April 27, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 11:30 pm$20
- Battle Beast
@ The Concord Music Hall
April, 27, 2018
Doors open at 5:30 pm
A shape-shifting and musically adept American, German, and Swedish hard rock unit that skilfully blends elements of classical, gothic/doom metal, progressive rock, and symphonic metal, Kamelot came to be in 1992 in Tampa, Florida. Founded by multi-instrumentalist Thomas Youngblood, the band has endured numerous lineup changes throughout its existence, with Youngblood serving as the sole consistent member (Norwegian vocalist Roy Sætre Khantatat, better known as Roy Khan, had the second longest tenure, serving as frontman and co-writer from 1997 to 2011). Kamelot issued its debut album, Eternity, via Noise Records in 1995, and stayed with the label through its next five offerings, Dominion (1997), Siége Perilous (1998), The Fourth Legacy (1999), Karma (2001), and Epica (2003), before inking a deal with the Sony-distributed German independent SPV/Steamhammer for their seventh long-player The Black Halo. 2007’s Ghost Opera found its way into the Billboard Top 200 via the Top Heatseekers chart, while 2010’s Poetry for the Poisoned and 2012’s ambitious Silverthorn and 2015’s epic Haven helped to firmly establish the band as one of contemporary power metal’s most enduring acts.
Delain is a gothic metal-flavoured act founded in 2002 by former Within Temptation keyboard player Martijn Westerholt. Although fronted by Anne Invernizzi the band also employed guest lead vocals from Orphanage’s George Oosthoek for their first demo Amenity. In May 2005 Delain’s debut album was recorded at Spacelab Studios in Kempen, Germany. Handling drums in the studio would be God Dethroned’s Ariën van Weesenbeek.Dutch symphonic metal band Delain have come a long way since their debuting record. Having toured the globe and carved their niche within the genre, the band is now preparing for the release of their upcoming fourth studio record. Delain have proudly revealed the front cover and track listing of their upcoming record The Human Contradiction that is scheduled for a release in April 2014 by Napalm Records.
One of the signature trades of Delain’s records has been the presence of guest musicians, and The Human Contradiction is no exception. Prominent is the much anticipated return of vocal force Marco Hietala on the powerful number “Your Body Is A Battleground” and the melancholic “Sing To Me”. Another surprise is the appearance of iconic screamer Alissa White-Gluz on the epic album finale “The Tragedy Of The Commons”, showcasing both her clean vocals and her impressive signature screams.
Returning to the roots of their debut record Lucidity, The Human Contradiction also features George Oosthoek laying down some brutal grunts on the heavy “Tell Me, Mechanist”.
Based out of the hard rock-rich Finnish capital city, Helsinki’s Battle Beast specializes in no-holds-barred, mace to the face, vintage European power metal. Originally formed in 2008, the band underwent a few lineup changes before settling on guitarists Anton Kabanen and Juuso Soinio, drummer Pyry Vikki, bass player Eero Sipilä, keyboard player Janne Björkroth, and powerhouse female vocalist Nitte Valo. They inked a record deal with Finnish label Hype Records in 2010 and issued their debut album, Steel, the following year. The record did well regionally, and eventually caught the ear of Nuclear Blast, who reissued the album internationally in 2012. After a European tour with Nightwish, Valo announced her departure from the group, citing family reasons. New vocalist Noora Louhimo joined just in time for a tour with fellow Finnish power metal unit Sonata Arctica and in 2013, the band headed back to the studio to begin work on their sophomore long-player.
The resulting eponymous Battle Beast peaked at the number five slot on the Finnish album charts. Unholy Savior, the band’s third studio outing, arrived in January 2015, and topped the Finnish charts in its opening week. That same year saw the departure of guitarist Anton Kabanen, who was replaced by keyboardist Janne Björkroth’s brother, Joona Björkroth, in 2016. The following year saw the band release their fourth studio album, Bringer of Pain, and embarking on their first North American tour, alongside Sabaton and Leaves’ Eyes.
- Concord Music Hall
2047 N. Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL United States + Google Map