support Trivium + 3 Inches Of Blood + Still Remains
author PP date 06/06/05 venue Lille Vega, Copenhagen, DEN

The annual Roadrunner Records' RoadRage tour has always been able to boast itself with the lineup. Previous years have included acts such as Slipknot, Chimaira, Spineshank and other major names. This year was perhaps the first year that the lineup wasn't as great as before, but Roadrunner's new signings proved to be just as good as the big timers. Still Remains, 3 Inches Of Blood and Trivium ripped Lille Vega apart tonight with their modern takes on metal.

Still Remains

First up was Still Remains. Their RoadRunner debut album "Of Love And Lunacy" was great. But something was wrong tonight. Fine, they played their atmospheric keyboard hardcore/metal well, just like on the studio album. And the first couple of songs their stage show was awesome too. Lots of headbanging and jumping up and down. But where was all the movement? The continuous headbanging back and forth got quite boring after the fourth song. The only exception to the rule was their keyboard player who kept running around the stage, throwing his hands at the crowd in a strange, nerdy way that didn't enhance the overall level of their performance. Their grade falls down bigtime because of their liveshow that couldn't keep me entertained for more than just those four songs. Musicwise, they were great. Songs like "White Walls" and "In Place Of Hope" rocked the socks off the audience, and some crowd members were even singing along to the songs.


3 Inches Of Blood

3 Inches Of Blood could only improve from the performance of Still Remains. The Iron Maiden resembling modern heavy metal band charmed the crowd with their ultra complex guitar riffs and their high pitch shrieking, slightly similar to that of Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson's voice. Where Still Remains was repetitive and boring, 3 Inches Of Blood excelled. Although they moved around even less than Still Remains, somehow they just had more charisma, and they performed tighter as a band. The constant complex guitar riffs kept the crowd interested on both of the guitar players' fingers that were running faster than light every now and then. As expected, 3 Inches Of Blood finished their set with their megahit "Deadly Sinners" that could be straight from an 80s Iron Maiden album. Good stuff.



Trivium was clearly the headlining act tonight. Not only did they get to play for 20 minutes longer than everyone else, but their quality of performance and songs were just above everyone else tonight. The Florida-based metalcore band is perhaps the closest band one could imagine to Bullet For My Valentine's sound, only that it is toned down a bit in terms of guitar complexity and riff creativity. Where Bullet For My Valentine is melodic, Trivium is more pure hardcore. The strange thing about Trivium is that their lead singer has a very Asian look. To be entirely stereotypical, you wouldn't expect Trivium to be this hardcore by the looks. But indeed that's what they were, so another lesson learned about first impressions. His enthusiasm and awesome screams is what kept Trivium the tightest and most intense band tonight. Time after time he kept screaming into the mic things like "COME ON COPENHAGEN", "KEEP THAT PIT MOVING", "LET ME SEE THOSE HORNS COPENHAGEN". Ironically enough, even though 3 Inches Of Blood sounded like Iron Maiden, it was Trivium who covered Iron Maiden's "The Trooper". They also played Metallica's "Master Of Puppets", which was the only song that you could actually hear the crowd singing along to the lyrics. All set long their lead singer had tried to get the crowd to sing the lyrics of their most popular songs like "Pull Harder" or "Drowned And Torn Asunder" but lets be realistic here: Denmark is the promised land of electronic music, and if you can't sell a 500 capacity venue even half full, you can't expect the people to know the lyrics of your songs off their hearts.


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