This is going to go down as one of,if not the best concert I’ve seen this year. I’m already to claim that this was the best showing of Trivium’s I’ve seen so far,
This was now the seventh times I’ve seen Trivium play, each time playing better and bigger venues, and each time getting better and better at the shows they produce. It’s getting a bit ridiculous how each time I’ve seen them in recent times, they’ve manages to blow my expectations out of the water.
2009 era Trivium is still going to be hard to beat, as I think that tour in support of their album Shogun still is what I point to as peak Trivium, but this was the closest they’ve gotten yet to beating that mark. It’s hard to beat the rawness that Trivium brought to their music almost ten years ago, but you trade that in for a band that is a million times tighter (Alex Bent is a god on drums) and better stage production values, and you getting something just as special but in a different kind of way.
The main show was everything I love about music and live music all into one night. I knew I was going to have a good time with Trivium, but it was Avatar that blew my mind quick. I’m a big fan of theatrical bands that dress up and have a great stage set up. Think In This Moment, Ghost, and now Avatar. I don’t even know what to classify them as, but they’re just so interesting to watch, and their music is so good. Singer Johannes Eckerström is a phenomenal singer and screamer.
I thought last time I saw Trivium that “The Sin and the Sentence” was a perfect opener, but “Betrayer” was great as well. It started their set off with intensity and the pit felt chaotic with everyone trying to get to the good places and crowdsurfers everywhere. The rest of the setlist was as close to perfect as it’s ever been, I just really wish songs like “Strife” and “Down From The Sky” would be retired, at least for a little while. “Down From The Sky” is the band’s second most played song ever live, and it’s great, I just feel like it’s time to give another song time to shine. I feel like everyone that has ever listened to Trivium has heard that song played live. Let’s swap it for “Of Prometheus and the Crucifix.” Strife is similar. It’s much better live but overall it’s pretty bleh. I would have much rather heard “Endless Night” instead. It was great to hear A Gunshot to the Head of Trepidation again, and great sight to see the entirety of Myth jumping up and down, something I’ve only seen happen then.
As usual, Matt makes each concert into a competition, mentioning at our show that Philadelphia has had the best show so far (with the crowd responding in a pretty big chorus of boos). At the end of the show he admitted that we beat Philly and it felt entirely honest (and then reiterated on Twitter so you know it’s true). It was incredible how much energy the crowd had all throughout the night and it’s further convinced me of how much closer Trivium are at taking over the world. The future has never looked so bright for the band and I can’t wait to see what it holds.