Arch Enemy and Nevermore
Live at the I-Rock Nightclub, Detroit, Michigan USA
Wednesday, January 19, 2000

This lineup is so metal, how could I not attend?! This show was at the I-Rock nightclub, thankfully, so I knew it would be a similar evening to the In Flames show a month ago. There were two opening bands, the first being Cauldron from the Detroit area. Having seen them before, and being rather unimpressed, I decided to try and miss them by arriving late. Well I was late all right, thanks to the snow! All of the roads and expressways were fucked, and there were several accidents along the way. But I slowly made it in one piece, completely missing Cauldron and most of the second opener, which was a death metal band from Houston, Texas, if I remember correctly. Their name was Deep, I think. Arriving during their second-to-last song, I must say these guys shred! They seemed to have some Swedish death element to their music, like At The Gates or Dissection, but they sounded different at the same time. I wish I would have been there for the whole set.

ARCH ENEMY!!!!!!

Soon after their departure, Arch Enemy came storming on stage with a new track off of their latest album "Burning Bridges" (I still don't have the song titles memorized yet, so bear with me). I was in awe, standing right in front of Michael Amott thinking "man, here is the master! The one who contributed to such great bands as Carcass and Spiritual Beggars! Here he is, right in front of me!" Mike had a bit of trouble with his pedal right from the start, but quickly scrapped it, which didn't affect his sound a bit. In fact, the entire band sounded excellent tonight. And I was most curious to see Daniel Erlandsson's performance. Being a huge fan of his now defunct band Eucharist, I have come to admire his drumming very much over the years. And to see him live was just thrilling! Clad in an At The Gates "Gardens of Grief" shirt, the very same shirt I have, his playing was very precise, and he often times threw in some odd cymbal hits to accent the music nicely. But the best track to see him do was "Beast of Man", the leading song off "Stigmata", just for those blast beat sections! This was by far the best song tonight. But then again "Silverwing" rocked my world too. At one point in the show I moved to the other side of the stage to witness Christopher Amott's guitar acrobatics first hand. He is another sight to behold! You can tell this dude is totally metal, from the way he wields the guitar to his slick black leather pants! Vocalist Jon Oliva was on fire, and enjoying it! He reminded me a bit of Lee Dorian of Cathedral, from his facial expressions and arm movements. And as you know, bassist Sharlee D'Angelo is now out of the band. In his place was a new bassist, whose name is unknown to me. But he enjoyed himself very much up there on stage and frequently rocked-out with Mike and Chris. Besides "Silverwing", the band performed "The Immortal", "Dead Inside", and "Angelclaw" off the latest album. And in addition to "Beast of Man", "Tears of the Dead" and "Bridge of Destiny" were done off of "Stigmata". My only disappointment was that no songs off their debut album "Black Earth" were played. But then again, that album is hard to come by, so those songs may have just gone over people's heads. Overall, Arch Enemy totally kicked ass! Thankfully Century Media picked these guys up and got them to tour the U.S.! Now if they'll only get Opeth over here!!

 

In anticipation of Nevermore, I kept my spot right in front of the stage, as Metal Church's first album blared from the speakers inside the club. A great choice, considering that the Church are pure metal, and also considering that both Nevermore and Metal Church are from Seattle. During soundcheck, Nevermore guitarist Tim Calvert quickly grabbed his guitar and fooled around off stage, playing some bluesy rock riffs, and even a very abbreviated intro to Sabbath's "Fairies Wear Boots", which I thought was ironic seeing that I had just gotten in the mail the long lost Flotsam and Jetsam promo CD containing a cover of that very song. Drummer Van Williams adjusted his kit himself, and tested things out by basically soloing, which was very entertaining to watch. I thought it was strange that both bands, and even the second opening band (I think), used the same drum kit, with minor adjustments of course.

Soon the wait was over, and Nevermore commenced with the best opener possible: "Next in Line"! What can I say? This song absolutely crushed the earth! No messing around, just straight into the brutality! Song after song, these guys just obliterated the crowd. Almost the entire "Dreaming Neon Black" album was played, including the slow and dark title track. Tim played so effortlessly, feeding those disharmonic riffs to the crowd like they were peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Being that I was right in front of his amps the whole time, I never could really hear Jeff Loomis' guitar. And it was also hard to hear Warrel Dane's vocals. But from what little I did hear, his voice seemed to be in great shape. And it's an experience to see his facial expressions and gestures put to his voice. This guy is intense! Bassist Jim Sheppard also played with conviction, despite being injured the previous night. His index finger was crushed in the bus door, and he was lucky enough to obtain surgery that night. He played with three fingers on the frets, and it was hard to tell whether or not he was in pain, or just getting into the aggression of the music. And drummer Van Williams just demands attention. Listening to the albums, you would agree that this guy rocks. But wait until you see him live! Then you will really appreciate his ability! I never really realized how truly awesome this guy is until this night. He is extremely fluent with his playing, pulling quick tom rolls, accenting cymbal hits, and crashes out of thin air. And it looks like it is so effortless for him. He kept himself very loose, bobbing his head to and fro and keeping his whole body in motion while playing. He is a very energetic drummer. The show came to a violent close with "The Seven Tongues of God", the only other track off "The Politics of Ecstasy" played tonight. I knew Nevermore would crush live, but I wasn't expecting them to be as good as they actually were! Do yourself a favor and check these guys out! My only disappointment with Nevermore was no "Battle Angels"!!! Damn it! When I heard that Nevermore were playing a couple of Sanctuary songs on their last tour, I was really looking forward to hearing some old songs. But they strictly played new material. In fact, no songs off the debut album nor the "In Memory" EP were played. Regardless, this show was one of the best I've ever seen!


