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Trivium are currently on leg 2 of a massive co-headlining tour with Devildriver (with direct support from After the Burial) in support of their latest full-length release, Vengeance Falls. The co-headliner has been going since early September and now leg 2 of the tour continues on through December 15th, ending in California. This leg of the tour swapped out Sylosis, who had been opening for the lineup until an unfortunate RV crash in late September, for Providence, RI’s Thy Will Be Done.
I was fortunate to catch the tour as it made its way through Nashville, TN on November 25th to pack the 500-capacity venue, Exit/In. The venue is great for metal shows as a fan, but as a photographer it’s a real challenge because there is no barrier to allow for movement in front of the stage, or for protection from those moshing behind. I only mention all this because I got there a bit too late to fight my way up front and photograph Thy Will Be Done, who put on a great opening set, despite being relegated a criminally small portion of the venue’s already small stage. These gentlemen always put on a fantastic show, and have seen a lot of airtime on Sirius XM recently. TWBD are definitely a band to look out for in the coming year!
After the Burial took the stage next, playing to an audience that seemed to have never heard of them. Within the first 30 seconds, it was almost entertaining to see all the people I’d overheard asking “who’s this next band?” standing with their mouths agape or headbanging furiously to the grooves of ATB’s opening track, “My Frailty” from 2011′s In Dreams. Things never slowed down in their set, with the band even treating fans to two new tracks, including the massively catchy (and awesome, in my opinion) “A Wolf Amongst Ravens” and “Anti-Pattern” from their upcoming release, Wolves Within (out on December 17, 2013 via Sumerian Records). ATB closed their six-song set with “Aspiration” off of 2008′s Rareform. They put on a hell of a show, I can’t help but think that touring with the likes of Trivium and Devildriver has helped them improve live, and playing each night before an audience that is mostly new to their music can only be a good thing to help further their career. Read more »
Last Friday (25), Between the Buried and Me’s Fall tour rolled in for the last date of its six-week run to play a show at Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, TN. Lately I’d been disappointed in turnouts for metal shows in Nashville, but this show was an exception to this trend, with the venue filled to the brim with at least 1000 metalheads, if not more. The Safety Fire started things off with a pretty short set featuring 5 new tracks off of of their 2013 release Mouth of Swords. They closed their set with their fan-favorite song from their 2012 release Grind the Ocean, “Huge Hammers.” All together these Brits put on a good show and got the crowd moving.
The Contortionist were up next, and I was stoked to see Last Chance to Reason’s Michael Lessard at the helm of the band, on his first tour with them as their official new singer. I wasn’t sure how he’d sound, but he killed it! Definitely the best possible pick for the band to have made. They played a 5-song set featuring material from their 2012 release Intrinsic, including “Holomovement” and “Solipsis.”
The Faceless took the stage afterwards, and were the best I’ve ever seen them, and played a ton of new material off of their 2012 album Autotheism. Michael Keene was like a machine, hammering out each and every complicated riff with what looked like effortless ease. The band played “Autotheist Movements” 1-3 in a row, to the delight of myself and many other fans, and although they played more newer material, they managed to include 2 tracks off of Planetary Duality, closing with “Xenochrist” (who doesn’t love that song?).
