Killswitch Engage and Avatar, known for their unique styles of music and performance, wowed fans in Toledo while opening for Volbeat and Avenged Sevenfold.

15-Sep-2016: All the way from Sweden to support their latest album, Feathers & Flesh is Avatar, self-described as a “dark, twisted circus sideshow.” Fronted by the demented clown, Johannes Michael Gustaf Eckerström (vocals), the band makes a big splash at any show thanks to their stage theatrics, makeup and costumes, and their over-the-top performances.

Johannes led the three-ring circus of rowdiness and story telling. The windmilling-while-playing their guitars flawlessly made watching Kungen (guitars), Tim Öhrström (guitars), and Henrik Sandelin (bass) so much fun and leaving a slight ache in our necks afterward.

And it was quite apparent live that John Alfredsson’s drumming on the album wasn’t the product of drops and post production tricks, but natural ability and hard work keeping the rest of the crazed troop in line and on time.

When the late addition to the bill hit the stage, the Killswitch Engage fans in the general admission area of the Huntington Center let the band know their appreciation as full-throated as possible. The Roadrunner Records artists from Boston made their second appearance in the NW Ohio/SW Michigan area since helping to close out Dirt Fest 2016 in August.

The Killswitch Engage energy level kept the band in motion almost nonstop throughout their set. The only real pauses were to advocate for, among other things, blowjobs at McDonald’s for a reasonable fee. The band is gearing up for swings into Japan, the UK, New Zealand, and Australia while sprinkling a US date or two in between jaunts across the Pond. We can’t recommend catching them strongly enough if you are close to any of the announced shows.

The favorite sons of Copenhagen, Volbeat were up next. They are touring to support their sixth full-length album, Seal the Deal and Let’s Boogie, released on June 03, 2016. The first single released from the album was “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” and the guys happily played it for the adoring crowd.

While the closers up next need no real introduction, Avenged Sevenfold showed they had lost none of the magic that has gained a true worldwide following from dedicated fans. The group played arguably every hit in their catalog that time permitted. While the stage show was a bit tamer than their show at the Palace a few years ago, it lost none of its intensiveness or the trademark fire show. And the huge screen at the back of the stage helped all the crowd to have the best seat in the house.

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After getting the photo bug in the far, past days of black and white film, Erich continued to develop his eye for photography which lead to stops in the sporting, art, wedding, and eventually concert music worlds. Now, doing more writing for National Rock Review, he has entered into the journey of getting to know the artists and the industry, not just the faces on the other side of the lens.

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