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   2000 DECIBEL FESTIVAL
Bengtsfors (S)
May 17th 2003

http://www.mfdecibel.com/

logo OK, 2000 Decibel Festival. For those who don't know, it is a one-day festival held in Bengtsfors/Sweden where only Swedish bands play. That trip to Bengtsfors was kind of adventurous for me personally, but that's another story. I felt a bit lost until Andreas arrived later in the afternoon and I have mixed feelings about the atmosphere at the festival in general. It isn't really an open air but it isn't an indoors festival either. There were three scenes, all of them roofed. The stages were named "Heavy" (amphittheatre-like), "Metal" (sort of tent) and "Hårdrock" (tent). The only band on the latter we saw was Beseech and they bored me to death. So we'll concentrate on the bands that played the other two stages.

When I arrived the first band of the day, DIONYSUS, had just started with their set. They had the thankless task to open the festival at around 12 am but there were already some people to see them play. Most people were sitting though, apart from some die-hard fans in the front row that obviously had fun to show their dedication by headbanging and raising their arms. Looked a bit funny, but what the hell. Remarkable is that Dionysus was probably the only band on the festival that communicated with their audience in English, due to their singer Olaf being a German I reckon. Anyway, they had a pretty good sound and since most of the songs were introduced I'm even able to name some songtitles: "Bringer Of Salvation", "Sign Of Truth", "Walk On Fire", "Anthem (For The Children)" and also a new song (title escapes me though).

Next up was DIABOLICAL. I didn't know this young band at all but their thrashy death metal was pretty much to my liking. Compared to Dionysus that I had just seen 10 minutes ago there was much more action on stage even though the stage here was smaller. The guys were headbanging all the way and/or shouting their guts out to a set of songs that is unfortunately completely unknown to me.

DIMENSION ZERO attraced quite some crowd, maybe also due to their famous guitarist Jesper Strömblad. Their sound wasn't exactly my cup of tea but it was a sort of intense show and the folk really seemed to enjoy the gig. Dimension Zero played 9 songs in total, of which four were new songs that were immediately accepted by the fans. Thanks to me having lost parts of my notes, I can't name any titles. I apologize.

Thomas Väänänen © Hebbe Finally I got to see THYRFING live. I was curious to see them but I somehow have never bothered to look for other live reviews beforehand, so I had no idea what to expect. What can I say? They entered the stage and looked as if they had just stepped out of the "Vansinnesvisor" booklet ;) They started their set with one of my all-time favourite Thyrfing tracks "Mjölner", so I was already pleased, hehe. About half of the set consisted of tracks from their latest album "Vansinnesvisor" ("Digerdöden", "The Voyager", "Draugs Harg" and "Kaos Återkomst"), while the other half was a mix from the older albums with songs such as "From Wilderness Came Death" and "Raven Eyes". Not sure if I was exactly surprised but at least I noticed that Thyrfing are a great deal rawer live than on record. The classic "Storms Of Asgard" marked the end of their show. Intense gig, definitely.

There were not that many bands on the billing I really wanted to see but one of them was NIGHTINGALE. And speaking of a band with Dan Swanö in it I was sort of shocked there were so few people in the tent. Nightingale for sure have written some killer tunes and the band did not only concentrate on new songs ("Shadowman", "Shadowland Serenade") but also some older tracks ("Scarred For Live" (yes!), "The Game"). But the performance itself was nothing that special, I had somehow expected more. Dan's vocals were great but generally only solid is a word that comes to mind when thinking of the show. With the exception of Dan's brother Dag (aka Tom Nouga) who handled keyboard and guitar that is. His stageacting/posing was nothing but ridicilous at times.

