The band and myself the morning after the night before !!!
a gig.....what a performance lads. I am so proud to have witnessed you all perform such a tight and spectacular set. The whole
album was played and Tony Mills joined the band for the second half of the set. Rolf asked if I minded filming the set for
him which although I said yes, I was only kidding him on and was glad I did as it was a great gig to have recorded. We only
had a limited time on the battery and could not get all the set filmed. So I missed Broken Defence and Mountain Inside The
Stone. I am really annoyed about missing Mountain as it was absolutely perfect and rocking so hard it has made me think this
song should be in my top 2 !!! It was that good. The best song of the set for me was my favorite Leon. Hellsing
my man....you are one hell of a singer. I honestly mean that. It sounded so much better live and not once during the whole
gig did I hear a bad note from you.
am, like many other live gig fans, an avid "AIR GUITAR" player. But with the bass playing of Lars on The Family Secret I am
now learning "AIR BASS GUITAR". We had so much fun after the gig playing our bass riff in the club and in the streets...not
to forget the hotel room !!! What a memory to have and to keep. Broken Defence was also such a wonderful song. Beautifully
sung and perfect on the guitar. Nice touch with the drums near the end which we don't have on the album. In Your World was
"ROCKING" like hell. Man the place was jumping when this came on. I looked around and heads were banging in unison. Sicknote
nailed the backing vocals with me as we "un-officially" sang our version of backing vocals to Maximus's splendid Air Guitar.
A lump in my throat when Hellsing announced that they were going to play A Battle, and then
promptly said,"This is for you Cradle". I felt a warm glow inside and a cold tear glaze my eye. Thanks Hellsing.
At Speak was again a great rocking song and the crowd were with these guys on the stage. The previous 3 band got nowhere near
a response from the crowd that WinterStrain got. Sail was "ALMOST" perfect but for a minor technical glitch near the beginning
of the song. Sail was exceptional guys. Then just before the last song Hellsing thanked the audience for listening to WinterStrain.
He thanked Crewe. He thanked England and then thanked Scotland as
he gave me a look and a big smile. Damn....where are the tissues again. Another Time finished off the set and Crewe.....Z
ROCK were won over by a fantastic performance of 5 little Norwegian brothers I now have in my family.
played the gig with his new DW9000 double bass pedal and his new Paiste cymbals. He was on fire and you could feel the happiness
from Rolf as he took great pride in playing his new equipment for the first time. Arnulf was full of energy and fully enjoying
himself. Lars was rocking away to the left of the stage with Karl just in behind him. Hellsing warmed the stage with his presence
and even managed to crack a few jokes in between songs which had the crowd laughing….especially when he said," We are
WinterStrain. We are from Norway. The last time us Vikings came to England it was not very good". Brilliant.
and McOphie al took the journey to Crewe to see WinterStrain. We had one hell of a time before, during and after the gig.
finally I just want to say to the band members that made my weekend more than just a gig. It was a gathering of friends and
although we had to say goodbye at on Monday morning I was happy and content that I would
be flying over to Norway on Thursday the 29th of June for a 5 day break which will include watching WinterStrain
play the Polar Rock Festival. I will have plenty time to get to know Norway
as well as the friends and family of the band and extend my family even more !!!