26/09/2002  
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IN FLAMES - KILL SWITCH ENGAGE - DARK TRANQUILLITY - SENTENCED 

at THE RAVE in Milwaukee Wisconsin (USA)

September 22nd 2002

Good day all. I still can't believe I traveled 5 hours for this show! But I got to see Chicago on this trip so Life is good!

I got to the Rave around 3:30 pm (15:30) even though the show didn't start for another 3 hours. I had never been to this club. It was located in not the best part of Milwaukee, or so I have seen and told. This was also my first time in this city. I had talked to several people prior to the show (which I do because I am a social butterfly) about this club and they all said it was a nice club. I also inquired about "Dark Tranquility" because I had never heard their music so I got a little heads up before the show started. Also virtually every band member (not all at once) came out and signed stuff for the fans outside who showed up early. Everyone from every band was incredibly nice to everyone. I would have probably gotten mad at the guy who wanted EVERYTHING signed (this guy brought records and multiple CD's and posters for the band members to sign) but the band members were more than happy to sign everything.
SENTENCED

To my surprise Sentenced opened up the show.

Their first song was "Cross my heart and hope to die" the 2nd track on their new CD "The Cold White Light" (which I hope everyone who reads this has got that album by now!) I was mad that the crowd wasn't getting into it and I know Ville was mad also. Sentenced had such a flawless set it is unreal. I've personally been to a lot of shows and man, and this band was so good the words are indescribable. Maybe I'm a little biased, but I can tell you that it wasn't as loud as the other shows I've been to. Every note they played was done with complete perfection. This band should put out a live album. It's just too bad that the crowd wasn't getting into it. 

I know that if this show were in St. Paul, there would have been a pit. 

When Sentenced comes through Europe with Lacuna Coil, go see them if you haven't seen Sentenced live, their just amazing.

DARK TRANQUILLITY

Dark Tranquility from the get go was more electronic based then the other bands and their the only band with a keyboard player. I could tell that the crowd liked DT a lot and that they were the more well known band. The band had a lot stage presence. The singer, was this thin man with long strawberry blond hair, you would never think he'd have the voice that he does. 

The band sounded very well; in the next few weeks I'll be getting one or two of their CD's. Highly Recommended

KILL SWITCH ENGAGE

Kill Switch Engage, to be perfectly honest had the most energy on stage, but I sat to the side when they came on, because after Sentenced, the club's noise level was very loud, and to avoid hearing loss I sat to the side in an area where it wasn't so loud, but from what I heard, it wasn't too bad, it's worth a listen anyway. 

I was just curious as to why they were on the tour though. They didn't exactly fit in

Not in a negative way or anything, I would expect them to tour with Soulfly or Disturbed but not Inflames or DT. It's like seeing The Ramones with Poison. Well maybe not that extreme but you know what I mean.

IN FLAMES

In Flames. The band everyone came to see. 

Opened up with their usual "Bullet Ride" and the crowd went nuts as to be expected. Inflames played very well. They played a lot of their new material, not all in a row but one in-between classic Inflames songs. They played "Trigger", "Cloud Connected", "Black and White", "System", and I think "Drifter". I could tell the majority of the crowd didn't have the new album yet, but the ones who did (like me) sung along and went nuts. The funniest part of the show was when Anders, announced that they were going to play "System" and the band briefly hesitated and Anders just for a second looked over to Daniel to see when he's going to start the song, and right when he did it, turned his head from the mic, Daniel went into the songs, and Anders quickly turned his head and started singing, while Bjorn and Jesper are laughing at both ends of the stage, I guess you have to hear how that songs starts to get a laugh out of it. Inflames and Milwaukee have a lot of history and Anders spoke highly of Milwaukee and I guess I wasn't surprised that a lot of people did show up. Inflames put on a great show, if you havn't seen them, please go see them. 

This band is just fucking brutal. When this band comes to your town (assuming the people reading this are Europeans) with Soilwork and Pain, your getting the best Sweden has to offer. Have fun. 

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