It was difficult to believe that for how close I live to The Myth (ten minutes tops in traffic), it’s been over a month since I’ve been there for a show, and this show marks the first of two there for me this week. Metal band Trivium made a stop there on the first leg of their The Sin and The Sentence World Tour, bringing along Avatar and Light The Torch for the ride. One of the things I like best about being able to capture shows is the ability to also see a lot of bands I have yet to see perform live, as was the case with all three bands on the bill.
Light the Torch opened up the night and from the start I thought there was something very familiar about the band. I admit I’ve been a little out of the metal loop and didn’t even know Howard Jones fronted Light The Torch until he stepped on stage and started singing only to bring me back to old Killswitch Engage. The band from the start commanded the stage, with a good majority of the crowd into their set. From blistering guitar solos to hard hitting riffs to the screams and swoons of Jones, Light The Torch far from disappointed.
Next up was a band I went into the show with a clean slate; I knew nothing about the band and had not heard any of their music before. I thought Light The Torch commanded the stage but Avatar raised the bar incredibly high with their stage presence. Their performance included decor and garb akin to a what you would see at a circus, with heavy music and a stunning performance. At the point of watching their set I would have thought that Avatar was the headliner; the crowd was nonstop into each and every song. Even for a 50 minute set, which for some bands would feel long, Avatar’s set flew by, with a promise by the at the end of their set to return to the Twin Cities.
Finally, it was time for Trivium to take the stage. I’ve been listening to this band on and off for a couple of years, but never seized an opportunity to see them live. From the beginning of their set I was blown away by their reception from the crowd; as soon as the lights darkened, the sound of Iron Maiden’s “Run to the Hills” filled the air along with the voices of the entire crowd. Trivium walked on stage and went right into the first song of the set, “Betrayer.” The band’s 16 song setlist flew by, with cameos from Howard Jones and Jared Dines on vocals. For never seeing Trivium live before and not really knowing what to expect, I was captivated by their effortless performance and raw talent, and barely took my eyes off of the stage.