The Viking Metalers, Amon Amarth, set out on a journey across the ocean from Sweden for their second North American tour this year. But they didn’t come alone. They brought fellow Swedes, the power metal band, Sabaton. They also brought the blackened thrash metal band Skeletonwitch whom they had toured with earlier this year. On September 25th in Riverside, California, the Riverside Municipal Auditorium was about to be decimated. This was also my first time in this area and venue so I took the opportunity to check it out.
Due to time, traffic, and distance, I missed Skeletonwitch and I got there right when they had finished and were saying goodnight. Luckily I was able to catch Sabaton since I last saw them in May and wanted to see them again. Sabaton is a band whose lyrics are influenced by war and historical battles. They are an energetic live band. With frontman, Joakim Brodén; running, jumping, and kicking all over the place. Their setlist had a nice mix to it with songs spanning their career. Songs like: Ghost Division, Art of War, 40:1, Carolus Rex, and Swedish Pagans kept the crowd going with mosh pits and crowd surfing. The best part about the show has to be when Joakim finds a child among the crowd and brings him or her on stage. He gives them his glasses and keeps them on stage while they perform the final song.
This was my 3rd time seeing Amon Amarth so I knew what to expect from them. They were on tour for the release of their new album, Deceiver of the Gods. Their lyrics deal with Norse mythology, Vikings, and Viking history. Amon Amarth is one of those bands that always puts on a great show. As soon as they came on-stage and opened with Father of the Wolf, shoving and mosh pits commenced. Their setlist was great. Songs such as: Deceiver of the Gods, War of the Gods, Guardians of Asgaard, Twilight of the Thunder God, and Pursuit of Vikings were all played beautifully. Destroyer of the Universe was the song highlight for me. As soon as they started playing, even the floor area where I was in where it had been calm started to come alive and a mosh pit started right on front of me putting me right in the action. Amon Amarth is a band I highly recommend to go see live should they come to your area. You won’t be disappointed.
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