MAY 16th 2016 

Review By: Metal Mom
Photos By: Char Tupper
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This tour Jomsviking North American Tour 2016 started April 7th in San Diego, California and will finish up this Saturday May 21st in Los Angeles, California. So there are only a couple of dates left. If you missed it, you missed out on one of the best tours of 2016 so far.

EXMORTUS, this southern California quartet hit the stage with their thrash, progressive death and traditional heavy metal with non-stop shredding. I recently saw them when they came to Vancouver, BC to play a show at the Rickshaw Theatre January of this year with Enforcer. I don’t know what happened between then and now, after all it is just a couple of months really, but damn they really put 150% into their set and nailed it. Wow!! I am really impressed, they played a variety of songs, including some off their new album “Ride Forth”. There was a ton of energy from everyone, they also looked to be enjoying every minute up there. I know for me the time came too fast, and before you knew it, they were playing their last song. Such great talent to start the night off with.

ENTOMBED A.D. this band I had to see, as last time I went to Seattle to see them live for the first time, and they were at the venue, but couldn’t play. L-G Petrov (Vocals), Olle Dahlstedt (Drums), Victor Brandt (Bass) and Nico Elgstrand (Guitars) this Swedish group showed us exactly what they are made of. L-G gave it his all belting out those tunes, amazing voice with energy beyond words, always smiling. Nico had some amazing riffs, and Victor thundered out those bass lines, and let’s not forget Olle who had the heartbeat of the band in his hands. All four are very talented musicians, and it was an honor to see them for the first time. They played a variety of songs, including some from the new album released earlier this year “Red Dawn”. There is nothing better than seeing a band for the first time, and knowing you will be making sure to see them the next time, and the next time, and will travel a short distance to see them again. This band, gave us something to remember and to think about on the way home. Such an amazing set, and extremely talented group of guys. So glad I got to see them. Now when are they coming back? I am just going to say that Entombed A.D. stole the show tonight.

Are you ready for the incursion of AMON AMARTH?  Everyone knows this name, there doesn’t need to be any introductions to who is in the band, or what they play. If you don’t know, where have you been for the last 20 plus years, they have been ravaging around the world since the early 1990’s. Over the many years they have also held a strong line-up, although on this tour they had a new drummer, Jocke Wallgren. Well the lights dimmed, and then the crowd went berserk, I am not kidding, I actually got squashed up front and security ended up helping me out of my spot. Wasn’t too happy about it either, but I did like breathing. Ha Ha!! I have seen these guys many a time, and never had that happen before. This time around the was something spectacular added, it was the stage performances of Vikings, yes, that’s right, during some songs Vikings came on stage to do battle. Visual to me, makes a huge difference, I was impressed, they definitely gave everyone there a night to remember. But there was also something missing from this stage set up as well, I was looking forward to the big gigantic Viking helmet, which they had, but without the horns, I found out later it was because the stage was too small. But it has been said that Vikings didn’t have horned helmets, so in fact we got the historian side of it here in Vancouver. They played a variety of songs off their discography, and there is not a bad song in there anywhere. The crowd was crazy all night. But the performance by all on stage was exceptional. There was another noteworthy moment on stage, when it came time that Amon Amarth was to sing “Guardians of Asgaard” they asked L-G Petrov to come out and join Johan, as he did the guest vocals for that track. I personally think that Amon Amarth could sing anything and the crowd would go crazy.  I do have to say though, that because I was not up front, I stood at the back, and now why so many choose to stand at the back of the venue, the sound was way better, and visually more impressive. But in honesty, I do love being up front, at the rail to enjoy my favourite bands.

This was an excellent tour, I enjoyed ‘all’ the bands, but Entombed A.D. stood out above the others for me. Only wish I realized sooner and I would have made the trek down to Seattle to see them again.  Plus, apparently Seattle had the horns, which would have been cool to see.  Thank you to the people that made it possible for me to get to this show and review it. Great line-up.