Avenged Sevenfold’s show was a sweaty one.
It was a hot one whether you were in the mosh pit or feeling blasts of hot air via balls of flame, flashes, towers of fire or fiery streams that looked like they came from a flamethrower from all corners of the stage.
Avenged Sevenfold, about the biggest metal band in the world right now, played its brand of metal for more than 90 minutes on Tuesday while just less than 7,000 at CenturyLink Center Omaha shouted all the words. And with the floor wide open, all the metalheads got to mosh and jump around.
“You know what? This may be the smallest show on the tour, but I can feel this might be the biggest heart,” said singer M. Shadows. “Thank you for coming out. We hope you’re having a great time.”
A few fights broke out amid the aggressive audience during the equally aggro concert, but most of the slamming around was part of the metal atmosphere.
Heavy songs such as “Welcome to the Family” were fun and tailored for fans to raise their arms and chant the words.
Unlike other metal bands, Avenged Sevenfold has songs designed to be sung to, and the group has no shame in playing a ballad or two. Shadows’ bassy voice is definitely the band’s best asset, and it lends that singalong quality to the group’s songs.
Though fans went nuts for Avenged Sevenfold, the early highlight was opening band Ghost B.C.
The theatrical Swedish metal band is led by Papa Emeritus II, the costumed and made-up singer that looks something like if Skeletor was elected pope. The rest of the band, faceless and nameless musicians, were dressed in black robes and dark masks like occult monks from a Tolkien novel.
The band incorporated gothic elements into its songs, which were heavy and fast without all the screaming and craziness found in some heavy metal music.
Ghost B.C. songs including “Year Zero” will be playing on my stereo more often in the future though it may be tough for others to get past the references to Satan. (The crosses on their garb are upside-down.) The tunes would sound great in a church, or at least, in a vampire movie that took place in a church.
They weren’t the only band that took advantage of theatricality. Avenged Sevenfold’s set relied heavily on all those big bursts of flame as well as its ruined gothic cathedral-style backdrop. The biggest set piece was a 15-feet-tall skeleton king statue, which entered the stage seated on a pile of skulls during the song “Hail to the King.” It, too, spurted flames.
All of that made the band more entertaining than they would be without it. Though the band was really fun to watch — songs from its latest album, “Hail to the King,” were much better live — there’s not a lot of depth or ingenuity in most of the group’s songs. The band’s Metallica and Iron Maiden influence, for example, is so thick you could touch it during songs such as “Buried Alive” and “This Means War.” Still, both songs had almost everyone in the audience shouting the words.
“Omaha, we hope you had a great (expletive) time tonight. We hope to see y’all very soon,” Shadows said. “It was a pleasure to see you guys tonight. We’ll see you again this summer, I promise.”
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