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  SABATON/ELUVEITIE/WISDOM
THE GREAT HALL, CARDIFF


Sonia Waterfield



sonia waterfield


It was a cold winter's night with a bite in the air as I joined the queue outside The Great Hall in Welsh capital Cardiff.

Brimming with excitement at seeing the mighty Sabaton and with pleasant and warm memories of when I saw them firstly at Hard Rock Hell back in 2009, where they had graced the main stage at some unearthly hour in the morning where a few lingerers had been mightily surprised by the grinning Swedes tearing into their set, leaving us all with the sound of 'Panzer Battalion' still ringing in my ears for weeks after.

Accompanying them were Eluveitie, whom I had also seen before at Bloodstock in 2008, a set that also had stuck in my memory banks due to their myriad of instruments that at the time were uncommon in the world of Metal. Their energetic folk-Metal sound had really left a mark so I was interested to see how they would fair in the mix.

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The throng began to flow in with a sea of Sabaton T-shirts adorned and to see that they had grown and to have an army of followers in such a short while, which made me feel so happy for the band, as they truly deserve it in my eyes.

Once in, the opening band Wisdom, were halfway through their set. A little known power Metal band hailing from Hungary with members who were looking quite young in age were belting out fresh and energetic power ballads. I wish I had been able to take note of them in an more concentrated fashion, but due to fans pushing to get the best space and excited shouts for the following bands it was a little difficult, but from what I did see, I was definitely tempted to see more.

Wisdom walked off with a good hearted applause from those that did take note and I felt a little sorry for them to be honest, and the stagehands came on to get it ready for Eluveitie.

By now, the Hall had become full and it was hard to move. Shouts emanated from the dimly lit room beckoning them to grace the stage, and after a good 15 minutes, the room went black. Only four small strip lights came on and a deep male voice emanated from the speakers, telling a short sombre tale of a medieval war torn battlefield.

The stage lights blared into action to accompany drummer Merlin Sutter as he pounded out a ferocious beat, whilst the remainder of the band walked onadorned with all manner of mystical ethnic instruments and wonderful flutes. The flute started to whistle out a haunting tune, before the guttural vocals of Chrigel Glanzmann kicked in, urging the thundering riffs of Rafael Salzmann (Lead Guitar), Ivo Henzi (Rhythm Guitar)and Kay Brem (Bass) to storm in with their opening and title track from their new album 'Helvetios'.

This album had just been released in the October, so most of the set was pertaining from that.

It must have been a tight squeeze fitting all eight of them on but they managed to utilise the space wonderfully.

As the band twiddled and roared their way through the track, the air was filled with happy, bouncy melodies that got everyone's feet tapping. I could feel my Celtic roots pulling and wanting to join the others who were now jigging away quite happily. Even with the introduction of the throbbing Metal riffs that seamlessly joined, not to overpower the flutes, you could just imagine a stereotypical Irish bar dance scene going on with the flagons of ale over spilling with each jump. Already there were groups of people huddled together into circles, jiggling and bouncing in time with all kinds of varied and strange moves.

Moving into 'Luxtos' (another from 'Helvetios') the air was again filled with a joyous cacophony of violins, tin-whistles, Anna Murphy's pure and melodic vocals, along with her effortless playing of the hurdy-gurdy, whilst the roar of the vocals and Metal guitars/drums flow together in, well, harmony.

'Luxtos' – many thanks to szlachcic2000 for sharing:



The same can be said for the rest of the set, with the inclusion of bagpipes, fiddles amongst the aforementioned. The traditional folk tunes in their songs have been drawn from various sources, such as traditional Irish reels. While many of their lyrics are in English, some are in the ancient extinct Gaulish language, only to be hyped up with gritty guitars, hoarse rasping vocals and heavy drum beats to create a sound that is unique to Eluveitie.

During the whole set, the fans did not once stop for a break, jumping, bouncing and hailing to the members. By the time the band had finished, they walked off to cheers and appreciation, the air was brimming with excitement and the need for more. What a way to get a party started.

Another lull for change over, drinks were bought and people were chatting excitedly, reminiscing over past encounters of both Eluveitie and the headliners Sabaton.

I must admit, even though I admire Eluveitie for what they have accomplished and the way they bring the two extreme ends of the music genres completely together, my stars were Sabaton.

Once again the lights went down and Europe's 'Final Countdown' came booming over the air. Talk about a comical way to introduce a heavy war themed band.

