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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Live review: Sonata Arctica, Twilight Force at 013, Tilburg, The Netherlands, October 14th 2016

On 14 October 2016 Sonata Arctica played together with their support act Twilight Force in Poppodium 013 Tilburg (The Netherlands). I was there on the second row to review it for you. Twilight Force is a Swedish power metal band formed in 2011 and Sonata Arctica a power/ symphonic/ progressive metal band formed in 1995. Twilight Force played from 20:00 till 21:00, then they build up the stage for Sonata Arctica that played from 21:30 till 23:00.

When Twilight Force started to play the pianist came up with an large staff, it was an awesome sight. The other members joined right after and started to play the first song "Battle of Arcane Might". The drums are strongly present on this song, but flow nice with the vocals. You get the feeling that you are in a fairytale with knights. The whole set list the members make fun, jumping all over the place you even go jumping, what an energy do they have. "Enchanted Dragon of Wisdom" is a song with power and sing a long parts, the vocals are again powerful and fit right in. The last song that they played this evening was "Knights of Twilight's Might". It let you hear the capability of his voice from dark to very high. It was a great band to see live, they don't use their real names but chose to get nicknames.

Then after a half our brake and rebuilding the stage Sonata Arctica started to play. Their opening song was "Closer To An Animal" that comes from the newly released album. This song has power and rhythmic sing a long parts , but it is overall an calm song. The singer changed his shirt 3 times in the whole set (Black, Red, Blue). "The Wolves Die Young" was really beautiful to hear live, everyone singing along in the chorus. The guitar solos in the middle and afterwards the chorus again, it gives you goose bumps. We could choose between 3 songs (Shamandalie, Tallulah and The Misery), most of the people chose for Tallulah. It's a calm song with a lot of feelings in it, the crowd was waving from left to right. The song "Fairytale" came right after and is also a new released song. It is a song that is so perfect live, the vocals are sounding so fantastic. The last 2 songs were encore, the first song was "I Have A Right". This is a song that is more a sing a long song. The rhythmic keeps you head banging and moving. The last song of this evening was "Don't Say A Word", in the chorus part everyone started jumping and waving their hands. It's one of the songs that the whole venue was singing along, what an energy it was. After that they ended with the ”we need some vodka”.

This was a perfect evening with all the right ingredients from the bands.
This are 2 bands that you have to check out if you don't know them, or even go and see them live.

Set list Sonata Arctica:
1. Closer to an Animal
2. Life
3. The Wolves Die Young
4. In Black and White
5. Tallulah
6. Fairytale
7. Fullmoon
8. Among the Shooting Stars
9. Abandoned, Pleased, Brainwashed, Exploited
10. We Are What We Are
11. The Ruins of My Life
12. The Power of one
13. I Have a Right
14. Don’t Say a Word ( with Vodka outro)

Set list Twilight Force (support):
1. Battle of Arcane Might
2. Forest of Destine
3. Enchanted Dragon of Wisdom
4. Riders of the Dawn
5. Powerwind
6. Flight of the Sapphire Dragon
7. There and Back Again
8. Gates of Glory
9. The Power of the Ancient Force

Written by Nathasja Voerman
Photos by Nathasja Voerman

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