Last to take the stage, Between The Buried and Me launched into a set playing their recent release, The Parallax II: Future Sequence, in its entirety, and ending with their hit song “White Walls.” This was my first time seeing BTBAM live and wow…I was floored. They had crazy lighting (maybe not so good for photos) that created an ambiance that I’ve never experienced at a metal show. While the crowd did mosh at times and scream along, I’ve never seen such attentive fans at a show – I’m pretty sure they were just taken aback by how amazing BTBAM’s live show was, they just sounded SO GOOD! By the end of their set I felt like I’d experienced a whole different type of metal concert, it’s hard to describe how awesome this show was, how good the lineup of bands were. Do yourself a favor though, catch them on their next tour through the US (presumably in 2014)! Read more »
This past Wednesday, Metal Insider was extremely proud to present our second annual CMJ showcase. While last year’s (featuring Prong, Eminence and For Sleeping or Jumping) was an excellent start, this year’s showcase was even bigger and better. Taking place at Brooklyn’s Europa, Vattnet Viskar, Ramming Speed, Black Anvil and Byzantine played to an enthusiastic crowd consisting of music fans, radio stations from out of town, and other metal luminaries. Despite a last-minute cancellation, all in attendance were treated to a night of metal that included two of the five “Metal Bands You Have to See,” according to CMJ. And most of the crowd stuck around to the bitter end, as Byzantine played their first New York show in seven years. Metal Insider freelancer Maclyn Bean was there to capture the show. Read more »
Approaching The Fillmore Detroit, the line stretched as far as the eye could see, snaking around blocks. All fans eagerly waiting to enter the doors and pack the venue for a show that, for those in attendance, rivaled the Playoff baseball game going on across the street. The Fillmore Detroit is no stranger to heavy hitting rock shows, and on this night in particular Los Angeles-based Five Finger Death Punch delivered another one .
Gemini Syndrome, another group hailing from the L.A. area, spent their time on stage getting the fans warmed up for the night that was about to unfold before them. Even after their set, Brian Medina, the drummer, spent time greeting fans from the photo pit until the lights dimmed for the next artist. Miss May I, ripped right into “Day by Day”, and in no time at all fans were flowing over the barricade like a waterfall. In an attempt to pit one tour stop against another, band member Levi Benton asked for a circle pit to gauge the crowd’s intensity. The ensuing chaos made for a great end to their set. Walking off stage, guitar picks and drumsticks were up for grabs, getting tossed as far into the crowd as they could. Escape the Fate, who was direct support for 5FDP, played a set list that sounded more like a greatest hits album, consisting of songs including “Issues”, “Gorgeous Nightmare” and “You’re Insane.” Mid set front man Craig Mabbitt congratulated the Tigers on their win across the street at Comerica Park setting the crowd into a screaming frenzy for their beloved Detroit Tigers.
Five Finger Death Punch hit the stage opening with “Under and Over It” from their American Capitalist album, sending the already pumped crowd into a mosh frenzy. Lead singer Ivan Moody put on a Lions Jersey part way through the set and made jokes about how his stage hands knew nothing about football, confusing Barry Sanders with Emmett Smith. Moody also took a few moments to bring a young girl up on stage celebrating her 17th birthday to help sing the a capella intro for “Far From Home” The crowd joined in and sang along, and for a moment the only thing to be heard were the 2,000+ voices belting out the chorus.
The band’s set list covered their entire discography. Fans heard old 5FDP songs like, “Never Enough” and “Hard to See,” with the band mixing in a few cover songs, with an older remake of Bad Company’s “Bad Company”, and LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out” off their newest album, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1. They also added in newer hits like “Lift Me Up”, and “Burn M.F.” In true Five Finger fashion, they closed with “The Bleeding” sending the entire main floor into a mosh pit rivaling one you’d see in an arena. The night ended in the tossing of the Detroit Jersey into the crowd, where a fight broke out between fans who each wanted this battle-borne trophy as their own. Read more »
This past Saturday (12) as part of the city-wide CBGB Fest, Killswitch Engage played the 400-capacity Santos Party House. Considering that they’ll be back in New York in less than two weeks at the eight-times-larger Roseland Ballroom, Saturday was quite an underplay. The sold-out show was sponsored by the Merciless Book of Metal Lists, and proceeds from the show went to the FC Foundation, a cancer awareness organization.
