OCTOBER 1st 2019

Review By: Metal Mom
Photos by: Char Tupper


I looked forward to this tour happening in Vancouver. A perfect way to start off the night was with Battle Beast (Finland). Can't wait for them to headline one day because you are going to get much more time enjoying their songs, which are injected with 80's metal. Fantastic too is the singer Noora Louhimo who appeared on stage with a wonderful horned head piece, lots of energy from the band, and I am pretty sure they were fueled by the energy of the crowd too, feeding off each other, I know I was enthralled watching and listening, with horns high, you don’t get much better than this.  What a terrific start to the night, the played some new and some old, and every one of those songs the crowd went crazy for. Just an outstanding set from Battle Beast, and for me, the band of the night.

Next is, Sonata Arctica (Finland), not sure what I want to say here, first I do want to say, that I agree we need to make sure there is an earth left for the future generation, but I don't think that a concert is the best place to state that, we know, but we came to see you play and enjoy some music. There was a spot too where Tony did a voice over, or the other way around, but you knew it was not him. You know, the band has lots of wonderful great songs, some of the things tonight, just didn't need to be in it. Don't get me wrong, but I much prefer your songs old and new to be belted out for all of us to enjoy. Great set and performed well. I did notice though, that they didn't really have the same crowd response as Battle Beast. Like I say, there put out 100%, just a couple of little things that maybe didn’t need to be in there. Again, my opinion.

Headliner tonight is Kamelot (USA), by far, this was not the venue to showcase Kamelot. They looked kind of crowded up on that stage, but they are professional, and they gave the crowd 150%. They had an amazing selection of songs, and the crowd was going crazy for most their performance. They had a fantastic play off, solo type, between Alex (drummer) and the keyboardist Oliver, superb playing between them, extremely talented. If you haven't seen Kamelot before then you don't know they have Lauren Hart to add to the show, she came out for a few songs, making it a really cool addition, and let me tell you, she can really belt out those songs with a spectacular range of vocals. They played a variety of songs, and to each one, they had an amazing response from the fans. You are missing out big time if you have never been to a Kamelot show, these guys are talented, excellent lyrics, musically brilliant, and just the way everyone moves up there on stage, is visually appealing. Needless to say, their set seemed like 10 minutes. Always the way when you are having such an amazing time. There are no words really to express the amazing showmanship of each band member. They fit like a puzzle, perfectly. Hope we get a chance again soon to see them live.

If you haven’t seen this tour package, these are the remaining tour dates:
Oct. 05 - Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove
Oct. 06 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
Oct. 08 - Dallas, TX @ Canton Hall
Oct. 09 - St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
Oct. 11 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Oct. 12 - Tampa Bay, FL @ Jannus Live