Hammerfall & Delain @ City National Grove – 05/10/2017
Another killer co-headlining metal tour made its way through southern California on Wednesday night May 10 as Hammerfall and Delain made a stop at City National Grove in Anaheim. Playing in Hollywood at The Whisky the night before gave fans in the southland two opportunities to witness this hard hitting one-two punch of metal music.
Out supporting their 2016 release Moonbathers, symphonic metal masters Delain opened the show on this night and played a full 75 minute set to the delight of the Delain die-hard fans who typically get a shortened performance due to their opening band status. Lead vocalist Charlotte Wessels is the focal point of this band not only due to her natural beauty but due to her vocal prowess and electric stage presence.
If you are into hair whips, Delain is the band for you as their synchronized headbanging throughout the set provides a spectacular visual. The guitar duo of Timo Somers and Merel Bechtold provide some scorching six-string action while the rhythm section of drummer Ruben Israel and bassist Otto Schimmelpenninck van der Oije provide the thunder while keyboardist Martijn Westerholt ties it all together.
The band played a killer 16 song set that sprinkled in songs from their five studio albums. At one point in between songs, the crowd sang Happy Birthday to Wessels as her birthday was on May13 – an early gift from the fans. Even if you are not a big fan of Delain’s music you can’t help but to enjoy their captivating live performance.
Now as much buzz as there was about Delain, there was great anticipation for Hammerfall to hit the stage as the Swedish Heavy Metal quintet last played in the USA in 2010 . . . Hammerfall fans have waited eagerly and patiently for this metal machine to return to the stage. Led by the dynamic frontman Joacim Cans who stormed the stage as the band opened the 14 song set with “Hands of Gold”, the band ripped through such Hammerfall classics as “Let the Hammer Fall” and “Hearts on Fire”. Guitarist Oscar Dronjak is a highlight of the set as he dazzles with his energetic stage personality and guitar mastery.
It was obvious these guys were having fun on stage by the constant smiles and band interaction. Cans was also very interactive with the crowd both in between songs and while performing as the show flowed from song to song. Songs from their 2016 release Built to Last fit in well with their setlist and held their own with their classic cuts. The crowd was headbanging, fist-pumping and singing along throughout as it was obvious the long wait to see Hammerfall was well worth it.
Another epic night of heavy metal at City National Grove as the fans in attendance certainly got their money’s worth as both Delain and Hammerfall left all wanting more and it was clear each band made some new fans.
Hands of Gold | Go Away | The Glory and the Scum | Suckerpunch | Get the Devil Out of Me | Army of Dolls | The Hurricane | Danse Macabre | Here Come the Vultures | Fire with Fire | Pendulum | Sleepwalkers Dream | Not Enough
Encore: Mother Machine | Don’t Let Go | We Are the Others
Hector’s Hymn | Riders of the Storm | Blood Bound | Any Means Necessary | Renegade | Dethrone and Defy | Last Man Standing | Let the Hammer Fall | Built to Last | Medley to the Brave | The Dragon Lies Bleeding | Hammer High | Bushido | Hearts on Fire
Hammerfall Photo Gallery
Delain Photo Gallery