Concert Reviews

In Flames
Live at the I-Rock Night Club, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Saturday, November 13, 1999
Reviewer: Nathan Robinson


Although the I-Rock Nightclub is just a mile or so down the road from Harpo's, it is a better place to see a band. It is a smaller place, which means it holds less people obviously, but this makes for a more "intimate" and "personal" metal experience. And this nightclub is laid out a bit weird. But best of all you can sneak your camera inside! (Sshhh!! Don't tell anyone!)

There were three local Detroit bands opening for Moonspell and In Flames tonight. THREE! Well, I HATE opening bands. Why? Because I don't want to sit through boring and typical death metal bands for three or four hours before I finally get to see the main band, who usually goes on at fucken midnight, by which time I'm frustrated, tired, hungry, and suffocating. My friend and I left late for the show, in hopes of missing any opening bands including Moonspell. (Hey, what can I say? Neither of us like Moonspell [Ed. note: tsk, tsk...don't know what you're missing there Nathan!! Vocalist Anders Friden is wearing a shirt that says "Lustmord" - a Moonspell song ha!]). We arrived late, but just in time for the first opening band! When we realized there were two more bands plus Moonspell, we said "fuck it" and left. We took our time eating dinner at a restaurant outside of Detroit. We got back just in time for Moonspell's "Alma Mater", known to my friend and I as the "Swedish Chef Song" for the operatic part that sounds like the Muppet Show's Swedish Chef. It was rather funny to us (although I'm sure some of you want to kick my ass right now). Although we're not into Moonspell, they sounded great and put on an excellent show. They were full of energy and very happy to be here tonight, and the crowd was very pleased with their performance, which was good to see. You never know, I could be kicking myself in the ass in the future when I finally get into this band. This happened to me with At The Gates and Dissection. (I am still pissed about that show back in '96).

The crowd waited anxiously for In Flames, as Ministry played over the PA system. After "Jesus Built My Hotrod", on came "Scarecrow", that long, monotonous, heavy ass hell song off "Psalm 69". Soon I could hear one of the In Flames guitarists off stage playing harmony guitar to the riffs in the song. This was rather amusing. But finally the band hit the stage and that initial surge of energy dissipated into the crowd and everyone just started "rocking-out" to the heavy, melodic onslaught. Their set consisted mostly of song off their latest album "Colony", including the two 1999 renditions of "Behind Space" and "Clad in Shadows". Also included were select tunes off of "Whoracle", "The Jester Race", and even "Stand Ablaze" off the "Subterranean" EP. The band was full of energy, and so was the crowd. Vocalist Anders Friden sounded and performed as good if not better than on album. He was very enthused to be here tonight, and it showed. Between songs he had on a big smile as he thanked the crowd frequently. Bassist Peter Iwers was also full of energy as he thrashed back and forth across the stage. Guitarist Jesper Stromblad riffed his ass off and was totally metal tonight. And guitarist Bjorn Gelotte seemed to be totally engulfed in the melodies and leads. Drummer Daniel Svensson must be an android! After hearing his performance on "Colony", as well as on Sacrilege's "Lost in the Beauty You Slay" and "The Fifth Season", I was anxious to see how he performs. On album, he sounds not only fluent, but also very consistent with his beats and with perfect timing…as if he was an android. He was just as perfect live as on album. Overall, In Flames' performance was top notch and one of the best I have seen. The entire band was very happy to be playing tonight, and the crowd loved every minute of their show. Let's hope they make it back here before another four albums come out!


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Concert Reviews

In Flames
Live at the I-Rock Night Club, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Saturday, November 13, 1999
Reviewer: Nathan Robinson


Although the I-Rock Nightclub is just a mile or so down the road from Harpo's, it is a better place to see a band. It is a smaller place, which means it holds less people obviously, but this makes for a more "intimate" and "personal" metal experience. And this nightclub is laid out a bit weird. But best of all you can sneak your camera inside! (Sshhh!! Don't tell anyone!)

There were three local Detroit bands opening for Moonspell and In Flames tonight. THREE! Well, I HATE opening bands. Why? Because I don't want to sit through boring and typical death metal bands for three or four hours before I finally get to see the main band, who usually goes on at fucken midnight, by which time I'm frustrated, tired, hungry, and suffocating. My friend and I left late for the show, in hopes of missing any opening bands including Moonspell. (Hey, what can I say? Neither of us like Moonspell [Ed. note: tsk, tsk...don't know what you're missing there Nathan!! Vocalist Anders Friden is wearing a shirt that says "Lustmord" - a Moonspell song ha!]). We arrived late, but just in time for the first opening band! When we realized there were two more bands plus Moonspell, we said "fuck it" and left. We took our time eating dinner at a restaurant outside of Detroit. We got back just in time for Moonspell's "Alma Mater", known to my friend and I as the "Swedish Chef Song" for the operatic part that sounds like the Muppet Show's Swedish Chef. It was rather funny to us (although I'm sure some of you want to kick my ass right now). Although we're not into Moonspell, they sounded great and put on an excellent show. They were full of energy and very happy to be here tonight, and the crowd was very pleased with their performance, which was good to see. You never know, I could be kicking myself in the ass in the future when I finally get into this band. This happened to me with At The Gates and Dissection. (I am still pissed about that show back in '96).

The crowd waited anxiously for In Flames, as Ministry played over the PA system. After "Jesus Built My Hotrod", on came "Scarecrow", that long, monotonous, heavy ass hell song off "Psalm 69". Soon I could hear one of the In Flames guitarists off stage playing harmony guitar to the riffs in the song. This was rather amusing. But finally the band hit the stage and that initial surge of energy dissipated into the crowd and everyone just started "rocking-out" to the heavy, melodic onslaught. Their set consisted mostly of song off their latest album "Colony", including the two 1999 renditions of "Behind Space" and "Clad in Shadows". Also included were select tunes off of "Whoracle", "The Jester Race", and even "Stand Ablaze" off the "Subterranean" EP. The band was full of energy, and so was the crowd. Vocalist Anders Friden sounded and performed as good if not better than on album. He was very enthused to be here tonight, and it showed. Between songs he had on a big smile as he thanked the crowd frequently. Bassist Peter Iwers was also full of energy as he thrashed back and forth across the stage. Guitarist Jesper Stromblad riffed his ass off and was totally metal tonight. And guitarist Bjorn Gelotte seemed to be totally engulfed in the melodies and leads. Drummer Daniel Svensson must be an android! After hearing his performance on "Colony", as well as on Sacrilege's "Lost in the Beauty You Slay" and "The Fifth Season", I was anxious to see how he performs. On album, he sounds not only fluent, but also very consistent with his beats and with perfect timing…as if he was an android. He was just as perfect live as on album. Overall, In Flames' performance was top notch and one of the best I have seen. The entire band was very happy to be playing tonight, and the crowd loved every minute of their show. Let's hope they make it back here before another four albums come out!


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