2019 is a return to form for Within Temptation. The band have just released the album Resist, their latest in almost five years, and have come to the United States and Canada for a tour to remind people how much fun symphonic metal can be. The setlist featured many songs from Resist and the stage presentation resembled the feeling of the album as well as the design of the music videos for songs such as “The Reckoning” and “Supernova”.
One note I want to point out is just how well Sharon den Adel can command a crowd. At a sweaty, crowded venue in Times Square (that had fans previously crowd surfing to no music at all between bands after In Flames ended), Sharon was able to wrangle them all in and get them into the music at her will. It’s becoming rare that we see the lead of any metal band be able to completely grab the attention of an entire crowd and have them focus on the music rather than moshing into each other’s skulls.
Overall, the sound was excellent and it made up for the brutal cold that many people had to wait in just to enter the venue. It was a solid show and you can tell the audience was having a good time.
A final note to point out is just how well designed Playstation Theater is. Regardless of how many name changes and designs the venue has gone through, Sony and Playstation have designed an amazing venue in Manhattan. No doubt that I would go there more often if possible, and I wish there was a venue this well presented closer to me.
You can find more information and tour dates on Within Temptation’s Facebook page by clicking here: Within Temptation on Facebook. Click on any photo below to open the gallery and scroll below the photos to see music videos from Within Temptation’s latest album Resist.
Photos of Within Temptation at Playstation Theater.
All photos taken by Luke Spencer
in New York City, NY on March 2nd, 2019.