In Flames 2012 North American tour
Trivium, Veil of Maya, Kyng
January 28, 2012
Calgary, Canada, MacHall
Review and pics by Monika Deviat
Sweden’s In Flames teamed up with Florida’s Trivium for their 2012 North American tour. Joining them as support on their two month trek were Veil of Maya and Kyng. On January 28, 2012 the tour stopped in Calgary Alta., at MacHall.
Kyng from Los Angeles, Cali., kicked off the night with the venue only about a quarter full. The band describes their sound as “California Heavy” and their style both stood out from and fit in with the other bands on the bill. For the most part the crowd seemed to enjoy the set but a considerable amount of people were impatient to see Trivium and In Flames take the stage. Frontman Eddie Veliz even singled out a girl on the barrier for putting on lipstick and yawning during the set and told her to get into the music. Even lacking a very enthusiastic audience Kyng put on a great set and also had really good sound for their set.
Veil of Maya
The crowd seemed more receptive to Veil of Maya’s hardcore style, even though the band from Oak Park IL., come off as just another typical hardcore band with the expected breakdowns and vocalist trying to encourage circle pits. Their newest release, Eclipse [Sumerian Records, 2012] is due out at the end of February and they’ve been giving fans samples from the new album live on tour and via their websites.
By the time Trivium hit the stage MacHall was packed and it was clear that a lot of the people were there for Trivium as well as In Flames. They started off with “In Waves”, a definite fan favorite. The set included a few other favorites like “Built to Fall” and “Throes of Perdition”. A few new songs were also thrown in, such as “Black” and “Forsake Not the Dream”. Trivium really know how to put on an exceptional show, as demonstrated by their great light show, musicianship and interaction with their fans. Frontman Matt Heafy was grinning throughout the set as guitarist Corey Beaulieu and bassist Paolo Gregoletto shredded all over the stage. At one point Heafy asked the crowd how many fans were seeing them for the first time and a sea of hands responded to his question.
In Flames took the stage and launched right into the title track of Sounds of a Playground Fading [Century Media, 2011] and followed with “Deliver Us” and “All For Me”. In Flames gave the crowd a classic and expected tune, “Trigger”, right after the newer tunes to a very appreciative audience. With ten studio albums behind them, In Flames had a large amount of material to sample through and made sure to include many crowd favorites. The set included a decent amount of older material going back to Whoracle [Nuclear Blast,1997] and Clayman [Nuclear Blast, 2000]. The band is very grateful to their audience and Andres Friden thanked the crowd numerous times for coming out and spending their hard earned money on concert tickets and buying the new album. There were lots of opportunities for the crowd to sing along and take over for some choruses. Overall a great set from In Flames and their fans seemed happy with the song choices for the evening.