Originally Posted by Nuance
Metal song of the day: Detonation
off "Crusade." "Crusade" is their most talented work in my opinion.
Listening to it now - nice. I've always liked Trivium "from afar". I only bought the Shogun album, never got completely into it but didn't dislike it either.
I saw them in Lawrence Kansas back in 2004, they were supporting Iced Earth. I hadn't heard of them but they weren't to bad, the singer liked to do the keep the head still and move the eyeballs around while he sang. He was over the top in between songs yelling at the audience to get crazier, it's like dude, there are maybe 50 people in the whole place!!
I think he comes the closest to anyone I've heard to sounding like 80's Hetfield. I'm not saying he sounds just like him, but he's one of the few that can "yell on key". He's more like Hetfield Jr., and he didn't sound near as good live as on the albums. BTW that must be hard to do, IMO only Hetfield pulled it off perfectly. It seems most metal singers either sing, yell, scream, or growl. Het yelled but the yelling hit actual notes and carried a tune. Ok, getting sidetracked on old Metallica... back to the point.
That concert with Iced Earth is still my all time favorite concert experience. The sound quality in the small arena (The Grenada) is outstanding, and it was so cool to be able to sit at a table with my wife, drink beer, and hear some incredible music.
3 bands played that night, the first band was called Beyond the Embrace
. WOW - I was amazed at how talented they were. They had 3 guitarists and you could pick out what all 3 were playing, very intricate sounding. The band doesn't exist anymore I don't think, but the day after the concert I bought the album called Insect Song. It has a very unique sound IMO and I've listened to it every now and then since 2004. Check out the song My Fall
from them. They sounded so much better live, the production just isn't there on the album but I still like it. I liked them live so much that I used to check and see if they put out anything new, but they are long gone I think.
Trivium was next and sounded good - but not nearly as good as Beyond the Embrace.
Finally Iced Earth came out with Tim Owens who had just taken over for Matt Barlow on vocals. HOLY SH*T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Seriously, I never knew a band could sound this good live. AMAZING. John Schaffer's rhythm guitar was so razor sharp and spot on, and he does a lot of fast 80's style Hetfield guitar. So damn good man, I'll never forget it. I was up and going nuts/headbanging with every riff their entire set. Tim Owens sang so high and so effortless and is pitch perfect, at least he was that night. The only other singer I've heard that was pitch perfect was Mikael Akerfeldt from Opeth. This was just as impressive if not more because of how high of notes he was hitting. I don't really care much about singers hitting crazy high notes, but it was so impressive to see it live. He didn't even look like he was trying hard either, no faces on the high notes, it just came out of him like nothing.
My wife is a good sport since she doesn't like metal (although she does like Metallica - she was force fed it plenty back in the mid 90's when we first started going out). She doesn't hate it, but she's a girly girl and doesn't care about that kind of thing. Well, anyway, she was very impressed by how good Iced Earth sounded.
The volume was perfect. Crazy loud but no distortion - didn't hurt the ears at all. I could go on and on, but man that was the perfect concert.
Here is a trio of Iced Earth songs as recommendations, all very different.
1. Travel in Stygian from the live album called Alive in Athens
. I usually don't like live albums, but this one is the best sounding live album I've ever heard. You will not believe how fast the riffs are in the middle section starting at 4:18 - believe me, he can play that fast I heard it myself that night in Lawrence. Do me a favor guys, even if you hate Iced Earth check this one out, especially the 4:18 mark.
2. Dark Saga from the album Dark Saga
. If you like that, check out the album closer my all time favorite Iced Earth song - A Question of Heaven
3. Burnt Offerings from the album Burnt Offerings.
Nice crunchy brutal guitars, very dark tone from my favorite Iced Earth album. If you have the patience check out the album closer Dante's Inferno. 17 minutes of awesomeness.
Thanks for the Trivium recommendation Nuance, reminded me of a great time I had at that concert. Most metal concerts the sound quality is anywhere from acceptability to complete incoherent mushiness. That band was so different - I don't know if it was the acoustics of the place (although I've seen other metal bands there that didn't sound anywhere close to as good) or the fact that so few people were there or what bug man it was incredible.
They sounded just like the live album Alive in Athens but of course cranked way louder and a different lead singer.
Ok, enough rambling. I'm home on a snow day killing time.