As 'The March To War' (intro to 'Primo Victoria') came booming through the PA the band bounded on, full of those cheeky Swedish smiles, looking truly happy to be on stage and very happy. The crowd were instantly attentive, watching them with glee. There has of course been a line-up change with Chris Rörland (Lead Guitars, Thobbe Englund (Guitars) and Robban Bäck (Drums) all joining. If you had been seeing the band for the first time, this is something you would not have noticed as the band was tight, looked like they had been this way forever.

After much bouncing, gliding and dancing on the stage, (never mind in the pit), Sabaton mullered straight in with 'Ghost Division' from their very successful Art Of War album. As with most of the bands trademark tracks, it is short, snappy, hard hitting, with tales of war, politics and heroics, memorable and catchy verses that stick in your mind for ages after, all with a slight undertone of, well, buoyancy that will get you hooked straight the way, especially with the infectious smiles that emanate from the charismatic Joakim and Pars, the two existing members from the original line-up.

It's like they are having a party and you are the guests. Just watching the way the members run around and use every inch of the stage, full of bubbliness and joy, whilst you have these hammering riffs, thundering drums and pounding bass lines coming at you. It really is an experience that you have to go through to understand. Words can't really get close to describing the atmosphere.

By the time the second track 'Gott Mit Uns' from their latest release 'Carolus Rex' came on, the crowd was pumped, motivated and fists firmly pumping the air in response to Joakim's, who was like a machine pounding and hammering away with the accompanying riffs. In this piece, each of the guitarists get to do their bit on vocals whilst Pars on bass does a great job on backing.

Now the air was hot, sweaty and everyone was captivated. There was only one thing on their mind and that was the members on stage, constantly bouncing, jumping and to tell you the truth, just watching them wore me out. I felt exhausted, but the hype and energy in the air was just enthralling. Sabaton are truly a live band. That is where they belong and you can see that is where they are happiest.

'Carolus Rex' reinvigorated any tired arms, which were soon beating out rhythmically to the solid beat, with avid fans singing word for word, so loud that Joakim was nearly drowned out.

With more tracks taken from their discography being pummelled out with the same glee and enthusiasm, there came the first of the 'Fan Choices' as the band took its first real breather of the night. With a choice from 'Uprising', 'Midway', and 'Coat Of Arms', 'Uprising' was the fan favourite and was duly performed.

'Uprising':



Following this were 'Dominium Maris Baltici' and 'The Lion From The North' then there was a quiet surprise in the form of 'The Hammer Has Fallen' where the rest of the band left Joakim to straddle a low keyboard. The lights dimmed to a blue and the sombre mood was set. The hall went quiet and the audience soaked in the atmosphere and were probably more than happy to rehydrate before the next onslaught.

The Second of the 'Fan Choices' followed with 'Attero Dominatus' and 'Into The Fire' in line. It was 'Into The Fire' that won and with much jubilation we were hammered.

Leaving the stage for a few moments, we recouped our energy, mused and recollected about what we had just seen, before the band adorned the stage once more for the encore.

Not giving us an easy start with the anthem 'Art Of War', we were soon back in line and bounding once more. Unrelenting, 'Primo Victoria', another Sabaton anthem followed suite, finishing up with 'Metal Crüe' and 'Masters Of The World'.

As the band left the stage for the final time I, along with many others, felt like we had just attended a military workout session, with aching bodies from the jumping and pounding, but not one us cared, as we were totally enthused and overwhelmed by a fantastically great show.

If you ever have the chance to see Sabaton, I would highly recommend it. Check them out at: http://sabaton.net/

ELUVEITIE
Helvetios
Luxtos
Neverland
Uxellodunon
A Rose For Epona
Divico
Inis Mona
Alesia
The Uprising
Havoc

SABATON
The Final Countdown (Europe song)
The March To War - intro to Primo Victoria
Ghost Division - Art Of War
Gott Mit Uns - Carolus Rex
Poltava - Carolus Rex
Carolus Rex - Carolus Rex
Karolinensbön- Carolus Rex
Cliffs of Gallipoli - Art Of War
Uprising - - Coat Of Arms
Dominium Maris Baltici
The Lion From The North
The Hammer Has Fallen - (Joakim Bróden on keyboard)
Into The Fire

Encore:
The Art of War - Art Of War
Primo Victoria - PV
Metal Crüe - Attero Dominatus
Masters of the World - Metalizer


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New England have announced tour dates in support of last year's vinyl release 'I Know There`s Something Here' and upcoming album 'Live At The Regent Theater...

british lion STEVE HARRIS' BRITISH LION TO HEADLINE PLANET ROCKSTOCK
"Fundamentally, it's still rock, and if you see it live, it's really powerful live..."

