In Flames with Red and Arrival Of Autumn | Winter North American Tour | Photos + Review

In Flames Set The Observatory On Fire On Their Winter North American Tour

Venue: The Observatory Orange Country on 11/6/19

            In Flames has been a band on my radar for quite some time. I got into them later than most when their 2016 album “Battles” hit the shelves. I was stoked when their North American Tour was announced, as I had still never seen them live. Along with the band came support from Red and Arrival of Autumn, giving the evening a mixture of metalcore, post-hardcore, hard rock, and melodic death metal. This night was truly amazing.

First up was Arrival Of Autumn from Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada. This was my second time seeing and photographing these guys, the last time being a little over a month prior on the last date of their tour with Soulfly, Incite, and Prison. The band is the perfect mixture of metalcore and melodic death metal. Unfortunately, due to traffic, I was only able to photograph and catch the last song and a half of their set at The Observatory, but something that is evident about Arrival of Autumn is just how strong and together they are as a band. From their riff heavy instrumentals, courtesy of Ryan Sorensen and Brendan Anderson, to their thick basslines, thanks to Kevin Student, technical drumming from Ty Fox, and the mixture of a wide array of singing and screaming from vocalist Jamison Friesen, the band has a very strong sound that have blown me away both times I’ve seen them. The band played a 7-song set, most of which came from their debut 2019 release “Harbinger”, which was released via Nuclear Blast. Arrival Of Autumn is truly an amazing band and I cannot wait to catch their set again next time they’re in Southern California!

SETLIST

  1. Hurricane on the Horizon
  2. Witness
  3. Better Off Without
  4. The Endless
  5. Apocalyptic
  6. Old Bones / New Blood
  7. The Horror

Up next was Red from Nashville, Tennessee. This was my second time seeing these guys, with my last time being in March of 2018 when they co-headlined The Regent with Lacey Strum. I didn’t know much about them the first time I saw them but became a big fan after seeing them the first time. I now own every one of their six albums on physical copy and was happy with the songs they chose for their 9-song set. They mixed songs from their albums, along with songs from their 2019 EP “The Evening Hate”, which they released via The Fuel. I would best describe their sound as a mixture of Nu Metal, Alternative Rock, Alternative Metal, and Hard Rock. Their sound is dynamic, blending each of these songs into their diversified discography to perfection. When you go see Red live, the first thing you will realize is just how energetic vocalist Michael Barnes is, truly engaging with the crowd and owning every inch of the stage. Guitarist Anthony Armstrong, and twin brother and bassist Randy Armstrong own their sides of the stage with ease, slaying those guitars with ease. In the back of the stage, you’ll find drummer Dan Johnson drumming with force with his double bass drums on point. The band was a joy to see, and I especially liked them more now that I actually know the music they were playing. I cannot wait to see Red again in the future.

SETLIST

  1. Fight Inside
  2. Death of Me
  3. Confession (What’s Inside My Head)
  4. Let Go
  5. From The Ashes
  6. Already Over
  7. Feed The Machine
  8. The Evening Hate
  9. Breathe Into Me

