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Photos/Review: Kamelot, DragonForce @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre

By: Adam Harrison (@AdamRHarrison) –

Kamelot performing at The Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, ON on May 3, 2015. (Photo: Adam Harrison/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

Kamelot performing at The Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, ON on May 3, 2015. (Photo: Adam Harrison/Aesthetic Magazine Toronto)

If you’re a fan of classic metal, flailing guitar solos, airy vocals, and bum-length stringy hairstyles, then Toronto’s Phoenix Concert Theatre was the place to be on May 3rd. Metal artisans, Kamelot, and DragonForce stormed through the venue, and they blew the roof off.

DragonForce enjoyed a moment in the spotlight after the release of their jaw-dropping song “Through the Fire and the Flames” in 2006, which the then-popular Guitar Hero video game series acclerated. Now nearly a decade later, DragonForce is back since replacing lead singer ZP Theart with youngster Marc Hudson. Their latest album Maximum Overload is their second with Hudson and depicts more comfort with their new vocalist. For a band that is largely inspired by fictional fantasy lands and video games, it also debatably offers more lyrical substance than they ever have before.

DragonForce opened the show with 60-minutes of their unique style of speedy-fingered fantasy metal. Although they have toned down the size of their show, now having all six members squish into a half-stage, it included everything we’ve come to expect from a DragonForce show – from the mesmerizing guitar battles (often referred to as “guitar wanking”) to the mic stands equipped with beer can holders. Fans responded just as well to the new material such as “The Game” and “Three Hammers” as they did for the D-Force classics, like “My Spirit Will Go On,” “Valley of the Damned,” and of course “Through the Fire and the Flames.” They whipped their hair, they stomped their feet, and they pounded their fists. All in a days work for these dragons.

Kamelot, who are now veterans to the genre, have experienced more lineup changes and guest appearances than the cast of Saturday Night Live. Their newest album, Haven, is being released this week, and is also their second album with new lead singer Tommy Karevik, who replaced Roy Khan after thirteen years. With a similar sound and experience with his other band, Seventh Wonder, Karevik is able to fill the hole left by Khan.

Kamelot opened their 90-minute set with “Rule The World” from 2007’s Ghost Opera, one of their more popular albums. Likewise to DragonForce, the songs from Haven received just as warm a welcome as some of their monuments, a sign of respect from the fans in welcoming Karevik to the family. Song after song was a fist-pumper, but it was also easy to just sit back and enjoy the hollow echo of Karenik’s voice as it carried us through their set. Ending the main set with “Forever,” from their 2001 breakthrough album Karma, proved a good choice as it included so much audience interaction, the whole venue was chanting for more.

Whether you’re going through that phase in high school, or re-living the glory days of hair metal, a Kamelot and DragonForce concert should be on any metal-lovers bucketlist

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Discussion

One thought on “Photos/Review: Kamelot, DragonForce @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre

  1. This tour is coming to Anaheim, which is about 2 hours drive from me. I’m tempted to leave after work on a Friday, see them, and drive back down…

    Posted by kenoalbumreview | May 7, 2015, 4:23 pm

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