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Trivium & Arch Enemy: Skyway Theatre, MPLS, MN

21st November 2017

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Words and Pictures: Jeff Kunze

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The Skyway Theatre hosted a night of intense Metal by some heavy hitters. Trivium and Arch Enemy co-headlined this crush-fest with While She Sleeps and Fit For Autopsy offering support.

Fit For An Autopsy out of New Jersey opened the night, chugging through a set of aggressive deathcore with many of the songs coming from the latest album 'The Great Collapse'.

While She Sleeps, out of Sheffield, UK went on the attack from the opening note. The band is out in support of 'You Are We', and the set was laced with adrenaline-soaked Metalcore that ignited the crowd into a fury.

Arch Enemy would take the stage next. I knew that this Swedish melodic death Metal band has had a leviathan presence in the genre. I grabbed the newest album 'Will To Power' and was impressed enough that I had to see what they brought live. It took all of about three minutes to be completely engulfed by their sheer brilliance.

Alissa White-Gluz was a star - she not only commanded the stage, she owned it. The entire Skyway Theatre was held captive in the palm of her hand. Songs like 'The World Is Yours', 'War Eternal', and 'Ravenous' were highlights from the first half of the set.

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The guitar duo of Michael Amott and Jeff Loomis provided an exciting twin-axe attack. Playing off each other in perfect unison and precision kept the songs razor sharp.

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The rhythm section consisting of Sharlee D' Angelo (bass) and Daniel Erlandsson (drums) flexed a lot of muscle to maintain the platform that supported the onslaught of guitar riffs and blistering vocals. The songs 'We Will Rise', 'As The Pages Burn' and 'Avalanche' stood out for me as the set wound down. Arch Enemy won over a new fan as I was quite blown away by them.

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The Florida-based Trivium would close out the evening. The band is currently riding the wave of their newest release 'The Sin And The Sentence'. Taking the stage to a rousing and inspired crowd, they launched into the title track from that album.

Singer and guitarist Matt Heafy sounded great, interacting with the crowd through a bevy of faces while laying down some intensive riffs.

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Guitarist Corey Beaulieu provided the growls on the pulverizing 'Down From The Sky' which is a definite favourite and it always sounds huge live. Alex Bent was a beast behind the kit and hopefully he will stay in that chair for a long time to come. Paolo Gregoletto was as solid as always, providing not only the bass, but also delivering vocal harmonies.

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Trivium were tight as they played through a set-list that touched on most of the albums in their catalogue. 'Ascendancy' is still my landmark album from the band and 'Like Light To Flies' and 'Rain' gave the set an extra blast of intensity.

The biggest sing-along of the night might have been 'Until The World Goes Cold' as people ate it up. I absolutely love the opening riff on 'Strife'. The guitars are so thick and punishing that you feel it your chest.

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I've seen Trivium on several occasions and they have never failed to deliver the goods.

This is a fantastic tour with four bands that offer different elements, which makes it really entertaining. Don't be late grabbing tickets for this because they are selling fast and selling out.

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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