A German saying goes: Whenever someone comes back from a journey he has got a lot to tell. And there is quite a lot to tell on both ends, yours and ours. Not only that the move to the new site in Dinkelsbuehl obviously was a good one which worked out well. Short ways, a relaxed atmosphere due to enough space for everyone and the really quick ones had the chance to watch the bands on the main stage without leaving the tent. But also the things which happened aside. As there was the BMW which got totally damaged and the new BAMBI-cult. In case you don’t know what we are on about just check Youtube for Summer Breeze and the according term. Unfortunately we still have no influence on the weather. But a bit of rain has got a refreshing effect, hasn’t it? On the band’s side there almost only positive things to tell. Real headliner and hot gossip about them, are they worth headlining or not and high quality surprises, just like you are used to being at the BREEZE. But check out yourself and be assured the party continues in 2007 but with quite some surprises as this will be our tenth anniversary!
1 p.m. (MS) SUBCONCIOUS
Murphy... The band that went on main stage at 1 p.m. sharp weren't Dutch and definitely not VOLBEAT, but SUBCONCIOUS from Stuttgart. The four guys were lucky enough being asked to replace REGICIDE. Their style of music is somewhere between MESHUGGAH, DEATH and ATHEIST and far far away from REGICIDE and VOLBEAT, but the metal audience didn't mind as SUBCONCIOUS blasted their music full throttle into everyone's ears. Especially the bass player Rainer Humpers knew how to work his 6-string guitar, played their songs at best rate and surprised everybody at times, for example with his tappings in "Reflections". Also, drummer Konrad Ponto didn't restrain himself from playing his parts at his best: doublebass-kit with for hanging and two standtoms and around 32 cymbals. A very nice beginning for day number one.
1.35 p.m. (PS) TOURETTES SYNDROME
Same as on the main stage happened on the pain stage. This band didn't have anything to do with metalcore, thus nothing at all to do with FEAR MY THOUGHTS, cause FMT had to cancel their stage appearance at the SUMMER BREEZE on short notice. They are recording a new album and the singer's voice got so strained that it disappeared for days on end.... The first impression of the wild bunch on stage was mostly new metal because of the into-the-ground tuned guitars and rhythm-riffing. But over the whole length of their performance the band seemed more multifarious than at the beginning and even rougher. This band, by all means had the longest way to travel to the SUMMER BREEZE, being that they had to travel all the way from Sydney, Australia. You can't beat that! The massive voice was a surprise for a lot of the metal heads, then their songs were really sung by a woman, Michele Madden was a real live wire and stormed around on stage and almost reached at some points the standard of Chris Barnes - and with her dreads they even had a common hair style! With samples and triggered speed passages the songs were spiced up even more and the audience loved it.
2.10 p.m. (MS) VOLBEAT
The Danish have climbed up a few positions in the billing after the short recline of REGICIDE - which turned out to be much in need because just a few minutes before their performance it seemed like they'll never get on stage on time. Because of an axle fracture on their van near Fulda the band was stuck somewhere on the autobahn and almost couldn't be there at the festival. Hooking up the instruments, turning the controller to the right and finally blasting their first song "Caroline Leaving". Luckily, because of the saved five minutes from changing from one band to another, the band was able to play at least five songs which the people in the moshpit freaked out on. The mixture of rock n' roll, metal and the voice of Michael Poulsen is unrivaled. It is known that Elvis lives, but you wouldn't have thought that you'll find him in Denmark! The singer doesn't have a Elvis Aaron Presley- tattoo on his arm only for fun and jokes. At the Danish-Dynamite- Tour with their fellow countrymen HATESPHERE and RAUNCHY (which already performed at an earlier SUMMER BREEZE) in autumn you'll be able to see them again on German stages.
2.45 p.m. (PS) UNDERTOW
As UNDERTOW went on stage the area in front of the pain stage was filled with people. No wonder, after all UNDERTOW is from the area were the SUMMER BREEZE is taking place, so they’ll have a great fan base here anyway. The boys present their new album "Milgram" and bombed their songs, which's style reminds you of modern metal, with breathtaking force. The audience was infected by their driving power of the band and a moshpit was founded quite fast. On stage the band's impressive dynamic was brought forth even better than on CD. Whether sad doom passages as in "Homemade Funeral", or fast playing up-speed blasting songs or cool grooves, the band always plays at their best and are so recognized. For a lot of people this was the highlight of the day.
15.20 p.m. (MS) NEAERA
Those who suspect that NEAERA are just some standard metalcore band, were taught different by the ultrabrutal death metal blast by the band from Münster. With unabated abrasiveness the instruments were torn and beaten by the band and brought forth a storm. At first, the fans felt a little awkward, but got used to the sound pretty quick and moshed to whatever it takes. Although the songs were technically challenging NEAERA, which by the way were named after a Greek mythological figure, were playing their set list with a lot of ambition, at least in the first half. Singer Benjamin Hilleke went right into the ring of audience and found some fans that knew the lyrics by heart. The setlist was mostly compound out of songs from their newest album "Let The Tempest Come", but also some songs from their first CD. Both for extreme-fans and for metalcore fans, this performance was just the right thing to mosh to!
