GIG REVIEW: 5FDP, Papa Roach & Devil You Know At Hannover, DE
An uncommon big event descends on 8th November in Hanover, Germany, at Swiss Life Hall. Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach, Eskimo Callboy and Devil You Know arrived to fire up some ears in Hanover. I’ve never seen such a huge waiting queue like this evening. The people couldn’t wait going inside the hall, which has a capacity of almost 6000 persons with standing places and seats. It was filled to bursting point an hour later. Roadies prepared the stage for the bands and a guitar was heard, people screamed, the mood of the audience was well.
Devil You Know was the first band on this evening. They started with “The New Beginning”, how appropriate. God damn, what a powerful start of that evening. Howard Jones, Francesco Artusato, Ryan Wombacher and John Sankey known from Killswitch Engage, All Shall Perish, Bleeding Through and Fear Factory know about their business. It was followed by the title track “Seven Years Alone” of their album “The Beauty of Destruction” with a gorgeous mix of face-crashing riffs and thrilling hymns. Just the right thing to turn up the atmosphere in the Swiss Life Hall. Songs like “Consume the Damned” and “The Way We Die” from their new album “The Bleed Red” braced the demand for more. Maybe not everyone resembled it at the early time, but there were the first circle pits. Howard Jones is a really nice guy on stage: He discoursed, introduced the other bands and did a jokes followed by few laughs from the audience. Then he declared the last song “Shut It Down” of Devil You Know for that evening. The last song? So early after 30 minutes on stage? It’s a great pity! Nevertheless, it was a great performance on stage and I had the impression that everyone wanted to get more of this terrific music although they were the first band on that evening. Devil You Know played far too short, but was absolutely sweeping
Two beers later, it continued with Papa Roach… Papa Roach… It’s been a long time I listened to their music the last time. Everybody knows them since school days and some adores them, others don’t like them, so I was curious about it in which way the crowd will accept their music these days. Papa Roach started with the song “Face everything and Rise” from their newest Album “F.E.A.R.”. Already at their first song I could feel a spirit in the hall, a spirit of youth, easiness and joy. Although it was a new song, bizarre… isn’t it? It was followed by some old ones like “Getting Away with Murder”, “Blood Brothers” and the crowd went insane remembering good old days with Papa Roach in the past. Then they played a newer song again called “Warriors”. This was very impressive. Not necessarily because of the song but this song breaks the ice between audience and artists. Everyone at the seats, and I really mean everyone, stood up and celebrated this moment. The spirit became taller and taller. It’s up to the vocalist Jacoby Shaddix maybe. He motivated and encouraged likely the crowd to “enjoy this evening like an ice-cream in summer”. After few other powerful songs and all this excitement it was time, as always, for a chill song: Jerry Horton and Jacoby on stage only with an acoustic interpretation of “Scars”. After all, they end up, which surprise, with an extended version of “Last Resort”, what t a powerful ending of a scene. Papa Roach, old but gold, delight better than ever.
Then it was the time for the headliner of the concert. Five Finger Death Punch opened powerful and groovy with “Lift Me Up”. The circle pits began to rotate and people at the seats stood up again. Catchy riffs and straight songs are their recipe to delight the common run of the audience to jump and nod. Listen to the Song “Jekyll And Hyde” was a marvelous moment, because the bigger part auf the audience sang the chorus with the band together. That was impressive. Jeremy Spencer proceeded to show his skills in a drum solo while crowd encouraged. Later, Vocalist Ivan “Ghost” Moody spoke to the crowd noticed a kid making photos. He invited the kid and his father to enter the stage to experience the concert from the view of the band while they played “Burn MF”. Nice thing! And then, after such a powerful part of gig, acoustic music from tape could be heard. Is this the time for enchanting and lovely songs? Yes. Okay, that’s not my cup of beer, but they did it really well. “Wrong Side of Heaven” and “Battle Born” as acoustic versions were nice to listen to in these versions. After that and few chilly songs they end up with the song “Burn It Down” to take the curve. The audience screams for an encore, the audience got an encore: “Under and over it” and “The Bleeding” were played to withdraw the last energy of the people.
It was a nice evening in the Swiss Life Hall in Hanover. Devil You Know fired hardly up at the beginning, but play too short in my opinion, Papa Roach was an uncommon experience for everyone in the hall and Five Finger Death Punch presented a greater spectrum of metal music from the present time.