WAR ETERNAL - NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2014
Journalist: Alex Stojanovic
Photographer: Navneet Johal
Published: November 10, 2014
Click here for our interview with Mille Petrozza!
(Due to the timing of the interview we were unable to capture Starkill photos on stage or give any feedback on their performance,
The Opera House
Toronto, ON, Canada
October 29, 2014
Presented by: Inertia Entertainment
We are smack in the middle of the fall season and the weather is getting cooler and cooler as we prepare for the winter season coming soon, but that's not stopping metalheads from going to see all the great shows that are hitting our great city lately, and there's more to come before the end of the year. On the cool and rainy evening of Wednesday, October 29, two days before Halloween, Toronto metalheads decided to put shopping for Halloween costumes and candy to the side, to go witness one of the heaviest tours of the fall. That tour is the Arch Enemy / Kreator co-headline tour, with Huntress and Starkill.
Due to a slight delay with the guest list preparation, Navneet and I had to wait outside until the guest list was brought to the front for our names to be checked off, so we went to take care of our first order of business, which was our interview with Kreator frontman Mille Petrozza on the tour bus, which was awesome. Mille was a fun guy to converse and hang out with. However, as a result of the interview and the timing, we missed all of Starkill's set, because by the time we got inside the Opera House, Huntress had just begun their set, so they were the first band we got to fully experience that night. This is my second time seeing Huntress, as I first saw them when they opened for Lamb Of God, Killswitch Engage and Testament last October. I have to give it to vocalist Jill Janus, she can hit some insanely high notes, some sounded even higher than early Rob Halford, but they were so piercing, they sounded like nails on a chalkboard. However, they have great tunes, and crossover to different metal styles.
Up next were the Teutonic thrash legends Kreator. It was my second time seeing them, after seeing them two years ago on a co-headliner with Accept. The band took the stage around 8:00, kicking off their set with their headbanger "Violent Revolution", to warm the crowd up a bit before storming into the pit-starting thrasher "Civilization Collapse". The band then hopped in the time machine taking us back to Extreme Aggression by playing the title track. Their sound was crystal clear. Ventor's drums seemed louder than the guitars, but not to the point where they were drowning out the guitars entirely.
Anyone knows that when you go to see Kreator, you're going to get caught in mosh pits from hell, and the fans were treated to Kreator's pit-starting ragers like "Endless Pain", "Enemy Of God", "Hordes Of Chaos" and "Phantom Antichrist". They also played a few of the deeper cuts off Enemy Of God like "Voices Of The Dead" and "Impossible Brutality" and one of my favourites from Phantom Antichrist entitled "Victory Will Come", which is one of my favourites, and I always hoped that it would end up in the set at some point. They finished their set with the fan favourite "Pleasure To Kill", and by the time the band finished the song, the stage was engulfed in smoke from all the CO2 jet smoke blasts. Perfect way to end a set.
Concluding the night were the main headliners Arch Enemy! It was my first time seeing Arch Enemy, and Arch Enemy's first show in Toronto with Alissa White-Gluz on vocals. The band enter the stage firing into "Enemy Within" and "War Eternal" right after. They visited almost every studio album in their catalog, with the exception of Stigmata and Burning Bridges. Wages Of Sin and Khaos Legions were the primary albums the band focused on, where they played 4 songs from each of the two. Of course, when you have a new album out, you have to play new material, so the band played 3 tracks off War Eternal, those being the title track, "As The Pages Burn" and "You Will Know My Name". Some other tracks the crowd got treated to were "Under Black Flags We March", "Revolution Begins", "My Apocalypse" and Dead Eyes See No Future" just to name a few. Both Kreator and Arch Enemy didn't have a fancy stage setup. They just kept it simple with drum riser in the center, with a few amps to the sides. The band had two encores, where they played "Yesterday Is Dead & Gone" and "Blood On Your Hands" in the first, and they closed the night off with "Snow Bound", "Nemesis" and the outro of "Fields Of Desolation" in the second.
I've gotten to see a number of shows at the Opera House, but this is the first show I've seen where the Opera House was packed to the back, even the balcony was filled. All in all, amazing show. If this tour is hitting your city across North America, be sure to go check it out, because who knows if it'll happen again.