On Saturday November 28, 2015 Swedish modern melodic metal rockers Amaranthe teamed with American heavy metal hotties The Butcher Babies to rock downtown Reno to it’s core and blow the roof off The Knitting Factory Concert House with Amaranthe’s North American Massive Addictive Tour. Also on the bill were alternative rockers Lullwater from Athens, GA.
The Reno show, presented by JMax Productions, was the second to the last show of the tour that started on October 29th in Atlanta, GA and ended on November 29th in San Jose, CA.
Attendance for the show was pretty good, fans of all three bands were there to see some awesome head banging heavy metal rock & roll. No one left this show disappointed that’s for sure.
Amaranthe is a Swedish/Danish power/melodic death metal band that originates from Sweden and Denmark.
The band was formed by Jake E. Lundberg and Olof Morck, the project began taking shape when singers Elize Ryd and Andy Solvestrom signed on, as did drummer Morten Lowe.
In April 2011 their debut album “Amaranthe” was released to worldwide acclaim, charting high in Sweden and Finland, and was the 84th most played album on Spotify in the whole world, all genres.
In the Spring of 2011 they did a full on European tour with Kamelot and Evergrey, and now they set their sights on the world.
The band has since been touring in support of their third album, Massive Addictive, which was released on October 21, 2014.
Current members include, Elize Ryd (clean vocals, female), *Jake E. Lundberg (clean vocals, male), Henrik Englund Wilhemsson (unclean vocals), Olof Mörck (guitars, keyboards), Johan Andreassen (bass) and Morten Løwe Sørensen (drums).
*Reviewers note, Lundberg was not present at this show due to family responsibilities back home.
Amaranthe played a solid ninety minute set that went something like this,
“Digital World”, “Trinity”, “Hunger”, “Invincible”, “1.000.000 Lightyears”, “Mechanical Illusion”, “Over And Done”, “Massive Addictive”, “True”, “Unreal”, “Afterlife”, “Electroheart”, (Drum Solo), “Amaranthine”, “Call Out My Name” and three encore songs, “The Nexus”, “Dynamite” and “Drop Dead Cynical”.
This was my first time seeing Amaranthe play, other than watching videos on youtube. I can tell you this without a doubt, the videos don’t even come close to giving the band any justice on their live performance, to get the true spirit of the band you need to see them live. I highly recommend it, they were awesome. The entire audience loved every minute of the show as well.
The Butcher Babies were the supporting act for the show. If you have never seen this band play before, you don’t know what you’re missing. So let me tell you then, you’re missing a very high energy performance by two of the most beautiful and sexy females in metal, rock or any other genre of music you can think of. And their backed by an awesome band that knows how to rock too.
The Butcher Babies are an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. Their debut album, “Goliath”, was released on July 9, 2013 via Century Media Records. It sold 3,300 copies in the US during its first week of release and charted at No. 3 on the Billboard Heatseeker chart and No. 112 on the Billboard 200. The band has also released two EP’s as well, “Butcher Babies” on May 29, 2012 and “Uncovered” on September 30, 2014. On August 21, 2015 The Butcher Babies released their second full length studio album, “Take It Like A Man” which they are now touring in support of.
Original band members are, Heidi Shepherd (vocals), Carla Harvey (vocals), Henry Flury (guitar), Jason Klein (bass) and Chris Warner (drums).
The band did a forty five minute set that went like this,
“Monster’s Ball”, “Never Go Back”, “The Cleansing”, “Igniter”, “Jesus Needs More Babies For His War Machine”, “Mr. Slowdeath”, “Gravemaker”, “Thrown Away”, “They’re Coming To Take Me Away” (Napoleon XIV cover) and “Magnolia Blvd.”.
The Butcher Babies never seem to disappoint, the level of energy they put out in every show is undeniable and this examiner has seen them several times before and I’ve seen it every time, the energy level is off the charts. Not only do these two awesomely hot girls know how get the audience rockin’, the boys in the band provide the awesome sound that gets the whole thing going and keeps it going throughout the entire set.
This is one of those bands that you just can’t get enough of, if you ever get the chance to see them, do it.
After their set, the band came out and did a meet & greet with the fans. They signed autographs, took photos and really talked to everyone that waited in line (and the line was long). A lot of bands charge up to $100.00 for m&g’s and don’t give the attention that these two girls did for free. That’s why this band is so awesome, they actually care about their fans.
Starting the night off, a band that is no stranger to Reno, alternative rockers Lullwater from Athens, GA.
There are a million bands in the universe of popular music who yearn for a career that becomes the foundation for an emergence of a community. They speak with the conviction of passion, honesty, drive, and perseverance.
Most exhibit behavior that defines hard work to their core. Yet, the vast majority come and go leaving small localized followings in their wake.
Some broaden their reach establishing regional footholds. And then there are those that through integrity, diligence and what is nothing more than a pure connection with those they encounter, that reach the heights of developing a national presence.
With Lullwater, the band’s raw, thought provoking rock has placed them on that cusp of garnering that elusive coast to coast notoriety. The band is touring in support of their latest album “Revival” which was released October 23, 2015.
Band members include, John Strickland (rhythm guitar, lead vocals), Brett Strickland (lead guitar), Ray Beatty (bass, backing vocals) and Joseph Wilson (drums, backing vocals).
Lullwater started the night off with a thirty minute set that got the audience ready to rock the whole night and it went like this,
“Liars & Thieves”, “Oddline”, “Burning Both Ends”, “Albatross”, “Holy Water”, “Tug Of War” and “A Forgotten Name”.
Lullwater is a band that is what rock & roll music is all about, great vocals, awesome guitars, thumping bass and hard hitting drums. What more could you ask for, other than another song.
These guys just came through Reno a few months ago opening for Theory of a Deadman (read review). It was the show that ended abruptly when some idiot started spraying mace in the middle of the crowd during a song that choked and blinded everyone near him including members of Theory of a Deadman, all over a pick that one of the band members threw into the audience. As you can imagine, that ended the show with four songs left to play. Luckily no one got seriously hurt.
Lullwater is an awesome band that soon will be headlining their own shows. Be sure to check out them out the next time they come your way.
The whole show was definitely rockin’, every band kicked ass and if you weren’t there, you really missed a good one.
A great time was had by all.
This examiner has said it before and I’ll say it again, The Knitting Factory Concert House Reno is and always will be one of Reno’s very best venues to see a show. To see who’s coming next (click here).
If you want to see all the photos of Amaranthe at this show (click here), The Butcher Babies (click here) or Lullwater (click here).
As with all this examiners reviews and feature stories, “The Photos Are What It’s All About”, so check out the photo slideshow and enjoy the show.
All photos by JOHN TUCKNESS
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