Swedish death metallers DEGRADEAD have posted on their Official Youtube Channel the entire Wacken Open Air 2014 Live performance. Check it out below. Sound mix and master done by Thomas “Plec” Johansson at The Panic Room Studios.
Mikael Sehlin – Vocals (ENGEL)
David Szücs – Guitar
Anders Nyström – Guitar
Michel Bärzén – Bass
Amit Mohla – Drums
Riju Dasgupta hails from Mumbai, India and is bass player AKA Dr. Hex with horror metallers ALBATROSS. Check out the band here. Riju travelled thousands of miles to visit the hallowed metal ground of Wacken Open Air 2014, the 25th anniversary of the festival, but not before stopping off in Berlin where he met up with Metal Shock Finland‘s Blackdiamond. (Stay tuned for more about that!) Riju felt compelled to write about his Wacken experience, so to discover more from a fan’s point of view, read on :
I’m home after a gruelling week in Europe, and I already have quite a few PM’s asking me how Wacken Open Air was. I think it’s time to come out of review writing hibernation (the last one was a review for a school report back in 2004, when I reviewed a band called Colossus, a band my current bandmates Jay and Kiron played in back then); and write down my Wacken experience in a gist. These are just my thoughts and observations, so if you disagree, feel free to let me know what you feel, and rest assured that I will take no heed of your opinions because I’m a pompous asshole.
I’ve made it my life’s purpose to avoid crowds (the Mumbai trains, working in offices, making friends, 6 member bands); and if you think like me, Wacken Open Air is not for you. The setup is great, the bands are fantastic, the whole ambience is a breathtaking experience…but the positives are counterbalanced by Portaloos (toilets which stink more than anything Metallica’s done in the recent past); and the massive crowds. Think about this…for a lot of Indians, the Maiden gig in 2007 with 40,000 people is the benchmark for a big crowd. This year, Wacken allegedly had 92,000 people! While it’s fantastic to see so many metalheads in a given place at one time, the crowds can be overwhelming. Of course, (almost) everyone’s well behaved, courteous, polite and sweet…but the magnitude of seeing 92000 people in black together can overwhelm you. As a musician, it’s probably it’s something one dreams of…to play to a crowd this big . But as someone in the audience, already sore from camping, I couldn’t wait to get back home. But now, on to the music.
I caught only 2 days of the festival, because of the reasons outlined above, and bad overall planning (my tickets and those of my fellow attendee- Nitin from Primitiv were booked only hours after Kreator stopped playing on the final day)…but Nitin, I and Madhav (from Headbangers India) caught a whole lot of quality acts:
SKYLINE: I’ve been told that this band consists of the Wacken founder, and his friends; and they kickstart the festival every year. With Manowar, Maiden, Van Halen, AC/DC covers…it was a fun beginning to the fest with the whole crowd singing along.
HAMMERFALL: The band came out of a 2 year hibernation, with a special set for Wacken, consisting of songs only from Glory to The Brave. Now, while I love the title track, the rest of the album hardly has the kind of singalong appeal that I like about Hammerfall. They delivered every song fantastically, but I couldn’t wait for them to get started with Bloodbound, Hearts on Fire, Any Means Necessary, etc. Great set, with several special guests…but I preferred their setlist in IIT Chennai by a mile. PS: Their new song – Bushido, sounds better than any other song in the set.
STEEL PANTHER: It’s amazing how these guys can get women to take off their tops anywhere in the world. Steel Panther is fun, does not take themselves seriously, and is enjoyable up to a degree. The crassness got to me and my friends after a while, and we left to get some food.
SAXON: From crass to class. Biff Byford, at 63, commands a voice that can take your breath away. I’m not very well versed with all of Saxon’s albums, so I’m glad they played their classics- Crusader, Wheels of Steel, Power and The Glory, Motorcycle Man, Denim and Leather, Princess of the Night, etc.. An orchestra backed the band on certain songs, and the band was definitely one of my highlights for the festival.
ACCEPT: It’s hard to explain just how powerful Accept sounds live. Tornillo snarls like a beast possessed, and Wolf Hoffman has the best tone known to man. All of us were tired, and couldn’t catch the entire Accept set, but the little we saw was devastating! I’d even go as far as to say that Tornillo does the UDO era stuff maybe slightly better than UDO ever did. If I wasn’t biased towards King Diamond, I’d say that they were the best band at Wacken this year.
SKID ROW: Skid Row played at 11 in the morning, and we caught them from right up front! I haven’t heard much of the new stuff, but most of it sounded quite crushing live. Of course, we know that Johnny Solinger is no Sebastian Bach yada yada yada, but it was fun to actually be in an audience and sing along to ’18 and Life’, ‘Youth Gone Wild’, ‘Slave to the Grind’ and ‘I Remember You’.
CHILDREN OF BODOM: I’m not a fan, but the little I heard sounded quite cool. Shreddage 4 lyf.
BRING ME THE HORIZON: made me walk away towards the horizons, not to return until Carcass much later.
CARCASS: I’ve never been a Carcass fan, and only heard Surgical Steel after hearing all of my news feed wax eloquent about what a masterpiece the album is. They were playing at the same time as Motorhead and Hell, two bands I was quite keen on catching. But, the perils of people in black tshirts getting lost in a crowd comprising of 50000 black tees was too much; and I decided to stay put with my death metal loving friends. And Carcass were GREAT! I’m not familiar with any of their set…but the set has inspired me to check out more of their material now. The band kept taking digs at Motorhead throughout, since they got a smaller stage at the same time- ‘When we were kids, we dreamed of opening for Motorhead. When we became adults, we never wanted to’.
