Review & Pictures by - RICO (OFFICER NICE)
Lay-Out by - STEFAN
Metal To Infinity
am already experienced when we talk about those mighty German festivals. Keep It
True, Headbangers Open Air, Swordbrothers! I’ve been there several times and
although the distance from my home is pretty far I am addicted to them, so
addicted that I don’t really mind driving all those kilometres. The really
cool ‘Eighties’ atmosphere, the international crowd, the opportunity to see
my favourite bands that will never visit Belgium again…. Fantastic!
organization of the Keep It True Festival seems to be very busy and during the
years also other festivals are organized. In the past there were two KIT’s a
year, since last year the METAL ASSAULT
festival saw the light of day. It’s another True Metal festival, a one day
Fest during winter. The ‘place to be’ is the Posthälle in Würzburg, a
middle great town in the centre of Germany.
Facebook we have organized some kind of a fanpage for Belgian en Dutch
Metalheads under the name of “Lowlands Metalheads”. It was started just for
the fun but meanwhile hundreds of Dutch speaking Metal fans joined this page.
When we noticed the bill of the second METAL
ASSAULT festival the idea grew to travel in group to Würzburg. The reasons
were obvious; SANCTUARY, HEIR APPARENT, HIRAX, SATAN...The chance to see those
bands in the lowlands are little, another good reason to travel 600
the idea became reality and one of the most respected Lowlanders organized this
trip and the result was a full bus of old and new generation Metal fans. We took
of in the early morning and a more than six hour during trip took us to the
Festival hall. Forty-two Metal heads from which some are good drinkers, are
always in for some fun… During the trip we witnessed some old school Slayer on
DVD (Heavy Sound festival 1985) and that was entertaining! Coffee for me, beer
for the rest, fun for everyone who was already awake!
have been in that venue before and I remember it was a very good place for Metal
concerts. As a matter of fact one of the earlier KIT Festivals took place in the
“Pösthalle”, in the centre of this town near the train station. Metal and
train stations, there has always been a connection! It’s rather strange to see
that much Metal heads in such an area after so many years, dressed like they
came out of some time machine dated somewhere in the midle of the Eighties.
Twenty five years ago this kind of visuals were common but nowadays? Leather
jackets, jeans with lots of patches, long hairs, basketball sport shoes… I
just love it, a nostalgic feeling is taking part of me but I realize ignorant
and probably innocent stand byers are watching them with scary eyes. They’re
sceptical, no doubts!
band of the day was ASGARD from
Italy. We just arrived in the hall when they took off! ASGARD
released a surprising album last years, one of the kind fans of the old AGENT
STEEL will like for sure, especially because of the vocals. That these guys are
fans of the old school Speed Metal scène was very obvious and so their singer
appears on stage with an old fashioned spandex pants with black and white
stripes. Remember them from the early Eighties? Well, it was fun to watch it but
it didn’t hold ASGARD to bring a
very good show. The venue was still pretty empty but as usual the Germans were
singing along like they were watching one or another classic mainstream band! ASGARD proved that they have a future in the True Metal scène but
at least I expected them to cover a track from AGENT STEEL, instead they gave us
an oldie from ANTHRAX. Metal Thrashing Mad gig!
in row was DARK FOREST, a traditional
Heavy Metal band I face for the very first time on stage. Germany is the ideal
country to witness bands like this, here they’re wanted and respected. DARK
FOREST did what they were expected to do and helped the audience in warming
up the hall.
wasn’t a familiar band to me but on the bus some friends told me this is a
very good new Thrash Metal band. On stage they played some old school Thrash
Metal that took the spectators by the throat at once. A three man band? Not
exactly because those high pitched screams are created by their front woman?
Although this is a young band they stood tall on stage and they were able to
please the crowd! Sharp dressed riffs, aggressive vocals with often high
screams, an energetic performance! The German crowd adores it, that’s for
sure! This is Swedish dynamite and their album “Extermination Has Begun”
must be worth checking it out.
is an US Metal band that addicts of the genre must known. I was curious about the
band, certainly after I heard their both efforts. Not exactly “in your face”
Metal but SINISTER REALM showed why Oliver and co brought them to this German
stage. A good performance with musician who really believe in what they’re
doing. No disappointments, a good gig.
know people who travelled to Wurzbürg to see RAM.
These Swedish lads just released a new album but I wasn’t fortuned to
already discover it. Nevertheless the band needs no introduction to me because
their brand is first class pure Heavy Metal. Long haired musicians, dressed in
leather, playing one after another sharp played Metal track. The band seemed to
be in a big shape and performed on a very energetic way! Pure class, pure Metal!
