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Flugplatz Drispenstedt, Hildesheim, Germany
8th & 9th August 2009
M’era Luna 2009 Day 1 Main Stage: Nightwish, Apocalyptica, Peter Heppner, Blutengel, The Birthday Massacre, Oomph!, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, Letzte Instanz, Krypteria, Whispers in the Shadow, No More

The 10th edition of M’era Luna is already over. And let me tell you, it was a full success. About 23,000 visitors were celebrating peacefully at the airport Drispenstedt. And also the weather god seemed to like us. Against all forecasts it stayed dry and warm during the whole weekend. With NIGHTWISH, the main stage had a great headliner to offer at the first festival day, but also the other bands, like Cello-metallers APOCALYPTICA or Canadian gummy-bear-group THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE rocked the crowd.




No More (Sebastian Huhn)

This band, formed in 1979 in Kiel (North Germany), is responsible for the 1981 minimal wave hit ‘Suicide Commando’ after which Johan van Roy named his project. Their first release was the 7” EP ‘Too Late’ and the first mini album came out with ‘A Rose is a Rose’ in 1982 after which the band went for a change in its musical style. The band called it quits in 1986 after finishing the album ‘Hysteria’. In the course of working on an album with updated song versions ‘Remake/Remodel’ it was announced that a new album is in the making. Currently, NO MORE is on tour presenting a set of old and new songs. NO MORE is Andy A. Schwarz and Tina Sanudakura. http://www.no-more-remake-remodel.com/ / http://www.myspace.com/nomoreremakeremodel



Music & Performance
Not many people had turned up this morning to see the veterans of NO MORE opening the M’era Luna festival on the main stage. But hey, it was still early in the morning for many. Anyway, the duo conjured a cool mix of electronics and guitar sounds on the stage whereas Andy handled the vocals and guitar and Tina twiddled and tweaked the knobs. Especially, I loved seeing her playing the Theremin and getting wide, spectral sounds out of it. As Andy announced a song writing in 1980 when they were 19, the crowd went wild. Of course I’m talking about ‘Suicide Commando’. A celebration call for the little crowd! With a neat instrumental crescendo, NO MORE ended their short performance already but had delivered a great start for the festival.

Setlist
01. Do you dream of angels in this big city?
02. Waiting for the man
03. Suicide Commando
04. Sunday Mitternacht
05. Something grows up
06. Schwarzen Mann gesehn

Rating
Music: 8
Performance: 7
Sound: 7
Light: - (daylight)
Total: 7.5 / 10




Whispers in the Shadow (Sebastian Huhn)

The Austrian formation WHISPERS IN THE SHADOW - The name was inspired by the H.P. Lovecraft tale ‘The Whisperer in Darkness’ - was founded in 1996 by Ashley Dayour as a solo project, but soon a real band would grow out of the project and expanded to a trio; the first album ‘Laudanum’ was released with in 1997. Until 2001, when their - for a certain time - last regular album ‘Permanent Illusions’ came out. The WHISPERS IN THE SHADOW had become an acclaimed live band with regular slots at the famous Wave-Gotik-Treffen and had toured with the likes of GARDEN OF DELIGHT. It was not before 2008, when the next studio album ‘Into the Arms of Chaos’ should see the light to be followed by a remix and rarities album ‘Borrowed Nightmares & Forgotten Dreams’ in 2009. WHISPERS IN THE SHADOW is Ashley Dayour (vocals, guitars, E-bow), Fork (bass), Martin Acid (keyboards, piano) and Curt Benes (drums, percussions). http://www.noizeart.com/ / http://www.myspace.com/whispersintheshadow



Music & Performance
The waiting time for a new album must have felt like forever for the fans of WHISPERS IN THE SHADOW. But then ‘Into the arms of Chaos’ was there and addicted me to their works so I was eagerly waiting for the time the band would enter the stage. When they were finally there, they started the set - after an instrumental intro - with the opener ‘The Arrival’ of the mentioned album. What a perfect track title to start with. Majestic walls of keys and vibrant guitar lines flew down to us and carried the marked vocals of Ashley Dayour on their back. A voice that might not be up to everybody’s tastes, but it’s a perfect fit for the music. WHISPERS IN THE SHADOW also brought motion on stage. They were all crooked with their music and lived it out up there. Except the closer ‘A Taste of Decay’, only songs of the current album made the cut. Note this as a positive remark as I really dig the album. In summary, a cool breakfast show with a great band.