In Flames from Gothenburg, Sweden finally hit the stage last. The band really went all out in terms of choosing their setlist, putting together 21-songs that showcased songs from ten of their thirteen albums. What blew me away was hearing the band’s change in sound over the span of their 30-year career as a band. Their musical style mixes together melodic death metal, metalcore, alternative metal, and heavy metal. The band played the perfect mix of the heavy, with some of their more melodic songs, to make both old school fans and newer fans alike very happy. Of the 21 songs they played, 6 of those songs came from their newest album “I, The Mask”, which was released in 2019 via Eleven Seven Records in North America, and via Nuclear Blast throughout the rest of the world. One element to the band’s sound that is iconic when many think of melodic death metal is their heavy use of guitar solos and dueling guitar parts, courtesy of Björn Gelotte and Chris Broderick. Both Gelotte and Broderick had great stage presence and interacted a lot with the crowd. The band’s older sound was strictly melodic death metal, but as time went on, vocalist Anders Fridén started incorporating more clean vocals, which truly helped bring the band in a different direction. Fridén told jokes between the band’s songs and was very active on stage. Bassist Bryce Paul headbanged like crazy and was also very big on crowd participation while he slammed out those bass notes. Drummer Tanner Wayne closes out the band’s lineup, playing an intricate drum patterns with ease. Wayne was previously in post-hardcore bands Chiodos and Scary Kids Scaring Kids but has since joined the metal greats of In Flames and helped them create “I, The Mask”, which has truly become my favorite record from the band to date. Just like their live set, the new record mixes together elements from melodic death metal with elements from metalcore, alternative metal, and heavy metal. They played a truly amazing set that left a lasting impression on me. I cannot wait to see them next time they come out to Southern California!

SETLIST

  1. Cloud Connected
  2. Only for the Weak
  3. Take This Life
  4. Clay Man
  5. Where the Dead Ships Dwell
  6. Call My Name
  7. Behind Space
  8. Follow Me
  9. Monsters in the Ballroom
  10. All for Me
  11. (This Is Our) House
  12. The Hive
  13. Wallflower
  14. Here Until Forever
  15. Burn
  16. Voices
  17. Everything’s Gone
  18. Colony
  19. The Truth
  20. I Am Above
  21. The End

The Winter North American Tour was an amazing spectacle to attend. I was finally able to see In Flames, who completely obliterated my expectations out of the water. It was great to see Red again, who were insane at this show and tore that stage up. And it was great to see my new friends in Arrival Of Autumn tear up that stage again, even though I was only able to catch a couple of songs. Truly an amazing night!

In Flames | Red | Arrival Of Autumn

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Amon Amarth w/ Arch Enemy, At The Gates, and Grand Magus | Berserker North American Tour | Photos + Review

10-26-19 – Amon Amarth Invades Los Angeles With A Full Swedish Army By Their Side

Venue: The Hollywood Palladium on 10/26/19

Amon Amarth has been on my bucket list of bands I would like to see and photograph for quite some time. After hearing many positive things from friends, I finally got into them a couple of years back when I heard their 2008 album “Twilight of the Thunder God”. I knew right then and there that I would need to see and photograph them the next time they came to the United States. They announced their North American Tour in support of their newest album “Berserker”, which had support from melodic death metal heavyweights Arch Enemy and At The Gates, with Grand Magus opening the show. With all four bands coming from Sweden, this was bound to be an amazing night filled with Swedish metal.

The first band up was Grand Magus from Stockholm, Sweden. I would best describe the band as good ole fashioned heavy metal mixed with doom metal and stoner metal. As the only band to feature clean vocals for the night, they opened the show playing a five-song set, which showcased songs from their 2019 record “Wolf God”, which was released via Nuclear Blast Records, “Hammer of the North”, which was released in 2010 via Roadrunner Records, and “Iron Will”, which was released in 2008 via Rise Above Records. Vocalist and lead guitarist Janne Christofferson shredded some incredible solos and sang amazingly. Bassist Mats Skinner brought the groove and deep tones through his bass and sang the harmonies perfectly. Drummer Ludwig Witt played some complex drum patterns, which help guide the songs. I was personally happy to hear them play “Untamed”, which is my favorite song of theirs. I was thoroughly impressed with Grand Magus’ performance and thought they opened the show perfectly!

