pair of STEEL THE LIGHT classics. “Missing in Action” was a perfect opener. It portrayed perfectly the current state of a great band, they’ve been missing in action long enough, and “Lonely Lady” continued the show smoothly. As expected, the set list was built around the debut album and the band played almost the entire disc, with a few exceptions. From WHEN THE MIRROR CRACKS the band played only the title song but a few Nightshade tracks were included as well. Vocalist Scott K. did a decent job and for some reason, his stage appearance and vocals brought to mind the current Accept vocalist Mark Tornillo, which is not a bad thing at all. Bassist Sheeley was still wearing his famous “Mohawk” headgear and it seems that he is obviously the bands humor man. Guitarist duo Pierce/Van Zant was really solid and at times their guitar their dual guitar harmonies brought to mind, for example, Judas Priest. At last but not least there’s Rongo, who was the actual rhythm of the machine of the band in the background. All in all, Q5 served the large audience with exactly what they wanted. The band played 75 minutes of classic heavy metal without any unnecessary gimmicks. I really hope that the band now had this gig more enthusiasm to do more gigs and why even some new music in the future?

Q5

Q5

Q5

Q5

Rick Pierce

Rick Pierce

Q5

Q5

Q5

Q5

KVELERTAK

Kvelertak on the main stage – Vau – no clue about them being so huge. How did this Norwegian post punk/ rock got catapult into another dimension of the success? A good question for sure. At least Kvelertak had proved being a real live band because of the frontman’s relentless and wild out of control performance was overwhelming, not slowing down for a minute, just stomping around the stage. The band sounded tight, but interaction between the band and the audience was totally gone as the mainstage was way too big for this type of band.

Kvelertak

Kvelertak

Kvelertak

Kvelertak

ELECTRIC BOYS

Electric Boys were called in when Lynch Mob pulled out of the festival at the last minute. Conny Bloom and the gang managed to put on a great show (as they usually do!) despite recent personal losses and drummer Jolle Atlagic filling in for Niclas Sigevall not being able to make it to the festival on such short notice. Four new tracks were played from the recently released album STARFIGHT UNITED.

Spaced Out
Desire
Knee Deep In You
If Only She Was Lonely
Angel In An Armoured Suit
Electrified
Rags To Riches
Gangin’ Up
Captain Of My Soul
All Lips N’ Hips

Electric Boys

Electric Boys

ANNIHILATOR

The long running Canadian thrash metal veterans, Annihilator, hit the third stage to deliver a lesson in Canadian thrash metal. Annihilator is the brainchild of Jeff Waters, the master and commander in the band, even though Dave Padden takes care of most of the singing. The other two guys are basically more in the background. Both Padden and Waters shared the vocal duties. The set contained songs picked up from the albums Alice In Hell, Never Never Land, Feast, Set The World On Fire, King Of The Kill and Refresh The Demon. Obviously Annihilator was having an enjoyable time when being at the stage. The area was fully crowned, making the feeling ever better.

Smear Campaign
King of the Kill
No Way Out
Deadlock
Set the World on Fire
Reduced to Ash
Alison Hell
W.T.Y.D.
Ultraparanoia
Road to Ruin
No Zone
Phantasmagoria
Brain Dance
I Am in Command
Fiasco
Human Insecticide

Annihilator

Annihilator

Annihilator

Annihilator

Annihilator

Annihilator

Annihilator

Annihilator

 

Annihilator

Annihilator

KAMELOT

Kamelot has been a regular visitor at Sweden Rock for years. Even though their vocalist has changed, the band seems to have gained more attention and success at least in Sweden because of the Swedish vocalist is from Seventh Wonder. Kamelot’s melodic and classical influenced elements is crowned by female vocal parts when current/new Arch Enemy frontman Alissa White-Gluz as well as Amaranthe singer took care of the background melodic singing. Kamelot sounded as Kamelot is supposed to sound. The band handled the gig with professionalism.

Rule the World
Ghost Opera
The Great Pandemonium
Veritas
Center of the Universe
Torn
When the Lights are Down
Sacrimony (Angel of Afterlife)
The Human Stain
My Confession
Forever
Karma
Encore:
March of Mephisto

Kamelot

Kamelot

Kamelot

Kamelot

Kamelot

Kamelot

Kamelot

Kamelot

 

Kamelot w/ Alissa White-Gluz

Kamelot with Alissa White-Gluz

TNT

Vocalist Tony Harnell’s decision to return back to TNT was one of the most exciting news items in the world of hard rock for a while.  The band, which had their “heydays” in the 80’s, then released a string of albums including the classics: KNIGHTS OF NEW THUNDER, TELL NO TALES and INTUITION. The current line-up consists of TNT’s classic era members Harnell, guitarist Ronni Le Tekro, drummer Diesel Dahl and bassist Victor Borge who’s been playing with the band since 2005.

TNT opened the show with “Invisible Noise” followed by “She Needs Me”. Both tracks are from MY RELIGION which actually came out by the time when TNT last time performed in Swedenrock in 2004. The band released their most successful album of their career 25 years ago. The album was INTUITION and to celebrate that important milestone, the band’s set list and stage designs were pretty much built around that album and its theme. Altogether the band played 5 songs off from the album while the rest were the obvious classics from the 80’s. It can’t be denied that songs like “Tonight I’m Falling”, “As Far As the Eyes Can See”, “Downhill Racer” and “10 000 Lovers” still sounded as catchy and powerful as ever. In fact, there were no fillers in the set list but for some strange reason the band didn’t play “Everyone’s a Star” which is one of their best known songs ever.

Harnell was clearly excited about being the stage again with his old mates. It seemed he was at home on the stage. He communicated frequently with the audience throughout the show and, most importantly, his vocals continue to be in top condition. Tekro is an interesting looking persona on stage. He looks like a hippie from the 70’s but his guitar playing is absolutely fantastic. The twosome were the main persons and the solid rhythm section of Dahl and Borge stayed more in the background.

All in all, TNT’s show was entertaining nostalgia trip to the 80’s. The band sounded good and they had enough old hits to fill their 60 minute slot in Sweden Rock. In fact, there was nothing wrong with this show but still, I’m really hoping that they don’t remain just a nostalgia act and we will hear some new material from this band in the future.

Invisible Noise
She Needs Me
As Far as the Eye Can See
My Religion
Tonight I’m Falling
End of the Line
Intuition
A Nation Free
Caught Between the Tigers
Downhill Racer
Seven Seas
Forever Shine On
Northern Lights
10,000 Lovers (In One)

 

TNT

TNT

TNT

TNT

TNT

TNT

TNT

TNT

TNT

TNT

TNT

TNT

TNT

TNT

TNT

TNT

TNT

TNT

TNT

TNT

W.A.S.P.

No one can deny the fact that W.A.S.P. is one of the most impressive and important metal bands from the 80’s, especially in Scandinavia. But it’s also true that especially during the last 10 years the band has become more or less just a nostalgia act who keep on repeating the same show year after year. But you never know, maybe the band could now make an exception, surprise everybody, and play at least some more obscure stuff instead of their mandatory songs.

The W.A.S.P. show opened with a medley of “On Your Knees” and “The Torture Never Stops” followed by “L.O.V.E. Machine”. The band was still using huge screens on stage which showed all the bands classic videos during the set. Well, these screens have been in use for close to 10 years already but what was new was the backdrop which featured a huge picture of the HEADLESS CHILDREN album cover. But… unfortunately that backdrop was the only thing new in W.A.S.P.’s show in 2014. The band played exactly the same songs as they’ve been playing on every show during the past 10 years. Of course the band got a big applause when they were doing classics like “I Wanna Be Somebody” but all of this has been seen and experienced far too many times.

