Wacken Open Air - Wacken, Germany, 30th July 2009

Event: Wacken Open Air 2009
Written by: Baz Anderson, GT, Promonex
Published: 26.08.2009

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Barry: Wacken Open Air is the biggest metal festival in the world, there is no doubt about that, and it probably has the best atmosphere across 70,000 like-minded people of any gathering of this magnitude in the world. This year gave us Wacken Open Air number 20 and even though the festival took every opportunity to remind us this was the 20th anniversary, it was weirdly forgotten, or ignored, that from this year it has actually been 19 years since the very first festival, and so a 20th anniversary would actually be next year. The festival pulled many rabbits out many of many hats to make this festival a memorable one, including for the sake of celebration the inclusion of at least one band from each of the past Wacken festivals, along with more things to do and see away from the stages including a wrestling tent among other things. One thing the festival did pull out of a hat was also a remarkably bland line-up with killer punches for headliners, which caused some controversy among metalheads, but probably not as much as the inclusion of bands such as Bullet For My Valentine and Bring Me The Horizon.



Barry: The festival, as always, was welcomed into the village by the locals who always seem keen to help and wave the Wacken flag outside their houses, the metalheads once again in general were greatly respective of the village. Inside the festival arena the sound from the stages was generally good. Standing at the front of the main stages doesn't quite destroy your ears as much as some other festivals, but always seems comfortably louder. The Party Stage is the one to have grown over the last couple of years, and although probably the best third stage in the festival's history, if you don't stand close to it you'll get a load of unwanted noise coming from the main stages. W.E.T. tent once again was the same size and thus could be uncomfortably packed at times, but strangely this probably did not seem as bad as previous years. Weather-wise it rained very hard the night before the festival, and then also very hard rain through the first night of the festival. Apparently this storm destroyed and up-rooted tents in the campsite, but luckily this would be the last rain we would see. In general, while the bands were playing the weather would be either very pleasant or very hot, unless your name is Running Wild who left the metal world with a bit of a storm.

D-A-D

Gorm: Old time Danish hard rockers, playing for nearly 30 years started the festival for me. Even though their last few albums (save the latest) have been a bit soft and whiny I was expecting them to pull of some of their older material. And as vocalist Jesper Bintzer said: "we've been going through our basements and attics and found our old instruments…meaning we're playing old music today." That they did and they even brought a backdrop with their old name Disneyland After Dark (not used anymore because of a Disney lawsuit). Unfortunately too much time was wasted on Jesper babbeling and dragged out in- and outros, so the show got quite boring after a while. The sound wasn't really impressive either, mostly because of the wind I guess and my position. Therefore I didn't stay for the whole thing and thus missed a hard rock version of the Danish national hymn.

Schandmaul

Barry: Schandmaul pulled a large audience, no doubt mostly a German audience for the German band. These are probably good fun if you actually are German, otherwise it was a bland set that did nothing but play off the whole folk instrument fad going on at the moment and waste a bit of time.



X-Plod

Daniel: While Schandmaul kicked off their set, Romanian Metal Battle contestants X-Plod closed theirs. The most curious thing about this band was that none of its members was older than 13 years, the vocalist even being merely 9 years old. And that's just what you got: kids holding guitars and trying to be metal might appear somewhat adorable at first, but once the singer made it clear that he hasn't any hair on his balls yet, you just wanted to cover your ears and run off. These kiddos actually made Hanson seem talented... and made me wonder about the Romanian jury's taste...



Der W

Barry: A secret band would be playing a slot on the Party Stage, but overhearing that this band was none other than German-in-joke-band J.B.O. and seeing one of those pink balloons float on by it seemed like a better idea to stay put for the time being. That would be in favour of seeing Der W. That's right, who? Well it was worth a try wasn't it, but it turns out these are also a German-in-joke band who don't actually tell any jokes. The band presumably put on a show, but the sheer lack of anything interesting made it impossible to remember even what they looked like.



