Live Gig Music Hall - Cologne

Young Guns and Avenged Sevenfold

Pukkelpop Festival 2011 - 18.08.2011 - Hasselt, Belgien(Nov/10/2010) This is the fourth stay of British rockers YOUNG GUNS in Cologne this year. They had their first two Germany shows here back in April with MADINA LAKE and a week later followed by a support slot for US-punk rock outfit STORY OF THE YEAR. Tonight they open the show for the four rock’n’rollers of DANKO JONES.
Singer Gustav Wood and his crew enter the stage and open with the massive ‘Beneath The Waves’, which gets some girls singing in the front rows already. It seems like Gustav is a little bit ill today because he’s battling with his voice to sound as good as usual. Most of the time he sounds like he uses to but it’s easy to hear during higher notes.

Ether way the whole group is making a quite good show tonight which gets more and more people attracted by during their powerful set. You can see how slowly more and more people in the crowd are clapping their hands or nodding their heads to the Brit’s tunes. And they are right. YOUNG GUNS are putting up a good show and play mostly the best songs of their debut “All Our Kings Are Dead”, which was released this July. ‘Sons Of Apathy’ is an anthem which seems to get most people’s attention, ‘Winter Kiss’ is a dark and heavy song with a huge chorus and old tunes like ‘Weight Of The World’ and ‘Daughter Of The Sea’ get a good crowd reaction as well.

After half an hour of YOUNG GUNS it’s time to say goodbye. But they promise to come back to Germany in February next year to support US-pop punk kings ALL TIME LOW. And they’ll be back in form for sure. For tonight was a good one but YOUNG GUNS will prove to do it better without any illness.

Unterwegs in - © sumnersgraphicsinc - American metal outfit AVENGED SEVENFOLD are fast raised over the last few years since their breakthrough and finally platin certificated record ”City Of Evil“. Their most recent record “Nightmare”, the first without the passed away drummer Sullivan, debuted at number one of the American Billboard Charts and makes them one of the world’s most successful metal bands of today. After two years of abstinence the band, including their new drummer Mark Portnoy (ex-DREAM THEATER), is back in Europe to play some shows. It’s their first headliner tour since almost five years. The stage production is huge. There is a big backdrop of the “Nightmare”-cover behind three cemetery gates. A letter of “A7x” is to be read on each of them. And they’ve got a massive light show which starts to light the whole Live Music Hall during the keyboard intro of the titletrack to their new record “Nightmare”. Right from the start the crowd in Cologne is getting wild. Germany is hungry for singer M. Shadows and his friends. The three Germany dates of the tour are sold out since weeks so it’s not surprising that the audience is singing almost louder than the actual noise level of the music.
It seems like the band gets infected by the great mood of the audience during their show. M. Shadows really enjoys the enthusiasm he and his brothers in crime get back. They put on such a delicious show which only would’ve needed more songs of “City Of Evil”. ‘The Beast And The Harlot’, ‘Bat Country’ and ‘Seize The Day’ are far too less of that masterpieces. Either way the musicians are in a great shape. Guitarist Synyster Gates looks almost bored during his furious licks and solos. After an hour and ‘Almost Easy’ the band says goodbye to Cologne.

But they return with the encore set which opens with the great power-ballad ‘Seize The Day’, which includes with the best solo of this evening. It’s followed by an old tune, the only off their second record “Waking The Fallen”, ‘Unholy Confessions’. This song is the perfect end for tonight and the best metal club show you will have seen this year.

Text by © by Sebastian Berning