Joakim Johnn is the initiator of Helltown Outdoors, which took place in Helsingborg/Grytan on 21 July this passed summer. Local metal bands performed this wonderful and tropically heated day and evening. metalsouth was there!! Now Helltown Indoors moves Indoors to the Tivoli in Helsingborg. Tomorrow at 17.30 the gates open and the bands Humanity’s Last Breath, Kill the Kong, Ghost Iris, Chine and the metalsouth favorite Darkane will perform. Just be there, folks! But what happened to the base player in Mörbultad at Helltown Outdoors??…more to come at metalsouth.
As very often these days my thoughts go to my teenage boy’s room during the 1970’s with the small collection of LP’s and EP’s. BUT, it was only on its initital stage to be built up to a pretty substantial collection. LP albums at that time purchased at ca. 70 SEK (7EUR). Today, 40 years later, I can buy a used CD at the store of http://www.roadhouze.records for 79 SEK (8 EUR). I can also download a new album from Itunes for ca. 90 SEK (9EUR). Can anyone complain over prizes on good music today and can anyone refuse to pay for it??
I got nostalgic this evening I just picked out one of my of my absolute favourites from the Danish rockband Gasolin (1969-1978). I came in late in their career with the live album ‘Sådan’ (CBS Inc. 1976). It had a huge effect on me (just listen to songs like Good Time Charlie, Splittergal/totally crazy, Kvinde min/my woman and Hva’ gör vi nu, little du?/what do we do now you, little you (excuse the fantastic translations from Danish to Swedish and over to English!
Kim Larsen (song and rythm guitar), Franz Bekerlee (guitar and song), Wili Jönsson: Bass guitar, piano and song) and Sören ‘Charlie’ Berlev (drums) were my heroes. I even went to see them live in Malmö Folkets Park (the People’s Park) in August 1978, which was their last live performance. I can only regret that I came so late into their career, but what can you say…a bit poor planning of my parents, or was it planning???
I would hereby like to challenge all to take the same ride and listen to the album and proposed song. I would also like to challenge the members in all metalsouth mentioned bands…Soilwork, Darkane, Black Temple, Mörbultad, Riot Horse, Kayser, Free Fall, The Night Flight Orchestra and many more that you haven’t been inspired by these 4 fantastic Danes when it comes to the styles you have developed, which have contributed to where you are today. Challenge accepted??
These guys from Christianhavn in Copenhagen, Denmark, are metalsouth in real and pure origininality and quality! I found that out his evening!! I’m happy for this trip on a Wednesday evening…and an evening before a public holiday of tomorrow… Ascencion Day.!!
Philip H. Anselmo – Darkane – Mörbultad – made me want to go to Malmö more than anything this evening…and to be honest Darkane can make me go far. It was close that I booked a ticket to London when they toured together with Soilwork early this Spring. Mörbultad are three guys from Helsingborg, who have a reputation of being rough and Philip H. Anselmo, of course, we know…the former Pantera singer. I had in mind to stay for Darkane and then leave for home. I stayed for a completely unforgettable evening. My good friend asked me to stay on for Philip H. Anselmo. This recommendation led to the purchase of all Pantera records and hardly Soilwork can now compete when it comes to my best gym music…only temporary!!?? I can only hope that the pictures can give some idea of a fantastic musical experience… here on this blog without one note being played.
Please, take the chance firstly to buy records CD’s and LP’s or if you live in a minimalistic home atmosphere and do not have the space to keep records in bookshelves stream and pay for the fantastic songs to give the artist financial possibilities to create more for us who are dependent on this to survive!!
Mörbultad – looking forward to seeing you again tomorrow at the Tivoli in Helsingborg. How did you manage to get Philp H. to put your band t-shirt on! Impressive work!
Darkane – forever favorites. One of the best in its genre.
Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals – why weren’t more people there? A ticket for a gig like this ca. SEK 300 (EUR 28). With a couple of beers or two an evening can end up at SEK 500 (46 EUR). I cannot see where you can better value for money. It is at the time a fantastic capre diem moment and it becomes a memory for life.
