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  • Your Top 50 Questions

    5 mars 2011, 17h27m

    1.How did you get into 29?
    The Birthday Massacre - found through Last.fm actually

    2. What was the first song you ever heard by 22?
    Hungry Lucy - Alfred

    3.What's your favorite lyric by 33?
    Dave Matthews Band - Crash into Me

    "You've got your ball
    You've got your chain
    Tied to me tight tie me up again
    Who's got their claws
    In you my friend
    Into your heart I'll beat again
    Sweet like candy to my soul
    Sweet you rock
    And sweet you roll
    Lost for you I'm so lost for you"


    4. What is your favorite album by 49?
    A Perfect Circle - Thirteenth Step

    5. How many albums by 13 do you own?
    In Flames - none, and I'm so ashamed :/

    6. What is your favorite song by 50?
    Eisbrecher- Fanatica

    7. Is there a song by 39 that makes you sad?
    Citizen Cope - If Theres Love

    8. What is your favorite song by 15?
    Enya - Boadicea

    9. What is your favorite song by 5?
    Kent- Mannen I Den Vita Hatten (16 År Senare)

    10. Is there a song by 6 that makes you happy?
    Paradise Lost- Pray Nightfall and Mouth, although all their soongs are pretty dark

    11. What is your favorite album by 40?
    Massive Attack - Mezzanine

    12. What is your favorite song by 10?
    Imogen Heap - The Walk

    13. What is a good memory you have involving 30?
    Oomph!
    Yes, my son called when on vacation in Germany and told me about a cool song he heard on VH1, called "Gott ist ein Popstar", and told me too look it up. Since then I've been a big fan.

    14. What is your favorite song by 38?
    Dark Tranquillity - Terminus (where Death Is Most Alive)

    15. Is there a song by 19 that makes you happy?
    Mesh- Can You Mend Hearts

    16. How many times have you seen 25 live?
    Soilwork- four times actually, woohoo!

    17. What is the first song you ever heard by 23?
    Apoptygma Berzerk - Kathy's Song

    18. What is your favorite album by 11?
    mind.in.a.box - Crossroads

    19. Who is a favorite member of 1?
    Antimatter- Mick Moss

    20. Have you ever seen 14 live?
    Katatonia- yes, once

    21. What is a good memory involving 27?
    Porcupine Tree - listened to them repetedly through a summer I'll never forget

    22. What is your favorite song by 16?
    Korn- Blind

    23. What is the first song you ever heard by 47?
    System of a Down -Chop Suey

    24. What is your favorite album by 18?
    Coldplay- X&Y

    25. What is your favorite song by 21?
    Sybreed- Emma-0

    26. What is the first song you ever heard by 26?
    Celldweller- Switchback

    27. What is your favorite album by 3?
    John Mayer - Continuum

    28. What is you favorite song by 2?
    Opeth- omg I can't choose! Ill go with The Grand Conjuration

    29. What was the first song you ever heard by 32?
    De/Vision - Regret

    30. What is you favorite song by 8?
    dredg- Sorry But It's Over

    31. How many times have you seen 17 live?
    Arcana- none

    32. Is there a song by 44 that makes you happy?
    Volbeat- Maybelline I Hofteholder

    33. What is you favorite album by 12?
    Depeche Mode - 101

    34. What is the worst song by 45?
    VNV Nation - Schweigenminute(that's two minuted of pure silence) :)

    35. What was the first song you ever heard by 34?
    Dave Matthews Band - Don't Drink The Water

    36. What is you favorite album by 48?
    System of a Down - Toxicity

    37. How many times have you seen 42 live?
    Eric Gadd - none, but I met him at Mc Donalds once :)

    38. What is you favorite song by 36?
    Conjure One - Tears From the Moon

    39. What was the first song you ever heard by 28?
    Disturbed- Down With the Sickness

    40. What is you favorite album by 7?
    Anathema- A Fine Day to Exit

    41. Is there a song by 31 that makes you happy?
    Oomph! - Labyrinth

    42. What is your favorite album by 41?
    Mando Diao - Ode To Ochrasy

    43. What is your favorite song by 24?
    Riverside- I Turned You Down

    44. What is a good memory you have involving 46?
    Eskobar- my introduction to swedish indie music I believe, their music helped me through a rough time

    45. What is your favorite song by 35?
    Syrian- Alien Nation

    46. Is there a song by 9 that makes you happy?
    Iris- ALL of them, but especially Sorrow Expert

    47. What is your favorite album by 4?
    Placebo- Black Market Music

    48. Who is a favorite member of 37?
    Colony 5 - don't know much about them, guess they're both just as good!

    49. What is the first song you ever heard by 43?
    Slipknot- Wait and Bleed

    50. How many albums do you own by 20?
    Dead Can Dance - none
  • Metaltown 2010

    8 jui. 2010, 23h57m

    Yes, I know, I'm late. I had a thousand things to do these last few weeks.

    This is NOT going to be a review like the ones I wrote before. I'm too lazy. I will however write a few words about the bands I saw.

    Friday

    We slept in and skipped Skindred. Not my cup of tea. Started the day by listening to Brian "Head" Welch at a distance. We had to get closer to check if it was Head or Jonathan Davis. Talk about doing a solo project based on old merits.

    Next up Katatonia. Epic show. Kicked of with Forsaker and I was like butter in that hot, hot sun we had over Frihamnspiren.

    I tried to like Kreator to keep my BF company, but nay, I can't listen to that kind of music anymore. We stayed for a couple of tunes though.

    Wait, did I hear you say Raubtier? Did we miss them? You're damn right we did, I can't for the life of me understand why they're so "in".

    Ok, Sonic Syndicate. I was excited... and I've never been so disappointed in my entire life. Their gig sounded like one, long song. The new singer is cool in a David Draiman kinda way, and he sure can sing just as good, even better at times, than Roland. But please guys, there's a thing called variety...

    Went to see Nile, which could have been a highlight if it hadn't been for the sound mix. The bass was so loud it felt like a power drill through our heads. After three tunes we had to leave... and walk 300 meter to get the drilling to stop. We went back later and stood at the side. Then the guitarist caught my BF's eye and they did the horns together. Oh how happy he was :)

    Yeeeeeeah Coheed and Cambria! They were amazing! Such talented musicians, such energy, such excellent material. Loved it, loved it, loved it!



