I like the On This Day function. It´s giving me reminders of all the fun stuff and great gigs and festivals I´ve been to:) This one was one particularly eventful trip to Scotland and England with the great ARCHGOAT & VALKYRJA. I never want to end up at Nambucca in London again but I will always remember the organizer in Glasgow (Gigs In Glasgow). He did the very best of what ever limited resources he got and also took care of us all the way to London. I think his name is Vincent? If you ever meet him, buy him a beer or two:)
All of it HERE (livepics also)
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“Swedish black metal band Valkyrja emerge from the rubble of what was their most recent studio recording experience. Guitarist and now reluctantly crowned frontman Simon Wizén reflects over the recent months’ chaos and calamity.”
– by Niklas Göransson
Long day. Early wake up call, train in many hours Glasgow – London (Nice views!! Lots of sheep:D), straight to the venue (way too long walk to the venue with all the gear) Always kinda cool when organizers care to pick up the bands somewhere. After a long day travelling it´s not on the top of the wishlist to do subways and long walks trying to find the place. Luckily we got full-service Vincent (Gigs in Glasgow) with us so he was in charge. Still, it was a fukken long walk!
VALKYRJA did a great gig! Until there were technical problems and then the microphone died. After some attempts to communicate with the sound booth, just to realize no one was even there, RDSX walked off the stage and the rest of the band followed. Nothing much to do. But at least it was great as long as it lasted:)
And our Vincent had a 10 hr bus drive home to Glasgow and had to leave before this exciting night was even over. Kudos to the guy for all his efforts!!
Well organized by Gigs in Glasgow. Good venue, good people and very close to the place we stayed at. First VALKYRJA gig I´ve seen with Rogier RSDX and he was really great! Different enough in style to A.L. and shitloads of attitude so it wasn´t that hard to get used to the change of frontman as it can be sometimes. One of my favourite live bands even with this temporary (but not that strange) line up containing E.L. replacing Jocke W. on drums and D.G instead of Thelberg on guitar. Great musicians both of them and they also joined VALKYRJA on the US tour some weeks ago, so all perfect:)
Älskade VALKYRJA!!! Inte sett ett dåligt gig med dom innan och inga undantag på Mörkaste. Har åsikter om setlisten som alltid men vafan:)) Simon & Vlad gjorde ett litet inhopp senare under TAAKE giget haha. Några bilder på det med;)
Vlad & Simon gästar TAAKE
Vlad gav mig en tröja från merchen och fick en bunt klistermärken av Ante (han hade gjort dom själv!!)
Bästa Perra i merchen
Great night with awesome performances!! VALKYRJA celebrated their first 10 years with FIDES INVERSA (IT) and ANTAEUS (FR). Lots of familiar faces in the crowd, nice vibes and I even got a present (more of that one later!:) So: Happy Fukken Birthday to VALKYRJA, thanks for all the good stuff during the years and hope you will celebrate “Contamination 20 years“. Or something. And play the whole album!! Wouldn´t miss that one;) Until then, support the guys so they will keep on going. There are still a couple of shows left for this year:
13.12 – HOL – Eindhoven Metal Meeting
27.12 – GER – Satan’s convention
Thanks to the guys and Oana for having me! And Samuel of course:))
Shared the flights with my friends in VALKYRJA. For better and for worse (the latter on our way back home:)). They totally rule! Both as the awesome persons they are and (of course) as a band which totally crushed at Garage. One of the best gigs I´ve seen with them althought I haven´t seen a bad one yet:) Btw, just realized I saw my first VALKYRJA show in 2008 at the legendary (later burned to ashes) Tantogården.
Waiting for the arrival of the KING with some good people…
Featuring: Hal, Andy & Mike from KING DIAMOND (1 & 2), Kacper (BIBLEBLACK, Mike´s other band) (3 & 4) & his wife Sandra (4), L.G. (ENTOMBED) (5) and Maja (Mrs Wead) (3 & 4). The fanboy pic: Simon & Vlad (VALKYRJA, ONDSKAPT) with Mike Wead.
