Florida’s symphonic metal band Kamelot played Montreal’s Metropolis on May 2nd, along with UK’s Dragonforce.
Dragonforce brought everything you need for a stereotypical metal show: long hair, head banging, black clothes, face melting solo’s, powerstands, and most importantly – high notes! The energy they gave to the crowd was ridiculous. They had fun with it and rocked the stage. They even went as far as playing “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash. “I see a lot of Dragonforce t-shirts out there, which means you guys must know every line of the next song. I’m not even gonna introduce it!” yelled vocalist Marc Hudson. Dragonforce have been around for 15 years and released their sixth album Maximum Overload which brought a new revelation to metal. If you have never seen a Dragonforce show, they are not to be missed if they hit your town.
Kamelot closed the evening with their incredibly high-energy set. They brought flawless harmonies, and their female back-up vocalist, Eliza Ryd, had some killer pipes. The crowd was even more alive than they were for Dragonforce (if that is even possible.) They got the crowd fist pumping constantly, and had them join in by clapping and singing. Tommy Karevik’s vocals projected throughout the crowd perfectly, and we heard him crisp and clear throughout the venue. “I’m going to count to three in French and you guys are going to scream as loud as you can and it’s going to be on camera so you better be fucking insane!” yelled Karevik. Kamelot never disappoints with their impeccable light shows and high energy sets.
Officially formed in 1991, Kamelot has gone through some band member changes, but they have come a long way continuing to make music and please the crowd at their ever so energetic live shows. Another show not to be missed.
Written by Liz Imperiale with Stacy Basque
Photography by Stacy Basque