Dead By April Article

02.08.2012 Dead By April

Wacken Open Air XXIII

Wacken (Germany)

(Pentax K-5 with Sigma AF 70-200mm 2.8 EX DC APO HSM II)

Dead By April are coming from Sweden and served fare that is not to every metal fan's liking made out of metal core with pop hooklines. Nevertheless the tent was very good filled during the afternoon and the mainly younger female audience was heating up the atmosphere just as much as the guys on stage.
Whilst Zandro Santiago was responsible for the growl and scream parts, Jimmie Strimmel could score with his extremely good clean voice. The two were eked by Marcus Wesslén on bass who swirled nonstop across the stage encouraging the audience not less than the two singers to come with them, as well as Pontus Hjelm on guitar and Alexander Svenninson on drums. All that remembered somehow at Amaranthe that would play later that day on the same stage. "Like it or hate it" is fitting quite well here as the mixture really is unusual and comparable to Amaranthe it is a little bit too pop for me. Also the contrasts are way higher at Dead By April compared to Amaranthe. The shouted verses very hard instead the hooklines even more sweet.
Never mind! The atmosphere was super, the gig entertaining (the guys really know very well how they have to act) and by that quite decent for the afternoon.


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