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Various Artists - Sweden Rock Festival 2004 - The Festival Report

This years Sweden Rock Festival was looking to be the event of the year for me, with more than 20 bands I just had to see. Unfortunately I got half-way sick the day before leaving and only getting 2 hours of sleep before we left at 4:45 in the morning didn't help much either. Michael and I were picked up by the Nice Try guys and the drive up there was pretty quick. We arrived around noon and were told by the guards that the free camping site was completely full. This meant that we first had to pay 200 SEK to park each car and then each person had to pay 220 SEK to put up the tents at the special festival camping. This sucked big time, especially since the organisers advertise on their website that camping is free for all people with a ticket. Well, let me tell you that the free camping ground only seems to fit half the people who went there. Note to the organisers: What the fuck is going on?!!!
I didn't want to pay this astronomical fee just to be able to put up my friggin' tent, so I parted with the other guys and found a small spot where my tent would fit on the overcrowded free camping ground. Later I met up with Nina, Mads & Thomas who had saved some room and we made a quick move of my tent. After having picked up our press passes it was past 3:00 and Astral Doors had already played. 1'st miss of the day, damn...

We were not granted a photo pass for the festival this year. This meant that taking good pictures became quite hazardous and almost impossible. Well, back at the camp we started getting into the festival spirit with a few beers and a little game of beer poker with our Swedish neighbours.


Paragon

The real start of the festival for me was Paragon at the Spendrup's stage. This unfortunately turned out to be a slightly disappointing and monotonous concert. The sound wasn't great and the band was just too static on the stage. I had expected something more and was not too impressed with their German Power Metal, after a while it became difficult to tell the songs apart..


D:A:D

I hadn't planned to see D:A:D as I still remember their disastrous Wacken performance a few years ago. But wow, they really managed to recapture my belief in them. They played the show they should have played at Wacken back then. The band was in great shape, filled with energy and they put on an entertaining performance. Especially lead singer Jesper Binzer's voice was impressive and in great shape, and he was constantly running around the big stage. Songs like Bad Craziness, Jihad and Sleeping my day away really got the audience going and it was a great party up front. I think everybody sang along when Laugh 'n' A 1/2 was played and that was cool to hear. The show finished with an extended version of Marlboro Man.
The band also played a new song from their forthcoming album which sounded very melodic and quite promising. Great concert!


Helloween

For Helloween Nina, Mads and I had gotten a pretty good spot in the front rows of the stage. After a short introduction by the Metal Godess Vanessa Warwick, the band ran on stage and made a head-on assault with powerful versions of Starlight and Murderer. Things were getting pretty hectic in the front rows and I had all I could do to keep on my feet while jumping and singing along to the music. Things slowed down for a short while as the band moved into the epic Keeper of the Seven Keys (I was hoping for Halloween). Future World and Eagle Fly free were next and of course people went absolutely bananas in the front rows again.

Andi Deris was in great shape this night and he had a big smile on his face for most of the show. Hey Lord was great to hear live too, but one of the major highlights was an excellent version of If I could fly where most of the audience sang along. The sing along continued through the sad but fantastic Forever and One, where I'm afraid the people right in front of me couldn't hear much of what Deris was singing due to my piercing sing a long...




Open your life from the new album meant more jumping and screaming, as did Dr. Stein. During the show the band suffered a little from sound problems, but they became a major problem during Back against the wall. For some reason the sound was terrible during this track and only the drums were audible. Everything else was a big muddy monster of sound. Luckily the good sound returned for what was the absolute highlight of the show, Power! This song works amazing live and I blew out the rest of my voice, while jumping three feet in the air. Andi looked quite amused on stage and gave a big thumbs up to the audience before going into an extended audience sing along. While this was fun I would rather have heard another song... Yes, it was that long. After finishing Power the band left the stage for about 10 seconds before they returned and we got the one and final encore Sun 4 the world.

Helloween was one big party and I was happy to have seen them again.