MOTÖRHEAD: We reached the Motorhead stage just in time to see them wind up their set with Overkill. Lemmy, quite ironically, looked like Hell, and almost like a Carcass. It was great to see him power on and entertain an audience despite his health problems though. Mickey Dee and Phil Campbell were on fire.
SLAYER: Slayer was……..underwhelming. I mean here was Slayer, playing all of my favourite songs, but they just seemed tired and exhausted. Araya’s voice is not aging well. There was a guitar battle of sorts in the middle, which was borderline laughable. But then, in my mind I was thinking, Slayer can go to h…south of heaven, because King Diamond was up next.
KING DIAMOND: Metal perfection. All biases aside, King and Livia are singing better than ever, the band is delivering exceptionally well live, and the theatrics were brilliant (if you know King Diamond lore- King turned the tables on Grandma and burned her at the end of the set specially for Wacken). The two Mercyful Fate songs (Evil, Come to the Sabbath) in the middle of the set were a great addition. When you dream of watching a band live for over a decade, the expectations are HUGE, and every expectation was exceeded.
WASP: I heard just a little of their set, back in my tent, but they sounded awesome.
Other writers would write a concluding note at this point, but screw that. I’m not a real reviewer anyway.
Mighty metal legends ACCEPT performed at this year’s Wacken Open Air 2014, on Thursday 31st July. It was a special 25th anniversary for the largest metal festival in the world and ACCEPT streamed their show live. The metal onslaught from our Teutonic heroes can now be viewed in full, visit the official ACCEPT website here to check it out.
Bass player Peter Baltes has posted several of his own photos from Wacken on the band’s official Facebook page, here is a great shot of the crowd from the stage:
Wacken Open Air 2014 By Peter Baltes
The release date for new album “Blind Rage” is drawing near, fans only have to wait a few more days until 15th August. Another album trailer was recently released which can be viewed here.
Today Saturday 2nd August, ACCEPT will perform at Poland’s Woodstock Festival, their last festival appearance of the summer.
The legendary heavy metal festival WACKEN OPEN AIR is celebrating its 25th anniversary today. The organisers of the festival have recently posted the anniversary trailer on Wacken Tv YouTube channel, featuring artists such as Doro, Biff Byford, Andy Sneap and many more. The video can be seen below:
According to the official website of the festival, Skidrow and Motörhead will present a release parties at Wacken 2014. The organiser posted:
“Big release party at Hot Shot Records on August 1st, 2014 at 2.30 pm (Infield # 15, infront of Party stage)
Skid Row with a new album The Rise of The Damnation Army, United World Rebellion Chapter Two. Autograph session at 2.30 pm , buy a CD and get a free shirt (while supplies last).
Motörhead Aftershock Tour Edition featuring Bonus live CD. Buy now and get a free shirt, while supplies last.”
Metal Shock Finland wishes a great time for all metalheads in Wacken 2014. 25 years of pure heavy metal, happy 25th anniversary Wacken!!!
The biggest heavy metal event will happen this week, Wacken Open Air celebrates its 25th Anniversary on the unholy soil in the North of Germany. Nuclear Blast has recently announced that some of their artists ‘s performances on W.O.A. will be available for live stream online. The bands and the dates are:
HAMMERFALL, on Thursday July 31 from 18:00 to 19:15 CET ACCEPT, on Thursday July 31 from 22:30 to 24:00 CET CHILDREN OF BODOM, on Friday August 01 from 18:00 to 19:15 CET CARCASS, on Friday August 01 from 21:15 to 22:15 CET KREATOR, on Saturday August 02 from 00:15 to 01:30 CET
To watch the live streams, check out ARTE TV. Also an additional stream of the AVANTASIA show will be available on 3Sat.
Heavy metal giants ACCEPT have announced they will play two major festivals this summer, as previously posted, Wacken Open Air in Germany and also Woodstock in Poland. Check out the announcement from the band’s official website:
As it was extensively presented in the media, ACCEPT are going to release their new masterpiece “Blind Rage” worldwide on the 15th of August.
There is a storm brewing! The message of the international press represents an unanimous opinion: ACCEPT’s “Best of all albums Ever“!
ACCEPT are a phenomenon. The current news of success for the new album set the bar high and demonstrate in a powerful manner that ACCEPT do not only belong to the elite of the Heavy Metal scene over decades, but actually are on the fast lane.
A big masterpiece entails big moments. In September ACCEPT start their “Blind Rage World Tour Part 1”.Prior to their world tour, ACCEPT exclusively enter the stage for two mega events in Europe.
WACKEN 2014/Germany and WOODSTOCK POLAND 2014 are certainly the biggest open air festivals in the world in their genre and therefore a worthy stage for ACCEPT.
Three big brands cross their way on one weekend; Each taken separately a highlight with characteristics like: tradition, fan solidarity, and even more up to day as it has ever been before.
ACCEPT are going to play exclusively these two festivals in front of a gigantic crowd and they will give the people at the WACKEN and WOODSTOCK festival an unforgettable live experience. We are looking forward to this hot weekend full of superlatives in August.
Check out ACCEPT‘s new video for the track ‘Stampede’: