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TRIVIUM/In Flames/Ghost, O2 Academy, Glasgow
6 December 2011
The Academy tonight was the venue for the Scottish leg of the Defenders
Of The Faith III tour and it was an enticing package. The bill featured
5 bands in all, but due to work commitments and traffic issues we made
it in just in time for the wild card of the bill, Ghost.
Anyone who has seen the press shots of this band will know that the
image portrayed is that of some weird occultist sect, all religious
regalia and ghostly face paint.
though comes as quite a surprise. I expected a full on death metal
onslaught, but instead we are treated to keyboard heavy melodic rock and
a theatrical vocal delivery.
over the 6 song set were 'Con Clavi Con Dio' and set closer 'Ritual'
which I actually thought was reminiscent of Asia of all things.
observation though is that due to the stage persona and hooded habits
favoured by the guitarists and bass player, there was very little crowd
interaction and the band failed to engage the assembled masses fully.
The band are an interesting package, but this lack may see them remain
as a bit of a novelty act.
Swedish metal merchants put on a brutal display, steamrolling the
audience with a set heavier than Dawn French in a lead overcoat.
Following Ghost though we have a band that are the real deal and then
some, In Flames. The Swedish metal merchants put on a brutal
display, steamrolling the audience with a set heavier than Dawn French
in a lead overcoat.
opening bars of 'Sounds Of The Playground Fading' to the final chords
of 'Take This Life' the band put on a master class in metal. The crowd
which had shown some enthusiasm during Ghost went absolutely mental
during In Flames with head banging and circle pits in abundance.
soon the set came to an end by which time the band had convincingly won
over the entire Academy and to possibly the biggest cheer of the night
they exited stage left, job definitely done.
I do have one gripe though and it is one that is becoming increasingly
annoying, what bright spark thought that putting banks of lights on
stage behind the band, which have enough power to burn out your retinas,
was a good idea? I am starting to get crows feet squinting at stages,
lighting designers please take note. Rant over.
Lastly we have Trivium to round off the night. I have seen
Trivium a couple of times before in support slots, but this is the first
time I have caught them headlining.
recently released their new album 'In Waves' it was fitting that the
band kicked things off with the title track which sparked off yet more
circle pits and head shaking. In all the band aired six tracks from the
new album including scream alongs with 'Dusk Dismantled' and 'Black'.
The vocal sparring of Matt Heafy and Corey Beaulieu, as always, is what
gives the band it's signature sound as ably demonstrated on older
favourites 'Drowned and Torn Asunder' and 'A Gunshot To The Head Of
playing of the two is also first class trading solos during each number
with great dexterity. I do find though that a little Trivium goes a long
way and that there is too little variety in their loud-soft-loud
delivery, but again that was only my personal view and it didn't appear
to be shared with the rest of the crowd .
This proved to be an excellent package with all bands turning in solid
sets, for me though In Flames stole the show.
photos by David Wilson
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