The 2015 Decibel Magazine tour kicked off last Friday at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA. The bill for this edition of the tour is extremely heavy as it is diverse as well; UK’s Vallenfyre is the band in charge of opening the show, follow by Pallbearer, Converge, and the godfathers of melodic death metal, At The Gates.
Unfortunately the tour package this year has less dates than previous editions, and with the tour not coming to my city, I decided to go to L.A for their kick off show at The Wiltern. Before the show, I decided to check out the meet & greet that Century Media Records organized with At The Gates at Vacation Vinyl, a small but interesting record store near Sunset & Santa Monica. I arrived early enough to see the line forming, and see the enthusiasm of fans carrying their At The Gates collections and memorabilia. The band arrived a bit late since that was the first day and the sound check took a little longer that it was expected. Once there, they signed all types of stuff the fans brought to them.
After the signing, I head over to The Wiltern as doors were open around 6:30, and the line was quite long, but it moved faster once the doors were open. Once inside the hordes of people were divided into those going straight for the inside of the venue, and the ones that stayed in the merch line get all sorts stuff the bands are selling on this tour. The show kicked off almost right away with Vallenfyre taking the stage for a set composed by material from Splinters, and A Fragile King. Vallenfyre, delivered and amazing show that pleased those that knew about them, and it created curiosity on those that have never heard of them before.
Now, because of the logistic of the tour’s first day, I did miss out Pallbearer and Converge, as I was doing a couple of interviews with At The Gates and Vallenfyre, but for what I heard from the public they had a good show and people liked their sets.
I got back into the venue as At The Gates was about to begin their performance, which opened with El Altar Del Dios Desconocido which is the Intro for At War With Reality, from there the night just got better and better as the band took us for a tour of their discography. They played; Cold, Slaughter Of The Soul, Terminal Spirit Disease, Kingdom Gone, Death And The Labyrinth, At War With Reality, and way more. After hour and a half of intense death metal goodness, the crowd left the venue with fully satisfied.
Now, all the years and shows that I have seen, I could say that by far this is the best melodic death metal show I have ever seen. Fortunately, At The Gates is one of those bands that sounds live as they sound on their albums, and that is something that I value a lot on bands. It was interesting to see how their show is not filled up with theatrics or corny effects, in the contrary they delivered a raw death metal show in your face from beginning to end.
So, if you have the chance to see them live during this Decibel Tour, please do so, as their show is worth it, and besides this is the first time the tour the US in 7 years, besides we would never know if they will continue after this tour.
During their stop at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA. The Age Of Metal had the chance to seat with Tomas Lindberg, vocalist of At The Gates, and talk about this tour, the concept of Magic Realism (which is the core of the lyrical content of the album), the meaning of Slaughter Of Soul, and what is next for At The Gates.
Decibel Magazine Tour 2015
with At The Gates/Converge/Pallbearer/Vallenfyre
March 27 @The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA
March 28 @The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
March 29 @Roseland Theater, Portland, OR
March 30 @Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC
March 31 @Showbox at the Market, Seattle, WA
April 02 @The Complex, Salt Lake City, UT
April 03 @Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO
April 04 @Bourbon Street, Lincoln, NE
April 05 @Mill City Nights, Minneapolis, MN
April 06 @House of Blues, Chicago, IL
April 08 @The Phoenix, Toronto, ON
April 09 @Metropolis, Montreal, QC
April 10 @Royale, Boston, MA
April 11 @Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
April 12 @Webster Hall, New York, NY