Saturday, March 24, 2007 @ 11:59 AM
Dragonforce turns up the heat
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March 16, 2007 – Phoenix hits 99 degrees. Oh yea, the records were shattered. The near capacity crowd didn’t seem to mind it though once the No Fear tour - featuring Killswitch Engage and Dragonforce - hit the Mesa Amphitheater.
Regardless of how hot it was, the heat didn’t curtail the energy on stage being delivered by Dragonforce. Constantly racing from one side of the stage to the other, guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman didn’t miss one supersonic note during their shenanigans. Not only are they impressive to watch and listen to, but they have the aura about them that just makes you feel that not only is the music and abilities a natural extension, but they are having over the top fun at the same time. Drummer David Mackintosh and bassist Frederic Leclercq kept things steady behind the guitarists, which is no easy feat.
However, the sound seemed to be a little off tonight, as the band seemed a little muffled and the vocals of ZP Theart didn’t seem to have the power they did when they stopped by the Marquee in Tempe late last year. I can simply mark the difference up to the fact that not only was it an outside venue, but opening bands have notoriously been known to sound bad. Killswitch – being the headliner – didn’t seem to suffer from such issues. At one point, whether due to the heat or the bad sound, the crowd seemed to lose momentum when ZP was trying to get them to yell along during a chorus. “Now that was just bloody awful” was Sam’s response. The crowd did seem to wake up – or at least the male portion – when ZP come up to the front of the stage with Frederic and held out two signs – “Tits Out”. As bodies were continuously being pulled over the barricade, I was unable to verify if any of the crowd adhered to ZP’s written command.
The band tore in to much of the material from Inhuman Rampage, which coincidently was released as a special edition on March 13th with the bonus track Lost Souls in Endless Time and a bonus DVD with their two music videos, a behind the scenes “rockumentary” and their performance at the Metal Hammer Awards. Not surprising, the two songs that got the crowd yelling the loudest were the two receiving the most air/video play - Through the Fire and the Flames and Operation Ground and Pound. While their CD is one that you can pop in your CD player at any time and never get sick of, it will be interesting to see what they come up with for their next release.
Overall, the show was enjoyable and musically flawless. Dragonforce delivers performances that are high on energy every minute of the show. Their appreciation of the crowd’s attendance at the show is sincere, another reason they give each show their best.
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