Iced Earth Heat Things Up In New York City With Sabaton and ReVamp
Iced Earth graced the stage at a packed house at Best Buy Theater in New York City this past weekend. The band is currently touring in promotion of their new album ‘Plagues of Babylon.’ Support was offered by powerhouse metal acts Sabaton and ReVamp.
Iced Earth kicked off their set with the title track of their new disc and also played newer songs, ‘Democide,’ ‘If I Could See You’ and ‘Cthulhu.’ Lead singer Stu Block’s vocals were flawless, legendary guitarist Jon Schaffer provided stellar riffs along with lead guitarist Troy Steele. The connection between all of the band members was a sight to see.
The band ended its set with an incredible encore which got rabid fans even more pumped with ‘Dystopia,’ the title track off their tenth studio album and ‘Watching Over Me’ from their 1998 disc ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes.’ As they began the night with new material, they ended the night with an old favorite. The last song of the set was their self-titled track off of their debut disc ‘Iced Earth.’
The Swedish metallers of Sabaton went on before Iced Earth and brought the house down with an enthusiastic set. The band members were all decked out in army pants and ready for battle. Frontman Joakim Broden is also very humorous and athletic onstage, doing kicks and lunges throughout the set.
Sabaton are a blast to watch from beginning to end. It’s no wonder they have such a massive following, as it’s evident onstage that they’re there to have a good time. The band is on this tour in support of their brand new disc ‘Heroes.'
Dutch metal act ReVamp, fronted by the very tall and very talented songstress Floor Jansen, completely blew the roof off of Best Buy Theater. Her beautiful melodies and vocal range can entrance you as she can also headbang and growl with (and better than) the boys. Gems of the night included their performance of ‘Wolf and Dog’ and ‘Head Held High.’
ReVamp as a whole are captivating to watch onstage. Jansen is enthralling and the men of the band are all about having fun onstage with each other and the crowd. This was their first U.S. tour and it was obvious the NYC crowd had a hell of a good time with them as well. Floor Jansen was also named as the new frontwoman for Nightwish after the fallout with their former vocalist Annette Olzon.
Iced Earth's North American tour runs through May 6 in Seattle. Check out the remaining dates here.
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