second relation SECOND RELATION PREMIERE TITLE TRACK OF FORTHCOMING THIRD ALBUM 'ENO'
Austrian prog rockers Second Relation's new single and video is premiering today and it's got Europe in a buzz...

amorettes THE AMORETTES ANNOUNCE SECOND LONDON SHOW ON CO-HEADLINE TOUR
"Our show at Our Black Heart in London has sold out in ten days, which is fantastic! How quickly could this one sell out?"

thunder THUNDER PLAN TO GIVE THE GAME AWAY WITH A NEW BOOK
The band plan to launch the book at an event being held as part of the 'Louder Than Words' literary festival in Manchester on Saturday 12th November.

rudolf schenker SCHENKERS AT WAR: RUDOLF BREAKS HIS SILENCE ON MICHAEL'S ACCUSATIONS
"He's a trick master, and he's a wannabe. And that's it. He can do whatever he wants..."

jon oliva SAVATAGE MAINMAN JON OLIVA RECOVERING FROM STROKE
"I lived the rock n' roll lifestyle since I was 18. It's all I knew and I enjoyed the ride very much..."

ramblin man RAMBLIN' MAN FAIR 2017 DATES ANNOUNCED PLUS WHO WE THINK COULD HEADLINE NEXT YEAR
After what was probably the best rockin' weekend of the year so far, we didn't have to wait long before we could start planning for the 2017 rematch...

airbourne AIRBOURNE ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER HEADLINE UK TOUR
The band will play ten UK date beginning in Portsmouth and Norwich on November 17th and finish off with two nights at The Electric Ballroom in Camden, London...

black stone cherry BLACK STONE CHERRY ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
"We have never done anything like this before and we knew the UK was the only place to do it. That's all we're gonna say about it!"

gary rossington LYNYRD SKYNYRD UPDATE WITH MORE CANCELLATIONS DUE TO GARY ROSSINGTON ILLNESS
"Currently the band hopes to resume touring on Thursday 4th August at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands..."

extreme EXTREME CELEBRATE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF 'PORNOGRAFFITI' ALBUM WITH 'PORNOGRAFFITI LIVE 25/METAL MELTDOWN'
"Some of these songs were never played live before so we had to go back and relearn them for the tour."

ozzy osbourne OZZY OSBOURNE: "I'M NOT HAPPY BEING SOBER"
"It scares me. I hear all the time people say that they have another drink in them but they may not have another sobriety in them..."

paul rodgers IT'S NOT ALL RIGHT NOW! PAUL RODGERS SUES DONALD TRUMP
"We will make America great again. God bless you and good night, I love you."

heavy metal HEAVY METAL HELPS PEOPLE DEAL WITH MORTALITY ACCORDING TO OFFICIAL STUDY
"Metal music can be seen as cultural good for fans and thereby can form part of their social identity."

motorhead MOTÖRHEAD STILL RUNNING DOWN THE HIGHWAY: PHIL, MIKKEY AND EDDIE ALL GEARED UP FOR FORTHCOMING DATES
"Every snare hit I do from now on until the end of my career will be a small tribute to Lemmy..."

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN'S STEVE HARRIS DROPS THE PRICE OF HIS ESSEX MANSION BY £1MILLION
The eight-bedroom mansion was on the market for £6.75million in 2012 but it's "guide price" is now a mere £3.95million...

hrh aor ALL GUNS BLAZING FOR NEW HRH AOR 5 ANNOUNCEMENT
Phil Lewis & Tracii Guns unite under the L.A. Guns banner once again for next year's HRH AOR 5 being held next March at Camp HRH in North Wales...

deep purple DEEP PURPLE 'LIVE AT THE NEC' DVD ON THE WAY: FAREWELL JON, WELCOME DON
The two share keyboard duties during the night in a very fitting "passing-of-the-torch" moment...

status quo ROCK 'TIL YOU DROP WITH STATUS QUO 1981-1986 VINYL BOX SET
In addition to the studio albums the box set will include an extra disc of b-sides and extended mixes...

zz top ZZ TOP TO RELEASE THEIR VERY FIRST OFFICIAL LIVE ALBUM IN SEPTEMBER
"In an abstract surrealism style, this collection is a definitive chronicle of the band hangin' together for four plus deluxe decades..."

tygers of pan tang TYGERS OF PAN TANG "SPECIAL TIME" HAS COME WITH NEW RELEASE
"The new Tygers album is finished, done and dusted and ready to unleash on our 'Tygertastic' audience. You're gonna love this one, it's a MONSTER..."