4 p.m. (PS) ANGEL BLAKE
A real special feature was the performance of ANGEL BLAKE. It was the first on stage live performance by the Swedish after all. But you couldn't even sense a hint of nervousness! The band is a solo project of ex- THE CROWN guitar player Marko Tervonen and are used to being real professionals. Besides him, Tony Jelencovich, ex-TRANSPORT LEAGUE and ex-MNEMIC singer also plays in the band. The band's eye catcher is by far bassplayer Magnus Olsfelt with his contrabass. This instrument is just perfect for the rock sound and gave the listeners a vibration in their stomach. The rock sound itself is made up of a mix of traditional rock with a lot of metal and you can hear the band's affection towards DANZIG. The singer has a lot of charisma and tries his best to drag the audience on his side. But the audience doesn't really go with the flow. At their last song "The Forsaken" only a small crowd stayed to listen. Maybe the rest needed some coffee after this great amount of metal. But the performance by ANGEL BLAKE was great!
4.35 p.m. (MS) THE HAUNTED
The perfect entrance in their set was the SLAYER-ish "Dark Intentions", as it was just a little taste of what was to come. The band did not once take a break to introduce themselves, but played three songs in a row. The fans were already driven almost over the edge as frontman Peter Dolving, with a sweet mohawk, greeted everybody in front of the stage. Dolving is the archetype of a frontman. While the songs are played he transforms into a berserk und rushes over the stage like a psychopath, reminding of a young Phil Anselmo. Between songs, while announcing he seems to be a likeable guy with a good bit of humor. Best example for this is when he told the audience to think of the gayest dancing move to "The Hatesong", which he is very good himself, or fussing around because he only sees black t-shirts in the audience. And with this group he knows how to pull the strings just right. Their musical talent shouldn't be forgotten to be mentioned also, they know exactly how to get the party started. They only played their greatest smash hits from their last four albums, but didn't even play one song from their newest album "The Dead Eye". Nevertheless, their performance was the best and most energetic of all till now.
5.25 p.m. (PS) SALTATIO MORTIS
Not only since the prosperity of IN EXTREMO, which you could see at some other SUMMER BREEZE shows, is the medieval metal genre not on the fringes anymore. But SALTATIO MORTIS is the first band today to play this genre. And if you look at the massivly growing crowd the fans are anticipating this performance. An the stage itself was filled with the seven members of the band. The clothing, which you can't find at the next mall, was a nice fit to their play of music. Men in skirts and medievel costumes, armed with flutes, hurdy-gurdies and shalms, but also with e-guitars and drums. The stage was flanked with two burning plates which blazed up to every song at the right time. The songs were mostly happy-go-lucky and invited to dance. Frontman "Alea the Humble" (this is what he is really called!) proved a lot of talent with how to treat his audience, was savored in courtesy and couldn't get off stage on time because of this. The fans didn't mind at all and blasted all the German songs at high volume. SALTATIO MORTIS was the afternoon-peak at the SUMMER BREEZE open air.
6.10 p.m. (MS) MOONSPELL
The Portuguese were a little agigated because the band beforehand played way too long and started to run around in circles and wanted to go on stage very badly. The stage itself showed a blood red sunset over a graveyard in the background. Besides that, the stage decoration had two huge put up-hinges with the band's emblem which flanked the drum set. For the second time after 2001 the dark rockers are playing at the SUMMER BREEZE open air and really enjoyed the new lit attention with their "come back album" "Memorial". The band had to fight their way through a thick wall of fog to finally arrive on stage. Their eyes were encircled with black eyeliner and singer Fernando wore a blood red coat - but the coat was kicked off by the singer after their first song "Finistera". Fernando (wearing a simple-but-nice Mercyful Fate shirt) brought forth all the German vocabulary that he could master and tried his best to announce everything in German. He also should have received a medal for running around on stage all the time and using all the space on stage that he could. Old hits like "Opium" as well as songs of their album were greeted with open arms by the audience and so the band's second visit will be held in good memory.
7.05 p.m. (PS) 1349
It took a long time, too long for most, until the first black metal band were next in line and so 1349 had an easy game to play. A band with just the right taste in black metal, with everything the fans needed, they've reached 100 points on the black metal checklist: high-contrast black make-up, black clothes, high boots, vocals somewhere between growls and nagging, groovy guitars, nail wristbands, bandoleers, tattoos without an end - everything checked. Without any first words, they blasted their songs, after some problems with the sounds and the guitars, for 45 minutes, with an extraordinary sound and performance. Especially drummer Tony Laureano (ex-NILE and MALEVOLENT CREATION), who joined the band instead of SATYRICON's Frost, was the real reason for so many jaws dropping down and is now counted as the new reference of precision - forget Swiss watches! What this man played with only his right leg in some passages, some people aren't even able to do with two legs...
7.55 p.m. (MS) FINTROLL
To introduce the ludicrous Finnish right now would be like telling a German what sauerkraut is. This band is a well known guest at the SUMMER BREEZE and is the ideal band when it comes to having a great big party with the whole audience. Their almost-metal with a extra portion of saucy Finnish Humpa-parts is a very cool mix and so nobody can hold still. In 1349 this, too, was frenetic and thus FINNTROLL made a triumphal procession! But for some the singer was a big surprise. They only remembered a rather corpulent singer with the name Tapio Wilska and now, on stage, there is a rather skinny-dainty boy called Mathias Lillmans with the microphone in his hand. Against his outer appearance his voice wasn't skinny at all, but just the opposite, remarkably strong and full of power - you could ask yourself where the hell that voice came from. From the far back of the stage you could think that a girl band was playing on stage, cause every member had a long skirt on and long hair banging to their music, oh what joy! Unquestioned highlight was their band anthem "Trollhammeren" of their album "Nattfodd" and the audience rocked as hard as the band itself and the only thing you could see were raised hands - as already mentioned, a triumphal precession.
