Hammerfall, Krokus & The Poodles
January 18th 2007
concert was the opening of a European tour with the three
bands, and naturally there were some twists and quirks which
will probably be fixed before the tour ends. For instance,
it took way too long for Hammerfall to get on the stage
after Krokus had finished their act.
was generally in a good partying mood, and both support
bands were very well received (although there was actually a
round of applause when the Krokus stage banner was taken
As it happened,
the concert was set up the night before the new Swedish band The
Poodles’ CD was released in Europe, and so there were a lot of
people in the audience who did not know them. Luckily for The
Poodles, about 1/3 of the audience was also from Sweden, so they
did get a fair bit of support from their fellow countrymen.
Their debut album was released in Sweden and Finland in May last
In my opinion,
The Poodles’ act was actually the best of the three bands. The
only reason that I can’t give them a higher score than
Hammerfall is that, being the first of the support bands, they
only played for about 30 minutes. They were tight and
professional, and their rather easily accessible hard rock was
served with vitality and vigor. I’m guessing that by the end of
the tour – when the CD has been in stores for a few weeks, it
will be Krokus who goes on stage first.
If there are
any hardcore Krokus fans who read this, please bear with me if I
seem a little ignorant in the following. I must admit that
before this gig, I hadn’t heard any Krokus material at all.
pleasantly surprised to see this classic hard rock band give a
show that indeed oozed with professionalism and experience. The
Swiss band celebrated its 30th anniversary last year,
and they have released 15 studio albums, so course they knew
what they were doing.
me was how much they (in my opinion) sounded like AC/DC. A
really nice [real, not just ‘oldschool’] old rock ‘n’ roll treat.
To me, lead singer Marc Storace sounds exactly like Bon Scott.
released a new album “Hellraiser” in September last year. To be
honest, I don’t know the setlist, but the last song was
definitely from that album (I guess it was “Rocks Off”), a very
good song indeed.
After a very
long wait, it was finally time for the headliners. Hammerfall
went on the stage as such, with an impressive array of bass
drums, one with each letter of the band name on it.
Embarrassingly, during one of the opening songs “Riders of the
Storm”, it turns out that the solo guitar is not in tune at
The guitar was
quickly replaced after the song, and Hammerfall could continue
their act without further mishaps.
concert would have been a great triumph for Hammerfall, had it
not been because they obviously wanted to test their stadium PA
inside the confinements of Store Vega, which can only
accommodate 1500 guests at most. It all came out too loud and
too distorted to really enjoy. I guess I will have to get used
to being referred to as “old” from now on, but the sound
As said in the
beginning, it was all in all a decent concert with decent bands.
Hammerfall did perform well, with the sound problems as their