Leaving for Wacken Open Air

Posted at 2006-08-02

I'll leave for Wacken Open Air in about an hour. There's some nice bands on the billing, I can't wait to see Legion of the Damned (again), Arch Enemy and Amon Amarth :D I'll write about how the festival has been going when I'm back on sunday.

In other news, I've written a Ruby extension to read and write vorbis comments since all of the existing vorbis extensions only have read-only support. I'll use it to synchronize vorbis comments with MusicBrainz.


Wacken 2006 was cool. We were camping with/near friends of a co-worker of my friend, and some of them are nice guys :D

Weird enough, we also met some guys that were camping with us last year, by chance. wtf, there's only 50.000 people in Wacken or something. Cheers to Alex, who even still knew my name \o/

Opeth is cool, especially Mikael Ã…kerfeldt. In Extremo and Arch Enemy are good live. Yay for Legion of the Damned. Amon Amarth = disappointing. Too lazy to write more now.

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RockHard festival 2006

Posted at 2006-06-06

I spend the Pentecost weekend (ie, friday til monday) at RockHard festival and it was a very nice first festival in this year's season.

I wasn't that impressed by the billing the first time, but it turned out very well :D

Best bands 2006 were probably Legion of the Damned, Bolt Thrower, Edguy.

I only read about how awesome Legion of the Damned are before but didn't know any of their material and was very pleasantly surprised :D I definitely gotta get their album :)

Because Celtic Frost had to cancel their gig, Bolt Thrower played for a longer time than usual, which was absolutely kick ass.

Bolt Thrower set list (unsorted):

  1. At First Light
  2. The Killchain
  3. Those Once Loyal
  4. Anti Tank (Dead Armour)
  5. Salvo
  6. When Cannons Fade
  7. ... For Victory
  8. Mercenary
  9. No Guts No Glory
  10. War Master

The only song I would have loved to hear live is Tank Mk1, but even without that song they had an absolutely awesome set. They also played an intro that I didn't recognize, and one older song I didn't know either.

Edguy's gig fucking rocked my socks off. Their last two albums aren't that good IMO, but their set list was AMAZING:

  1. Lavatory Love Machine
  2. Fucking With Fire
  3. Fairytale
  4. Vain Glory Opera
  5. Out Of Control
  6. Mandrake
  7. Sacrifice
  8. Save Me
  9. Superheroes

Save Me was very superfluous, but you gotta love the VGO songs they chose. The crowd also went insane, it was just awesome :)

The bad thing about the festival is that you cannot park your car next to the tent, so we had to take all of our stuff for a 20 minute walk from the parking lot to the camp ground :(

All in all, it was a cool first festival this year, and I'm sooo looking forward to Wacken and UFTG \o/


Back from RockHard Festival

Posted at 2005-05-15

I went to RockHard Festival yesterday, mainly to see Sonata Arctica and Amon Amarth.

Before Sonata Arctica played, we watched the gigs of Ensiferum and Samael. Ensiferum were great, good music and a cute keyboarder <3

I only heard a couple of songs Samael so far, so I was very impressed of Samael's performance. A friend of mine described their music as a kind of 'black metal techno' and that's pretty close. The band is pretty sick, but in a nice way :D I guess I'll have to get some of their records.

Sonata Arctica's performance was fn amazing, they had a good setlist and the band really seemed to have enjoyed the gig :)

Here's their setlist (order b0rked most likely):

  • Misplaced
  • Blinded No More
  • Victoria's Secret
  • My Land
  • Broken
  • FullMoon
  • 8th Commandment
  • Black Sheep
  • Don't Say A Word
  • The Cage
  • Vodka Song

Man, after that gig I'd like to have spent some time in an oxygen tent :D

30 minutes later, Amon Amarth entered the stage and the crowd went totally crazy! Their performance was awesome, the setlist was pretty good as well:

  • An Ancient Sign Of Coming Storm
  • For The Stabwounds In Our Backs
  • The Pursuit Of Vikings
  • Bleed For Ancient Gods
  • The Fate Of Norns
  • Bloodshed
  • Masters Of War
  • Where Silent Gods Stand Guard
  • Victorious March
  • Death In Fire

I had just hoped they'd play The Sound Of Eight Hooves, The Last With Pagan Blood or Once Sealed In Blood :)

After these two gigs I was fn tired, so I didn't stand in the before the stage when Children Of Bodom played, but watched them from the seats :D

Towards the end of the show, it began to rain and we left without seeing the final band, Jon Oliva's Pain. Neither me nor my friends knew him anyway (besides the fact that he's the singer of Savatage :D).