|» Kamelot 2013 11 08||
Kamelot played Stockholm in support of their latest album, Silverthorn, in November last year as well, so I really did not know what to expect before the show. Would it be similar to last year's experience or would it be an entire new deal? According to guitarist Thomas Youngblood, to whom I talked to a few hours before the gig, this would definitely be a different show. They would have a new lightshow, which I definitely had a hard time to see during the show, since most lights at the venue Klubben were just what they always are. They would also play more songs off Silverthorn. Thanks man, you played one additional in My Confession.
Some older songs that haven't been played in a while were promised and the three songs played tonight, Silverthorn-album not included, that weren't played last year was Soul Society, The Haunting (Somewhere In Time) and Eden Echo. Can anyone else find an older song there? To complete this I will inform you that two songs were scratched from last year's performance. The Human Stain and Season's End, so we indeed got a pair of extra songs. One thing different though was Floor Jansen's guest appearance in The Haunting. I really can't say that that part crushed, but still something new to the approximately 450 fans that had showed up on this chilly night.
If pretending I didn't see them last year, I must admit that the show in fact was nothing but great. It kick-started with Torn before they launched Ghost Opera and the front rows were all excited to see hometown boy Tommy Karevik perform again. The crowd's response to the band's performance was awesome all throughout the gig and Tommy was overwhelmed to play Stockholm again. He gave all he had, said hello to his friends and family and he often proved that he is a first class singer. He also showed some skills in a different area, as he gave his audience a few good laughs on and off.
Bassplayer Sean Tibbetts grows stronger every time I see him. His bass play is cool and fast and he interacts with the crowd really well. Youngblood still backup Tommy with accurate plays, although his appearance is more laid back than Tibbetts'. Alissa White-Gluz is this tour leg's female vocalist. She did some great parts, yet she had some minor problem with the ending of the pitches and her voice have sounded better. Nothing significant really, just something I noticed and perhaps I shouldn't require more.
The show only had one longer dip. The pretty boring ballad Song For Jolee
and the not that good Rule The World were followed by Casey Grillo's drum
solo and that was a part I didn't enjoy. Classics like Forever, Karma
and Center Of The Universe tore the roof off the building and so did newer
songs such as Torn and Sacrimony (Angel Of Afterlife) as well. A very
good performance from this international outfit and therefore I hand out
7 chalices, although I would have preferred a few more changes from last
year's set at Göta Källare.
Performance: 7 chalices