The Magickal Chaos Tour
Location: Marx, Hamburg (DE)
By: Basak Günel (text) & Heavy Harlequin (photos)
After a very successful tour last year, the legendary occult rock act Coven conquered Hamburg on a Friday evening as part of the 50th year anniversary of their debut album “Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls”. Having seen the band last year, we were more than excited to see and experience what Jinx and her wicked bandmates had for us. What made this show extra special was the Danish diabolic rockers Demon Head! The audience might not have been familiar with these guys but our first encounter with them was when they supported Magna Carta Cartel back in 2018, so just like Coven’s set, we were more than excited to see how the guys developed and what they had for us.
Formed in 2012, Demon Head makes ‘diabolic rock’ and they were in Hamburg to deliver the dark magic to a rather calm but enthusiastic audience. We could see that the majority of the people were there to see Coven and maybe didn’t know about Demon Head but we could tell that the first impression of the audience was beyond positive!
Due to the stage being too foggy, it was maybe a bit hard to see the bandmembers’ faces but with the atmosphere that they created throughout the set, the fans got to just focus and give in to the dark music!
Considering that the latest album “Hellfire Ocean Void” has been released this year, the band played some new songs such as “The Night Is Yours”, “Labyrinth” and one of our highlights, “Mercury and Sulphur” as well as some old gems. It was surely a very interesting sight to see how each bandmember brought his own aura and magic on stage, especially the frontman M.F.L. becoming our personal highlight. With their short but enchanting set, Demon Head managed to impress and warm up the audience! Especially compared to last year when we saw them for the first time, this show had a different and even darker vibe to it.
The mighty Coven needs no introduction. The anticipation and the musical orgasm could be felt even during the soundcheck; we could especially see the die-hard fans – young and old- in the first 2-3 rows who cheered and sang along from the beginning of the show. Since the band was celebrating the 50th anniversary of the timeless debut “Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Soul”, some classics such as “Wicked Woman”, “Black Sabbath”, “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge” and “Coven in Charing Cross” were played. Songs like “Black Swan” and “Out of Luck” from Jinx were not forgotten as well. However, it was clear that songs like “F.U.C.K.” or “Black Sabbath” were definitely the highlights of the audience.
One big highlight was definitely the line-up dynamics apart from Jinx’ dark and enchanting aura! Especially compared to last year, we could see that the band was more confident and more powerful; each bandmember had their own highlight with Chris Wild maybe stealing the spotlight a bit more! But it was clear that all attention was on Jinx; her interaction with her bandmates and also the audience added an extra vibe to the set. She bowed to the audience after every show and even bumped metal horns with the front row.
The enthusiasm of the audience could be heard after the final song as many cheered for a very long time for the band to do an encore but Coven left the fans with sweating, happy and craving for more! This was indeed an amazing night full of darkness and diabolic tunes. Kudos to both bands but also to the passionate audience for an unbelievable evening!