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Swedish Rockers Avatar Unleash ‘Freak Show’ in New York City

Avatar - The Studio at Webster Hall
Chuck Armstrong, Loudwire

On Jan. 30, 2013, history was made for the Swedish hard rock band, Avatar. Filling the basement of New York City’s Webster Hall, known as The Studio, Avatar played their first show on US soil since their inception in 2001. Playing a 10-song set, the guys from Sweden set the bar high for their upcoming tour with Sevendust and Lacuna Coil, which kicks off on Feb. 1 in Greenville, S.C.

Being their first show in the States, most in attendance weren’t quite sure what to expect. As lead singer Johannes Eckerström came out onstage in a full-leather outfit, including a leather hood, Avatar tore into ‘Let Us Die’ from their latest album, ‘Black Waltz.’ The bar was set for the rest of the night. Blistering rock pummeled The Studio at Webster Hall as Avatar ripped through song after song, leaving no time for anyone to catch their breath.

The highlight of the night came with the final song in the set, ‘Smells Like a Freak Show.’ With the video debuting recently on Loudwire, it was easy to see the band was excited to unveil the tune on U.S. soil. The energy onstage bled through to the crowd as fans were singing along and banging their heads to the infectious rhythm.

If Avatar’s debut in America is any sign of what’s to come, don’t miss your chance to see the Swedish rockers opening for Sevendust and Lacuna Coil. You won’t be disappointed.

Avatar’s latest album, ‘Black Waltz,’ is currently available at iTunes.

Avatar Jan. 30, 2012 New York, N.Y. Set List:

‘Let Us Die’
‘Dying to See You Die’
‘Torn Apart’
‘Let It Burn’
‘Black Waltz’
‘Napalm’
‘Paint Me Red’
‘Ready For the Ride’
‘Smells Like a Freak Show’

Photos of Avatar at The Studio at Webster Hall
Avatar - The Studio at Webster Hall
Chuck Armstrong, Loudwire
Avatar - The Studio at Webster Hall
Chuck Armstrong, Loudwire
Avatar - The Studio at Webster Hall
Chuck Armstrong, Loudwire
Avatar - The Studio at Webster Hall
Chuck Armstrong, Loudwire
Avatar - The Studio at Webster Hall
Chuck Armstrong, Loudwire
Avatar - The Studio at Webster Hall
Chuck Armstrong, Loudwire
Avatar - The Studio at Webster Hall
Chuck Armstrong, Loudwire

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