Amon Amarth Calgary Oct 4, 2014

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Amon Amarth

Deceiver of the Gods North American Tour 2014

October 4, 2014

Review and Photos by Monika Deviat

Amon Amarth © Monika Deviat
Amon Amarth © Monika Deviat

The Deceiver of Gods tour had finally made its way to Canada and on October 4, 2014 Amon Amarth stormed Flames Central in Calgary Alta., along with fellow Swedes Sabaton and Skeletonwitch from the U.S. The show was sold out and fans had lined up early before doors opened and the lineup, consisting of some peopled clad in Viking costumes, spanned a few blocks. Amon Amarth has played Calgary many times but it was their first time in the local hockey team’s themed venue. Calgary Flames symbols and paraphernalia decorate the venue. The room itself is decent for getting a view of the stage even if the venue is packed as it is multilevel. Merch tables were tucked away from the floor and had a constant line up of people buying some new items. The varying styles of bands worked well for this bill as each has developed quite a large following in Calgary.

Ohio’s Skeletonwitch were up first and the floor was already packed. The five pieces from Ohio launched right into a high energy and aggressive set. “More Cruel Than Weak” off their last release, Serpents Unleashed [Prosthetic Records, 2013], was the first song in the set and got the crowd moving right away. Vocalist Chance Garnette was stalking the stage menacingly and with the stage lights set up so high above the band, his eyes appeared to be ominous black pits. Guitarists Nate Garnette and Scott Hedrick delivered a skillful double les Paul attack. Skeletonwitch closed the set with “Within My Blood” and the audience was left thoroughly thrashed and ready for the next bands.

Skeletonwitch © Monika Deviat
Skeletonwitch © Monika Deviat
Skeletonwitch © Monika Deviat
Skeletonwitch © Monika Deviat
Skeletonwitch © Monika Deviat
Skeletonwitch © Monika Deviat
Skeletonwitch © Monika Deviat
Skeletonwitch © Monika Deviat

Smoke crept across the stage and the audience immediately began chanting “Sabaton!”. The band took the stage with big smiles and vocalist Joakim Brodén was bounding around the stage and lunging down to the audience’s level to make eye contact and throw some horns. The band was ready to entertain and the crowd was ready to party. Sabaton had made a great impression on Calgary in April 2014 and fans were singing along and jumping around with the band. When Brodén tried to get the audience to join in a rendition of YMCA there was little enthusiasm for it, so the band delivered a few more songs. Then Brodén brought out a guitar to have a riff/solo challenge with guitarist Chris Rörland and Thobbe Englund. Brodén was of course good naturedly showed up. He then pulled out a few bars of Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” and afterwards tentatively started singing “YMCA” and the crowd actually joined in fairly boisterously. Calgary had another fun night enjoying Sabaton’s music and stage antics.

Sabaton © Monika Deviat
Sabaton © Monika Deviat
Sabaton © Monika Deviat
Sabaton © Monika Deviat
Sabaton © Monika Deviat
Sabaton © Monika Deviat
Sabaton © Monika Deviat
Sabaton © Monika Deviat
Sabaton © Monika Deviat
Sabaton © Monika Deviat

By this time in the evening a large portion of attendees were inebriated and everyone was eagerly awaiting the Viking metallers to take the stage. There was already so much energy that when “Run to the Hills” played over the speakers during set change, everyone in the venue was singing along and some people even started crowd surfing. Amon Amarth opened with “Deceiver of the Gods” and hair started flying. Fans were singing along to choruses, headbanging, and the pit was kept consistently chaotic throughout the ninety minute set. After the second song “Runes Carved to My Memory”, frontman Johan Hegg customarily addressed the crowd under a single spotlight before thundering into “Death in Fire”. Other crowd favorites were “The Last Stand of Frej”, “Guardians of Asgaard”, and “Cry of the Blackbirds”.  The set was powerful and captivating this night. Non-stop crowd surfers had security working hard and diligently in the very small space allotted between the stage and barrier. Amon Amarth finished with “Twilight of the Thunder God” and “The Pursuit of Vikings” that had everyone roaring lyrics back to Hegg.

Amon Amarth © Monika Deviat
Amon Amarth © Monika Deviat
Amon Amarth © Monika Deviat
Amon Amarth © Monika Deviat
Amon Amarth © Monika Deviat
Amon Amarth © Monika Deviat
Amon Amarth © Monika Deviat
Amon Amarth © Monika Deviat
Amon Amarth © Monika Deviat
Amon Amarth © Monika Deviat
Amon Amarth © Monika Deviat
Amon Amarth © Monika Deviat
Amon Amarth © Monika Deviat
Amon Amarth © Monika Deviat

Overall it was a successful night for all the bands. Starting with the straight up intense brutality of Skeletonwtich, to Sabaton’s jovial set and Amon Amarth’s crushing ferocity, fans were left battered.

For more photos of the show, click here.