Local stars and 2015 Wacken Battle finalists Vesperia opened up the evening with some epic metal. Morgan Rider’s deep growls and high screams filled the Opera House, guitarists Casey Elliot and Frankie Caracci rocked out to either side of him. Vesperia was made for the big stage as they filled the venue with their presence, flaunting their long manes and/or bushy beards in the breeze caused by stage fans. With catchy epic chants and beats provided by Vesperia’s newest addition, drummer Dylan Gowan, the mood was set for an amazing night.
Moonspell took the stage next as if they were marching to war. Blasting in with “Breathe (Until We Are No More)” followed by “Extinct,” we got a taste of the new Moonspell album Extinct (2015). However, my fears of a set list based mostly on the new album were quickly put aside as they got into some good Moonspell oldies like “Awake!” and “Opium.” The Portuguese quintet played loud and hard where they could but as their songs tend to lean to more melodic structures, we got to enjoy plenty of clean vocals by Fernando Ribeiro, accompanied by symphonic arrangements by keyboard, sampler and guitar. Their set would not be complete without the appearance of Fernando’s gladiator helmet and the aboslute must have’s, “Alma Mater” and “Full Moon Madness”.
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