Instead of going by car, I decided to take public transport to Graspop this year (train and bus were free with ticket). After having taken 2 trains and 1 bus I arrived at the Graspop festival before 2 pm. I had just missed 'Job for A Cowboy' but I was still in time to see 'Katatonia' in Marquee 1.
Katatonia were only allowed to play a very short (40 minutes) set. This Swedish progressive-death influenced band played a good show in a not so full marquee. They played a few songs from the 'great cold distance' album (only Katatonia album I've heard so far) including 'my twin'.
I left near the end of Katatonia's set (ca. 10 minutes left) to the mainstage because I wanted to have a good place to see 'Exodus' play. Exodus' set was also rather short (50 minutes) which was an absolute shame! Exodus started with a track from their new album ('Exhibit B: the human condition) and played a few thrash classics like 'Strike of the beast' and 'a lesson in violence'. During their set I got literally hosed (it was very hot that day so the organisation sprayed water on the audience) and there for almost lost my left lens. Exodus was good but their set was too short. They didn't play 'Children of a worthless God', 'And then there were none' nor 'Bonded by blood'. After Exodus' set I watched a few minutes of Jon Oliva's Pain his set and went to drink something. (it was too hot and I'm not a huge fan).
The Polish blackened death metal band 'Behemoth' was the next band I saw that day. I was completely exhausted during their show (over 30 degrees that day). Behemoth did a good job with a lethal overdose of blastbeats.
Bloodbath was up next in the same marquee. This was Bloodbath's 6th live concert ever and I'm proud to have been there! Bloodbath blew me away with old school death metal played to perfection. Mikael Akerfeldt, who claimed that he was drunk, had a good day (the guy is a metal god!) and performed in an overheated marquee with a leather jacket. Some songs they played were 'Cancer of the soul', 'Breeding death' and 'Eaten' (last song).
After an unforgetable Bloodbath concert it was time for 'Hatebreed'. Personally I find them an overrated band but I've got to admit that the atmosphere during their set was sensational. The entire crowd went wild. The set started with an intro ('gonna fly now' from one of my favorite films 'Rocky') and ended with 'I will be heard' and a few more songs.
KISS, the main reason why I came to Graspop on sunday, was up next on the mainstage. KISS' show was massive...tons of fireworks and special effects. KISS played for 2 full hours and had a setlist which was a combination between new ('Sonic Boom') and old tracks. Unfortunately they didn't play my favorite track ('God of Thunder') but songs like 'Love Gun', 'Cold Gin' and 'Firehouse' made up for that! I'm so glad I had the chance to see this legendary rock act live! Same time next year? The festival ended with a firework which was a present from the Graspop-organisation.
At 1 pm. (immediately after KISS' show) I went by foot to the church of Dessel where my parents came to pick me up. It took me a small hour and during the walking to the church I had a fun conversation with a German guy from Trier.