SETLIST

  1. I The Jury
  2. Untamed
  3. Like The Oar Strikes The Water
  4. Iron Will
  5. Hammer of the North

At The Gates from Gothenburg, Sweden. I was extremely excited to finally see At The Gates. When many early metalcore bands express inspirations for their music, At The Gates was almost always listed. At The Gates is best described as good ole fashioned melodic death metal. I was personally impressed with Tomas Lindberg’s vocal style, which mainly consists of highs and mids, with a few low growls but is very rare. Lead guitarist Jonas Stålhammar and rhythm guitarist Martin Larsson meshed perfectly, and even had dueling guitar solos from time to time, which is something very common in melodic death metal and is one elements of the genre. Bassist Jonas Björler was extremely energetic on stage, headbanging and hyping up the crowd while also slamming some force filled bass tones into the music. Finishing out the band’s lineup is drummer Adrian Erlandsson, who absolutely crushed it up there with technical drum parts that helped created the foundation for the band’s fast paced melodic death metal. The band played a nine-song set, consisting of songs from 2018’s “To Drink From The Night Itself”, 2014’s “At War With Reality”, which were both released via Century Media Records, as well as a couple of songs from 1995’s “Slaughter of the Soul” which was released via Earache Records. I was personally ecstatic to hear “To Drink From The Night Itself”, which is my favorite song from the band to date with its speed and intensity. I was ecstatic to finally see these guys and they exceeded my expectations. I hope to see and photograph them again next time they come out to the United States!

SETLIST

  1. To Drink From The Night Itself
  2. Slaughter From The Soul
  3. At War With Reality
  4. The Colours of the Beast
  5. Cold
  6. Heroes and Tombs
  7. Death and the Labyrinth
  8. Blinded By Fear
  9. The Night Eternal

The all mighty Arch Enemy was up next from Halmstad, Sweden. This was my third time seeing this band, but my first finally photographing them. The previous two times I saw them was when they headlined, the first being in 2015 when they headlined The Summer Slaughter Tour, and the second being in 2017 when they did a co-headlining tour with Trivium. Arch Enemy came out on stage with full force, with “The World Is Yours”, “War Eternal”, and “My Apocalypse” starting out their set. Vocalist Alissa White-Gluz knows how to command a stage and a crowd, with headbangs and a vocal range that is a stand out amongst many in the melodic death metal genre. Acting as co-lead guitarists, Michael Amott and Jeff Loomis shredded those notes with perfection, with dueling guitar solos to put the icing on top. Bassist Sharlee D’Angelo is a beat on stage, shredding through those deep and thick toned bass lines. Drummer Daniel Erlandsson slayed it on drums, beating through those intensely fast and technical parts to perfection, with lots of headbangs and energy radiating from his’ kit. A big reason I go back to see Arch Enemy time and time again is because they are an insanely talented band and truly put on one hell of a show. Each member is insanely high energy, and they truly engage with their audience members, which makes for an incredible show. The band played an 8-song set, the band played songs from 2017’s “Will To Power”, 2014’s “War Eternal”, 2005’s “Doomsday Machine”, and 2001’s “Wages of Sin”, which were all released via Century Media Records. I was once again blown away by Arch Enemy’s set and cannot wait to see them once again when they come out here again soon!

SETLIST

  1. The World Is Yours
  2. War Eternal
  3. My Apocalypse
  4. Ravenous
  5. The Eagle Flies Alone
  6. First Day In Hell
  7. As The Pages Burn
  8. Nemesis

Amon Amarth from Tumba, Sweden finally hit the stage. For their headlining set, the band went all out on theatrics. With stellar lighting, set pieces, and flames, the band set the stage to set the sold-out crowd at The Hollywood Palladium on fire. The band came out swinging with “Raven’s Flight”, “Death In Fire”, and “Deceiver of the Gods”. I was ecstatic to not only see them play Raven’s Flight, but to be in the photo pit while they played it. The band’s vocalist Johan Hegg knows how to command a stage with force and power. With lyrical content covering topics of gladiator and viking battles, Johan’s deep vocals and stage presence helps guide the performance through. Guitarists Olavi Mikkonen and Johan Söderberg shredded to their hearts content, with melodic melodies and dueling guitar solos. Drummer Jocke Wallgren held down the fort in the back with his booming fast drums with changing time signatures that guided the songs to perfection. Bassist Ted Lundström finishes out the band’s lineup with his’ deeply routed bass tones that also show the band’s technical abilities. The band was extremely fun to watch, and even included a blow up giant that Johan Hegg had to slay when the band closed out their set with “Twilight of the Thunder God”. They played a total of 12-songs, ranging from six of their 11 albums, most of which were released via Metal Blade Records. After a couple of years of listening to them and playing “Twilight of the Thunder God” on Rock Band 4, I am truly happy I was given the opportunity to finally see these melodic death metal greats.

