What to say about a night like this? What an incredible lineup – Grand Magus started off the evening with a crushing short set that laid the tone for the acts that followed, and it just got better and better.
At The Gates is a band I’ve been a fan of since the early 2000’s, yet this was my first time seeing them live, and they absolutely crushed it. Newer ragers like “To Drink From The Night Itself”, “At War With Reality” and “The Colours Of The Beast” – Mixed with Classics such as “Cold”, “Slaughter Of The Soul” and “Blinded By Fear”, it was a set I’ll personally never forget!
Up next was Arch Enemy, who I’ve seen a few time now, and they just absolutely unleash every single time. Alyssa’s vocals, the crushing dual-guitar attack of Michael Amott and Jeff Loomis, rounded out by the unstoppable rhythm section of Sharlee D’Angelo and Daniel Erlandsson made for a monstrous 8-song set.
And on to the headliner – the mighty Amon Amarth! Viking-fueled Death metal at it’s finest, these guys put on an incredible stage show including a 7-foot tall viking helmet drum riser,
swordfights, and ancient monsters. Vocalist Johan Hegg kept the crowd pumped up and singing along to newer songs such as “Shield Wall”, and “Crack The Sky”. Towards the end of their nearly 80-minute set, they plundered through classics such as “Guardians of Asgaard”, had the crowd literally sitting and rowing to “The Pursuit of Vikings”, and finished the night with a crushing rendition of “Twilight Of The Thundergod”.
An incredible lineup of insane, top-notch performances, this is definitely a tour to catch.