• WACKEN 2007, (english) AWESOME

    8 Aug 2007, 17:54 by Davie_UCF

    Wacken 2007!

    My first time at Wacken and my first time at any major festival!

    Getting there was tricky, once at Lubeck we had to get a taxi which took ages, the damn driver got lost and charged us hell! BUT WE GOT THERE.

    Due to mud we were camped all the way in S, with Dutch friends who were great, my friend
    postmanofdeath somehow lost his ticket as he slept so we managed to get him a new one!

    Bands I saw up close (not including ones i watched from the beer garden on the screen ;)).

    Blitzkrieg (They were okay, British, on the same flight home, they were the first band so I was amused, first festival band for me!)
    TYR (I tried to see them but the tent was so packed I got forced out and got very fed up)

    SuidAkrA (We were waiting for Amorphis next door so saw most of these guys set, I didn't have a chance to get into them on CD but they were cool live, esp when the bagpipes came on stage!)
    Napalm Death (Their was a fire in the arena so Amorphis were canceled until after NP so we watched Napalm death who we had seen 2 weeks before at home on a tiny stage, Barney's odd 'spastic' dancing keeps anyone amused as they play, along with the music!).

    Amorphis(Finally! Amorphis were great, we were just infront of the camera and monitor tower so weren't near the front but saw them well, awesome! kicked off with Leaves Scar!, sadly no songs from the new album, I don't know if they dropped them because they had shorter time or just werent going to play any).

    Grave Digger (Witnessed a bit of Grave Diggers set, towards the end, HEAVY METAL BREAKDOWN! Great song as we laid on the straw resting).

    Turbonegro (We were waiting outside the True Metal stage so witnessed them from the screen and a little view, they were amusing but got boring, the frontman said quite a bit of funny shit!)

    J.B.O (JBO came on stage all pink with their inflatable letters, a German novelty band, we didn't understand it apart from odd words, everyone laughed so we did too, generally we enjoyed it lots beacuse of the atmosphere and general amusement, first dosage of lots lots lots of crowd surfers here).

    Lacuna Coil (Awaiting BG on the True stage we witnessed LC, not bad, I used to be a fan so was glad to hear Heavens a Lie).

    Blind Guardian (Hell yeah, we were near the front, the intro came on and then Boom.. Into the storm. Amazing live, we enjoyed most of the set until Welcome To Dying, where we escaped the madness and crushing, where i seem to have lost my glasses, walking out the dense fans while singing Welcome to Dying was pretty cool. We witnessed the rest of the set from distance.. Awesome live!).

    Afterwards we made our way back to bed, hearing some of Dimmu Borgir, if we weren't so tired we would have stayed and saw Iced Earth..

    Next day!

    Sacred Reich (We got to the arena during the last half of their set, they were actually really good American thrash, much better than the bits we heard of Sodom

    Moonspell (We watched Moonspell from the front row of the True Stage awaiting Stratovarius, I like their stuff but sadly they didn't play the great first two tracks of The Antidote..)

    Stratovarius (AWESOME! Strato came on with Hunting High and low, singing along madly.. They were awesome, they played a new song also.. From what I can remmeber.. (Hunting High and low, Visions, Father time, Distant Skies, Eagleheart, Last day on earth (new song),Paradise, speed of light, Black Diamond)Not in that order!. The new song was great! Like classic Strato! They can't be lying when they say the new album is a 'Return to roots').

    DIR EN GREY (Er.. we wanted to check them out, being Japanese n all.. well they looked like a bunch of kids and were amusing on stage, at least the frontman.. But really sounded terrible, not the quality just the music, gah!).

    Swallow the Sun (After the madness with TYR we got to the WET stage early to get a place for Turisas, these guys were good.. Doomish, great vocals and guitar.. I enjoyed them.)

    Turisas (Wow, this was insane! They were fucking amazing. I got so hot I was topless and dancing with random people, people coated in mud! they did a really good set even though they had a short time! My wacken highlight!)

    Type O Negative (We were in the arena for these guys and I didn't really like it, boring.. noise.).

    Benedictum (Americans with a frontwoman with an amazing voice, I had their first album promo two years ago before it came out and thought it was awesome! We checked the end of their set out and they really were awesome! Her voice! woo!)

    Immortal (We hung around to witness the first of their set, just to see the amusing corpse paint then realised we'd have got bored so far away so set off to see Stormwarrior).

    Stormwarrior with Kai Hansen (I like these guys, its good power metal like old Helloween and Running Wild, the best thing was they played Ride the sky by Helloween and Kai ran on stage with a BOOM and they continued to play old Helloween songs, it was AWESOME, singing along, even though I had to sit down lots because of my legs.. Tons of pyro for that gig!)

