With only a few shows left on their North American tour, Kamelot and Dragonforce made a stop at The Regent in Los Angeles, California. The double bill of symphonic metal was set to high standards and much hype since it’s initial announcement, which produced a full house of fans for this monumental evening.
The power metal themes of London, England rockers Dragonforce started off the show. Unfamiliar metal advocates would probably recognize their songs as those anthems gamers have been trying to nail in virtual reality with Guitar Hero. There was plenty of air guitar wielding among the crowd as the pair of guitarists Sam Totman and Herman Li nailed the progressions to “Fury of the Storm,” which was then followed up with the fan favorite “Three Hammers” off of the latest Dragonforce release ‘In the Line of Fire.’
Bassist Frederick Leclercq and keytarist Vadim Pryzhanov backed Totman and Li for an array of manic solos that left casual listeners astounded. The speed and accuracy of the hand work is nearly indescribable, especially when paired with the operatic vocals of mainman Mark Hudson. The percussion work was similarly remarkable; drummer Dee Anzalone must have more than two arms and legs, based off of the massive levels of speed and power that were exerted over the course of the set.
Closing out their hour long set with a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” and the mosh pit anthem “Through the Fire and Flames,” Dragonforce kept the audience clamoring for more. This especially worked out in Kamelot’s favor; as the lights came back on and the stage began to transition, fans began to group in number chanting the headliner’s name.
As each band member began to take their place onstage the volume of the fans began to increase. When frontman Tommy Karevik appeared at the helm, it was at roar. After the first moments of “Veil of Elysium” were cranked out, it was beyond measure. Kamelot were accompanied by Kobra Paige from Kobra and The Lotus, just as for the duration of this tour, and her contributions to the vocal harmonies of Kamelot were readily efficient.
Kamelot’s impeccable stage presents with founding member and phenomenal guitarist Thomas Youngblood; Oliver Palotai with long gorgeous hair wearing a long cloak on keyboard; Sean Tibbetts with the long blonde dreadlocks, that has a sting if to close during his head banging; Casey Grillo tucked behind the monster drum set; and frontman vocalist Tommy Karevik with short spiky hair long sideburns. With the laser light show and smoke effects, The Regent took on a completely different life of it’s own.
While the fans were already up in a frenzy, hearts pounding, the mosh pit going, frontman Karevik slows it down dedicating “Torn” off the `Silverthorn’ album to his grandfather that had passed earlier in the year, as the fans all lite up the cell phones in lieu of lighters, the arms waving back and forth. It was a very touching moment that pulled on your heartstrings. Picking up the pace to “Here’s to The Fall,” “March of Mephisto” and “Rule The World.”
As the fans are clapping, yelling, whistling at the same volume as the beginning of the show, Kamelot didn’t make them wait long as they came out for the Encore, starting with “Revolution.” As the spotlight turns to Oliver Palotai on the keyboard, a beautiful intro would transition into “Sacrimony” off the `Angel of Afterlife’ album before closing this show with ”Continuum” off `Silverthorn.’
The successful double bill of Kamelot and Dragonforce surpassed any expectations, offering yet another memorable tour highlight towards the end of 2015.