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PowerWolf Live Concert Review

Supported by Amaranthe and Kissin’ Dynamite


Powerwolf are a dark and mysterious German heavy metal band. Exploring mythological tales of vampires and werewolves. Combined with their gothic clothing, corpse face paint and their use of fantasy pseudonyms and back stories, they create a dark and mystical atmosphere. They are embarking on their Wolfsnächte Tour 2018, after releasing their latest album “The Sacrament of Sin”., which contains plenty of their classic power and heavy metal anthems, with the added depth and variety from their first ever ballad and some of their darkest and heaviest songs yet! Powerwolf are joined by their very special guests Amaranthe and Kissin’ Dynamite. Amaranthe is a Swedish heavy metal band, rising to fame through the unique sound created by the varied female and male vocals. Kissin’ Dynamite are another example of a fantastic German hard & heavy band. I was lucky enough to get to interview lead vocalist Hannes, before the show.

The energy and excitement was at fever point before Powerwolf even reached the stage. Kissin’ Dynamite and Amaranthe had already drawn everyone to the stage, singing and dancing along. The lights go down and cheers ring out, with people chanting “Powerwolf, Powerwolf, Powerwolf!” and the cheers become deafening as they finally hit the stage. After the first couple of songs, someone dressed as a monks brings out a thurible, the catholic incense holder, handing it to Attila Dorn. Who steps forward and shouts out to crowd; “To power our army, we need iron! And incense!”… Crashing into one of the songs from their new album “Incense and Iron”. Which you definitely imagine being in the back drop of a Viking battle scene.

Attila has fun joking around with the crowd and getting them involved. He tells us to raise our fists into the air and cross our arms, to mirror his own, and asks us to sing along with him.
“We’re not just here for the heavy metal mass; we’re also here to sing! Will you sing with me?”…. The whole room joins in with the catchy “Demons are a Girl’s Best Friends”. Another song from their latest album, the fact people can already sing along to the songs released just months ago, is a testament to them.

There were continuous crowd surfers and then before you knew it half the room was engulfed in a mosh pit. People stomp and pound their feet, sending reverberations through the floor. The whole audience is awash with cheering, chanting and clapping. Attila lifts his hands into the air, basking in the applause from his adoring fans. Falk, organist, brings out a flag with their symbol on it, the material billowing about as he flies it across the stage. A couple of monks then roll out a piano! And he asks everyone to hold up the lights from their phones, as Falk begins his solo. Then Attila’s vocals call out clearly, forming a soulful but empowering ballad. Building in intensity and heaviness. The people in the mosh pit slow and form a circle, linking arms and head banging into the centre. Greywolf takes to the second raised stage and strikes a killer power pose. Then the lights go down, and then a single beam hits him as he begins to play. Finishing the song on an epic guitar solo as snow like bubble fell from above.

“A big thank you my friends! It’s so good to be back in London. Always get such applause and feels like home! Now we have your blood… Now we drink your blood!”, he shouts out as he raised a golden chalice. And they launch into “We Drink Your Blood” from their earlier album “Blood of the Saints”. Another powerful Viking ballad, calling all warriors to war. Blood red lights flood the room as the audience joins in chanting “we drink your blood!”… “We are altogether here to celebrate the heavy metal mass, and altogether here to sin! London, you’re f@cking amazing”!!!

After interviewing the lovely vocalist Hannes just couple of hours before, I was really excited to see Kissin’ Dynamite play. And they didn’t disappoint! The stage even had massive red glowing sticks of dynamite!

“We’re here to bring back rock ‘n’ roll!”… Hannes brought a full power hit of the 80’s glam metal scene, with skin tight leather trouser, half undone shirt and the obligatory big hair! Hannes has great stage presence; dancing, gyrating and joking about. You can tell they love performing! Hannes gets everyone’s fists in the air, punching the sky and singing along. He exits the stage, and we think it’s all over, but they hit back in with an epic guitar solo. And out comes Hannes, complete with fur trimmed red cloak flowing about him, and sceptre! For the catchy “I will be King”.

“I’m f@cking speechless! Serious f@cking goose-bumps, and that’s from you lot! We have bee to a lot of places, but this was my favourite to play, as it’s our first time in London town! Can you feel how strong a metal community you are?”! He stands at the front and looks out at the adoring audience, and he grins. You can see his raw love and passion for music and his fans.

The stage lights went down and a recorded voice started playing, a dystopian political speech about the state of society, seemingly fitting for right now! Then Amaranthe hit the stage, to raucous applause. Last to hit the stage is Elize. She takes off her leather coat to reveal a stunning red latex body suit and knee high boots. “Get those horns up in the air, and get ready to jump”! The layers of instruments and vocals add depth and a unique sound. The mix of Elize’s beautiful, lyrical female vocals combined with the death metal male vocals and proper emo screams. They create a formidable line-up with all three singers full on head-banging their long hair.

