Matthijs van der Lee

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Graspop 2014

Nag had a good time like last year, and these are things he saw and heard!
Among the Living

Among the Living: Anthrax were a lot of fun to watch, more or less what I'd expected. Belladonna sounded a little tired in the beginning, but recovered quickly enough.
Among the Living

Caught in a Mosh: Scott Ian's typical shouts have long been among the many traits that have set this band apart from their fellow thrashers, and their founder's stage presence was a vital part of the show, as I imagine it always is.
Persistence of Time

Got the Time: they've always liked doing covers, and this is one of their most successful ones, truly making the original Joe Jackson original something of their own. Needless to say, it's also a prime live candidate.
Among the Living

Worship Music

In the End: it's horns up for the portraits of Ronnie James Dio and Dimebag Darrell, heroes immortalized for both the crowd and the band.

T.N.T.: a fine example of how covers (especially those of old-school classics) work out much better in a live setting than they do on record. Obviously it helped that nearly every soul in attendance knew the words to this AC/DC gem. Great stuff.
Worship Music

Fight 'Em 'Til You Can't
Among the Living

I Am the Law: they've never topped this as far as I'm concerned, the essential Anthrax song. These mighty riffs and mightily fun lyrics/vocals will simply never lose their charm. Respect the badge!
State of Euphoria

Antisocial: their set closer and last of three covers. Effective choice to wrap things up.

Burning Heart: Dutch guitarist Adrian Vandenberg's newest band, dubbed Vandenberg's MoonKings. Went along to this spontaneously before wanting to catch Alice in Chains, and didn't regret it for a second. Old-school hard rock delivered with the proper amount of passion. The singer had a good set of pipes on him, too.

Here I Go Again: still part of the above. Vandenberg was in Whitesnake for a time and played on this 80's staple as well (all of which I wasn't aware of beforehand). They played another Whitesnake cover, but I couldn't say which. A smaller stage enclosed by a tent tends to make for a much better sound compared to the main stage outside, and this was no exception. Plus, it's far easier to get a closer view of the band.
12Alice in Chains

Them Bones: I'm sad to admit that Alice in Chains were my biggest disappointment last Sunday. The vocal harmonies (and vocals in general) that are such an integral part of their sound just didn't come together too well, though it's hard to say how much Cantrell and DuVall were to blame for this.
13Alice in Chains

Dam That River
14Alice in Chains
Alice in Chains

Again: though their set felt a little on the short side (alas, that's the way of the festival), they included something from all of their albums, the focus still being on Dirt rather than their two newest records.
15Alice in Chains
Black Gives Way to Blue

Check My Brain: this is a great song, but I would have been more thrilled to hear A Looking in View, for instance. Can't have everything!
16Alice in Chains
Jar of Flies

Nutshell: the original is quite possibly Alice's single most heart-wrenching moment. Unfortunately, due to problems mentioned above, it just didn't have much impact here.
17Alice in Chains
The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here

Hollow: glad they included this, has been one of my favourites from The Devil since I first heard it.
18Alice in Chains

Man in the Box
19Alice in Chains

We Die Young
20Alice in Chains

21Alice in Chains

Rooster: easy enough to see this one coming. Too bad they left me more than a little underwhelmed altogether.
The Divinity of Purpose

The only reason I was hearing them was because they were playing near the screen showing 'our' team play Mexico. And what a glorious ending that match got! Me and my fellow Dutchmen were a euphoric crowd. Hatebreed's background noise played no part in that euphoria, however. And thank you Graspop for allowing all of us to see this!

Searching With My Good Eye Closed: the timing of the match (or more specifically: the second half) couldn't have been better either; Soundgarden came on seconds after it ended. I was expecting lots and lots of Superunknown, especially when Chris Cornell announced it was the album's 20th anniversary this year, but while there was plenty of it, there also was a fair bit of Badmotorfinger, including this here opener.

Spoonman: a shame the vocal issues of the day didn't end here. Now, I'm not so foolish as to believe Cornell would still be able to sing like it was 1994, but his voice didn't seem to be in the best shape two days ago, and was often severely lacking in volume.
Ultramega OK

Flower: good performance overall and a nice set though, including two from their earliest days.


Black Hole Sun

Jesus Christ Pose

The Day I Tried to Live

My Wave

Superunknown: their most popular album's title track was one of the more surprising entries.

Fell on Black Days
King Animal

A Thousand Days Before: the necessary newer cut, and not a bad one at that.

Rusty Cage: I had a faint hope for Room a Thousand Years Wide, but let's be realistic. This rules hard too, anyway.
Ultramega OK

Behind the Wheel: Kim Thayil walked off last, after some guitar tinkering.
36Metal Church
Metal Church

Gods of Wrath: only saw them for a short while, with some time left before Black Sabbath, and don't know them well enough to recognize much.
37Metal Church
Generation Nothing

They sounded pretty good though. Some things from this were included for obvious reasons.
38Black Sabbath

War Pigs: in the end, everyone had come to see heavy metal's founding fathers one more (and possibly last) time. AND IT WAS SO FUCKING WORTH IT.
39Black Sabbath
Master of Reality

Into the Void: the entire experience had a positively surreal atmosphere to it. Ozzy was in pretty good shape really, Geezer Butler's thundering bass work could be heard all across the field throughout the entire set, and TONY IOMMI, oh my. He moved along the stage with an indescribable, serene splendor, churning out all those eternal RIFFS OF DOOM he invented. The man is still undergoing cancer treatment in between shows (this actually being the penultimate concert of their tour), which made his presence and determined playing even more special.
40Black Sabbath
Vol. 4

Snowblind: this was still echoing in my head by the time I got home, along with many other things (most of those things being played by Sabbath).
41Black Sabbath

Age of Reason: nothing on 13 comes remotely close to touching the classics, but this did well enough.
42Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath: ah, that which started it all. BLACK SABBATH.
43Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath

Behind the Wall of Sleep
44Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath

N.I.B.: including the customary extended bass intro, naturally.
45Black Sabbath

Fairies Wear Boots
46Black Sabbath

Rat Salad: oddly enough this came after Fairies. Led into a fairly lengthy drum solo, so the old men could take a break.
47Black Sabbath

Iron Man: got the crowd going more than anything else.
48Black Sabbath

God is Dead?: this actually sounded really great, certainly more powerful than on record.
49Black Sabbath
Master of Reality

Children of the Grave: an absolute must, a classic among classics. Probably my personal favourite Sabbath after War Pigs.
50Black Sabbath

Paranoid: preceded by the intro of Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. Megadeth were originally meant to play after, before they cancelled, but my disappointment was all forgotten thanks to The Immortal Masters. The night couldn't have had a better ending.
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