    Then... bed.
    To leave the next day.

    Conclusion, I'M DEFF GOING NEXT YEAR, it was AWESOME.. and the lineup can only get better i'm sure.


    Blind Guardian*****
  • Omnium Gatherum - My story of discovery. Melodic Death metal. New Album!

    27 Feb 2007, 15:35 by Davie_UCF

    "Adult Orientated Death Metal"

    This is part 1, my story of finding OG, part2 will be the new albums review

    My OG story

    OG play what you would call , but in an overcrowded genre of bands they are rather unique, playing a slightly more technical and less power metal'ly sound

    Omnium Gatherum are not like all other bands I listen to, in a personal sense. I have known them some years now which is quite something for me.
    I do not know the year exactly but some of you who have known me quite a while may remember someone also called David known as Figgybee/Pikkabird, from the Trainz community (the person who made the 3D model of Dukey), i'm sure Izzy remembers him.
    Once upon A time I was on Trainz in the early morning while talking to Pikka, he somehow googled his nick 'pikka' and ended up finding this band which from the site sounded very interesting, yes it was Omnium gatherum and this was because the guitarist and drummer's last names are both Pikka (Brothers I believe!), describing them as Melodic Death metal, almost a mix of At the Gates + Children of Bodom (although CoB being melodeth is highly debated now). They appeared to be quite an unknown band, although being around for quite a while but only having 1 studio album and an EP (the later album to be released that year I believe).

    Anyhow I downloaded samples from their site and thought they were reasonable being the uneducated and less mature metal fan I was back then.

    Sometime maybe within a year of the first discovery I was in London, maybe with Izzy, i'm not sure, maybe whoever it was will remember. In Resurrection Records an underground (literately) music store which has mostly metal and sub genres, albums you wouldn't find anywhere else.. I managed to find both Omnium gatherum albums, one being their first album and EP together (Spirits & August Light/Steal the Light), the other being the later album (Years In Waste). In such madness I bought them and really didn't get much into OG appart from ocassional listens, but didn't get into them as much as other artists, finding them a bit boring.

    Omnium Gatherum - Writhen (From their first album)

    Omnium Gatherum live experience, rekindle the flame

    Events page

    In 2006 a strange thing happened (in my opinion). After Enslaved, 1349, Zyklon gig in my very own town (Event
    ), not a place that many real bands play at! flyers were handed out afterwards, one being OMNIUM GATHERUM, excitement alert, I was shocked and amazed at this and just had to go. The funny thing is they were touring the UK as head liners, at mostly small venues, a low profile tour, the funnier thing is they played The Twist (not the Arts Centre). The Twist is a tiny venue, an ex pub and still really feels like a pub with a stage.
    I went along with my girlfriend Iona (who really was dragged along to things she probably wouldn't like) Excitement alert, by this time Omnium Gatherum had dumped the vocalist from the first albums and got a new one, although every poster still had them with the original lineup.

    The gig was great, to be in front of such an amazing band I already knew of, at such a tiny tiny venue, just a stage and us, most of the people in attendance weren't standing in front of the stage, just at the bar of 6ft away from the stage, (That sums up The Twist and it being more like a pub I think).
    It was amazing to say the least, for me anyway, the band were great, I was amazed at the guitar playing and felt really bad for the band playing such a tiny venue and no one giving them attention. The new vocalist was amazing, like he was dying almost, he gave it his best in my opinion, if hes like this at such a tiny gig what the hell is he like at a more high profile playing?
    They played two new tracks which said their was a new album coming, excitement alert plus 1. One being 'Undertaker' and other being at the end of the set, almost a duet between the vocalist and some random guy from another band, entitled 'Spiritual'

    After the gig I got more and more into their albums, hearing what I didn't before, the technicality I may not have understood in my less mature music days, the great vocals although completely not understandable even though in English.

    I've grown to love this band yet noone seems to hear what I do, or finds them boring'ish maybe they suffer from the same syndrome as me? Listening to an album twice then putting it down, not really giving it proper time.

    Their new album is due in April but as always it leaked and the excitement was upon me, a most awaited album. I lit candles and tried to get into an even better mood to digest it the first time, sadly all the beer had ran out.... the album began.

    Review coming up.

    (Fans of: Insomnium, Children of Bodom, Norther,Kalmah,Skyfire, Mors Principium Est,Eternal Tears of Sorrow,Dark Tranquility,At the Gates,Wintersun,Black River Project,Darkane