SETLIST

  1. Raven’s Flight
  2. Death In Fire
  3. Deceiver of the Gods
  4. First Kill
  5. Fafner’s Gold
  6. Crack The Sky
  7. The Way of Vikings
  8. Shield’s Wall
  9. Guardians Of Asgaard
  10. Raise Your Horns

ENCORE

11. The Pursuit of Vikings

12. Twilight of the Thunder God

The Berserker North American Tour was an absolute blast. Grand Magus opened the show with melodies and entertainment. At The Gates demolished the stage next and proved why they are so highly regarded. Arch Enemy came on next as direct support and proved just why they are one of my all-time favorite bands. Then finally, Amon Amarth came on and set the venue on fire. It was an incredible show!

Amon Amarth | Arch Enemy | At The Gates | Grand Magus

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Allegaeon w/ Inferi and Paladin | Apoptosis Tour Part II | Photos + Review

Allegaeon Brings The Second Leg Of The Apoptosis Tour To LA

Venue: The Hi Hat on 10/22/19

When I saw Allegaeon was finally coming back through Los Angeles, I was beyond ecstatic. I’ve seen them twice before, both times in 2018, and they blew me away both times I saw them. Allegaeon is the perfect blend between progressive metal, melodic death metal, and technical death metal, which is blended perfectly. Along with them on this leg came melodic technical death metal band Inferi, as well as speed thrash metal band Paladin, making for a tour filled with tons of talent and a mixture of metal genres that blended so well.

Up first was Paladin from Atlanta, GA. I last photographed vocalist and guitarist Taylor Washington in 2018 when he toured with Arsis as their touring guitarist. While Arsis is melodic death metal, Paladin is a mixture of speed metal and thrash metal, which was honestly an interesting and cool way to start off this tour. The band played a six-song set from their debut album “Ascension”, which was released in 2019 via Prosthetic Records. As the band pointed out during the set, a few of their songs are based around video games, which was very exciting to me. They stood out on this tour on a positive note, with melodies and shredding guitar parts, in line with bands like DragonForce, Exmortus, etc. The rest of the four-piece consists of guitarist Alex Parra, bassist Andy McGraw, and drummer Nathan McKinney. I was thoroughly impressed with their set and cannot wait to see them again next time they come out here!

SETLIST

  1. Awakening
  2. Divine Providence
  3. Call of the Night
  4. Black Omen
  5. Shoot for the Sun
  6. Carpe Diem

Next to the stage was Inferi from Nashville, Tennessee. This was my second time seeing this band this year, with the first time being in May when they toured as direct support for Archspire on the Tech Trek IV Tour with Virvum and Wormhole. Inferi is the perfect mix between melodic death metal and technical death metal, which helps them fit with many bands in the death metal genres. The band played a five-song set, which showcased songs from each of their albums, two of which came from their 2019 release “The End of an Era”, two from their 2018 release “Revenant”, and one their 2014 release “The Path of Apotheosis, which were each released via The Artisan Era. Vocalist Steven Boiser crushed it on that stage, with his distinct vocal stylings that drive the band’s performance. Bassist Andrew Kim throws it down with rhythmic bass lines and wild headbangs. Guitarists Malcolm Pugh and Mike Low shredded the stage with dueling guitar solos and technical rhythmic patterns. Holding down the fort on the drums is Spencer Moore, who beats the hell out of those drums with insane precision. I was once again blown away by Inferi’s set and cannot wait to see them again next time they’re in the area!

