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Wacken Open Air 2007: how to festivals in Europe (continued)

August 17 2007

Wacken Open Air 2007: how to festivals in Europe

Photos: Wacken Open Air 2007

The second day of the festival was the most intense and diverse in terms of speakers groups. First on the True Metal Stage had to leave the Finns Amorphis. By the performance of this cult Doom-metal team in the front ranks broke a small Russian Diaspora: Three beautiful girls from St. Petersburg with Russian flag and a few Russians living in Germany.

But suddenly, the festival started the fire. Laid on the hay field, inexplicably caught fire. Within minutes, the audience drove to the Black Stage, where almost without a hitch started playing Napalm Death. The Americans promptly brought the crowd and started a global Crowd-surfing (dozens of young men and women on the arms floated to the stage).

A little later, after not too successful performance carried Amorphis, appeared on the stage Therion. Popular in Russia symphonic metal band played at Wacken simply divine. Unlike the Moscow concert, the musicians showed a real show. Then you fire, and the lattice with the prisoners, and costumes vocalist and singers.

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Go to lunch, I went back to the statement Grave Digger. I'm not a fan of the popular German heavy-metal formation, and therefore filmed its legitimate three songs, I went to the press center to charge the battery. There, the journalists it was officially announced on the speech in 2008 at the festival all-star project Avantasia and heavy metal legends Iron Maiden.

At half-past six in the evening on the stage rose Turbonegro. These Norwegian glam-rockers have been as usual inimitable and extravagant. What's even worth painty vocalist with decaying pants and belly of epic proportions. The other musicians looked like the bar "Blue Oyster".

Following them on a small stage played JBO This band played many cover songs and in general, as we learned with a colleague from a competing publication, it was a German version of "Boni-it" with Cyril Nemolyaeva.

At eight o'clock in the evening appeared on the scene Lacuna Coil. The Italians were more interesting to me other groups - I have not seen them. Cristina Scab all as pretty as a decade ago, and live singing is no worse than on the recordings. In addition to such hits as «Swamped» and «Our Truth», the group sang a cover of Enjoy the Silence (Depeche Mode).

The first night was headlined Blind Guardian, popular in Germany as "Aria" in Russia, melodic hard-n-heavy. The Group has many times been in Moscow, and their hits setlist from concert to concert, almost unchanged: War of Wrath, Born in a Mourning Hall, Nightfall, Fly, Valhalla, The Bard's Song, Bright Eyes, Imaginations From The Other Side, Lord of the Rings, Mirror Mirror, and other well-known to every lover of heavy tracks.

At 11 pm, in complete darkness appeared on the stage "Norwegian nails" program - Dimmu Borgir. Impenetrable, even for powerful flares smoke, the sea of explosions and fires. Shagrath gave a memorable performance.Meanwhile, on a small stage in full play folkoviki of Schandmaul. This group to me was more interesting than Norwegian black metal, so most of the time I protorchal on Party Stage.

Under the merry motifs such compositions as Willst Du, Sonnenstrahl, Vogelfrei and, of course, Walpurgisnacht, Thomas, Birgit and Anna wound up thousands of spectators who came to jump and dance dance.

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Closed the second day of the musicians from Iced Earth and Die Apocalyptischen Reiter.

The first half of the third day, I charged the batteries and gather things for departure home. Therefore photohunting I started with the speech already I have seen at this year's Tuska Open Air Portuguese from Moonspell. Speech Fernando almost exactly the same as the Finnish concert: songs, clothes, and even action with a microphone stand.

All of the above applies to the subsequent performance of the Finnish Stratovarius.

Pathetic and entertaining was the performance of Rage with the orchestra, meat, curses, and dozens of deafening explosions of Destruction. Then there was the Immortal, who played with the thunder The Sun No Longer Rises, Tyrants, Sons Of Northern Darkness, Battles In The North, One By One, Blashyrkh, At The Heart of Winter and Mountains of Might. Then, In Flames, Stormwarior, Cannibal Corpse.

The story goes on for very long. Haggard and Subway to Sally closed the last day of Wacken. And if the latter, I saw a year ago, symphonic metal, never stopped by to Russia, I was obliged to look at. Haggard played the Party Stage, but willing to listen to them was no less than the parallel minced "Kanibalov. My speech they have completed Awaking the Centuries. The band left the stage, and fans continued to call their pets for an encore, but alas, they never came out.

Fire show Subway to Sally, I, like a year ago, before the end did not finish. Their performance ended at three o'clock in the morning. So, before meeting Sept. 15 at "point" in their recital!

Alex Vitvitskiy supported


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