Shadows Fall / Nevermore / In Flames

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Never really impressed with the few snippets I've heard from Of One Blood I wasn't too pumped up to see Shadows Fall live.  I arrived a few songs into their set, and I must admit it came across better live than in the studio. Still, slightly generic thrashy non-technical metal doesn't do much to set itself apart from the rest.  Some people seem to be really pumped up about them and I believe it's more about the fact that they're young, new, and carrying on the metal tradition more than about quality musicianship. Competent, decent, and average are as nice as I can be about Shadows Fall. 

nev06.jpg (77857 bytes)Opening with Narcosynthesis, Nevermore hit the stage at full speed.  In keeping with the heavier bands playing, Nevermore kept to their fast songs. No backdrop, no vocal effects, no backing tapes, as stripped down production as you can get, and they were incredible.  Warrel's vocal god standing was unquestionable, and the rest of the band was tight, including the un-introduced second guitarist. Technical problems marred the flow about half way through, and Warrel did his best to keep the crowd amused asking If we'd seen the newest Britney Spears video.  Remarking that she made a better stripper than a singer the crowd seemed to agree.  Picking up where they left off, they churned out riff laden chunk after chunk of gloom filled technical metal.  We Disintegrate, Sounds Of Silence, and Seven Tongues Of God were all highlights, though I was disappointed that the title track from Dead Heart In A Dead World was missing from the set.  It was my first time seeing Nevermore, and I'm looking forward to seeing them again in a headlining capacity.

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Clearly the crowd favorite, In Flames took to the stage to a glorious  roar.  Being ignorant of much of the In Flames catalog, I don't know what songs they played, though the crowd response was rabid and the band was dead on tight.  They had a more polished sound than Nevermore, probably due to being the headliner, and having time/room for backing tapes, etc.  In between songs Anders spoke of the Nuclear Blast/Century Media absorption deal, saying they might be without a record company in the US and dedicating the show to the fans who came out to support them.  Traditionally Thanksgiving eve is one of the biggest party nights of the year, and the Trocadero was packed for the show.  It was surprising to see so many younger people in the crowd coming out to support a metal show, as most metal shows at the Troc are pretty much the same as far as the crowd demographic in favor of older fans (25 & up) with maybe a 70%-30% mix.  Recent examples being Testament, Halford, Anthrax, etc.  Shadows Fall being new and young, and In Flames being relatively new, they are absolutely paving the way to the next generation of metal with this show having a 60%-40% mix favoring younger.  New defenders of the faith, standing tall, flying the flag of  metal.

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Metal Rules!!: Heavy Metal Concert Reviews - Nevermore, In Flames, Shadows Fall  

 

Shadows Fall / Nevermore / In Flames

Note: All photographs are thumbnails. 
That means you can click on them to see the full sized image.

Never really impressed with the few snippets I've heard from Of One Blood I wasn't too pumped up to see Shadows Fall live.  I arrived a few songs into their set, and I must admit it came across better live than in the studio. Still, slightly generic thrashy non-technical metal doesn't do much to set itself apart from the rest.  Some people seem to be really pumped up about them and I believe it's more about the fact that they're young, new, and carrying on the metal tradition more than about quality musicianship. Competent, decent, and average are as nice as I can be about Shadows Fall. 

nev06.jpg (77857 bytes)Opening with Narcosynthesis, Nevermore hit the stage at full speed.  In keeping with the heavier bands playing, Nevermore kept to their fast songs. No backdrop, no vocal effects, no backing tapes, as stripped down production as you can get, and they were incredible.  Warrel's vocal god standing was unquestionable, and the rest of the band was tight, including the un-introduced second guitarist. Technical problems marred the flow about half way through, and Warrel did his best to keep the crowd amused asking If we'd seen the newest Britney Spears video.  Remarking that she made a better stripper than a singer the crowd seemed to agree.  Picking up where they left off, they churned out riff laden chunk after chunk of gloom filled technical metal.  We Disintegrate, Sounds Of Silence, and Seven Tongues Of God were all highlights, though I was disappointed that the title track from Dead Heart In A Dead World was missing from the set.  It was my first time seeing Nevermore, and I'm looking forward to seeing them again in a headlining capacity.

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Clearly the crowd favorite, In Flames took to the stage to a glorious  roar.  Being ignorant of much of the In Flames catalog, I don't know what songs they played, though the crowd response was rabid and the band was dead on tight.  They had a more polished sound than Nevermore, probably due to being the headliner, and having time/room for backing tapes, etc.  In between songs Anders spoke of the Nuclear Blast/Century Media absorption deal, saying they might be without a record company in the US and dedicating the show to the fans who came out to support them.  Traditionally Thanksgiving eve is one of the biggest party nights of the year, and the Trocadero was packed for the show.  It was surprising to see so many younger people in the crowd coming out to support a metal show, as most metal shows at the Troc are pretty much the same as far as the crowd demographic in favor of older fans (25 & up) with maybe a 70%-30% mix.  Recent examples being Testament, Halford, Anthrax, etc.  Shadows Fall being new and young, and In Flames being relatively new, they are absolutely paving the way to the next generation of metal with this show having a 60%-40% mix favoring younger.  New defenders of the faith, standing tall, flying the flag of  metal.

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