Unsurprisingly, the setlist is focussed on tracks from their latest release, but also features a few tracks from each of their two earlier albums. Mid way through the set, Worsnop asks us if we want to hear some really old shit, before they play a few bars of the unmistakeable Pantera classic ‘Walk’ and a few seconds of ‘One Step Closer’ from Linkin Park, followed by ‘A Prophesy’ from their own debut album Stand Up and Scream.
Once Kory Clarke and his band entered the stage to blast out tunes from his newest record “Payback’s A Bitch”, the crowd’s response was one of excitement with people throwing their hands in the air following Kory’s lead, dancing along and hanging onto his lips to sing along with him. During one song I even caught two guys in the audience cheering along and throwing big smiles at each other, clearly having a blast.
Halloween night in Belfast the ghosts and ghouls filed through the door into a hot sweaty venue for Saint Vitus’s scheduled 6.55pm start. Anticipation was high as not only was this Vitus’s debut performance in the city; it was also the legendary Wino’s first appearance
The set overall has the harmonised, silky smooth feel to it where the keyboards will get as much if not more airtime than the guitarists do. At one point, poor Calle Hammar is asked to turn down his guitar in the monitor so that the keyboards could come forward a bit more. Looking slightly crestfallen he comments “but I was having such a blast…” before getting the sound desk to comply. I suppose that point is the difference between the current batch of Swedish bands out there and Houston
First on were The Trews with a modern sound that at times reminded of U2, Placebo and Bruce Springsteen. Basically something that could easily be played on the radio and would be nice to listen to. A bad thing
Well I overcame my personal prejudice of the genre and now know that Country music means a mighty different thing to what it does here in N.Ireland..Blackberry Smoke rode into Dublin,took no prisoners and far from merely smokin were actually on fire.Great nights entertainment with the N.ireland support also playing their part.Would recommend people check them out next time they ride into your town. You will not be disappointed!
the crew prepare the stage for the final act of the night. As if the smell of incense was not intense enough already, dozens of fresh sticks are ignited around the stage and limp fox pelts are hung from the drum stand, flanked by bunches of equally limp lilies. Thankfully, the imminent approach of the Swedes prompts the denim army to regroup at the front, and the anticipation quickly escalates.
Halford took command of the stage and worked the crowd from side-to-side along like I have never seen before. He dazzled us with his stellar belted screams as well as his elaborate wardrobe changes on every song, from spiked and studded black leather jackets, to denim jackets to every piece of metallic metal wear possible.
Overall a great night of terrific vocals, a great mix of styles, and two bands that feature great female vocals and vocalists period. Elize Ryd of Amaranthe is someone who you will hear from more and more in the future, and Sharon Den Adel has only solidified herself among the best female fronted metal vocalists today. Go out and see them live, entertainment at face value hits the States.