Running Wild

Barry: To continue with the German onslaught of bands we got a two-hour dose of the real pirate metallers Running Wild accompanied by a small gang of dressed-up German people saying German words at the audience. Not got a clue what they were, or why they existed. It was no secret however that this was unfortunately to be the very last show from these legends of the genre and thus the audience had grown into the massive sea of people Wacken can produce, but although people were there in mass, there wasn't a lot of movement, we'll assume they were quietly enjoying the set. These guys will be very sorely missed, especially as they put on a great show here in the middle of a flash-flood falling from the sky. Kicking off the set with "Port Royal" they put on somewhat of a best of show to say goodbye, all the favourites were present in the setlist apart from "Treasure Island", which in a two-hour set would have made a great and epic addition, but was unfortunately omitted. These guys will probably be missed more than they realised in a time when we need as many of the classics around to fight back against the fads and trends of today.

Gorm: Before Wacken I had only heard a song or two from Running Wild and as I quite liked those and since it was their farewell show, I decided to check them out. I didn't regret that. Actually I now regret not paying any attention to them before. The show was great and the music too. Never really understood the weird stage acting though, but that was the only negative thing about it. The sound was fine and the audience pretty enthusiastic. All in all a nice concert.



Heaven & Hell

Barry: For the first time of the entire festival it actually now felt like an international event as fellow Brits Heaven & Hell took the True Metal stage to close the first day. Again a huge crowd was present for these musical legends playing Black Sabbath songs. Dio tonight appeared to be working more in a professional mode getting on with the job as opposed to enjoying being there, and the rest of the band didn't make much more of an effort to engage in the vast audience either. Delighted people were all around however to hear all these songs from the Dio-era Black Sabbath days as well as a fair chunk of the newly written album. An encore including "Neon Knights" this time was extremely warmly received, even if it did sound somewhat mutated into some macabre up-beat death march as the song was played with all the same settings as the doomier, heavier and deeper songs of the set. The set lacked something though, the title track "Heaven & Hell" sounded great, and just look at the musicians on stage, it should have been perfect, but there was some kind of spark missing that prevented it from being magical.



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Valentin B - 26.08.2009 at 22:15  
Yeah, X-Plod sucked. their only excuse for being crap is that they are kids.... and if they don't change that(being crap) they're gonna be left with no excuse soon lol

Running Wild imo far surpassed H&H as best performer on the first day, when i think of that concert the intro to "The Brotherhood" pops in my head hehehehe. not to say H&H wasn't awesome but RW was one of the highlights of the festival.
corrupt - 30.08.2009 at 17:51  
Nothing about the embarrassing Metal Hammer "awards"? Hm.
Barry, when I told you that the secret show would be JBO, I didn't mean "don't go there". You probably would have hated them for speaking German all the time but their set really was a surprise. And they have a much closer relation to the festival than Stephan Weidner (der W).
By the way, didn't we meet during the Skyline gig? Why no comment on that show? And Lacuna Coil weren't that bad either. They really gain in sound when enjoyed live. Unfortunately, due to the horrible schedule, we were forced to see parts of Running Wild, (these parts being awesome though), parts of Drone (also very good) and parts of Lacuna Coil. Pity they stuffed the big stages with so much vanities during the early hours and then let the few interesting bands that day play in the same or in overlapping slots.
Baz Anderson - 30.08.2009 at 18:03  
Well, I have a JBO album and it is ok, but generally goes over my head. I just didn't want to bother really.

Yes we did meet during Skyline. Maybe there should be a little piece seeing as they did play at the very first Wacken festival - but then again I really wasn't paying attention to any of it and I didn't bother trying to take any pictures either. All I can remember is them covering "Fear Of The Dark" and "Whisky In The Jar".
corrupt - 30.08.2009 at 18:58  
Written by Baz Anderson on 30.08.2009 at 18:03

Well, I have a JBO album and it is ok, but generally goes over my head. I just didn't want to bother really.