Setlist
01. Tune in (Intro)
02. The Arrival (Version: Liber NULL)
03. Damned Nation
04. Neither: Neither
05. Babylon Rising Part 1 + 2
06. A Taste of Decay

Rating
Music: 8
Performance: 8
Sound: 8
Light: - (daylight
Total: 8 / 10




Krypteria (Sebastian Huhn)

Actually, the history of KRYPTERIA already begins in 2003 as a musical project that released one eponymous double-album. In 2005, KRYPTERIA was re-assembled as rock band and in July of the same year released the album ‘In medias res’. On the release date of their new EP ‘Evolution Principle’, they had a rousing debut at Wacken Open Air followed by a Germany tour with SUBWAY TO SALLY in December. In 2009, their newest album ‘My Fatal Kiss’ is close to its release at the End of August. KRYPTERIA is Ji-In Cho (vocals), Chris Siemons (guitar), Frank Stumvoll (bass) and S.C. Kuschnerus (drums). http://www.krypteria.de/ / http://www.myspace.com/krypteria



Music & Performance
Noon has arrived, most people were awake by now, I guess and also up for some metal like I was when I headed over to the main stage again to see KRYPTERIA. A large red backdrop with the band’s name and some stand-up displays showing mirrors with women reflected were the most obvious thing to see at first. Then the show began with the band members entering the stage. Singer Ji-In Cho came as the last one. Besides her being a good-looking woman there was another detail that attracted the attention. She was wearing a fully-fledged bridal dress. At least it looked like that initially but turned out as sort of a cover for a black leather dress. Musically, it was clean metal with symphonic ingredients and the extraordinary voice of Cho that covers a wide range, demonstrated with an operatic part on ‘Ignition’. As regards the stage action they did it like many metal combos out there.



Posed with their instruments, did some impressing instrumental works and animated the crowd which was fully under their spell and happy to comply with their wishes of clapping and waving hands. An acclaimed performance found its end with the upcoming album’s title track ‘My Fatal Kiss’ and the band left a crowd full of happy faces.

Setlist
01. Shoot me
02. Sweet revenge
03. Ignition
04. Somebody save me
05. Scream
06. Never say die
07. For you I'll bring the devil down
08. My fatal kiss

Rating
Music: 7
Performance: 7
Sound: 7
Light: - (daylight)
Total: 7 / 10




Letzte Instanz (Carsten Leopold)

LETZTE INSTANZ, founded in Dresden, Germany in 1996, is a German medieval metal band particularly noted for their use of the violin and cello. The founding members included Hörbi, Tin Whistle, Muttis Stolz, Kaspar Wichman, Holly D. and Markus G-Punkt. Benni Cellini and Robin Sohn entered the group a year later. The band did, however, hit a snag in March 2004 when three integral members (vocalist Robin Sohn, founding guitarist Tin Whistle, and bassist FX) decided to leave the band simultaneously for personal reasons. Many of the band's fans feared that they had heard the last of LETZTE INSTANZ. The remaining members decided not to abandon their eight-year project and actively sought to rebuild their line up. LETZTE INSTANZ today is Holly (vocals), M. Stolz (violin), B. Cellini (cello), Oli (guitar), Holly D. (guitar), Specki T.D. (drums) and Micha (bass). http://www.letzte-instanz.de/ / http://www.myspace.com/letzteinstanz



Music & Performance
LETZTE INSTANZ entered the stage early in the afternoon. Meanwhile, the place in front of the stage was pretty crowded and it was not that easy to find a good spot for watching the band that did their set very dedicated and powerful as always. The weather god was friendly till now - no rain and not too much sun - and people in front of the stage enjoyed the show following the animations of the band, singing with them or waving their arms. It is always fun to watch Benni shaking his long red hair while sitting on a chair playing his cello or M. Stolz playing the violin while jumping across the stage. The set ran about 40 minutes and the fans of medieval-rock music were pleased by the show which included such loved songs as ‘Tanz’, ‘Stimmlein’ or the final song ‘Wir sind allein’.



