Two years after their first show
here ICED EARTH will demonstrate again their achievements. The tickets for the
concert are completely sold out and the fans that came hopeful to buy a ticket
at the place are disappointed. Mr. Schaffer declared before the show that the
support bands are chosen by him. Many people are interested in ELM STREET and
WARBRINGER so the expectations are for a strong metal party.
The beginning of the concert was
announced for 8 pm. The Australian ELM STREET came out on the stage at 7.30 pm
and a part of the crowd missed them because the fans were still at the doors.
This was not an obstacle for the boys to present their energetic music in the
right way. Inspired by the classic names in the heavy metal they emphasize on
the riffs. This combines their melodies with thrash metal sound that obviously
conquer the audience. The crowd liked the 30 minutes long setlist of ELM STREET.
The band showed that its new contract with Massacre Records has stimulated it in
creative direction. Besides their hits from the debut „Barbed Wire Metal“
(2011), we had the opportunity to listen to three new songs. The atmosphere at
the club was already electrified!
02. Barbed Wirе Metal
03. Merciless Soldier
04. Heavy Mental
05. Elm St`s Children
06. Face the Reaper
Despite the titanic headliner I
personally know a dozen of metalheads that was here especially for WARBRINGER.
Although being a young band they already have four full-length albums in their
discography! 10 minutes after 8 pm the Californian thrashers blew the stage.
Their precise and strong riffs were louder than the expressive energy and the
band’s live performance turned into a powerful benefit. The mosh-pitt in front
of the stage is a reflection of the energetic movement on the stage. The crowd
was shouting „Living Weapon“ and as a reward receives the track with this title.
The wet hairs of John Kevill speak enough for the expression of WARBRINGER.
“I want to see a mosh-pitt in a
Bulgarian style!”, as if someone screams from the T-Shirt of John... It is
getting really hot! We escort the band applauding its name, and the boys leave
the stage with a smile on their faces.
02. Iron City
03. Severed Reality
04. Living Weapon
05. Demonic Ecstаsy
06. Total War
07. Living In A Whirlwind
08. Tower Of The Sеrpent
The stage is being prepared for
ICED EARTH. This allows us to visit the place determined for the rich
merchandise and to have a drink.
The boys from the support bands are
already amongst the crowd, when in 9.30 pm the lights go down.
An introduction leads us to the
newest of the creative works of ICED EARTH. Their strong new album “Plagues of
Babylon” predisposes great expectations for its performance. Returning to the
oldest songs of the band Stu Block is not so convincing as we expected. But the
powerful presence of the whole band involves us in a magic adventure. With no
complex orchestrations and audio wastefulness as it was in other their
performances ICED EARTH succeed to present their wealthy music in an unique way.
I have a special interest in their sound engineering and illuminating crew
because of my expectations – these gentlemen in disguise with long hairs waving
in a traitorous manner are not bored at all behind the technique… The setlist of
ICED EARTH speaks enough but I feel a little bit loss in comparison to their
Around 10.40 pm we need to burst
out in a powerful screaming „Iced Earth! Iced Earth!”. The fulfilling of our
desire comes immediately. Jon Schaffer, seemingly with no reason promises to us
a better concert the next time!?! It seems that the minus temperatures at the
region lasting from a week ago reflected over the whole crew. The cult „Watching
Over Me“ and the emblematic „Iced Earth“ are a high level for the current
condition of Stu. Despite this we are going wild as it is the last time we can
do it. The band makes a bow and sunk into the dense fume of the wild smoke
machines… A bit after 11 pm from the sound desk drift away the studio classic
songs of ICED EARTH…
01. Plagues of
03. Dark Saga
05. If I Сould See You
06. Disciples of the Liе
07. Among the Living Dead
08. Burning Times
09. Blessed Are You
10. Vengeance is Mine
12. My Own Savior
13. A Question of Heaven
15. Watching Over Me
16. Iced Earth
Live Report by Rock Thrashler