Hey there fellow metal fanatics. Your's truly, Metalmax coming at ya with a review of the recent Kreator/Sabaton/Cyhra show that happened this past Saturday night over at the Orpheum. Now before we get into the review, let me just say that, yes, its been a while since I did a typed up review blog of anything but at the same time, I felt very compelled to give you guys something new for you all to see since the website barely ever gets updated and I felt this was the way to do it. Ok, now on to the review.
It was a spectacular night for a heavy metal concert and Saturday night at The Orpheum was no exception to the rule. The place was packed and metalheads from all around Wisconsin(and possibly even the midwest in general) came out to what would supposedly be a night of pure awesome brutality that will never be forgotten. And a night of brutality it was. First up, we have the band Cyhra which features former members from In Flames, Amaranthe, Rhapsody, and Shining. Their music was real heavy, yet had a touch of radio friendliness to it. If I had to describe Cyhra, they would pretty much qualify as a modern day version of The Scorpions, mixed in with some early In Flames. Their set was very very decent and I"ll be interested to see what they come up with in the near future because I think they have a lot of potential.
Next up, we have the mighty Kreator, hailing from Germany. Since it was my first time seeing them perform live, lets just say that they not only lived up to my expectations, but they ultimately surpassed them. For those of you who aren't familiar, Kreator was part of the german wave of speed/thrash metal to come out of the late 80's. You could say that they were considered Teutonic thrash metal. Anyway, their set consisted of old and newer material. The songs in their setlist that stand out for me were Violent Revolution, People of The Lie, Enemy of God, Toxic Trace and Phantom Antichrist. Violent Revolution and People of The Lie really got the crowd going, showing that once again, Kreator do not disappoint when it comes to pleasing their fans. But nothing could compare to what would become the last act of the evening.....
Sabaton!!!!! What can be said about Sabaton you ask? Plenty. We'll start with their elaborate stage show. I considered it to be very state of the art, especially with their big monitor screen that showed off historical events, as well as some of their music videos. Sabaton are a power/thrash metal band that hail from Sweden and they represent everything that makes the Swedish metal scene amazing today. What really was spectacular was how they engaged the audience in between their songs, proving that they are indeed a metal band who cares about their audience. the song that they opened with was off their recent album and it only got better from there on in. At times, they would even have the audience chime in to decide which song they wanted to hear next, which is very rare for a band to do so nowadays. The biggest highlight from their set was when they introduced one of their youngest fans on stage to the whole audience who just happened to be a five year old little girl. If you ask me, I think her parents are raising her on the right music.
So all in all, the entire concert itself was super spectacular. I enjoyed every minute of it and as a result, I"m giving it 10 out of 10 on the askmetalmax richter scale. Thats it for now. Stay tuned for more amazing stuff to come here on askmetalmax.com in the coming months.