Nine o’clock on a Friday night and there are few better places to be than at Resurrection Fest 2019. The acts so far today and those still to look forward to tonight are mouth-watering. Now, add in the fact that everyone has that Friday night feeling and you get an idea for where the crowd is at when Swedish death metal melody-masters Arch Enemy take to the main stage.
They opened with The World Is Yours from 2017’s ‘Will to Power’ album, a song designed to be a jump cable to get crowds started, and why not? It works everytime! ‘Will to Power’ is the first album with current guitarist Jeff Loomis and we’ll be sure to see plenty of material off that album today hopefully.
Just like last time I saw them in Denmark, Alissa White-Gluz’s vocals are perfect. Alissa was Angela Gussow’s replacement in 2014 after her departure from the band to become their manager and the band has gone from strength to strength under her stewardship. Next up is War Eternal from the record of the same name, a song that has loads of individual great headbanging moments.
The Race and My Apocalypse follow, mixing older material from ‘Doomsday Machine’ with their latest music, it all blends seamlessly and the crowd is completely engaged with the band throughout.
Alissa White-Gluz is an awesome front-person for a band, engaging, talented and passionate always as the guitars lead us into You Will Know My Name, taken from the first album she sang on with the band after their line-up change.
Arch Enemy have a full hour-long set to showcase their sound to the waiting Spanish crowd and they waste none of it, playing through loads of their newest material and some older classics too, they had everyone clapping along and headbanging to tracks like The Eagle Flies Alone and As the Pages Burn. A great set complete to tee us up for the mighty Slipknot next on the main stage!
The World Is Yours
You Will Know My Name
Under Black Flags We March
Dead Eyes See No Future
The Eagle Flies Alone
First Day in Hell
As the Pages Burn
No Gods, No Masters
Playing Time: 60 minutes