We fired the pistol in the Metal Club Heavies with a warm-up show on wednesday in the evening. The first campingground was already filled and we had to organize a second one in the same night. ETERNAL DARKNESS played first and showed their genuine Power Metal they exclusively presented new material from their next outcome “Valley of Kings”. VANISHING POINT, the australian Progressive Metalheads had some difficulties with their unonventional sound but convinced the audience because of their music being on high standards. About 250 visitors enjoyed a time travel. PAUL DI’ANNO was in top form and gave his best. We were on the verge of tears classics like “Running Free” or “Murders in the Rue Morgue” it was awesome. This gig was definitely one of the highlights and almost everybody got goose-flesh. During the show Di’anno covertex himself that he lost his contact lenses what worries him a lot on the following day. Unfortunately the songs of the new album “Nomad” could not be plyed because one of the guitarists had an accident and came to the hospital the day before. Nonetheless it was a great gig of one of the Metal legends of the history of Metal.
THE ARMADA came punctuallly at 5pm to the big festival stage. Nevertheles the festival ground was not filled the band played with a lot of fun and full commitment 2 former Stormwitch musicians are playing in the Armada now. They played some great songs like “Tribal Dance” of their current maxi “The Scent of Darkness” and got the audience on their side. Then AETERNITAS went on stage and presented their Requiem concept which was universally acclaimed by the press. Sometimes they had 8 people on stage with an own outfit and of course the female singer an eyecatcher of first grade with her red velvet dress and her white cape she and also the others convinced the audience. SYMPHORCE countered this Gothic performance of their predecessors with pure Heavy Metal. Especially singer Andy B. Frank (also being in Brainstorm) was really great.