WHAT’S UP NATION!?
I recently got to experience two bands that I have never seen before. I was aware of them but, never heard their music. And now all of that has been changed. So Ladies and Gentlemen I give you my review of The Great Tour with Sabaton and HammerFall.
Now first up we have HammerFall. And they have two things going for them. Their look and playing.They have what I call that “Classic Metal” look. The black leather, silver metal, long flowing hair, and synchronized head banging. This is what metal looked like back in its early days and since then it had branched off into other visual styles. Which is all good but, it’s nice to have the classic look with a more modern sound. It’s good for younger audience to have a fresh example of what metal used to look like. The synchronized head banging was a nice touch. Just makes the performance look a bit more organize. The only thing I wish I saw more of was the guitar players switching sides. Perhaps not during the songs because as I said I like that organized look. But perhaps when they are switching to a new song.
As for the playing itself. It was VERY clean. I was down in front so I could see the guitarists hands as they played. And they had dead on accuracy. No missed/dead notes. Even the guitar solos were played very clean. Now as for someone who is new to this band. The stand out song for me “We Make Sweden Rock”. And it was about just how many great bands and musicians come from there. And it made me think about all the Swedish bands i’v seen. Including them and Sabaton, I have seen Avatar, Amon Amarth, In Flames, Arch Enemy, Meshuggah, The Haunted, Europe, SoilWork, Tim Skold. And that’s not even including the bands I haven’t seen. Or the ones who aren’t even metal. It just made me realize there are A LOT talented musicians from Sweden. I don’t know what’s in their Hot Coco but, if it makes bands like this. Keep Drinking. All and all I give their performance a 9 out of 10. And if you want to see their music/lyric video for that song and a live one. Check out the videos below.
And now let’s check out our headliner, SABATON. I did some research about this band before I went to see them. Turns out they are all about Military History. And seeing how I came from an Extended Military Family (heck both of my grandfathers served in WWII). I had a personal interest in them. They have a pretty good look but, their stage set up is impressive. They have a tank on stage where the drummer sits. The mic stands were guns, and they have crates that you would see out on a military base (one of them even says Kiss Your Ass Goodbye).
Their playing was just as clean as HammerFalls and while these guitarists did switch sides…They did it a bit to much. Matter of fact they all did and it almost looked like they were drifting around on stage. But their music and playing were still great. For me their stand out song was Bismark. I watched that music video so many times. Not only is it about an Ancient warship and, a good song. But the music video is VERY well made. Like one step under movie quality. And after looking more into them I can honestly say they are great teachers for Military History. So with that in mind I give their performance a 9 out of 10. Definitely check out these bands if you like power metal. Go see them live. And if you want to see their Music Video for Bismark. Both official and live. Then check out the videos below. And until next time nation….STAY LOUD!