February 16, 2012

INTEGRITY / ROT IN HELL, Cologne, MTC

Here is what happened on Twitter:

  • So...I am off. Get Ready for INTEGRITY & ROT IN HELL @ Cologne updates
  • Approaching...stoked for one of the rare, possibly the only show I might go to this year
  • The usual Cologne phenomenon at Hardcore shows: only a few familiar faces - and alot different
  • Okay...forced to ditch this. Bummer - no phone connection inside. Try to compose some instant thoughts on my blog to publish later
  • BLOODATTACK is on now...and I am off for a Lunch break.
  • Love Turkish Kebab houses getting ready for Karneval...and waiting for ROT IN HELL
  • Promised Media enriched content. Here we go: http://t.co/Mjg1isd1

Switching to Blog mode... Try to maintain the tweet-mode. Random thoughts published in instant:

  • Refreshing "old" crowd, not the usual hipster hardcore youth.
  • Waiting for ROT IN HELL to get on Stage - the HELMET background sound switched to something less meaningful and powerless
  • Dwid occupied in some Fan-Talk. You have to be FAN, you know
  • Crowd includes some other ex-involved Hardcore-dudes like myself. We had our 15 minutes of fame,ya'll!
  • Hans is pretty relaxed before the gig - while the guys are already tuning, he still just stands and stares across the room at Merch
  • Notice an unexpected and yet very welcomed twist in Hans' tone. Dirrty
  • The sound is a crystal clear mess of noise, that already resembles your soundboard recordings
  • Crowd reaction...what crowd reaction?
  • "this is a new song" - me like the familiar yet catchy metallic Thrash/Riff-changes
  • Just recognized: Hans might be rather having trouble with his voice - maybe because of all the smoke in the air
  • Obviously, people saved their energy for Integ...like myself. Decent participation - for Cologne almost enthusiastic.
  • "Judgment Day" got the ball rolling - crowd went with the flow from thereon.
  • Missed some of my favorite newer tunes, but "Lucifer..." satisfied some needs. All in all, good mixture of classics and "band-songs"
  • Some moments were graced by an enormous deep felt roaring of Dwid. Others just took it away with, dare I say, FUN!
  • To elaborate on that: it is pretty obvious that all of this is very relaxed and kinda "over it". There is nothing "BIG" to promote - other than a legacy of a band that is given it to their kind of people for more than 20 years. Be it only Dwid who still is, nobody feels out of place this time (like on "Closure"- or "To die for"-tours)
  • There is alot of "I don't care...I'm just here with you"-attitude about this show. And that's exactly how I feel
  • Personal favorite was a rockish-swinging version of "Lucifer...", followed by "Abraxas" and the ever-challenging (I always tend to forget the second verse) "Systems overload" - Disclaimer: the last song I ever did a stagedive to, back in Hamburg, back in the 1990s, backed up on "Spiegel TV"

Back to Twitter:
  • After a little chitchat with each Hans and Dwid, I got out of that and am ready to conduct more
  • Had my Blogger App filled with instant updates, which I am going to publish at home
  • Also did some video shoots... Picture quality is real good, but sound far from decent. See if I can brush that up for you
  • All in all, Cologne saw a ROT IN HELL set that lacked some, and a real amusing (in a good way) @INTEGRITY_HT performance.

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