Set list:
Starlight
Murderer
Keeper of the seven keys
Future world
Eagle fly free
Hey Lord
If I could fly
Forever and One
Open your life
Dr. Stein
Back against the wall
Power
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Sun 4 the world


Judas Priest

About 15 minutes after Helloween ended their show the reunited Judas Priest were set to take the main stage. After Helloween I was completely drenched So I exchanged my Blind Guardian fan club shirt for the extended long sleeve version to keep the chill night air from giving my cold more to feed on. A quick stop by the Spendrup's tent for beers and we were ready for Priest who luckily were a little delayed. As we were trying to get to the front part of the audience I lost sight of everybody and I ended up in the thirtieth row alone but more than ready for what I expected to be a major highlight of the festival.

As darkness descended on the stage the opening chords of Hellion made the audience in front of me go berserk in a joyous frenzy and when Electric eye took over everybody's hands were in the air. The huge stage had been partly transformed with Priest logos and rising platforms on either side. Metal Gods and Heading out to the highway continued the show. It took a couple of songs before Rob Halford's voice was warmed up and by the time the band reached The Ripper and A touch of evil I was very impressed with the notes he is still able to hit and started to get a chilling sensation.

The Sentinel was a major highlight for me and Rob pulled it off very well. The acoustic version of Diamonds and rust was beautiful and a chilling version of Beyond the realms of death was just amazing and Rob really shined on this one. A powerful and screaming version of Painkiller ended the first part of the show. While the audience were chanting for Priest to return the sound of a Harley filled the speakers and everybody knew what was coming. Priest finished of their show with Hell Bent For Leather, Living After Midnight, United and You've Got Another Thing Coming. Overall this was a very good show, but I missed some surprises. There were moments of magic but the concert as a whole was not extraordinary all the way through.

Set list
Hellion
Electric eye
Metal gods
Heading out to the highway
The Ripper
Touch of evil
The Sentinel
Turbo lover
Victim of changes
Diamonds and rust (Acoustic)
Breaking the law
Beyond the realms of death
Green manalishi
Painkiller
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Hell bent for leather
Living after midnight
United
You've got another thing comin'


By now the time was past 1:00 in the night and I was starting to have serious trouble keeping my eyes open, so I returned to my tent for a welcome night of rest before the next day which offered another batch of great bands.


Day 2

Persuader
Persuader played just before noon and as on the 2000 Decibel festival they were a great kickstart to the day, blasting any kind of sleepyness far away. Comparing to 2000 Decibel their show had developed a little this time. Opening the concert was a pretty cool version of the Terminator theme but soon the band went straight into the powerful Strike down. Powerful was definitely one way to describe the show. The band seemed happier than last time and put on a good show, helped along by a small but very entusiastic audience. My favorites from the new album, Godfather and Sanity soiled also got great airplay. The band had obviously listened to the one guy from 2000 Decibel who was constantly shouting for a song from their debut as they played The hunter as their final song. Great start to the day!

After Persuader I went to get something to eat while listening to the last part of Pink Cream 69. The one song I know from them, Seas of madness came of great live and they seemed to have put on a very powerful show. I had decided to check out Beseech after reading their short bio and went back to the Spendrup's stage. Unfortunately Beseech did not impress me at all. Gruff male combined with sweet female vocals upon very simple riffs and melodies made me go yawn and leave after the first three songs. This band seemed to me like a weird combination of Lacuna Coil and Lake of Tears without any of the uniqueness of those two acts. Their music just couldn't keep my interest at this point and their stage presence didn't help much either.


Opeth

I got back to the camp for some music and beers and started a party with Nina, Mads & Thomas before I had to leave for Opeth. They took the one of the bigger stages in the middle of the afternoon and one part of this show proved to be the highlight of the festival so far. I got to the stage about five minutes after the show had started and found a spot in the front part of the audience. The band seemed in good humor and talked to the audience and made jokes between the songs. I think it was after the third song that Mikael Åkerfeldt told us that unfortunately their time was limited, but now they were going to play a song they had never played before in Sweden. Then the band went into what turned out to be a monstrous and completely magical version of The Moor!!!