9.00 p.m. (PS) ASP
This band divided the opinion of the audience - one part were desperately waiting for their appearance of this cult band, the other half thought that the were misplaces and uninteresting. The mixture of Prodigy-programming and Rammstein-riffing with a cuddly goth-blanket had its charm and alot of individual character. Most of it was built on the three vocals singing, which were more classic than modern and conjured up a wonderfull atmosphere. Singer Alexander Spreng a.k.a. Asp savored the show, was sputtering out a good mood, reminded of uncle Fester from the Addams Family and was even happier because of the early nightfall - or the fireworks to "ich will brennen" wouldn't have made much sense. The show was underlined with a lot of pyrotechnical special effects and so this band was not only a treat for the ear but also for the eye.
9.50 p.m. (MS) KREATOR
With KREATOR a real god-like metal band goes on stage that embossed German metal and also the international Thrash metal scene. KREATOR is really honouring their position as a headliner and weren't fooled. The stage decoration which they brought with them consisting of stairs, pedestrials and not to forget the impressive light and effect show were awesome. As well as the set list. Starting with some new songs as "Enemy Of God" and "Impossible Brutality" before classics like "Extreme Aggression" were pulled out of their hat. Frontman Mille proved once more that he is a friendly coeval that didn't see himself as a star and saw himself more eye to eye with the fans. And he knew exactly which buttons he had to push. For example, before he played "Pleasure To Kill" he told them that this song shouldn't be taken word by word and he was only joking - which was a side blow against the overprotective local church organisations. The assortment of songs were like a walk through all the albums of KREATOR and had songs from the ep "Flag Of Hate" like "Awakening Of The Gods", only "Renewal" was sadly forgotten. After 20 years of being in the metal business KREATOR never lost any of their metal driving charisma nor any of their penetrating power nor any of their ability to enrapture. Even after their final medley "Flag Of Hate" and "Tormentor" at which end the stage was enclosed in fog, the fans screamed for more, but regrettably didn't get any. But the show was filmed for an upcoming DVD, there you can get some more if you didn't have enough.
11.10 p.m. (PS) KATATONIA
Not only a huge part of the audience yearned for another performance from the Swedish, but for the band itself the SUMMER BREEZE open air has a special status. Some band members have written on their homepage that the breeze festival is their favourite one. The conditions were ideal and the eye of the beholder was captivated by the stage background's backdrop with the album design by Travis Smith and the first thing you could hear was the unobtrusive organ and strings to absorbing light. The band went on stage while the intro played, stood with their backs to the audience, meanwhile the drummer went behind his drum set. Unlike some other bands they didn't wear any fancy clothes for their performance and so they wore plain clothes and even singer Jonas Renske's performance was more introvertet and simple. Mostly, he held on to the microphone while his face was hidden behind his hair. The show's opener was "Leaders" from the newest album "The Great Cold Distance", followed by "Wealth" from their last album "Viva Emptiness". Generally, it is surprising that the band's set list consisted mostly of old songs instead of concentrating on some new songs, but the fans loved it. The first single of the album was cut short because sadly, the band only had 50 minutes on stage, songs like "My Twin", "Teargas", "For My Demons", "Sweet Nurse" and "Tonight's music" should have been in a regular headliner show, and not even one song was played from "Last Fair Deal Gone Down". If it works out well, after KATATONIA and MOONSPELL will have finished their US-tour, maybe they will tour through Europe as a headliner, keep your fingers crossed...
11.00 a.m. (MS) APOSTASY
I can imagine better things of being woken up by than APOSTASY. Imagine you’re having a good party on a very nice festival site, getting “home” early in the morning with a smile on your face, dreaming of a beer can which never runs dry and at 11.00h , in the middle of the night, so to speak a bunch of deathmetal freaks gone wild blow your sleepy mind. Though they might have tortured you by that it was worth while to get up for them. In Germany noone has ever seen them before live on stage. A so called live debut. Especially the bassist seemed to be highly motivated by this cirumstance. Though it was cold and windy he played barefoot with no shirt on. Respect! Current line up was completed just a few weeks ago but the band played really tight and made some early heads bang. Of course not too many of them appeared in front of the stage but in the end it was a well done premiere. Congratulations!
11.30 a.m. (PS) EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS
Organized stupidity has a name: EXCREMANTORY GRINDFUCKERS.
This band from Hannover/Germany keeps having a laugh on everybody and everything. Fun grind they call this genre which can sometimes be called JBO go grind core. Aggressive growls meet up with I-grab-your-balls sing along. Blastbeat to be followed by classical tango. Hasselhoff’s “Looking For Freedom” changed into “Looking For Grind Core”. Short cuts only. The FUCKERS were probably the only bands who made it up to 14 songs in 30 minutes. Though the drummer wasn’t really a dream come true but at least a bigger audience gathered than at APOSTASY’s show. And the security had to face the 1st crowd surfer of the day.
12.05 p.m. (MS) LENG TCH’E
Nobody was practicing old chinese ways of torture. But it still was a challenge to face these extreme sounding Belgians this morning. EXCREMETORY GRINDFUCKERS’ guitarist was wearing a shirt saying: Music is being done by somebody else. That was probably about LENG TCH’E. Musically they took a walk through the valleys of grind core, stoner, hardcore and the gardens of death metal. Visually rather hardcore they delivered a perfect and massive whole which made this band one of the surprises of the day. German introductions made it even more interesting and so they could call this gig successful for both, fans and band.