RAM will probably never break really through and that’s a pity
because this is the third time I witnessed how good this band really is.
is an obscure Doom/NWOBHM band that is worshipped by many fans you meet on this
kind of festivals. To be honest this kind of Metal isn’t exactly my English
cup of tea but I forced myself to watch their gig. It’s because of the music,
not because of the band’s performance I was bored by this gig. Fans called
their show fantastic, I suppose it was for them.
does it ring a bell? “In Search Of Sanity” does? Yes, the Onslaught album
that really didn’t fit the row but is a masterpiece ‘an sich’. I have
always been a big fan of this release and I remember seeing the band, on this
tour, many years ago. Steven Grimmett impressed me that particular day and I
have always been a fan of him ever since. Grim Reaper, his old NWOBHM band was
another classic band and so I was expecting a lot from THE
SANITY DAYS. They took off with the intro of the “In Search Of Sanity”
day to follow with the title track; fantastic! Furthermore songs like
“Shellshock” and the outstanding semi-ballad “Welcome To Dying” were
performed. “See You In Hell”, the mighty classic song set the place on fire
and THE SANITY DAYS ended their performance with their AC/DC cover
“Let There Be Rock”. Grimmett is still a fantastic singer but he should
consider the fact that a second guitar player could empower his new band! This
was a great gig, a band that I hope to see in the future again!
has released the best NWOBHM album ever! I’ve said it before and I will keep
on repeating it! This particular album was more influencing than you think or
what do you think those US Power Metal bands were looking at when they saw the
first rays of light? I was fortuned to see the band several times before and
they were one of the main reasons I travelled 600 kilometers. SATAN is a fantastic live band and they proved it once again. At the
last edition of the Keep It True Festival they played the entire “Court In The
Act” but they didn’t this time. Yet I was enjoying their classics from that
almost 30 years old album and Steve Ramsey is still an outstanding guitar
player. Brian Ross did what he is famous for; singing with a clear voice and
screaming high, the kind of screams I am getting goose bumps
from. This was a perfect performance and I was thrilled when the
organizer of the Metal Of Ages Festival promised us that the band will be
co-headliner at the next edition of this Belgian festival! We’ll be there
again to bow our heads deep to these Metal Gods!
years ago I saw HEIR APPARENT
of the editions of the Keep It True Festival. I remember they were outstanding.
Peter Orullian was their front man and he did a fantastic job. Later he joined
FIFTH ANGEL and believe me if I say he will blow you away on their new album!
Paul Davidson, the original singer, couldn’t make it to the METAL
ASSAULT II festival so the band was obliged to search for a late stand in.
It was their only choice or they were forced to cancel the tour. So, a man
called Jeff Carrel was found and the poor man needed to learn 15 songs on 5
days. An impossible job… This man has a
good voice but it didn’t fit at all with HEIR
APPARENT. The man doesn’t have the charisma you would expect from a front
man of these old aged Progressive Metal band. Although I adore this band, this
gig didn’t do anything to me. I was bored although musical wise the band
delivered us a perfect show! Jeff Carrel would fit in plenty of other bands…
but not HEIR APPARENT! The magic of songs like “The Candle”, “Tear Down
The Walls”, “Keeper Of The Reign”, “Dragons Lair” and “The Servant” vanished… A cover from BLACK SABBATH, “Heaven
And Hell” was
also foreseen but I can’t deny I was deeply disappointed.
Of course I respect the fact the band appeared anyway, of course Jeff
Carrel is a man with a good voice but this was only half of
HEIR APPARENT, a band that demands a first class vocalist!
remember when I heard
the very first time I was totally getting insane! This was the ultimate kind of
Heavy Metal; power, melody, superb guitars, outstanding songs and Godlike
vocals! The band only released two albums and I can’t say which one is better;
both are written in gold in the history book of Heavy Metal! The band never
played in Belgium and I remember their split-up really pissed me of so many
years ago. NEVERMORE came a few years later and I became again a fan although I
pity they hardly played SANCTUARY
tracks on stage. NEVERMORE is meanwhile also history and so Warrel Dane started
up his first band again. But is he able to reach those high notes again?
That’s the main question of all the fans and believe me there are lots of
them! Warrel Dan’s hairs aren’t that long anymore but I was thrilled the
band showed up to headline the METAL ASSAULT II festival. After a dark intro
these US Power Metal gods gave us the best songs of both albums. “Battle Angels”, “Termination force”, “Future
Tense”, “Long Since Dark”,
“The Mirror Black”, Hell yeah! The last song was “Taste Revenge” and it
set the place on fire! Was it a good show? Yes it was, although Warrel Dane
isn’t able to bring the songs like they used to sound. Nevertheless he did the
best that he can and it was no lie that the man was amused of his own Eighties
Metal show! SANCTUARY deserved to be the headliner of this festival and a new
album is coming, the only question is what label will offer them a contract. I
don’t really care because I’m still a fan!
so many editions of the Keep It True festival I was pleased that I could make it
to this METAL ASSAULT fest. Oliver
did again a fantastic job and I really mean it when I say this man deserves a
statue! The trip by bus was fun with ‘friends for life’! The trip back was
hard and longer than expected and I must have had some kind of nightmare about
seafood, mussels and some kind of pink holes… Strange but believe me it was
fun! We’ll be back next year!
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