    I was so tired by then and wanted to rest up for Rammstein, so I sent my BF alone to Sabaton to take a few pics. He returned after ten minutes, not so impressed.

    (who in their right mind put The 69 Eyes in the tent when Rammstein was on Black Stage?)

    10 minuted before Rammstein went on, my BF proposed to me :) So I want to hear Rammlied at our wedding and that's final :)
    About the show, yes it was a hell of a show. Everything you can expect from Rammstein I guess. Fireworks, theatrical events, confetti and costumes. Loved it, and wanted more.





    Saturday

    Went to see Adept, but left pretty soon. I'm getting fed up with all these bands sounding the same. At least they sounded decent on YouTube...

    Adept - Sound the alarm


    We didn't really know what to expect when we went to see Witchery, other than that they were somewhat a "supergroup". I wanted to see Martin Axenrot from Opeth on drums of course.
    They were kinda cool in a weird way. The singer came up on stage all covered in blood. He used to be the singer in Marduk, kk? :P Lots of energy, lots of moving stuff around on stage, and decent music.

    Nothing to see until Raunchy. And I was soooo excited. Been waiting forever to see these danish bad boys. And it was aaaawesome! The crowd went nuts and formed on of the coolest circle pits I've seen. And when they played the intro to Wasteland Discotheque and Watch Out, the crowd was fucking boiling. Mange tak Denmark.

    We saw Amon Amarth two years ago so we decided to skip them. Bought a beer and enjoyed Between the Buried and Me. Great band, sounds a lot like Opeth. Too bad every single festival visitor was at A :)

    Soulfly up next. I've never been a big thrash metal fan, except for Metallica and Trivium, but some of the old Sepultura tunes are actually all right. Max was a bit old and tired, but overall, a good gig. It got really good when his son came on stage and took the drums. Good job kid!

    My poor BF was torn between Hellyeah and Dark Tranquillity. I knew where my loyalty was - DT of course. I can see why it could have been cool to see Hellyeah, the real deal "supergroup", but I just couldn't miss DT- last gig 2008 was awesome, and now they had a new album out. My BF is a drummer so of course he wanted to check out Vinnie Paul. He's actually been compared with him *proud*
    But, after a half an hour, he came back to where he belongs. The gig was so, so great. All my fav songs, and the connection with their audience is one of a kind.

    Bullet for My Valentine, hmm, I used to like them, but not so much anymore. I like a few songs though. We stayed for a while and went on to get good spots for In Flames. (who in their right mind puts Hatebreed in the tent while In Flames is on Black stage?)



    In Flames were great as always, but, and here's where I'm gonna get flamed. They've become a bit mainstream. I prefer DT to be honest. Not that IF are bad or anything, I love their music! maybe it's because I've heard my BF's band play as it should sound according to me.


    Ok no more flaming. Best tune: Only for the Weak. We were so packed that when it was time to jump, we didn't even have to kick off the ground. However, the best finish this year was Rammstein, no doubt.


    Now my back hurts and I really need to sleep, so see you on the flip side.
    Nite nite
  • Mixed emotions

    29 nov. 2009, 13h32m

    Sat 28 Nov – Faith Divides Us – Death Unites Us Tour 2009

    Engel was awesome, Samael was even more awesome. I was a bit disappointed in Paradise Lost though, can't put my finger on it but something was a bit off. Isolate and As Horizons End would have been nice. And not a single track from the self-titled album? What's up with that? Not metal enough? Brew House was cozy, I will definitely come back for more gigs.

    All in all, I bought three band tees, got some cool pictures, and felt content afterwards. Worth the trip and 270 SEK ticket? Absolutely.

    Engel's best: Casket Closing. The crowd finally woke up, could be why
    Engel's worst: none

    Samael's best: Black Hole
    Samael's worst: none really, but Into the Pentagram was never a favourite of mine

    Paradise Lost's best: Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us
    Paradise Lost's worst: I Remain. One of my favourite songs, but it was poorly performed... imo
  • My top 50 albums

    8 jui. 2009, 19h11m

    I'm home alone and kinda bored so I did this generator thingie

    diadara's top albums (6 months)
    1. Iris - Wrath (78)
    2. dredg - The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion (73)
    3. Opeth - Blackwater Park (69)
    4. dredg - El Cielo (64)
    5. Placebo - Black Market Music (63)
    6. White Lies - To Lose My Life (61)
    7. Oomph! - Monster! (57)
    8. Iris - Awakening (53)
    9. Black Light Burns - Cruel Melody (50)
    10. Opeth - Ghost Reveries (49)
    11. Placebo - Once More With Feeling - Singles 1996-2004 (49)
    12. mind.in.a.box - Crossroads (44)
    13. Placebo - Without You I'm Nothing (44)
    14. Opeth - Damnation (42)
    15. All That Remains - The Fall of Ideals (39)
    16. Deathstars - Night Electric Night (38)
    17. dredg - Catch Without Arms (38)
    18. Mando Diao - Give Me Fire (38)
    19. Placebo - Meds (35)
    20. Opeth - Watershed (35)
    21. Engel - Absolute Design (35)
    22. Dark Tranquillity - Fiction (34)
    23. Celldweller - Soundtrack for the Voices In My Head Vol. 1 (33)
    24. Depeche Mode - Sounds of the Universe (33)
    25. Depeche Mode - Music for the Masses (32)
    26. Creation Through Destruction - Creation Through Destruction (32)
    27. The Killers - Day & Age (32)
    28. Placebo - Sleeping with Ghosts (30)
    29. Adema - Adema (29)
    30. Sonic Syndicate - Only Inhuman (29)
    31. Depeche Mode - Black Celebration (29)
    32. Sybreed - Slave Design (29)
    33. Mando Diao - Ode To Ochrasy (28)
    34. Mando Diao - Hurricane Bar (27)
    35. Apoptygma Berzerk - Rocket Science (27)
    36. Moto boy - Moto Boy (27)
    37. Placebo - Placebo (27)
    38. All That Remains - Overcome (26)
    39. Dead by April - Demo (26)
    40. Sonic Syndicate - Love And Other Disasters (26)
    41. I Are Droid - I Are Debut (26)
    42. Opeth - My Arms, Your Hearse (25)
    43. Dead by April - Dead by April (25)
    44. Celldweller - Celldweller (24)
    45. Opeth - Still Life (24)
    46. Jack Wall and Sam Hulick - Mass Effect (24)
    47. Paradise Lost - In Requiem (24)
    48. Slipknot - All Hope Is Gone (23)
    49. Sybreed - Antares (23)
    50. Paradise Lost - Paradise Lost (23)