andy fraser ANDY FRASER OF FREE'S LAST RECORDING WITH SAIICHI SUGIYAMA ONLINE HERE
"'Melting Away' became one of Andy's last recordings. He still had so much to offer and I was really looking forward to continuing to work with him."

ritchie blackmore RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW TO PLAY AGAIN BUT WITH LESS DEEP PURPLE SONGS
"I would do probably ninety-five percent Rainbow songs; that's what they seem to want to hear. And it didn't occur to me. I just naturally assumed they wanted to hear everything."

saxon EXCLUSIVE: THIS IS WHAT OUR FAVOURITE ROCKERS THINK OF THE CURRENT POLITICAL CLIMATE
Comment from Saxon, Slash, Thunder, Iron Maiden, Uli Jon Roth, Hawkwind, Cher, Johnny Rotten, Machine Head And More...

beyond the black UK EXCLUSIVE: BEYOND THE BLACK SINGER JENNIFER HABEN IS LOST IN FOREVER AS FIVE MEMBERS DEPART THE BAND
"I have enjoyed the time together with the guys very much and am grateful for everything we have achieved together in Germany. I am currently looking for new colleagues..."

cats in space CATS IN SPACE SET TO RELEASE SLADE CLASSIC WITH DANNY BOWES OF THUNDER ON GUEST VOCALS
"It's is one of my favourite Slade songs, so when they asked me to sing on their version it took me a good second and a half to say yes..."

guns n roses WAS BREAKING NEWS: GUNS N' ROSES ADD MORE TOUR DATES FOR OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER
The Gunners' newly announced dates are for South America with ten dates in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile and Colombia with more to be announced soon...

keith moon YOU WON'T GET FOOLED WITH OFFICIAL KEITH MOON COMMEMORATIVE DRUM HEAD
Manufactured as a special, custom product by Remo, these 14" high-gloss drum heads are a perfect collector's item for true fans of the legendary drummer and The Who...

the answer WAS BREAKING NEWS: THE ANSWER AND THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER UK TOUR
"The fact that we get to debut this new material with our mates The Dead Daisies just adds to the rush we're currently experiencing. You really don't want to miss this one!"

ian gillan IAN GILLAN SAYS: "IT'S A WONDERFUL THING, VINYL..." WITH NEW COLLECTION ABOUT TO BE RELEASED
"You just bought something significant, not easily disposable. And look at the sleeves - aren't they cool..."

quireboys THE QUIREBOYS NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY: "THE LYRICS ON THE TITLE TRACK ARE SOME OF SPIKE'S BEST EVER!"
"I approached the songwriting from a different angle and it felt good. There's a lot of passion there."

48 hours 48 HOURS TO ROCK THE UK TO A CITY OF ASHES
"We're hitting the road in September for a co-headline tour with our broseph's City Of Ashes! This will be one of the unsigned tours of the year!"

hammerfall WAS BREAKING NEWS: LIVE LIFE LOUD WITH HAMMERFALL ON 2017 EUROPEAN TOUR: NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY
"We can't wait to get back on stage again to have a gigantic Heavy Metal party every night with all our Templar friends!"

joe perry AEROSMITH GUITARIST JOE PERRY REPORTEDLY SUFFERS HEART ATTACK DURING HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES GIG
"Thanks to everyone asking about our brother Joe Perry," Alice Cooper wrote. "He is stable right now, with family and is under the best care."

onslaught ONSLAUGHT, BEHOLDER AND ANIHILATED TOUR PROMISES TO BE A TOUR DE FORCE
"By the time we hit the road in November it will be well over two-and-a-half years since we did the last run and we feel the time is now right..."

arw ARW (JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN AND RICK WAKEMAN) ANNOUNCE BAND FOR UPCOMING WORLD TOUR
"I have played with arguably the three greatest bass players ever and I can't wait to play with one of them again!"

marillion MARILLION UNVEIL 'THE NEW KINGS' FROM FORTHCOMING STUDIO ALBUM 'FEAR'
'The New Kings' can also be heard on Marillion's current tour which starts on Monday 11th July in Barcelona...

michael des barres AN AMERICAN WRITER ASKS WHY IT TAKES A BRITISH EX-PAT TO ASK, "WHAT'S GOING ON?" MICHAEL DES BARRES HAS THE ANSWER
This incendiary cover of Marvin Gaye's classic confronts America's issues in an incredibly timely and head-on manner...

freedom call FREEDOM CALL RELEASE A NEW METAL HYMN 'HAMMER OF THE GODS', AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD NOW
The trademark bold vocal harmonies remain. The track is taken from forthcoming opus 'Master Of Light'...

