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Worldwide Plagues Tour featuring Iced Earth, Slim's, San Francisco, May 3rd 2014

Iced Earth performing at Slim's in San Francisco
Iced Earth performing at Slim's in San Francisco
Miikka Skaffari

Iced Earth, a metal band from Tampa Florida is currently touring across Northern America in support of their new album ‘Plaques of Babylon’. The album was released earlier this year and has received great reviews and some of the highest chart positions for the veteran band.

Iced Earth performing at Slim's in San Francisco
Miikka Skaffari

The evening was opened by Dutch progressive metallers ReVamp. The band is definitely ready for bigger tours and bigger venues. Singer, Floor Jansen, might be the most known musician of the group by her association with Finnish Nightwish. ReVamp played a energeting though short set to almost full house. The audience definitely liked what they saw and heard and I’m sure ReVamp will be back in the bay area one day.

The evening continued with Sabaton from Sweden. Their power metal was extremely well received and it seemed to even surprise the band itself. Joakim Brodén, the vocalist of Sabaton, stated few times that the stage was small with all the gear on it, but the reception by the audience more than made up for it. The band has gone through a big change since they were in San Francisco the last time, but the old material fit the new lineup like a glove and the long time fans got a show that they expected from Sabaton.

Even though the whole evening had been full of moshing and singing to the tunes of ReVamp and Sabaton, it was very clear who the audience really came to see. The audience erupted when Jon Schaffer and the rest of Iced Earth took the stage. And the noise level reached new heights when the band got into “Plagues of Babylon” as the first song. Even though Iced Earth is a metal band that relies into fast and hard riffs they don’t shy away from mellower and softer parts in their music. It’s great to hear the experience in crafting the songs and the dynamic range that allows the music to have maximum impact. Vocalist Stu Block didn’t have his best night and especially towards the end of the set had some difficulties with the higher notes, but overall the band pulled off an awesome performance. Even though there has been more than twenty musicians in Iced Earth through the years, the band has managed to keep the music the centerpiece of what they are doing and the latest lineup handles even the oldest material with respect and enthusiasm.

The tour is nearing it’s end on 5/16. Here are the remaining dates;

5/5/14 -- Spokane, Wash. -- Knitting Factory Concert House
5/6/14 -- Seattle, Wash. -- El Corazon
5/7/14 -- Vancouver, British Columbia -- The Venue
5/9/14 -- Edmonton, Alberta -- The Starlite Room
5/10/14 -- Calgary, Alberta -- Republik
5/11/14 -- Regina, Saskatchewan -- Riddell Centre
5/12/14 -- Winnipeg, Manitoba -- Park Theatre
5/14/14 -- Denver, Colo. -- The Summit Music Hall
5/15/14 -- Albuquerque, N.M. -- Sunshine Theater
5/16/14 -- Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom

More information:
Iced Earth http://www.icedearth.com/

Sabaton http://www.sabaton.net/

Revamp http://revampmusic.com/