12.40 p.m. (PS) THE OCEAN
Another ceptional band was ready to strike. The stage set up indicated something unusual was about to happen as two drum sets were arranged on the drum riser.
A normal drum set for the constant rhythm and an extraordinary kit for percussions were set up and percussions were not only done on the drums but also on a big piece of steel which got hit according to the rhythm. Taking a closer look made everybody realize it was just 6 people on stage as the band normally appears with three guitarists. Bit of a shame but one of the singers retired from music and so the Berlin based noise collective was forced to concentrate on the rather heavy stuff which was taken from current album “Aeolian” only. Various sound samples also from the David Fincher movie Fight Club were rounding up an interesting set.
13.15 p.m. (MS) TRAIL OF TEARS
These likable Norwegians were supposed to play in 2005 already but could not make it somehow. Good they got a second chance. As they were all dressed in black they nearly looked the same. Two of the seven members are in charge of singing. Ronny Thorsen takes care of the rough shouts while his baldy colleague Kjetil Nordhus supplies the melodic parts and trusts in the healing effect of spices. Therefore he had a few Jägermeister during the show. For healthy reasons, of course. On the other hand the keyboard player could not be seen during the set. He was hiding quite well, or not on stage at all. It looked like the drum parts were delivered by play back. At least the band had a diverse appearance, blast attacks hit quite parts with strings due to the two vocalists. Though the weather was rainy and cold the first rows in the crowd acted quite enthusiastic. The “Free Fall Into Fear” smasher “Cold Hand Of Retribution” marked a perfect ending of a convincing show which reminded of Nevermore every now and then.
1.50 p.m (PS) FRAGMENTS OF UNBECOMING
Ten minutes to two FRAGMENTS OF UNBECOMING invited for an after lunch mosh. An invitation that many fans accepted.The quartett put the audience ablaze with their mixture of melodic Swedisch death metal and the most brutal Florida-metal there is. Frontman Sam Anetzberger looked like a krishna-devotee with his shaved head with a pigtail, but with his voice he was an archetype of a death metal fronter. Bad ass screaming as well as dark growls is excellently managed by the singer. The other band members played their instruments with technical perfection and offered the crowd what they wanted. In the first row you could see some guys who knew the lyrics like the back of their hands and sung along loudly with the band. Cool.
2.25 p.m. (MS) POTENTIA ANIMI
Those who say that this band is a pure medieval band are on the wrong track. Yes, they do belong in this kind of music scene but the level of entertainment is way better than with others. Nobody that witnessed POTENTIA ANIMI at the BREEZE will ever forget them! The gents of "the power of the soul" (that's what the band name means) went on stage as religious men to praise the word of the Lord and shouted out a cheery "Halleluja" after every song. Three of them were dressed as monks, violine player "Brother Schnabausus Rex the leper" was dressed as the Pope. But they were all barefoot. Their drummer and singer "Brother Love" stood on stage with the rest of the band so that the drumriser in the back went unused. Moreso, he played his drum set, with all kind of unconventional knickknack tied to it, standing. Guitar player "Brother Grub-at-night" only played old time instruments and only the bass player "Brother Sleep" played his modern E-bass guitar. With their funny nature and a lot of jokes that you shouldn't tell at your family reunion the audience stood behind the band all the way, one song was built up off the riffs from AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" and after they left the stage, the encore for more was so loud that they sung "Ewigkeit" as the last song.
3.05 p.m. (PS) SCAR SYMMETRY
Christian Älvestam is a charismatic frontman before the Lord. This man does not only roar so that a lion is green with envy, he also has the right touch for melodic passages with a slight pop appeal. After the horror intro the fans were hanging on his lips, and he honoured them with funny German announcements like "Vielen Fucking Danke" and generously didn't mention some little problems with other melodic singing passages. With the assortments of songs they concentrated on their new album "Pitch Black Progress" and only two songs were played from their 2005-debut album "Symmetric in design". The short haird musicians (except the drummer) made heads bang nonetheless and did their best with their 40 minutes of stage time.
3.45 p.m. (MS) REBELLION
REBELLION was founded by the former GRAVE DIGGER-members Uwe Lulis and Tomi Göttlich. The general direction is mostly the one of GRAVE DIGGER. US-power metal combined with typical German heavy metal of the old days. With it, REBELLION were the first band with this genre at the festival. For some reason, not many fans were in front of the stage. But the few that were there, were even more enthusiastic. They had the whole program, the so to speak "metal in its purest form" - all inclusive, with the posing. Bass player Göttlich was very touched by this, thanked the fans for the great show and told them that even after 20 years this was something very special for him.
4.35 p.m. (PS) ONE MAN ARMY & THE UNDEAD QUARTET
ONE MAN ARMY & THE UNDEAD QUARTET were happy to have some more fans of them in front of the stage. The already second runner up of THE CROWN which grace the SUMMER BREEZE open air, play their songs with full throttle. The orientation of the band in stylistic means is more in the direction of the band before than ANGEL BLAKE the day before. The death metal sound is spiced with a spoon full of rock n' roll. An eyesight was particularly shouter Johan Lindstrand, who had more hair on his cheeks than on his head. But the rest of the band was eager to play, and so the energy level was way up in the clouds. The band played songs of their album "21st Century Killing Machine" with a lot of enthusiasm. The fans, that surprisingly knew all the songs by heart, had as much fun as the band. The band played a lot of gags on themselves and joked around a lot and a little pat on the butt was given, too...At the end of the set the band recruited a lot of new fans for their ONE MAN ARMY.
