Concert review: In Flames in Tilburg

For the second day in a row, the 013 venue was sold out. Though the musical style this evening was way different than the previous evening (Marillion), the bands were destined to make this evening a great one.

The evening was opened by the Norwegians of Insense. Their musical style is hard to define, since it's not exactly in one genre. It reminded me some times of Pain, but at other times it had some influences of Machine Head. However, after 3 or 4 songs, it all still sounded roughly the same and already started to bore me. They only got 30 minutes of play time, which they didn't even fill with the 5 songs they played.

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Insense
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The second band of the evening was Rise to Remain. This Metalcore band from London was the first to get any response from the audience, even if that only meant clapping. They performed an energetic set, with lots of movement and jumping on the stage. In the back, it was filled with maybe the best drumming of the evening. After a short 30 minutes, their set ended with singer Austin Dickinson (the son of Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce) jumping into the crowd for some crowd surfing.

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Rise to Remain
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The midpoint of the evening was taken by Ghost. They dress up for every gig like monks and a priest, and nobody knows who they really are. With only one album out which only has 8 songs on it, they still got 30 minutes to play. That didn't prevent them for putting up a great set with a sort of doom metal that takes you right back into the 80's. Unfortunately, this time the audience didn't come for their kind of music, so they didn't get a great response.

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Ghost
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The final support act were the Americans from Trivium. They surprised the crowd by saying things like “Thank you” and “good evening” in Dutch. The set however, was not a big surprise. It consisted of mainly the songs you can expect from the band, and they seemed to rush through it without really taking the time to enjoy themselves. Their 50 minutes were a mix of their latest album In Waves and older songs like Down from the Sky.

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Trivium
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Then it was finally time for the main act of the evening. With a long history and a great reputation, In Flames was finally back in Tilburg. They opened their set the same way as their latest album. Sounds of a Playground Fading, Deliver Us and All For Me got the crowd wild.

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In Flames
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The thing that struck me the most this evening was that they didn't play any songs from their first 4 albums, even though the audience was screaming for it between songs. The frontman Anders Fridén chose not to hear them and continue with a great set. After about 90 minutes the band left the stage, only to return seconds later for an encore, and then finally leaving the crowd with the last tones of The Mirror's Truth and Take this Life. While walking outside, I could only discover smiling faces hoping to see the band again this summer at some festivals.

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In Flames
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