SETLIST

  1. Behold the Bearer of Light
  2. Thy Menacing Gaze
  3. The Promethean Kings
  4. Quest for the Trinity
  5. Cursed Unholy

Finally up came Allegaeon from Denver, Colorado. For the second leg of their headlining tour in support of their newest release “Apoptosis”, which was released in 2019 via Metal Blade Records, the band brought with them a programmed light show and a lengthy headlining set that would blow away long time fans of the band and newer fans combined. As I said before, this was my second time seeing this five-piece, with the last two sets being in 2018. Seeing them a little over a year after they opened on the Summer Slaughter Tour, the band was stronger than ever. Their sound mixes together progressive metal, melodic death metal, and technical death metal, giving them a style and sound that can fit perfectly with many bands and tour lineups throughout the metal genre as a whole. The band played a 12-song set, showcasing songs from each of their releases, with five of the twelve songs coming from “Apoptosis”. Vocalist Riley McShane really showcased his vocal abilities on this new album and live, with both his’ clean vocals and wide array of screaming styles. Guitarists Greg Burgess and Michael Stancel performed dueling guitar solos and melodies that meshed and blended oh so well. Bassist Brandon Michael is always the hype man of Allegaon shows, as he is filled with energy that radiates from his’ stage presence and intricate bass lines. Closing out the band’s lineup is drummer Brandon Park, who’s complex drum parts are truly the core of the band’s sound and drive each song to perfection. I was thoroughly impressed with the band’s performance and am so proud to have seen just how much they’ve grown in just over a year.

SETLIST

  1. Parthenogenesis
  2. Interphase // Meiosis
  3. Threshold of Perception
  4. Behold (God I Am)
  5. Of Mind and Matrix
  6. Dyson Sphere
  7. Metaphobia
  8. Gray Matter Mechanics – Apassionata Ex Machinea
  9. The God Particle
  10. Stellar Tidal Disruption
  11. Apoptosis

ENCORE

  1. 618

The Apoptosis Part II Tour was filled with bands of a mixture of metal genres that blended together to perfection. I’m truthfully blown away by Allegaeon’s growth over the last year, and am so proud and happy for them! Definitely check them out when they come to a city near you, and give some love to Inferi and Paladin as well who set the stage and put on epic performances on this night. Overall, I am thrilled I was able to attend this show, as it was a spectacle from start to end!

Allegaeon | Inferi | Paladin

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Black Label Society w/ The Black Dahlia Murder and Alien Weaponry | Fall North American Tour 2019 | Photos + Review

Black Label Society Starts Their North American Tour in Ventura

Venue: The Majestic Ventura Theater on 9/11/19

With 10 studio albums and millions of fans, it was a pleasant surprise to see Los Angeles founded band Black Label Society to choose The Majestic Ventura Theater to not only be the sole California date for their North American Tour, but they scheduled it to be the very first date of the tour. Many fans lined the street waiting for doors for this nearly sold out show to open. Along with them as support was The Black Dahlia Murder and Alien Weaponry. With all three bands bringing different styles of metal to the stage, this show was amazing from start to finish.

The first band up was Alien Weaponry from Waipu, New Zealand. I did not know what to think of Alien Weaponry prior to the show, as I had not heard them before. But man did they start the show off on a high mark. This three-piece band mixes together thrash metal and groove metal, bringing the perfect blend of melody and chaos. The band consists of brothers Lewis de Jong and Henry de Jong, with Lewis on vocals and guitar and Henry on drums, as well as touring bassist Bobby Oblak. The band played a five-song set, four of which came from their 2018 release “Tu”, which was released via Napalm Records, and their 2019 single Ahi Ka. I was blown away by the amount of energy this three-piece had, headbanging and shredding like crazy. Definitely make sure to get there early to see these guys!

