This past Monday, the 19th of February, the almighty Kreator and Sabaton came and destroyed the Revolution Concert House and left without a trace. Well… They’ll be in Colorado playing tomorrow, but you know what I mean. The opener for this tour CyHra, did not perform on account of their bus breaking down in Montana. However, both other outfits played a bit longer of a set!
Kreator took the stage first, coming out to an awesome intro track and jumping straight into “Phantom Antichrist”, and all hell broke loose. The set in its entirety was intense. There was almost a perfect balance of old and new tunes.
One of my favorite things about Kreator is how interactive they are with their audience. Mille Petrozza consistently talked to the audience and encouraged everyone to get rowdy and chance he got. He called two walls of death in the same set, and each time the pit erupted Even Christian Giesler (bassist) and Sami Yli-Sirniö(guitarist) were doing their best to amp up the audience.
At the very end of the set, the habitual tossing of shit off the stage commenced, and Jürgen “Ventor” Reil frisbee tossed a signed drum head directly to me. Needless to say, I chose to remove myself from the pit after obtaining it.
This was the first time in a great while that this band had came through Boise, and only their third time ever in their 35-year career (this was Sabaton’s first) and I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to see them.
Speaking of Sabaton, I wanted to be optimistic, but every song I had heard of theirs prior had bothered me, and I cannot explain why.The energy that the group imposed immediately gave the crowd a second wind. After that wave I started to really think critically about the set I was witnessing. There is a formulaic pattern to most of their songs (at least in the set I witnessed) The conclusion I came to from a personal standpoint is I enjoyed the spectacle that Sabaton displayed. However, the lyrical content is lacking of substance and their musicality is enhanced by the excitement that the band’s enthusiasm and demeanor arouses. Regardless, they are great performers and I think that they will inspire bands to continue to write from a historical standpoint. I think a lot of this energy stems from frontman Joakim Brodén. He was all over the place and rallied the crowd if they were disengaged for a millisecond.
My favorite element of Sabaton is their harmonies between Brodén, Chris Rörland (guitar), Tommy Johansson (guitar) and Pär Sundström (bass). It’s a trip to hear all of those men unified in voice.
If given the opportunity to catch this tour arises for you, I would highly recommend attending!