I do not know how else to start this report than to say that at the concert there were more people than on Therion! So about 800 people were here on this metal battlefield in Serbia.
An unbelievably filled place at SKC on November 19th 2010. A metal concert that was definitely inevitable on the list of this scene’s big wins.
The concert began with the band Steelwing. A very young band from Sweden. Watching them I saw the future of heavy metal – the average age of the band members is 18-19. The first album was released this year under the title “Lord of the Wasteland.” Some sort of that old school heavy metal and glam rock era look. Quite an ok band, a nice start of the evening and of quite good quality. In any case, the audience had fun and heated up to their melodies.
After them entered Alestorm, pirate metallers from Scotland. An xtremely pleaseing and happy band whose songs are about pirates, alcohol and sex. An original band. The audience knew them and they had contact with them as they sang along, especially ‘Leviathan’, ‘Captain Morgan’s Revenge’ and of course ‘Keelhauled’ (“…Make that bastard walk the plank with a bottle of rum and the Yo-Ho –Ho”)…
And then finally the main band of the evening – Sabaton. Joakim said during the concert that they have not heard such an audience, louder than their instruments at their concerts from the first riff of the first song. The band themselves not only enjoyed with the audience but rather merged with them as if they hang out every day, and they know each other pretty well. Everybody sang the songs, entirely! The fans’ support was constant, there was even a Serbian flag with the logo Sabaton. From the beginning to the end of the performance and it was obvious that the relationship betweem the band and their audience was close. It was quite obvious that the band is well known among metalheads. During the concert, the constant mosh-pits, madness and chaos in the crowd gave its contribution to the concert, giving away their energy, sweat, vocal cords and muscles! The greatest havoc was created with the song “Ghost Division”. Then there were “Final Solution”, “Clifs of Galipoli”, “White Death”, “Attero Domintatus”, “Metal Machine”, “40:1″ (my favorite)… They played for about an hour and a half with an encore where they played: “Coat Of Arms”, “Primo Victoria” (probably the loudest chorus throughout the concert) and “Metal Medley”.
Anyone who was at the concert saw that metal will never fade and will always have its forces and an army of fans ready to fight. For those who were unfortunate enough to miss this unique concert, as always, we hope that Sabaton will come again and have an better and stronger show.
I’d like to finish with the chorus of their song “Masters Of The World”:
No! We’ll never fall we’re the masters of the world,
Get up let’s break those chains now and party all night long…
Report: Bojan Ulv Krnjajić
Photo: Nataša Vasić