SETLIST

  1. Holding My Breath
  2. Ahi Ka
  3. Kai Tangata
  4. Raupatu
  5. Ru Ana Te Whenua

Next band to obliterate the stage came The Black Dahlia Murder from Waterford, Michigan. In all honesty, The Black Dahlia Murder is the main reason I went to the show and wanted to photograph. Their genre bending music that blends together melodic death metal with elements from metalcore and death metal is perfection. This was my third time seeing these guys and they always deliver. They opened with “Widowmaker” and “Jars”, two of the most popular songs from the band’s 2017 album “Nightbringers”, which they released via Metal Blade Records. I personally always love when they play “What A Horrible Night To Have A Curse” from their 2007 album “Nocturnal”, as that was the song that got me into them when I found it on the Rock Band Downloadable Store back in the day. This band truly slays on stage and truly gets the crowd going wild from the moment the first note hits. This five-piece consists of vocalist Trevor Strnad, rhythm guitarist Brian Eschbach, bassist Max Lavelle, drummer Alan Cassidy, and lead guitarist Brandon Ellis. From a photographer’s stand point, this band is truly fun to photograph, as they are constantly moving and have such a vibrant stage presence. Their lighting they brought added to the experience as both a concert goer and a photographer. I thoroughly enjoy seeing The Black Dahlia Murder every time I get the chance and definitely recommend checking them out when they hit a city near you!

SETLIST

  1. Widowmaker
  2. Jars
  3. Contagion
  4. What A Horrible Night To Have A Curse
  5. Statutory Ape
  6. Nightbringers
  7. As Good As Dead
  8. Kings of the Nightworld
  9. Everything Went Black

Finally, Los Angeles natives Black Label Society hit the stage. I will say, I was surprised the band took over an hour after The Black Dahlia Murder got off stage to finally set up, but when they did, the venue lit up like a firework. With bright lights and a wall of speakers behind them, Black Label Society tore the roof off the building. This four-piece has legendary heavy metal guitarist Zakk Wylde, who used to be the guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, as their front man doing lead vocals and lead guitar. The rest of the band consists of bassist John DeServio, rhythm guitarist Dario Lorina, and drummer Jeff Fab. The band played a whopping seventeen-song set, playing songs from seven of their ten albums: five songs from 1999’s “Sonic Brew”, three from 2018’s “Grimmest Hits”, three songs from 2003’s “The Blessed Hellride”, one song from 2001’s “1919 Eternal”, 2014’s “Catacombs of the Black Vatican”, and one song from 2006’s “Shot To Hell”. The band showcased a wide variety in styles throughout the songs, blending together heavy metal, groove metal, and good ole fashioned biker metal. They were truly a blast to see and I’m glad I finally got to photograph the legendary Zakk Wylde.

SETLIST

  1. Genocide Junkies
  2. Funeral Bell
  3. The Beginning… At Last
  4. The Rose Petalled Garden
  5. Heart of Darkness
  6. Suicide Messiah
  7. Trampled Down Below
  8. Seasons of Falter
  9. Peddlers of Death
  10. Spoke In The Wheel
  11. In This River
  12. The Blessed Hellride
  13. Bored To Tears
  14. A Love Unreal
  15. Fire It Up
  16. Concrete Jungle
  17. Stillborne

Black Label Society’s North American Tour meshed together 3 different styles of metal, which made for an entertaining show. Alien Weaponry was a stellar opener, The Black Dahlia Murder obliterated the stage as the direct support, and Black Label Society took it home. I will say that The Black Dahlia Murder truly stole the show with their phenomenal performance, but the whole show as a whole was incredibly entertaining and a thrill to experience!