As this is by far my favorite Opeth song I have always had a hope to hear it live one day, but I wasn't expecting it at all. I, and the rest of the audience went really crazy during parts of this song and by looking around it was obvious that many people were in heaven right there. The most amazing thing was the way the band pulled it off, flawless and with a huge amount of feeling in the music. Mikael Åkerfeldt's voice was brutal and beautiful at the same time and at some points even more powerful than on the album! This was truly a chilling moment that I will forever lock in my treasure chest of heavenly Metal moments. After this I stood a few moments in awe as the band continued with Windowpane and To rid the disease from their latest album Damnation. Finishing of the show were Deliverance and Demon of the fall. Still Life is still the only Opeth album I have found time to get really into, but it can't be long before I go on to the next one.

After the Opeth experience I went back to the camp to find the rest of the gang still partying, so I sat down for a beer and some music as it was a few hours before Lake of Tears were set to play.


Lake of Tears

This was one band I was really excited to hear live. I was captivated by their 'A crimson cosmos' album and it would be interesting to see if they could capture their special atmosphere on the stage. I made it to the Spendrup's stage just as Lake of Tears had started on Boogie bubble. Four guys with a slight stoner look did indeed pull of a very special concert that surpassed my expectations. Cosmic Weed was next and it had a cool drive and worked really great live. Among three songs from their forthcoming album, Black Brick Road we also got Hold on tight and Pagan wish from Forever Autumn.

The absolute highlight of the show was the final song Headstones, where there was a sense of magic in the air. The band delivered this song with so much conviction that for a moment I forgot time and space and was carried away by Daniel Brennare's passionate voice and the spellbinding music. Moments like these don't come along often, but at this years Sweden rock there seemed to be at least one each day!

My only complaint was that the show was way too short, but that was the case with all the bands at the Spendrup's stage. I will now start the hunt for the albums I am missing with Lake of Tears.

Setlist:
Boogie Bubble
Cosmic Weed
Making Evenings
Crazy man
Hold On Tight
Pagan Wish
The Greymen
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Headstones


Brainstorm

After this fantastic concert I just had time to buy a beer before Brainstorm went on stage. The great Ambiguity is the one album of theirs I know but after the disappointment with Paragon I didn't know what to expect from another German Power Metal band. Any preconcieved ideas I had were brought to shame when the band delivered an energized and extremely powerful performance. In fact even though I didn't know most of the songs the band played this was in the top 5 of the overall most enjoyable concerts at the festival. The band seemed to be blown away by the audience turnout and people were going crazy in front of the stage with each song to the band's delight, me included. I will now be checking them out so I can sing along at ProgPower USA later this year :)




After this the time was about 10 in the evening and my natural urge for chicken wings had to be pleased...

I missed most of Exodus' show which was probably a big mistake as the last two songs I heard sounded really great. Scorpions didn't sound very impressive, so I decided to head back to the camp with the others and we started a party with my small speakers, beers and lots of insane singing and jumping. This unfortunately resulted in all my burned compilation cd's getting completely wasted. First I found them lying in a big pool of beer that Nina had spilt on them and half an hour later when we were going crazy during a Lost Horizon and Manowar medley someone noticed a creaking sound from somewhere and I discovered that I had been jumping right on the cd's for a whole song... Oh well...


Day 3

The next morning I didn't feel very well at all, but sticking my head under a cold faucet for a few minutes was able to clear it up enough to go and buy some French fries and see Danger Danger while I ate. Here I met up with the Glam Rock guys in front of the stage who seemed to enjoy it very much. With simple means and a huge party attitude the band got the audience going, but sometimes I couldn't help but burst out laughing when I looked at Nina and saw that she was thinking the same as me, that we had definitely taken a wrong turn somewhere along the way. I was quite impressed with the guitarist but I had to leave after three songs due to a toilet incident, got some money from the bank and then went to see the first band of the day, Sun Caged.


