Nov 18

Arch Enemy at Marquee Theater. Tempe, AZ (11/14/14)


AEOne of the more extreme metal packages announced this year passed through Tempe, AZ this past Friday. Arch Enemy, Kreator, Huntress, and Starkill were the reason to look forward for the end of the week. The package itself was aimed for various extreme metal fans, whether you like Arch Enemy or Starkill, there was enough for everyone. After all, it was a Metal Friday night. 


The doors open around 6pm, and after a short wait Starkill opened the night. For many this was their first time seeing them, as for them this was their second time in AZ. They played a set focussed on their new album Virus Of The Mind which was released last month. Their sound was powerful and had a different approach from the last time I saw them live, I would say that maybe the change of line up had something to do with how tight they were on stage, and the chemistry the projected. It was a good opening act that people received quite well, a band to watch for, as their have the potential to reach very far.


Be Dead or Die
Fires Of Life
Winter Desolation
Breaking the Madness
Into Destiny
Virus of the Mind


The next band to hit the stage was L.A’s very own Huntress, after being around only two years, and with a non stop tour schedule they had built up a strong and loyal fan base that loves to see them live, then have a quick chat or a picture taken after their show. Definitely one of the more approachable and friendliest bands in the industry. Huntress returned to the valley of the sun a year after they came with Lamb Of God and Testament. This time around the band debuted two songs out of their upcoming album (which they will be recording next month). As always their show was powerful, very visual, and full of bacchanalia, as they keep raising their stage quality more and more.


Enter the Exosphere
Spell Eater
Destroy Your Life
Harsh Times On Planet Stoked *New Song*
I Want to Fuck You to Death
Black Tongue *New Song*
Eight of Swords


Where to begin to describe the legend of Kreator, and how powerful they are live. I think Kreator‘s set was a wake up call for what was coming next (not that Starkill & Huntress didn’t warmed the crowd, which they did) but Kreator just raised up the bar pretty high that night. To cite an example, It’s impressive how Mille Petrozza directs and put the crowd to take part, to incite, to get into the mood, and to open up the pit. One thing that has Kreator is the response and the respect from the public. Even though they had to cut their set short as the theater couldn’t handle their smoke machine, and triggered the alarm a few minutes before they finished their set. Even with that people was satisfied with the type of set they delivered.


The Patriarch
Violent Revolution
Civilization Collapse
Enemy of God
Voices of the Dead
Endless Pain
Victory Will Come
Mars Mantra
Phantom Antichrist
Impossible Brutality
Hordes of Chaos (A Necrologue for the Elite)
Pleasure to Kill
(Cut short due to stage power shutdown as the smoke triggered the venue’s alarm)

Arch Enemy-13

After 3 years of absence, a new vocalist, and a new record, Arch Enemy was revamped, reloaded, and decided to leave it all on stage. From minute one the surprise was seeing Christopher Amott guitar in hand playing along with his brother Michael, that was a surprised that no one saw coming that night (well besides the whole Jeff Loomis announcement yesterday) But at the time of the show it was great seeing the Amott brothers play together one last time, you could feel the intensity and the chemistry between them on stage. I think It was one of the best sets I have seen Arch Enemy play in a long time.

I remembered when the announcement of Alissa White-Gluz as new vocalist was made, then the released of War Eternal (single), and I thought – ‘Damn! she is fierce, raw, totally destructive, I can’t imagine how this would sounds live’.- Well, it sounded amazing, Alissa nailed, and even though you could recognize her type of voice and connected to her past band, her work in Arch Enemy seems to be more brutal, and more raw, just the way she sings the old material of Arch Enemy, it’s pretty intense.

Overall, it was great night of metal, and a great show that confirm the right choice of having Alissa as the new vocalist for Arch Enemy. Now, I can’t wait for they to return with Jeff Loomis and Michael Amott in guitars (I just gonna leave you with that mental picture)


Enemy Within
War Eternal
Revolution Begins
My Apocalypse
You Will Know My Name
Bloodstained Cross
Under Black Flags We March
As the Pages Burn
Dead Eyes See No Future
No Gods, No Masters
Dead Bury Their Dead
We Will Rise

Khaos Overture
Yesterday Is Dead and Gone
Snow Bound
Fields of Desolation
Enter the Machine

Arch Enemy War Eternal North American Tour 2014
with Kreator, Huntress, Starkill

Oct. 23 – Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
Oct. 24 – Best Buy Theater – New York, NY *
Oct. 25 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
Oct. 26 – Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY
Oct. 27 – Metropolis – Montreal, QC
Oct. 28 – Imperial Theater – Quebec City, QC
Oct. 29 – The Opera House – Toronto, ON
Nov. 01 – The Garrick Centre – Winnipeg, MB *
Nov. 02 – Riddell Centre – Regina, SK *
Nov. 03 – Macewan Hall Ballroom – Calgary, AB *
Nov. 04 – Union Hall – Edmonton, AB *
Nov. 06 – Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC *
Nov. 07 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA *
Nov. 08 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR *
Nov. 10 – Regency Center – San Francisco, CA
Nov. 11 – House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
Nov. 12 – House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
Nov. 14 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
Nov. 15 – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM *
Nov. 16 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
Nov. 18 – Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN *
Nov. 19 – Mojoes – Joliet, IL
Nov. 20 – The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
Nov. 21 – Majestic Theatre – Detroit, MI
Nov. 22 – Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH
Nov. 23 – House of Blues – Cleveland, OH

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