Live Review: Avenged Sevenfold @ Rogers Arena, Vancouver - August 7th 2023 © Jamie Taylor

Live Review: Avenged Sevenfold + Alexisonfire + Kim Dracula @ Rogers Arena, Vancouver – August 7th 2023

Under the electric glow of Vancouver’s Rogers Arena, a night of musical intensity and exhilarating performances unfolded on August 8th, 2023. This evening was a testament to the enduring power of rock and metal, as fans from all corners of the city converged to witness a concert that would leave an indelible mark on their memories. The main act of the night was none other than Avenged Sevenfold, supported by the dynamic opening acts Kim Dracula and Alexisonfire.

Kicking off the night was the enigmatic Kim Dracula, whose lead singer defied all expectations by bringing a chainsaw on stage during one of their songs. As if that wasn’t enough, the band had set up a chess board on stage, and for a fleeting moment, a chess game unfolded amidst the music’s chaos. The lead singer’s powerful scream vocal ability was a force to be reckoned with, and the rest of the band donned metal demon masks, adding an air of mystique to their performance. Their rowdy energy immediately engaged the crowd, setting the perfect tone for the night ahead.

The second opening act, Alexisonfire, stormed onto the stage with an energy that could power a small city. A mainstay in the Canadian music scene, they lived up to their reputation with an instrumentally tight and musically captivating performance. Their camaraderie and shared love for music was palpable, as they effortlessly connected with the audience. As the first notes hit, it became evident why many in the audience were there solely for Alexisonfire. A massive mosh pit erupted in the general admission crowd area, underscoring the band’s undeniable magnetism.

And then, the moment everyone had been waiting for arrived—the curtain call for Avenged Sevenfold. The main artist took the stage with an intensity that electrified the entire arena. Their setlist was a rollercoaster of emotions, weaving through fan favorites and newer hits. The performance was complemented by dark visuals on the video screen backdrops, including eerie horror themes and a haunted house with balloons that floated in eerie beauty.

Fronted by a mesmerizing lead singer, Avenged Sevenfold commanded attention like no other. His presence held the audience captive, and his vocal prowess soared through the arena. The band’s guitarists showcased an impressive depth of skill, their fingers dancing across the strings with both precision and emotion. The drummer’s relentless energy was unleashed, serving as the rhythmic heartbeat of the performance.

The audience reciprocated the band’s energy in kind, responding to every chord and lyric with head-banging enthusiasm and spirited screams. It was a sight to behold, as fans became part of the performance, caught in a wave of shared passion and unity. The concert reached its pinnacle with an encore that left everyone yearning for more, bringing the night to a crescendo of sound and emotion.

As the final notes faded into the night, there was a collective sense of awe in the air. Avenged Sevenfold had delivered a performance that transcended the boundaries of music, forging a connection between the band and the audience that would be etched into memory. From the fervor of the opening acts to the intensity of the headliner’s set, this was a night that exemplified the power of live music to uplift, inspire, and unite.

In a world where experiences can sometimes feel fleeting, this concert was a poignant reminder that the magic of music has the ability to leave a lasting impact. Avenged Sevenfold, along with their remarkable supporting acts Kim Dracula and Alexisonfire, created an atmosphere of unadulterated energy and excitement that reinvigorated the spirit of everyone in attendance. This was not just a concert—it was a breathtaking journey through sound and emotion, a testament to the enduring power of rock and metal to stir the soul.

Photos © Jamie Taylor

  1. AWESOME REVIEW – Thank you.
    A7X was simply amazing – one of the best concerts I have seen in a while.
    Jamie, you got the feel of the night bang on!

    – – “As the final notes faded into the night, there was a collective sense of awe in the air. Avenged Sevenfold had delivered a performance that transcended the boundaries of music, forging a connection between the band and the audience that would be etched into memory. From the fervor of the opening acts to the intensity of the headliner’s set, this was a night that exemplified the power of live music to uplift, inspire, and unite.

    In a world where experiences can sometimes feel fleeting, this concert was a poignant reminder that the magic of music has the ability to leave a lasting impact.” – –

    well written! so true. You had to be there!

    Cheers!
    B

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