Photos: Primordial / Pyogenesis / Equilibrium

PRIMORDIAL (Hamburg Metal Dayz)


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EQUILIBRIUM (Hamburg Metal Dayz)


Photos: Nothgard / Russkaja / Onslaught

NOTHGARD (Hamburg Metal Dayz)


RUSSKAJA (Hamburg Metal Dayz)


ONSLAUGHT (Trash Mercenaries Tour)


Report: Hamburg Metal Dayz

5 Jahre gibt es also die Hamburg Metal Dayz schon, und es fühlt sich irgendwie so an, als wäre es erst gestern gewesen, dass ich bei den ersten Metal Days für die Veranstaltung gearbeitet habe. In der Zwischenzeit ist das Event gut gewachsen, und immer mehr auch zu einem Networking-Event der Branche geworden. Der Spagat zwischen den professionellen Aspekten und einer tollen Show für die Fans ist hier also hervorragend gelungen.

Tag 1 – Die Markthalle füllte sich nur gemächlich, aber die hart gesottenen Fans hatten schon ihre Plätze in der ersten Reihe eingenommen und freuten sich dann, als NOTHGARD den Abend mit viel Power eröffneten.


It´s already 5 years now, that year after year the Hamburg Metal Dayz are taking place – and it feels just like yesterday that I worked in the organization of the first edition. In the meantime, the festival has grown a lot, and has more and more also turned into a networking event for professionals. The split between professional viewpoints and great shows for music fans has seemingly worked here rather well.

Day 1 – The Markthalle only filled very slowly, only the real fans already had claimed their places in the front row really early and got their first musical treat when NOTHGARD made a start into the evening with a load of power and joy.


Day X+30 – Music is therapy

 (pre-written on 24th September)

Now the second day of the Hamburg Metal Dayz is over and…I still don´t realy feel any better when it comes to my photography, because the light was only a tiny little bit better, and thus the fun was kinda limited. But at least I really tried to be more social, and it seemingly worked – at least I wasn´t all alone amongst the photographers anymore.

During the shows in the main hall they all used strobe lights, and when I look into those for a bit longer I tend to lose my sense of orientation and get slight migraine attacks. So there I was standing in the photopit, having to look right into those, hoping they at least might brighten up the stage for proper photos.

After each and every show or rather after each and every time in the photopit I just had to get out of the main hall to sit down and sit there (if I found anywhere to sit…) to have my eyes and head relax again. Not really pleasant to say the least, and that really started to be tiring and annoying after a while. Because I really wanted to watch the bands more than just for a few minutes at a time, going outside, then going inside again…but if I would´ve have just remained inside, I´d have not gotten through the day.

Still feels really funny to see all my former work colleagues form my internship back in the days again, but I still prefer to stay in distance most of the time. And sometimes I am even being a fan, shame on me. Nah, not really fan but for the sake of it I went to get myself a signed card from The New Black, and it felt hilariously wrong to be doing that xD But amusing at least 😀

I also ditched the main ban on this evening to watch the full set of The New Black – sometimes you are forced to put priorities, and I did this. I wanted to have fun and listen to music I enjoy a 100% and just rock out, and headbang and forget my press job for a bit. The camera was always on, but  was in “enjoying mode” 😉 And that was right what I needed (plus some uplifting words) – music is therapy and medicine for me, and so important right now. And it helped. Though I don´t know for how long this good effect will last…

10.08.2013 – I rocked the Netherlands // 10.08.2013 Ich habe die Niederlande gerockt

Paradise Lost
Aaron / Heaven´s Basement


It´s been one of those crazy one day trips that I tend to be doing – this time for a festival in Leeuwarden because Paradise Lost and Heaven´s Basement were playing there and it´s both bands I loved to pieces. I was again working as a photographer but hardly got to photograph since my two intevriews, Aaron from Heaven´s Basement and Greg from Paradise Lost, ate a lot of my time where I could´ve been working in the photopit. Especially the latter one, the one with Greg, was a tough birth with a lot of problems and delays – but both interviews were really worth it, been a lovely time. The rest of the festival was good, too, but the sound made quite some problems – but whatever, Paradise Lost played “Forever Failure”, so wanted to see it live for ages and then it´s been there…amazing. The drive there and back was a really hard job, especially at nighttimes but the two girls that came with me kept me going 🙂


Es war einer dieser verrückten Ausflüge, die ich ja öfter mal mache – dieses Mal für ein Festival in den Niederlanden, in Leeuwarden weil Paradise Lost und Heaven´s Basement dort spielten und ich beide Bands einfach liebe. Ich habe einmal mehr als Fotografin gearbeitet, auch wenn ich kaum dazu kam zu fotografieren, dank der Interviews mit Aaron von Heaven´s Basement und Greg von Paradise Lost, denn beide haben eine Menge Zeit eingenommen, die ich im Fotograben hätte verbringen können. Besonders das Letzte, das Interview mir Greg, war eine schwere Geburt mit vielen Problemen und Verspätungen – aber beide Interviews haben sich wirklich gelohnt, eine echt schöne Zeit. Der Rest des Festivals war auch gut, aber der Sound war echt problematisch – aber was auch immer, Paradise Lost haben “Forever Failure” gespielt, und ich hatte es immer live sehen wollen und hier war es dann soweit…wundervoll. Die Fahrt zum Festival und danach nach Hause waren anstrengend, besonders die Rückfahrt in der Nacht, aber die beiden Mädels die mit mir kamen haben mich wach gehalten 🙂