start into a new year without a KILLFEST isn’t any
promising. Too bad when the working schedule is so packed that
you might be apt to give up. Hmm… no. No way! ;) It took
some efforts, pains and fights, but at the end I got what I wanted
and everything turned out fine :) YES!!! KILLFEST here
It was the
very last show on the KILLFEST tour I caught up and which
brought me to Enschede in Holland. Of course, not without a little
bit of chaos… I tried my car to be a bus, the British style
*laughs* Quick shock, but nothing bad happened. We arrived early
which was a good thing, since we got free parking close the venue.
We went around the corner for a beer and then headed into the
that was the plan. Doors opened at 7:30pm, show was set to kick
off at 8pm. I got in at 8, no prob, so I thought, I entered the
hall and… witnessed the very last song of Belgian thrashers
ALL :: The last song of their 20 minutes show.
WTF??? Well… that was quick amusement.
the hall again, taking a breath and ordering tokens for beer.
First gulp and :: HEATHEN
:: enter the stage. For only 20 minutes too. It’s
just enough for four songs, all taken from the band’s new
album The Evolution Of Chaos. I don’t know
why, but here I can sense out some bad temper within the band.
Never mind, the show kills! HEATHEN just blow everything
away, delivering an asskicking performance, worth to take the
ride for them only. Very intensive 20 minutes, I tell you! So,
and now please explain, why a Bay Area band gets send over the
pond for only 20 minutes playing time???
Setlist: Dying Season, Control By Chaos, Arrows Of Agony,
No Stone Unturned
and German thrash legend :: DESTRUCTION
:: More of bad temper and some sound problems that
lead fronter Schmier to snub the sound guy in publicly. Bad behavior.
As read later he seemingly did that at every show. I have no idea,
was that a tour game? Star allures? However, DESTRUCTION
don’t reach level, energy and intensity of Heathen, although
tracks like Thrash Till Death extremely kicked ass. Fans
obviously like the performance, mosh and circle pits now got in
full swing, while first crowd surfer plump like plums onto stage.
Next step of aggression: the security seemed to be pissed off
too and acted far in excess of their duties. Much in regret of
people in the front rows, who didn’t have any chance to
get their arms up fast enough to save themselves.
Setlist: Curse The Gods, Mad Butcher, Armageddonizer,
Tears Of Blood, Thrash Till Death, D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N., Bestial
Invasion, Hate Is My Fuel, Nailed To The Cross, The Butcher Strikes
and then the Atak turns into a… um… bloodbath! ::
:: declare the Endless War and stake off the
battlefield. I have to say, it wasn’t any more than the
standard program OVERKILL delivered, but again with so
much dedication, power and energy, that’s a hell of pleasure
:) Also OVERKILL have sound problems but take it easy.
Only the security gained brutality against the fans. In return,
guitarist Derek Tailer bothered a security girl on stage ;) Fans
were going wild, as usual, while the band played their asses off.
Great action, great movement. And Bobby Blitz always leaves me
stunned. The setlist is - as always - debatable. Many fans screamed
sacrilege, because In Union We Stand was not played. Besides,
no surprises, nothing special. I also expected some jokes and
fooling on stage, because it was the very last day on tour. But…
nothing happened. No gathering of all band members, no aftershow
party, nothing. Just a short thank you for the tour crew. It was
said, that the US bands had to catch their planes early next day…
Setlist: The Green And Black, Rotten To The Core, Wrecking
Crew, Infectious, Bring Me The Night, Bastard Nation, Hammerhead,
Ironbound, Blood Money, Endless War, Hello From The Gutter, Give
A Little, Necroshine, Old School // Deny The Cross, Elimination,
All in all a nice evening though. I like the new
Atak. There is just some bad habit I absolutely don’t like.
I actually find it totally stupid to give out bottles and duroplastic
cups, which of course were thrown around and broke. Here the security
did not pay any attention. And there were a lot of drunken kids
going on the rampage. There was no photo pit, means, it was literally
a killfest for me ;) And lights, well, you know. Luckily no one
cared about the 3SNF rule. Audience was motley, many known faces
and half were Germans ;)