    I'm not surprised about the variety of genres here, let's just say I love music, as long as it has feeling.
  • Arvika festival v. 2009

    8 jui. 2009, 18h23m

    Arvikafestivalen

    Alright. I've landed and almost digested this years Arvika festival. Time to summerize the good, the bad and the ugly.

    First off, when we arrived on wednesday, the bus only made one stop at the big camping site. Why the *beep* couldn't he make that extra turn for those of us who wanted to camp at the small site? No mercy, we picked up our heavy bags and started walking. It doesn't seem so far when you're caught up with the festival, but now those extra miles seem to take forever to walk. And the heat - don't even get me started. It must have been 30 degrees in the sun. That was a huge bad.

    Thursday

    The festival kicked off with Adiam Dymott. We saw her on Siesta! only a few weeks ago, but she's well worth seeing twice. I'm not that big of a fan, but her repertoir is rather catchy.

    After that we went to Vintergatan, the big stage, to see The Sounds. Omfg (pardon my french), Maja Ivarsson was almost hotter than the sun that day.
    We got to see poledancing using the microphone stand, her band members, and even the sound technician doing a quick adjustment on stage.
    Her clothes didn't leave much to the imagination. But all of this was ok!
    For god's sake, it's Maja we're talking about. Nothing wrong with sex appeal right?


    Did a quick stop at Santigold but I didn't really like the sound. Not that the music was bad or anything, but the bass was way too high and I couldn't hear her singing. So, on to one of the bands I was most curious about - Casiokids! Music that makes you happy to say the least. These norwegians know how to put on a good show. The crowd went bananas when a gorilla and two girls with giant paper mache heads got on stage to dance with the band. An unforgettable experience.


    On to Mando Diao. Nothing much to say here, really. They always deliver and the sing-along was great as always. Maybe I couldn't appreciate the gig as much as I did on Siesta!, but that was because I was eager to move on to the next act - Opeth! I could see them a thousand times and I would never get bored. Same setlist as on Metaltown, but that didn't matter. Although, I would have been a happy panda if they would play Master's Apprentices for once... next time maybe. And yeah, one hour is waaaay too short for this band. I can - without hesitation - say that this is my all time favourite band, all genres, all categories. I'll see you soon Micke!


    Time for the mega hyped band The Mars Volta. I love these guys, I do. Well, some of their stuff. But I was way too excited after the Opeth gig, so I couldn't enjoy them. I was too tired after jumping, screaming and moshing so I had to rest a bit. Did they play The Widow? I bet they did... sob.

    After a quick meal, I was so excited to see Röyksopp. Turns out I forgot my very important medication in our tent. Bummer! I hurried back to the camp and got my pills, and then hurried back. And here's the real killer - I was convinced that they were playing on Vintergatan. I mean, they were having Robyn as a guest singer (and later I heard that Maja Ivarsson also went up on stage). So I stood there... waiting. Walked by Andromeda stage to look for my daughter who was there listening to Parken. Did a few dancing moves, hey this is catchy! Then it hit me. They couldn't clear the stage and rig for a new gig that soon after TMV? Oh fuck! They're on Apollo, the tent stage! I ran as fast as I could, but... I caught the last few notes before it was over, and almost got overrun by the crowd leaving the gig. Omfg, that's alot of people. I must have missed something really, really good. I'll never forgive myself. Stupid, stupid, stupid!

    Nine Inch Nails! Finally! Been waiting most of my grown up life to see him live. Uh... that makes him seem old doesn't it? Well, he sure didn't look old on stage. I was a bit worried he wouldn't put his heart in the gig, because I knew he would rather be at home with his new girlfriend. But he didn't fail us. Perfect setlist, but the best songs were Head Like a Hole and The Hand That Feeds. He rounded up with Hurt as an encore and I think the audience left with satisfaction.


    Oh god I have to try to write shorter reviews. Maybe I should write a book about my experiences instead. Ah well, for those who have had the patience to read this far - I salute you!

    Elegant Machinery - a band that's been with me a long time. I felt the performance was a bit lame, but I'm sure that was because of the audience. After NiN most of them were drained. Only a few true fans in the front brought enthusiasm to the show.
    They did Move and Save Me which was a treat for me.

    Time to go "home" and get some sleep.

    Friday

    We slept in because we only wanted to see Welle:Erdball this morning. Grabbed some breakfast and sat down in the grass to eat. Unfortunately, Lillasyster were playing on Andromeda. LOK I liked. Rallypack I thought was pretty ok. But when they form a new band and decide to make a cover of Rihanna's Umbrella, that's when it gets ugly. And yes, they played it. I didn't want to lose my appetite so we went to Apollo stage to get nice spots for Welle. On our way there, we bumped into a creepy robot man. Scary!


    Welle:Erdball, thanks for a damn good show! Almost like a short play, a story that takes us into space with giant balloons, arcade games and pretty girls in cute bayern dresses. Surprise surprise, crowd went berzerk when they did a cover of Kraftwerk's We are the Robots, and Starfighter F-104G
    After the show, they signed autographs at the Hot Stuff tent. We hurried there and got a nice spot in line. Wiee i got all four of them! I already pasted them into my scrapbook. Happy happy!


