[all videos below are filmed by myself]
FRIDAY APRIL 29TH 2011
didnt know them. They had great range of folk instruments with them, which promised a good live show but the vocals and the sound were quite bad so we went merchandise shopping after a couple of songs :p
This was the second time i saw them playing live. This time they were not so impressive as i remembered them, but still quite good. The vocals were often lost, or too weak. And they didn't play my fav. Iring :( But i was glad to see them again and really enjoyed their show.
being a huuuge fan of theirs, i was really looking forward to see them play live for the first time. They were great but unfortunately i missed the pipes and flutes as they didn't take those with them, only a violin instead. :( Because of that the songs didn't sound as "fruity" as on the album, but none the less their performance was energetic and very enjoyable.
This was the second time i saw them live, and just as with Odroerir it was a bit disappointing. I'm kinda Neige's fangirl so it's always a great pleasure to see him perform :} Even if the vocals were sometimes off key and not very well audible, i think they were great. During their set there were some very annoying disturbances, however. The next band to play, Catamenia, were setting up at the second podium and they just went ahead and tested their guitars and drums right in the middle of Alcest's show!! o.O Those fuckers really didn't give a shit that they were destroying the performance of another band, which was totally unprofessional and douchey! I guess those dicks were just jealous.
[you can actually hear those douchebags' guitar in the middle of the quiet part of the song! >:( ]
needless to say, we decided to ignore them and went to get some food! :P
don't know them so i wasn't interested. Caught a glimpse of them in the end and saw that they had a female vocalist which i mostly can't stand, in general. So i thought "boring" and went to take pictures of Neige at Alcest signing session :P
uhm... honestly, i don't remember... :} i don't know them so i guess i wasn't impressed xD
uhm, i believe we missed it...
seen those guys before, and besides i'm not a fan at all. So i was propping up a wall during this one as i was pretty damn tired by the time. According to my bf, who is quite a fan, their performance was rather boring this time.
I was dying to see Enslaved for ages, as i totally love this band! They canceled their show last year that i was really looking forward to, because they went on another tour - to open up for Dimmu Burger... Anyway, finally i saw them here at Ragnarök, and the guys oh so didn't disappoint!! ♥ I was really tired by the time but i gathered all the energy that i could and propped myself in the middle of the large and rather tight crowd to watch Enslaved play. They hit spot on with the very first sounds of the opening track, which turned out also to be the best of their entire show (i believe it was Ethica Odini). They were really amazing and seemed so well rehearsed and well prepared. I think this could very well be the highlight of the entire festival for me...
After the brilliant Enslaved we were totally exhausted so we moved up to the balcony to be able to sit relaxed and watch Negură Bunget. We saw them before so many times that i already lost count so it wasn't of the greatest importance to be standing up front :P Negură is ever so enjoyable to watch live anyway, even with the new (again!) lineup. Some things were worse than the times before (like Norilor, which sounded rather disorganized and chaotic this time), the other things seemed to be getting better (like the notorious Pãmînt + Cunoașterea tăcută). I guess i never get tired of them, so their set even seemed a bit short to me xD
SATURDAY APRIL 30TH 2011
well, the second day was a bit less interesting for me personally, as all the bands i was dying to see performed on Friday... So i will only mention the bands that i actually have something to say about.
never heard of them before, but according to my bf they were very folky and fruity and worth seeing... So we gathered at the podium and i was delighted to see medieval-like stage outfits which i think is always cool! Their music turned out to have as much metal in it as f.ex. Fejd does so it was a rather nice surprise. Clean vocals only (except an ocassional female grunts xD ) and catchy to totally poppy at times tunes - but they were really fun on stage and reminded me of Korpiklaani and Super Mario here and there xD So their show really stood out, was refreshing and even danceable :P
was only interested to see them because of that "porn starlet" playing violin :P They started off struggling with the sound as the violin was completely lost in the beginning. So we quickly got bored and left after the 1st song :P
these guys are always on the bill of the gigs we go to to see somebody else and we always manage to somehow miss their entire show xD After having seen them some time before without any folk instruments, we are never keen on seeing them again... But this time they actually took a flute with them what greatly improved their performance! We even enjoyed it very much! ;D
i'm not such a big fan of them, but i think they are ok. I saw them 2 years here at Ragnarök too, not that i remember it very well now :P Anyway, it was nice to see them again and they were quite enjoyable :P it's a pity i was too tired by then and there were just too many annoying drunk germans around to let me pay more attention to what actually was going on on stage...
last time i saw Thyrfing was 2 years ago on a festival where there were hardly 50 people in the crowd watching them and where they had a female singer with them... Needless to say, this time was quite a different story! And not in the positive meaning... This time here at Ragnarök i found their performance boring and monotonous, but maybe it was because everybody was drunk and i was tired...
Now that was quite refreshing! I must confess i wasn't familiar with their music, only with the name and the fame. So i was pretty curious to see what all the fuss was about... Not exactly my cup of tea with all those clean poppy vocals and catchy tunes but some of the songs they performed caught my attention! I think i even quite liked them!
Twilight of the Gods
seen these guys before last year and was looking forward to seeing them again here... During the day while some other less interesting band was playing on the podium, these guys were rehearsing in the back room with so much passion that they gathered a small crowd of Bathory fans outside on the camping site, including yours truly :D And when later in the evening Alan said on stage that this would probably be the last time they'd play in this formation under this name, it gave some kind of solemn touch of finality to their performance... I know, many consider TotG just another Bathory cover band, and the band members do say so themselves that nothing could possibly ever compare to or replace Bathory, but none the less i think they played a damn good tribute to Quorthon, without trying to compete or equal...