Well, it’s not so well in advance, but tomorrow October 11, Soilwork returns to their roots after world touring. At numerous times we have asked for this here in the metalsouth region. Please, come back here and play. Supporting acts are all Helsingborg related, but, of course, we look forward to one day having Soilwork and Darkane concerting together. Why not at the Glumslövs IP (soccer field) and we can really talk about homecoming. Soilwork and Darkane, you are hereby challenged to do this and it’s pretty easy to here make a comment and ask for help. From this blogger you are guaranteed energy of the same level you show on stage.
Check the link out for tickets and more information. Come on…again…the SEK 500 budget for the best evening of your life!!
metalsouth more or less raises from the dead…
Due to a job change my mind has been occupied with getting the new stuff in and getting the old out!! Now when debits and credits have balanced finally and vacation time has arrived more great opportunities to catch up on several events during the Spring and Summer season are given.
Please, be ready for a season resume with great pictures and some real metalsouth impressions.
…among others, the clinically well performing Joe Bonamassa at the Sweden Rock Festival, Norje, Blekinge. The best performance of the festival?? This is the opinion of many!
…Darkane as support together with Mörbultad (‘Battered’, Helsingborg hard core) to Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals at KB in Malmö. ENERGYYYY!!!
…or Kayser as support to Outtrigger at Tivoli in Helsingborg earlier this Spring, which became a pretty peculiar situation, when the expected headline act all of a sudden became the support… Experience over youth?? Both give their best and the headline band was worth waiting and taking another final beer for!!
Since metalsouth is now up again, although stumbling…there will be more soon…
(Ref.: Some very inspirational lyrics in Soilwork’s song The Windswept Mercy in the double CD The Living Infinite, Nuclear Blast, 2013, for the title of this post and to just get going, get my act together and think about what’s important in life)
We have greeted Andreas Sydow of Riot Horse a few times at this blog when he has performed the great song Chaos vs. Order together with Darkane invited as a former singer. To see him perform on March 29 on the Tivoli’s big stage on the Festival’s last night was a great experience. Also a little surprising since it was our first encounter with this classic heavy rock band with obvious blues influences. They create the kind of happy southern American atmosphere as bands like Black Stone Cherry. Sorry, for again making a comparison, but we mean here a very beneficial one!! How many great bands do we have in this town and in this region?? It’s unbelievable and I wonder which other town in Sweden of our size ca. 130.000 can compete with us!! We’re happy to live here for many reasons, but the hard rock-and heavy metal supply here is super great!!
We will get even more acquainted with Riot Horse at their new album’s release party at the Metal Bar at Tivoli on May 31. Let’s be there and hear much more of this hard freaking southern American influenced hard rock!!
Great many apologies from metalsouth on not actively promoting the fantastic tour these two bands just have finished in Europe. We can only hope that this collaboration with two of the finest representatives from the region will be taken up again. Help us out to inspire Soilwork and Darkane to do a gig nearby. Why not at the Big scene at Tivoli here in Helsingborg or at KB in Malmö. To have followed the bands via their respective Facebook posts have only raised the happy wish of seeing them together close by.
To read about not only fantastic performances, but also stories like the one when the Master drummer Dirk Verbeuren in Soilwork fell ill for the concert in Bristol March 11 and Peter Wildoer intensly rehearsed the 16 Soilwork songs to perform firstly the Darkane show and thereafter Soilworks’ and as I understand with an excellence that only he can. It would have been extremely interesting to compare the differences in sound when one of the best metal drummers in the world temporarily was replaced by another world class drummer. You know your stuff when 16 songs are rehearsed and performed in such a short time. Congratulations to all who experienced this classic show and by the way…it’s great to see Dirk back on track again!!
Soilworks first recording of a live DVD in Helsinki March 21 is also creating some happy expectations. Floor Jansen from Nightwish partcipates. We haven’t been able to find out when the DVD will be released, but our focus is on the market!!
The next encounter of these bands and their band members will be at the Tivoli’s ‘A World of Music Festival’ the upcoming weekend when we can see Björn Strid and David Andersson from Soilwork performing with A Night Flight Orchestra on Saturday March 29. More on that under Upcoming events.