    Rain was in the air, and we welcomed it. After melting away for three days straight, it felt kinda good with a shower. Went to Apollo to see Eagles of Death Metal. I found out I only like two songs from them, Wannabe in L.A. and I Want You So Hard (Boy's Bad News). Not really my cup of tea, but hey, the rain went from a subtle drizzle to downfall in a split second. So we stayed for a while before defying the rain and ran to our camp. Stopped by bob hund quickly on our way down the hill, but no. They don't appeal to me. I do enjoy Tralala Lilla Molntuss, Kom Hit Skall Du Få En Puss

    The Mobile Homes next. Kind of an insipid gig, but enjoyable. Do create a sound for your band, but don't get stuck in the same structure when writing songs. I could have done with a little more variety in their setlist. We sat down on the floor, tired from running back and forth and standing up for hours, and listened. Quite an audience, and they could sing-along too. But me, i was waiting for the highlights of the evening.

    De/Vision sooo deserved a better audience. WTF was up with that? I figured it out while standing there, doing my best to raise the mood amongst the crowd. 1. A singing and dancing guy backed up by an anonymous guy (though we know who he is) playing the sequencer. Time to rethink. Put some more people on stage, a drummer, maybe a bassplayer. Welle:Erdball knows this, that's why they did the whole show thingie.
    2. Folks were already at Vintergatan, waiting for Depeche Mode to enter the stage.
    To summon it up. I wanted more songs from Subkutan, one of the best synthpop albums ever made!
    I also wanted to hear Heart-Shaped Tumor, Bleed Me White, Dinner Without Grace and I'm Not Dreaming Of You

    Kaboom! Depeche Mode. Did it top the Exciter tour I was on way back in 2001. Yes. Did I leave just as happy as I did in Globen 2001. No. WHAT? You might say, but here's why. Of course you're more excited the first time you see them live. Any band for that matter. At Globen we had seats built so that everyone had a perfect view down at the stage. At Vintergatan, I'd be glad if I saw Martin Gores fluffy hairdo just once. I had to follow the whole thing on the big screens. It's the same at all major arenas, I know. I'm just saying. The songs were great though. A big plus for picking so many songs from Black Celebration, which happens to be my favourite album. I still live in DM's dark ages, and that's why I can't say I love either Songs Of the Universe, or Exciter. They're good, but not fantastic.
    Finally a HUGE minus for not playing Everything Counts as their final encore. For everyone that's heard the 101 album (vinyl ofc), you know what I'm talking about.
    Didn't mean to sound harsh, I loved the gig, I really did. I just wanted that little extra, and it never came.


    Last act for the day - I Are Droid. For those of you who have read my journal from Siesta!, you know how I felt about this gig. And boy was I pleasantly surprised. The guy can sing after all! Ow I enjoyed every song, this was a great show. Especially Blood and Ether, Before the Fall and Time on Time.


    I was exhausted and wanted nothing more than to head out to camp. But my daughter pleaded that we stayed, she wanted to hear Andreas Tilliander DJ on the Orion stage. Here's the deal. Orion is a dancehall first of all. People rave in there. Not my thing ok? Besides, who wants to go in there and dance your socks off if you haven't had a shower for days? That must really be appealing. Still, I overheard conversations saying they actually picked up one night stands in there. Beyond my comprehension imo. What is their major malfunction?
    Anywho, we sat down at the coffeeshop, waiting for the clock to turn 2.30 am. Note: I are Droid went off stage at 1.00 am. We rested our heads on the table until a waitress came and asked us if we were ok. Well, it was almost time for Tilliander, so we went inside. A wall of extreme heat hit me, and my first impulse was to get the hell out of there. We sat down on the floor and watched how people danced away. Style of Eye was the DJ at the time. But I wouldn't call that music tbh. More like suggestive bassounds with a few blips and blops. Hurt my ears.
    I leaned my head agains my daughter and - I fell asleep! Inside the freakin dancehall with mega loud music. Yes I was tired. Once again, I was woken up. The security guy told me i couldn't sleep in there. Sod off. It was 2.30 ffs!
    Tilliander came on, and my daughter was really disappointed. I guess she thought that he was going to play his own songs. But no he was only DJ:ing this night.
    We went home - finally I could sleep!

    Saturday

    Alice in Videoland got to start off our Saturday. My daughter pulled us close to the stage, remembering last year when we missed half the show because of the rain. This time we didn't want to miss a thing. Everything was awesome, they picked the songs we all knew, and could sing along to. Only disappointment - where was Maja? The Sounds played on Thursday, why couldn't she have stayed that extra day for the duet in We Are Rebels?
    We really anticipated this, but no. Huge letdown, but the gig was still super.

    Stupid thing was, I missed Aestethic Perfection as they played the exact same time as AiV. Please, can someone tell me if it was a good show?

    My daughter wanted to see Florence Valentin, so that was our next stop. I don't really care for that kind of music, but I didn't have anything better to do. The singer turned out to be quite the activist, turning the small talk between songs into pure propaganda. Good thing we have freedom of speech in Sweden, or else he would have been in prison by now. He had a point though, but I prefer to think for myself.


    We had alot of breathers this day, so we had some food and strolled along the many market stands. Got our mobile phones cleaned and wrapped in perfumed silk paper by Halebop. Bought some stuff only available at these events. At least if you live in a small town like we do. Chatted a bit about vegans and animal rights with some girls a the Womens jour. Oh, and I forgot to mention before, I joined Amnesty.

    After some shopping, it was time for First Aid Kit. Again, we sat down in the grass and enjoyed their music from there. Not really headbanger material, nor do you have to know the songs to appreciate it. We waited for the clock to turn 7 pm. Another half hour to go before Diary of Dreams. My daughter wanted to see Elenette, so we parted ways. I had read in the schedule that DoD was playing on the Orion stage. At first I thought it was a joke, but it was so. I thought to myself, do they have any idea how many goth and synth lovers, dark and new wavers there are on this festival? How on earth did they expect us all to fit in there? And with this heat? I managed to stay in there for as long as it took me to get some half decent photos, but then I had to leave. I couldn't breathe in there. When I got out, I saw loads of people sitting outside on the asphalt, listening. And one after the other came out and joined us. Anyway, they opened with The Wedding, and they played The Curse, an awesome track. I think they did Poison Breed aswell, I honestly don't remember. But where was Amok?


