Admittedly, I am unfamiliar with Septicflesh and Obscura – though I have heard one Obscura song and did enjoy it – but one of the great things about metal concerts is the pleasant surprises that the opening bands provide. It is rare to find an opening metal band that is utterly awful in all aspects. Obviously, they are the openers for a reason, but metal bands are generally “good” and talented, so there is always something enjoyable to find by arriving when the doors open and listening to all the acts.
But the real draws for the show are Hevy Devy and CoB. At the time of the concert, the Devin Townsend Project will have released its (his) final two albums: Deconstruction and Ghost. These are the follow-ups to the masterful Ki and Addicted from 2009.
Children of Bodom is an interesting band to me. Their first four albums are stunning work, keeping up the tradition of quality metal coming out of Finland and other Scandinavian countries. Sometimes referred to as “Nintendo-metal” for a seeming lack of heaviness, CoB’s first several albums are crushing, but indeed not in a heavy fashion. Rather, the emphasis is on stellar guitar and keyboard work, and the result is a very effective and unique sound. Unfortunately, the latter few albums have been less than stellar, but as one who has yet to see them live, I would highly recommend doing so to anyone who is a fan of any portion of their catalogue. A quick glance at a recent setlist shows old classics and favorite sprinkled throughout so it is good to see the band hasn’t forgotten its older fanbase. Of course, that set is from a show in Germany, so hopefully they don’t think American fans only want to hear the newer stuff.
Overall though, again, if you are a metal fan or a fan of either of the two main bands, get yourself a ticket. You won’t be disappointed. Here’s why: