At the beginning
Well, here I am, at LOUD PARK23.
It’s been six years since I’ve written a report on Loud Park like this.
Writing a report is a lot of fun in the sense that I ruminate on the memories of the fun I had.
It is like reliving the experience of that day.
In past years, I have been anguished over not being able to buy the shirts of the bands I wanted, so this year I tried the advance sales.
I was short on sleep after drinking a lot of beer at Koenji Metal Meshi last night, but I braved my old body to go to Makuhari Messe.
It was raining lightly, but there was a fairly long line of people waiting in front of the sales floor.
I had a GOLD ticket, so the line was much smoother than I had expected.
I think they were good at organizing this part of the event.
The waiting time for GOLD tickets should never be longer than that for general tickets.
It would mean that no one would buy GOLD tickets, which would lead to the decline of the festival.
In addition to the “Pantera”, “Kreator”, and “Carcass” shirts I wanted, I also bought an umbrella on impulse.
I was very satisfied!
Now I get in line to enter and leave my luggage at the cloakroom. Again, GOLD was easy, and I was able to get ready for the show quickly, with almost no waiting time.
Well done to the management.
By the time I entered the venue and bought a beer, “Bridear” was already playing.
It was my first time to see this young Japanese band, but they were pretty intense and cool.
They played well enough.
There are still many cool bands that I don’t know about.
Now, a little to the left is the BIG ROCK STAGE, and the wait is short.
And the waiting time is short.
This is one of the great things about Loud Park.
Jason Richardson & Luke Holland
I was surprised to see this duo because of their crazy technique in advance.
So the main purpose of watching the show was to ask myself, “Can you really reproduce this? But they really did it.
They both played cool, but they were just a guitar and drums duo.
It was difficult to keep the show interesting.
I almost fell asleep standing up, partly due to lack of sleep the night before.
While listening to their refreshing singing and playing, I went to the food area.
I hadn’t had breakfast, so I needed to conserve my energy.
The food stalls were not so crowded.
I guess it was partly because they were playing, but it was really well thought out.
A triumph of accumulated know-how, I guess.
I went back to the BIG ROCK STAGE.
I could see the audience in front of the stage getting really excited during “Outrage.
The vocalist was wearing his hat so deeply (so much so that it covered his nose) that I wondered if he could see what was going on in front of him.
The sound quality was poor in many parts, and the vocalist’s part was inaudible.
I know it’s a live performance, but the sound quality of the bands that followed was so good that I couldn’t help but compare them.
Breed from Within
I decided to watch from the BIG ROCK STAGE side to prepare for the next “Amaranthe,” but the band was young and full of power.
His red faces and hard shouting must have struck a chord with everyone who saw them.
It would have been better to see them from the front.
As expected, their show was a lot of fun.
Triple vocals, calculated movements of the band members, and Elize Ryd’s elegant gestures.
In terms of the overall show, I think “Amaranthe” was the most complete show of the day.
The new man with the growl, though small in stature, moved well and encouraged the audience.
He has a higher pitched shout than his predecessor and blue hair.
Nils Molin’s singing is really good.
I would even go so far as to say he was too good.
Elize’s greatest asset is not only her singing, but also her bewitching performance.
She took off her long, shiny coat in the middle of the show, which looked like a fitted suit.
However, it also sparkles.
Fans must have been glued to her as she seductively untied her hair, which was tied up at first.
The setlist consisted of all the popular songs, and I enjoyed it without complaint.
See separate section.
Yeah, I don’t dislike them, I rather like them.
But I am too old to see all the bands standing, and inevitably there will be bands that I have to take a break, sorry, dinner and a break again.
The sound was audible and the extension of Timo Kotipelto’s voice is always great.
I moved toward the ULTIMATE STAGE to prepare for the last two bands.
I heard the last three songs, and they were really cool.
Especially this time, Floor Jansen had gone through a battle with illness and the departure of band members, so I could feel their enthusiasm even though I had only seen the last few songs.
Floor must have been especially anxious about whether or not she would be able to sing in a voice that she was satisfied with.
As it turned out, her singing was truly wonderful.
The atmosphere between the band, their gestures, and facial expressions all conveyed joy.
Hmmm, I should have seen the show from the beginning.
“Pantera” was the top priority at this Loud Park, as it seems it was for many.
It was “Pantera” that dragged me into the metal swamp.
When I was old enough to go to live shows, “Pantera” was already gone.
Therefore, I decided to see “Kreator” from the ULTIMATE STAGE side.
With “Slayer” gone, Kreator is one of the few bands that play old-fashioned thrash metal.
Mille’s incitement led to frequent circle pits and walls of death.
I was a little envious of the audience who were enjoying the live performance, but it couldn’t be helped.
Mille seemed to be satisfied with the “Japanese Style” groove.
The following is a summary of the event in a separate section.
At the end
I headed home, physically exhausted but completely satisfied.
The MC suggested that there might be a next time.
No, that was the way he spoke, as if there would surely be a next time.
The bands were well-balanced and gorgeous, and I have almost no complaints at all about the management of the event.
One thing that was hard was that the men’s restroom was crowded.
This is a natural consequence of the fact that most metal lovers are men.
I was so surprised that women usually have to wait in line like this.
Now, I’ll put down my pen, looking forward to the LOUD PARK 24.
June 15,2023 Freakz