- Sepultura, Crowbar, Hamlet & Armed For Apocalypse - - April 14th 2010 - Bochum (D), Matrix -
Another 4-band package is touring Europe, and a quite mixed one. California-based Armed For Apocalypse were chosen to open the night, followed by the Spanish band Hamlet and American heavyweights Crowbar and Brazilian groove metalheads Sepultura. Armed For Apocalypse are from Chico, California and entered the stage at 7:30 PM, so the quartet was already on stage when I finally arrived. I haven't come across the Californians before and their music wasn't easily accessible. Later I learned that they kicked off with Fists Of God, a song based on a heavy groove. Bassist Corey Vaspra and drummer Nick Harris forced them ahead while guitarists Cayle Hunter and Kirk Williams added the heavy riffs. Williams adds scream and shouts. "e;We are Armed For Apocalypse from California, this is our first tour in Europe and the 2nd day in Germany."e; told Williams the people and continued "e;Today is a special day, it's Kirk Windstein's birthday!"e; And to honor Mr. Crowbar they played a Down cover - Temptations Wings. And during the song Kirk Windstein entered the stage and took over Hunter's microphone! An honor for the Californian youngsters! When Windstein left the stage Kirk Williams' asked the people to sing happy birthday for Kirk Windstein and quite a few joined in. With We Fell From The Bottom and The Demon Who Takes Trophies Of Men they closed their set. Technically they did very well and their songs offer some variety, but it's tough to get into them live, if you don't know the songs. You can check out some songs of their debut album Defeat at the band's MySpace.
After a short change over it was time for the Spanish groove metalheads Hamlet. Their new album La Puta Y El Diablo is their 9th studio album and was released via Roadrunner a bit earlier this year. As the Madrileños just had a limited stage time and so concentrated on songs from La Puta Y El Diablo, opening up with Revolución. Their groove metal has more melodies to offer then Armed For Apocalypse's sludge metal and so made it easier for the people to get into it. Singer Molly was always in action, running from one side to the other and dancing. The band put on a good show and it's obvious that they play quite a few shows in their 23-year long career. Five of the six songs they played were off their latest album, but with Creerse Dios they traveled back in time to 1996's Revolución 12.111. The last song Siete Historias Diferentes was dedicated to Kirk Windstein. And then they left, change over next. The band kinda divided the fans, it looks like the Crowbar fans weren't too fond of Hamlet while the Sepultura heads liked them a lot...
Anyway, time for a musical heavy weight - Crowbar! First mastermind Kirk Windstein appeared on stage for a line check, the others followed him a little later and as soon as Mr. Crowbar was satisfied with the sound they kicked off with All I Had. The heavy riffs were creeping along like lava... Slowly, but deadly. After I Am Forever Kirk Windstein addressed the fans "e;Good to be back!"e; and they headed into the next song. Last year Crowbar celebrated their 20th anniversary, but not as many other with re-releases or special editions, Crowbar were touring and touring and touring. Their last album Lifesblood For The Downtrodden was released in 2005 and so the fans were familiar with every single song they played. Quite a few just came to see Crowbar and with songs like Lasting Dose, New Dawn and the closer Self-Inflicted they gave the people what they want. "e;Thank you for making it a fucking great birthday for me!"e; Windstein thanked his fans. But the Crowbar heads wanted more, more Crowbar songs. But the band didn't return after Self-Inflicted, guess Kirk Windstein wanted to celebrate his 45th birthday with a few drinks...
Obviously quite a few fans just came to see Crowbar and left before Sepultura entered the stage, but there for some fans of the Brazilians who spend time at the bar now gathered in front of the stage. When the first notes of the intro A-Lex I came out of the speakers the fans loudly welcomed guitarist Andreas Kisser and his mates when they headed into Moloko. And with Arise hell broke loose! Frontman Derrick Green was delivering a great show and encouraged the fans go crazy. For Refuse / Resist Derrick got some tom set up in front of Jean Dolabella's drum kit and joined in. No surprise that a huge moshpit opened up. It was obvious that the guys enjoyed being on stage and so they stormed through their set which included quite a few tunes off A-Lex, but also a lot classics like Troops Of Doom, Territory and Sepulnation. The fans were happy to hear so many old tunes and the house was on fire. The regular set was closed with Motörhead's Orgasmatron, usually a great experience, tonight it was even more impressing as Crowbar joined in. Check out this video!
The foursome returned and played a songs from A-Lex - Conform - and as a final strike Roots Bloody Roots! Sepultura thrashed the place!
Band and fans left exhausted. Once again Sepultura showed that they are one of the hottest groove metal bands!