Yes we did meet during Skyline. Maybe there should be a little piece seeing as they did play at the very first Wacken festival - but then again I really wasn't paying attention to any of it and I didn't bother trying to take any pictures either. All I can remember is them covering "Fear Of The Dark" and "Whisky In The Jar".

The special thing about it was that it's the band of the two Wacken founders as it seemed. At least they played with them. And JBO, though arguably they don't play metal did play a set of mostly old, harder tracks from their really ironic era. When I was younger I really enjoyed that time. Long before I realized that there really is a thing called metal to classify all this
Valentin B - 31.08.2009 at 11:39  
Written by corrupt on 30.08.2009 at 17:51

Pity they stuffed the big stages with so much vanities during the early hours and then let the few interesting bands that day play in the same or in overlapping slots.

i actually thought "who the fuck are these guys hogging the stages?" i understand the "W" guy is the bassist of the Bohse Onkelz, does that make him qualified to play on the main stage? lol


oh yeah and i found it really funny how ULTRA-METAL AS FVCK the woman from Metal Hammer wanted to sound while announcing the awards haahahahahh, i only understood bits and pieces of what she said and of course the bands haha.. imo Doro who is always "hello you people!!! are you ready to have a good time??" was waay more 'metal' than her, and when i first heard the Wacken-Hymn it also really moved me, it's an excellent anthem imo apart from the corny middle bit. here's the link with also some beautiful images from WOA 2009 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=064wnzl0wR0
corrupt - 31.08.2009 at 19:12  
Written by Valentin B on 31.08.2009 at 11:39

Written by corrupt on 30.08.2009 at 17:51

Pity they stuffed the big stages with so much vanities during the early hours and then let the few interesting bands that day play in the same or in overlapping slots.

i actually thought "who the fuck are these guys hogging the stages?" i understand the "W" guy is the bassist of the Bohse Onkelz, does that make him qualified to play on the main stage? lol


oh yeah and i found it really funny how ULTRA-METAL AS FVCK the woman from Metal Hammer wanted to sound while announcing the awards haahahahahh, i only understood bits and pieces of what she said and of course the bands haha.. imo Doro who is always "hello you people!!! are you ready to have a good time??" was waay more 'metal' than her, and when i first heard the Wacken-Hymn it also really moved me, it's an excellent anthem imo apart from the corny middle bit. here's the link with also some beautiful images from WOA 2009 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=064wnzl0wR0

The Metal Hammer woman actually was Sabina Classen, which made the whole thing even worse. And Doro with her oh-so-metal attitude can go retire or start to make real metal so she doesn't always have to compensate. Seems she's so frustrated with her soft-rock that she constantly has to emphasize how metal she is. I find all that very annoying. And that anthem is a huge joke. Show it to Marcel, he'll tell you what I think
Promonex - 31.08.2009 at 20:18  
Written by corrupt on 30.08.2009 at 17:51

Nothing about the embarrassing Metal Hammer "awards"? Hm.

Let's just call it repressed memories

But yeah, Sabina Classen made a total fool of herself. Even more so if you actually understood what she said. A pity we forgot to write about them awards.
Valentin B - 31.08.2009 at 20:34  
Written by Promonex on 31.08.2009 at 20:18

Written by corrupt on 30.08.2009 at 17:51

Nothing about the embarrassing Metal Hammer "awards"? Hm.

Let's just call it repressed memories

But yeah, Sabina Classen made a total fool of herself. Even more so if you actually understood what she said. A pity we forgot to write about them awards.

all i could catch was something about "der lauteste... *deep breath* der hoheste... aber also.............*epic pause* verdammtliches!!!!! bands aus dem welttttt!!!!!!!!!!!" (the loudest, hardest...... most damned!!!! bands in the world) i loved how she *rugged hairy-legged amazon accent* BELIEVED in what she was saying.


lol and it's so ironic that Slipknot, Saxon and Subway To Sally each won one of those awards.... i love Saxon and some StS songs but YOU HAVE TO AGREE they're pretty much the hardest and fastest bands in the world, right?
corrupt - 31.08.2009 at 22:42  
Written by Valentin B on 31.08.2009 at 20:34

Written by Promonex on 31.08.2009 at 20:18

Written by corrupt on 30.08.2009 at 17:51

Nothing about the embarrassing Metal Hammer "awards"? Hm.

