The 7th edition of the Metalcamp festival took place between 5th and 10th of July in Slovenia, in the small green mountain town Tolmin. A full week of camping in a lovely scenery, great music, a lot of fun and good mood. This year even the weather was on our side with almost no rain (comparing with the previous year when it rained most of the time). Everybody could enjoy the festival at its maximum. Around 12 000 visitors gathered in Tolmin for the relaxing and well deserved headbangerâ€™s holidays.
This yearâ€™s organisation was at the expected standards with a very few exceptions as sleeping one night in the car in the parking waiting for accreditations and the very few showers available. The toilets were kept clean, well positioned and in a reasonable number, the camping was spacious (a few lights missing here and there), the merchandise was excellent and you had a wide variety of foods and drinks to choose from (maybe a bit more stuff for the vegetarian folks would be great not to be necessary to eat the grass and trees around). The prices for the drinks and food inside the area were a bit expensive comparing with the prices found in the village: 3 euro one beer glass in the festival area, 1 euro the same can outside. Anyway, a very good aspect is that the camping and festival area are close to the town where you can find all you need (there is one big supermarket and a few smaller shops). And the landscape around makes this festival really unique in Europe.
The price for a 7 days ticket including camping was around 120 euro and the parking ticket for one car almost 20 euro. There was a trash bag deposit charge (you receive 10 euro if you present a full bag with trash), tickets for drinks and food instead of cash and the black annoying coin for glasses. The bands performed on two stages situated at reasonable distance so that the sound would not mix so much. On the main stage there were few problems related to the sound quality during all festival. Previous years were much better regarding this aspect. At the second stage were screens for the football fans to watch the championship games.
Day 1- Tuesday 06.07.2010. Bands: Lost Dreams, Enforcer, Dornenreich, Crowbar, Nevermore, Six Feet Under, Cannibal Corpse, Soulfly, Korpiklaani. The first band which managed to gather a bit more people in front of the stage was Nervermore. Earlier same day was a little storm and the majority preferred the hide and drink option. The sound did not help much for the bored band members. Only the singer seemed to be in a good enough shape to offer a fair live appearance. The Death Metal took over Metalcamp and the first band to remember the true spirit was Six Feet Under. Though was very hot at the time they managed to offer a remarkable show. Cannibal Corpse were a bit disadvantaged as a football game was broadcasted at the same time on the second stage. Still, the ones who remained in front of the main stage were not disappointed. Soulfly remembered us all about the bloody roots and the other famous Sepultura songs. Was the first band to really move the crowd. And then the drinking time came with songs about beer, vodka, wine, a lot of movement, jumping and enthusiasm. The Finnish folk metal band Korpiklaani was by far the band of the day. Everybody enjoyed the â€œpartyâ€ singing and spinning around in front of the stage.
Day 2- Wednesday 07.07.2010. Bands: Vulvatrone, Sadist, Trail of Tears, Arkona, Leaves' Eyes, Overkill, Equilibrium, Devildriver. The Norwegian band Trail of Tears wasnâ€™t the greatest choice for a very hot Wednesday afternoon. Instead the Russian band Arkona was a really nice surprise. Their songs are in the native language and their performance and enthusiasm is exemplary though they must have been melting under the animal skins and leather trousers they were wearing. Leavesâ€™ Eyes managed to get the space more empty as not everybody can stand Liv Kristineâ€™s voice especially when there are better things to do than killing your ears. The trash legend Overkill gave a good lesson for the younger bands willing to learn how to play metal. A band we saw for the first time and impressed us by its clearance, sound and enthusiasm was Equilibrium. Devildriver had a poor sound and not many decided to watch them.
Day 3- Thursday 08.07.2010. Bands: Gonoba, Demonical, Suicidal Angels, Decapitated, Epica, The Exploited, Eluveitie, Behemoth, Ex Deo. Suicidal Angels were quite boring and repetitive. Not many bothered to watch them. Instead Decapitated offered a good and fast show. Epica gave a bit of relaxation especially for the male part of the audience. Their performance was quite standard and nothing outside the line. We are sure they can do better. After a punk portion served by The Exploited followed a long boring sound check for Eluveitie. The place became suddenly crowded but somehow the band did not fit within the given expectations. Seems they have changed their attitude and music style quite a lot in the last year. Not to mention the sound was most of the times terrible. Behemoth stood up on stage as a young legend and conquered all. Their show was remarkable, one of the best performances at Metalcamp 2010 though the signer seemed a bit tired and exhausted. Ex Deo just remembered us about Kataklism.
Day 4- Friday 09.07.2010. Bands: Abstinenz, Varg, Ensiferum, Obituary, Sonata Arctica, Paradise Lost, Hammerfall, Sabaton. Varg was a good example of global warming resistance. Everybody was melting around and the guys were closed in leather armours enjoying a fire show. It was a very good performance with memorable songs. Ensiferum had a good show but nothing to impress or remember next day. Instead Obituary kept the legend alive. Sonata Arctica was the first band to disappoint on Friday. From the old elaborated music remained only a simple and common trace. The band itself said they are not bothering to play the music they did before as this is not the requirement anymore. The simpler is the better for them. Paradise Lost had a few sound problems with one guitar but this did not stop them from awakening the evening spirits. They were very alive and never saw them in such a good shape. And the evening started to fade with hearts of fire. Classic but time also gives the opportunity to learn and improve. The hero legend types are not in such a perfect harmony with Hammerfall anymore. Sabaton was enough to be seen for 5 minutes. Unless you would be totally drunk and would not mind the â€œnoiseâ€ from the stage.
Day 5- Saturday 10.07.2010. Bands: D-Swoon, Insomnium, Heidevolk, Exodus, Dark Tranquillity, Finntroll, Immortal, Steelwing. Insomniumâ€™s performance wad good and for the first time we saw the band playing on day light. The Finnish melodic death metal was clean and well performed. Heidevolk were a true surprise: clean sound, nice stage presence and a remarkable music. Dark Tranquility were very alive, was the first time they stepped out of the line. The singer could not stop jumping all over. We thought he dinked all the energy drinks available around. Fintroll proved to be true Vikings, fighting and conquering the crowd as always. Immortal was the name who made the place crowded again. Everybody joined for a black metal portion served in a proper Nordic style. Their drums and guitars sounded a bit flat but the set list was rich and covered many albums. The evil Norwegian pandas also took care to entertain the crowd with their funny walk, fireworks show and fire spitting skills. After Immortal there was no band worthy to be seen. Steelwing had a quiet and forgettable show.
After a week it was very hard to come back to the day to day reality. Metalcamp is an unique festival combining the great music with the nature wonders and charming atmosphere. If you need to escape and want to enjoy a metal paradise holiday visit Metalcamp. More info can be found on www.metalcamp.com
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