FESTIVAL REVIEW: ROCKHARZ OPEN AIR 2018 Live at Ballenstedt, Germany – Day 3 (Friday)
A new day began, the sun was shining and it was time for a fine rock band from Denmark. I listened to I’ll be Damned before the festival, and I was quite impressed. The show then was even better! It was heavy, groovy and kind of crazy. Anyone, who likes good rock music should give them a try! I liked it!
I had never seen a horror punk concert and later on it was time for my personal premiere. The band I saw was The Other. I never listened to horror punk, but I must say the guys were quite cool on stage. The crowd loved it!
Later on, the progressive metallers of Evergrey went on stage. This band has a long history and a wide spectrum of songs, and they presented it of course. The mood from the beginning was very nice: Sun was shining again, the people were relaxed, the drinks were cold and the music was wonderful. 15 years old songs as like as some songs of their newest record made a fine mixture and was very well-received by the audience. People were singing with mastermind Tom Englund while the crystal-clear sound rushed through the visitors in front of the stage. The whole package stage, the landscape in the background and the minimalistic, but good, light show created a great picture. This show was a true experience. Thank you for that, and I am hoping you will come back soon to Germany!
After grabbing a beer, it was time for some Finnish folk music mixed with Black Metal. Finntroll entered the stage with their long ears and a bunch full of crazy music. The mood was awesome from the first minute. The guys on stage celebrated their show and the people around joined in. I must laugh when I saw surprising many people singing the lyrics of front troll Mathias “Vreth” Lillmåns. I am not sure if there were this many Finnish people at the infield, but I guess this did not matter at this moment. Typical party tracks of Finntroll like “Trollhammaren” or “Under bergets rot” made the audience insane and a funny mood was in the air. Like always, it was a pleasure and big fun to see them live on stage!
The cheerfulness continued with Alestorm. I was a bit confused because I had never seen them live on stage without their pirate style. The backdrop contained a different logo — as I expected — with ducks in bananas. Additionally, there stood a really, big rubber duck in the stage and the musicians wore some mad cloths. This was my first time seeing them in such a shape, but that was in some kind quite cool. Okay, back to music: From the first minute, the infield mutated to a partyfield. Maybe the crowd were motivated by the rubber duck to flow through the crowd, because the amount of crowdsurfers was higher than never that days, I guess, and the mood was quite special. I guess many people waited for this act and the field was full-filled accordingly. The selection of songs, the sound as like as performance on stage made a fine package worth to visit.
Yes I know, I said my sentence about power metal often, but the festival matched my music tase due to power metal quite well. Okay, then it was time for my last power metal band of the festival. Hammerfall got ready to play their show in front of a very big crowd. “Hector’s Hymn” pulled everyone in the mighty Hammerfall spirit. The powerful but clear sound made it possible to hear every detail in their songs. I had never heard them with such a sound ever, nice! The whole performance was very cool and everyone on or in front of the stage enjoyed the moment. Songs like “Last Man Standing” or “Hearts of Fire” made everyone in the full-filled infield sing and dance. Very cool show!
Ensiferum was my last act of the day. Their flight was delayed and that’s why Ensiferum played late in the night instead of playing at the headliner slot. But hey, better than never! I was surprised about the mass of people wearing Ensiferum shirts — maybe every third person. So, it seemed that the band was a good decision for the festival rather the visitors. Although it was far late in the night, the infield was fuller than ever that day and the musicians gave one hundred percent. They focused on their newest record ‘Two Paths’ larded by some older tracks. It was a very cool show and the people had big fun see them live, but the sound was muddy, too bad. The show was quiet, too. Yes, they played at night, but this disturbed the atmosphere a bit. Nevertheless, it was a good performance for the whole show and the track “Iron” at the end was a worthy end to the festival day.
Rockharz at the third day was awesome, again. The bands, the people, the mood, was always fine. One bad thing was the sound at the end of the day only, but that was not a catastrophe, because it was fine the whole day. It seemed that all visitors had a good time at the festival the third day in a row. At least I had much fun that day. So, I went back to the camping site to get some sleep for the next and last day of the Rockharz festival.