Vocalist/guitarist, and the only remaining original member, Blackie Lawless, has visibly gained some extra weight but he did a decent job on stage. However, he just repeated his old manners on stage like thousands of times before. And the same applies to the whole band. It seems that there’s just not any passion left in the band anymore. As mentioned at the beginning, W.A.S.P. is unfortunately only a nostalgia act nowadays and their show at Sweden Rock proved this right once again

On Your Knees / The Torture Never Stops
The Real Me
L.O.V.E. Machine
Crazy
Wild Child
Sleeping (in the Fire) / Forever Free
I Wanna Be Somebody
The Titanic Overture
The Crimson Idol Medley (Invisible Boy / I am One / … more)
The Idol
Chainsaw Charlie (Murders in the New Morgue)
Heaven’s Hung in Black
Blind in Texas

W.A.S.P

W.A.S.P

W.A.S.P

W.A.S.P

W.A.S.P

W.A.S.P

W.A.S.P

W.A.S.P

W.A.S.P

DEATH SS

The Italian horror metal band Death SS enjoys the massive cult following on the underground level. The audience had gathered to witness the horror legends in action. Steve Sylvester is definitely the main core of the band. The visual aspects had been well taken, fitting to the concept perfectly. The masks truly stood for the mystique of the band. Even though the band has undergone several line-up changes, it is amazing how the Italian horror rock combo has managed to go through all these years. Death SS deserve a much larger following. The dancing chick’s purpose was to profane the values of the fundamental Orthodoxies by sticking the cross into herself. The true old school and underground maniacs may have heard the more older demo material from the very early days, but the set contained both the older songs such as Heavy Demons and the newer material such as Hi-Tech Jesus.

Death SS

Death SS

Death SS

Death SS

Death SS

Death SS

Death SS

Death SS

Death SS

Death SS

BLACK SABBATH

Black Sabbath was the official headliner of the whole Sweden Rock festival. Therefore nearly 30,000 metalheads had gathered to the area of the main stage in order to witness Sabbath for the last time (?) on the stage. Of course, it is a bit too early to say “for the last time” as the news keep coming regarding the next step of Black Sabbath. However, the set didn’t bring or offer any unexpected surprise. Black Sabbath kicked the gig off with “War Pigs” followed by an amount of classic tunes. All the essential and loved tunes such as “Into The Void”, “Rat Salad”, etc. belonged to the set. Frankly it would have been a nice surprise to hear something from SABBATH BLOODY SABBATH. Ozzy Osbourne appeared to be in the extreme tight shape. His voice sounded tremendously great. Even though Ozzy kept moving about the stage from one direction to another, it seemed like he has a tight determined moving area on the stage. As for Tony Iommi, well he has been struggling with health issues, but he looked very healthy, fine, and in good shape as well. Iommi delighted the fans being in the frontrow and of course photographers by standing, smiling and above all proving he is the master of the immortal riffs. Geezer Butler enjoyed being more in the background on the stage and focused on playing the bass. The touring drummer Tommy Clufetos (from the Ozzy Osbourne band) handled his duties more than perfectly. Basically he is reminiscent of a younger version of Bill Ward as far as the outlook is concerned.

To sum it up, Black Sabbath sounded as Black Sabbath is supposed to sounded; heavy, doomy, bombastic, as well as gigantic. They are unique with their sound, they are one of kind. If they are going to pull the plug, it was a fantastic way of saying farewell, but who knows…

War Pigs
Into the Void
Snowblind
Age of Reason
Black Sabbath
Behind the Wall of Sleep
N.I.B.
Fairies Wear Boots
Rat Salad (with snippet from “Supernaut” & Drum Solo)
Iron Man
God Is Dead?
Children of the Grave
Paranoid (with “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” intro)

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath

Sweden Rock 2014: SATURDAY

MADAM X

Madam X was by far one of the most exciting bands in this year’s Sweden Rock. This is a band which literally shocked people in the 80’s by their extra ordinary appearance and depraved lyrics. However, this is 2014, and we have the original line-up of Madam X in Sweden Rock doing their first European show ever. The band, which consists of Petrucci’s siblings Maxime and Roxy, bassist Chris “Godzilla” Doliber and vocalist Breat Kaiser, released their only album WE RESERVE THE RIGHT in 1984 and it has become a kind of cult classic. Many will still recall the video for “High School High” and the numerous articles in the magazines about the band at the time.