Sun Caged

I arrived about 15 minutes before the show as the band was doing their soundcheck. This turned out to be a great idea as the band was having some fun on stage and suddenly they went into an impromptu version of Europe's The final countdown. André even decided to join in on the vocals from the back of the stage. Everything was set for an enjoyable show, though the audience turnout seemed a little disappointing from where I was standing. I had read that this was to be the final show with singer André Vuurboom and keyboard player Joost van den Broek so I had a special feeling as I have been following this band for some time now.

The show opened with the song Sun Caged from their debut and it was apparant that the band had every intention of doing an entertaining show. Watching Marcel Coenen is always an experience and his facial expressions had not become fewer since the last time I saw the band live. I decided not to look too much at him as he started to steal my entire attention. Rob on the bass sometimes looked like an octopus playing one technical passage after the other. The new drummer Roel did a great job too and the band seemed extremely tight to me. On the keyboards Joost ruled completely and it will certainly be hard to find a replacement for him. Hopefully he will find enough challenges in After Forever.




Technically this was no doubt the most impressive and entertaining performace of the festival. The good thing about Sun Caged is that their music has enough melody to make it catchy enough for the non-tech people to follow. One highlight of the show was the instrumental Four Gilders, including a Keyboard / Guitar battle. Very fun and energized throughout. After Marcel had made the announcement that Joost and André were leaving and had thrown some t-shirts into the audience I thought the show was finished. Then Joost started on The final countdown again and I thought he was kidding, but no! While Rob and Marcel were laughing the band went into a really cool version of this well known song. When André nailed the line "We're leaving together, but still it's farewell" I couldn't help but laugh. It was a fitting end to one era of Sun Caged and of course a good warm up for Europe who were headlining the festival later in the evening.

Set list:
Sun Caged
Hollow
Home
Four gilders
Closing in
The eigth day
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The Final Countdown

After the show I met Michael and we decided to head back to the camp and share a carton of wine. I had a few hours to kill before the band I was looking the most forward to hear live went on stage, Lost Horizon


Lost Horizon

Nina and I got down to the Spendrup's stage in good time before Lost Horizon hit the stage to ensure a good place in the front. Already the turnout was bigger than anything I had seen at the Spendrup's stage and obviously people were getting very excited as the show neared its beginning. With the introsound of Transdimensional Revelation a huge roar came from the audience and it wasn't long before Lost Horizon came on stage and blasted into Pure. The band looked just as on the album covers, in full war paint and with singer Daniel Heiman wearing a huge blue cape, they were truly a sight to behold. The thing that impressed me most about the concert was Daniel Heiman's voice which unbelieveably, sounds as good, if not better live than on the albums!!!

The whole concert was a great fireworks of pure Metal and power. With a great performance and good chemistry on the stage we were taken through songs like Denial of fate, Welcome Back and Again will the fire burn and quickly the front rows were a great mash of fans going crazy with me in the middle. One major highlight came with Cry of a restless soul which was amazing to hear live. It was quite an experience to hear this complex song performed with such a great sense of power and emotion and the band really captured the essence of this song.




After this total devastation the band left the stage for a short time while we all screamed for them to return. And so they did, with my favorite song from the debut, Sworn in the Metal wind! To say I had a surge of energy would be an understatement and I blew away the last of my vocal chords during this song. The performance of the song really defies description, but if you listen to the song from the record then imagine hearing it live, played just as tight and with an even crazier vocal performance and you may be able to conjure up a vision of what it was like. It was truly magic and the experience defies words.

Unfortunately during the show it quickly became apparant that the Spendrup's stage sound system wasn't fully able to capture all the details of Lost Horizon's huge sound. The band gave it all they had and played amazing, but sometimes the sound suffered from a little muddiness, making it hard to distinguish the two guitars and bass and especially Daniel's voice seemed to be simply too high pitched and powerful for the speakers to comprehend at times. It was a minor irritant to me as the sound wasn't disastrously bad but still, not perfect like the band on stage.

