Inertia Entertainment Presents:
Eklipse started off the concert, showcasing impressive musicianship as they played both original pieces as well as a cover of “Set Fire to the Rain” by Adele. Their instruments were cleverly lit with red lights along the side, allowing the audience to better appreciate the band’s fingers flying over the strings. The quartet is known for performing classical covers of songs, similar to Apocalyptica but from varying genres using a cello, viola, and violins. They released their new album Electric Air in late August via The End Records, so if talented classical musicians are your thing, check them out.
Delain, a symphonic metal band from the Netherlands formed by former Within Temptation member Martijn Westerholt, took to the stage next. Delain was a band I was aware of but never really listened to, but I was very pleasantly surprised by them. The beautiful Charlotte Wessels’ powerful voice is incredibly versatile and she hit every note perfectly. The band had amazing stage presence, keeping the audience thoroughly entertained throughout their entire set. Although this was their first time performing in Toronto, they were very familiar with us; the feeling was akin to that of going to see your friend’s band perform.
Delain performed “We Are the Others” to a crowd that went insane upon its introduction. They also played “Get the Devil Out of Me” which was my favorite from their set; Wessels isn’t afraid to experiment with her voice and she does some pretty interesting things in that song. Timo Somers (guitar) and Otto Schimmelpenninck van der Oije (bass) were full of charisma, bouncing around all over the stage and shooting energy into the audience. Sander Zoer (drums) was great as well, not missing a beat, and Westerholt played perfectly as always. Delain was that rare opening band that gets you really excited for the headliner without making you impatient for them. They were a lot of fun to watch, they sounded great, and Wessels even curtsied at the end of the set. Interlude was just released this May via Napalm Records; made up of remixes, covers, and live songs, as well as including a DVD, it’s a good option if you’re interested in getting into the band.
The anticipation in the room was thick enough to cut with a knife and it only became more unbearable when Kamelot’s drum set was set up and left in the center of a fog-filled stage, looking unbelievably epic. When they finally took the stage, everyone went mad. Kamelot is one of my favorite bands, but I was a little worried they would play mostly songs from Silverthorn; a great album (released in 2012 via Steamhammer), but Karma is my favorite- I had no cause for worry. Tommy Karevik is an amazing singer and a great front man. He sounds similar enough to Khan that when he sings older Kamelot songs, it’s not jarring (looking at you, Nightwish), but he isn’t just a carbon copy of him either.
They played my favorite Kamelot song, “Center of the Universe”, and I’m still trying to get over how amazingly Karevik sang it. They also performed “Don’t You Cry”, “Karma”, “Forever”, and “March of Mephisto”. Seriously, words can’t even begin to describe how stoked I was to hear these songs played at all, let alone played perfectly.
From Silverthorn, they played “Song for Jolee” and “Sacrimony”. Every member of the band had, at one point, a bit of a solo, wherein they would get to play something complicated that put them entirely in the spotlight. I thoroughly enjoyed those moments; it was great to really get to hear just how talented these guys are. In a band like Kamelot, it’s all too easy to focus entirely on the epic vocals.
The energy the band brought was intense. Thomas Youngblood (guitars) was spot on, and I’m sure the people closest to the stage appreciated his water bottle tossing skills. Sean Tibbets (bass) was delightful to watch as he kept spinning around while playing, which made his dreadlocks fly around. Tibbets’ bass “solo” was excellent, as well. Casey Grillo (drums) was fantastic. His drum set was enormous and imposing, especially when it was sitting in the fog before they came on stage. His drum “solo” was awe-inspiring, and it really showed how fantastic a drummer he is. Coen Janssen (keyboards) did a great job, not making a single mistake, and his “solo” was actually quite beautiful.
Alissa White-Gluz (The Agonist) is on tour with them, doing guest vocals on select songs. I wondered if there was a problem with her microphone for a good chunk of the show; she was standing in the corner and appeared to be singing but she was inaudible for most of the concert. I am not a fan of her, but she did a very good job on “Sacrimony”, although I believe her three costume changes were unnecessary considering how little she performed. Regardless, when I actually could hear her, she did a good job. The ladies from Eklipse came on stage to help out with a song and they sounded great; it was nice to hear an actual violin instead of a synthesized one, although I have no issue with the latter.
Overall, Kamelot did an absolutely fantastic job with plenty of song variety and sheer talent, and I can’t wait until they come back to Toronto.
Words By: Becca LeClerc
Photography By: Alex Woods