    Since I had already seen Mustasch two times before, I decided to skip that gig. I could still hear them all over the festival area, playing the same songs they always do. My daughter had been talking about Little Boots and I listened to a few songs on Spotify. Sounded catchy and cute. And when she got on stage, you couldn't help but smile. She was petite and seemed a bit lost, even humble. But as soon as she started singing, she had nothing to be worried about. The crowd was with her, singing along to her songs. She even said she was surprised to see so many people knowing her songs. Nice setlist, best songs was Meddle, Mathematics and Remedy. A wierd thing though - her voice sounded more pitched on stage than on the album? Or is my hearing bad again?


    Time for Thåström, our Swedish punk rock hero who now has taken a more gentle approach towards music. His body language is the same as always, and the way he performs with a voice that sounds agonized, almost tormented is almost overwhelming. His lyrics are deep and dark, and it's hard not to fall into a dark pit of emotions. We sat on a grass hill, not too far away from the stage, and if it wasn't for the cackle behind us coming from the beer tent, we could have actually enjoyed the whole show. Too tired to join the crowd in front of the stage, we went the other way. Hey, at least I got to hear Alla vill till himlen. Wish he would have given me Karenina also, then I would have been so happy.


    Finally Engel! I adore this band, and I've been waiting to catch them. My daughter didn't agree with me, so she went to see Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft (DAF). Yes, I know, I should have chosen to see DAF, Engel is a Swedish band that does several gigs all over the country. But you see, I don't really care for DAF. Not KMFDM or Front Line Assembly either. Not entirely true, FLA has a new and interesting sound, so the album Artificial Soldier I like alot.
    Back to Engel. I actually did some serious headbanging here. I think it's because they are headbanging friendly and it's hard not to get caught up in Magnus Klavborn's energy. They did Casket Closing and Sense the Fire. Goosebumps!


    The next three gigs were going to be heartbreaking for me. I had to leave one to go to the other. Such a shame! Right before Korn, I got to listen to three songs by Thermostatic. I couldn't see anything because Lyran stage was so damn crowded. Then I had to find my daughter in all of this, just coming from the DAF gig. Anyways, three songs later and a found daughter, we headed to Vintergatan to see Korn.
    This was my second time so I kinda knew what to expect. Alot of Twist sounds, a bagpipe and and a guy in a skirt. Jokes aside, it's always a pleasure to see Korn. Why? Because they have been in the music business for ...16 fucking years and they have alot to show for. Freak on a Leash, Coming Undone, Fake, Did My Time, Falling Away From Me, Blind, Here to Stay, Y'all Want A Single. We got a sort of a Greatest Hits gig, and I'm not complaining! Btw, I had to leave right before the end... but I thought I heard Trash? Anyone who can confirm/dismiss this?


    And now... drumroll... mind.in.a.box! Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever see him/them live! Thank you Galaxen! We left Korn to get good spots, and we did - right in front of the stage. 20 minutes until it started and I was literally shaking. I love everything about them. The music, the concept albums, the story, the mysticism around visions of the future. Then they entered the stage. Stefan Poiss just walked in, sat down and started fiddling with his computer/sequencer gadgets. Without a word he started the music. They opened with the new track, Remember which i think is an awesome song. A bit more rough around the edges, heavy and emotional. Can't wait till the next album!
    Other tunes they played, Fear, Certainty, Change, Dead End, Stalkers and a few more I can't remember right now, but I do know they ended with another new song.
    As always, I had some wishes that I didn't get fulfilled. Lament for Lost Dreams, Identity, Amnesia and The Place, which is a beautiful song. If you haven't heard it already, go Spotify it NOW!


    Arvika festival was over. We went back to camp and snuggled up in our sleeping bags. Tired and worn out but happy. We got to experience so much, much more than I could fit in here. Unfortunately, Sunday brought rain, and alot of it. Still we had to pack up our stuff to get to the bus in time. Imagine trying to keep your clothes, books, magazines, food and gadgets dry while packing up the tent. We must have looked like something out of a Chaplin movie. On our way home, we felt a sting of sorrow, but at the same time, a longing for home and family.
    See ya next year Arvika!

    The good: The bands! The best lineup ever, I wonder how they're going to follow up on this?

    The bad: The heat and the rain. Me missing out on Aestethic Perfection. Queues at the water stations.

    The ugly: The amount of porta potties on the festival area, and the fact that no one refilled the toilet paper.

    diadara
  • Metaltown according to diadara

    29 juin 2009, 0h47m

    Unlike my last visit to Metaltown, I was now staying for the whole weekend. Hotel was booked, clothes had been bought and the festival spirit was on top. Unfortunately, we had some minor setbacks while trying to get to Frihamnspiren so we missed Dead by April's gig. On the other hand, I read some reviews and according to them, we didn't miss much. Maybe for the best, I'd hate to be disappointed in a band I enjoy digitally, because they turn out to be awful on stage.

    After standing in a line long as hell to actually get inside the festival area, we made our way through the crowd to see Pain. Man, I love his new sound. Heavy as hell. I might just buy the new album. He ended the show with "Shut Your Mouth" of course, and we felt the pier rock for the first time this weekend.

    Then it was time to welcome Napalm Death to the stage. My boyfriend was ecstatic, he's been a fan since forever. I, on the other hand, can't even pretend to like it. But I endured, for my boyfriend's sake. It wasn't so bad really. Just to see Barney's energy was entertainment enough. They ended with "Scum", and left a small but happy crowd behind.

    After that, Trivium entered the Red Stage. We didn't move from the Black Stage, because we wanted to be in a good spot for Meshuggah, but we could still enjoy their gig. Awesome band, they really gave everything they had. And the crowd went completely bananas. I knew they had a large base, but I never imagined it was this big. One of the best shows this weekend, without a doubt.

    Meshuggah. Another one of my boyfriend's fav bands. The sun was merciless, and I think the crowd was too tired after Trivium, because they just stood there, more or less in a coma. True, when some of the "hits" were played, they awoke a little bit, but it wasn't until "Future Breed Machine" I saw some real enthusiasm. I think the band felt it too, and Jens Kidman knew to blame the sun as he wanted to "destroy the sun", and the crowd started to chant just that. And what the fuck was wrong with the sound??
    They should have played in the Close-up tent, the sound there was awesome.

