Children Of Bodom Report From Vancouver, BC
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Children of Bodom headlined a show at the Croatian Cultural Centre in Vancouver, BC on November 22. I have been waiting for Children of Bodom to do a headlining tour here in North America for a long time now. I was excited for weeks after I found out they were finally headlining here. There was no way in hell I was going to miss this show, and neither were the several hundred people who packed into the oversold venue.
The doors were at 7, but the lineup into the venue was still insanely long by the time I got to there at 7:30. Fortunately, I was able to bypass that line because I was on the guestlist. I got into to the venue just as Amon Amarth was hitting the stage at 7:45. I’m not very familiar with AA and I was initially there only to see them perform “Death in Fire.” However, I was impressed with their set. They were amazing the way they kicked off the night with a bang. Listening to these guys makes me picture Vikings ransacking villages and Norsemen going off into bloody battlefields. I think it's cool because it's unique. It’s pretty rare for an opening band to emanate enough energy to the crowd to get a big mosh pit and quite a number of crowd surfers going, but Amon Amarth did just that. I only wish that their set was longer and I hope to see them headline in the future.
Up next was Trivium. They started their set the same as their latest album with “The End of Everything” and “Rain.” The mosh pit was intense and the set was perfectly solid. It just so happened to be guitarist Cory Beaulieu’s birthday that day and the other members of the band had the crowd singing happy birthday to him. Trivium ended their set by asking for a crazy circle pit and then broke into “Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr.” Matt Heafy and Cory are arguably one of the best new thrash metal/metalcore guitar duos out there today. The soloing was spectacular, as well. They didn’t impress me as much as Amon Amarth did, I’d still like to see them back here with In Flames in late January.
I have been waiting to see Children of Bodom headline since their first tour here with Dimmu Borgir in 2003. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to see that show, nor their second time here with Iced Earth last May. However, I did get to see them open for Lamb of God and Fear Factory last October. As I said earlier, I was stoked to see Children of Bodom finally headline. I even passed up a job just so I could go to the concert. It was well worth it though. Children of Bodom were incredible. They hit the stage with “Twist and Shout” playing in the background and the crowd chanting “Bodom” and they broke into “Living Dead Beat” and “Sixpounder.” The guitars are melodic neo-classical, yet fast and heavy without the annoying chugging (well, not in the older material anyway). Janne is one of the fastest keyboardists I’ve ever seen. Most of the members got a chance to show off their skills with solos in between songs. Jaska had his drum solo after a few songs. Later on, Alexi and Janne had a flawless guitar and keyboard battle. Then, Roope kicked off the encore with his guitar solo. The sound quality in the Croatian Cultural wasn’t great and I found that the bass was a bit too loud and seemed to drown out the other instruments too much. I could barely hear the chiming of the keyboards in “Bodom Beach Terror.” Besides that, Children of Bodom did not disappoint and I liked pretty much everything, except the lack of songs off Something Wild.
Children of Bodom setlist:
- Living Dead Beat
- Silent Night, Bodom Night
- Hate Me!
- In Your Face
- Angel’s Don’t Kill
- Jaska’s drum solo
- Bodom After Midnight + Bodom Beach Terror
- Follow the Reaper
- Needled 24/7
- Alexi’s guitar & Janne’s keyboard solos
- We’re Not Gonna Fall
- Punch Me I Bleed
- Hate Crew Deathroll
- Are You Dead Yet?
- Roope’s guitar solo
- Chokehold (Cocked ‘n’ Loaded)
- Every Time I Die
Overall, the show was spectacular. I had a great time watching all three bands. It’s well worth the 25 bucks for the ticket. You can check out photos from the show in the Photo Gallery.
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