First major headliner for this year’s edition of Sweden Rock are Def Leppard. This is Def Lep’s fourth appearance at the festival and 2015 was the last time they played Sweden. What to say about this show? Well it wasn’t as good as the last one they rocked at the festival. Songwise everything seems A+ but singer Joe Elliott really performs far below average. He doesn’t seem to reach the higher notes anymore and that’s been the case for some time now. The other musicians seem to be going through the songs on automatic pilot. Something doesn’t sound right. Still the Sweden Rock audience gets to hear some great tracks as opening song Rocket, Animal, Foolin’, Let’s Get Rocked and many many more. Playing seventeen songs from seven different albums and a cover Rock On by David Essex for a crowd of 30000 people isn’t nearly enough to send people home or to their tents with an overwhelming feeling. What a pity!
This is it! Slayer is performing in Sweden fort he last time ever. Yes they are saying goodbye with their final tour ever…but we’ll see about that. The band is in great shape. The show is huge , spectacular lighting and fire flames are shooting from left to right. Even the setlist doesn’t rise any questions. Starting of with Repentless from the album with the same title it seems nothing can go wrong. Playing songs from every era of their career true Slayer fans are having a ball. Tracks like Evil Has No Bounderies, World Painted Blood, Mandatory Suicide, Raining Blood and Angel Of Death are performed with such conviction they are the true kings of trash metal. Farewell, you treated us fantastic!
Deadland Ritual is what in heavy music is called a supergroup. Consisting of vocalist Franky Perez (singer for Apocayptica), guitar slinger Steve Stevens (Billy Ido land Michael Jackson), drum animal Matt Sorum (The Cult and mostly known for Guns ‘n’ Roses) and last but not least former Black Sabbath bass player Geezer Butler. Originally formed by Sorum in 2018 Butler was the latest addition tot he band. For Sweden Rock they selected ten tracks and much to our surprise as much as four Sabbath songs are played next to a Velvet Revolver song and the obligatory Rebel Yell from Billy ‘Mr Punk’ Idol. As most band members come from a different background is really interesting how these tunes are performed live. Keep an eye out for Deadland Ritual as this won’t be a one time event. Excellent!