mr V © Hebbe The main reason for me attending the festival in the first place was next: VINTERSORG. My expectations towards this gig were probably unrealistically high as I was so much looking forward to be blown away by seeing them finally live. Oh well, it should not be. mr V had promised quite some surprises and everyone expected him to introduce us to a new song which after all didn't happen though. Instead, we got to hear "Ödemarkens Son" and "Under Norrskenets Fallande Ljusspel" which was certainly surprising. It was of course also nice to hear "A Dialogue With The Stars" and "Algol" and a lot of new songs were being played as well ("A Metaphyical Drama", "Vem Styr Symmetrin?", "Spegelsfären"). Unfortunately, the sound wasn't the best and so especially "ESP Mirage" ended up pretty much as a mess. We wished mr V had communicated with the crowd a bit more than he did, but he still is just rather charismatic for sure. Tyr not only provided his bass play but also some backing vocals and Mattias played well but looked awfully tired/sick/whatever. During the legendary "Till Fjälls", which marked the end of the set, the first few rows finally went totally nuts. Screams for more hopefully didn't go unheard but went unfulfilled (as with every band since the schedule didn't allow extra playing time). (Cora)

So, I arrived at this festival somewhat late due to, well, I got severly intoxicated the night before. So I met up with Cora (and saved her (?) from the crazy Swedes!), and found out I had missed both Thyrfing and Dimension Zero (something I had suspected). Anyways, I like this little festival and think it is a good initative, that has grown to be a steady part of this little community in the middle of Sweden.

I have heard only fragments from THE PROJECT HATE. They have a good mix of male and female vocals, and brutality and electonica. In short, stuff I tend to like. I saw half the show, mostly due to an extensive hunger from my side, but I thought they did a good appearance, nothing that really cought my attention though. I guess I have to listen more to them for the next time, so that I can fully enjoy the show!

Ahhh, memories, from when CLAWFINGER had to compete with Iron Maiden for my attention. It did not go that well (surprise) but I did hear a few songs that I liked back then, and well, they made me impressed with their performance! They played the controversial "Nigger" which was one of the songs I remembered. I was most impressed by the stand-in bass player, who was constantly doing round and round headbanging while playing! So they mostly kicked arse. Cool to have seen them.

FALCONER is a band I have heard of only by the name because I am a huge fan of Mithotyn, the band from which the main songwriter and guitarist Stefan Weinerhall origined. So, the only thing I can say is that I enjoyed the music, but the new singer (Kristoffer Göbel, also in the Gothenburg band Destiny) sounds like most other power metal singers. It might be good, and if I had heard this band seven years ago, my attention would surely had been cought. But not now.

Candlemass © Hebbe CANDLEMASS had the pleasure to take the festival into the next day, and what is more suitable than these doom-dinosaurs for that? I have never been a great fan of doom as a genre (*insert blasphemy* hell, I don't even like Black Sabbath!) and because of that I haven't really paid that much attention to Candlemass. I will now! Messiah owns this little town in the middle of Sweden totally, and he is so cool it gets silly. I mean, he can pull of that "doomdance" of his, and make it look perfectly cool! A great personality, with a great voice I might add, because his voice, combined with some of the tunes, made me realize I have to listen to them, much, as soon as I get my sorry arse back to Gothenburg! Enough about that now. The gig it was! Well, I know they played a set of classics, and the crowd went wild every so often, but it felt like this stage was too small for them! But since that is my only complaint about them, I must say: They ruled!

PAIN might be a way for Peter Tägtgren to release some tunes that are too poppy to fit in any other band. I still like it, despite all the "dancebeat" stuff. I have all three records with Pain, and I was looking forward to se him/them live, to see if they were performing the songs as they are on record. They didn't. Pain live is more metal than Pain on a record. Peter is using his voice more, with all its abilities, which gives us the pleasure of hearing tunes like "Supersonic Bitch", "On And On", "End Of The Line", "Shut Your Mouth", "Just Hate Me" and that greatly done Beatlescover "Eleanor Rigby" with some growl added to them! Not all vocals, but sometimes he just seems to do it naturally, without thinking, and the songs gets one more lift! As if it was needed! The live band is giving the heaviness that is needed, and the late hour combined with a hardrocking audience made this the perfect end to the festival. I thank you Bengtsfors for this year, and see you the next! (Andreas)


Thanks to Hebbe from Myriad Of Peepholes for providing us with a few pics to spice up this review - for I (being the bad reporter that I am) didn't take any myself.


submitted by Cora 09.06.2003

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