AMMUNITION TEARING DOWN MADRID
RED HARD N HEAVY (Spain): AMMUNITION - SALA CARACOL MADRID
"Bravo Glam! Not only does Ammunition sound like a great rock band but there is also a very good vibe within the band. It's obvious that the band members share a close friendship, which shows on stage through constant jokes and good atmosphere. In addition to this, the musical interaction is amazing."
We are talking about the band founded by the ex-vocalist of the Norwegian group WIG WAM; Åge Sten Nilsen and the singer and guitarist of Eclipse Erik Martensson. The line-up is completed by keyboardist Lasse Finbråten, bassist Victor Cito Borge, Jon Henrik Pettersen - guitarist and drummer Ole Tom Torjussen ... who replaced Magnus Ulfstedt Official, who was forced to leave the tour due to his recent parental leave.
Around 21:45 the first chords of "Time" began to play, the cut that opens the new self-titled album. From the first chords the sound was very good and clear, with a good volume, perfectly audible choirs, and the voice and each instrument in its place. We already know that in this sense Caracol is a guarantee.
They continued with "Tear you city down", also from their new album, to continue several songs from their debut album "Shanghaied", released in 2015. "Do you like it", that Erik finished with some improvised guitar work, choreographed straight into "Tie me down", whose initial riff and sound reminds me a lot of the beginning of "Welcome to the jungle" by GUNS N'ROSES. Erik ended with a slow and melodic solo that linked the song to "Road to Babylon ", one of the two ballads they played, and finally" Give me a sign ", whose chorus was chanted by a very dedicated audience.
Already at this stage of the concert one of the doubts I had before the show was long gone; Would AMMUNITION sound like a band or a project of good musicians who only came together to present songs that they have barely played together. And I have to say that not only does Ammunition sound like a great rock band but there is also a very good vibe within the band. It's obvious that the band members share a close friendship, which shows on stage through constant jokes and good atmosphere. In addition to this, the musical interaction is amazing.So I came out very happy in that sense ... I was also struck by the fact that Åge played guitar on several songs, both electric and acoustic, demonstrating his clear intention to sound not only bluntly live but as faithful as possible to the albums arrangements, by having 3 guitars live. Bravo Glam!
They returned to the new album with "Klondike", which ended with a solo duel between Jon and Erik, the two guitarists, followed by "Take out the enemy", one of the liveliest songs in the repertoire, where The backgound vocals deserves credit. Erik, Lasse and Victor delivered splendid vocal performances throughout the whole concert. Ole Tom !, who was phenomenal to percussion, had his little moment of glory with a drum solo, which preceded into two other songs from the new album "Gung Ho" and one of the favorites of Caracol's audience; "Bad bones". After them, it was time for the ballade of the night: "Eye for an eye", which I personally loved, a song that gave way to something that only big musicians know how to do well, convinsing improvision. Erik started playing riffs of mythical rock songs like "All right now" by FREE, which they played almost from top to end, and "Lick it up" by KISS among others, and the rest of the band were joining in, ¡ excellent!
Then they played another favorite of mine, "Wild Card", followed by the electric "Caveman" and the whiplash "Silverback", the track that opened the first AMMUNITION album, and that the band finished in reggae style, with Åge singing in the style of Bob Marley (how good is this guy!). The atmosphere was festive and relaxed,
And then, a great version of Queen's "Innuendo" sung brilliantly by Åge, sounding very close to the original. A number Erik didn't participate on and used the opportunity to get some rest backstage. After his return on stage, the full band went into the final stretch of the show, with 3 great new songs; "Virtual reality boy", "Freedom finder" and "Wrecking Crew" from their new album.Then to end the party in the perfect rock'n roll style they performed WIGWAM's monster hit "In my dreams".
Many thanks to the people of Kivents for making this possible, and we wish Ammunition all the best in the future. Hopefully this rock'n roll dream will last for many, many years.
Text: Alberto AOR-Man García
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