We've got a shitload of KILLER photos from the show. So many were so cool that I couldn't even fit them into the above review, so here they are. Click on the thumbnail to see the picture in it's original size. (All photo credits -  Nathan Robinson and 2000 METAL RULES!!)

ARCH ENEMY PICS

ChrisAmott.jpg (56678 bytes) AE_Chris1.jpg (41192 bytes) AE_Chris2.jpg (48659 bytes) AE_MichaelAmott_ShreddingInYourFACE2.jpg (37491 bytes) 
 AE_ChrisSoloing.jpg (36540 bytes)  AE_MichaelAmott_ShreddingInYourFACE.jpg (38637 bytes) AE_ChrisHAIRFARMER.jpg (67733 bytes) AE_METAL.jpg (53457 bytes)
 AE_MichaelAmott_withNewAEBassist.jpg (55201 bytes) AE_VocalGod1.jpg (36460 bytes) AE_VocalGod2.jpg (36388 bytes)  

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Nevermore_BangYourHead.jpg (57232 bytes) Nevermore_BustedFinger.jpg (53901 bytes)  Nevermore_RockingOut.jpg (55116 bytes) Nevermore_TimCalvert.jpg (31237 bytes)
 Nevermore_TimCalvert2.jpg (29856 bytes) Nevermore_TimCalvert3.jpg (35749 bytes) Nevermore_vocalgod.jpg (22617 bytes) Nevermore_TimCalvert4.jpg (51596 bytes)
 Nevermore_TimCalvert5.jpg (45714 bytes)  Nevermore_vocalgod3.jpg (34589 bytes) Nevermore_vocalgod4.jpg (28467 bytes)


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Metal Rules!!: Heavy Metal Concert Reviews Arch Enemy & Nevermore  

Arch Enemy and Nevermore
Live at the I-Rock Nightclub, Detroit, Michigan USA
Wednesday, January 19, 2000

This lineup is so metal, how could I not attend?! This show was at the I-Rock nightclub, thankfully, so I knew it would be a similar evening to the In Flames show a month ago. There were two opening bands, the first being Cauldron from the Detroit area. Having seen them before, and being rather unimpressed, I decided to try and miss them by arriving late. Well I was late all right, thanks to the snow! All of the roads and expressways were fucked, and there were several accidents along the way. But I slowly made it in one piece, completely missing Cauldron and most of the second opener, which was a death metal band from Houston, Texas, if I remember correctly. Their name was Deep, I think. Arriving during their second-to-last song, I must say these guys shred! They seemed to have some Swedish death element to their music, like At The Gates or Dissection, but they sounded different at the same time. I wish I would have been there for the whole set.

ARCH ENEMY!!!!!!

Soon after their departure, Arch Enemy came storming on stage with a new track off of their latest album "Burning Bridges" (I still don't have the song titles memorized yet, so bear with me). I was in awe, standing right in front of Michael Amott thinking "man, here is the master! The one who contributed to such great bands as Carcass and Spiritual Beggars! Here he is, right in front of me!" Mike had a bit of trouble with his pedal right from the start, but quickly scrapped it, which didn't affect his sound a bit. In fact, the entire band sounded excellent tonight. And I was most curious to see Daniel Erlandsson's performance. Being a huge fan of his now defunct band Eucharist, I have come to admire his drumming very much over the years. And to see him live was just thrilling! Clad in an At The Gates "Gardens of Grief" shirt, the very same shirt I have, his playing was very precise, and he often times threw in some odd cymbal hits to accent the music nicely. But the best track to see him do was "Beast of Man", the leading song off "Stigmata", just for those blast beat sections! This was by far the best song tonight. But then again "Silverwing" rocked my world too. At one point in the show I moved to the other side of the stage to witness Christopher Amott's guitar acrobatics first hand. He is another sight to behold! You can tell this dude is totally metal, from the way he wields the guitar to his slick black leather pants! Vocalist Jon Oliva was on fire, and enjoying it! He reminded me a bit of Lee Dorian of Cathedral, from his facial expressions and arm movements. And as you know, bassist Sharlee D'Angelo is now out of the band. In his place was a new bassist, whose name is unknown to me. But he enjoyed himself very much up there on stage and frequently rocked-out with Mike and Chris. Besides "Silverwing", the band performed "The Immortal", "Dead Inside", and "Angelclaw" off the latest album. And in addition to "Beast of Man", "Tears of the Dead" and "Bridge of Destiny" were done off of "Stigmata". My only disappointment was that no songs off their debut album "Black Earth" were played. But then again, that album is hard to come by, so those songs may have just gone over people's heads. Overall, Arch Enemy totally kicked ass! Thankfully Century Media picked these guys up and got them to tour the U.S.! Now if they'll only get Opeth over here!!

