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02/25/2007 Killswitch Engage, Dragonforce, Chimaira, He Is Legend (Niagara Falls, NY @ Dome Theater)

By Eric | February 25, 2007 11:48 pm

After fighting some snow on the way in, I got into the Falls at about 6:30, parked and got in line. It didn’t take more than 5 minutes for the doors to open and the line to start moving, which was nice. Once getting inside, I found a nice spot on the left side of the stage, up on the 2nd level, right by the stairs. Perfect view, not getting thrashed on, etc. He Is Legend was up first, and they had a kinda southern-metal feel to them, not completely unlike Down, Seemless, Sixty Watt Shaman, etc. If only they were as good as those bands. They weren’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. Tolerable. The singer’s voice sounded kinda shot, I don’t know if he was sick or whatnot, but it could have been better.

After their half-hour set, Chimaira was on. And they were ON. They opened with Resurrection, then into Power Trip. Mark did a little talking, and then they did Severed, which always gets the crowd moving. Then another song off the new album, No Reason To Live, which kicked all kinds of ass. The crowd did the Wall Of Death on it’s own for The Dehumanizing Process, then came Nothing Remains, and finally Pure Hatred. I actually went down in the pit for Pure Hatred, got it out of my system, and then back to my vantage point for the rest of the night. The Chimaira boys haven’t lost anything being off the road
for awhile, and I can’t wait for them to come back and headline!

Dragonforce was next, and these guys are speed-power metal from England. Almost cheesy, as they sing about warriors and wizards and (duh) dragons. To me, if you’ve heard one song, you’ve heard them all. Technically, they were very good, and the two guitar players could shred with the best of them. The singer sang very high, and personally, it got a little annoying. The crowd went nuts for them though, and I can’t exactly figure out why. It was certainly entertaining, but not my kind of thing. I think Chimaira should have been on the bill ahead of them, but ya can’t win em all. Thanks to YouTube, I found a clip from their set:

Through The Fire and Flames

Finally, it was Killswitch time. They didn’t have Adam D with them, as he was having back surgery, so they had Pat Lachman (from Damageplan) playing guitar, which is not too shabby at all. They opened with As Daylight Dies, and then went into Take This Oath, Life To Lifeless, and When Darkness Falls. Back to the new album with My Curse and Unbroken. Rose Of Sharyn was next, and then a pleasant surprise, the track from WWE Wreckless Intent, This Fire Burns. Another new one, Still Beats Your Name, then back to the old stuff with Breathe Life, Fixation On the Darkness, and A Bid Farewell. They closed out the main set with This is Absolution and
The End Of Heartache. After a brief rest, the encore was My Last Serenade. The band sounded great, and Pat was more than a capable fill-in, but I don’t know if it was me, the lack of Adam D, the crowd, or what, but it just seemed like there was something missing. It wasn’t a lack of enthusiasm from the band, and the crowd seemed sufficently into the show, but I felt like the set lacked that spark that makes you feel like “Damn, why’d this set have to end?”. For me, Chimaira’s set had that, and KsE’s didn’t. And I like KsE a lot, and was hoping to have a “damn” moment. I certainly wasn’t disappointed, but I think maybe I had hyped myself up a little too much for them. In any event, the show overall was great, well worth it, and now I’m psyched for my other upcoming metal shows!

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