very late night the night before, I woke up around elevenish and I
wasn't greeted with a pretty sight. Sleeping only a couple of feet away
in our tiny room to Mr Oakley who awoke around the same time as me.
Amazingly many Iron Maiden fans think he looks like Dave Murray which
boosts his ego very much, but believe me, after a night on the sauce, he
looks more like Eddie.
restaurant demolishing an English breakfast, many friends walked past
and smiled and reminded us of the things that happened the night before.
I wasn't full of much conversation at this early in the day but I could
raise a sniggering smile.
UK thrashers Beholder had the duty of firing the midday gun and
set the day off to a high standard. The giant haystack singer Simon Hall
cheekilly has a T-shirt with the slogan 'I beat anorexia', maybe I
should have one with 'I haven't got a hangover'.
the early start Beholder already have built themselves a big fanbase and
many were here having their first beer of the day. Glasses raised
stations at the ready and rising anew were Power Quest. A
new album 'Blood Alliance' - and a new singer in Sri Lankan born
Chity Somapala - has raised the stakes for Steve Williams' Quest for
haunting spooky intro that Rob Zombie would've approved off,
Anglo-Italian Deadly Circus Fire were the weirdest act of the
weekend. After a minute of being on stage Save Addario decided to smash
his guitar to pieces (He doesn't like sugar in his tea).
Ronnie James Dio singer Adam Last is the little man with the big voice.
Looking like 'The Joker' rejects , these guys in make-up mixed System of
The Down with the freaky progness of Primus. Take this band seriously,
they aren't clowning around.
Cthonic had a great stage prescence looking spookilly like something out
of a horror movie but had the sound of white noise like the piercing
ultrasonic sound of a cat scarer.
A band on
the up are Brighton bashers Furyon who sound a lot heavier live
than they do on disc. Furyon have an unbeatable metal edge to them and
cool looks that attracted the most ladies today, not surprising when the
next band is Scotland's own Attica Rage.
having a bit of nepotism behind them, there's no denying that Attica
Rage are becoming the darlings of Prestatyn.
the main stage at six pm the Rage put on a show to remember with flame
throwing girls and angle grinders who were firing out as many sparks as
slipped in their second Motorhead cover of the weekend, the self titled
'Motorhead', a song Lemmy orignally wrote for Hawkwind and hasn't
performed in years, so good to hear it done finely by Johnny Parr's
gang. A new album 'Road Dog' should propel them to the major league.
no rest for Olle Dahlstedt as he was due back on stage with the death
metallers Entombed who showcased why they are often refered to as
pioneers of the Scandinavian death metal scene. The bulk of their
set was from those early years and for those who love this stuff were
band of the weekend.
who most people were talking about as the must see band was Satyricon who
were treated with devil like status from some fans. Frontman Satyr had a
big devil's fork for a mic stand and there was enough strobe lights to
give someone a epileptic fit. The pentagrams still burns for the
Norwegians who had a fuel for hatred.
were the best band here last year, but had to rely on some help from
their allies to fulfill their set this year.
Robert Back took the drummer's stool from Daniel Mullback who was having
trouble with his knees (I wonder what they do on the Sabaton tour bus to
get knee trouble?) and Dragonforce's Frederic Leclercq was taking up six
strings helping out as Rikard changes the nappies at home.
are great fun and are a perfect festival band, Joakim Broden even
attempt's to get Hammerfest to do the Y.M.C.A (At least he didn't change
it to H.O.M.O like he did at Bang Your Head Festival in Germany last
year). Later whilst crouching down, the crotch on his combats splits and
he's left with a couple of dangling grenades.
arsenal of anthems like 'Cliffs Of Gallipoli', '40:1' and 'Primo
Victoria' there can only be one outcome and for me Sabaton won the
battle of the bands today.
hello darkness my old friend as Onslaught destroyed us with the
'Sounds Of Violence' with some brutal new material and another cover of
a Motorhead song tonight with their single of 'Bomber'. With so much
homage going on to Motorhead then surely that is the band to be
headlining HRH in December especially as they always tour the UK at that
time of year?
take me long to get on a equal footing with the party animals and
Viking Skull and Evile rapidly became a blur into the early
hours. Once again the Hammerfest became the Hammeredfest.
much depressing news in the world at the moment it was nice to get away
from the TV for a few days and have three fantastic days and listen to
great music, but more importantly to enjoy the great company of so many
wonderful people who make Hammerfest what it is.