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The last band we saw at Vagos Open Air was the German Power Metal band, Gamma Ray. The band was actually here as a replacement for the British band, Saxon, one of whose members had an accident, but Gamma Ray delivered a fabulous performance which delighted the audience.
Setlist: (Welcome): Anywhere in the Galaxy, Men, Martians and Machines, The Spirit, New World Order. (Introduction): Dethrone Tyranny, Master of Confusion, Empire of the Undead, Empathy, Rise, Rebellion in Dreamland, (Guitar Solo ), Future World (Helloween cover), I Want Out, (Helloween cover), To the Metal, Send Me a Sign .
The first band of the evening was the American power metal band, Iced Earth. This was their first visit to Portugal for a long time, and they seemed to be enjoying their visit to Vagos Open Air immensely. With a hugely enjoyable set, Iced Earth performed two encores and left the crowd wanting even more.
Setlist: Dystopia, Dark Saga, Pure Evil, Burning Times, I Died for You, V, A Question of Heaven, Anthem. Encore: In Sacred Flames, Boiling Point, Watching Over Me, Iced Earth. Encore 2: The Hunter.
The rather unusually named Rotting Christ, an extreme black metal band from Greece, took to the stage at Vagos. Fronted by Sakis Tolis, on guitar and vocals, Rotting Christ were magnificaent, delivering a frenetic set which the crowd enjoyed immensely, setting up the festival for the evening performances.
Setlist: The Forest of N’Gai, Athanati Este, Kata ton Demona Eautou, King of a Stellar War, The Sign of Evil Existence, Transform All Suffering Into Plagues, Societas Satanas (Thou Art Lord cover), In Yumen-Xibalba, Chaos Geneto (The Sign of Prime Creation), Non Serviam, Noctis Era.
Keeping up the arachnid theme, Web were followed by the veteran Portuguese Heavy Metal band, Tarantula. One of the first heavy metal bands in Portugal, Tarantula, fronted by Jorge Marques, provided a powerhouse performance.
Setlist: Spiral of Fear, Afterlife, Dark Age, The Nature of Sin, You Can Always Touch the Sky, Changes Coming, Face the Mirror
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Day two of Vagos Open Air kicked off in style with the Portuguese Thrash Metal band Web.
Keeping up the Scandanavian influence, Moonsorrow were followed by the Swedish progressive metal band, Evergrey. With an epic 14 song setlist, Evergrey haunted the audiencee. Sadly, I had to leave before the end of Evergrey’s performance, so missed the last few tracks, and also the bands Sonata Arctica and Lacuna Coil.
Setlist: When the Walls Go Down, Recreation Day, Frozen, Monday Morning Apocalypse, Soaked, As I Lie Here Bleeding, Wrong, Leave It Behind Us, I’m Sorry (Dilba cover), Blinded, Rulers of the Mind, The Masterplan, Broken Wings, A Touch of Blessing
After Bizarra Locomotiva at Vagos Open Air came Moonsorrow, a pagan metal band from Finland. According to Wikipedia, the band ‘incorporates elements of black metal and folk metal in their sound’, and call their music “epic heathen metal”. They certainly got the approval of the crowd, and gave a rousing performance. We even saw some Finnish flags being waved.
Setlist: Unohduksen lapsi, Köyliönjärven Jäällä, Taistelu Pohjolasta, Sankaritarina, Kuolleiden Maa
The second band of the first day at Vagos Open Air were Bizarra Locomotiva, an industrial metal band from Portugal. Fronted by vocalist Rui Sidónio, and accompanied by Miguel Fonseca on guitar, Alpha on keyboards and Rui Berton on drums, Bizarra Locomotiva took the festival to a whole new level.
Set List: A Procissão dos Édipos, Egodescentralizado, Desgraçado De Bordo, Gatos Do Asfalto, Engodo, O Anjo Exilado (guest appearance of Tó Pica on guitar), O Escaravelho
Last weekend (09-10 August), Vagos hosted the annual Metal Festival, Vagos Open Air. With a strong line up, as ever, the festival opened with the Portuguese band Secret Lie. Including adaptations from Vivaldi, and a sneak listen of a song from their new album, Secret Lie got Vagos Open Air 2013 off to a buzzing start…
Set List: Sweet Sadness, Purify, Tó Pica’s Solo, Presto (Vivaldi cover), Blackout, Little Taste of Fun