Trivium is a band that I have waited a long time to be able to see live and they did not disappoint. I was enjoying the concert on Tuesday night too much to keep track of all the songs they played, but it was a good mix of material their new album and songs from a mix of older albums. I have been listening to their new album (Shogun) quite a lot lately and would have been just as happy for them just to play Shogun for the whole night. They did play Into The Mouth Of Hell We March, Down From The Sky and Throes of Perdition from the new album though. It is a great album and for any Trivium fan that doesn’t have it, I would suggest investing in it.
I had the chance to take the photos for the concert and was quite thrilled when the members of the band would come up right in front of me to make sure I got some great pics. I have heard a lot of stories about how much Trivium love their fans and they showed it this night with just how much energy they put into the show for them. It was a small Tuesday crowd, but the fans that were there were intense and seemed to impress the band who were all smiles about the reaction to their amazing show. I am definitely an even bigger fan of Trivium after seeing them live and hope to see them back in Vancouver very soon.
If there is one thing I can say about this show was the sound man was terrible! I’m not sure what he was listening to that night but it sure wasn’t the concert we were at. For the first two bands, the only thing you could hear was the double bass and the vocals. The first group Dirge Within played their way through the bad sound quality and are well on their way to becoming a headliner. The second band Whitechapel had a frontline of 3 guitars and a bass guitar and the only thing I could hear was the double bass and horrible screaming from the lead singer. I feel sorry for the guitar line in the group. I had no idea if they were great at what they do because they were totally drowned out.
Chimaira should already be headlining their own tour. Their frontline laid out some amazing riffs that had the crowd in a frenzy. The circle pit was an amazing thing to watch. They were a great band to watch and listen to and I can only hope next time i see them their will be someone with more skills behind the soundboard.
Trivium, Chimaira, Whitechapel, Dirge Within
November 24, 2009
Review and photos by Gord Dunbar