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Vince gave his thoughts about the MetalSucks-sponsored Finnish Metal Tour 2010 last week, and I agree with every word he said, even if my own man crush on the keyboard player from Swallow the Sun is somewhat less than his own. Still, this is the third time we’ve seen Swallow the Sun, and I did wanna throw in one random observation…

Every time we see this band, five of its six members are lined up in a perfectly even row at the lip of the stage. They’re not staggered, as is the case with most bands, where the lead singer is out front  and the lead guitarist is out front but maybe the bassist and/or rhythm guitarist and/or keyboardist is a little further back; nope, they’re all standing together in a straight line, as though waiting for a firing squad. It’s a very powerful image – just a fucking WALL of metal dudes – that I think really helps set the band’s live show apart from that of their peers. It also helps give Vince a better view of their keyboard player… but that’s beside the point.

Anyways, if you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out this video of them at a tour stop in Montreal last Sunday:

And here’s another video of them, this time playing the show we attended here in New York… it has some excellent close-ups of Vince’s new boyfriend:

Are there any other bands that do this? It seems so unique to me…

The Finnish Metal Tour 2010, featuring Swallow the Sun and their own personal wall of death, is still underway! Remaining dates after the jump.

Apr. 19 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird
Apr. 21 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Apr. 22 – Vancouver, BC @ Red Room
Apr. 23 – Portland, OR @ Peters Room
Apr. 24 – San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
Apr. 25 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
Apr. 26 – Mesa, AZ @ U.B.’s
Apr. 27 – Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
Apr. 29 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
Apr. 30 – Houston, TX @ Meridian
May 01 – Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater


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