Of course the show was way too short, but I got my first taste of the mighty Lost Horizon and the biggest compliment I can give is that they lived up to my skyhigh expectations.

Lost Horizon should always play live... I hunger for more.

Set list:
Pure
Denial of fate
Welcome back
Again will the fire burn
Cry of a restless soul
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Sworn in the Metal wind


Narnia

After Lost Horizon I was soaked so Nina and I went to get some water and a beer before I returned to the Spendrups stage to check out Narnia. I needed a little time to relax, so for the first part of Narnia's show, I lay down in the grass next to a big tree, and looking up at the blue sky I thought about how great it was to be at a festival again. I was surprised at the power Narnia displayed on stage. Lead singer Christian Rivel had an amazing voice live and he sounded like a youthful Rob Halford, hitting some very high notes constantly. During Back from hell I could no longer lie still in the grass and charged the stage to do some headbanging along with the rest of the audience in the front rows. Great show!





Nightwish

As the Children of Bodom show was just too crowded I decided to head on to the main stage an hour before Nightwish were set to play in order to get a good spot in the front. It turned out that many other people had the same idea and the front of the audience was already getting pretty crowded. Luckily I found some cool Scottish people to chat with while I waited. About five minutes before the show started a couple had to leave due to an astma attack. That was not very lucky. But probably a good idea as the guards were busy pulling exhausted or fainted girls over the rails through most of the concert.




Finally the band came on stage and went into a powerful version of Dark chest of wonders. As good as this song is on record I can testify that it also works fantastic live. Tarja had a great stage presence and played up to the raptured audience constantly. Of course she is a pretty hot girl, but man can she sing. Her voice was amazing this night. Her singing has really improved greatly and she sang both old and new stuff without straining or sounding out of tune. Wishmaster was next and really got the audience going. Even more so with She is my sin, and Nemo was cool to hear too. But Phantom of the opera really showed the greatness of the band with Marco and Tarja doing some great vocal exchanges and the band capturing the song's atmosphere very well.




Suddenly Tarja left the stage and the band started on an instrumental passage which sounded unmistakeably like the beginning of Megadeth's Symphony of destruction! Taking me completely by surprise, I was gaping at Marco as he started singing the first verse. This song was so cool to hear and the version Nightwish pulled off was excellent. Waiting in excitement for what was next Tarja joined the band again and opened the second part of the set with Bless the child which came off incredibly powerful live. Then the band took a step back in time and played one of the songs I was hoping for, namely Elvenpath! Tarja sung this one really amazing. The power was pushed to an almost bursting point when the band set off Stargazers and the audience went wild. Things took on a calmer note with Higher than hope from the new album. Perhaps the only song I would have liked to have switched. Before the band left the stage we were treated to an explosive version of Over the hills and far away. Brilliant!



After much chanting and clapping the band came back and started on the beautiful Dead boy's poem which at one point turned extremely heavy and became Slaying the dreamer. What a monster song to hear live. Really heavy and powerful. As a final encore we got I wish I had an angel. This song rules live and had tons of power.




During the show the weather gods were not too kind on us as we had several massive showers, leaving us completely soaked. It didn't matter too much to me during the concert, it just gave it a kind of special atmosphere.


Set list: (As I remember it)

Dark Chest Of Wonders
Wishmaster
She Is My Sin
Nemo
The Phantom Of The Opera
Symphony Of Destruction (Megadeth cover)
Bless The Child
Elvenpath
Stargazers
Higher Than Hope
Over The Hills And Far Away
Dead Boy's Poem / Slaying The Dreamer
I Wish I Had An Angel















After Nightwish I was drenched because of the heavy showers so I returned to my tent for a change of clothes, only to find out that I had no clean clothes at all, haha. Damn! I put the wet clothes on the top of the tent to dry off while I laid down for a quick nap before Europe went on stage at 11. This turned out to be a bad idea as Europe were in the middle of their encores and just finishing Cherokee as I woke up. Oh well, I had seen the bands I wanted so I laid back and thought back on the festival, which musically was one of the best ever. So many great bands in so short time makes it hard to comprehend, but I will say that Sweden rocked hard this year!