5.20 p.m. (MS) EXILIA
Bands that do not really fit into the billing of the SUMMER BREEZE, still have a long tradition at this festival. Whether hard rock bands such as KROKUS, crossover like DIE HAPPY or soft modern rock like STONE THE CROW; first the audience was taken back, and was surprised later at how well the bands were having a great influence on the audience. Same happened this year with EXILIA. Like once her fellow countrymen Julius C. said "veni, vidi, vici" this band came, saw and won the crowd. But with their catchy new metal/crossover mix the band had an easy game to play and had a huge group of people on their side in no time. You can say about their music whatever you want, but the performance was perfect, the play of instruments as well as the vocals. The dwarf-like Masha (the effectboard of the keyboard was taller than she was) stormed around on stage, animated the audience and shouted her soul out of her body. Of course no hit was left out, whether "Stop Playing God" nor the tracks of their newest album, published in July, "Nobody Excluded". Its track release "Kill Me", the last song, was greeted enthusiastically by the audience. This song denounces the human rights abuse in general and especially the George W. Bush - Guantanamo-handling. This was also underlined by Masha's and two roadies’ appearance- in a neon orange overall.
6.10 p.m. (PS) TURISAS
The Finnish guys from TURISAS are living up to their name, an ancient Finnish god of war and enter the stage in all their glory - face paint included. Packed in fur and splattered with blood red paint, the band looks like it just came back from a primeval battle. But this isn't the only remarkable thing you should mention. Besides the typical instruments for a rock band, they also had a keyboard, a violin and an accordeon. In particular the last one is not seen often on a metal stage. But for the sound of this band it makes sense. After all, the sound of their black metal songs is connected deeply with Finnish folklore. But TURISAS do not have much in common with medieval metal, they are to fierce for that. The fans love it and they are celebrating them like real war heroes.
6.55 p.m. (MS) AMORPHIS
Self-assured, AMORPHIS starts their stage performance with a song from their new album. "Leaves Scar" is the ideal opener for the band, because it combines all the band's amenity and even leaves some space for some death metal roots. These roots are not denied by the Finnish throughout the whole set and their third and forth song are "Against Widows" and "Into Hiding". The new guy on the microphone, Tomi Joutsen, proves himself to be an extremely charismatic and also as variable frontman that on one hand can sing clean parts and on the other hand can grunt nasty all the way. With his long dreadlocks he can do the propeller-mosh, doesn't feel too nice on your scalp but it looks cool. The set list varies between classics and new material and thus underlines the vast band with of AMORPHIS 2006. From spheric 70s rock, to almost radio compatible songs like "Divinity", to smashing death metal songs as "On Rich and Poor". To conclude this fantastic performance the band gave the older people in the audience what they wanted. Their hit "Black Winter Day" finishes an all around convincing performance and with the setting sun an outstanding atmosphere was achieved.
8.00 p.m. (PS) HEAVEN SHALL BURN
With HEAVEN SHALL BURN a leading German metalcore band went on pain stage. This band is running on adrenaline from beginning to end. Immediately the opener "The Weapon They Fear" makes an impact like a bomb on the crowd. More than one mosh pit are made promptly and do not seize until the end of the show. The fun that the guys have on stage sweeps over to the audience, as well as their everlasting energy. The demand of the congenial shouter Marcus Bischoff to make circle pits is being followed by the audience in the moment he told them to. Metal- and hardcore fans are celebrating the band, took in the energy of the band with open arms and gave back an even greater force of energy. And it didn't matter if hits from "Anitgone" or classics from the album "The Seventh Cross". They were completely beside themselves as the song "Counterweight" of their soon to be released cd "Deaf To Our Prayer" was introduced. Metalheads, that used to snigger at HEAVEN SHALL BURN are now running around with their jaws dropped open.
8.50 p.m. (MS) MORBID ANGEL
For 20 years now, MORBID ANGEL belongs to one of the most important death metal bands, therefore the post as the co-headliner is well deserved. The band went on stage in their old line up consisting of the bandleader and god of the guitar Trey Azagthoth, drum wonder Pete Sandoval, guitar player Eric Rutan and shouter/bass player David Vincent. Especially the reunification with David Vincent, who left the band in 1996, made some fans really happy. And because of this reunion the band's set list was composed of the first four albums. But to be honest, to play songs from their newer albums would be a waste of time anyway. Those who asked themselves if the band still has the power and energy like some years ago, got an answer from the band: YES! Driven on by Sandoval's almost unhuman drum work the band let some of MORBID ANGELS' classic loose, such as "Rapture", "Maze Of Torment" or "Fall From Grace". The guitar played by Azagthoth was fascinating. The master played solos not only with his fingers but with his whole body. David Vincent, whose announcements were demonstratively easygoing, didn't leave play to criticize his voice. Highlights of the show were without a doubt hits like "Where The Slime Live" and the oppressive "God Of Emptiness". The audience was gladly being psyched by this. An all around great show from the secret headliner.
