Less than one year ago, DARK TRANQUILLITY celebrated the release of their latest effort Atoma on November 4 at The Gramercy Theatre in NYC. At that time, it was an evening filled with a mix of melodic acts with SWALLOW THE SUN, ENFORCER and STARKILL. Ten months later on September 15, these Swedish Melodic Death Metal titans returned to the same venue. This time around, they brought thrashers STRIKER and WARBRINGER with them for support. Unfortunately, guitarist Niklas Sundin wasn’t there. However, they brought the mighty Christopher Amott (ex-ARCH ENEMY) and of course, the Cathory-fan (check out his shirt) guitarist Johan Reinholdz.
It was interesting to see two thrash acts open, which did bring in a different crowd. Canada’s STRIKER and Los Angeles’ WARBRINGER are both similar in terms of performance, presentation, and of course, being part of the new-wave thrash revival. STRIKER were up first as they were promoting their self-titled fifth studio album, which was released at the beginning of this year. Their energy was on point, as they continued to move around with speed and an aggressive force. For those who arrived early enough, it was well worth to see.
WARBRINGER picked up where STRIKER left off with their flavorful adrenaline while promoting their new album, Woe to the Vanquished. Other acts should take a few notes on them since they performed this fresh record (one of Maestro’s favorites of 2017!) in its entirety. Additionally, frontman John Kevill’s animated presence along with his signature movements always makes it a pleasure to watch their set.
After a short break, it was time for DARK TRANQUILLITY to take the stage. It was a similar setup to their last run, as a screen was dropped down to showcase video clips along with their recent music videos. However, the repetition didn’t seem to affect anyone as it was clear they have a devoted fan base. Essentially, to some extent, it doesn’t matter what they do, the crowd will inevitably be more than satisfied. And that’s exactly what the evening entailed. Fans continued to sing as the chemistry on the stage was in sync with each other.
The setlist included “Force of Hand,” “The Lesser Faith,” “Atoma,” “The Treason Wall,” “The Science of Noise,” “Forward Momentum,” “Terminus (Where Death Is Most Alive),” “The SIlence In Between,” “The Mundane and the Magic,” “Final Resistance,” “Monochromatic Stains,” “The Wonders At Your Feet,” “White Noise/Black Silence,” “Encircled,” “Clearing Skies,” “End Time Hearts,” “ThereIn,” “State of Trust,” “Through Smudged Lenses,” and “Misery’s Crown.”
LIVE IMAGES AND WORDS: ZENAE D. ZUKOWSKI