For me it was the first time going to a concert instead of a festival. But hey, there’s a first time for everything right? My trip started out with missing my train, which forced me to take another train which made me into my old classmate. That shows that every bad thing, also has a good side. So, after my train trip to Antwerp, I took the tram to Trix. On the website itself it already says which tram or bus you have to take and at which stop you have to get off. I took the tram, got off at ‘Hof ter Lo’ and walked 2 minutes to Trix. There was already a waiting line in front of the door, which wasn’t really necessary because you could still get to the front easily if you came to the show later.
First was Civil War. Because I did an album review of their latest album ‘Gods and Generals’, I know what they sound like on CD but I was very curious to hear how they sound live. They didn’t disappoint me. They played some new songs like ‘Bay of Pigs’ and ‘Gods and Generals’. But also songs from earlier albums like ‘I Will Rule the Universe’ I noticed that their newest songs have less powerful riffs, compared to older songs. It was funny how lead singer Nils Patrik Johansson introduced the song. He first introduced the other band members and then he was like: ‘And I am Nils Patrik Johansson and I will rule the universe’.
Next up was Orden Ogan. I’ve had never heard of them so I was wondering what they would sound like. And I have to say, they got themselves a new fan. They had an awesome heavy metal sound and presence which encouraged the crowd to go all out. They played songs like ‘Fist Of Fate’ and ‘Cold Dead and Gone’. They practiced these songs with the crowd before they played it. Sometimes they were encouraging the crowd a bit too long, and when they noticed that, they made a joke out of it and got everybody ready for the next song. They also announced that they were going to be at the merchandise stand after the show. Well, not after their show, but after Powerwolfs show. And, not forget to mention, they made the whole crowd scream for The Wolf. Then, everybody waited patiently for Powerwolf.
Powerwolf took over the whole stage and the crowd. Civil War and Orden Ogan only used a part of the stage, Powerwolf used the whole stage. They started the show with ‘Blessed and Possessed’, the first song of their new album ‘Blessed and Possessed’. Click the link below if you want to see this awesome opening. Other hit songs like ‘Army of the night’, ‘We Drink Your Blood’, ‘Armata Strigoi’, and ‘Sanctified With Dynamite’ were part of this crowd overwhelming performance. Pianist Falk Maria Schlegel really got the crowd clapping and screaming along with the band. This ended up in a contest between singer Attila Dorn and pianist Falk Maria Schlegel. They divided the crowd in two parts, like Moses as Attila said, and were trying to get their part the loudest. For me, Falk definitely won. He had the craziest ways to get the crowed pumped. I’m not saying that Attila did a bad job, but Falk just overruled him.
Was it worth going to this concert?
Yes, it was worth going to it. I had an awesome time and met a lot of new people. It’s very different from a festival because it’s way smaller than I thought it would be. The crowd was loud, but didn’t really move. Like no mosh pits, circle pits or crowdsurfers. Well yeah, one crowdsurfer at the second song Civil War was playing. So she got lifted up by 2 people, crowdsurfed over 3 other people and landed on the other side. The bands made the crowd respond to their music very well so this proves mosh pits and stuff aren’t necessary to have a good time at a show. It can make it more fun though. One thing I have to mention is that the lights were not that good. The whole stage was basically red the whole time. I also have to say that the crewmembers were very fast in changing equipment from one band to the other. We didn’t have to wait long before the next band (about 20 minutes).
There was still a tram back to the train station, so I didn’t have to walk all the way over there. You do have to make sure that you have a place to stay or a car though, cause the next train only leaves around 5 in the morning. Even though I had a great time, and you could just walk to the members of Orden Ogan and Civil War cause they were having their signing session around the bar area, I still prefer bigger festivals. Concerts like this are the perfect way to survive the time between one festival summer and the other though.
Ordon Ogan – Fist of Faith:
Powerwolf – Blessed and Possessed: