When I got into the venue, I was first shocked by the huge quantity of people that were already there: the 2300 capacity venue was almost already full (the concert was sold out), which is pretty rare these days. It seems like In Flames is not losing, but gaining popularity. Also, I know a fairly high percentage of the audience was there to see Trivium, thus the presence of many douchebags.
I had never heard of the first band, Kyng, before this tour was announced. I listened to their album and I didn’t like it that much: I thought it was too polished and poppy to be a good stoner rock album. However, as I expected, their songs were a lot more enjoyable in a live context. It was heavy, but again it felt too clean for me. No one seemed to know them, but they still got a decent crowd reaction.
The show really got started when Veil of Maya took the stage. As soon as the first riff to "[id]" kicked in, the whole floor just exploded and chaos ensued. At least half of the venue was transformed into a gigantic pit. For “We Bow in Its Aura” there was a huge circle pit and at some point there was also a wall of death. This was my fourth time seeing them and it was probably their best and the best crowd reaction I have seen for them (they were really astounded by it). The guitarist’s precise use of loop pedals to play two different layers of guitar at the same time always impresses me. For the new song, “Punisher”, I got out of the pit to listen to the song, and frankly, I didn’t like it that much. It had too much groove parts and not enough riffs; in my opinion, the other new one that they put online for streaming, “Vicious Circles” was way better. Anyway, I still have high expectations for the new record.
After about 30-40 minutes of intense moshing, I wanted to take a step back and save some energy for In Flames, so during Trivium’s set I went upstairs and just watched them play. Their performance was ok, but it was not outstanding. They played many songs from In Waves
, which I don’t like that much, so although Matt Heafy is a good frontman, I started to get a little bored until they pulled out “Like Light to the Flies”. It was one of my favourite songs when I was a young teenager and it brought back memories. The two songs from Shogun
and the “Peace Sells” teasers were also fun.
When they finished playing, I quickly went back to the floor part and managed to get myself a place near the stage. Because Sounds of a Playground Fading
isn’t one of my favourite In Flames albums, because of the lack of older songs in the set and because of the high ticket price (37$), I had hesitated a long time before buying my ticket to this show, but In Flames is the band that introduced me to metal so I have a kind of debt to them. In the end, I had a blast therefore I don’t regret going. The first three songs were fun, but things really started to get serious with “Trigger”. Everybody was screaming their lungs out to the lyrics and was moshing like if it was a matter of life and death. There was also a lot of crowd surfing; during “Fear Is the Weakness” it became ridiculous. It started to be really annoying at that point: it sucks when you can’t appreciate the show without getting hit on the head.
I was really glad and surprised when they played “Only for the Weak”, because they hadn’t played it on the other dates. The jumping thing they always do for that song was fun, but afterwards it pissed me out that they cut out the song I was looking for to hear the most, “Swim”, to play it. Still, it was one of the highlights of the set. Another one for me was “Ropes”, because it’s one of my favourite songs from the new album (that melody’s so damn catchy
). Those who have already experienced an In Flames show know that Anders is one of the best frontmen ever. His speeches between songs are hilarious. For example, near the end of the set, some guy showed him his In Flames tattoo he had on his chest and Anders said something like “Ugh... don’t show me that! I’ve been seeing so many man boobs on this tour!”
Anyway, everyone seemed to be having an incredible time, including the band, who were really impressed by the devoted crowd.
I'll probably see them again on the next tour, hoping they pull out tunes from The Jester Race
(apart from "The Hive") and Colony
Pushing & Pulling
I Don't Believe
Trails in Veins
Veil of Maya
We Bow in It's Aura
It's Not Safe to Swim Today
Capsizing The Sea (intro)
Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr
Forsake Not the Dream
Built to Fall
Like Light to the Flies
Peace Sells (teaser)
Caustic Are the Ties That Bind
Down From the Sky
Throes of Perdition
Sounds of a Playground Fading
All for Me
Only for the Weak
The Quiet Place
Where the Dead Ships Dwell
Fear Is the Weakness
Delight and Angers
The Mirror's Truth
Take This Life