Since the Arch Enemy show was announced to hit 013 Poppodium in Tilburg, NL, we knew it was going to be huge and pretty much one of the biggest shows on this tour leg. Not only because 013 Poppodium holds over 3000 people, but because of the line up that Arch Enemy was bringing with them. Wintersun, Tribulation and the new rising sensation Jinjer.
The 2-degree temperature in Tilburg didn’t stop the hordes of metal fans from coming all the way down to Tilburg for this show. Unfortunately, because I got distracted drinking some beers with friends, I totally missed out the whole Jinjer set, (pity, I know), but from what I heard from other people they were pretty awesome and delivered and pretty energetic show, others were impressed by Tatiana Shmailyuk vocals and her vocal range.
I have seen Tribulation a couple of times now, but this is the first time I got to see them in a stage as big as 013’s main stage. Their show was huge, dark and definitely one of the best things you could wish for before getting into the mood of a band like Arch Enemy. Their new album Down Below was released a few days before this show, so you would think that they might include a good amount of songs into their setlist, but we only got the chance to listen to 3 songs. Lady Death, The Lament, Nightbound out of their new record.
great songs a bit heavier from what we are used to from Tribulation, but definitely it fits their style. the rest of their set was composed of songs like Melancholia, The Motherhood of God, Suspiria de Profundis and Strange Gateways Beckon.
The main dish of the night was, of course, Swedish/American/Canadian extreme metal band Arch Enemy. After finishing a successful North American tour and the first leg of their European tour last year, The band was kicking ass and selling out venues as they are currently supporting their new album Will To Power.
One of the most significant things I can rescue of this show is to see how the influence of Jeff Loomis can be heard all over the new songs, but also how it ads a different vibe to the rest of their back catalog. The chemistry displayed live between Michael and Jeff can’t be ignored and the way their techniques entwine in the live stage is just mind-blowing.
Another thing to highlight is how natural Alissa White-Gluz has become for Arch Enemy‘s live show and how powerful her figure has become since she joined the band. I think her onstage energy is so contagious and so inspiring that you get to the point to which you don’t think about the history of Arch Enemy (not disrespect to Angela or her legacy), but it seems to me that the swapping of vocalists has been handled smoothly over time.
Now, about their live set, aside for; The World Is Yours, The Race, and The Eagle Flies Alone we didn’t get to see much from their new album Will To Power. However, the over 2500 souls that were at the 013’s main stage were treated with classics like Nemesis, Snow Bound, Avalanche, Ravenous, Dead Bury Their Dead, We Will Rise, and modern Arch Enemy songs like War Eternal, BloodStained Cross, and You Will Know My Name.
Seeing Arch Enemy live is always a rush of extreme energy pumped by really fast and well-played metal, so saying that experience Arch Enemy along with over 2500 fans at a venue with an impeccable sound system was great its an understatement. This show was actually one of the best I have ever experience from them, to be honest.
1/13 Stuttgart, DE – LKA Longhorn ^
1/15 Zurich, CH – Komplex ^
1/17 Milan, IT – Alcatraz ^
1/18 Lyon, FR – Transbordeur ^
1/22 Toulouse, FR – Le Bikini ^
1/23 Paris, FR – Bataclan ^
1/24 Antwerp, BE – Trix ^
1/26 Oberhausen, DE – Turbinenhalle ^
1/27 Geiselwind, DE – Music Hall ^
1/29 Hamburg, DE – Grobe Freiheit ^
1/31 Malmo, SE – KB ^
2/2 Stockholm, SE – Arenan ^
2/3 Gothenburg, SE – Tradgarn ^
2/5 Berlin, DE – Huxleys ^
2/6 Wiesbaden, DE – Schlachthof ^
2/7 Saarbrucken, DE – Garage ^