Supporting: Xandria and Delain
Date: September 28th, 2014
Location: San Francisco
Venue: The Regency Grand Ballroom
Tour: Pariah's Child World Tour
Remarks: Having skipped San Francisco on their Stones Grows Her Name tour, it's been a whole 4 years since I last saw Sonata Arctica. Although I was still kinda peeved that they skipped us last tour, all was quickly forgotten upon entering the venue! Not only did they come back, but they brought along my recent favorite, Delain, as well as long tenured German band Xandria.
Although they've been around for quite some time, Xandria never quite made it onto my music radar. Once they hit the stage though, I was totally blown away. It was very powerful and bombastic, which really reminded me of Nightwish's Oceanborn-Wishmaster days mixed with the more recent material of Epica. The songs were very much a rollercoaster ride with lots of ups and downs, build ups and thrilling releases. …