So folks, what ur gonna do when it’s the time of the year with rain, cold winds and shitty weather?
Yes, you stay safe and cozy under your blanket at home or you enjoy an amazing Paganfest & Viking Metal show in one of the most legendary clubs in Berlin!
We decided for second one.
The Bird gave me the tickets as a present for Xmas and finally, finally the time has come. I was waiting for so long!
Together with my old metal bro Sirko we enjoyed an amazing Show on Sunday, 29th of March.
The clash started at 3 in the afternoon with the very first doods called Grailknights and Frosttide.
Unfortunately we missed those guys, because at that time we decided to enjoy a cold beer somewhere at Spree on the way to Postbahnhof, where the “Paganfest Tour 2015” ended with the big Final in Berlin.
Those of you who have never been to a Metal Concert… you truly missed something.
It’s this indescribable feeling of impact and force that hits the guts with highest loudness. I enjoy this stuff now since about 20 years and Metal will always be my musical religion.
Although Pagan and Viking Metal is let’s say the most famous and popular thing in Metal nowadays, i still love it a lot.
It’s truly not the worst to remember old rites, our ancestors, our culture and remembering, that there is something that lasts in these superfast times of ours.
So when we finally arrived at about 4PM, these so lovely and long missed sounds of heavy distorted guitars were kissing our ears…
Ladies and Gentlemen – time for “Obscurity”.
The Guys from Velbert in North Rhine-Westphalia play some excellent kind of epic, melodical Pagan / Viking Metal.
Straight in the face and fast forward – that’s the way we like it!
Anyway, Obsurity just released a new album in November last year and have a bunch of great war melodies loaded. Time to fire it up to the hungry masses…
So what to say – There was a bunch of some hundreds already gathering in front of the stage of Paganfest to see Obscurity live… and Obscurity delivered!
With a mighty wall of deep and heavy guitars, roaring drums and a death-screaming Agalaz on the vocals they gave everything to satisfy the audience. Great riffs, catchy melodies – what more to say, an amazing hour of pure great traditional metal.
Then the time has come for “Finsterforst”. Those guys from Freiburg, Germany are playing Folk Metal since 2006.
Also coming up with a brand new Album “Mach dich frei”, they presented themselves in outstanding constitutional. It’s always a pleasure to see them on stage – truly a bit strange with their white Shirts completely filthy they look like just ran out of the Forest and after the Show immediately going back there.
Finsterforst means ‘Dark Forest’ in German. It is a reference to the well-known Black Forest (‘Schwarzwald’) in the band’s home state.
They were rocking this sunday afternoon audience with melodic stately hymns.
Finalized their Gig with the new groovy title track “Mach dich frei”, which brought them an amazing response from the Headbanger fanpit.
Now the time has come for… “Heidevolk”. Very popular meanwhile they made a fun-Gig with party factor 10! Let me tell you guys, I also listen to their songs while pumping in the Gym. They have an awesome power and know how to kick ass! The singer Lars, not only physical impressive, cos he’s a huge guy, has such a unique and …how to describe it… ancient voice, which suits perfectly to this german mythology themed Folk Metal. Evergreens like “Saksenland” and “Nehalennia” made the pit raging!
What a Paganfest. Of course this big party ended up with “Vulgaris Magistralis”, an amazing hymn about that guy riding the mammoth. Just epic!
Ladies and Gentlemen… let’s come to “Turisas”.
For me the highlight on that Paganish Sunday evening, the guys from Hämeenlinna (Finland) are playing a mix of orchestral and symphonical Metal about battles, glory, mythology and history.
Turisas (Iku-Turso) is the name of a sea monster in Finnish mythlogy, sometimes considered a god of war. With Violin and keyboards and an nearly orchestral singing frontman with an outstanding voice they play an absolutely unique, melodical and epic metal, which reminds me often to the structure of classical composed pieces, like Grieg.
With their red-black warpaint they truly are eye-catchers and make it a bit hard to focus on the music as well and not only paying attention to this great musical performance! Really a very own atmosphere with a lot of magic. Brilliant show!
Now at about 10 pm when the average man is preparing to go to bed for amazing monday morning wake up’s the time has come for the favorites of the Bird: Wintersun.
From the Capital of Finland these superior musicians were the penultimate band on this legendary evening!
Formed in 2003 they only brang out two albums so far. In their case it’s fine, because here we go with quality, not quantity.
Wintersun are playing Symphonic melodic Death Metal with lyrics about Space, Dreams, Death, Nature and Time. Finnish Metal bands are often singing about such topics and I just love this sweet melancholy from the dark, magical north. The former of the Band Jari used to describe the band’s genre as “Extreme Majestic Technical Epic Melodic Metal”. Suits quite well.
From the musical point of view there’s not much to say – they hypnotize live with an amazing combination of a concentrated focusing presence while playing this technical brilliant and complex melodic Death Metal. Outstanding metal, which shows once more, why there are found many of the by far best musicians in this music genre.
With an average song duration of about 7 to 8 minutes, this is really something to watch and carefully listening to.
Of course feel free to headbang or death-wall or mosh-pit, because these catchy riffs also invite this way of celebrating the musicians.
But here I preferred just to stand and watch and listen. Wintersun, it was a pleasure to see you live on Paganfest!
What to say Folks, we missed the Headliners “Korpiklaani” due to personal reasons so I can’t give you an impression here about these crazy Humppa-Doods from Finland, who without any doubts made a true worthy final show on this unforgettable evening, but my little journey and look back ends here. Actually the Bird listened to two songs of them, so if you wanna know more, feel free to ask her ?
Thanks to the Bird for inviting me to this great Paganfest and thanks also my old Friend Sirko for taking part and enjoying this Gig together with us!
Next one will be Satyricon in April… Stay tuned and keep on rockin’ \m/