Setlist
01. Mea Culpa & Engel
02. Flucht ins Glück
02. Tanz
03. Ohne Dich
04. Mein Todestag
05. Finsternis
06. Komm!
07. Stimmlein
08. Wir sind allein

Rating
Music: 6
Performance: 7
Sound: 8
Light: - (daylight)
Total: 6.7 / 10




Die apokalyptischen Reiter (Sebastian Huhn)

The band started out as a duo in 1995, but quickly was complemented with two additional members with which they released first demos and played the first shows. The band released their debut album ‘Soft & Stronger’ in 1997. The second album ‘Allegro Barbaro’ followed in 1997. With the years passing the group acquired a cult following around them called the “Reitermaniacs” and a level of popularity that expands from Germany over to many East European countries. They’ve played the Wacken Open Air festival and have many European tours with e.g. MACABRA or TESTAMENT and DEATH ANGEL as well a several headliner tours. With ‘Licht’ (Light) from 2008, they’ve released seven albums in total by now. DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER is Fuchs (vocals, guitar), Volk-Man (bass, vocals), Dr. Pest (keys), Sir.G (drums) and Ady (guitar). http://www.reitermania.de/ / http://www.myspace.com/reitermania



Music & Performance
The apocalyptic horsemen! Would they be entering the stage riding on horses? Of course not even though I think that would have been a nice gag. But I suppose it’s a little logistic problem to do that. Enough joking around now, it’s time to talk about the show. A healthy doze of harder stuff was coming up and in the face of that really many people had found their way to the main stage on this sticky afternoon. Many “Reitermaniacs”, I guess. But the stage had an even more interesting detail in stock for me who has never seen a gig of the band before. A metal swing with a pedestal attached to it. Keyboarder Dr. Pest would take position on that thing and in turns swing around and do the keys later. The rest of the horsemen excluding the drummer geared up for an energetic show whereas it was especially front man Fuchs who hyped the audience up and got them to do exactly as he said.



The stylistic bandwidth of the songs surprised me really as I had expected to get pure hard and faster metal stuff with folklore elements in a row. Instead I found out, they’re more than just capable of doing that kind of stuff when a more emotional balladry song called ‘Nach der Ebbe’ sounded. Just to throw a party again a few minutes later during ‘Seemann’. For that, they also brought two ladies from the audience up to the stage to party with them and what about the audience? Well, they actually celebrated almost every track that was announced - including such songs as ‘Wir sind das Licht’, ‘Revolution’ or ‘Riders on the Storm’ - and enjoyed themselves. I admit I was wrong about the band. They’re really fun on stage and everyone who saw them at the M’era Luna will agree with me.

Rating
Music: 7
Performance: 8
Sound: 7
Light: - (daylight)
Total: 7.4 / 10




Oomph! (Carsten Leopold)

For almost 20 years, this band is a true force in the independent music scene. Albums like 'Defekt' (1995) and the unbelievably successful conceptual album 'Wunschkind' are milestones with their unique fusion of the electronic world with the unrelenting power. Every new album opened another door and critics overthrew themselves in trying to categorize the sound and with their 1999 output 'Plastik' they finally made their breakthrough in catapulting their music into the German Charts. 2003 was the year of change. OOMPH! signed to the Major label GUN Records and in the eyes of many old fans, they sound drifted into a more commercially and mainstream oriented direction from there on with the two albums 'Wahrheit oder Pflicht' or 'GlaubeLiebeTod', but maybe OOMPH! just sound like they want to sound. Whether you like that direction or not this is and stays a matter of personal taste. The current album 'Monster' was released in August 2008. OOMPH! is Dero (vocals, drums), Crap (guitar, keyboards) and Flux (guitar, sampling). On stage they are supported by Leo on drums and Hagen on bass. http://www.oomph.de / http://www.myspace.com/oomph



Music & Performance
Different to the past when the band was wearing priest robes or white straitjackets, OOMPH! now entered the stage all dressed in black bondage outfits starting their show with the opener of the current album ‘Beim ersten mal tut’s immer weh’. Right from the start the crowd was clapping hands and singing along. They played the set with the usual line up: 2 guitars, bass, drums and of course Dero behind the microphone. After the first song - to my pleasure - two old songs followed with ‘Sex’ ‘Mitten ins Herz’; during latter one was time for Dero to take a bath in the crowd. The set list consisted mostly of newer songs from the last three albums, completed by the two mentioned older songs and ‘Gekreuzigt’ which is always a fan favourite. The show finished without an encore after about 40 minutes with ‘Sandmann’.



