few months ago, the Swedish cover band HELLSONGS were guests
in Graz and this time the sympathetic Swedish trio chose the same
location, namely the PPC
Bar to present their Lounge Metal. The evening was opened
by local singer/songwriter CHRIS MAGERL, maybe known concerning
his former band Once Tasted Life.
MAGERL – unfortunately quite unspectacular!
and foremost, it happened again: the show started much too late,
this time over 70 minutes…consequently, the singer/songwriter
MAGERL :: entered the stage with his support band
(drums, bass & keyboard) at 9:10 pm. The presentation seemed
to be very retentive; the musicians had to concentrate a lot on
their instruments. So the artists showed up quite inhibited and
I could not feel enormous joy in playing; besides, the band did
not act out expressively on the small stage. The music tried to
build some emotional suspenseful arcs, but some songs lacked of
details. Sometimes the compositions ended quite surprising way
too early. A cover version (Pet Sematary by The Ramones)
showed the crux in arrangements of CHRIS MAGERL –
remarkable hook-lines and refrains were missing. Mentioned track
was a turning point for CHRIS and in further course, he
and his band integrated more Rock’n’Roll spirit to
their performance. A few bi-vocal arrangements and bass lines
were remarkable. In all, the acting stayed quite sallow, because
the concentration had a negative effect on the heart-blood of
a live gig.
– we say LOUNGE – and you say METAL!
contrast, the mood was very convenient during the ::
:: concert. The musicians disperse an extreme sympathy,
first of all singer Siri and “Mr. Happy” guitarist
Kalle. They managed to entertain the public from the first second
on. Partly, the communication took place without microphone and
this instance showed the wonderful sonorous voice of the artist.
Siri attracted with her extravagant outfit as well as her expressive
dancing style. Her vocal range covers all nuances from fragile
up to powerful. Besides, keyboarder Johan made me smile with his
The cover songs were a downright indulgence, no matter if Ozzy,
Slayer or Iron Maiden got a tribute. My goose-pimps swelled up
heftily during The Evil That Men Do or We’re Not
Gonna Take It (with moving introducing words by Mr. Karlsson),
Seasons In The Abyss and Seek And Destroy. The show
on stage resembled to the one a few months ago, but this slight
negative instance is swept away by the huge sympathetic impression.
Over and above, the audience’s singing quality was tested
with surprising success :) After the concert, it was very nice
to see that the band showed up at the merchandise stand for talking
to the fans or signing CDs. That’s what I call a wonderful
evening full of Metal classics!