Live review – Sabaton Open Air 2019: PreHistoric animals
This Swedish progressive/alternative metal band would have gotten a much better rating and above all sounded so much better – if everything but the drums and vocals hadn’t been drowned from the sound of those two. There is simply too much treble in the mix, so the vocals just pierce through everything. Except for the drums, because those it’s easy to hear.
The other instruments glimpse through every now and then, but not nearly enough. The guitar solos are there, but can’t reach out.
And it’s all such a shame. Because the songs are actually good and there is competence and talent in this band, but the sharpness in the mix – and the volume that is also too loud, just steals the attention. Except when they slow things down a bit and everything suddenly makes sense, there is bass, guitar and keyboards – but unfortunately it doesn’t last. As soon as the drums kick in, well… then it’s goodbye to the rest.
They finish the show with ”Never thought I was a monster” – which is kind of a messy song, but also the one song that actually really brings out all instruments in some kind of disharmonic harmony.
Who: PreHistoric animals
Where: Sabaton Open Air Festival
Stand out track: Never thought I was a monster