Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation made their highly anticipated return to New York City with Amaranthe.
The last New York City appearance of Within Temptation was three years ago. They were at the same venue promoting their 2011 release, The Unforgiving. This time around the band embarked on tour in support of their sixth studio album, Hydra. The North American leg of the Hydra World Tour consisted of twelve scheduled appearances, kicking things off in San Francisco and wrapping up on October 11 in Massachusetts. The tour received praise from both fans and critics. On November 14, within temptation is scheduled to play in Germany before heading to Mexico on the 20th for the South American leg of the tour. Unfortunately, due to the current political situation in the Ukraine the band was forced to cancel their October 30 concert in Kiev.
While Within Temptation are known for selling out arena’s and headlining major festivals abroad, it is always a treat for New Yorker’s to experience their show on such a smaller and intimate level. The band has the power to connect well with their audience and make those standing in the back of the venue feel like they are front and center. They engage their crowds well and have complete control of their audience all through out their sets.
Their set list consisted of a good mix of current and earlier material. They played selection from all their albums. Fan favorites included “Mother Earth,” “What Have You Done,” and “Stand My Ground” were in the 18-song set.
Highlights from the show included the band’s cover of the popular Lana Del Rey hit “Summertime Sadness.” The band ended their set with another fan favorite “Ice Queen.” It was also very amusing to see tough metalheads belting out romantic ballads. Within Temptation have evolved musically over the years and they are just as diverse as their audience. Recently, the band announced Nuclear Blast Records will re-issue the bands earlier material, Enter and The Dance on November 10, 2014.
Swedish power metal band Amaranthe opened the night. Their set list consisted of material from their third full length album, Massive Addictive, including the hit singles, “Trinity” and “Drop Dead Cynical.” Massive Addictive was released on October 21 and has been well received. The album debuted at #6 on the Finnish charts and took the #1 spot on the Sweden. Recently, it was announced Amaranthe charted at #1 on Billboard Magazine’s heatseekers.
Amaranthe is known for incorporating pop and dance elements into their brand of metal. They did a superb job at getting the crowded venue ready for a night of music. The NY crowd responded well to the band and their requests. The reciprocity and exchange between the powerful clean vocals of Elize Ryd and Jake E. blended perfectly with the harsher screams of Henrik Englund giving them mass appeal and approval from their audience. Though their set list consisted of ten songs, the sentiment amongst fans was for the band to return to NYC as a headliner.