ARCH ENEMY Concert Review House of Blues Anaheim 2014
We arrived at the Arch Enemy, Kreator, The Huntress, Starkill show at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA on Sept 12, 2014 knowing that this was going to be a special night. It was our first live performance experience with Alissa White-Gluz (formerly of The Agonist) on vocals for Arch Enemy. That and Kreator was there 😉
Prior to the show, we met up with the crew from SDMetal.com for some drinks and to celebrate on of their staff finally turning 21. We chose Tortilla Jo’s since it is directly across from the House of Blues.
Starkill went on 30 minutes earlier than was stated, plus we were coordinating our interview with Kreator, so we missed their set. Next time boys. Next up was The Huntress. Seeing this band live is always a different experience than hearing them on CD or online. They exude an energy that permeates their music and enhances their sound. The mighty Kreator was next and they played a full hour set to the delight of the crowd. And then it was time for Arch Enemy. Time to see Alissa live, not with The Agonist (until it happened, we were still wrapping our head around that fact). Time to see if the magic she brought to The Agonist was present with Arch Enemy. It was time.
WOW, not only did Alissa own the stage, she owned the material. Arch Enemy was more polished this time around, more visceral. Don’t get us wrong, we loved Angela with Arch Enemy live, but Alissa tied the band together on a whole new level. The band looked happy on stage, they played as a cohesive machine. If you have been on the fence about Arch Enemy, or were upset when Johan Liiva left the band, give them another listen.
We recorded some video and while the audio is bad, you can see what we are talking about. Arch Enemy is on a whole new level of awesomeness:
Arch Enemy set list for the show:
You Will Know My Name
Under Black Flags We March
As the Pages Burn
Dead Eyes See No Future
No Gods, No Masters
Dead Bury Their Dead
We Will Rise
Yesterday Is Dead and Gone
Fields of Desolation
Enter The Machine (instrumental played as outro)
In conclusion, we can only reiterate what we have been saying. Arch Enemy has become something bigger than ever before. If you need any further proof, all it takes is seeing and listening to Michael Amott. He hasn’t looked this happy and sounded this perfect in a long, long time.
Here are some pics from the show: