Not many bands are asked to join Metallica on tour because most couldn’t hold a candle to the heavy metal geniuses. Avenged Sevenfold demonstrated Wednesday night at the Alamodome that a candle wouldn’t even cut it. Their performance literally and figuratively lit up the stage.
Sometimes appearing as if fire was blasting out of their heads, depending on your perspective from inside the dome, Avenged Sevenfold put on a brutally entertaining and lively hour-long performance that proved Metallica made the right choice for its WorldWired journey across America. Touring in support of concept album The Stage, Avenged Sevenfold utilized the cavernous V-shaped ramps that complemented the main stage and jutted out into a secondary version of the front row to its utmost while opening with the title track. Vocalist M. Shadows, guitarists Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates, bassist Johnny Christ and drummer Brooks Wackerman played nine songs, with Shadows constantly running up and down the ramps as flames shot up all around the lengthy main stage.
For one night as an opening act, Avenged Sevenfold demonstrated that 60 minutes supporting the mighty Metallica was meant to be. And that more than a few bursts of fire never hurts the cause.