[Live Review + Photography] Arch Enemy – Live in Hong Kong 2018

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瑞典旋律死亡金屬巨頭Arch Enemy2015年的演出後,第二次以此陣容於四月回歸香港!樂團繼續以Alissa White-Gluz為主唱,前Nevermore的著名樂手Jeff Loomis Michael Amott 依然負責結他部分、Sharlee D’Angelo 在低音结他手之位,而Daniel Erlandsson 則繼續在drum set背後領軍!

Swedish melodic death metal titans Arch Enemy come back to Hong Kong for the second time with the fresh lineup featuring new members Alissa White-Gluz as the vocalist and ex-Nevermore’s acclaimed guitarist Jeff Loomis; with Michael Amott still being another master behind the axe, Sharlee D’Angelo on bass and Daniel Erlandsson on drums!

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Photo Gallery 現場相集 – Arch Enemy  – Live in Hong Kong 2018
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今次作為最新專輯 Will To Power 的宣傳巡演一部分。專輯於去年98日推出,是繼廣受好評、像徵著Arch Enemy 新時代的 War Eternal 後的全新錄音室專集。當時各界金屬愛好者齊齊注目,看看這個在大膽的陣容改變是否能讓AE的旗幟繼續飛揚 ; 4年後的今天大家都知道結果了 —— 樂團真的比以往變得更強大!

As part of their promotional tour for the latest album, ‘Will To Power,’ out on 8th September last year and the follow up of the critically acclaimed ‘War Eternal’ which symbolizes the new era of Arch Enemy from 2015. The world is watching to see if this bold move on the lineup can keep the AE flag flying high; and now we know the result — they are stronger than ever!

正如預期那樣,今次歌單有不少 Will To Power 專輯中的新單曲,其中當然有近月熱播的 The World Is Yours 和最近的單曲 The Eagle Flies Alone。另外也少不了上一張專輯 War Eternal 和當時Alissa剛接捧要make a statement You Will Know My Name。舊作回顧也有 Angela Gossow 時代的 My ApocalypseAE初成立的經典 Fields of Desolation

As expected, the setlist is full of their new singles such as “The World Is Yours” and the recent hit “The Eagle Flies Alone,” punctuated with anthems from the last album like “War Eternal” and “You Will Know My Name” which immediately set the crowd on fire. Surprise comes when the band choose to include AE classics during the Angela Gossow era “My Apocalypse” and even “Fields of Desolation” from their formation years!

對上一次AE在香港舉行的演出中,一頭藍髮的Alissa White-Gluz剛剛加入樂隊,無可否認,有些時候隊中的男士們在舞台上的隊形更合拍。3年過去,現在樂隊在舞台上整體協調得很好,歌曲與sub sets之間過渡非常順暢。在演出的不同部分可以看到不同的二重奏或三重奏,背對背的技巧切磋非常閃耀。每個成員還有獨自solo的時刻,各有展現自己的時間。

During their last show in Hong Kong, the blue-hair frontwoman Alissa White Gluz had just joined the band not so long ago. Admittedly there were moments you could see the gentlemen in the team presented themselves more seamlessly on stage. 3 years passed by and now the band move as a whole! The stage movement is well coordinated, transitions between songs and sub-sets are perfectly smooth. You can see their duo or trio, back-to-back instrumental presentation in different parts of the show. There are also solo moments for each member to have their own time to shine.

無論你認為Alissa是否適合AE主唱的位置,過去的45年已經證明,這個藍髮女孩無疑在現場的表現非常優秀,而且對於外界來說,她已成為樂隊的新形象。在音樂方面,整個樂隊也在探索來自不同流派的元素,嘗試不同的結構層次和組合。看到樂隊將他們的新聲音帶入現場,將音樂提升到視覺上,令人目不轉睛。

No matter if you think Alissa White-Gluz is the right fit for the vocalist position at AE, the last 4-5 years have proven the blue-hair girl is undeniably a powerhouse in live and is becoming the new image for the band. Musically, the whole band is also exploring the mix of elements from different genres and compositional layering. It’s a pure pleasure to witness the band putting their new tones in live shows which elevate the music to a visual level.

1.5小時的專場結束,Jeff Michael 以個雙人結他二重奏,並以樂團的經典作品 Nemesis Disolation Fields (!!!) 來作結。Arch Enemy15年來到這裡時,他們表示必定會再次回來。今晚樂團作了同樣的承諾 —— 如果他們能夠讓這支火炬像現在一樣繼續強烈燃燒,可以肯定,不用3年時間AE 必定會回到香港作巡演。

全場大合唱:
// One for all
All for one
We are strong
We are one //

The 1.5 hour show comes to an end with Loomis and Amott playing a duo guitar solo and wrap up with their triumphant anthem “Nemesis” and “Fields of Disolation” (!!!) When the band was here in 2015, they said it wouldn’t take long for them to be back. Arch Enemy made the same promise this night — if they can carry this torch and let the flames burn as strong as now, we’re pretty sure it may not take another 3 years to see these metallers again.

Here the crowd sings along:
// One for all
All for one
We are strong
We are one //

 

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Photo Gallery 現場相集 – Arch Enemy  – Live in Hong Kong 2018
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