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Göteborgskalaset, or the Gothenburg City Festival, is a yearly event that fills the streets every summer with beer-tents, happenings, events and a whole lot of concerts. This year it took place simultaneously as the European Athletics Championships and the city of Gothenburg hosts more than a weeklong party called The Championships City Festival. Every night there is concerts to attend if you like (the best of all is that they are all free) and on Tuesday the 8th of August it was time for the metalheads to get their share of the goodies. Bloodbound, Burst and Arch Enemy along with a bunch of un-signed bands took charge of the stages and raised some hell in the warmth of the summer-night.
Setlength: 40 min.
Bloodbound went on stage a little later than what was announced, and apparently according to the local newspaper it was because vocalist Urban Breed felt an urge to head back to the hotel in order to take a shower!? Anyway, that is of lesser importance since it was what they performed on stage that mattered to me. As it turned out this was the farewell concert with Urban Breed as vocalist in Bloodbound, this news did not come clear until a couple days after the show was done but somehow I got the feeling that all was not right in Bloodbound as I watched them. Although they seemed to be high in spirit and goofing around there was something that gave me the feeling that all was not well.
Nevertheless I would not want to complain on what they delivered, their catchy tunes come out greatly live and even if the voice from Urban wasn't on top I enjoyed every moment of it. As they where the first band out on the major stage the crowd had not turned up in any larger number yet which felt a bit sad since this is a band that according to me deserves a bit more recognition. The band was backed up by female backing vocals that unfortunately couldn't be heard that well but otherwise the sound was very good. Along with corpse paint, gates to Hell, pyro and a big cross where Urban was crucified, Bloodbound did good with the forty minutes they had at their hands and even if things could have been better the only thing I missed was the song Fallen From Grace.
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7 chalices of 10
Setlength: 45 min.
I couldn't resist buying an Arch Enemy T-shirt as I left the area after their performance, and on the back of it big letters say: Pure fucking metal. And I can't think of a better way to summon up a performance from Arch Enemy. This band seriously kills on stage and has become as reliable as Motörhead, you know what you get and what you get is good.
Arch Enemy are skilled, acts professionally, have a front-woman in Angela
Gossow that can handle the audience, and most important - they have songs
that are great live. The thing I like about Arch Enemy is how they mix
melodies and aggression and further that it works so well on a stage.
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8,5 chalices of 10
Thomas, August 2006