Copenhell - 2019

Text: Tobias Nilsson Photo: Lunah Lauridsen

In the darkening night, Katatonia took the stage to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their Night Is The New Day album, and by their own statement, drink red wine.

A slight rain, and a bonus lightshow in the form of lightning strikes in the not so far distance, added a nice ambience to the music, although I could have done without the waterworks, to be honest. If it was the fault of said water or not, I cannot say, but soon after taking the stage and beginning to play, bassist Niklas Sandin fell flat on his arse. He took it in good measure though, and just kept playing, now sitting down.
This cool approach to their circumstances would define the gig for Katatonia, as after entering into their second song of the evening, the weather shifted, and the skies literally opened a veritable flood on the festival. Everyone, both on stage and off, were soaked within seconds, and while many festival guests (myself included, not gonna lie) ran for shelter, the band just kept on playing.

I’ll give the band props for fighting it through, and playing the entire album, as well as ending the set with the Judas Priest cover Night Comes Down, fitting both for the band and for the evening.
It wasn’t really my thing, which is one of the major reasons I chose a dry place over watching the gig up front, but damn, they did what they came for, and I’m impressed by that.
This was to be both the first and the last drops of rain Copenhell would see this year.


The Longest year
Idle Blood
Onward Into Battle
The Promise Of Deceit
New Night
Day And Then The Shade
Night Comes Down (Judas Priest cover)

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