The past year 2013 has music wise and with a metalsouth perspective been a very strong and positive year. Really good albums have been released by bands from the region and many fantastic and forever memorable live acts have taken place in towns locally and on reasonble distance. The festival Metaltown in Gothenburg in July was a prime fiesta! Bad news can now be read that 2014 will be skipped and full planning is instead in process for 2015. The main reason is that the coming summer will be pretty strong on hard rock and heavy metal events in southern Sweden and Metaltown has for that reason without real success found strong headline acts. Still it’s great to read that the planning is set for 2015 and all the best luck to all working with the festival. A recommendation is hereby given to all interested metalheads to propose bands on the Metaltown website. My own immediate idea would, naturally, be Soilwork (again), Darkane, Black Temple and Free Fall.
The darkest moment of the year was when my Aunt passed away during Spring. She has now joined my father-in-law, my cousins and many more dearly missed friends and relatives. My strong belief is that they all have a really good time together…wherever their souls are…celebrating a real New Year’s Party!!
As previously described, my Aunt’s funeral was very inspirational in the sense that her way of planning for the music during service made me think about the appropriate music for my own. In her memory should the lyrics from the fabulous Soilwork ‘The Living Infinite II’ be quoted, and let’s say that a few lines would here be perfectly placed:
Music & Lyrics: Strid
“…the feelings you carry won’t ever die, they’re one with eternity, the tears you’ve shed, the words you’ve said, are all a part of a constant realm, wuthering emotions, turn into mindful dust, the reality you’ve known, has always fed your trust…”
Please, find below some words on the most recommended Album releases from a metalsouth perspective. It’s been a great year with great albums, songs and live acts, which have lifted my life to wuthering heights!
A Happy New 2014 Year from Metalsouth in Helsingborg, Sweden!! Get ready for the PARTY!!
The Living Infinite, 2013, Nuclear Blast Records
Readers may understand the strong feelings for Soilwork. The band with its roots in the soil of the region just closely south from here. Many critics doubted the success of releasing a double CD, all in all, with 20 songs. The album was welcomed by the fans and the critics gave highest marks in many of the reviews.
Recommended tracks: This Momentary Bliss, The Living Infinite I and II, Antidotes In Passing, Parasite Blues (as here earlier indicated…don’t forget to read the lyrics, which are very influenced by the metalsouth nature and surroundings).
The Sinister Supremacy, 2013, Massacre Records
How great it was to meet Darkane live again at the Metalbar, Tivoli, and to see them again at KB, Malmö, recently was just great!! The sixth album release is from many said to be their best. Also like Soilwork is Darkane with roots from the next door village south from here.
Recommended tracks: The Decline, The Sinister Supremacy, Hate Repentant State
Abysmal Despair, 2012, Transubstans Records
The album is from 2012, but qualifies here due to its high quality as a debut album. Also this album was welcomed with high scoring reviews by local culture critics. This is a hard noise rock band and, not to forget, hard working live band. The energy experienced and described in an earlier post qualify these guys as the most promising band seen here in many years. We can only hope that their mission is now spread over a wider landscape in the aftermath of their recent European touring together with Bombus. When can we get more songs, Black Temple??
Recommended tracks: Wicked With, Abysmal despair, Keloma, No Fucking Way, Darkred
Power & Volume, 2013, Nuclear Blast records
Freedom Rockers, they have been classified as. I would say that with an musical upbringing in the 1970’s with bands like Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy, AC/DC and Frank Zappa streams of happiness and nostalgia flow from listening to Free Fall. Mattias Bärjed who formed the band has heavy experience from The Soundtrack Of Our Lives has manged to put together a classical line up with drums, guitars, bass and vocals. The voice of Kim Fransson made a bunch load of us older guys (read: older AC/DC fans) happy when Free Fall kicked off the Metalsouth idea during Christmas Rock at the Tivoli late December 2012. Fabulous stuff!! Fantastic debut and just waiting for more!!
Recommended tracks: Power & Volume, Free Fall, World Domination