report of the first day
12th June 2004 - at Arena Parco Nord - BOLOGNA - I
EVENTI E PRODUZIONI
review by Sara "Shadow Lady" De Vita
precisely a week since Gods Of Metal, and always in the Arena Parco Nord
in Bologna, there has been the second edition of a festival promising
great and positive follow-ups: the Flippaut, that last year had as guests
bands such as Queens Of The Stone Age and Audioslave.
like the infamous Damocle’s sword a danger was lurking above our
heads: the mysteries of weather.
GUILTY METHOD -
The fest offers a pleasant surprise for me: a band not previewed in the programme, a band that I follow from about a year with very much interest and satisfaction, Guilty Method, that played in the place of Backyard Babies. …and the Guilty, Italian Nu-melodic band, shown their own to an overexcited audience, obtaining good consensus.
And enter Extrema, an historical band of the Italian (but not only) scene, for which a true commotion happened: screaming fans, hellish pogo and stadium choirs for a band that is always one step away from the BOOM, but never close enough to consecrate international success even though here in Italy they are a myth.
LIFE OF AGONY - MISTONOCIVO
here come one of the surprises of this hot June afternoon: the Life Of
Agony, their line-up just recently made up again, after a period of
quiescence following the split-up, and they give proof of a strong and
knowledgeable live experience, by involving a curious and appeased
may have been the hot weather, or we were tired or unnerved for waiting
the Soulfly, Ill Niño and Korn, but the audience appreciated very little
the Mistonocivo performance, this band never managed to involve most of
the audience (including me), that instead attended to their performance in
is just one of the reasons why I don’t like too long festivals: people
gets tired and, under such a powerful Sun, it’s easy to get distracted.
ILL NIÑO - BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION
we go now into the hot zone (in any sense) of the day: on stage Ill
audience is screaming, relentless pogo,
a shapeless human mass shaking after a rhythmic sound of a neo-Latino Nu Metal. The audience’s feet, during the pogo,
lifted a giant cloud of dust and dirt that along with the hot weather
gave the sensation of being in a desert, carried by unique and involving
it’s time for Brides Of Destruction, that unfortunately, as happened for
Mistonocivo, don’t manage to get the people involved, maybe also for the
fact that this band proposed a punk-glam genre, very out of place in the Nu-Crossover theme of the fest.
yet there has been a moment when the Brides managed to involve the
overheated human mass in an enthusiastic and acclaimed show: when this
neo-band of Nikki Sixx played “Shout At The Devil” and “Live Wire”
by Motley Crue.
SOULFLY - HIM
quick (in a sense) change of stage and here they come: Soulfly!!!
audience grows (numerically): <<but from where all this people
come????>> I ask myself as I get crushed among sweating and crazed Metallers!!!
Pure power: stage animals.
Cavalera is a great show man that excites the audience with gesture, moves,
screams and haphazarded musical mixtures, as a Ska-reggae one (frankly I
did not like it).
“Prophecy”, “Bleed” (where Max sang along with his son) and even the mythical “Roots Bloody Roots” by the great Sepultura…the emotive peak is reached with these songs… nothing can be added: you can imagine the rest!!!
then it’s HIM time (I will not discuss the polemics about their
apparition in a Nu-Crossover oriented fest, as also told about Brides Of
Destruction), followed by a good (yet not very
high) number of fans, among
which I count myself, simply adoring Gas,
a myth true, and, of course, Ville Valo, in his full live abilities. A
very good show, right in the face of those that try to discredit a band
that, against all odds, always remains in the hearts of a big part of the
audience, either for musical tastes and age.
unnerving, endless change of stage…
stage design, no banner, nothing at all!!!
waiting…HERE THEY ARE!!! … no… it’s just a technician placing in
the center of the stage a thin vertical structure covered by a red
last, they come on stage… Korn!!! Charged,
maybe much more than we audience, no talks, no embellishments, just music.
…I was in a true ecstatic state: sweating, tired… even exhausted, but happy… happy because such a show is a rare event, maybe unique, made even more special, allow me, by the marvelous company of Silvia and Annalisa (Nagyrev), Cristiano and Massimo (3rd), Francesco “Hanged Puppy” (our former collaborator and my dear friend) and Beppe.
the return trip, only one thing I remember: …silence!!!
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