When Madam X started with “Dirty Girls” they had a large audience. Certainly, the major reason for this was that many were interested to see how the band looked today, 30 years after WE RESERVE THE RIGHT. And they did look good. Petrucci sisters were, of course, the most interesting on stage. In fact, Roxy has been in a lot of headlines in the years since she has been an active member of the all-girl group Vixen. Maxime has not been as much on display, even though she ahs released a bundle of solo albums after the Madam X years. Maybe there was some more make-up than before but it still can be said that the both siblings were still looking good on stage and their playing was solid though the set. Bassist “Godzilla” was also looking amazingly similar to those pics available from 30 years ago. In his case, there was significantly less make-up than in the past, but the hair was still big and he was still wearing tight leather overalls. Somewhat surprisingly, the most changed character in the band was the vocalist Kaiser. My first impression of the man on stage was that he reminded me of Elvis Presley. And I was kind of right because later on I learned that in fact he’s been playing the Elvis role in Las Vegas for years so that explains a lot. However, the Madam X show was fun to watch. It was also entertaining and visually there were lot to see like Godzilla’s bass guitar smashings. Yes, he did put two bass guitars into pieces during the set and on the side he also break a few fingers from himself but he never quit playing and the show continued without a break at the end of the show. That’s what I call rock’n roll atiitude! The set list was, of course, built upon WE RESEVE THE RIGHT album but the band also performed one brand new track titled “Another 80’s Rock Song”. The new song was not much different from the older aterial so in that sense the band’s forthcoming disc awaits with great interest. Well, there’s not much more to say but welcome back!

Dirty Girls
She’s Hot Tonight
Come One, Come All
Cat’s Got Your Tongue
Reserve the Right to Rock
Stand Up and Fight
Good With Figures
Metal in My Veins
Another 80’s rock song
High in High School

Madam X

Madam X

Madam X

Madam X

Madam X

Madam X

Madam X

Madam X

Madam X

Madam X

Madam X

Madam X

DANGER DANGER

Danger Danger is one of those late 80’s bands that grunge destroyed in the 90’s and they never really recovered from it. The band released its self titled debut in 1989 and it featured the hit singles “Nughty Naughty” and “Bang Bang” which are still the bands best known songs to date. Danger Danger has gone through numerous line-up changes during their career. Bassist Bruno Ravel and Steve West have always kept the band going, but in 2004, original vocalist Ted Poley returned to the band and the current line-up is now completed by Swedish guitarist Rob Marcello. In fact, it was in 2004 when the band last performed in Sweden Rock. Since then, the band released the album REVOLVER in 2009 but besides that there’s not been much going on with the band.

Maybe the main stage wasn’t the right place for Danger Danger in 2014 but they were there now and started the show with debut album tracks “Rock America” and “Don’t Walk Away”. Ted Poley immediately took possession of the beginning of the stage and did his best to awaken a comfortable sized audience but it seemed that it wasn’t until after the middle of the show until the crowd started to warm up to the band’s performance. “Bang Bang” and the following “Monkey Business” got good response and so did the very last song “Naughty Naughty” which was clearly the band’s most famous song. All in all, Danger Danger played pretty decent show, but obviously they suffer a lack of sufficiently good song material. There’s plenty of great stuff what the band recorded with other vocalist (Paul Laine) Maybe the band should  try to make Poley to sing that material as well to make Danger Danger shows more interesting in the future?

Rock America
Don’t Walk Away
I Still Think About You
Hearts on the Highway
Bang Bang
Monkey Business
Don’t Blame It on Love
Naughty Naughty

Ted Poley

Ted Poley

Bruno Ravel

Bruno Ravel

Ted Poley

Ted Poley

Rob Marcello

Rob Marcello

Danger Danger

Danger Danger

THE RODS

Feinstein performed under his name doing a few tune from The Rods at Wacken in 2004. Well, The Rods got their newest album titled VENGEANCE out a few years back and got on the third stage at Sweden Rock. It was about time to bring The Rods to Sweden Rock for sure. The trio let the audience eat metal and unleashed one hour of pure old school heavy metal with a rocking grip. The Rods focused on doing a lot of material from the albums released from the 80-86 era. The trio rocked hard, but obviously the burning sun bothered a little bit.