9.55 p.m. (PS) LIV KRISTINE
The female protagonist from Norway, musicians and guests from Switzerland, the USA and Austria; Liv realized that this performance is a mixture of nationalities as before: stress free and a peaceful international understanding. And with these songs sung by the norwegian elf it would be pretty hard to become aggressive, now less than ever with the given instruments and all in all the songs have quite a big pop-appeal. For the performance at the SUMMER BREEZE the singer thought of some nice surprises, even the cast consisting of two guitar players, bass player, drummer and especially the strings of four were an entirely great feast for the eye. Later on for "3 am", she welcomed on stage Devin Graves aka. Buddy Lackey (frontman of DEAD SOUL TRIBE and ex-PSYCHOTIC WALTZ) as a guest singer, who also supported her with a German flute for "A Distance There Is". Sadly, you could only hear his singing very faintly, as the mix of high and low wasn't so great. Astonishingly was the cover version in the middle of the set of Bruce "The Boss" Springsteen's "Streets of Philadelphia". While the three or four songs that were dominated by programming the drummer didn't have much to do on his e-drumkit and was constrained to only his cymbal and hi-hat, but the crowd love it.
10.45 p.m. (MS) LACRIMOSA
Hardly any other band splits the opinion of the audience and polarizes them as much as LACRIMOSA. Gothic bands were always a part of this festival, but a dark wave cult band like this was never a part of the line up, and especially never as the most prominent position. The band around the guiding light of gothic Thilo Wolff and his partner Anne Numi appeared with the complete rock cast and thus had a lot of songs from their album "Inferno" from 1995, which is quite prone to metal in their set list and played songs from all the others, too. The only stage design they had was their huge band emblem which covered the whole background of the stage and furthermore was completed with an impressive lightshow. The central figure was of course master Wolff, who sung in his characteristic way, commenting his song with delicate gestures and conducted the straight rocking band. Also, the Finnish passages sung by Anne were very cool and gave different facettes to the whole ordeal. After the regular set the band went on stage again for an encore with three more songs, "Der Morgen Danach", "Road To Pain" and the final song "Copycat" which set the fans over the edge. This show didn't convert the doubter, but the fans saw their idols in top form and top position.
12.10 a.m. (PS) DEATHSTARS
DEATHSTARS lived up to their name. The pain stage's headliner were greeted franatically by the crowd, who yearned for a heavier sound after LACRIMOSA. Visually, the band seemed like a sleaze rock-version of Marilyn Manson. Frontman Whiplasher goes on stage with a fancy pink and black feather boa and also the rest of the band joined the androgynous look. Their music reminds of DIMMU BORGIR meets SISTERS OF MERCY meets RAMMSTEIN. Very dark, very electronic, but catchy and danceable to. Just the right song to mobilize the audience for the last time tonight. But the band doesn't have to exhaust themselves in reaching this, from the beginning to the end DEATHSTARS can take pride in being the band with the most intense crowd's reaction of the day. Nonetheless, the band gave all they could and moved their bodies, indicated sexual intercourse and singer Whiplasher made sure to make the most-shocking moment by french kissing guitar player Nightmare Industries deeply. The morbid announcement hit the audience dead-on and as Whiplasher dove into the crowd at the end of the set, the girls acted like piranhas who were given some fresh meat. At the end of the show, the audience screamed for a vehement encore.
11.00 a.m. (MS) THE OTHER
Former Misfits cover band Ghouls have changed to The Other and were to open the Saturday. Though the band played own material only it was quite obvious what musical heroes they used to obey for. Not only musically but also visually they dressed up with the same accessories and similar paintings like Jerry Only and his band. Just the drummer dressed up differently as a morbid mixture of butcher and doctor. The band played their anthem songs just like that and showed a convincing stage acting. Especially the last track “We Are The Other Ones” burnt itself into the listeners brain. Among the few early fans gathering in front of the stage you could see some Misfits and The Other shirts being worn by fans you could see they enjoyed the show. The most expected Misfits cover song was left out. But nevertheless The Other were an refreshing alternative to the rest of the billing.
11.30 a.m. (PS) PERZONAL WAR
The wake up kick in the butt was given by Perzonal War. The newcomer played a sovereign set just as if they would do that every day. A fact which was confirmed by more and more headbanging fans creeping out of their tents. The band’s modern metal with a handful of Metallica grooves like hell. The melodic singing has guts and fits perfectly to the sound. Fronter Metti’s announcement the next song would be a morning coffee without a cup is nothing to add to. Until lunch time the band made the tired faces smile and woke up an early moshing desire. Perzonal War were the right band at the right time.
12.05 p.m. (MS) LUMSK
While the band made it up on stage you couldn’t stop thinking of The Lord Of The Rings. At least they were all dressed in dresses you couldn’t buy just around the corner.
Despite that the male members had impressive beards. Well, the audiences gave the band a warm welcome. Among the extensive billing they had a unique position. Though they had metal passages every here and there most of the times were dominated by folk and quiet moments, strings and the opera like singing of Stine Mari Langstrand. Also unusual was the stage set up. Two risers with drum and keyboards were placed all the way in the back of the stage. Bassist Espen Hammer knew how to impress by playing his bass with up to 8 strings! Considering this being the 3rd day and rather early that day the band experienced really good reactions. Fair enough.
12.40 p.m. (PS) GOJIRA
Quite some people lost control of their jaws and got stuck with their mouth wide open. Though it still was quite early that day one of the best French bands took the stage by storm and took no prisoners. “Lizard Skin” of their 200 debut “Terra Incognita” was a perfect start off for “Backbone” of current album “From Mars To Sirius” and many more which was to come. Their hammering sound somewhere between industrial and grind/death left most of the fans with their mouth open. Bassist Jean Michael was freaking out completely totally unimpressed by the complex song material and Mario Duplantier even topped 1349’s drummer.
