Bringing their "Hail to the King" tour to St. Louis Friday night metal kings Avenged Sevenfold closed out the summer season at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater with a loud, hot and fiery set.
On the heels of their second straight #1 album on the Billboard Top 200 charts with their newly released "Hail to the King" the band has brought their electric live show back on the road with the help of Deftones and Ghost B.C. in support.
They came out swinging with "Shepherd of Fire" off the new CD amid a backdrop of a burned out church/castle engulfed in flames and surrounded by demons.
Vocalist M Shadows voice was strong and the dual axe attack of Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates drove the songs with a heavy audio assault. Bassist Johnny Christ teamed well with drummer Arin Ilejay to provide the thunder for the night.
Overall the band was very tight, mixing in fan favorites like "Welcome to the Family" and "Bat Country" with newer songs like "Requiem" and "Hail to the King" intertwined nicely.
They even did a nice tribute to their former dummer James "The Rev" Sullivan, who passed away at the end of 2009, with "Fiction" and a video tribute of Sullivan playing behind them. Shadows announced it was the last song Sullivan had performed on.
The imagry on this tour is second to none and comes complete with fire, giant demons, fire, explosions, fire and sinister giant bat-winged skulls. Oh, did I mention fire? There was enough flames shooting up from the back end of the stage that who could blame Ilejay if he wanted hazard pay.
The fantastic combination of imagery and sound concussing throughout the night was just what the crowd needed to help close out the summer season at The Shed.
The imagery started with the opening band: Swedish act Ghost B.C.
Draped in evil Papal attire vocalist Papa Emeritis II presided over a bizarre, yet intriguing set that ventured from mundane hypnotic chants to heavy catchy tracks like "Stand By Him".
The rest of the band were "Nameless Ghouls" all dressed alike and who wore masks to hide their identities.
A more traditionalist set by Deftones performed in the support slot and vocalist Chino was his usual, boundless energetic hyper self. Performing an impressive set from first song to last, Deftones could have stood on their own in a midsize venue.
Strong visuals, heavy audio, and a night of total metal mayhem engulfed this tour. Thus this is certainly a tour to catch live.
Ghost BC setlist:
1) Infestissumam/Per Aspera Ad Inferi
2) Con Clavi Con
3) Stand By Him
4) Year Zero
1) Diamond Eyes
2) Rocket Skates
3) Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)
4) My Own Summer (Shove it)
8) Swerve City
9) Change (In the House of Flies)
10) Engine No. 9
Avenged Sevenfold setlist:
1) Shepherd of Fire
2) Critical Aclaim
3) Welcome to the Family
4) Hail to the King
5) Doing Time
6) Buried Alive
9) This Means War
11) Guitar Solo
13) Bat Country
14) Chapter Four
15) Unholy Confessions