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Paragon




D:A:D




D:A:D




Helloween



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Helloween




Judas Priest




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Persuader




Persuader




Opeth




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Lake of Tears




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Brainstorm




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The crowd at Exodus



Sun Caged




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Lost Horizon




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Narnia




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the crowd at children of Bodom




The crowd waiting for Nightwish




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All pictures taken by Steen






Written By Steen
Online: Sunday, June 20, 2004
Updated: Saturday, December 20, 2014 - Added the old article to the site










Legacy Comments


Monday, June 21, 2004 - Anders

Wow what a blast it must have been .. and a very nice festival report Steen! I wish I could have been there to hear Judas Priest, Opeth and Children of Bodom. And Opeth played The Moor!? It truly must have been magical. Oh well, now I just have to wait for W:O:A



Tuesday, June 22, 2004 - Steen

Thanks! Yes, you really should have been there... Steen PS: Should I bring an extra tent for W:O:A this year? :)



Tuesday, June 22, 2004 - Anders

Haha! No I plan on bringing my own WHOLE tent this year. And I'll test it properly before leaving for W.O:A, hehehe!



Tuesday, June 22, 2004 - ben@metalreviews.com

When I meet you at Prog Power, Im gonna kick your ass because you saw LOST HORIZON fucking play WELCOME BACK and DENIAL OF FATE. I eternally hate you...... ;) Ben



Tuesday, June 22, 2004 - Steen

Haha, You can't touch me! But I will look forward to seeing you try :) I will of course be sure to tell you all the cool details when we meet hehe. Hopefully for the Pyramaze release party! Steen



Tuesday, June 22, 2004 - ben@metalreviews.com

Gah. Something tells me I wont make it to the Pyramaze party. It seems the gods of poserness have struck me seeing as I had to drop about 400 bucks to fix my truck and with all the hoopla in my move to San Antonio in August, I think Ben's gonna be broke. Although I will find a way to buy 20 cds and shirts at PP though, always have room for the essentials. Ben



Wednesday, June 23, 2004 - Steen

Ahh man! You gotta come to the Pyramaze release party, or you will have to listen to me telling you all the good stuff from that event too haha!



Tuesday, June 29, 2004 - stuart

Hey nice review,Lost horizon did indeed kick so much ass it was unreal.The scottish people you were talking to were some of my friends(the rest of us were off watching children of bodom), and just to make you jealous they met Daniel(oh yes that daniel) when he walked passed the first aid tent.Lucky Bastards :)



Tuesday, June 29, 2004 - Stuart(again)

Oh and did you see Oscar and Stefan from Hammerfall walking about after Lost Horizon had finished? We tried to convince Stefan to come and play Scotland some time,and you never know it may actually happen. Oh yeah,love the nightwish pictures,mmmmmmmmmmmmm sweet Tarja!



Tuesday, June 29, 2004 - Steen

Hey Stuart! I saw neither Stefan or Oscar. I think I was too high to notice anything a long time after Lost Horizon :) I hope you get some good music to the Scottish highlands soon. Hhmm Tarja... yum yum!



Friday, July 2, 2004 - Andrew (one of the Scottish guys)

Hey love the review Steen! You Scandinavians sure know how to ROCK! I'm so glad you gave us all your card! Emma and I were so gutted when we had to leave the crowd just before Nightwish came on (having waited an hour and a half). But as my good friend Stuart said, I did run into Daniel from Lost Horizon wandering around looking for his girlfriend. I could hardly say anything other than "WOW" and "You rock!". He even agreed to come into the Red Cross tent and say Howdy to Emma, unfortunately the medics ask him to leave becuase the excitement was too much for her (and that didn't help her asthma) but it was most apprieciated. Anyway, Steen, you have one hell of a web-site here! I have put a link on our band's site to this, hope you don't mind. Thanks for the mention.