I went on a roadtrip with the guys in VALKYRJA/ONDSKAPT. Both bands were playing at the Metal Magic Festival in Denmark and we actually drove Sthlm – Fredericia in only 8 hours or so! Thanks to Vlad & Jocke who were excellent drivers and also didn´t allowe any unnecessary stops on the way. I think everybody had to pee in the beercans or something?;)) Even feeding the troops was on the effective side. We just grabbed something from a burgerjoint at the roadside, ran back to the van (motor probably running…) and hit the road. After a couple of looong and expensive bridges (the first one we know about, the second one was a bit of a surprise…pricey one), we made it just in time for to see our friends in DIE HARD!! Thanks to the great staff at MM5, we got our passes, bands @ drink tickets in no time. They even got us an accomodation closer to the venue (5 min walk instead of…dunno…30?) and promised to drive the van there if the guys get too drunk:))
When all that was sorted out, we galloped off to the gig. We only missed the first 10 minutes or so. I also saw my third HELL gig since May later that evening. They were fantastic at the Sweden Rock Festival in daylight, but they really can create the most awesome atmosphere when it´s a bit dark. Some rain and shitcold is also to prefer:)
Some beer drinking and meeting up with friends in a mixed dressing room/camping area with some ppl from HELL and Evil-Lÿn (a nice bunch from Finland:)).
The next morning I made some new friends at the beer breakfast at the venue. Didn´t have that much to do, so I hooked up with Timmy & the other el Camino guys (they played before w arrived) and went for some sightseeing in Fredericia (which btw was a really nice town!). Later I also met up with Alexandra (Püssy A Go Go), my roommates Axel (Ondskapt) & Adrian (Angrepp,IXXI) for some food and beers on the
mainstreet. And lots of other nice people:)
I saw/shot most of the bands on saturday and tried to film some vids for my guys. ONDSKAPT, VALKYRJA and DEATHHAMMER played indoors (GREAT gigs all of them!!) and the rest of the bands on the outdoor stage. Really good performances by Turbocharged, Crystal Viper and Evil-Lÿn!! Wasn´t that warm outside and it rained a bit, but it was ok anyway:) The Devil´s Blood headlined on Saturday. F. lost her voice for some reason after a few songs and the band just continued making the rest of the set instrumental. And they still ruled!!:)
Metal Magic is a great small festival!! Very limited amount of tickets with camping just a few meters from the pub (you could actually sit inside a train! The whole venue was an old train station. Really cool:)). I enjoyed it a lot and hope to go back. For the full festival, not just a couple of days like this time. Still very happy I went there!
What else…? Yep! Bought a t-shirt:))
We drove back home almost as fast than we drove to Denmark. We took turns DJ:ing and I totally got the BEST playlist, but the Spotify controls in my phone were totally fucked up, so most of the songs were cut in half;) Note to self: if you ever need a DJ, NEVER book Vlad! He´s gruesome on stage, plays in amazing bands, but got this terrible taste in music!:p
Lots of thanks to my delightful companions who took care of me, and were really fun to travel with, all old & new friends I met and a BIG thanks and hugs to Martin Jørgensen & all the staff at the festival. People like you make this world to a better place:))
My guys! VALKYRJA is one great liveband and this time they even played “Ambience…“:) They were also my travel companions on this trip with the rest of ONDSKAPT and my old friend Adrian (IXXI, Angrepp). Good times on the road and in Denmark. So thanks for having me:) Really dark on the set with lights only in the middle of the stage. Darkness and death. Our most excellent driver didn´t have any lights at all behind the drums. Ok, new pics next time! Did some filming but so far I´ve only uploaded the first VALKYRJA song. A couple of more will be on YouTube later. Go and buy the album!!!