Last Saturday, the 17th of October, I went to visit the Heavy Metal Maniacs Festival in P60, Amstelveen. It was a small festival, with six bands in the line-up and a single stage. Though there were only six bands playing, there was a great variety of genres. I’ll be giving you a short review of the amazing day I’ve had.
The band to start the day was Snaggletoöth, a Dutch Motörhead cover band, and had all the right to call themselves that. Not only did they sound quite like Motörhead, but the looks were alike as well. They mostly played some classics, such as “Ace of Spades” and “Overkill”, which was greatly appreciated by the crowd. It was a great band to start off with, which surely warmed us up for what was about to come.
Junkyard Drive was the second band to take the stage, and the youngest band as well, as the band had been founded in the spring of 2014. Their sound has been influenced a lot by Airbourne, AC/DC and Guns n’ Roses, but they managed to give their own twist to it. It was a great show to watch, as it was enjoyable and they had a great sound. The crowd caught on after a few songs, and afterwards nothing but compliments could be heard. Surely this band is a promise for the future.
From the youngest band of the day we moved on to a more experienced band, namely Ancillotti. This Italian Heavy Metal band played most of their well-known songs, of which some were easily to be sung along with, which everyone did as well. Headbangers had taken the front row, which only made the band more enthusiastic than they already were – especially the singer, who greatly encouraged the crowd.
The fourth band to take the stage was Manimal, a Swedish Heavy/Power Metal band which exists for quite a while now already. However, I had never heard of the band before, so they surely were a surprise to me. They seemed to have quite a lot of fans among the crowd, as the people began to stand more closely to the stage than they did with previous bands. After a while everyone seemed to cheer them on, and started to sing along with the easier parts of the songs, or the sing-alongs created by the singer himself. It was a band I enjoyed to watch, and I’ll keep my eyes on their upcoming album as well.
Then, finally, it was time for the band I had been waiting for, Kissin’ Dynamite. This German Sleaze Metal band had been able to make a fan out of me from the first time I saw them back in 2012, and I’m still as big of a fan as I was before. They were energetic, enthusiastic, bombastic and surely created a party among the crowd. Their energy surely inspired the crowd to sing along and cheer them on, and you could see the joy from their faces. Their set was well balanced with older and newer songs, with only slight breaks in between so they could play as many songs as possible in their hour long set, which still seemed too short, as a loud ‘No’ was heard from the crowd when they announced ‘Operation Supernova’ was going to be the last song.
The headliner of the day was Primal Fear, and was greatly anticipated by the crowd. Sadly I couldn’t stick around to see their full set, but from what I had seen it was a great show. They made the stage their own and ruled the atmosphere. From the start of the set, people were greatly cheering and enjoying the show, and the floor was packed. Sing alongs were responded loudly, together with the questions from the band, when they asked whether they were having a good time. Their show had a lot of power, and it was a shame to leave early. Next time, I’ll be sure to catch their full show.
All with all it was an enjoyable day with a variety of great bands, some of which surely surprised me and will be remembered for the future. The hall wasn’t too big, but it was big enough to have the proper room to move around. The sound was great overall, not too loud and well-balanced between the instruments and the vocals. The time schedule wasn’t kept in the end, but there wasn’t too much of a delay in the end – not a single band had to cut their set short because of it. Overall, it was a wonderful experience, and I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did.