    Next up was Children of Bodom. Melodic death from Finland. I've known about them since I was a teenager, but back then I wasn't really into that kind of metal at all, so I kinda ignored them. Until I discovered In Flames and Dark Tranquillity. Now, some might say, they are not equal at all. And I have to agree. Melodic death has so many different nuances. But enough of that. Their show was so-so, and yet again I blame the sun and the extreme heat. "In Your Face" is no matter what an awesome song. I didn't stick around for the whole thing, so I don't know if they played "Needled 24/7", which is one of my favourites. If someone who was there could tell me if they did and if it was good, then please do so.

    We knew that Volbeat was next on stage so we went to the adult area to get some beer. What better way to watch crazy danish people singing metal-rockabilly, than with a cold one? I was a bit disappointed that they didn't play more of their heavy stuff. It is after all a metal festival. This new sound doesn't impress me. They've become more and more Johnny Cash and less Metallica. Please rethink this strategy of yours, Volbeat. Best tune, Pool Of Booze, Booze, Booza, merely because of the fantastic sing-along. And once again, the sound sucked. In fact, every gig on the Black Stage had horrible sound. Such a shame.

    We finished our beer and headed out to the Red Stage to get some nice spots for Disturbed. Singer David Draiman entered the stage like Hannibal Lecter, with both straightjacket and facemask to boot. Nice touch but a bit too much for a festival gig perhaps? Naw, it was kinda cool. I had a few wishes, and told my boyfriend what tunes I wanted to hear. And yes, I had a few wishes fulfilled. Stupify
    and Down With the Sickness were obvious, but I wanted to hear more from the "Believe" album, I mean, he wore a jumpsuit with the Believe logo on his back. Well, I got to hear Liberate at least, awesome tune. They did one cover, Land of Confusion. May I suggest, next time you're playing a cover, please pick Shout 2000 instead, it's way better live. And yes, I got my Disturbed cherry popped that day.
    Oh, and one last thing. The show pretty much sucked. Well, not the old stuff, David seem to control that pretty well. But his voice did not measure up this evening. Sorry, but sometimes it was a pain to listen to.. I actually felt bad for him.

    Time for one of my biggest mistakes so far. I wanted to be up close at Slipknot.
    Let's face it. I'm not that young anymore. I need some space while enjoying one of my favourite bands, and I can't stand having swetty, stinking brats jumping up and down on my feet, elbows flying around in my face, and why is there always someone who tries to start their own little moshpit right where I'm standing?
    I lost my breath from being squeezed into a size small so my boyfriend had to carry me out from the crowd. That's something I'll never do again. Alas, I had to watch the whole thing on the big screen. So was it any good? YES! It was without a doubt the best show that day. As soon as I caught my breath, I could sing along, headbang and do all those crazy things you do while showing your love for the music.
    The Blister Exists, Wait and Bleed, Duality (what a response from the crowd!), People=Shit and, the one tune I've been sooo excited to hear live, Surfacing, finally came as an encore. During their last act, Spit It Out (which was awesome btw), Corey Taylor encouraged the audience to sit down. Un-fucking-believable. The whole crowd... sat down. Apart from a few guys to the left of me, booh on you. Corey continued the song and on his mark, "Jump the fuck up", the audience instantly flew up and started jumping. I don't think I will ever experience anything like that ever again. Fantastic, Slipknot!


    Saturday

    This was going to be my day. My Opeth day!

    We didn't rush to the festival area since we weren't that interested in Evergrey. We listened to them from a distance, and it sounded pretty ok. But I want a little more oomph in my metal, and I find them a bit bland. Sorry to all of you Evergrey fans!

    Ah, Haunted on the Red Stage. Kicked ass of course, they are a great live act. I didn't really know that much about them before the festival, but sometimes it's like this, you discover bands because they sound so much better live than on CD. After that, you might enjoy the albums more than before. Well, that was the case for me with Haunted. I will definately Spotify them.

    On the Black Stage, a very colorful backdrop announced DragonForce. Haha, where to begin? They are a bunch of monkeys or a band who loves to play and entertain? I'll let you decide for yourselves. I really liked the guy in neon green pants who ran around on stage like he was on drugs. And the little dance he did with the bass player (I think it was) was quite cute. To be honest, I was only there for one thing. My youngest daughter was pissed beyond comprehension for not getting to come with us and see Slipknot, Disturbed, Dead by April and DragonForce. She's only 10. So I promised her lots of pictures and maybe a video clip. Anywho, I had to stay for the whole act since they (of course) decided to play "Through the Fire and Flames" as their final song. I pressed Rec and raised my arms to get a nice filming view. Then I remembered. The god damned song is 7 minutes long. Fuck. At 6 minutes my arms start to shake really bad. But I endured. My daughter got her film. Hopefully she will appreciate it because I missed a super cool band on Close-up stage, August Burns Red. And yes, I heard they were awesome.
    The gig was nice after all, but the audience was a huge disappointment. I bet 80% were there to hear just that one song from Guitar Hero 3. ZP Theart even pointed out, ironically, that it was them that made Guitar Hero 3 famous, and not the other way around. He knew, they all knew. And he almost apologized for their act, saying they were "getting the fuck out there so you can enjoy the rest of the festival". Guys, you could at least have pretended to have fun, they weren't half bad... right? At least they got their audience response with the final act. It's a shame it didn't come sooner.

    Ah, finally a band that was one of the reasons I bought a ticket. All that Remains. Man, that band is HOT! And I got to hear Two Weeks, which is one of my fav songs. I stood a bit far from the stage, but that was ok. The sound was better there anyway. Then, when it was time for the song everyone was waiting for, This Calling, Philip Labonte had a special surprise for us. He invited a girl onto the stage, and as soon as I saw here, I knew who she was. I follow AtR on Twitter, and they wrote about a swedish girl doing an acoustic cover of This Calling on YouTube. And yes indeed, it was her. She got to sing with them. Lucky you! You could tell she was nervous, (who wouldn't be?) but in the end she did a great job. Kudos to All that Remains for doing such a cool thing!


