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Old 02-05-2013, 03:32 PM
InFlamesOfBirchmen InFlamesOfBirchmen is offline
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Location: Atlanta, GA
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In Flames -- Athens, GA -- February 4th, 2013

Let me start off by saying that this was easily one of the best shows I've seen any band put on. Originally I was a bit concerned about the venue size, but as soon as the show started, all qualms were put to rest. In fact, the small size worked to my advantage, as this meant that there were no barricades, allowing me to literally lean on the stage throughout the night.

The first band of the night was Battlecross. It's hard to describe their style, but they're quite good, and they didn't seem to mind that they were only playing for about 30 people (more people trickled in later). Unfortunately, I'm not terribly familiar with them, so I don't have a setlist.

Next up was All Shall Perish. I'm not usually a fan of deathcore, but these guys have a great energy about them. When I saw them at Mayhem Fest a few years ago I just kind of shrugged them off, but seeing them up close and personal made for a better show. I don't know their music, but I do know they played My Retaliation and closed with Wage Slaves

The last of the openers was Demon Hunter. To be quite honest, I'm not sure why these guys are on the tour, but it definitely seemed like they had their audience. Most of their set was from the last two albums, but they closed with Storm the Gates of Hell

Finally came In Flames. Before they even played the first note, people went crazy. Anders stopped in front of me and shook my hand before picking up his mic, and the band launched into Sounds of a Playground Fading. The next 90 minutes were an absolute blast. After a song or two, some drunk guy kept yelling for Trigger, and Anders kept telling him, "Not tonight, sorry friend!" Eventually they gave in, and played the best live version of Trigger I've heard to date. The entire band was all smiles the entire night, and you could tell they were really enjoying the crowd. Anders had some great banter with the audience, criticizing their choices of beer, taking a sip of some dude's Guinness, joking about how they let their songs "age until perfection" so they can break them out again, and talking about how the venue reminded them of shows they used to play back in Gothenburg back in the 90s for small rowdy crowds. Speaking of which, I've never seen so many people crowdsurf at a show! I'd say a good 3-4 people per song would jump up on stage, high five a band member, and jump into the crowd. Security clearly frowned upon it and yanked the first guy off stage, but eventually they seemed to realize it was a loosing battle and gave in. The only downside is that a few drunken idiots seem to have broken one of the lights at the front of the stage. The best part of the night came after In Flame's set ended. I typically stick around to let traffic wane out a bit, so my friend and I hung around the stage for a few minutes while the crew began to deconstruct the set. On a whim and not expecting the dude to say yes, I asked a roadie if I could get the night's setlist. Sure enough, he said yes, ripped it off the stage and handed it to me! If I could figure out how to upload pictures I would, but in the meantime, I'll just write out the set. I'm bummed that they didn't play Colony, but I'm extremely happy with this set overall:

Sounds of a Playground Fading
Where the Dead Ships Dwell
Pinball Map
Reroute to Remain
Embody the Invisible
Cloud Connected
The Hive
Fear is the Weakness
Darker Times
All for me
Mirror's Truth
Deliver Us
Take This Life
My Sweet Shadow

TL;DR - Great show, great venue, shook hands with Anders multiple times, the band was extremely happy to be there, I managed to get a setlist
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