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Unleashed, Krisiun, One Man Army And The Undead Quartet - Hammer Battalion Tour
Monday evenings can bring something good sometimes, apparently when there are nice tours going through my country. This time the Hammer Battalion Tour headlined by Unleashed, with support from Krisiun, One Man Army And The Undead Quartet and Commander. All this in the small hall of the Patronaat in Haarlem.

Instead of One Man Army we were suddenly confronted with an unannounced opening act; Commander. This four-piece from Munich, Germany is part of the tour as well, but not well promoted since they weren’t named on websites and such. What we got to hear was a decent set of old school death metal, but due to the combination of an empty venue and no movement on stage, it didn’t become really exciting. None of the songs from either their debut record World's Destructive Domination or their recently released sophomore effort The Enemies We Create really stood out to make their performance memorable. That their set duration was a bit too long for me in the end, might sound as too much complaining, because old school death metal fans definitely will appreciate this band for sure. Still this band just didn’t manage to hold my attention for the whole show. “Thirteen in a dozen” as we say in Dutch. (Mindsaver)
After I entered the Patronaat I was a bit afraid whether or not people would show up for this gig, but when One Man Army And The Undead Quartet started, the venue was already reasonably filled. Except for some banging heads there wasn’t much movement in the crowd noticeable, but almost everyone present did seem to like this band fronted by Johan Lindstrand. The show was definitely in support of their latest record Grim Tales, but older songs like ‘So Grim So True So Real’ and ‘Bulldozer Frenzy’ weren’t forgotten. Although their albums pleased me more than this live show, it was a nice act for the beginning of a Monday eve. (Gilles)

After two supports it was now time for the Brazilian death metal masters Krisiun to present their skills. The terrible sound at the beginning made it a false start, ‘cause speeded metal like this must sound clear or it becomes a mess. Fortunately the sound engineer fixed those problems quickly and we were treated on a devastating show. Krisiun filled their set with a lot of songs from their latest two albums, being killers as “Bloodcraft”, “Natural Genocide”, “Vicious Wrath” and “Refusal” from their 2006 album AssassiNation and a couple of new ones from their just released album Southern Storm, including “Slaying Steel” and “Combustion Inferno”. Also mentionable was the pit that was almost as big as the whole floor, while it was only build by ten people. Haven’t seen such a hefty and aggressive mosh in a long time! Grateful as these guys are, we of course were thanked a couple of times for showing up at this ‘underground’ gig. It didn’t make the show less great, because tonight the band was at its best; their signature sound pure and relentless and the audience left for dead. (Mindsaver)
After a great show at last year’s Arnhem Metal Meeting I was really looking forward to see Unleashed live again. With a couple of songs from their latest record, a couple of Midvinterblot and some older ones, they really proved why we had to be in Haarlem this Monday. The new songs, ‘Your Children Will Burn’, ‘Black Horizon’, ‘Warriors Of Midgard’ and the title track ‘Hammer Battalion’, had a powerful impact, while the older ones were sung along very loud. All in all a very tight performance by one of the biggest band in this scene. I definitely must get my hands on their Hammer Battalion album, ‘cause tonight was (once again) a Death Metal Victory! (Gilles)