Setlist
01. Intro / Beim ersten Mal tut’s immer weh
02. Sex
03. Mitten ins Herz
04. Revolution
05. Mein Schatz
06. Gekreuzigt
07. Gott ist ein Popstar
08. Augen auf!
09. Sandmann

Rating
Music: 8
Performance: 8
Sound: 8
Light: - (daylight)
Total: 8 / 10




The Birthday Massacre (Sebastian Huhn)

The band was officially formed in 1999 in Canada, known at that time as IMAGICA, a name taken from a novel by Clive Barker. Having the line-up completed with a bass player, keyboardist and live drummer, the band started working on a first, limited demo. In 2001, following the departure of former live keyboardist Dank, they relocated to Toronto and recorded another limited demo with five songs. It was around that time they changed their name into THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE and shortly thereafter, in July 2002, ‘Nothing and Nowhere’ sees the light of day, independently released by the band. The following years see the band releasing the EP ‘Violet’, later re-released with expanded tracklist and updated album artwork after being signed first to Repo Records in Germany and later to Metropolis Records in America. The popularity kept growing and growing, in big parts thanks to the social network MySpace and touring. In September 2007, the band released the album ‘Walking with Strangers’ spawning the ‘Looking Glass EP’ in May of the following year. Currently, they’re working on a new album to be released in fall 2009. THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE is Chibi (vocals), Rainbow (guitar & programming), Michael Falcore (guitar), Rhim (drums), O-en (keyboards), and O.E. (bass). http://www.thebirthdaymassacre.com/ / http://www.myspace.com/thebirthdaymassacre



Music & Performance
A couple of weeks ago, the Canadian six-piece blew me away at the Gothic festival in Waregem with the unrelenting energy they put into their live shows. This Saturday would see my second encounter with them and I expected nothing less than a great show. Just like two weeks before, the set began with an instrumental intro that led right into ‘Red Stars’ starting with spherical sounds fading into a brutal rock/punk infused section with the band wildly jumping around on stage. Sometimes it felt like they’re drawing energy from a hidden pool as they kept moving the whole show through and there was barely any second you could spot anyone in the band doing nothing and that includes the drummer as well. Next tunes were the dark ‘Goodnight’ and the rousing ‘Falling Down’ before one of my favourites from the current album, ‘Weekend’, was played. I had already hopes to hear this one in Belgium but there it didn’t make it onto the setlist.



What happened last time happened this time as well; the masses in front of the stage started partying to the songs. Just like it has to be, if I may add that! More highlights kept coming with ‘Shiver’ or ‘I think we’re alone now’ whose roots actually date way back to the 60s. The show closed with ‘Blue’ and brought another compelling performance to an end

Setlist
01. Red Stars
02. Goodnight
03. Falling Down
04. Weekend
05. Shiver
06. Lover’s End
07. Video Kid
08. Looking Glass
09. I think we’re alone now
10. Walking with Strangers
11. Blue

Rating
Music: 9
Performance: 8
Sound: 7
Light: - (daylight)
Total: 8.3 / 10




Blutengel (Carsten Leopold)

BLUTENGEL was formed in 1998 after Chris Pohl had decided to give up the preceding project, SEELENKRANK due to contractual problems. Just as its predecessor, BLUTENGEL uses melodious electronic tunes in combination with both male and female voices. The lyrics are primarily in German and/or English and mixed between male and female vocals paired with electronic sounds and with songs often focusing on all aspects of love, from the tragedy of hopeless romance all the way to the more animal aspects of desire. Their long waited 5th album, ‘Labyrinth’, came out in September 2007. BLUTENGEL is Chris Pohl (programming, lyrics, vocals), Constance Rudert (vocals, lyrics, visual concept), Ulrike Goldmann (vocals, lyrics) and Sonja (performance). http://www.blutengel.de / http://www.myspace.com/vampireromance



Music & Performance
The stage was decorated in an imaginative way with historic lamps and an old armchair like a throne when BLUTENGEL entered the stage during a long intro. The show was more like a karaoke show than a real concert, because no instruments were played on stage - it is pretty sad that all the music came from tape - and the members of BLUTENGEL sang and performed their songs in a cheesy manner, supported by some pretty female dancers. Pyrotechnical effects completed the visual performance. The three singers sang the different songs in turns or altogether and the chair would be used to relax by the not singing people during the different songs. Altogether, the whole show was slight fare, pleasing for the eyes but down market. I'm sure that the fans of Chris Pohl and BLUTENGEL were excited but I don't like this kind of performance, because I think a festival stage is a place for musicians who play their instruments themselves and when the show finished after one hour I was relieved.



