Close-Up Made Us Do It Tour
16th of November – 2006
By: Anders Sandvall
Pictures by: Anders Sandvall
It’s been 3 years since Arch Enemy last toured in Scandinavia. Now it’s time for another round and I guess the tour was eagerly awaited by many fans of the band. Unfortunately the booking agency must have miscalculated this partiuclar date when Arch Enemy were scheduled because both The Unholy Alliance and Iron Maiden were about to play the same week here in Sweden. Unfortunatley somebody was going to lose and sorry to say but it was Arch Enemy and fellow bands in the package Close-Up Made Us Do It.
The first thing I noticed when I arrived at KB was the lack of people, the crowd was really small during the first two acts and when Arch Enemy went on stage the audience was on about 150-200, that in a venue that normally takes about 750.
Arch Enemy kicked off the evening with “Nemesis” which made the audience feel like it had been hit by a train. After that brilliant opening the crowd could only surrender to one of Sweden’s and the worlds greatest melodic death metal acts. The sound and the lighting worked in favor of the band and there were plenty of room to run around because besides the huge backdrop there wasn't much stuff on stage.
You could see right away that Arch Enemy is a group of highly skilled and experienced musicians because once the show started the band had the small audience in the palm of it's hand. Gossow invited the audience to sing along to many of the songs like “Dead Eyes See No Future”, “Nemesis” and “We Will Rise”. Gossow didn’t talk much between songs except for introducing the next song and she also did try to talk some Swedish. She also thanked everyone in the venue for coming to see them when she knew that both Iron Maiden and The Unholy Alliance played.
Arch Enemy played 5 songs from their new album DOOMSDAY MACHINE, three from ANTHEMS OF REBELLION and 5 from WAGES OF SIN. They also did two really old track from the pre-Angela Gossow era which were songs she really loved to play.
The only negative thing was the long solos from Amott, Åkesson and Erlandsson that only slowed down the tempo. The thing that I looked forward to the most in this show was to see Åkesson in action with Arch Enemy. I know from earlier that he’s a very talented guitarist and can play almost everything from doom metal in Krux to melodic hardrock in Talisman and believe me, now I’m also convinced that he really knows how to play melodic death metal.
The show ended with “Ravenous” and by then the band had played for 65 minutes, but that wasn’t all. Of course they came out again and did the encores “Dead Bury Their Dead”, “Snowbound” and “We Will Rise”.
As always Arch Enemy delivered a heavy and mindblowing performance and the set-list was flawless. Once again have the band showed that they are one of the leading bands in their genre and that they are incredibly hard to beat in a live situation.
Dead Eyes See No Future
I Am Legend/Out For Blood
Guitar solo by Åkesson
Bury Me An Angel
Hybrids Of Steel
Guitar solo Amott
Dead Bury The Dead
We Will Rise
Thanks to Jenny Walroth at Century Media Sweden for help with the press/photo pass
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