This band’s name will be mentioned quite often when it comes to reviews and the festival surprises. And rumours say some big labels are in touch with the band already. 30 minutes which passed away too fast.
01.15 p.m. (MS) VISIONS OF ATLANTIS
What a sexy hip swing has to look like was demonstrated by Austria’s Vision Of Atlantis. Their female fronter was not only an eye catcher but also an acoustical gift. Sharing the vocals with her male band mates made this appearance interesting and full of contrasts. Their wide variety was from straight power metal up to quiet ballads always added with a classical touch covered by a lingering keyboard. Comparisons to Within Temptation or Nightwish are just obvious. And the song for the “Lost” video seemed to be known by most of the fans who immediately started to sing along.
01.50 p.m. (PS) LEGION OF THE DAMNED
LEGION OF THE DAMNED, formerly known as OCCULT made friends of fast death metal shed a tear. The Dutch rocked the house with their brutal mixture of Bolt Thrower and Slayer. Most of the songs performed were up tempo but again and again they delivered hellish mosh parts with a reduced speed. The musicians faces were nearly invisible due to constant acting and head banging. But also the crowd could not stand still and so a sea of hair was raging in front of the stage. The Slayer influences could not be hidden and “Bleed For Me” was just to underline that. What a performance!
02.25 p.m. (MS) NECROPHAGIST
NECROPHAGIST supplied quite some stodgy stuff. Their kind of death metal was extreme in two ways, extremely brutal but also extremely technical. With an unbelievable speed fingers were racing up and down the guitars and sticks hit the skins. Who would’ve expected something like that? A lot of Morbid Angels influences were only topped by their technical ability. Even though the songs are quite complex a plot was easy to find all the time. In most of the solos even melodies were recognisable.
Considering this breathtaking performance it is no wonder this band is so huge in the states. Not too usual for a German band, is it? And also this gig made the crowd pay attention. A video documentary of this gig could easily be used as a lesson in metal. Even though the drummer ran out of breath towards the end of the set.
03.05 p.m. (PS) CARNAL FORGE
“Silent Night” is a rather unusual introduction to a metal show. But Sweden’s Carnal Forge simply have an own sense of humour. But Sweden seems to have a different kind of water anyway as on Thursday the country mates The Haunted kicked serious butt already. And this five piece around charismatic front man Jens C. Mortensen once again freaked out completely as after the quite intro they started from zero to one hundred within a second. The singer and his real long dreadlocks made a rather Jamaican impression than a Scandinavian. But that hit the weather. The high speed thrash was interrupted every now and then by groovy parts and mid tempo tunes. But the audiences’ response was rather calm for any reason. But hey, it was the third day already and it was hot as hell. And as a reward two new songs from the upcoming album found their way into the set. One of them, “Burning Eden” was announced to be the radio single and the band anthem “I Smell Like Death” was to end up a fulminant set.
03.45 p.m. (MS) TOTENMOND
This band was announced to play the BREEZE two years ago already but hasn’t shown up. So this year they came for a second chance. And they did not seem to be too keen on playing this show as guitarist Olaf Pazzer was desperately looking for some tool to open up a bottle of beer first thing on stage. Following this the band interrupted the set various times to share some Vodka with the audience. Maybe other bands would have played one more song instead. A main part of the show was a fog machine which massively covered the stage in fog. But Totenmond always was a band not easy to get. With a style somewhere between punk, thrash and grindcore they made announcements such as “You Bavarian wankers, we’re not here for fun” which doesn’t make it easier for the fans to enter their “world”. Songs such as „Macht kaputt, was Euch kaputt macht“ made the fans freak out and do a few mosh pits. Playing “Alles Ist Grau” it started to rain so most of the people werejust trying to find shelter from that rain. With “Die Macht Des Feuers” they ended up their set and left the stage saying “No Nazis and thanks you long haired wankers”. A strange appearance but the band is unique and has character.
04.35 p.m. (PS) PSYCHOPUNCH
THE OTHER have set up the punk rock flag in the morning. Psychopunch now came to end up what The Ocean have started. After a good mood introduction they immediately shot bullets such as „Poison Alley Groove“ to the audience. That did not make the clouds go away. But it made the people forget about them. As punk rock does not happen too often at the SUMMER BREEZE people seemd to have waited for this alternation and welcomed the Swedes with an open heart. Bassist Mumbles and of course front punk JM gave the real punk rock performance while guitarist Joey decided to stay in the back a bit. But announcements such as “You want more? … pay me” showed once again how his heart beats. A bottle of Jack Daniels on the drum riser proved as well and “Blackriver Song “ and “Back In The Days” ended up a gig with style and attitude.
05.20 p.m. (MS) CORVUS CORAX
Some of the fans might have wondered whether they had been beamed to another festival . On a Corvus Corax stage there is no guitars or drums. Where you expect the drums to be they had two impressing percussion sets from different rather wood orientated times. Instead of guitars bag pipes did the job, up to four (!) at a time. The band changed from pipes, string instruments, timbals and shawms just like that. As such instruments cannot be bought just around the corner so the band decided to manufacture them themselves. The music is added by rarely singing as the wind instruments reign. The whole set up such as instruments and, shoes and dresses are medieval and the audience was a bit irritated in the beginning. But shortly after they all clapped hands and started to dance and made the mosh pit a medieval market. The audiences’ reactions is a good prove the decision to let Corvus Corax play the BREEZE was a good one.
