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Shout It Out Loud IV Festival

Shout It Out Loud IV Festival Duisburg 2013

(2013) By now the Shout It Out Loud festival is one of Europe‘s finest festivals if you‘re into glam metal, melodic hard rock oder sleaze. Previous bands included CINDERELLA, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, DANGEROUS TOYS, CRASHDIET, BONFIRE, VAIN, CRAZY LIXX or last edition‘s headliner, RATT-vocalist Stephen Pearcy. The fourth installment takes place in Duisburg‘s Glückauf Halle. The size of the venue is much bigger than it was before in Wetter. It‘s nice to see that there are more people around this time. This might be due to headliner TESLA, which is a classic band back from the 80‘s scene.
The first band I get to see playing is BLACKRAIN. The French sleaze rockers are performing for the first time in Germany today. They already got a few fans in the crowd, though. The four-piece delivers modern sleaze like many other bands, but their sound is quite okay. Their singer‘s high voice is a bit annoying, though.
Nevermind, BLACKRAIN know all the right poses and can entertain the audience with their show. The band even plays two new songs, which will appear on their forthcoming third record later this year.
UK‘s JETTBLACK are up next. The British rockers already played shows with PAPA ROACH and RECKLESS LOVE, were part of the UK‘s leg of the Ozzfest and appeared on the billing of Britain‘s most important metal festival, Download. In Duisburg there‘s a much smaller audience and they are not as well known as BLACKRAIN it seems. JETTBLACK play many new songs taken from their most recent work Raining Rock, but tease their fans also with some Get Your Hands Dirty tunes. Personally, I think BLACKRAIN‘s show was a bit more exciting, though JETTBLACK did a quite good job as well.
First real highlight of today‘s billing are Swedish melodic rockers H.E.A.T. The band around Swedish Idol winner Erik Grönwall can be best compared to 80‘s EUROPE with a more modern touch. Grönwall is the center of attention, for sure - thanks to his energic performance. The group plays almost their whole recent record Adress The Nation. Opening their set with Breaking The Silence, then playing rockers such as In And Out Of Trouble, Need Her or Heartbreaker. But there are also old tunes such as Danger Road among the setlist. For almost an hour the sympathic band puts on a good rock‘n‘roll show. As they leave the stage the crowd is wanting more, but there are two bands left to enter the stage.
THE QUIREBOYS are to follow H.E.A.T‘s great performance. Their sound is more rock‘n‘roll, less glam, less pop. They sound more like a band from Texas, but actually the band‘s origin is the United Kingdom. Singer Spike is a great frontman. All the attention‘s on him and his crazy stagemoves. The rest of the group is playing their songs and that‘s it. The biggest part of the performened songs are, of course, taken from their hit record A Bit Of What You Fency. THE QUIREBOYS close their set with their most known song 7 O‘Clock.
Headliners TESLA play their only mainland gig in Duisburg. European fans can only catch them at Shout It Out Loud or at one of their stays in the UK. Their first two records are classics within the glam/hard rock/melodic rock scene. It‘s nice to have a real classic band headlining the festival like CINDERELLA did at the festival‘s first installment. I Wanna Live is the opener of the former rockstars set. The live sound is good and the band is doing a quite good job. Singer Jeff Keith‘s voice sounds good as well. The following songs include hits like Hang Tough, Signs, Edison‘s Medicine, Love Song or Heaven‘s Trail (No Way Out). It‘s no miracle that the audience is excited to hear these classic TESLA tracks. To me there is a lack of energy on stage. Keith‘s always standing in the back when he‘s got nothing to sing. The other musicians are playing tightly, but there is not a lot of action-driven stage acting. On the other hand you can tell that these dudes have fun playing to their German fans. For 80 minutes the band performs mostly old material along with some more recent works. After their hit Modern Day Cowboy TESLA leave the stage for the first time. Soon after they return to play Little Suzi. Then it‘s time to say goodbye and the group promises to come back for a full European tour next year.
The fourth Shout It Out Loud was as good as ever. The organisation was better than at any edition before. So, people can get excited for another round. There will be another Shout It Out Loud on 11/31/2013. There is no headliner announced yet, but four other great bands: LOVE/HATE, ENUFF Z‘NUFF and VAIN are originals from the 80‘s glam scene. The other band is German HOLLYWOOD BURNOUTS. There‘s no excuse to miss out on this.

Text © by Sebastian Berning