GIG REVIEW: Sabaton, Accept & Twilight Force Live at König Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, DE
When merciless Heavy Metal joins one liter of beer it can only mean that Sabaton are touring Germany. On their European tour The Last Tour, Sabaton is travelling together with the Swedish band Twilight Force and old school Accept. Those three bring a rather interesting combination of Heavy Metal and Power Metal to Germany.
Dead on seven o`clock, the cold evening in Oberhausen started with Twilight Force who immediately ensured a good atmosphere. The six fictive characters teamed up in 2011 under front man Chrileon and introduced their newest album Heroes of Mighty Magic to the German crowd.Even though the set list had to be hold short, they kicked off the concert with intense and fast metal cores, thus proved to be absolutely worth of touring with experienced Accept and Sabaton.
Almost sold out, the König-Pilsener- Arena transformed to a melting pot of intense Metal that boosted after German band Accept took the stage. Right off the bat, they ripped into one head-banging tune after another. Having played songs like Stalingrad and Teutonic Terror with almost surgical accuracy, they got the crowd screaming. Thus, the set list was diverse while always including a vast pace, just as you would want Heavy Metal to be.
The arena erupted when lights went out on 9.30pm and Sabaton crashed the stage with an immediate kick-off of Ghost Division. The band played an enjoyable mix of classics like Swedish Pagans or Carolus Rex as well as tracks from the new album The last stand. As always when touring Germany, fans demanded front man Joakim Brodén to “drink another beer”. Instead of shouting “Sabaton, Sabaton”, in Germany they say “Another beer, another beer”. Joakim, funny and charming as he is, drank more than one liter of beer and fought a duel with new lead guitar man Tommy Johansson. For him, it is the first tour with epic Sabaton. Next to an entertaining band crew, a hot fire show and intense metal cores, the Swedish band also knows how to play a good Acoustic. With the song the final solution, they brought an almost soft and melancholic vibe into the crowd and there was an almost emotional moment when the band expressed their love and value to the German fan community. Sabaton put all their energy and effort into the whole performance and the crowd cherished every single song. After two bonus songs, Sabaton left the stage under immense cheering and applause.
The Last Tour was for sure a great way to kick off the concert season of 2017. With several thousand people watching, all three bands proved to be able to send the crowd into a state of ecstasy, not only by playing extraordinarily impressive metal cores but also by interacting with their fans on a heart-warming level.