Ghost Brigade Article

03.08.2012 Ghost Brigade

Wacken Open Air XXIII

Wacken (Germany)

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

What do you do in case that during night at 2:00 at Wacken you do not yet want to go back to the tent! Right, you head for the Bullhead Tent and watch Ghost Brigade to close the day. The six Finns around front men Manne Ikonen were delivering a great performance.
Their style can be discribed by progressive death metal where you could find borrowings of doom metal but also gothic, melodic death and alternative metal. You do not have to bang your head that fast but to the gloomy and stately sounds with lots of pressure. Especially singer Manne impressed with his growls / screams but also with his clear sung parts creating goose bumps. The show was simple so was the stage performance but therfore really emphatic. And although it was already late quite a huge number of people were standing in front of the stage to celebrate the Finns quite hard.
From my point of view that was another highlight of this year's Wacken Open Air. I did not know that band before but I will for sure continue to hear the one or the other song of them and take a look when nearby a complete concert of them will take place. Who does also not know them: Listen to them, it is really worth it!


  • Breakwater
  • Into The Black Light
  • My Heart Is A Tomb

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