Live review – Sabaton Open Air 2019: Riot V
To make this easy I could only say Todd Michael Hall. This is definitely the best vocal performance we will hear on Sabaton Open Air this year, despite the fact that his voice was gone for the first three seconds of the show. When they got the shit together it was a complete overrun of the rest of the lead singers we have heard so far this weekend. Oh my god what a voice!! I can be a tough customer to please when it comes to music because I’ve seen hundred of live shows and listened to thousand of records but if you get my attention for real you done a good job.
It starts with “Victory” and after that , like a bulldozer, “The Flight Of The Warrior” takes over and believe me when I say that the album “Thundersteel” from 1988 is one of the album I’ve heard most times over the years. We got some surprises when they play “Bring The Hammer Down” from the album “Unleash The Fire” as well as “Storming The Gates Of Hell” from the album “The Privilege Of Power”. Both of them turned out to sound great live. Riot V live is a great experience, it’s not only Todd Michael Hall, where Mike Flyntz giving us some great guitar riffs, Don Van Stavern is a solid bass player and the whole quintet together makes it look so easy.
When it’s time to wrap things up they do it with “Warrior” and the title track from the “Thundersteel” album. I’m not sure but I will be extremely surprised if something can get better than this this weekend. The ten isn’t far away and if they had played “End Of The World” and “Fight Or Fall” my first ten since Hammerfall at Sweden Rock 2015 would have been a fact.
Who: Riot V
Where: Sabaton Open Air, Falun
Stand out track: Bloodstreets