Black Label Society | The Black Dahlia Murder | Alien Weaponry

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Avatar w/ Devin Townsend, Dance With The Dead, and ’68 | Avatar Country World Tour | Photos + Review

Avatar Brings the Avatar Country through The Mayan

Venue: The Mayan on 6/13/19

When I discovered Avatar a few years ago, I was blown away not just by their amazing music but by how they captivate a stage. Whether they are the opening act or the headliner, Avatar is one of those bands that keeps you entertained from the start of their set to the end. With the second North American leg of their Avatar Country tour, they brought along with them Devin Townsend, Dance With The Dead, and ’68. With such a diverse lineup, this show was a spectacle.

The first band up was ’68 from Atlanta, GA. 68 has an undeniable stage presence. They are so unique in every song they perform, with a sound that I can only describe as noise metal. This two piece consists of guitarist and vocalist Josh Scogin and drummer Nikko Yamada. I last saw this dynamic duo when they opened for The Devil Wears Prada and Fit For A King in December and was extremely excited to see them again. The band played a 6-song set, consisting of songs from both of their albums. They surely did not disappoint and blew my expectations out of the water this time around. I was blown away by their sound and great stage presence and I cannot wait to see them again!

SETLIST

  1. Whether Terrified or Unafraid
  2. This Life Is Old, New, Borrowed and Blue
  3. Eventually We All Win
  4. Track 3 g
  5. Life Has Its Design
  6. Track 8 o

Next up to the stage came Dance With The Dead from Los Angeles, CA. Dance With The Dead is the perfect blend between electronic dance music (EDM) and gothic metal. With an eerie large skull on the stage, the duo of Tony Kim and Justin Pointer came out on stage and started their 6-song set by both playing their guitars. They played a variety of styles and songs, including a Master of Puppets cover. While not having vocal accompaniment in their set, they truly slayed. They did stick out from the rest of the acts in terms of sound, but they still slayed the stage and I was living!

SETLIST

  1. Go!
  2. Andromeda
  3. Salem
  4. Master of Puppets
  5. War
  6. Get Out

Devin Townsend from Vancouver, Canada was up next to the stage. Devin has had a triumphant career, creating around 30 albums. For his’ performance, Devin decided to do an acoustic set, which was honestly breathtaking. He has a truly amazing voice and plays guitar beautifully. I was living my best life while watching his’ set, especially when he started playing a snip bit of the shark song. Another moment that was amazing to see was my good friend Hannah Ribble, also known as Hannah Rebel (vocalist of Disrupted Euphoria) having Devin Townsend dedicate a song to her and tell the whole crowd that she has to pee. Townsend graced the stage with amazing music and funny jokes in between the songs, which was a standout set for the night.

SETLIST

  1. Let It Roll
  2. Deadhead
  3. Ih-Ah!
  4. Love?
  5. Why?
  6. Solar Winds
  7. Life

The all mighty Avatar came up next from Goteborg, Sweden. Commonly referred to as “Circus Metal”, Avatar is a perfect mix of hard rock, metalcore, and melodic death metal. Throughout their set, they told the story of the Avatar Country, while performing a bunch of other songs from other albums like “Hail The Apocalypse”, “Feathers & Flesh”, and “The Black Waltz”, totaling to a total of 17-songs. Through costume changes, to immense amounts of lighting and scenery, to shooting out bubbles as a part of their encore, Avatar’s set was a spectacle. The five-piece consists of vocalist Johannes Michael Gustaf Eckerstrom, drummer John Alfredsson, guitarists Kungen Jarlsby and Tim Ohrstrom, and bassist Henrik Sandelin. Avatar is an absolutely amazing band and performed a breathtaking performance, filled with spectacles and brilliance.

SETLIST

  1. A Statue of the King
  2. Legend of the King
  3. Paint Me Red
  4. King’s Harvest
  5. Bloody Angel
  6. The Eagle Has Landed
  7. Ready for the Ride
  8. Get In Line
  9. Tower
  10. Puppet Show
  11. Let It Burn
  12. King After King
  13. For The Swarm
  14. Smells Like A Freak Show
  15. Torn Apart

ENCORE

  1. The King Welcomes You To Avatar Country
  2. Hail The Apocalypse