Arch Enemy and Trivium Sell Out the Wiltern Theater
Arch Enemy and Trivium Sell Out the Wiltern Theater
On November 29, 2017 Los Angeles and The Wiltern Theater Were Under Assault from the Heavy Metal Mayhem of Arch Enemy and Trivium.
Co-Headliners, Arch Enemy and Trivium sold out the Wiltern Theater, in Los Angeles on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 and the venue was over-packed beyond capacity. While selling out any venue in Los Angeles is impressive it was even more impressive, since Guns and Roses were hosting their own show at the Los Angeles Forum featuring their “Not In This Lifetime Tour” on the exact same night. However, this Los Angeles crowd did not want to be anywhere else and were completely transfixed on the Wiltern Stage. This fact did not go unnoticed by Trivium front-man Matt Heafty however, as he appeared to be completely astonished that the Los Angeles crowd preferred to share this night with Trivium and Arch Enemy.
Support Bands were While She Sleeps and Fit for an Autopsy.
Fit for an Autopsy hit the stage first with a set of their brand of deathcore metal in support of their latest LP The Great Collapse.
Although the stage was poorly lit, it imparted a dark mood that was as dark as the band’s music as they pounded the audience with an onslaught of heavy thrashing riffs.
All the way from Sheffeild, England, While She Sleeps hit the stage with a heavy but melodic feel, as frontman Lawrence Loz Taylorran, commanded the stage with the presence of a hypnotic sorcerer. In support of their latest effort You Are We, the band blew through a powerful and impressive set led by their lead singer Taylorran who killed it vocally. The frontman ran around almost non-stop throughout their show and the band’s intensity incited a few circle pits throughout their set. At one point in the show, frontman Taylorran, dove out into a sea of outstretched arms on the Wiltern GA Floor and crowd surfed all the way from the front of the venue to the back and back up to the stage again. The entire time singing through a corded microphone making his way over the crowd much like Eddie Vedder did in the 90’s, very impressive! Absolutely a band to keep your eyes on, so don’t miss your chance to see them, when they come back through Los Angeles.
Arch Enemy Crushed The Evening
As the Stage Went Dark, the commanding and masterful guitars from the opening instrumental track “Set Flame to the Night” from the latest Arch Enemy LP “Will to Power” resonated throughout the venue until the moment Arch Enemy exploded onto the stage with a blistering version of the stellar track “The World is Yours” also found on the “Will to Power” LP. It became immediately apparent that on this night, the band was Supercharged like never before. Arch Enemy has become a band that is truly set apart from their contemporaries. The rhythm section of bassist Sharlee D’Angelo and drummer Daniel Erlandsson work together with the power and precise synchronicity of a single rhythmic force like the engulfing engines of a 747 at full throttle. The eternal captivating Enchantress, Singer Alissa White Gluz had the audience eating out of her hands from the moment she stepped onto the stage. Exceeding the persona for which she is so well known, Alissa growled, prowled and leaped about the stage with an intoxicating presence that enthralled and mesmerized the entire venue!
The double threat guitar duo of Michael Amott and Jeff Loomis are second to none with their amazingly crafted harmony guitar lines that were executed with stunning precision, emotion and sensual crushing tones that cemented themselves in your head as if they were branded in your brain right from the stage.
This is a band that has made many great albums containing a catalog of consistently brilliant material that most bands only dream of making. With that being said, the stage is where Arch Enemy is at their best, delivering a show that is a torrent of musical genius with impeccable precision that is emotionally compelling. The band presented 5 songs from their War Eternal LP with the tracks; Stolen Life, War Eternal, You Will Know My Name, As the Pages Burn and Avalanche, respectively. Upon first review of Will To Power it may seem less accessible than it’s predecessor but with greater review the listener will find that the LP’s intense musical complexity combined with it’s more intricate and delicious arrangements creates a seemingly darker feel, a tour de force of metal greatness. With songs like The World is Yours, The Race, Dreams of Retribution and The Eagle Flies Alone, there is no doubt that Will To Power contains some of the band’s best material to date.
Other Arch Enemy LP’s brought to the stage were Wages of Sin, Doomsday Machine, Anthems of Rebellion and Khaos Legions. If you like your music heavy with virtuoso musicianship, unparalleled guitar melodies and unsurpassed songwriting that incite raging circle pits, then you absolutely do not want to miss this band.
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Arch Enemy setlist:
Intro: Set Flame to the Night
The World is Yours
You Will Know My Name
The Eagle Flies Alone
As the Pages Burn
Dead Bury Their Dead
We Will Rise
Trivium Ignites Metal Madness With Rampant Circle Pits
In the moments leading up to the arrival of Trivium the crowd relentlessly chanted Trivium, Trivium, Trivium. The venue’s balcony section was shaking with the force of an earthquake from the crowd stamping their feet while chanting the band’s name. There was no doubt that this show was going to be HUGE. Just before the lights came on, there was an eerie silence as if everyone collectively knew that Trivium was about to ignite the venue. In a simultaneous flash of lights and musical explosion, frontman Matt Heafty, bassist Pablo Gregoletto, guitarist Corey Beaulieu and their newest member drummer, Alex Bent exploded onto the stage. The entire Wiltern Theater detonated into a resounding roar as the band launched into the title track of their latest LP “The Sin and the Sentence”.
Alex Bent breathed new heavy metal fire into the band, proving that he can surpass any challenges thrown his way. I believe Alex Bent may be the drummer Trivium has always wanted, with his technical prowess, shredding blast beats and amazing ability to make this band sound like a heavy thunderous runaway freight train unable to cease it’s boisterous assault.
From the onset, the band’s energy was intense as they fed off the energy of the sold out Wiltern Theater. The audience participation was felt throughout the night with their unified sing along and non-stop Horns in the air. Heafty mentioned to the audience a time when Trivium was just an opening band at the Wiltern and that they dreamed one day of headlining the venue. Heafty graciously thanked the crowd for making that dream come true on this night, by making the Wiltern a completely sold out venue. Heafty also went on to say that this was an extra special evening considering the multiple choices available here in Los Angeles, including a Guns and Roses show across town and with sincere admiration Heafty said “Who would have ever thought!”
Matt Heafty knows his audience well and they don’t hesitate to follow his every word! When Heafty says “bounce” the entire GA floor collectively bounces and when he says, I want an insane circle pit; you had better look out cause the pit is gonna get big and bad and someone is going to get slammed; awesome!
The band played an impressive 13 song set with a mix of what this band is known for; ultra heavy grooves, melodic hooks with the ability to switch up time signatures, tempos and grooves in an instant.
As the night ended with Trivium’s masterpiece “In Waves” Heafty told the Wiltern crowd that although their set was coming to an end, the band would be back soon. Nobody wanted this night to end, but the assurance by Heafty that Trivium would be back soon made their departure a little easier swallow.
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The Sin and the Sentence
Down from the Sky
Until the World Goes Cold
Like Light to the Flies
The Heart from Your Hate
Thrown Into the Fire
Capsizing the Sea