Kamelot and Dragonforce at the Regent Theater in Los Angeles
On December 6, Florida-based power metallers, Kamelot, returned to Los Angeles, California’s Regent Theater for the second leg of the band’s 2015 North American Tour in support of its latest album, Haven. Joining the band for the tour has been Kobra and the Lotus vocalist Kobra Paige, along with special guest Dragonforce.
Opening the night was London’s Dragonforce, touring in support of its latest release Maximum Overload. The power metal sexet led by dual guitar viruosos Herman Li and Sam Totman kicked open the door with “Fury of the Storm” from the band’s 2004 release, Sonic Firestorm. They followed this up with back to back tracks from Maximum Overdrive, in “Three Hammers” and “The Game”. Frontman Marc Hudson took hold of the crowd as Dragonforce put on an electrifying display. The rhythm section of bassist Frédéric Leclercq and new drummer, Gee Anzalone, powered the band through a tight nine song set that also included, “Valley of the Damned”, “Through the Fire and Flames”, and cover of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire”.
Kamelot kicked off its own set with the first single off Haven, “Veil of Elysium”. A solid chunk of the band’s 14-song set reflected the dark majesty of the new record, including the tracks; “Here’s to the Fall”, “Insomnia”, “Revolution”, and “Liar Liar (Wasteland Monarchy)”. The latter featured Kobra Paige, as did “March of the Mephisto” and “Center of the Universe”. Frontman Tommy Karevik dedicated “Here’s to the Fall” to his grandfather, which added a melancholy touch to the performance. Drummer Casey Grillo delivered up an inspired drum solo equally matched by keyboardist Oliver Palotai’s own solo.
Sean Tibbetts rumbling bass and founder Thomas Youngblood’s guitar wizardry spirited the band through tracks like; “The Great Pandemonium”, “Torn”, “Karma”, “Rule the World” and “Forever”. Kobra Paige returned to the stage for Kamelot’s final encore, “Sacrimony (Angel of Afterlife)”.
In all it was a wonderful set, the only personal disappointment that Karevik and Paige did not get to perform “The Haunting (Somewhere in Time)” together. The only other notable flaw would be the poor lighting in the venue.
All photos © 2015 Craig Newman