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   KREATOR - DARK TRANQUILLITY - EKTOMORF - HATESPHERE
Turbinenhalle - Oberhausen (D)
February 20th 2005

http://www.kreator-terrorzone.de
http://www.darktranquillity.com
http://www.hatesphere.com
http://www.ektomorf.com

Shortly after a friend and I arrived in the venue, HATESPHERE were to open the reign of noise and metal ;) I knew these Danes only by name and thus had no idea what to expect. Only judging by the looks of the band didn't work as I could still expect everything from hardcore to metal. But I don't really want to file Hatesphere under one genre anyway (nor can I). I'd say they play a rather raw and brutal mix of thrash and death metal that was actually pretty well received by the crowd. I believe there were even quite some people there that have been waiting to see these guys live - which perhaps isn't surprising considering that Hatesphere already have a couple of albums out (but yeah, I really didn't know them...). The guys showed enough action on stage and among the songs they played were "Insanity Arise", "Only The Strongest", "Disbeliever" and "Bloodsoil". I think there are only two tracks missing as they only had a playing time of 30 minutes.

The same playing time went to EKTOMORF. Now, I had seen them on one or two festivals before and knew it wasn't my cup of tea. I don't know the opening track but the opener was followed by "Destroy", "Gypsy" and "Show Your Fist" during which the band jumped up and down like crazy. They definitely don't lack energy. Then when my friend was trying to take a picture she got in trouble with a security guy because cameras weren't allowed and we had no photo pass. This resulted in us following the guy out of the venue...and returning without camera for Ektomorf's final song "Fuck You All" (nice title ;)).

Next up were DARK TRANQUILLITY. Lots of people were gathering in front of the stage and when the band's banner was raised the fans started to cheer already. It looked very promising for the Swedes! The show kicked off with "The Treason Wall", followed by a new track, "Lost To Apathy". It soon became clear that the new songs had already sunk in and were received like old friends ;) What can I say about these guys that I haven't previously? Great live band, charismatic frontman in form of Mikael and a bassist that likes to conduct the fans' chants if his bass duties allow it. I noticed that the compositions off "Damage Done" are my favourites but due to a playing time of only 45 minutes (what a shame) a lot of essentials were missing anyway. Dark Tranquillity were also digging out an older track ("Scythe, Rage And Roses") - it seems they are enjoying faster and more aggressive stuff again these days. Time flew and I couldn't believe when it was already time for the last song "Final Resistance". With the enthusiastic response I'm pretty sure it won't be long and we can see the band live on stage again soon though!

setlist Dark Tranquillity:
The Treason Wall
Lost To Apathy
One Thought
White Noise, Black Silence
The New Build
The Wonders At Your Feet
Scythe, Rage And Roses
Punish My Heaven
The Endless Feet
Final Resistance

As soon as the lights went out after the stage had been prepared for KREATOR, "Kreator"-shouts were echoing through the venue and this should not be the only occasion that night. The band entered the stage in front of a gigantic backdrop displaying the cover art of the "Enemy Of God" album. I was pleasantly surprised that Kreator started their set in time and they did so with the title track of their current album "Enemy Of God". After the second song, "Impossible Brutality", mainman Mille started his inevitable speech about more or less "being at home" as Oberhausen is only a few kilometers away from the band's hometown Essen. Perhaps his praise about the area ("Ruhrpott") went a bit too far because when he directed his words to the crowd it was mainly with reference to the Ruhrpott. Boring. The setlist contained quite a few old tracks, none off "Endorama" (not very surprising) and I was rather impressed with how Mille's clean vocals turned out during "World Anarchy" for example, as I had expected MUCH worse. The stage was definitely Mille's very own....I hardly noticed Christian on bass (visually of course) and Sami's playing was flawless but from an optical point of view I don't feel he fits well into this band. Thus he often simply disappeared in a huge cloud of fog. Drummer Ventor probably got the most attention during "Riot Of Violence" as he took over the vocals there. For the final track "Flag Of Hate" Mille let us scream "hate" as loud as we possibly could and even though I had the impression that a few people had left already we were damn loud indeed! The lightshow's been pretty nice and I also want to mention that the sound was good the whole night too (which cannot really be taken for granted unfortunately). With their more or less recent return more towards their roots Kreator are certainly winners....as shown here that night.

setlist Kreator:
Enemy Of God
Impossible Brutality
Pleasure To Kill
Phobia
Violent Revolution
World Anarchy
Renewal
Suicide Terrorist
Extreme Aggression
People Of The Lie
Voices Of The Dead
All Of The Same Blood
Riot Of Violence
Terrible Certainty
Reconquering The Throne
Betrayer
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Terrorzone
Love Us Or Hate Us
Flag Of Hate/Tormentor


submitted by Cora 21.02.2005

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