    I love My Dying Bride, Anathema, Katatonia and Novembre. But at a festival? No. That kind of music is best suited on a smaller stage where the audience can enjoy the music in peace, and where they can connect to the band. As I thought, only a few hardcore fans showed up, the rest were just seeking shade at the sound technicians booth or because they didn't have anythiong better to do. At least that's what it seemed like to me. I stayed for a few songs, but felt that Metaltown was the wrong forum for their music. Turn Loose the Swans was beautiful as always.

    Mustasch came on the Red Stage, but I preferred to keep a nice spot for the Opeth gig. After all, they are my all time favourite band. I missed them so many times it's not even funny. This was my first out of two gigs this summer and I was ready to be blown away! But back to Mustasch. They are reliable, and always deliver. As long as they play those three songs that makes the crowd jump even higher. Black City, Bring Me Everyone and Double Nature. Huge fanbase, maybe because they're from Gothenburg? I read a review today that said something like ..."their talk between songs is better than the songs themselves". I wouldn't go that far, but Mustasch is better live than on CD because of just that - they have an outstanding connection with their crowd.

    Ok now I'm lost for words again. pretty much the same as when I was reviewing the Placebo gig. Opeth is my new religion. I even decided to get the logo tattooed on my arm as soon as I can raise the cash to do it. Summer festivals makes me poor. Ok, I'll try to write a few words.
    First of all, they look so cool. It's like they stepped into your living room for coffee and decided to play some tunes as a thanks.
    The whole act was awesome, of course, they gave us old and new stuff in a great mix. They even took the progressive element to another level during Closure. I actually felt my eyes tear up when I heard the intro for Deliverance. It's impossible for me to say what was best. I can tell you what was worst, though. The fact that they only got an hour to play, and that the sound, again was shit. Thank god Opeth are such brilliant musicians, and that most uf us knew how it was supposed to sound, so we could enjoy the show anyway. Next time, consider giving them more time, since most of their songs are at least 6 minutes long. Still, I got to hear The Leper Affinity from my favourite album Blackwater Park. Ghost of Perdition, The Lotus Eater och Heir Apparent. At Arvika, I hope I get to her Master's Apprentices, The Funeral Portrait, A Fair Judgement and/or April Ethereal.

    After that I was drained. Not physically, but emotionally. Just like someone said that I ran into on the way out from the stage. "It was Nirvana! I've seen Opeth eight times and they never fail to impress me. Such great musicians!"
    We had some time to kill before our next stop, Cult of Luna. So we got ourselves some coffee and sat down a few hundred meters from the stage area. "We can listen to DIR EN GREY from here, we said, since we had no interest in seeing them. A few minutes later me and my boyfriend stared at eachother. WTF was that? Something that sounded like a squealing pig being hung by it's tail upside down, or was it a cat in heat? To our surprise, we realized that it was in fact Dir en Grey trying to make music. From where we were sitting, it sounded awful. Maybe the crowd in front of them experienced it differently. Now now, DeG fans, no disrespect to you, I'm sure there's plenty to love with this band. But, my opinion is, they are bad, plain and simple.

    Cult of Luna! Omg I love this band! Everything about them is mysterious and beautiful and atmospheric and, and, and... I could go on forever. This is the second time I've had the pleasure to see them live. First time was here in my hometown, and they were just as good back then. I usually compare them with Interpol, the same attitude and even the same stage lighting. Solid red, green or blue with lots of smoke, creating that feeling of something magic. And they both enter, play and leave the stage without saying one word to the audience. They don't have to. All is said in their music. Words are unnecessary.
    While standing there, totally caught up in Klas Rydberg's powerful voice, I felt the ground moving. It was like standing on a boat. Is it me? I wondered. Maybe I got a bit too much sun? But then my boyfriend pointed out to me that Marilyn Manson was on stage. Ah, figures. We were after all, on a pier.
    Sure I like some of Manson's stuff. Hell, I used to think he was the King of Goth once. But not anymore. In my eyes, he should have quit while on top. He can't deliver more mysticism around his character, we've seen it all before. It's 2009, he's not groundbreaking nor can he shock anyone with his appearance, lyrics or nonsense talk. Anyway, I thought, what the hell, at least I can say that I saw Manson live once. So we went over there. Got some good spots and tried to get in the mood. Sad to say, it was more or less laughable. I bet I'll piss off thousands of fans for saying this, and I admit I wasn't there for the whole thing, but to me, he was a burned out candle. Sorry. He finished his act with Beautiful People, which I hope was a sort of thank you to the crowd below him, who, because of him, rocked an entire pier.

    Overall, I had a great time. Therer were a few gigs that stood out more than others, and there were gigs who right down sucked.

    I'd like to thank Metaltown crew for making this festival happen, for all the amazing bands you booked, and for organizing everything, it all went really smooth and without complains. Well, one thing. FIX THE SOUND ON BLACK STAGE TILL NEXT YEAR PLEASE!

    The good: I got my In Flames tee signed by bass player Peter Iwers! I also got a hug and a photo with him. Awesome!

    The porta potties were actually pretty clean. And there were so many, you didn't have to stand in line very long. Thumbs up!

    You moved the sideshow tent farther away from the Close-up tent, good job! Last year we had to listen to the what's-it-called guy who yelled about all the freaks he wanted you to see, while trying to listen to music from the tent.

    The bad: The food was ridiculously expensive. I spent more on food than I spent on merch. Very bad. 70 SEK for a small carton box with thai food? 50 SEK for a pizza the size of my hand.

    Only one water station with thousands of thirsty, poor souls trying to avoid being dehydrated in 25 degrees and no shade what so ever. Fix it until next year. Maybe get some benches with sunshades?

    Entering and leaving a stage area. People leaving = one side. People entering = other side. It could be that easy.

    Ah well, time to reload batteries for Arvikafestivalen. The bus leaves on Wednesday. Catch ya on the flip side biatches!

    I'm tired now so I'm going to bed. Buh-bye!


