Live Report and Photos by: Zenae Zukowski
After the release of The Shadow Theory via Napalm Records, Kamelot has returned for a North American trek to celebrate the album’s arrival. The American/European power metal outfit invited Dutch symphonic metal giants Delain and Finnish heavy/power metal fiends Battle Beast as their special guests. It’s been three years since Kamelot performed in NYC, and a lot has changed since 2015 as they have expanded to sell out Irving Plaza on April 20th, 2018.
Typically, there are less attendees for the opening act. However, with Battle Beast kicking off the night, the line was wrapped around the corner with devoted fans eager to get inside. Due to the doors opening later than scheduled, it was a close call for the concertgoers to make it for Battle Beast’s performance. It was just a year ago when the group had their first-ever North American run with Sabaton and Leaves’ Eyes, and this time around, it was evident that their American fan base has grown. The venue was packed from the get-go as many were there to see these Finnish metallers once again deliver a bombastic show.
Vocalist Noora Louhimo blew the audience away with her powerful vocals as the rest of the group held a musical endurance of their own as they performed songs from their latest effort Bringer of Pain. The set included “Straight to the Heart,” “Bringer of Pain,” “Familiar Hell,” “Black Ninja,” “Lost In Wars,” “Bastard Son of Odin,” “King for a Day” and “Beyond the Burning Skies.”
Next up was Delain as they kept the adrenaline running in the jam-packed house by promoting 2016’s Moonbathers via Napalm Records. Charlotte Wessels executed her vocals while showcasing a genuine chemistry between her band members including newest member rhythm guitarist Merel Bechtold. Additionally, it was clear that the audience was there for all three bands as there were several members wearing Delain shirts throughout the house. Songs included “Hands of Gold,” “Suckerpunch,” “The Glory and the Scum,” “The Hurricane,” “Danse Macabre,” “Fire with Fire,” Not Enough,” “Mother Machine,” “Don’t Let Go,” “We Are The Others,” and “The Monarch.”
Finally, it was time for Kamelot to give an enduring performance. Regardless of the lineup changes, the group have always delivered a one-of-a-kind experience. Whether it’s bringing on a musical guest, watching founding member Thomas Youngblood on guitar, or enjoying and accepting Tommy Karevik on vocals, they always keep us entertained. On this evening, they had Once Human’s Lauren Hart on stage with them.
However, there was much more to see which included Oliver Palotai’s keyboard and headbanging synchronization with bassist Sean Tibbetts circling movements. Additionally, while fans were curious to see how newest drummer Johan Nunez would be behind the kit, Cyhra’s Alex Landenburg had to fill in for the tour. Hopefully, we will get to see Nunez next time. While Hart dove into a handful of songs, Delain’s Wessels joined on stage for “Sacrimony.” The set included songs “Phantom Divine (Shadow Empire),” “Rule the World,” “Insomnia,” “The Great Pandemonium,” “When the Lights are Down,” “End of Innocence,” “Veil of Elysium,” “Here’s to the Fall,” “RavenLight,” “March of Mephisto,” “Amnesiac,” “Sacrimony (Angel of Afterlife),” “Forever,” “Liar Liar.”
Overall, it was an explosive event between all three exceptional acts giving it their all, which made it a perfect combination for success. It’s only a matter of time until we see all three return to NYC.