Arch Enemy headlined the Best Buy Theater in New York City this past Friday night (10/24) with the help from legendary thrash metal band Kreator and fellow female-fronted act, Huntress.
Huntress, an up-and-coming heavy metal band from California, impressed fans with their energetic opening set, complimented by the wicked facial expressions of lead singer, Jill Janus. Janus is originally trained as an opera singer, though her vocal range, spanning four octaves, allows her to add a classical touch while still keeping that heavy metal growl. Males in the audience loved when Janus began singing the band’s song “I Want To Fuck You To Death,” a track whose lyrics were originally written by Lemmy of Motorhead. The audience was shocked at the level set by the opening band and patiently awaited the next act to go on.
German heavy hitters Kreator came out, bringing the energy to another level. Fans quickly created a mosh pit in the middle of the venue and head-banged to old classics like “Extreme Aggression,”,“Pleasure To Kill” and “Phantom Antichrist.” American fans always appreciate the metal boys from Germany, continually keeping the energy alive for the band. Kreator, being one of the bands to help pioneer thrash metal, set the perfect mood for the headlining band of the night.
Arch Enemy began their set with the brutal “Enemy Within,” a song which was originally recorded with former singer Angela Gossow, but which new vocalist Alissa White-Gluz (formerly of The Agonist) made all her own. Alissa’s vocals seemed to tear the venue apart with thundering power behind her growls. The band’s chemistry on-stage appeared to be years strong and Alissa’s energy controlled the fans enough to make them do whatever she wanted. The Best Buy Theater was packed and raging with ongoing energy. The band eventually came out for 2 last songs, playing “Nemesis” and “Silent Wars.” Fans were more than appreciative towards the band for abiding their calls for an encore.