Deceiver of the Gods North American Tour 2014
Catching quality European metal bands in my (literal) neck of the woods always proves to be quite the difficult task. I have driven for several hours and across state lines to see the likes of Behemoth, Iron Maiden, or Opeth on their various touring jaunts to the United States over the years, but when I found out that Amon Amarth was coming to Birmingham, Alabama, a mere 45 miles up the road, mind you, and dragging Sabaton along with them, I was as giddy as a school boy.
The venue was the ever-comfortable Iron City in downtown, and with a name like that, the place would seem perfect for a metal assault like this. And it is. It’s perfect for anything, really. It’s very clean, comfortable, and sounds terrific regardless of who is playing.
The show kicked off with Skeletonwitch, who in my opinion is just an extraordinarily average metal band. I didn’t hear the band add a single vocal part to anything they played, which is both a blessing and a curse. I’ve always found their vocals to be very irritating, but at the same time, they had to rely on the music to carry itself alone to get over with the crowd. Didn’t happen. Lots of disinterested faces and fans forcing enjoyment. Whatever.
Next up was Sabaton, a band I’ve never listened to very often, but I was excited to see nonetheless. As far as sheer energy is concerned, one would be hard-pressed to find a band with more of it than these guys. They bounce, jump, headbang, sprint across the stage, strike poses, climb stuff, and put on one of the most enjoyable spectacles you’ll see in metal. Even if you don’t dig their music or their style, you have to admit they are definitely fun to watch. They even brought a 12-year old kid from the audience on stage for the closing tune to let him go crazy and send the crowd into even more of a frenzy. I was shocked at how much I enjoyed seeing Sabaton. How could anyone ever follow that kind of energy on stage?
Oh, right. Amon Amarth. That’s how.
Johan and the boys put on a great show in front of a large beautiful backdrop featuring the scene from the “Deceiver of the Gods” cover. While I don’t particularly enjoy the album as much as many of their others, most of the setlist material revolved around the album of the tour’s namesake as well, but I thoroughly enjoyed hearing some of my personal favorites like “Free Will Sacrifice” and “Death In Fire” live and in person. There’s no doubt that Amon Amarth is a world-class band and one of the finest death metal band’s in history.
Overall, I can’t recommend seeing this tour enough. The energy and excitement the Swedes bring to the table is really a sight and a sound to behold. If you have the opportunity to catch them before they return to Europe, seize it. This little Swedish invasion is fantastic.
Article by: BH