So, this was my sixth time at Wacken so I could count myself at least as not a newcomer anymore 🙂 In brief Wacken 2017 was much better comparing to previous two Wackens according at least to weather conditions although that the rain took its role also during this year. There were so many bands ahead to be seen here and there, on all main stages or under so-called Wet -Tent (I still name it by this name although the name and the place have been changed few years ago). Please, take a note that this review is from personal angle (point of view) written, since it’s quite hard to catch-all the bands and events that were performing at Wacken. So, if you are able to see like 10 shows per Wacken that’s quite nice for the start. We are quite aware that many newcomers try to see as much bands as they could but from my (veteran) experience this could not go easily. On the other hand, there’s always something falling from the skies above, so you will use to run under the rain or to be swallowed by the incredible dose of mood. So, in fact, Wacken is not a music festival for all people its for metal warriors or for mood warriors as they like to call it 🙂 Never the less, you will understand the point after few years and times spent on the (un)holy ground…
Opening and the 2nd day: There were some innovations for this year, like all three main stages were equal or something like that. If you have been anytime at Wacken before you will know of what I am talking about. There were lots of interesting events on all three main stages. One of the best shows was one coming up from Paradise Lost. This one was during the day, just after Grave Digger has unleashed their assault of the most legendary songs, but yet I have to complain that the sound when Grave Digger were performing was not the perfect one. This second day has started for us with Lacuna Coil (they performed quite decent show with several good-old hymns). But, there was still a heavy rain when they started and after them there was Sanctuary playing quite a cool show, too (well, it turned out the final time when I have seen Warren).
Yet, the great final for the second day was with long-awaited Emperor show when they have played the entire material from Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk (1997) plus some more stuff from various studio albums. The sound, their appearance and the entire show was far too great, for eyes and for ears. Truly they are masters of the art! I was not so delighted with Accept show during the opening day although I like the band. Somehow, something there was missing when they appeared with the entire orchestra. Yet, Europe show was better and the people indeed welcome them with warm hearts. I remember better shows of Accept like many times before…sometimes it’s better to be straightforward then to complicate the things. Do not get me wrong Accept is a great band. Well, I have not seen the show of Clawfinger since there was abnormal rain pouring down, but now as I have seen it on YouTube I pity that I was not there to celebrate their old stuff a with true mood warriors.
Third day: the only show that I was able to see under the flags of WetTent was one of Twilight Force. And such a great show it was (and it turned out to be the final one with their already ex singer). There were lots of fans dancing and celebrations around. TF could become even more popular group, but since they have departed with their former singer I really do not know what will happened next with them. Centrally, there was a spark of energy in this band particulary when they did it with their old vocalist. Speaking about the third day I think that the finale was with Kreator and Avantasia. And although that the people are complaining about Avantiasia show I have to say that I like the selection of the songs and performance was quite good. Avantasia delivered many of their older songs, the sound was quite ok where I was standing so everything went well from my point of view.
The very same goes for Kreator. I like it a lot, although that the rain has returned, in waves, and it started to pour here and there during the show. From my point of view Kreator delivered better show at Wacken comparing of what they did just two weeks later of Summer Breeze 2017. By the way, I think that there was a difference from what you have experience by live streaming and what we have witness on Wacken’s land. You knw it’s just like when you watching football game at home: you cannnot feel the entire atmosphere. Anyway, I was so eager to see Alice Cooper, but yet I have not enjoyed in the show so much. Sorry, but I was expecting some more popular songs or some more energy (or do I ask for more?). Once more Amon Amarth offered quite good tune and German fans were indeed pleased by their performance, but I was somehow feeling that something starting to missing at their shows, they have become more regular so to say, I felt much more edge on Paradise Lost or Megadeth show anyway. And, at the end, I should not miss to say something about Megadeth performance. Dave and co. have deliver a good tune, there were so many people including some crazy South American- fans around us who were more like screaming during the entire show 🙂 Mark my words by it turned out to be quite heavy and hard to hear Dave singing since there SA girls delivered such a brutal moaning 🙂
Anyway, Wacken has proved one more time to be the best, the most important and the most visited metal festival and meeting (or something close to that). There’s nothing on the earth that could be compared with Wacken (take it good or bad, sun or rain, or even worse 🙂 ). Once when you see the entire organization you simply become aware how Wacken is huge. Mud fighter or what ever are the true winners and warriors of each Wacken. So, if you really like experience the atmosphere at or with Wacken you should come and visit it at least once during lifetime 🙂
- Boots bloody boots!
- Marko Miranovic. August 2017