 

In anticipation of Nevermore, I kept my spot right in front of the stage, as Metal Church's first album blared from the speakers inside the club. A great choice, considering that the Church are pure metal, and also considering that both Nevermore and Metal Church are from Seattle. During soundcheck, Nevermore guitarist Tim Calvert quickly grabbed his guitar and fooled around off stage, playing some bluesy rock riffs, and even a very abbreviated intro to Sabbath's "Fairies Wear Boots", which I thought was ironic seeing that I had just gotten in the mail the long lost Flotsam and Jetsam promo CD containing a cover of that very song. Drummer Van Williams adjusted his kit himself, and tested things out by basically soloing, which was very entertaining to watch. I thought it was strange that both bands, and even the second opening band (I think), used the same drum kit, with minor adjustments of course.

Soon the wait was over, and Nevermore commenced with the best opener possible: "Next in Line"! What can I say? This song absolutely crushed the earth! No messing around, just straight into the brutality! Song after song, these guys just obliterated the crowd. Almost the entire "Dreaming Neon Black" album was played, including the slow and dark title track. Tim played so effortlessly, feeding those disharmonic riffs to the crowd like they were peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Being that I was right in front of his amps the whole time, I never could really hear Jeff Loomis' guitar. And it was also hard to hear Warrel Dane's vocals. But from what little I did hear, his voice seemed to be in great shape. And it's an experience to see his facial expressions and gestures put to his voice. This guy is intense! Bassist Jim Sheppard also played with conviction, despite being injured the previous night. His index finger was crushed in the bus door, and he was lucky enough to obtain surgery that night. He played with three fingers on the frets, and it was hard to tell whether or not he was in pain, or just getting into the aggression of the music. And drummer Van Williams just demands attention. Listening to the albums, you would agree that this guy rocks. But wait until you see him live! Then you will really appreciate his ability! I never really realized how truly awesome this guy is until this night. He is extremely fluent with his playing, pulling quick tom rolls, accenting cymbal hits, and crashes out of thin air. And it looks like it is so effortless for him. He kept himself very loose, bobbing his head to and fro and keeping his whole body in motion while playing. He is a very energetic drummer. The show came to a violent close with "The Seven Tongues of God", the only other track off "The Politics of Ecstasy" played tonight. I knew Nevermore would crush live, but I wasn't expecting them to be as good as they actually were! Do yourself a favor and check these guys out! My only disappointment with Nevermore was no "Battle Angels"!!! Damn it! When I heard that Nevermore were playing a couple of Sanctuary songs on their last tour, I was really looking forward to hearing some old songs. But they strictly played new material. In fact, no songs off the debut album nor the "In Memory" EP were played. Regardless, this show was one of the best I've ever seen!


We've got a shitload of KILLER photos from the show. So many were so cool that I couldn't even fit them into the above review, so here they are. Click on the thumbnail to see the picture in it's original size. (All photo credits -  Nathan Robinson and 2000 METAL RULES!!)

ARCH ENEMY PICS

ChrisAmott.jpg (56678 bytes) AE_Chris1.jpg (41192 bytes) AE_Chris2.jpg (48659 bytes) AE_MichaelAmott_ShreddingInYourFACE2.jpg (37491 bytes) 
 AE_ChrisSoloing.jpg (36540 bytes)  AE_MichaelAmott_ShreddingInYourFACE.jpg (38637 bytes) AE_ChrisHAIRFARMER.jpg (67733 bytes) AE_METAL.jpg (53457 bytes)
 AE_MichaelAmott_withNewAEBassist.jpg (55201 bytes) AE_VocalGod1.jpg (36460 bytes) AE_VocalGod2.jpg (36388 bytes)  

NEVERMORE PICS

Nevermore_BangYourHead.jpg (57232 bytes) Nevermore_BustedFinger.jpg (53901 bytes)  Nevermore_RockingOut.jpg (55116 bytes) Nevermore_TimCalvert.jpg (31237 bytes)
 Nevermore_TimCalvert2.jpg (29856 bytes) Nevermore_TimCalvert3.jpg (35749 bytes) Nevermore_vocalgod.jpg (22617 bytes) Nevermore_TimCalvert4.jpg (51596 bytes)
 Nevermore_TimCalvert5.jpg (45714 bytes)  Nevermore_vocalgod3.jpg (34589 bytes) Nevermore_vocalgod4.jpg (28467 bytes)


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