AMON AMARTH, SABATON, SKELETONWITCH
Journlist: Kirsti Heitz
Photography: Navneet Johal
Published: October 27, 2014
Amon Amarth w/
Toronto, ON, Canada
Friday October 10, 2014
Presented by: Inertia Entertainment
A night of epic chaos descended upon the Sound Academy with headbanging enthusiasts Skeletonwitch, caffeinated stage destroyersSabaton and the incredibly epic Amon Amarth. With a full house early on in the night, you could tell that fans were eager to squeeze every ounce of metal from this night.
Up first were the Ohio based Skeletonwitch, warming up fans with some slow melodic intros that quickly turned into fast paced riffs and powerful gutturals. Perfect for rhythmic headbaging, Skeletonwitch lead the troops into a frenzy from start to finish with plenty of power chords and thrasher riffs. I was pretty pleased at the length of their set, as usually opening bands get stuck with a 5 song limit. But Skeletonwitch played fast and hard, making use of their 9 song set.
Sabaton stormed the stage next and, having seen them a time or two before, I knew exactly what to expect. It’s almost like a bomb is released onstage as the Sabaton boys storm the stage in their matching camo pants, take their places, and whip their hair in such a frenzied headbanging session that fans themselves start to shake with excitement. Opening up with the Sabaton anthems “Ghost Division” and “To Hell and Back,” Sabaton quickly whipped up fans into a singing, headbanging and moshing fever. Vocalist Joakim Broden pushed fans harder with his sergeant like demeanor and rhythmic fist pumping. Sabaton’s set ended too soon, leaving fans in an energetic craze, but the best was saved for last.
Amon Amarth marched onto stage with a pretty nice set up. Though I was disappointed that they didn’t go all out and bring the Viking ship on stage, their stage set up looked so much more pro than it did the first time I saw them five years ago. Not only was it great to see them having a proper stage set up, but they played for a full hour and a half meaning that the majority of Amon Amarth anthems (the ones you will be telling your children about) were played. “Runes To My Memory,” “Death In Fire,” “The Fate Of Norns,” “Guardians Pf Asgard,” I mean, the list goes on and on!
With the powerful force of the vikings, Amon Amarth led fist pumping fans in a fury of headbanging and chanting. From beginning to end fans were raising their fists in the air and crying out Amon Amarth lyrics to the grim pleasure of Johan who rewarded said fans with a snarl. Amon Amarth finished off their set with an encore of “Twilight of the Thunder Gods” and the absolute must, “The Pursuit of Vikings” which had fans windmilling away to the very well known intro. Sweaty faced, messy haired fans were left in a daze of delirium, demanding more songs when the night had already concluded.
Chance Garnette- Vocals
Nate "N8 Feet Under" Garnette- Guitar
Scott "Scunty D" Hedrick- Guitar
Evan "Loosh" Linger- Bass
Dustin Boltjes- Drums
Label: Prosthetic Records