Setlist

01. Intro
02. Dreh dich nicht um
03. Soul of Ice

04. The Dream
05. The only one
06. Lucifer
07. Winter of my Life
08. My Nightmare
09. Schneekönigin
10. Lovekiller
11. Bloody Pleasures
12. Engelsblut

Rating
Music: 4
Performance: 7
Sound: 7
Light: - (light)
Total: 5.6 / 10




Peter Heppner (Carsten Leopold)

PETER HEPPNER is well-known as the (former) lead singer of the famous German synth pop band WOLFSHEIM, but he is also known for successful collaborations with many other electronic music acts like SCHILLER, PAUL VAN DYK, JOACHIM WITT or GOETHES ERBEN. In September 2008, he released his first solo album called 'Solo' and now he was presenting it on the big stage of M’era Luna festival. On tour he is supported by a band consisting of Carsten Klatte (i.e. PROJECT PITCHFORK, guitar), Lothar Manteuffel (keyboard), Dirk Riegner (i.e. SECRET DISCOVERY and miLú, keyboard) and Achim Färber (i.e. PROJECT PITCHFORK, drums). http://www.peter-heppner.com/ / http://www.myspace.com/peterheppner



Music & Performance
Peter Heppner entered the stage after his band and welcomed the crowd with the words: “Hello Hildesheim, I'm Peter and this is my band”. Years ago I had enjoyed him with his band WOLFSHEIM here at M’era Luna and I was happy to see him again, this time solo with a new live band that consists of well-known musicians. The set was starting with ‘Easy’ and ‘Alleine sein’, both taken from the current album ‘Solo’, followed by older songs from WOLFSHEIM or earlier solo projects. Peter and his band had a lot of fun on stage and quickly the spirit went over to the crowd who was pleased by the show and responding to the several songs with applause. Altogether the show was a good mixture of new songs from the current solo album and older well-know songs like ‘Künstliche Welten’ or ‘The sparrows and the nightingales’. After about 60 minutes the show finished with ‘Das geht vorbei’.



Setlist
01. Easy
02. Alleine sein
03. Die Flut
04. Künstliche Welten
05. Kein Weg zurück
06. Wir sind wir
07. Suddenly
08. Vorbei
09. Once in a lifetime
10. Dream of you
11. Leben - I feel you
12. The sparrows and the Nightingales
13. Das geht vorbei

Rating
Music:9
Performance: 8
Sound: 9
Light: - (daylight)
Total: 8.7 / 10




Apocalyptica (Sebastian Huhn)

The four classically-trained cellists have rose to a major force in today’s popular music. They attempted to fuse together the seemingly disparate worlds of classical music & hard rock and they were lucky. They created a style, blasting out every genre borders and which is commonly referred to as Cello Rock. The 1996 release of the debut ‘Apocalyptica plays Metallica by four cellos’ made a quick rise in the scene and the band became well-known over night so to speak. Some years - and also some line-up changes - later that band has toured half the world, received several major music award, worked together with artists such as German “punk godmother” Nina Hagen or Corey Taylor (Slipknot) on the prior single to their current album ‘Worlds Collide’, released in September 2007. The newest regular release is the single ‘I don’t Care’, featuring the guest vocals of THREE DAYS GRACE singer Adam Gontier from August 2008. APOCALYPTICA is Eicca Toppinen (cello), Perttu Kivilaakso (cello), Paavo Lötjönen (cello) and Mikko Sirén (drums) http://www.apocalyptica.com/ / http://www.myspace.com/apocalyptica



Music & Performance
Some might say that watching a bunch of Finnish guys with their cellos playing instrumental stuff live couldn’t be too much of a pleasure to watch. Well, those most likely have never attended a show of APOCALYPTICA; otherwise you wouldn’t say something like that. It was already getting dark when I and some friends arrived at the main stage and chose a good position on the left where we could see as much as possible and there was much to look at. First, there were the majestic thrones they place at the front but seldom sit down on and a huge backdrop showing a black skull cello with wings. Then the moment all the people were waiting for had come and the musicians entered the stage welcomed with applause and cheers and a few spells later started doing what they always do. They direct the attention of everyone to their persons. It’s just like hypnosis. You’re feeling forced to watch on them while they - in the most positive sense - maltreat their instruments. One time they make them sound like down-tuned saxophone and another time it’s more like a rock guitar and they put so much passion and energy in their play that these are actually not the tones that are meant to come out of a cello.



Additionally, it’s anything but a static performance with them just playing them on a single spot; they’re rushing around and do moves with their tools and stuff and they sometimes talk a lot. Most of the stuff they were doing this evening was instrumental but there was one exception. For a couple songs, Tipe Johnson - with whom they had worked together already on several occasions - came on stage and we experienced a surprise on songs such as ‘I’m not Jesus’, ‘Life Burns’ or ‘I Don’t Care’. A well sounding, sonorous voice, powerful and mellow like honey at the same time filled the air. If I had my way they could have invited him to some more songs. Maybe next time! One person I almost forgot to mention is drummer Mikko who did an absolutely stunning job in the back and the clear sound made it even more of a pleasure. To sum up, a show that would have been worth a headliner’s slot if you ask me and also the audience was enthusiastic about the performance and sent them an unmistakable farewell bid.

Setlist
01. Wherever I may roam
02. Refuse/resist
03. Grace
04. Fight fire with fire
05. One
06. I'm not Jesus (Tipe)
07. Life Burns (Tipe)
08. Bells
09. Betrayal
10. Bittersweet
11. Last Hope
12. Seek and Destroy
13. Inquisition Symphony
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14. I don't care (Tipe )
15. Enter Sandman
16. Pekko

Rating
Music: 9
Performance: 9
Sound: 10
Light: 9
Total: 9.2 / 10




Nightwish (Carsten Leopold)

NIGHTWISH is a Finnish symphonic / power metal band, formed in 1996 in the town of Kitee, Finland. Although the band has been prominent in their home country since the release of their first single, 'The Carpenter' (1997) and debut album 'Angels Fall First', they did not achieve worldwide fame until the release of the albums 'Oceanborn' and 'Wishmaster', which were released in 1998 and 2000 respectively. Their 2004 album 'Once' led to NIGHTWISH video clips being shown on MTV in the United States and inclusion of their music in U.S. movie soundtracks.



After the recording of the live DVD 'End of an Era' in Helsinki on 21st October 2005, the four other members of NIGHTWISH decided that it was best to continue NIGHTWISH without Tarja Turunen, a feeling they expressed through an open letter which was given to Turunen by Tuomas Holopainen after the concert, and afterwards posted on the band's website. In May 2007, Anette Olzon was revealed as Tarja Turunen's replacement, and in the autumn 2007, the band released a new album 'Dark Passion Play' for which the band is currently still touring. Current members are Anette Olzon (vocals), Tuomas Holopainen (keyboards, vocals), Erno "Emppu" Vuorinen (lead guitar), Marko "Marco" Hietala (bass, vocals) and Jukka "Julius" Nevalainen (drums). http://www.nightwish.com / http://www.myspace.com/nightwish



Music & Performance
Saturday night, 10:45 pm, the daylight was gone and the stage was ready for the headliner of the day. During the long intro the members of NIGHTWISH entered the stage and started their show with ‘7 Days to the Wolves’. The pleasing light show was perfected by a lot of pyrotechnical effects and the atmosphere in the venue was great. The sound was great too and the rousing show bewitched the crowd. The set list consisted of ten songs from different periods of band history. Unfortunately the concert experience was disturbed by a heavy technical problem: after about 40 minutes, during the song. ‘The Poet and the Pendulum’, the PA was broken down, the crowd couldn't hear any tune anymore and only the monitor sound on stage worked. First the band didn't realize the problem and went on with their show, one song later they realized it, took a break and left the stage.



The crowd was waiting patiently about ten minutes (I think they had to reboot the whole sound system) before the band came back on to stage and went on with the show with ‘Nemo’. Just when the crowd was warmed up again, the main set finished with ‘Dark Chest of Wonder’ and NIGHTWISH left the stage again. But only for very short because of course the crowd requested an encore and they came back to perform only one more song (maybe it was due to the lack of time?) and finished finally after it. Altogether a great show, but due the technical problems the good temper was destroyed a little bit.

Setlist
01. 7 Days to the Wolves
02. Ever Dream
03. The Siren
04. Wishmaster
05. Romanticide
06. Amaranth
07. The Poet and the Pendulum
--- Break (PA Crash) ---
08. Nemo
09. Dark Chest of Wonders
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10. Wish I Had an Angel

Rating
Music: 10
Performance: 9
Sound: 10
Light: 9
Total: 9.6 / 10



With the powerful NIGHTWISH performance, the first festival day found its and for many of the attendees. Others decided to dance until the morning hours at the after show party which was held in one of the airport hangars right beside the main stage.

All pictures by Daniela Vorndran (http://www.vorndranphotography.com/ / http://www.black-cat-net.de/ / www.myspace.com/vorndranphotography)
Written by Daniela Vorndran (common parts and overall editorial), Sebastian Huhn and Carsten Leopold with friendly support of Terrorverlag (http://musik.terrorverlag.de/)

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