First band of the evening is Venom Prison. They are perhaps the most extreme of the three, in the way that they go deeper and further than all we have seen after them which is perhaps a bit of a swallow for the young audience around. Yet, they are all around early, willing to see the supports just as well which does great for the atmosphere. Sure, they have to soak it in a bit. The British band is not one you fall for at the first song. But following the intensity that the band gives into the music, you start to get the feel halfway their set. And although the evening is young and the response not too wild, the band seem to capture people’s attention.
Their latest album “Animus” came out quite a while ago but the band re-released it recently for wider spread and with the tour they are doing now they probably find way to a new audience. A well-deserved applause was there for them. They seem to convinced some out there tonight.
While queuing there were as much people talking about Power Trip as about Trivium. They seem to have set their name and a group of people were arguing that there might be people that just bought a ticket for them only. Well, perhaps there were. It was clear that people were well familiar with them. As soon as the band started playing there was a moshpit going on. Quite moderate, not too extreme. A bunch of people having a good time. And to be fair, so was their front man. Jumping around, strong facial expressions giving literally everyone in the venue the idea that they were personally addressed.
In the ten years of their existence, the band did not release a lot of full lengths, about a year ago their second one called “Nightmare Logic“ came out. Their energy is their strength, but in combination with the vehemence that we get from their guitarists the whole gets alive. A good warm up for the headliner of the night!
So Trivium is out there and they don’t need much encouragement. It took quite a bit before they started, but the waiting did not seem to matter too much to their dedicated fans. At the very first note the whole got into motion. Swaying back and forth, the audience was going through the venue having a good time. Hold that spot? No way, you are in unless you escape to the balcony.
The band chose a strong set, with many of the crowd favorites on there but of course the band’s latest, “The Sin and the Sentence” is not forgotten. Quite some interaction is going on between the songs and it seems like the band can’t do much wrong to this audience. Not that they did, the band knows well how to entertain and does not get lazy just because they can. They played the show you may expect from them, energetic and full of movement. A great start to their tour.