We started the evening slowly by walking to the concert hall. We arrived 40 minutes before the doors were to open. After about 20 minutes the queue started moving and we could enter the arena.
The show started on time and the lights were dimmed down. TWILIGHT FORCE , a newly established Power Metal band, was the opening the gig. The band was dressed as if they came right out of The Lord Of The Rings . It's always nice to see a band that has also concentrated onstage wear.
The band was formed in early 2011 and quite recently released their second full length album Heroes Of Mighty Magic via Nuclear blast. These guys surely know how to make a big entrance. These days Power Metal is a sadly underrated genre mainly because of many un inspiring bands coming from Finland.
Swedish TWILIGHT FORCE proved to be something quite different, with blistering guitar solos, and an insane amount of fast drumming. The songs were done to perfection, a really good stage presence, with engaging the audience, and most of all a surprisingly good band. The group set the standard for the night. TWILIGHT FORCE, inspired by STRATOVARIUS and RHAPSODY, shows that they can become one of the big names in Power Metal. I think it's safe to say that Ronnie James Dio would have been very pleased with them. After a short break to give you just about time to wander off to the merch stand, ACCEPT enters the stage.
When listening to SABATON you know exactly what you'll get. For the real fans SABATON truly are the greatest. And they usually have a big stage show with pyro and loads of light. There are so many things going on the stage , that I find it hard to really focus on the actual songs. The set list for the night was as always the same as you'd expect from a Sabaton show. Some older and some new songs.
You have a feeling that you have seen and heard it all before. SABATON is one of those bands that you ether love or hate. In my opinion SABATON needs to come up with something new to keep their position as one of the leading bands. The Crowd as a whole seems to enjoy them ,and sings along to the songs. To sum up: The bands TWILIGHT FORCE was the only band I felt some sort of desire to see more of ACCEPT was good and tight but it was not the best set list. They should have been given more time. SABATON is just like always great a live band.
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