We’re all made of Metal here
2015 marks the 2nd year of Made Of Metal in Hodonín. A village in the Czech Republic somewhere near the Slovakian border. And it seems that Made Of Metal is one of the most promising festivals out here – The line-up is more interesting when compared to local festival-giants. No examples named.
Anyway, I had the pleasure to spend one day at Made Of Metal and it was a blast.
Day two, Saturday, sometime around midday… The Hungarian band Dharma was playing at the main stage and it wasn’t really groundbreaking from what I saw in the first five minutes. Just another female fronted band, I guess.
I don’t understand why they included a cover of “Cold” by Static-X either. If it was meant as a tribute to the late Wayne Static…? Well, it didn’t work, my friends.
I rather went to check out the festival area – and even though it was rather small for a Metal festival, the mood was even better!
Next up on the main stage was this one band called Diabulus In Musica from Spain. Yep. Another female fronted band and their lead singer sounded like a clone of Tarja Turunen. Seriously guys… Aren’t you already fed up with Gothic Metal bands with singers imitating Tarja? It’s not cool anymore.
It was an average set. That’s all I gotta say about this.
Diabulus In Musica
Diabulus In Musica II
A fine surprise came from Derdian. I never heard about these guys hailing from Milano, Italy and their mix of Hard Rock and Power Metal was solid.
But one could say that it’s still too early as there were just a few people in front of the stage.
Stormwarrior continued with the program on the main stage and I wonder why they went ca. 10 minutes outside their actual set. What for?
There was a lot happening on the second stage where you could mainly find Czech and Slovakian bands, so the music never stopped – that’s indeed pretty cool. The only negative thing about this was that the stages were far apart from each other. At least for the usual visitor.
The main stage was meanwhile getting ready for the following Italian acts. One of them was Folkstone and yep, they were playing Folk Metal as their bandname already tells.
The crowds seemed to appreciate it, but I was a bit left in the cold by the nine-pieced ensemble.
The lead singer of Folkstone showing thumbs up to the crowds
The Italian ride continued with Fleshgod Apocalypse. This mysterious Black Death Metal outfit delivered quite a show just as I expected it. There wasn’t anything new waiting for you though if you’ve already seen this band before – as a supporting act for Insomnium last November, for example.
Fleshgod Apocalypse II
Fleshgod Apocalypse III
Salamandra, Salamandra and Salamandra again. Everybody I got to know in Hodonín was talking about Salamandra. Quite a famous Czech band playing at the second stage between Fleshgod Apocalypse and the headliners of the festival’s second day.
I went to check them out for a short while to kill some time and I wasn’t really blown away. Wait… I was. I didn’t expect them to sing in English.
Well, Salamandra didn’t change my views on the Czech Rock scene so I still think that Czech bands suck. Strong words coming from an unfortunately-still-Czech citizen, huh?
21:40… Time for the headliners of the day!
The Finnish Metalheads Amorphis hit the stage with their last show for the Tales From The Thousand Lakes Anniversary tour.
Seeing their energetic show I just have to say that Amorphis are definitely the best Metal band coming from Finland and nothing keeps me away from saying this.
Next to the songs from the band’s second album “Tales From The Thousand Lakes” you could hear two tracks from “Elegy” and Amorphis delivered everything I expect from a good show and the band’s communication with the crowd was exceptional. Even with a small humorous twist – Always appreciated!
And necessary to say that this band was the only one I actually managed to enjoy from the beginning until the end of the set. Even though I’m not much of a fan of their earlier material.
The Swedish singing Finns from Finntroll were the next and the last band playing at Made Of Metal for the day, but I skipped as I didn’t want to spoil my good mood from seeing Amorphis again after three years. And the need of photographing Finntroll was just low.
Is this what Czech photographers drink to cope with all of this? Well, I’ll write about something like this in the next YDP Talks.
So this was the Saturday of Made Of Metal 2015 and all I can say is, that I finally found a Czech festival worth visiting.
One could notice that it’s just the second year for this event, but everything seemed to work out the way it should and it was a very pleasant experience for me.
It’s not important how big the area is. The atmosphere is one of the most important aspect of every outdoor festival and Made Of Metal just nailed it in every way. As I already mentioned, the line-up was one of the best this year and I hope to hear more about Made Of Metal and look forward to the future of it.
Written by M. Nyman – 16/08/2015