Let's just call it repressed memories

But yeah, Sabina Classen made a total fool of herself. Even more so if you actually understood what she said. A pity we forgot to write about them awards.

all i could catch was something about "der lauteste... *deep breath* der hoheste... aber also.............*epic pause* verdammtliches!!!!! bands aus dem welttttt!!!!!!!!!!!" (the loudest, hardest...... most damned!!!! bands in the world) i loved how she *rugged hairy-legged amazon accent* BELIEVED in what she was saying.


lol and it's so ironic that Slipknot, Saxon and Subway To Sally won 2 of those awards.... i love Saxon and some StS songs but YOU HAVE TO AGREE they're pretty much the hardest and fastest bands in the world, right?

Also I bet it was just pure coincidence that all but one band who won an 'award' played at the very same festival on the same, the next or the day after that.
marinBG - 03.10.2009 at 14:22  
I find the Wacken reviews too onesided... You didin't see most of the bands I would see for example that were interesting on the bill... and you bashed all the bands that a lot of people loved... I'm sorry, but this is the worst review of Wacken 2009 I've read so far...
Baz Anderson - 03.10.2009 at 14:24  
Written by marinBG on 03.10.2009 at 14:22

I find the Wacken reviews too onesided... You didin't see most of the bands I would see for example that were interesting on the bill... and you bashed all the bands that a lot of people loved... I'm sorry, but this is the worst review of Wacken 2009 I've read so far...

You do realise this is just one day of the festival...
Valentin B - 26.10.2009 at 07:26  
Something i didn't like about this day, most people during Running Wild were all "hmm it's their last show, i know only Riding the Storm and Under Jolly Roger so maybe i'll just sit around here", there was this HUGE sea of people just standing there and i couldn't get a good view of the stage.
Promonex - 29.10.2009 at 04:12  
Written by Valentin B on 26.10.2009 at 07:26

Something i didn't like about this day, most people during Running Wild were all "hmm it's their last show, i know only Riding the Storm and Under Jolly Roger so maybe i'll just sit around here", there was this HUGE sea of people just standing there and i couldn't get a good view of the stage.

Fighting your way to the front often does the trick. Or if that's too tedious (it usually is for me), just get airborne and let the people under you do the work.
Valentin B - 29.10.2009 at 06:54  
Written by Promonex on 29.10.2009 at 04:12

Written by Valentin B on 26.10.2009 at 07:26

Something i didn't like about this day, most people during Running Wild were all "hmm it's their last show, i know only Riding the Storm and Under Jolly Roger so maybe i'll just sit around here", there was this HUGE sea of people just standing there and i couldn't get a good view of the stage.

Fighting your way to the front often does the trick. Or if that's too tedious (it usually is for me), just get airborne and let the people under you do the work.

yeah right, and risk getting after the railing and being escorted to the side of the stage where the sound is shittier and you can't even see the band? it'd have been my first time crowd surfing too i don't really have experience "steering" the people carrying me hahaha.


btw did you see the girl in pink dress who almost got raped while in the air on the third day? that was harsh.
marinBG - 23.12.2009 at 04:19  
Written by Baz Anderson on 03.10.2009 at 14:24

Written by marinBG on 03.10.2009 at 14:22

I find the Wacken reviews too onesided... You didin't see most of the bands I would see for example that were interesting on the bill... and you bashed all the bands that a lot of people loved... I'm sorry, but this is the worst review of Wacken 2009 I've read so far...

You do realise this is just one day of the festival...

I read the whole deal... Sorry, I just didn't like it. This is my honest opinion. I love the video interviews though. You should keep them up

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