• Rage - Helstar - Iron Savior - Restless
- Mercury Tide - The Order Of Chaos - Emerald
Asphyx - Desaster - Lillian Axe - Dr. Living
Dead - Gloryful - Drone - Scanner - Seven Thorns - Human Zoo -
The open air season comes to its unavoidable end and, at least
for us, finds its grand final in the annual TUROCK OPEN AIR.
Once again Essen’s city invites to a one week going fest
with all kind of entertainment, for free! And one of the
festival stages stands and belongs to our second home called •
• offering music the harder and louder way ;)
Pics :: Friday
light settings were ok, but when it came to the weather settings
Turock boss Peter failed ;) It was cold, cloudy and rainy. And
so a seldom event was kept hidden: the second full moon within
one month. At least for the merchandisers the weather was boosting
their businesses as three-fourths of the fans were summerlike
dressed and in need to get longsleeves, hoodies, zipper and even
hats. We were anyway ;)
- Helstar - Iron Savior - Restless - Mercury Tide - The Order
Of Chaos - Emerald
After a hardworking
day I arrive with the tunes of :: MERCURY
TIDE :: Can’t see anything yet, I'm still
not really receptive while bumping into my NH colleague Bert and
decide first for a Guinness, or two, or three…
I am ready! It was announced that ::
:: would have to change their slot with Iron Savior
due to delays at the airport, but as time has come it was RESTLESS
entering the stage on time. Breathless and stressed but nothing
that had an effect on their show. Short line check and then the
British Rockabilly gents started rocking out.
Next up is
SAVIOR :: who made me hear “iron”,
“savior” and “iron savior” in almost every
song. Odd. They however were much entertaining and perfectly heat
the crowd up. German Power Metal without any frills is always
great for some action around.
Setlist: Descending, Starlight, The Savior, Condition
Red, Break The Curse, Hall Of The Heroes, Coming Home, Heavy Metal
Never Dies, Iron Watcher (Medley), Atlantis Falling
Ah, time has
come for the first day’s highlight ::
:: The one or the other might complain that the Texas
guys went more Thrash-like most recently, but I don’t care;
I like them either way ;) Singer James Rivera alone owns so much
charisma that every show is a highlight, no matter, which band
he is actually fronting. First the pics and the first row ;)
highlight the headliner of the first day of TUROCK OPEN AIR
:: This time without orchestra and any bigger fuss.
For some stupid reason I had still Mike Terrana in mind behind
the kit and was surprised for a moment till I got it. RAGE
were in best mood, best seen at Victor and Peavey who had a blast
on stage, rocking, pulling faces and joking. The crowd paid back
and went wild too. At the stroke of midnight the show was over
and the place emptied quickly. Crappy weather. I leave as well,
night is short and the alarm ringing at 4.30am…
- Desaster - Lillian Axe - Dr. Living Dead - Gloryful - Drone
- Scanner - Seven Thorns - Human Zoo - Predatory Violence
successful; today's weather outweighed all unpleasantness of the
last day with sun and a blue sky and I can leave half of my winter
wardrobe in the car :) Again I arrive late and just hear ::
:: while entering the area and getting me first a beer.
looking forward to :: DR.
LIVING DEAD :: who already blown me away at Rock
Hard Festival. The Swedes deliver the perfect Thrash/Crossover
mixture for a festival show to entertain everybody. It’s
like Slayer with Suicidal Tendencies or so. Singer Dr. Ape was
much pleased about the longhaired headbanging metal heads and
circle pits going on and told us something about (his) hair loss
For a long,
long time I did not see :: SACRED
STEEL :: live . Let’s see… last time
2007 on the Morgana Lefay tour… *pffff* The Ludwigsburg-based
cats went greyer but didn’t lose any delight and energy
in play. Nope, SACRED STEEL still know how to kick your
ass with powerful, driving and enthusing Power Metal. Though,
no new record for ages. Great show anyway!
have many expectations on :: LILLIAN
AXE :: Solid Hard Rock without highlights. I missed
some pep and power. And some glam.
When we talk
about German veterans in metal :: DESASTER
:: comes in mind quickly. No lights and lotsa smoke.
Hmpf. After 5 years DEASTER have finally a new album out,
entitled The Arts Of Destruction, blackened Thrash
Metal with an all destroying and killing vibe! And that's the
way the band presented itself on stage. Yesss!
there is not that much to tell about ::
anymore. The Dutch Death metallers have almost the same kind of
cult status as Bolt Thrower, means, if they play near your town;
it’s a must-be-there event and always a guarantor for a
great evening’s entertainment. The band is in best mood,
playing a very aggressive style, while the crowd is freaking out
;) Martin van Drunen gives a lecture on German beer and gets himself
And so the
TUROCK OPEN AIR 2012 finds its way too fast end again.
Not enough time. But I had a blast, that’s for sure. And
next year I will take the days off and party hard. So!