Slim’s was packed full on Friday night when Kamelot came to town. Kamelot is on their 22 stop Silverthorn North America tour. Kamelot was joined by Delain from Netherlands and and Eklipse from Germany.
The venue was already full when Eklipse took the stage. The somewhat awkward string quartet waded through a list of cover songs to start the night off. For the most part the girls stood in a line playing the music more to each others than the audience. There wasn’t anything really wrong with the playing, but the song selection and near original versions of the songs just didn’t move me at all. The audience cheered the band on but I sure most were more interested in them being done that playing more.
The evening took a turn for the better when Delain replaced Eklipse on the stage. The Dutch band definitely had fans in the audience and almost every song inspired the audience to sing along. The music sounded heavy and fast after the first band. There was some headbanging seen in the audience and Charlotte knew how to work the audience for the benefit of the band without milking too much. The energetic performance definitely enhanced the atmosphere at Slim’s. The band was suitable warm up for Kamelot as there are plenty of similarities between the bands. I’m not sure if Charlotte had a bit of an off night, but her normally beautiful voice sounded a bit weak on some of the falsetto parts of the songs. It’s hard to maintain your voice on a tight schedule of a tour and it’s understandable that you might not be at 100% each night.
Finally the band that everybody came to see, Kamelot took the stage. The sold out Slim’s roared as the band walked to the stage and erupted into cheers when Tommy finally walked in and greeted the audience. The experience of the band shined through as the guys started with “Rule The World” and “Torn”. The performance was effortless and both Thomas on the guitar and Sean on the bass interacted with the audience and managed to get the audience to rush to the front of the stage. Kamelot may be a bit too big of a band for the venue. Their grand sound got a bit muffled, the stage felt a bit small for the band and especially their stage lights, and they definitely could have filled a larger venue on the night. Nevertheless the audience really enjoyed the show and even the people at the back were moving to the music and singing along.