Louisville metallers showed up in droves on Sunday night at Expo Fiveâ€™s main stage to see power metal favorites Kamelot and Dragonforce perform their magic.
Opening the evening was London-based power metal band DragonForce who are touring in support of their most recent release In the Line of Fire. Â DragonForce opened their show with the incredibly fast and furious â€œFury of the Nightâ€ setting a great tone for the evening.Â Barely taking a minute to catch their breath they rolled into â€œThree Hammersâ€, the first video from in the Line of Fire along with what was proclaimed the fastest song DragonForce has ever written â€œThe Gameâ€. Â There were a couple of memorable moments during their show to note: There was a small technical glitch with the keyboards, where batteries were spilled all over the stage and lights were flashing everywhere; not to be deterred the rest of the guys broke out into a nifty little jazz riff which brought laughter and smiles from everyone.
Lead singer Marc Hudson announced that he had lost a friend during the tragedy in Paris and asked everyone to turn their camera lights on creating a sea of lights while they sang and dedicated â€œSymphony of the Nightâ€ to his friend and those in Paris. Â Marc said that they will be doing Lights on for Paris for the remainder of their tour â€“ It was an awesome show moment! Â Â DragonForce finished their almost 60-minute set with â€œCry Thunder,â€ â€œValley of the Damnedâ€ a cover of Johnny Cashâ€™s â€œRing of Fireâ€ in DragonForce fashion that really needs to be heard before ending with fan favorite â€œThrough the Fire and Flamesâ€.
It was a classic DragonForce performance with the raging guitar riffs and unparalleled speed and complexity that left their fans happy and satisfied. DragonForce is Marc Hudson/ vocals, Herman Li/guitar, Sam Totman/guitar, FrÃ©dÃ©ric Leclercq/bass, Vadim Pruzhanov/keyboards & Synth and Gee Anzalone/drums
With the stage now awash with deep blue hues, it was time for Kamelot to take the Expo Five stage. Â Returning to Louisville for the first time in 2 years and touring in support of their new album Haven, Kamelot opened their set with â€œVeil of Elysiumâ€ from the new album along with â€œWhen the Lights Go Downâ€ and â€œThe Great Pandemoniumâ€.Â Lead singer Tommy Karevik urged everyone to get their â€œhorns in the airâ€ as Kamelot started with â€œKarmaâ€ followed by â€œTornâ€ which had many fans singing along.
Tommy took a moment to slow the show down a bit, Â sharing with everyone that right around the time the Haven tour started he had lost his Grandfather â€“ He asked everyone to shine their phone lights forward as he dedicated â€œHereâ€™s to the Fallâ€ to him; it was a special moment for everyone.
Now midway through their set it was pretty clear that Kamelot was having a good time and enjoying the energy from the full room. During â€œMarch of Mephistoâ€ Tommy took a fanâ€™s camera from the front of the stage and videoed the band and the crowd before handing the phone back to the lucky fan. Â After â€œInsomniaâ€ it was time for Caseyâ€™s drum solo which was crazy – with his hair whipping, cymbals crashing and his double bass pounding; it was a memorable solo. A number of songs had the wonderful Kobra Paige as the background singer, her awesome voice that worked in with the group exceptionally well and was a welcome treat.Â Kamelot finished their main set with â€œMy Confessionâ€ along with â€œLiar, Liar,â€ and Â â€œForeverâ€
With the crowd chanting â€œone more songâ€ Kamelot returned for two encore songs â€œRevolutionâ€ from the Haven album and ending with â€œSacrimony (Angel of Afterlife)â€.Â Kamelotâ€™s show was fantastic, with the deep guitar riffs, and hard bass lines and dynamic keyboards combined with complex melodies and Tommyâ€™s vocals â€“ it was a great evening and left many in attendance very happy â€“ letâ€™s hope we donâ€™t have to wait another 2 years for them to come back. Kamelot Â is Thomas Youngblood – guitars. Casey Grillo – drums. Oliver Palotai – keyboards. Sean Tibbetts – bass. Tommy Karevik â€“ vocals along with Kobra Paige â€“ backing vocals