Hold on for Your Life
Devil’s Child
Let Them Eat Metal / Born To Rock
Evil In Me
I Just Wanna Rock
Burned by Love
Drum Solo
The Night Lives to Rock
Wild dogs / Too Hot To Stop
Hurricane
Cold Sweat And Blood
Nothing Going On In The City / Crank It Up / Power Lover
Encore:
I Live For Rock ‘N’ Roll

The Rods

The Rods

The Rods

The Rods

The Rods

The Rods

The Rods

The Rods

The Rods

The Rods

The Rods

The Rods

The Rods

The Rods

SODOM

The German thrash metal patrol trio Sodom made a visit to Steelfest in Finland a year ago and offered a pure lesson in total neck-breaking thrash metal in an old school way. Instead, the 75 minute set at Sweden Rock was nothing like going to do the obligatory office job and that’s it. Sodom’s indoor shows are pure chaotic witching thrashing metal with intense playing. As for these outdoor shows such as Sweden Rock, Sodom looses its intensity and brutality and above all, most of the killer songs were missing from the set. Sodom works and literally kills in old industry halls and clubs in front of an audience of maniacs going ballistic.

My Final Bullet
An Eye for an Eye
Surfin’ Bird (The Trashmen cover)
The Saw Is the Law
Outbreak of Evil
Sodomy and Lust
Iron Fist(Motörhead cover)
Stigmatized
Agent Orange
Ausgebombt
Blasphemer
City of God
Christ Passion
Into the Skies of War
Remember the Fallen
Bombenhagel

Sodom

Sodom

Sodom

Sodom

Sodom

Sodom

Sodom

Sodom

FOGHAT

Today’s Foghat consists of original drummer Roger Earl, Craig McGregor on bass, Bryan Bassett on guitar and last but not least Charlie Huhn on vocals and guitar. Foghat must be one of the best bands suited to play in the afternoon sun at a festival, bluesy rock at it’s finest. All their biggest hits were covered including “Fool for the City” and “Slow Ride”.

Road Fever
Home in My Hand
My Babe
Drivin’ Wheel
Stone Blue
Terraplane Blues
Fool for the City
I Just Want to Make Love to You
Slow Ride

Foghat

Foghat

WITHIN TEMPTATION

Contenders with Tesla for the gig of the festival, both on the Rock Stage, the second biggest stage. A never-ending cavalcade of hits followed each more catchy than the one before. Within Tempation drew a very big audience as they are on top of their game at the moment having last year released the excellent HYDRA, the follow up to the mega-succesful THE UNFORGIVING. Frontwoman Sharon den Adel really seemed to enjoy the occasion as the crowd was singing along from the very start of the set until it ended with the old classic Ice Queen.

Let Us Burn
Paradise (What About Us?)
Faster
In the Middle of the Night
Fire and Ice
And We Run
Dangerous
Our Solemn Hour
Iron
Stand My Ground
Covered By Roses
Mother Earth
What Have You Done
Summertime Sadness
Memories
Ice Queen

Within Temptation

Within Temptation

Within Temptation

Within Temptation

Within Temptation

Within Temptation

Within Temptation

Within Temptation

Within Temptation

Within Temptation

Within Temptation

Within Temptation

Within Temptation

Within Temptation

Within Temptation

Within Temptation

 

NECROPHOBIC

The long time Swedish death metallers went through a vocalist change earlier this year and welcomed the original growler back to their ranks. At least with their old singer now back,  Necrophobic hadn’t found its sadistical grimness and brutality yet at Steelfest, but Necrophobic sounded vicious and grim at Sweden Rock. The old school Swedish death metal still runs in the veins of the Necrophobic guys, who have not given an inch during these years. Necrophobic has stayed, and will stay, true to old school death metal until the end. The band sounded uncompromising deadly. The vocalist has a deadly grunt, he had improved the way of growling a lot since Steelfest.

