I spent majority of yesterday feeling like absolutely crap. What seemed to be like a 24-hour flu bug had its grasp on me and although I made it through my day job, it was less than delightful. That being said, after going home, downing my fifth gallon of hot tea of the tea and taking a little nap, I was feeling much better and, as they always say, the show must go on. It’s not that I had to go to the show last night but more than I really really wanted to. The hype around the bands performing is something that I’ve never quite understood but their legend precedes them and I just had to check it out for myself.
Finnish metal group Battle Beast took the stage but a combination of my need for a quick nap and confusion on the start time for the show (depending on where you looked, the start time ranged from 5pm to 7pm leading to a lot of confusion and frustrated people) meant that I missed their set. At first I honestly didn’t mind, the sleep I got was probably the only reason I was feeling better and, therefore, the only reason I had the energy for the show but then I saw one of the members standing at the merch table wearing an elaborate headdress thing complete with horns. I couldn’t help but speculate about how amazing their set was and, after confirming that thought with my photographer, it was clear that although I needed the sleep, Battle Beast is one of those bands that I will absolutely have to catch the next time they come to the states. My sincerest apologies to the band.
Bridging the gap between theatrical and power metal, Sonata Arctica’s music may not have been completely my thing but they energy they had was. Not only did Tony’s attitude scream positivity, but there was something radiating from the rest of the band that also made it clear that they were pouring their heart and souls into the music and truly just having a great time while on stage. With ten full length albums dating back to 1999, it should have been no surprised that their show was flawless and professional but I think the amount of passion I got was a bit surprising. I mean, come on, after doing this for so long you would think some of the magic was gone but not with Sonata Arctica. They closed their set out with a bang and although their music wasn’t quite my cup of tea, them ending their set with the words “We need some vodka” sung to the tune of Hava Nagila sealed the deal and although I will never be a die hard fan of these guys, they definitely gained some points when it was all said and done.
Kamelot’s twelve song set, with a two song encore to follow, was nothing short of electric. Every note, much like every movement on stage, had a place and a meaning. Although the members of Kamelot definitely had the same sense of passion that was felt during Sonata Arctica’s set, there was something very planned out and particular about their performance. From the way vocalist Tommy Karevik addressed the audience to the way he would disappear into the fog allowing the other members to steal the spotlight (which was more than deserved), there was something very calculated about the performance that made it clear that Kamelot knows exactly what they’re doing and they are going to continue to do it flawlessly. Just like Sonata Arctica, I had always been intrigued by Kamelot and now, having finally seen them live, I get the hype and although their theatrical power metal sound may not be for me, I totally appreciate their talent and creativity.
I feel like me saying that the music from last night’s show was not quite my cup of tea is a bit of a cop out but that’s the honest to God truth. I just don’t get the theatrical metal scene unless it comes with pirates and vikings but, after catching both Sonata Arctica and Kamelot last night, I definitely have a new appreciation for the talent and creativity it takes to be a band in this scene.