Avatar, Magic Sword at Diamond Ballroom (2021)
Diamond Ballroom (Oklahoma City, OK, USA)
Avatar, Magic Sword
September 26, 2021
But this is only a ruse.
The opening song is "Colossus" and it doesn't take long for AVATAR's signature energy and animation to emerge. This was my first time seeing them live, but I had always heard what a great show they put on, and I was not disappointed. They truly are one of the best live metal bands performing today.
Right before the tour began, AVATAR released two very different songs "Going Hunting" and "Barren Cloth Mother." The former is dramatic and operatic with a lot of clean vocals — it's extremely catchy. However, "Barren Cloth Mother" is heavy, fast-paced, and dark. Johannes Eckerström includes a lot of screams in this song along with his incredible singing. There's even a "blegh" at the very beginning. Only "Going Hunting" made it into the setlist for this show, though. For obvious reasons, it wasn't left out.
Nu-metal newcomers TALLAH had been on the tour previously, but had to drop off before the Oklahoma City date due to some members and crew contracting COVID-19, which has been the sad story behind many postponements and cancellations this year. I was especially bummed about them having to drop, because I'd been a fan since seeing them live in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2018 and was excited to finally see them again. Damnit, COVID.
INTRO - Bruckner's Symphony No. 8:IV. Finale
2. Let It Burn
3. Silence in the Age of Apes
4. Bloody Angel
6. The Eagle Has Landed
7. Paint Me Red
8. A Secret Door
9. For the Swarm
10. Torn Apart
12. Going Hunting
14. A Statue of the King
15. The King Welcomes You to Avatar Country