The Delain and Amorphis concert was the coolest show I went to in 2019!
After seeing Delain twice (opening for Nightwish in prior shows), I was extremely excited to see them again. And this time they were co-headling with the band Amorphis.
My close friend Eddie and I snagged our tickets early for the VIP seating at The Orpheum (being upstairs at this venue is definitely an awesome spot!). Ybor City, here we come…(well, here we came…because I’m writing this after the fact, Lol!).
Delain: Another Amazing Show
This is the band that Eddie and I came for – Delain! This was the 3rd time we’ve seen them live. They opened for Nightwish the first two times, and we’ve both been fans since.
They came on stage and started right out of the gate with their new single ‘Burning Bridges’ – this was released on September 27th, 2019. Blabbermouth.com has an in-depth write-up and review of this release.
Delain Setlist – October 19th, 2019
My personal favorite song that Delain played was Stardust. Next in line is April Rain and Suckerpunch.
They ended with ‘We Are the Others’ which is also an awesome tune. And I think that was the most appropriate note to end on! Us metalheads really are considered ‘the others!’ And that’s okay!
- Burning Bridges
- The Glory and the Scum
- Fire with Fire
- Masters of Destiny
- April Rain
- Timo & Joey Jam
- Hands of Gold
- Mother Machine
- Don’t Let Go
- We Are the Others
*I grabbed the setlist for Delain from the website setlist.fm. This appears to be pretty accurate from what I can remember!
The one tune I wanted to hear was Sing To Me, but that song really requires Marco’s vocals (bassist for Nightwish).
Meeting Delain’s Guitarists Timo
The highlight of the night was that I got to briefly meet and shake hands with Delain’s guitarist Timo. Actually, my good friend Frank Pastor (one of Tampa Bay’s top journalists) introduced me to Timo right before they went on.
It was a short moment, but Timo is an extremely cool person, and I admire his playing and style. It was an honor to meet him!
**You can visit Delain’s website here: http://www.delain.nl/
Amorphis: Extremely Impressed
As I mentioned, I was a bit unfamiliar with Amorphis. I did check out a few songs that week before the show. That being said, I really didn’t know what to expect.
What I experience was an extremely tight death metal band with a pristine sound. There was a natural flow and chemistry on stage. It was like the band members were all soulmates. And hey, musical soulmates is indeed a thing!
Amorphis is super heavy, but also melodic. And that’s something I’m naturally drawn to. I love hearing the well-thought-out melodies in their progressions. Their songs seem to give a nice kick in the soul.
*You can go visit Amorphis’s website here: http://www.amorphis.net/
Anneke Van Giersbergen: Acoustic Set
After the opening band got the crowd ramped up, Anneke Van Gierbergen came out on stage with just her acoustic guitar. You may know Anneke as the lead vocalist for the band The Gathering.
I don’t think the crowd knew what to think at first because they were there for a full-on metal concert. But Anneke started playing and singing, and she seemed to immediately captivate the audience.
She played a few popular cover songs that people could sing along with. That’s always an awesome way to engage your audience.
One cover song in particular that I was floored by was ‘Wasted Years’ from Iron Maiden. She did an absolutely phenomenal job on that song. The crowd was singing along and we are all just one big metal family.
*Wasted Years happens to be my favorite Maiden tune!
**You can visit Anneke’s website here: http://www.annekevangiersbergen.com/
I had never heard of the opening act before. But they brought on some serious melodic death metal! They were tight, heavy, and just all-around a solid band.
We (Eddie and I) were both impressed! You know how opening bands can be – it’s a hit or miss, and more than often a miss. But not this time!
Metal Talk with Eddie Gray: Concert Recap
The excitement had been building up for months since we heard that Delain was coming to Tampa. One of my closest friends, Eddie Gray, makes a point to drive down from Pensacola once a year, and this was indeed a worthy show for the ling road trip!
As you may know, Eddie and I played in a couple of bands together way back in our younger days. Ou main band was called ‘The Guys’ and we were sort of an 80’s style rock band.
We both love metal, so we decided to do a live YouTube video called ‘Metal Talk’ (you can expect more of this on my channel!).
I think we did a pretty good job of the Delain and Amorphis concert coverage.
The funny thing is we’re both huge fans of Delain but didn’t know much about Amorphis.
So he really dug into them prior to the show and became a fan. I’m just now digging in and really ‘dig’ their music (you’ll have to excuse the pun…it’s a curse I have!).
I hope you enjoyed the Delain/Armophis recap!
Keep it Metal,