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   Dynamo Open Air 2002
Gene Hoglan + Marlies © Marlies Sportpark Boshoven - Weert (NL)
July 14th 2002

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After problems with finding a suitable place and an unfortunate cancellation last year, the Bospop crew offered their facilities and crew to the Dynamo organisation in order to have at least a small Dynamo party this year. This generous offer resulted in a kind of third Bospop day: Dynamo Open Air 2002.

Dead Soul Tribe © Nico Wobben DEAD SOUL TRIBE is the new band of Psychotic Waltz singer Buddy Lackey - Devon Graves now. The music is more personal now, still progressive, often compared to Tool. Actually I liked this better. Devon's voice and the atmosphere and drive of the music made it a more than enjoyable gig. Check them out at ProgPower later this year!

The first highlight of the day was the next gig: PAIN OF SALVATION. It has finally happened.. Nico and I have been infected with the POS-virus... It took us a while but with this gig they convinced us. Even though I still think the quiet parts are a bit long, I now saw that they are so beautiful if only you pay attention. Along with the heeeaaavy parts it's a brilliant mix of exciting'and Pain Of Salvation © Nico Wobben emotional music, and with an awesome singer! Daniel Gildenlöw gives us goosebumps! Actually the whole band did, esp. Daniel's brother Kristoffer is a bass-monster and it's so much fun to watch him play. The enthusiasm, the drive, the great musicianship plus the azaming and very emotional songs make these gigs really special.

ZIMMER'S HOLE are something else! A parody and a tribute to metal in one. Hilarious but seriously good. A fun band but tight as a nun's ass! The songs are a mix of death, black and speedmetal, with Chris 'Val' Valagao's high screams as highlights ('metaaaaal!') and his Satan-outfit including a big red dick exactly shows what kind of band, errr.. parody, errr... tribute this is!

BIOHAZARD has played DOA at least three or four times, and each time it was a success! The hardcore/metal/hiphop mix is catchy and invites the crowd to sing, mosh, crowdsurf and stagedive. Just as much action is going on on stage and as always singer/bassplayer Strapping Young Lad © Nico Wobben Evan Seinfeld is the centre of it all. That's a cool way to end a European tour!

Musical mastermind Devin Townsend is pretty legendary already and there was a big turnout for STRAPPING YOUNG LAD. Devin's interacting well with the crazy fans, he's a great singer and entertainer. The industrial influenced thrash is so intense, it's like one big wall of sound with Gene Hoglan as a souvereign conductor in the back. Talking about legends! Devin screams like it's nobody's business but with this lousy sound at the tent, it was too much for me and I didn't stay for the whole show. "Oh My Fucking God"!

One of Holland's most popular bands is WITHIN TEMPTATION. The gothic metal band with Within Temptation © Nico Wobben the high sweet voice of Sharon Den Adel had a big hit with "Ice Queen". Due to their extensive live-experience they are a tight band, but they pay a lot of attention to the visual aspect as well. Sharon usually wears a big dress, this time a black one, moves gracially but doesn't forget to headbang. They had big green inflatable cactusses on stage, pyros and confetti during "Ice Queen". Orphanage singer George joined Sharon in "Enter" and "The Other Half".

FINNTROLL's humpa metal is next in the tent and the sound doesn't really do justice to the musical mix, but it was still enjoyable. Singer Sir Luttinen couldn't live up to his predecessor Katla, but the band certainly played well, esp. Somnium is a great guitarist, you might also know him from Impaled Nazarene. Keep trolling!

OPETH gave us almost an hour of progressive death metal with songs that are long, complex and versatile - sometimes heavy, sometimes very sober. Luckily they played in the tent, playing on the main stage at broad daylight wouldn't have fitted the melancholic atmosphere of the songs all. Technical, progressive and with great vocals of frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt.
Death Angel © Nico Wobben
The gig I was looking forward to the most was of Bay Area thrash-legends DEATH ANGEL. It's been 12 or so years that I saw them live and they still kicked ass! A reunion that I've been extremely happy with, for sure! Mark Osegueda was in topform and announced the gig would be recorded for a live CD. After songs like "Seemingly Endless Time", "Mistress Of Pain" (one of my favorites!), "Veil Of Deception", "Thrashers" (sung by Rob Cavestany and Dennis Pepa), I was waiting for "Kill As One" but unfortunately they had to cut there set short and I missed out on my all-time favorite metalsong that I Children Of Bodom © Nico Wobben only waited 12 years for to hear live again. Ouch, that hurt!!

CHILDREN OF BODOM played in the tent where the sound was so loud I didn't stay for the whole gig. They were very tight and enthusiastic, Alexi Laiho is an awesome guitarist and vocalist. It's about time they put out a new record, it's scheduled for early next year and they already played one new song called "Needled 24/7".

Soulfly © Nico Wobben I'm not much of a SOULFLY fan, but I still have a soft spot for Max Cavalera, who worked very hard for his success. Unfortunately for me he drifted away from the Sepultura thrash sound and moved to a (for me too) modern style. So nowadays they attract a much different crowd, mostly nu-metal teenagers. I realize I shouldn't still compare them to Sepultura but for an old fan like me it's inevitable. It was still cool to hear Sepultura's "Roots Bloody Roots" and "Chaos A.D.", but Soulfly just doesn't have the same intensity by far. Just a dessert after the true headliners for me, Death Angel.

submitted by Marlies 01.01.2003

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