Review and pictures by Lee Allen
Opening an arena show is a thankless task, and tonight In Flames took to the stage to a slowly filling room. Front man Anders does his best to rally the troops, but it all feels a tad weak and pointless. The songs fail to fill the empty space and when they did venture off their tiny bit of stage down the ramp splitting the crowd, no one put the lights on so we couldn’t see them. Poor In Flames.
Let’s be honest: this feels more like a double headline show rather than a main band and support slot, and Disturbed take to the stage like they own it. Disturbed didn’t just bring some pyro – they brought ALL the pyro to the party, and every song was met with a wall of flame.
It’s very easy to laugh at David Draiman and his band of nu metal warriors but credit where credit’s due – they put on a fine performance. However after a while the songs sounded a tad samey and the causal fan was just waiting for “Down With the Sickness” (and that frankly woeful vomit inducing cover of “Sound of Silence”) but they delivered. My guess is they will be back by the end of the year in an arena near you with more fire than the local crem!
And so to tonight’s headliners: Avenged Sevenfold. Since 1999 they have slowly watered their early metalcore sound into a radio friendly hard rock vibe, and shifted albums and tickets by the bucket-full. Tonight was no exception with a full to bursting Genting Arena going gaga for the Californian 5 piece.
Whilst being super slick and having a stage set up that wouldn’t be amiss at Disney World, the band left me feeling cold. There is no denying they have the songs, but the performance feels very much just that: a performance. The whole night felt choreographed and lacked any real passion. The band looked like they have been styled for an article on how to dress metal (M. Shadows is wearing Yeezy trainers!!!) and it felt a bit false for me.
Ultimately this show was not for me, and I actually feel bad for hating on a show that clearly meant a lot to others – but hell, that’s the point of a review I guess. Fair play to a band that can fill multiple arenas on one UK run – but after tonight’s plastic performance I’m out.
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