By Fernado Martin
What a night to behold when the midwest received a performance and gave a standing ovation to one of the scene’s quickly rising stars. Amaranthe came back to the states for round 3, known as the Massive Collision tour and boy were there literal collisions. The night overall proved that their fans are accepting of anything regardless of what ensues and that the metal community is one large family, a pact that cannot be broken. Joining Amaranthe on the tour were Los Angeles’, Butcher Babies, and from the good ole’ South, Georgia’s own, Lullwater. Both acts did a decent job of getting the crowd energized and pumped for the main act of the night. Lead man, Jake E was absent from the tour as he was attending to his family back home overseas so they got fellow friend Chris Adam who fronts Swedish metal band, Smashed Into Pieces.
During an interview that night with Amaranthe, they stated that this was a larger turnout than they had anticipated, a positive sign that the states are certainly a market they will certainly come visit. This was their third tour in the states in support of their latest album, Massive Addictive, so this was truly a treat for the fans here in the states. The set list was dominated with a close majority of the tracks coming off of Massive Addictive. Regardless, there was a satisfying blend from their all three albums, really giving the fans what they wanted.
After a chilling entrance/opening, the group kicked off the night with one of their more powerful and energetic tracks, Digital World. The crowd pushed to the front, really becoming a tight-knit group singing in unison. Continuing the night, the group played a handful of their singles in a row which included, Trinity, Hunger, Invincible and 1.000.000 Lightyears. The night got a little intimate later on as lead woman Elize Ryd came out to sing Amaranthine which is truly one of their most captivating songs. Her and Chris Adam presented such a strong essence on-stage, which if you have never heard the song, you’ll see why this song creates goosebumps and emotional moments.
For many, it was the first time witnessing a killer drum solo from drummer, Morten Løwe Sørensen. After their encore, he had no trouble in getting the attention from every set of eyes that night with his drumming skills, another reason to see the band live. Immediately soon thereafter, the last set of tracks were performed which included The Nexus, Razorblade, Dynamite and the first single from the new album finished off the night, also known as, Drop Dead Cynical.
The group was extremely thankful for their fans that night. Many emotions were experienced and witnessed that night not just from the band but from the audience as well. It’s unforgettable the power that music has over people. Personally speaking, this was the best show I had ever been to, period. The group mentioned that they want to come back to the states next year and will try their hardest to make the come true. There’s a handful of dates left on the Massive Collision tour so check them out if you have the chance. The states will be eager, waiting and anticipating the return of Amaranthe.
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Amaranthe Massive Collision Set-List