GIG REVIEW: Trivium, Sikth & Shvpes Live at Capitol, Hanover, Germany
Trivium went on tour in Germany and stopped on 6th March in Hanover at the Capitol. They got some great support from the English talent of SikTh and Shvpes!
I arrived lately because of a traffic jam and entered the venue while Shvpes played. I was surprised with the crowd in the venue. Many people were already inside and the atmosphere was very nice. And after entering the hall, I understood why. The guys on the stage were motivated to rock the hall and delight the people inside to spread cheerfulness. Frontman Griffin Dickinson especially did a great job. For sure, I’m not the only one who found a new, cool band!
The progressive metal band SikTh began to play next. I was curious about the guys, because the tracks I know are quite nice and I wanted to see and hear the interaction between the two singers live on stage. “Philistine Philosophies” was the first track of their performance and it was really nice. The guys of SikTh, especially the two singers, went crazy on stage and motivated the people in the venue to headbang, dance, whatever. It’s too bad that many people left the hall after a while. I don’t know why, but it seemed that the audience was not really in the mood for progressive music this evening. But the people who stayed in front of the stage had fun – especially at their last song “Bland Street Bloom” – and I liked the performance of the band, too.
So, everyone was nicely warmed up for Trivium. There were some stairs in the stage which looked as if they were taken from an old temple. Additionally, there were two skulls, looking like the one on the ‘Silence in the Snow’ album, in the background with glooming eyes. That was a nice setup on stage! Then, the hall went dark and the audience went crazy and screamed for Trivium while “Run to the Hills” played. Then, the real show started with “The End of Everything” and “Rain”, and the people loved it from the first moment. The whole concert was just fine – the guys on stage encouraged the crowd to do circle pits and walls of death, and the people complied with every command. The setlist was very powerful and dominated by tracks from the album ‘Ascendancy’, but in general, it was a fine mixture of Trivium’s whole discography. The movements and interactions with the audience seemed a bit studied and not very authentic in my opinion. This wasn’t the more passionate Trivium of the past that I experienced tonight. Nevertheless, the people loved it and it was a fine concert. The encore “In Waves” drained out the remaining energy of the moshing crowd. Nice setlist, nice stage arrangement, nice light show, and in summary, a very fine concert!
It was a great evening in Hanover with Trivium, SikTh and Shvpes. The sound was awesome, the venue was pleasant, and the mood of the audience was outstanding. Every band did a good job, and Shvpes especially was the positive surprise of the evening, at least for me. I highly recommend catching this tour!