With the unfortunate news that Epica had to drop off the tour, Martina Edoff, The Agonist and Eluveitie continued to trek forward. Compensating for the loss of a headliner, Eluveitie stepped up and delivered nearly 2 hours of music, more than pleasing all their fans.
Driving up to San Francisco we encountered a traffic jam from hell (thanks highway 101) that made us miss the entire set of Martina Edoff. Luckily we arrived just in time as The Agonist was taking the stage.
Ever since this tour was announced, I had an alert set in my calendar…. Almost 6 months in advance. The venue for this event is far from ideal for shows, but it has a certain ‘cozy’ vibe that other venues lack. Located in San Francisco, The Parkside has some shows here and there, but due to its small capacity we wanted to get tickets as soon as possible.
Even with tons of shows coming to town each month, we have been super excited about the Nightwish tour since it was announced months ago. Along with Delain and Sabaton this is probably one of the most expected shows of 2014 and the crowd response was indicative of that. With the entirety of the floor tickets sold out even when there was another solid show across town, people gathered en-masse to show their support for these exciting bands.
Featuring a very unique and crushing tour package “Chaos Raids 2015” is one hell of a tour for Black Metal and Brutal/Technical Death Metal fans. As the tour pillaged through North America, we were eager to see them pass by San Francisco and play at the DNA Lounge.
Opening the set we have locals Serpent Crown and their solid female-fronted Thrash/Sludge Metal. The band played for almost 30 minutes instantly pleasing the crowd with their catchy songs.
Finally the day came for this highly anticipated show that soldout the first week the tickets went on sale. We are huge fans of Jess and the Ancient Ones and were lucky enough to see them live at Roadburn 2013, so we instantly jumped on the opportunity to see them live again and so close to home. After driving through the Bay Area traffic for almost 80 minutes for 30 miles, we arrived at the huge line in from of the Warfield.
After attending two shows already this weekend, we are psyched about this last one on Sunday featuring three bands that we really enjoy. Coming back to the Regency ballroom, we made sure we arrived early enough to not have to lineup all the way around the block!
With the upstairs section closed meaning the show was not sold-out, at the end of the day, the trio of bands pulled around 400 people or so to this Sunday show.
As part of their ‘big markets’ tour, Within Temptation and Amaranthe played San Francisco’s the Regency ballroom. Being huge fans of Within Temptation back in the day, we wanted the opportunity to see them again after 10 years or so. Watching Amaranthe live has been a curiosity of us for quite a while now and we missed them on their last tour, so this was a great opportunity to catch them both.
Hitting smaller markets this time around, Amon Amarth, Sabaton and Skeletonwitch team up for one hell of a lineup that combines some contrasting styles in a very solid package. Ditching work early, we made our way to Santa Cruz with enough time to spare in order to hydrate for the show. The sign outside the venue promised a very interesting lineup: Amon Amarth / Aaron Carter in the Atrium. Luckily for us, the Metal show had the bigger stage and all the grown up teeny bopers had a tiny section of the venue for their show.