FESTIVAL REVIEW: WACKEN OPEN AIR 2017 at Schleswig-Holstein, Germany – Day 3 (Saturday)
The last and final day of Wacken Open Air 2017 was quite an experience. There were so many big and popular bands playing on the same day, and so many different genres to choose from. On the Faster and the Harder stage, it was a treat for fans because there were back-to-back bands playing. The very first band I saw was Possessed. The Death Metal giants didn’t disappoint at all; they played an energetic set with some of their peculiar hits from ‘Seven Churches’. This was a total treat for all European Death Metal fans.
Next in line were Max and Igor Cavalera playing the entire ‘Roots’ album by Sepultura. The album was a benchmark for the 90s metal sound which was coming out at that time. The crowd was so excited to sing along to the tunes of one of the most cherished and commercial metal albums of all time. Song like “Roots Bloody Roots”, “Attitude”, “Cut-Throat, “Spit” and the likes were played. But the best part of their set was that as soon as their last song “Dictatorshit” was done, Max confirmed that they still had some more time to play.
In no time, the crowd knew that they were in for a treat. The band belted out timeless classic tracks of Sepultura such as “Beneath the Remains, “Inner Self”, “Desperate Cry”, and the last but not the least, a cover of Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades”. The crowd couldn’t stop admiring the band. Tony Campos seemed like he was enjoying the crowd as much as Max was instigating them to “jump the fuck up.”
After their set, there was the Power Metal band called Powerwolf. Already, there were so many people gathering for them. They too played a set filled with songs which had singalong anthems for choruses. It was fun to watch a Power Metal band so tight, even though I don’t prefer the genre that much.
One of the main highlights of the show was the headlining act Kreator. I was quite anticipating what would their set list be like. Because after a discography which comprising so many albums, you many never know what to expect from them. The rains started as soon as they came on stage, but that didn’t stop the proceedings.
I think Kreator in my opinion was one of the best acts of the whole festival. They played quite some songs ranging from all their albums, right from ‘Pleasure to Kill’ to the very recent ‘Gods of Violence’. They played all my favourite songs, which included “Hordes of Chaos”, “Violent Revolution”, “Enemy of God”, “Gods of Violence”, and “Satan is Real”. Kreator are one of the best bands out there, and one of the right choices for ending such a fun festival.
All in all, Wacken Open Air was a fun-filled festival with people from all across the world connecting through Rock and Metal music. Here’s to next year’s edition; it can’t come soon enough!
Also check out our photos of the day here!