Metal Maniacs / U.S.A.
Metal Hammer / Italy
Dynamo Open Air May 29-30-31 1998
Death played on Sunday May 31
Aardschok: Robert Haagsma
Metal Maniacs: Jeff Wagner & Richard Christy
Metal Hammer: Alex Ventriglia
After the wild scenes during the performances by Coal Chamber
and Life Of Agony, the DEATH show forms a great contrast. With
appealing musicians in the past like Gene Hoglan and Steve DiGiorgio,
there was always something to watch. Since Chuck Schuldiner has
to pull the show by himself now, it has become quite tedious.
As usual, musically considered nothing can be said at all about
the performances of "Suicide Machine", "Spiritual
Healing" and "Zero Tolerance". The songs are being
played flawlessly, but the band (consisting entirely of members
from Chuck's power metal project Control Denied) doesn't really
take the effort to grip the audience visually.
Because the sound
is very soft as well, and real contact with the crowd is out of
the question, the reactions are quite half-hearted. Although a
polite applause is being given for the musical performance, the
Death show can't be considered very entertaining. Surprising are
the two new songs, the first straight from the Control Denied
demo. As is to be heard Death will be elaborating completely on
the technical direction that already was taken with "Symbolic"
and "Individual Thought Patterns" very successfully.
Schuldiner's grunt is sounding strikingly less deep than in the
past, whether or not it will stay this way will show on the new
release in fall "The Sound Of Perseverance". Death remains
brilliant, but just isn't a festival band.
Metal Maniacs-U.S.A./Jeff Wagner
Due to Fear Factory's cancellation
only days before, Death was obviously psyched to get
this nearly-headlining slot. Playing to almost 25,000, it was
only this incarnation's third show together, resulting in an
inspired, urgent performance as obvious numbers "Pull The
Plug", "Suicide Machine", and "The Philosopher"
were reeled off more than adequately. Though the gigantic stage
size seemed to swallow the new members, resulting in a certain
lack of visual presence, the performance was near-virtuoso,
including percussion-lord Richard Christy. new numbers "Spirit
Crusher" and "Flesh And The Power It Holds" ably
proved themselves next to "Lack Of Comprehension"
and "Flattening Of Emotions".
If anyone was looking
for further proof that Deaeth is more a melodic metal band than
e deathly one, "Zero Tolerance" and "Crystal
Mountain" opened the gates to that debate. The long pauses
between most songs brought down the drama a bit, but the set
was suerly the band's official battle cry that they're back,
as fierce as they've ever been.
Metal Hammer-Italy/Alex Ventriglia
Dynamo features no less than
the return of Chuck Schuldiner's legendary Death, next to a new
album on Nuclear Blast (that, according to what we heard live
and to rumors, will be very guitar-oriented, with few changes
from the old brutal style). Years have passed for Schuldiner too,
going bald and hardly lively on stage, but the class is still
here, and when he starts with flashbacks from 'Symbolic', 'Human'
and 'Leprosy' everybody is astonished!
Metal Maniacs-U.S.A./Richard Christy
The Crowd went absoltely
nuts for Blind Guardian. It was obvious from the audience's
reaction that this band has an extremely loyal following in Europe.
It was great seeing several thousands of fists in the air.
Most of Blind Guardian's set was just as fastpaced as the albums,
with some amazing double bass drumming and their typically melodic
and catchy approach. I hadn't actually heard much Blind Guardian
before, as their albums are hard to find in America, but I'm a
big fan of German metal bands like Rage, so I too raised my fist
high for the Guardian.
a very big orchestral sound, mainly due to their amazing keyboardist
Jens Johanssen (ex-Silver Mountain/Yngwie). The guitar/keyboard
trade off solos were simply mindblowing. Stadnout track was definitely
"Forever Free", with its excellent victory-style chorus
and some massive drum fills. Although it was around 2:00 in the
morning and the crowd was thinning out a bit, there were still
many faithful headbangers present, sticking it out till the end.
The end being Primal
Fear. Opening up with "Silver And Gold", I had no
choice but to band my head in approval. Vocalist Ralf Scheepers
was flawless, belting out great metallic screams. Every song from
the self-titled debut was present, highlights being "Nine
Lives" and "Promised Land". Primal Fear was tight,
powerful, and a great way to cap off an excellent weekend.