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CONCERT REVIEW: Sabaton Play Biggest Dutch Show To-Date

Heavy metal band Sabaton recently played their biggest show in the Netherlands, together with BABYMETAL & Lordi as part of their absolutely massive ‘The Tour To End All Tours‘ Tour.

Our night would start with the eccentric Finnish band Lordi, who are known for their over-the-top costumes and theatrics on stage. But, as it turned out, the wild theatrics and over-the-top stage show, the musicianship of the band was undeniable. The guitar riffs were razor-sharp, the drumming thunderous, and the basslines groovy and infectious. The lead singer’s vocals were exceptional and the crowd was already hugely present, even if Lordi was the first act to play.

Following Lordi, Japanese kawaii metal group BABYMETAL took the stage. BABYMETAL’s unique style has garnered them a large and dedicated fanbase both in Japan and around the world. They have performed at some of the world’s biggest music festivals, including Download Festival and Rock on the Range, and have shared the stage with notable metal bands such as Metallica and Slayer. BABYMETAL’s live show is a sight to behold, one of a kind, with focus on a dance choreography that blends metal with J-pop, all the while the musicians delivering heavy riffs and pounding drums. While the group only performed 7 songs, they have managed to feature 4 albums on the setlist, including the popular self-titled album, as well as latest effort THE OTHER ONE.

While it’s not necessarily relevant for fans of the band, it is important for us to note that Sabaton and their crew were one of the most friendly we have ever witnessed. The photographers got a proper and often humorous briefing from the tour manager, who also made sure they were well taken care of throughout the show. Big props on that front. Now, on to more pressing matters. Onstage, Sabaton delivered a high-energy performance that left the crowd of about 17.000 fans completely enamoured. From the opening chords to the final note, Sabaton brought their signature brand of power metal to life with confidence and precision. Fans were treated to a selection of classic Sabaton hits, as well as songs from their newest album “The War To End All Wars.”

Sabaton’s stage setup at live shows is known for being epic and immersive. The band often incorporates military props as part of their stage design, adding to the overall theme of their music. This show was no different, with a tank, actors acting out various historical themes, gasmasks and the display of an aeroplane being featured on the stage throughout the band’s extensive set. They also use a lot of pyrotechnics and special effects to enhance their performance and engage the audience. Sabaton’s stage presence and energy, combined with their impressive stage setup, create an unforgettable live experience for their fans. The Amsterdam show lived up to fans’ expectations, with their largest crowd of 17.000 fans enjoying the aforementioned epic and immersive performance to date.

Check out some shots from all 3 bands on this fine night in the galleries below and make sure to catch this awesome bill on the road if you have the opportunity to!




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Glenn van den Bosch