FESTIVAL REVIEW: ROCKHARZ OPEN AIR – Day 2 (Friday)
Day 2 started off with a very amusing performance of the Swedish power metal band Twilight Force. Too bad for them, they had many accidents at the show. Guitar strings exploded while a solo was being played and a moment later a guitar amplifier broke. But they mastered it with boldness. The broken things were repaired very fast and the frontman sang the guitar solos. I saw many beaming faces in the crowd. Thumbs up! Kampfar followed with their black metal stuff. They played a set list full of classic, good songs and a few newer ones. The choreography was surprisingly fine and the frontman motivated the crowd to headbang. The crowd followed his command.
After that, it was time for groovy rock’n’roll with Nitrogods. Oh boy, sunshine, beer and rock’n’roll with these awesome guys was great! The highlight of the show was the free jam by the guitarist and the drummer with a beer bottle in his hand. Beer bottle? Yes, he made the rhythm for the jam with a drum stick and a beer bottle in either hand. Great idea and the people had fun while watching them. After a short break, the celtic/black metal outfit Primordial appeared on stage. Simply, they were awesome in every sense. The frontman had his crazy outfit on and a mad mood while they played a mix of fine new tracks and well-known older tracks. The people clustered in front of the stage and went crazy without any coaxing.
Satyricon came next, and this show was very impressive and all of the people agreed with that, as it seemed. I don’t know why, but the sunshine in the background was kind of appropriate for the show. The lights and the set list were very suitable and this made for a very awesome show! Last but not least, Fleshgod Apocalypse came on. We could hear the intro and everything was really epic. The guitars and drums began to play and… nothing. The sound suddenly felt really powerless. The people around me had pulsating necks, ready to headbang, but were was the kick?
This was the first time the sound was bad at this festival and my head was bleeding that Fleshgod Apocalypse were the victims. Yes, it’s difficult to mix them, but this? After one or two songs the sound was filled with more power as before and we could begin to headbang. The guys on stage did a great job and after the concert everyone was happy again. What a powerful day full of awesome bands!