Necrophobic

Necrophobic

Necrophobic

Necrophobic

Necrophobic

Necrophobic

AVATARIUM

Avatarium is the band of the mastermind of Candlemass, Leif Edling. The master himself was missing from the gig at Sweden Rock for some reason. That didn’t prevent them from doing a truly enjoyable performance with their female singer who has such an angelic voice. Her capturing voice was utterly spellbinding and mesmerized the crowd into a hypnotic trance. Avatarium turned out to be a welcomed exception amongst these old dinosaurs. Avatarium’s music can be described being a mix of doom metal with melancholic rock music.

Avatarium

Avatarium

Avatarium

Avatarium

Avatarium

Avatarium

Avatarium

Avatarium

BILLY IDOL

Billy Idol is no stranger to Sweden Rock since he performed here in 2010.  The renewal was more than appropriate and that’s what Sweden Rock got. Idol and his renewed band opened up the show surprisingly with “Postcards from the Past”. It definitely wasn’t the best possible opening song because its an unreleased song and hardly anybody knew in the audience. The next song “Cradle of Love”, however, quickly repaired things back to normal. The Sweden Rock gig was the bands first for a while, and yes, it was seen and heard a bit of everything. The set list was in itself a good and interesting because there were a lot of rare and unheard songs there. In addition of “Postcards from the Past” the band performed two more songs from the upcoming KINGS AND QUEENS FROM THE UNDERGROUND album. The new material sounded really promising but the question is whether it makes sense to play too many new unheard tracks at this type of festival? Idol’s old band Generation X was present with 3 tracks and it was just great to hear these old songs again. “Dancing With Myself”, “Ready Steady Go” and “King Rocker” sounded just great. Of course Idol performed his biggest hits like “Rebel Yell” also “White Wedding” but there was also some totally unnecessary cover songs like The Doors song “L.A Woman” which just didn’t work at all.  Billy Idol himself was still in such a good shape and he was still looking and sounding like a young angry rocker. Steve Stevens also did a great job on stage. He’s still one of the most charismatic guitarists out there for sure. The rest of the band, which now included a new drummer and keyboardist whose names I don’t know. Both did a decent job but as a whole the band left a very nervous impression of itself. This was the very first show with this line-up so hopefully things get better when they more shows under their belt together.

Postcards from the Past
Cradle of Love
Dancing with Myself
Flesh for Fantasy
One Breath Away
Ready Steady Go
Sweet Sixteen
Whiskey & Pills
Eyes Without a Face
L.A. Woman
Blue Highway
Rebel Yell
White Wedding
King Rocker
Mony Mony

Billy Idol

Billy Idol

Billy Idol

Billy Idol

Billy Idol

Billy Idol

Billy Idol

Billy Idol

Billy Idol

Billy Idol

Billy Idol

Billy Idol

TED NUGENT

Ted is back at the festival, and gave probably the best performance from him so far. Bringing a great band helps a lot; consisting of returning original singer and guitarist Derek St. Holmes, Mick Brown on drums and Greg Smith on bass. Especially Derek gets to shine on numbers like Just what the Doctor ordered. The title track of Ted’s forthcoming album SHUT UP & JAM is also included in the set. Welcome back, anytime! Could one also hope for the long overdue reunion of the Damn Yankees?

Gonzo
Just What the Doctor Ordered
Wango Tango
Turn It Up
Stormtroopin’
Free-For-All
Wang Dang Sweet Poontang/ I Can’t Quit You Baby
Fred Bear
Hey Baby
Shut up & Jam!
Cat Scratch Fever
Stranglehold
The Great White Buffalo

Ted Nugent

Ted Nugent

Ted Nugent

Ted Nugent

Ted Nugent

Ted Nugent

Ted Nugent

Ted Nugent

Ted Nugent

Ted Nugent

Ted Nugent

Ted Nugent

FLOTSAM & JETSAM

The Arizona thrash metal veterans have gone through rocky roads all these years. However, the band is still alive and recently re-recorded the classic No Places For Disgrace with modern day technology. As for the gig, well the five piece thrashed with the ultimate passion and ripped the audience by offering a real old school thrash vibe. The set mainly consisted of songs picked up from the first two albums. Of course songs from the other albums had been added to the set. The frontman Eric A.K. can still hit the higher notes perfectly. The Flots sounded awesome to tell the truth.

Flotsam And Jetsam

Flotsam And Jetsam

Flotsam And Jetsam

Flotsam And Jetsam

Flotsam And Jetsam

Flotsam And Jetsam

Flotsam And Jetsam

Flotsam And Jetsam

Flotsam & Jetsam

Flotsam & Jetsam

EMPEROR

The Norwegian black metal kings are rarely seen on stage these days. Both Samoth and Ihsahn have focused on other bands and left Emperor to live its life and legacy. The demand for the return of Emperor has been so tremendous, especially now when the debut IN THE NIGHTSHADE ECLIPSE celebrates its 20th anniversary. The album is definitely a milestone in the black metal genre, therefore, getting back to the stage was quite expected. This happened to be the first visit of Emperor to Sweden and that’s truly weird! Well anyhow, the Norwegian evil black metallers have aged well and of course calmed down and had undressed the obvious war-custom to more normal looking clothes. Emperor’s music still has its pure primitive rage as on the album. Emperor sounded vicious and razorsharp even though the guys didn’t have to show the darker side in the nightside in the Swedish landscape.

Into the Infinity of Thoughts
The Burning Shadows of Silence
Cosmic Keys to My Creations & Times
Beyond the Great Vast Forest
Towards the Pantheon
The Majesty of the Nightsky
I Am the Black Wizards
Inno a Satana
Encore:
Ancient Queen
Wrath of the Tyrant
A Fine Day to Die (Bathory cover)

Emperor

Emperor

Emperor

Emperor

Emperor

Emperor

Emperor

Emperor

Emperor

Emperor

Emperor

Emperor

Emperor

Emperor

ASPHYX

The long time and founding Asphyx member Bob Bagchus announced his departure from the mighty Asphyx and was replaced by another drummer. Despite the radical change, Asphyx has maintained its barbaric brutality in sound. The frontman, Martin Van Drunen, has one of the rawest and the most nihilistic sounding voices in the whole death metal scene. Asphyx sounded as savage as usual, but unfortunately Bob Bagchus’ groove drumming will be missed for sure.

Asphyx

Asphyx

Asphyx

Asphyx

Asphyx

Asphyx

Asphyx

Asphyx

ARCH ENEMY

 Angela Gossow dropped a real newsbomb earlier this year when announcing her departure from Arch Enemy after serving the band for about 14 years. Another newsbomb was the announcement that a new singer had stepped into the band. Alissa White-Gluz (known then as the singer for the Agonist and background singer for Kamelot) from Canada had been recruited to the band and the album was completed under huge secrecy.

The whole are of the third stage at Sweden Rock was totally packaged as the audience had crawled to see Arch Enemy with their new front lady. Holy crap, that lady was  full of fire and rough from the beginning to the end. She jumped and ran all around with incredible passion and rage. Obviously she was psyched quite a bit to ravage that way. Arch Enemy obviously had an extra kickass sound that was tight and intensive. Frankly, the band was on fire. If Arch Enemy happens to drop by, get to witness the new singer…

Yesterday Is Dead and Gone
Ravenous
Bloodstained Cross
My Apocalypse
As the Pages Burn
Dead Eyes See No Future
War Eternal
No Gods, No Masters
We Will Rise
Nemesis

Arch Enemy

Arch Enemy

Arch Enemy

Arch Enemy

Arch Enemy

Arch Enemy

Arch Enemy

Arch Enemy

Arch Enemy

Arch Enemy

Arch Enemy

Arch Enemy

Once again Swedenrock is over. It is time to thank the whole Swedenrock crew for the wonderful festival and bands.

See you in 2015!

www.swedenrock.com

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