    The fine print: I have a short term memory disorder, and I get stuff mixed up. A lot. But I think I got it all. I think. Yep.
  • Siesta! @ Markan Hässleholm

    30 mai 2009, 18h03m

    Siesta!

    Wow, how to review this awesome night, there are really no words.

    We (me, my bf and my daughter) arrived at 3.30 pm and walked straight towards the sound of music, which was coming from the Playa stage. We were festival hungry and wanted to dive into the Siesta! spirit right away. The first band we enjoyed was Expatriate from Australia. The perfect opening for us, pure rock 'n' roll from the heart. Funny thing, the singer looked alot like another famous australian lead singer, the late Michael Hutchence from INXS.

    Next up was the Swedish band Wrestling With Angels, performing indoors on the Casa stage. Awesome sound, especially the instrumental crescendos that actually made me consider wearing earplugs. Not that it was bad, but sure as hell noisy. And as I said before, awesome. Thanks for a great gig guys!

    After that we browsed through the four stages waiting for Adiam Dymott. Listened to the soundcheck which gave us a hint of what what was coming. It's amazing how much sound can come out of this petit girl. She's bad to the bone.
    Being pretty noobish about her sound, she surprised me and gave one hell of a show. Crowd went wild on "Pizza" and "Miss You", which was expected. Great tunes!

    Time went by pretty fast, which was good, because the two most anticipated gigs were yet to come. We strolled up and down the areas, checked out Dag för Dag, Dundertåget and Eldkvarn.
    The first ones sounded pretty bad IMO, but they could just be having a bad day. We didn't stick around though.
    Dundertåget served as background music while standing in line for the shithouse (no it wasn't a Brick Shithouse). Not that impressed, but on the other hand, I'm certainly not into that kind of "gubbrock" (old farts rock).
    Eldkvarn sounded just like they did in the eighties. Boring and... boring. Yes, I know they are icons in Sweden, but I can only stand to listen to one or two songs, and then I just want to lay down and sleep. Plura's voice is tiring to say the least.

    Tired and bored as we were, we decided to check out Marissa Nadler. Turns out they were just as tiring so we left after the soundcheck. No offense, I bet you're a great act. But we needed action, and we needed it fast!

    Finally the time had come to sharpen our elbows and make our way through the crowd to Mando Diao's gig at Fiesta! stage. We found some pretty good spots, and then we stood waiting. And waiting. And then, in a soft red lighting, they arrived.
    With their backs turned at the audience, they gave us an intro that we will remember always. As soon as they jumped around and started playing, we kinda lost the good spots we'd found. We found ourselves moving whith a smooth flow back and forth, following the absolutely hysterical mass in the front. Apart from that, the gig was
    absolutely fab. They were full of energy and you could tell that they have a true love for music. The Beatles influence was there, shining through like a soft touch. The sun was setting and the air was warm. Not only from the sun though.
    Best songs were "Gloria", "If I Don't Live Today, Then I Might Be Here Tomorrow"
    (a fantastic version of that tune btw) and "Long Before Rock 'n' Roll". Well, of course the encore aswell, "Dance With Somebody".
    See you @ Arvika!

    We went down to Playa to check out one of the bands I came there for, I Are Droid. Unfortunately, the vocals sounded outright bad. I'm sorry guys, but I have to be honest, I could not stand to listen to more than a few songs.
    I really, really hope it was because of a bad cold, too much or too little to drink or bad sound mixing. Please don't disappoint me @ Arvika Festival. I love your music and I want to enjoy it live. I will be there, singing along to "Time on Time" which is a killer song.

    Ok, so we had a great time with Mando, but the highlight of the night was ahead. Placebo. It seemed like forever until they were going to enter the Fiesta! stage, but we manged to endure somehow. And just as at the Mando gig, we managed to get good spots. This time alot closer to the stage, as we didn't want to miss a thing. The big screen to the right of the stage let us in on all the details, which was a huge advantage with all the arms in the air blocking our sight.
    So, how was the gig? As I said before, I'm lost for words. But I'll try to summarize.

    The band entered, almost everyone at the same time. Of course, when Brian Molko came on, the sound from the audience was deafening. And we helped out the best we could by screaming out at the top of our lungs.
    They opened with a new song from their upcoming album, "Battle for the Sun". The second one was also a new one. And they were AWESOME! The rest of the show was as good as it gets, no question. These guys know how to please an audience. They invited us on a journey through their entire career, mixing old with new. They picked a perfect setlist for us, and we are forever greatful.
    I can't really favour one song over another, but the ones that stood out, were "Black-Eyed", "Follow the Cops Back Home", "Special K", "Special Needs", and "Taste in Men". And I was pleasantly surprised when they played one of my favourite songs from the 80's, "Wouldn't It Be Good" by Nik Kershaw.
    You sure looked good with that retro guitar Brian! :)
    I will never forget that experience. Placebo is pure pwnage!
    Thank you guys, ever so much! Please be back soon, we miss you already!

    Last but not least, I'd like to thank Siesta! for a great friday night, I had a fantastic time. Thanks to all the people working there to make this festival possible, without you we would be nothing ;)
    Thanks also to Hässleholm for giving us Siesta!. I'll probably be back next year.

    /Jana
  • Me loves

    9 mai 2009, 18h17m

    Samaels new album - dirrrrty, black and raw. Yummy.

    Siesta! is only 20 days away. Brian I'm coming!

    To find gems in my music library I didn't even know I had. Like Virtual Server. Excellent! (even though he sampled my tune without asking)

    Water. Best drink ever, even better than Carlsberg. Yep. I said it. So sue me.

    Major suckup, but I love last.fm. Can't be without it.

    Last but not least, my family. A love too big for words. xxoo
  • Yes yes YES! v2.0

    30 avr. 2009, 17h58m

    Sounds of the Universe arrived in my mailbox today, I'm so happy I could cry!
    Excellent album! Thank you DM, thank you for everything...
  • Yes yes YES!

    20 avr. 2009, 21h45m

    Riverside's new album "Anno Domini High Definition" will be released on June 19th.
    Bah I can't wait!