American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold brought their Life Is But a Dream… tour to the Bell Center in Montreal playing for 16 000 people on Saturday night. Avenged Sevenfold has continuously pushed the limits of its genre and won praise for albums like “City of Evil” and “Nightmare.” With their original sound and captivating stage, the band once again showed why they are considered one of the most influential forces in the genre.
The concert began with an high energy performance by Alexisonfire who delivered an energetic performance, setting the stage for Avenged Sevenfold’s grand entrance.
As the anticipation reached its peak, the arena was plunged into darkness, the crowd cheered “Sevenfold” welcoming M. Shadows sitting on a chair in the middle of the stage illuminated by a single spotlight. Avenged Sevenfold launched into “Game Over” and “Mattel” as the band walked to the front of the stage. Fans were overjoyed to see the band once again after 5 years, evident by the cheers and screams throughout the first song.
Avenged Sevenfold wasted no time to play a fans favourite “Hail To The King”. The setlist was perfect mix of older and newer songs, the band navigates their discography perfectly. The crowd was treated to powerful classics like “Bat Country” and “Afterlife” that showcased the band’s mastery of their instruments and the raw intensity of their music. Singer M. Shadows commanded the stage with his signature harsh vocals, moving effortlessly between haunting melodies and aggressive screams. Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance‘s synchronized guitar work was awe-inspiring and fans were amazed at their technical prowess. Bassist Johnny Christ and drummer Brooks Wackerman provided a roaring rhythm section that raised the energy of each song to new heights.
The performance was a visual treat that took the band’s performance to a new level. Mesmerizing visuals on big screens, light displays and stunning graphics were perfectly synchronized with the music, creating an immersive experience that complemented the band’s dark and intense aesthetic.
Halfway through the evening, things slowed down as M. Shadows shares a few words honoring the former drummer of the band James ‘The Rev’ Sullivan who passed away dedicating their next song “So Far Wa” to him. The crowd put their phone lights up illuminating the entire arena for this moment.
Avenged Sevenfold’s 2023 concert was a testament to their enduring appeal and unwavering talent. From the moment they stepped on stage until the last note echoed through the arena, the band put on an unforgettable performance that showed their fans their musical prowess, stage presence and dedication. Avenged Sevenfold proved once again why they remain at the forefront of the heavy metal genre with their electric energy, impeccable musicianship and captivating visuals.
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The band still has many upcoming dates to their North American tour. You can get tickets for future dates here.
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