The concert started with a bit of a delay, which meant I could actually make it in time, I still had to wait almost half an hour before the first band took the stage. Strangely enough, this was the first gig in a while in this venue that wasn't sold out.
The first band was ChthoniC from Taiwan. I had heard of them before, but never heard their music. I think it can best be described as an Asian attempt at Scandinavian black metal, with some Taiwanese influences. Singer Freddy also plays a traditional instrument called the Erhu. Overall, it sounded like a bad clone of Cradle of Filth.
The next band (already an hour behind schedule) was Warbringer. This young trash metal band from LA was a big surprise for me. I heard their latest album (Worlds Torn Asunder) before the gig, but live it sounded way better. At times, it even reminded me of bands like Overkill. Unfortunately they only got 30 minutes to play, but it was enough to win the hearts of most of the audience with a stellar set.
After a long break, Arch Enemy took the stage. After the intro (Khaos Overture) the set started like the latest album with “Yesterday is Dead and Gone“. Angela Gossow and company did an excellent job of keeping the audience motivated and wild. The setlist was a well balanced mix of old and new songs. After a drum solo by Daniel, they picked up the new album with Under Black Flags we March.
One more song passed, and it was time for both guitarists to do an extensive solo. The brothers did a great job, but I preferred having an extra song. After the solos, we got 4 more songs, from 4 different albums, ending with We Will Rise. The band left the stage for a while, only to come back for another 15 minutes. Snow Bound, Nemesis and the classic Fields of Desolation were the last songs to come through the speakers.