Friday, July 2, 2004 - Steen

Hey Andrew! Cool to hear from you. I thought you were watching the Nightwish show from the side, but it sounds like you missed the whole show! Any links are welcome, what's the link to your band site?



Monday, July 5, 2004 - Andrew

Yea, missed the whole thing, I'm afraid. Luckily my firend Barry (the other guy who was there in the crowd with us) took your advice and bought the DVD (and another one I believe) so I got to watch that and all the glorious special features! Hmmmm sweet sweet Tarja! The web-site I added your link to is for the band I'm in, www.vaguespace.co.uk we're not metal unfortunately, but it is in our hearts at all time. Ha ah! Anyway, keep up the awesome sites! I took a look at your other one too. WOW!



Friday, July 23, 2004 - barry (the scottish guy from the nightwish crowd)

hey steen how's it rockin i signed the guest book somewhere on this huge site, when we got back from sweden rock but this is the first chance i've got to read your reviews, nightwish rocked really hard and i agree the cover of megadeth couldn't have rocked anymore absolutly amazing. even though my norse friends can't drink they make up in hospitality and rockability. the pictures you took are awsome lost horizon (though there should be more) and especially sweet sweet tarja (there can never be enough) i took your advise and bought the 2 nightwish dvd's so i do have to thank you as they are really good especially the extras on end of innocence. well im away to work on my screams so i can audition for lost horizon (ha ha)you never know me and my friends may get big and play sweden rock next year and you will review us (ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha) if you want a laugh check our website out at www.vaguespace.co.uk) rock on baz



Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - Steen

Hey Barry! Yeah I saw you on the guestbook, but unfortunately the email address didn't work. Anyway I'm glad you dig the site and thanks for the link on your site too. Checked it out and just have one question, when are you going to put some music on there? It was really tough getting good pictures of Lost Horizon as the front rows were going crazy all the time and that was definitely more fun than trying to stand still and take photos :) So I'm happy for the ones I got. I have twice as many but as they were taken in mid-air they are a complete blur haha. Must say I went a little nuts with the pictures of Tarja and those are just half of them... Hope to see you in the front at a Lost Horizon concert soon. Keep in touch man!



Wednesday, September 15, 2004 - Andrew

Hey Steen, barry's e-mail address is odinsfire1983@yahoo.co.uk incase you want to e-mail him. He has changed his e-mail address. Alright, be cool man!



Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - Emily Mackinnon

I saw Nightwish at glasgow recently and i have to say, i have never seen such an incredible show!!! Tarjas voice was fantastic and was cutting right through the bass and everything, this was really surprising as i thought she would've been drowned out but i guess not... The crowd went absolutly nuts when she came on as well. I have to say that they are my favourite band now!



Sunday, March 6, 2005 - dolceedamara

I saw Nightwish live in Berlin and i am looking forward to see them again in May in Poland. They are one of the bests bands of the world now. They have their own style, that cannot be coppiable by others. Nightwish rocks!!!



Sunday, March 27, 2005 - Lisa

Superb Nightwish pictures! Excellent!



Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - Stuart

You know, looking back on this one I cant believe Priest played The Sentinal. Its one of my favourite Priest songs now but I didn't have Defenders Of The Faith at that point so I hadnt heard it. Same story with Helloween, despite the fact I was there I cant believe they opened with Starlight and Murderer as I only had the 2 Keeper albums back then and didn't know them. Oh for a time machine...



Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - Steen

Ahh this was a great festival. The Sentinel is a personal favorite as well and hearing it live was just brilliant. Lost Horizon, now that was another highlight! I also "vaguely" remember a fateful meeting with some Scotsmen.



Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - Stuart

Lost Horizon were the reason we picked Sweden Rock over places like Wacken etc. All the way over to Sweden for 45 mins of Lost Horizon? More than worth it!