“Get your phones out and light them up, and sing with us”! Chiming in with the more soulful ballad “Amaranthine” with a beautiful solo by Elize and Morten on drums. Then hit straight back in to the heavy metal. Johan, bass, take centre stage at the end, “You kiss your mother with that mouth?! Now it’s time for the offending guy”! Laughter ripples through the room. He then proceeds to go through all the swear words and insults a few members of the audience, to everyone’s amusement. They really do have great fun and gets the audience involved.

In full corpse paint and gothic style, smashing their powerful heavy metal songs, they create an intimidating line up. Mixing up some of their old classics with the highlights from their latest album. Of course they played their famous heavy metal anthem “Blessed and Possessed”. They give the show an added dimension with theatrics and audience participation, their energy and passion was infectious. The whole room was chanting and singing along throughout, forming mosh pits or crowd surfing to the front. The obvious love their fans have for them is a true testament to their skills as musicians and their characters.

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I arrived at the venue, and there was a queue forming at the doors already, went round to the stage door to meet their manager. He showed me in and led me down a labyrinth of passageways, and introduced me to the amazing vocalist Hannes Braun of Kissin’ Dynamite. We staked out a sofa backstage, although there was already someone taking a nap on it in the corner, but we didn’t seem to disturb him too much! It was so great to meet Hannes, and get to chat to him; he was really open and friendly. And hear how he first got in to rock music and the origins of the new album! After meeting I was even more excited to see them play, just a couple of hours later as they were the opening act. And they didn’t disappoint! Hannes really brought the spirit of his beloved 80s rock with him.

Why did you choose the name “Ecstasy”?

H: Of course we have the song on the album by the same name. But that wasn’t actually the primary reason. If you listen to this album to get positive, feel good vibes. We don’t mean the drug ecstasy! We mean the emotion. That’s the magic thing we feel about rock music, it brings you up, just like the drug! So, “ecstasy” is the headline for the feeling for the whole album.

How did the album form?

H: Normally we making a plan for which direction the next album should go. But with this one we didn’t. We didn’t even plan on writing a new album! Our old contract with AFM finished, we wanted to have a natural break and relax. Out of this relaxation, I started writing songs with Ande, and it felt super good because there was no pressure. We could easily do it, because we felt like doing it. We got about half the album done, and had some really good tracks. Then out of the blue, I got a call from someone who said we’re amazing and that they knew our contract had finished and wanted to sign us immediately!

Any particular inspirations or influences?

H: This is more or less a party and feel good album. Songs from Bon Jovi are always good inspiration. But we didn’t plan on pushing it in a certain direction, it just naturally flowed this way.

How have the fans during the tour responded to the new songs?

H: The response is really good! We have been starting with our radio hit back in Germany, “I’ve Got the fire” and it’s great for us because we love the song, and the fans go wild! We’re lucky with this tour as we have 40 minute set, so that’s eight songs, and half are new shit!

You have been touring all over the place, where has been your favourite, and why?

H: It’s always a hard decision; every country has its special elements that I love. I really like touring in France, for example, because the fans there seem to appreciate rock music a lot still, so they go super nuts in the shows. I was really impressed by Italy on this tour; we only played one show, in Milan. We’re the opening act, so it’s not common to have the room filled with people jumping.”

You’ve played in many countries across the world, where would you like to play?

H: I would like to play Brazil, as I have heard many good stories that rock and metal have a good standing out there, and that the people go f**king nuts out there! Bruce Dickinson once said, the further South, the heavier it gets! I want to feel that energy, not just see it on a screen.

If you could tour with any band, who would it be?

H: Powerwolf!” (i.n.: He answered excitedly, and we both laughed). I’m an 80s kid, so adore all my childhood heroes still, like Guns ‘n’ Roses and Scorpions. So they would definitely be on my wish list to tour with. But we will see what time brings! For now, it’s still amazing to be able to play a nearly sold out tour with Powerwolf!

So, I heard the band’s name ‘Kissin’ Dynamite’ was from the AC/DC song, after Andi Schnitzer’s ringtone. Was AC/DC also an influence to your music?

H: Of course! Everything starts with AC/DC, maybe everything will end up with them too! For example, my brother and I got into AC/DC at one of their concerts. When I was just six years old and my brother was seven, my dad took us to see them, as he was a big fan. So, we were just little kids in a massive sold out concert hall in Germany! This was when I decided that’s what I want to do. I listened to all his AC/DC albums and that soon led on to Scorpiona and such. And there was no way out after that. (i.n.: So, AC/DC were your gateway band to the world of rock ‘n’ roll!)

Congratulations on winning the Metal Hammer Award for “Best German Band”! What do you think it was that really set you apart from the rest?

H: We felt super honoured, as the list for nominees were huge acts like Halloween. I never thought we could win this award. We were so surprised to hear our name being called! And that makes us super proud, and no one can take it from us! It will always be in our discography.

Are there any genres, themes or instruments you would like to experiment with in the future?

H: You never know what you might get! So, possibly, but the biggest experiments are in the past. We had one really experimental album, “Megalomania” where we used synths, to push it in a super modern way. But it was too over the top. We have found our style and message.

To finish off with, what can fans expect from Kissin’ Dynamite in the future?

H: Super-hot, explosive live shows, great songs to come, and taking over the rock world!