Robert De Anda

Hammerfall @ The Whisky a Go Go – 06/14/2018

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Hammerfall @ The Whisky a Go Go - 06/14/2018The second of two Southern California stops of 2018’s “Rebuilt to Tour” brought Sweden’s Power Metal Masters Hammerfall, and special guest Flotsam and Jetsam to the world-famous Whisky a Go-Go on the Sunset Strip Thursday night June 14 for a night of in-your-face metal.

Many would argue that Flotsam & Jetsam should be in the headliner position, being at least 10 years the senior of Hammerfall, nevertheless, it was clear that both acts complemented each other especially since Thrash Metal pioneers Flotsam & Jetsam have evolved in their sound to incorporate characteristics of the Power and Progressive sub-genres.

Fans in attendance were a motley mix of ages with what appeared to be almost half being in their twenties. This was a very welcoming surprise, and Flotsam and Jetsam vocalist Erick Knutson made it a point to emphasize that No Place for Disgrace was released before many of the cheering fans were even born.  The house was packed on this wild Thursday night in Hollywood with the occasional mosh pit sprouting every now and then.  Security is very tight at this venue, so stage diving and very rough behavior is quickly halted. Due to technical difficulties the setlist for Flotsam and Jetsam was cut short by one song, and Iron Maiden had to be sacrificed.

Returning to the USA after a 2017 tour (which was their first in 7 years), Hammerfall hit the stage hard and dazzled the capacity crowd throughout the set. Aside from Joacim Cons powerful vocals, guitarist Oscar Dronjak is a highlight of the set as he blazes with his energetic stage personality and guitar mastery.

Both Erick Knutson and Joacim Cans proved that they can still belt out the high notes and overall both Flotsam and Jetsam and Hammerfall put on an excellent metal show.

Flotsam and Jetsam Setlist

Incantation | Monkey Wrench | Dreams of Death | Hammerhead | She took an Axe | Life is a Mess | I live, You Die | No place for disgrace

Hammerfall Setlist

Hector’s Hymn | Riders of the Storm | Renegade | Dethrone and Defy | Blood Bound | Any Means | Necessary | B.Y.H. | Crimson Thunder | Threshold | Built to Last | Last Man Standing | Legacy of Kings Medley | Heeding the Call | Let the Hammer Fall |

Encore: Hammer High | Bushido | Hearts on Fire

Flotsam and Jetsam Photo Gallery

Hammerfall Photo Gallery

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