Some of the bands covered here.

Some of the bands covered here.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Ghost's The Ultimate Tour Named Death with Nothing More

The Ultimate Tour Named Death
Nothing More
The Deltaplex Arena

Last Monday, the Deltaplex Arena hosted the bands, Ghost and Nothing More. 
It was a cool windy evening in Grand Rapids, Michigan; the people waiting in line
could feel it but it didn’t matter.  The workers at the Deltaplex Arena were very
helpful and hospitable to all the concert goers.  

There was a mixture of people in line that were interesting to see.  There were
hard rock fans, metal fans, and then there were people dressed as evil priests
and evil nuns. The priests and nuns were all wearing upside down crosses to
be eye catching. 

The first thing I thought was, “this was a perfect show to be here right before my
favorite holiday of the year, Halloween.”  I thought back a few weeks ago
watching Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson with my assistant that wanted so
bad to see Ghost but only one of us could get in.  I made sure to do a good job
covering both bands in honor of my assistant. 

One thing Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, and Ghost have in common is the
evil or satan theme.  One thing Metalaxe Gallery does is report from a true
neutral stance and only report on how the bands and the crowd connect and
interact.  The quality of the music is important as well. How a band sounds live
is extremely important.  

My favorite song by Ghost is titled “Rats” and the favorite of Nothing More is
titled, “Go To War”. 

Nothing More:  The band consists of Jonny Hawkins on lead vocals/drums,
Daniel Oliver on bass/backing vocals, Mark Vollelunga on guitar/backing vocals,
and Ben Anderson on drums/percussions.  The band formed in 2003 from San
Antonio, Texas. The music genres are hard rock, progressive rock, alternative
rock, progressive metal, and heavy metal.

In the past, my assistant and I had the honor to cover the band twice in one year
with two different headliners.  The first band was Chevelle at the Orbit Room,
that they opened for and had interviews with them.  The second band that year
was Five Finger Death Punch at the DeltaPlex Arena. 

The band is on tour in support of their album titled “The Stories We Tell
Ourselves”.  The first song comes on titled “Let’em Burn” Jonny Hawkins works
the stage like a wild man working the front of the stage then the side to connect
with the crowd in every direction.  This song is full of energy that gets the crowd
fired up.  

The most visual and touching song I felt was titled “Fade In/ Fade Out” which was
the seventh song played on stage.  All the photographers were invited to
photograph Nothing More’s entire show.  I felt like a kid that ate too much candy,
their overall experience was the candy.  

It was such a great show that time flew by and you didn’t want it to end.  A way
to judge how good a band is by how good they capture and keep your attention. 
This makes you forget about everyday worries and just enjoy the experience
that the band shares with the crowd.  

Nothing More does a great job every time I cover their show.   

Nothing More setlist:
  1. Let’em Burn
  2. Christ Copyright
  3. Don’t Stop
  4. Bass Solo
  5. Go To War
  6. Jenny
  7. Fade In/Fade Out
  8. Ocean Floor
  9. This Is The Time
  10. First Of The Year

Metalaxe Gallery’s Nothing More spotify playlist:
Go To War
Let’em Burn
Fade In/Fade Out
Do You Really Want It
This Is The Time
Here’s To The Heartache
Don’t Stop
I’ll Be Ok

Nothing More tour dates:

Ghost: The band is made up of the lead singer Tobias Forge with nameless
ghouls playing guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards.  The band formed in 2006 at
Linkoping, Sweden. The band’s music genres are hard rock, heavy metal, doom
metal, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, and pop rock. 

The band is on tour in support of their album titled “Prequelle”.  You could feel
the electricity in the air from everyone anxiously waiting for the band Ghost to
perform.  When Ghost started to perform the first song titled “Ashes”, the crowd
went wild.


Tobias Forge and the ghouls with the bass and guitars worked the stage from
front to left and right sides to capture the crowd’s attention.  The ghouls and
Tobias were very professional working the crowd and taking time to pose for
press. Ghost sounded better live than recorded that’s all because of two factors.  

One factor is that they are very good at performing in front of a crowd, not just
in a studio.  The other is that they have a great sound system and a great
person working the board.  

Ghost setlist:
  1. Ashes
  2. Rats
  3. Absolution
  4. Faith
  5. Mary On A Cross
  6. Devil Church
  7. Cirice
  8. Miasma
  9. Ghuleh/Zombie Queen
  10. Helvetesfonster
  11. Spirit
  12. From The Pinnacle To The Pit
  13. Ritual
  14. Satan Prayer
  15. Year Zero
  16. He Is
  17. Mummy Dust
  18. Kiss The Go-Goat
  19. Dance Macabre
  20. Square Hammer

Metalaxe Gallery’s Ghost spotify playlist:
Dance Macabre
Square Hammer
From The Pinnacle To The Pit
Mummy Dust

Ghost tour dates:

This show was enjoyable and time flew by way too fast.  Before I knew it, it was
time to leave.
by Dan Spratt photojournalist and Kayla Spratt editor/violinist for hire/guitarist/keyboardist/photojournalist.
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