guns n roses STEVEN ADLER JOINS GUNS N' ROSES ON STAGE IN OHIO: FOUR FIFTHS OF 'APPETITE' LINE-UP PLAY TOGETHER FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1990
"On the drums, you might know this guy. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr Steven Adler..."

ac dc AC/DC BASSIST CLIFF WILLIAMS TO RETIRE AFTER ROCK OR BUST WORLD TOUR: "IT'S BEEN SURREAL"
"AC/DC has been... you know, just... I don't know what else I would wanna do. I love the music and I love playing in the band, and I'm all filled up..."

guns n roses GUNS N' ROSES USE THEIR ILLUSION TO SILENCE THE DOUBTERS WITH US TOUR GOING SO FINE
Axl is clearly in his element on this tour, running across the stage to jump on the monitors mid-song and displaying all the panache of a man completely on top of his game...

stray del bromham STRAY TO ROAM AROUND THE UK ON TOUR INCLUDING A RARE REUNION OF THE ORIGINAL LINE-UP
No need to move a mountain as both Stray and Del Bromham's Blues Devils are on their way to a venue near you...

amorettes THE AMORETTES ANNOY THE NEIGHBOURS WITH RAUCOUS NEW SINGLE
'Let The Neighbours Call The Cops' was co- written by vocalist Gill Montgomery and Black Star Riders front man Ricky Warwick...

eagles of death metal WAS BREAKING NEWS: EAGLES OF DEATH METAL WANT YOU SO BAD ON TWO UK DATES IN AUGUST
This is EODM's first visit to the UK since the band were caught up in the terrible events at The Bataclan Theatre in Paris back in November 2015...

soil SOiL 'SHINE ON' THE UK WITH COMPREHENSIVE TOUR
"We are looking forward to seeing some new places and making some new friends this time around..."

acid reign ACID REIGN GET IN FESTIVE MOOD EARLY WITH SPECIAL GIG ANNOUNCEMENT
'Tis the season to Thrash as Acid Reign team up with Shrapnel with far from obnoxious results...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN: LEGACY OF THE BEAST MOBILE RPG GAME IS OUT NOW
"We've always wanted to make a quality Maiden mobile game as we think the combination of Eddie and the music is so well suited..."

rick parfitt status quo EXCLUSIVE: STATUS QUO'S RICK PARFITT SEEMS TO BE 'FINE FINE FINE' AS HE IS SPOTTED OUT AND ABOUT
Following the recent health scare a picture has emerged online of him taking a walk in Kingston over the weekend...

bullet for my valentine BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE TO PLAY 'THE POISON' IN FULL FOR THE FIRST EVER TIME
"We promised you something special right? See 'The Poison' played in full for the first time in Manchester! Tickets on sale now here..."

alter bridge WAS BREAKING NEWS: ALTER BRIDGE TO HEADLINE ARENAS ACROSS EUROPE THIS WINTER WITH GOJIRA AND VOLBEAT
This will be their biggest headline tour yet with twenty-four dates across fifteen countries, kicking off on November 4th 2016

the mission WAS BREAKING NEWS: BAUHAUS FRONTMAN PETER MURPHY TO GUEST WITH THE MISSION ON THEIR 30th ANNIVERSARY UK TOUR
"Peter's appearance will help make these shows the special events that we always wanted and hoped they'd be..."

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN ILLUSTRATOR DESIGNS SHIRT FOR ONE DIRECTION'S ZAYN MALIK, MAIDEN LAUNCH THIRD TROOPER BEER AND HI-ON-MAIDEN TO HEADLINE PICCSTOCK
A full-bodied beer using a blend of chocolate and crystal malts to give "a roasted malt and caramel backbone with hints of liquorice and honey"...

bruce dickinson BRUCE DICKINSON TO TAKE PART IN TOP GEAR STYLE CHARITY ROAD TRIP
"The enthusiasm from the group is amazing which will lend itself to making it an unforgettable trip..."

anvil WAS BREAKING NEWS: ANVIL ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPEAN TOUR FOR OCTOBER/NOVEMBER
Anvil will not only be playing dates in Scotland and Wales but also English towns which rarely see major international artists, such as Huddersfield, Doncaster and Grimsby.

status quo IT'S TIME TO GET 'DOWN DOWN' TO BUTLINS AS SECOND STATUS QUO FAN CLUB CONVENTION IS ANNOUNCED
The weekend will feature live music from ex-Quo drummer John Coghlan and his band with long time friend of the band, Jackie Lynton also scheduled to appear...

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