On Monday, September 28th, metal fans lined up from around the region to see the power of women in metal light up the Bluebird Theater in Denver, CO. Eluveitie, The Agonist, and Martina Edoff were on the roster, with the recent drop of female fronted symphonic metal giant Epica being discussed around the venue. Because of the drop, this show was moved to the Bluebird Theater from the original (and larger) Gothic Theater. I haven’t seen the Bluebird this full in a long time, and for being a Monday, it was especially impressive.
The first of the three metal powerhouses with females on board was a perfect way to begin the night. The beautiful Swedish vocalist Martina Edoff and her band hit the stage first and wowed the crowd with her powerful voice and entertaining stage presence. Ms. Edoff was entirely different than I expected, with the heaviness of The Agonist and Eluveitie, it was a nice soft start to the night.
The Agonist, however, came on stage with a vengeance. I was totally blown away by the new vocalist, Vicky Psarakis (who replaced Alissa White-Gluz of Arch Enemy in 2014). Vicky told the crowd about the unfortunate drop-off of Epica, but ensured everyone that the extended sets by both bands to follow would make up for anything; and they didn’t disappoint. I had never seen The Agonist live before, but was truly blown away with their stage presence. Playing songs new and old, from 2007’s “Business Suits and Combat Boots” to 2015’s “Gates of Horn and Ivory” I doubt anyone in the crowd was missing their original vocalist.
An Evening with Eluveitie began swiftly, opening with “King” from the 2014 Origins album. Finally getting to crowd to moshing, the eight members of the band dominated the relatively small stage, with traditional folk flutes, a hurdy gurdy, and bagpipes. There were tons of amazing moments of the night, starting with “The Call of The Mountains” sang in German by Anna Murphy and it was truly beautiful. Thanks to the extended set, the band also graced us with traditional Celtic folk arrangements, and closed with 2008’s hit, “Inis Mona”, somehow showing just as much energy at the end of this ridiculously long set as they had in the beginning.
What I originally felt was a strange tour lineup proved itself to be a perfect night of metal. I am glad that I kept an open mind for both Ms. Edoff and The Agonist, because both were entirely entertaining. I did miss Epica, but I am sure they will be returning soon. If you are lucky enough to have any of these bands gracing your city, take the opportunity and go! You will not regret it.