the outset, a gig on a Wednesday evening doesn’t sound promising –
not in front of a Danish crowd, anyway. Mid-week events oftentimes
tend to enjoy a somewhat timid reception and therefore I fear that
I’ll regret that I’ve driven the 325 kilometres to Copenhagen in
spite of a sore throat and an employer who’s expecting me to be
behind my desk the next morning. Luckily, my initial fears are put to
shame this time.
support band Caliban’s homepage informs me that they are “already
seen as veterans of the European metal-core scene” despite their
young age. I beg to differ. At first, I’m mildly impressed by their
energy and convincing display of jump-friendly metal-core, but when
they’ve played the same song six times, I’m starting to get bored.
If you insist doing stuff others have done better before, at least try
to vary the songs throughout the set.
entirely unfamiliar with God Forbid and, frankly speaking, it’s not
entirely my cup of tea. Admittedly, this US five piece is more
accomplished and complicated than Caliban’s recipe metal, and at
times I think that if I’d known this beforehand, I would really have
enjoyed moments of their thrash-come-hardcore metal.
a short break, a grandiose classical intro announces that it’s
Machine Head time. The thing with Machine Head and me is that I
don’t think they ever made the perfect album - the closest shot
probably being the debut “Burn My Eyes” from 1994, with
contenders “The Burning Red” and latest effort “Through
the Ashes of Empires”. However, they have created a string of
fantastic songs that will go down in the annals of metal history as
some of the greatest and for that they deserve respect.
as you would expect, the live situation is where these great songs can
be aired, and they are. “Imperium”, the opener from “TtAoE”
begins the cannonade from Mr’s Flynn, Duce, Demmel and McClain. As
mentioned at the beginning of this review, my fears of a timid
Wednesday evening crowd are put to shame as the near-sold out
Pumpehuset launches into a fabulous mosh, singing and shouting
throughout the set, only interrupted by a not-so-great mid-set ballad
whose title slips my mind.
and “Davidian” are hailed like dear old friends by the crowd, and
the biggest mosh pit I’ve seen in a while is created. “The Blood,
The Sweat, The Tears” hammers through as does “Ten Ton Hammer”
and “Take My Scars”.
Head’s ballads are fine on the albums, but live the band is just not
up to it, and therefore I personally would have swapped “Descend The
Shades Of Night” with two up-tempo songs, but, hey, this is still
Machine Head’s night.
very pleased with the crowd’s reaction throughout, Rob Flynn and his
crew decide to put in an extra set of encores. This spontaneous extra
set turns out to consist of ultra-cool cover versions of “Territory” by Sepultura and Pantera’s “Walk” and "A New Level".