As one of the most expected tours in the area this spring, Kamelot finally made their way through the USA to visit their fans in the South. With very special guests Delain and Battle Beast, this tour managed to attract fans of Progressive/Power Metal and Symphonic Metal together. Center Stage is definitely one of the best venues in Atlanta as it perfectly accommodates a great deal of music lovers, and having great sound does not hurt either.
Touring on support of their 2016’s release “Pocho Aztlan”, Brujeria finally made it to San Francisco with the company of Powerflo and Piñata Protest. On a Monday night, usually shows are not very full, but this one was the exception as a fully packed Slim’s was bracing to receive the unparalleled energy that Brujeria brings to the table.
As most tours hitting either San Francisco or Oakland, we were quite excited when we saw that Orphaned Land was coming through town as part of their short tour after their ProgPower USA appearance. The tour package was rounded up by Sweden’s Pain and their excellent Industrial/Electronic Metal/Rock music, and the mysterious Voodoo KungFu with their very unique and rare sound. After braving the craptastic Bay Area traffic, we managed to make it to the venue in less than an hour and just in time for Voodoo KungFu to take the stage.
What better way to close this summer filled with festival for Infernal Masquerade than to make our way back to Bergen, Norway and attend this relatively ‘young’ festival. Boasting an impressive line-up with bands like Cult of Fire, Mgla, Vemod and The Ruins of Beverast among others, and headliners like Master’s Hammer, The True Mayhem and Enslaved, and a venue as impressive as USF Verftet, this small festival promised to deliver and action-packed weekend.
With Amorphis finally returning to tour the US, there was no way we would miss going to this killer show. Braving the pouring rain and crappy Bay Area traffic, we managed to make our way up to Slim’s to be in time for the openers: Swallow the Sun.
Hailing from Finland, Swallow the Sun delivered a killer set with their moody Death/Doom / Melodic Death Metal sound. As the only opener, the band had around 45 minutes to deliver their highly melancholic music.
Braving once more the Bay Area traffic after work, today we made it up to the city to catch this very interesting tour featuring very technically proficient bands from different genres. Unluckily for us, the show started super early and thanks to the two and a half hours that traffic made our commute take, we managed to miss ONI and half the set of Exmortus. Only catching a few songs from Exmortus, we still enjoyed a few tracks of their intense Technical Thrash/Melodic Death Metal.
After braving the terrible Bay Area traffic on a Friday, we managed to make it all the way to the city and found a huge line outside Slim’s. With the promise of a quality show, fans crowded the venue to support the bands. Most people had Sonata Arctica t-shirts followed closely by fans of Omnium Gatherum and Leaves’ Eyes.
Kicking off the post-summer touring cycle in the North America, this week we had a killer tour package with Technical Deathcore Northern California outfit Fallujah, Progressive Metal/Rock outfit Between the Buried and Me (BTBAM) and the legendary Devin Townsend. Having seen BTBAM back in December 2015, we are psyched to hear them play their epic “Coma Ecliptic” album in its entirety during this show. Fallujah delivered a very impressive album this 2016, and we are quite psyched to see if their complex sound translates live.
After a fantastic first day, we were pretty excited for the excellent lineup in the closing day. After hitting up the local ReWe for some adult beverages and some food, we made our way to the bat cave again for more music.
Having missed attending this very unique festival in 2015, there was no way we will not attend this year with the very impressive lineup. While Balve is a very unique location, it is also a bit of a pain to get there. There is definitely train service, but it is not as frequent as one would expect. This made the decision of renting a car to be able to make our flight back to the states in time on Sunday a no brainer. Another drawback of the remote location is that there are very few housing options, making it a race to book the few hotels or camp.