|DragonForce Dominates North America
- May 3, 2006
Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
The anticipation couldn't be more over whelming with the first ever North American Tour of Britain's export DragonForce who, have consistently captivated fans and audiences on the shores of European soil with their amazing live shredding performances throughout timeless metal festivals with a single hand over fist type of attitude which, has built this outfit as being one of the most exciting band's to perform in small intimate type theater setting leaving fan's the greatest opportunity to soak up more then just a typical metal concert event. I myself have never even heard of their music other then through associates off the Internet who have said wait till this band comes to the states, you will be in a state of shock with their live show after hearing snips off of Inhuman Rampage. Indeed after actually getting a fresh copy of their newest release from Europe that will reach America on the Roadrunner Label later this year I was totally impressed with it already that being able to witness this band bring the Trocadero in Philadelphia down to a single fiery blaze with a ninety minute Grande performance. When you arrive at a typical concert venue in Philly, and you find fans already outside the doors as early as noon, you know its going to be something to talk how great this show is going to be even before it even starts.
If we all it our way, we could have had DragonForce play the entire Show by themselves. But we had to sit through two support Bands Sanctity and Protest The Hero before DragonForce headlined their show supporting Inhuman Rampage.
Opening the entire show was North Carolina's own Sanctity who warmed up the fans who already piled themselves as close to the stage as possible to get a great spot to rock out at the show. Funny how different bands have the up most opportunity to play in front of thousands for what a mere thirty minutes. I don't even think that's enough to get a fan warmed up but, it is what most bands get these days at the Broader before the main band tears it up. Sanctity alone is a great young band with serious potential musically speaking that is. This one individual who plays guitar and fronts the vocals reminded me of a young James Hetfield when Metallica first stumbled onto the metal scene in the late eighties. A well done warm up set from their debut roadrunner cd.
The anticipation of what was the most intense show ever to be performed in Philly by Dragonforce can surly stick out like a sore thumb. I have to admit being apart of countless concerts and festivals over the years, I can say this was the most brutal show ever in the history of the Trocadero Theater. I could list all the reasons but let's narrow it down to how great this band is live. A full throttle set done by DragonForce who stormed the stage the minute they opened with the first Key track in their live set.
Reviewed By: Steve Trager