Concert review, Trivium, Shvpes and SikTh
Munich, Theaterfabrik – March 11th, 2017
It was yet another sold out show I had the pleasure to attend last Saturday. Trivium’s final tour of Silence In The Snow made a stop in our beautiful town and the place was packed.
They brought along two support bands, both from the UK.
People were still pouring into the venue when Shvpes from Birmingham entered the stage. Not yet well-known around here, it didn’t take them long to warm up the crowd. Songs like ‘Skins & Bones’ or the title track of their debut album called ‘Pain, Joy, Ecstasy, Despair’ saw to that. Although a band for some years now, their first full-length record wasn’t released until last year October. Even before that though, they already opened up for bands like Bring Me The Horizon, Bullet For My Valentine, Memphis May Fire and Young Guns. They’re also no strangers to festival stages like Download Festival and Slam Dunk. For 2017 Shvpes already announced to play at Rock Am Ring, Rock Im Park, Hellfest and more. Look out for that band. We’ll sure hear more from them in the coming months!
Second opener was SikTh. According to facebook followers the more popular band. That night though the crowd was reluctant at first. SikTh are six guys that call London their home. With two vocalists, two guitars, bass and drums the stage was pretty crowded. The band first got together in 2000. They took a five-year break from 2008 until 2013, where they started out again. Progressive Metal is probably what describes their sound best. It’s pretty technical at times, which probably makes it harder to listen to when you’re not familiar with the songs.
Introduced by Iron Maiden’s ‘Run To The Hills’ in full, Trivium entered the stage at around 9.15 pm. As was to be expected, they had the crowd going from second one. By then the venue was full to the brim. Only a few songs into the set the heated bodies of about 1000 fans turned the venue into a sauna. A fact not only the people on the floor recognized, because a few songs in, Trivium’s vocalist Matt Heafy welcomed the crowd to the ‘Dampfbad’ (german term for steam bath). The whole place was constantly moving. There were either crowd surfers or circle pits and a few times Matt Heafy invited the crowd to jump, which everyone did in unison. What a sight to see! That goes both for audience and band. Always a pleasure to watch musicians perform, that seemingly like what they’re doing. Considering Matt Heafy’s almost constant grin, I guess it’s safe to say this man likes his job. Trivium might’ve become more melodic over the past two records, but that doesn’t mean they’re not still a heavy band. By the end of 2016 the band re-released their debut record “Ember To Inferno: Ab Initio”, plus 13 previously unavailable demos. So, no worries them denying their past or anything like that. They just simply developed. Set list also shows the variety of songs the band has to offer:
- Forsake Not The Dream
- Down From The Sky
- Rise Above The Tides
- Entrance Of The Conflagration
- The Deceived
- Dying In Your Amrs
- Dusk Dismantled
- Throes Of Perdition
- Silence In The Snow
- Pillars Of Serpents
- A Gunshot To The Head Of Trepidation
- Until The World Goes Cold
- Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Matyr
- In Waves
The European tour is still under way. Take your chances and catch the bands out on the road. Trivium already announced their part-taking at a few European festivals in August, like Woodstock Festival Poland and Elb Riot.
Make sure to follow the bands on their social media for further information
- Review and Photography by Alex Bock, https://twitter.com/abphotomjp