06.10 p.m. (PS) THYRFING
A different kind of black metal was delivered by Sweden’s THYRFING. And of course they appeared with corpse painting but not the usual way in black and white but it looked like they came right out of a coalmine. Neither they had any ironwork, spikes or leather but dressed up like everybody else with sneakers and so on instead. Somehow this made them likable. Apart from singer Thomas Väänänen who was covered by blood. Their kind of death metal is quite easy compared to the rest of this genre. Therefore most of the songs were groovy mid tempo. Contraire to the mean shouts of Thomas was the second throat which came quite clear. The audience seem to have loved it as quite some people gathered in front of the stage.
06.55 p.m. (MS) NEGATIVE
This band brought the time of pink pants, extreme posing and tight stretch jeans.
Whereas the singer impressed by his skin tight white jeans and a body of a tiny little girl, his guitarist decided to go all in pink and even his guitar was of that colour.
But they came to rock. Singer Jonne Aaron Liimatainen, bassist Anti and the guitarist on the left kept posing like hell and obviously attracted the quite many ladies who entered the front rows. But also musically they convinced the audience. They brought together the best of Guns’n’Roses and Him to make it a powerfull mixture. Right in the middle of the set umbrella power was requested as it started to rain cats and dogs. But the fans didn’t care and remained. But that couldn’t keep the band from rocking and so they even worked twice as hard.
08.00 p.m. (PS) BLOODFLOWERZ
Just like they did with Negative a big bunch of water resistant fans ignored the rain and gave the Bloodflowerz a warm welcome. The band was highly motivated as they have just released the new record “Dark Love Poems” which was highly critically acclaimed. Being released will also be Kirsten’s baby who did a great singing performance though she was pregnant. But she could rely on her band which carried her through the entire set the usual sovereign way. “Sajida’s Way” was the start off for a smartly mixed song variety from the new album as well as from previous albums with tracks such as the band anthem „Diabolic Angel“, „Ablaze“ and „Black Snake Sister“. The front rows knew the lyrics and appreciated the special portion of medieval times which was added to the gothic metal by using shawms in “Anthem For A Stranger”. Final highlight was current single “Damaged Promises” which left many happy faces, on stage and off stage.
08.50 p.m. (MS) GAMMA RAY
After the bizarre “Bambi upon stage” incident the next show was introduced by the sirens of the fans. The moment the stage light was on the fans had to face the most impressing stage set up so far. And the huge backdrop was just a small part of it. But there were plenty of speakers all over the place guided by side drops. No wonder German metal legend entered the stage with a smile on his face. You could tell by a look he was more than just enjoying the scenario. The welcome was louder and wilder than anybody would’ve guessed. So it was quite clear, Gamma Ray were the secret headliner of the festival. A one hour march of triumph showed the entire band in a good mood. And after fading from “Rebellion In Dreamland” into the Helloween classic “I Want Out” the crowd was unstoppable. Countless arms were raised into the air when a fulminant “Send Me A Sign” ended up a perfect set. Breathtaking.
09.55 p.m. (PS) UNLEASHED
The co founder of viking metal entered the stage. After an atmospheric intro they immediately startet to fire their “Never Ending Hate” into the crowd. For most of the peoples the set was way too short. But it consisted of the band’s history highlights only, older songs as well as the new ones from after the reunion. Singer Johnny Hedlund kept cheering the audience which kept calling his “Warriors”. “Death Metal Victory” is not only the band’s hit but also what the entire set stood for. Freaked out headbangers everywhere. And the crowd was rewarded with a new track from the upcoming album. After the last song “Into Glory Ride” the band was forced back on stage by a fifing orchestra for one more song.
10.45 p.m. (MS) FEAR FACTORY
Many had been waiting for this ending. Mighty Fear Factory honoured the festival. They started off with Maiden’s “Number Of The Best”. The amount of speakers on stage wasn’t as high as at Gamma Ray’s stage set but still impressing. Full of self asteem they decided to go for “540.000 Degrees Fahrenheit” and “Transgression” of their current album to continue. “Shock” was the first song of the Dino Cazares era. But there was also space for the classics the hits of “Demanufacture” and “Soul A New Machine” were placed right in the middle of the set. With “Replica” they ended the normal set just to perform “Linchip” of the “Digimortal”-album for the first time on German stages. The sound was beyond any doubts nearly blew the speakers. The band was in a performing mood and especially fronter C. Bell had a perfect voice that night. Just to prove that he sang “Timelessness” just on his own guided by a few samples. A real headliner playing a perfect show. Awesome!
12.10 a.m. (PS) MY DYING BRIDE
There couldn’t have been anyone better to end up this festival than My Dying Bride. The fans had been waiting for the brits to play the BREEZE for years and now finally the dream came true. Their melancholic death metal was somewhere between spheric passages and death metal parts. Their pontiff on the vocals Aaron Stainthorpe made the crowd pay full attention. Tall, thin dressed fully in black apart from his collar and cuffs being white. Together with his black hair and his beard he reminded the viewer on Rasputin. He was one with the music and swayed back and forth and even fell on the floor to creep around. The tiny keyboard playing lady most of the people probably did not notice. And Aaron could totally rely on his backing band. Apart from being too short this was a perfect show. And final track “Forever People” left the fans with a goose skin. Nothing to add. The perfect ending of a three days party at its best. See you next year!