The career-spanning set was, obviously, heavy on Killswitch’s second album, Alive of Just Breathing, the band’s breakthrough album and last one Jesse Leach sang on before taking a 10 year hiatus from the band. They played three songs from their new album, this year’s Disarm the Descent, including the live debut of “Turning Point,” as well as a smattering of songs from Howard Jones’ tenure in the band. The crowd was full of die-hard fans, who stage-dove throughout the set, keeping the spirit of CBGB alive. Metal Insider contributor Maclyn Bean was there to capture some stellar pics of the band . Check out his work below.
Killswitch Engage, Santos Party House, 10/13/13
Fixation on the Darkness
The New Awakening
Just Barely Breathing
Take This Oath
In The Unblind
Temple From the Within
The Element of One
This is Absolution
Life to Lifeless
The End of Heartache
In Due Time
Rose of Sharyn
My Last Serenade Read more »
The 2nd annual Ride for Dime Nashville charity show, which raised money for local animal rescue Proverbs 12:10 and the non-profit Ride For Dime took place on October 5th at Nashville Center Stage. All of the bands playing were playing for free.
The event kicked off with a tribute ride down to the venue. The show itself began with a Pantera tribute set by Nashville band, Hell Head, which was followed by sets from Chicago’s Habit of Force, Scottsville’s BeyonDuplication, and Scranton’s Digital Collapse. The event was hosted by Sirius XM Liquid Metal’s Jose Mangin, who even joined several of the acts on stage to help out on vocals for various Pantera covers.
Nashville’s Voodoo Prophet, who’ve been featured on Mangin’s program several times (Mangin even joined them on stage for their final song–see photos below!), were the last act on before the headlining act of the night, the mighty Sevendust! Sevendust launched into a set featuring fan-favorites like “Strong Arm Broken”, and “Denial”, but also featured newer tracks from their 2013 release, like “Decay” and “Till Death”. Unfortunately, with ~20 minutes left in their set, Sevendust’s equipment blew out. From what I gathered, this was a result of the prior days show, in which their gear had gotten wet and not had a chance to fully dry. This was definitely a bit of a bummer, but they managed ~25-30 minutes of great music before this happened, so all in all, it was still a good time.
While the final tally for the total amount of money raised from the event is not fully added up yet, previous RFD events this year in Dallas and in Pennsylvania raised $5,000 and $2,300 respectively. Check out photos of Voodoo Prophet and Sevendust below! Read more »
This past week, the Metal Insider crew was spread out across multiple dates of this year’s Mayhem Fest. However, photographer Derek Soto was on hand for all of the craziness when Mayhem rolled through the Comcast Theatre in Hartford, CT last Sunday (July 21). We’ve already shared pictures from the side stages. Now check out photos from the main stage in the gallery below, including sets from Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon and Amon Amarth! Read more »
This past week, the Metal Insider crew was spread out across multiple dates of this year’s Mayhem Fest. However, photographer Derek Soto was on hand for all of the craziness when Mayhem rolled through the Comcast Theatre in Hartford, CT last Sunday (July 21). We’ll be posting shots he took of the main stage shortly. For now, check out photos Derek took from the festival’s side stages in the gallery below, including sets from Machine Head, Children Of Bodom, Battlecross, Huntress, Butcher Babies, Born Of Osiris and Motionless In White. Read more »
While Swedish/Danish metal sextet Amaranthe have been around for four years, it wasn’t until earlier this year, when their sophomore album The Nexus was released, that the band had an American profile. But when their first-ever American tour kicked off on Wednesday in New York’s Gramercy Theater to a near-capacity crowd, you would have thought the band had been around much longer. The fans knew most of the lyrics to the songs, and singer Elize Ryd had more than a few admirers in the crowd. Flames of Fury and Canadian power metal band Kobra and the Lotus opened. Metal Insider photographer Derek Soto was there to capture the proceedings (and hit on Elize in a nearby Chipotle without realizing it was her). You can see more photos here, but check our gallery below.
Picking up where I left off on Tuesday’s Part I of our coverage of the Indianapolis stop of the Vans Warped Tour, I headed back to the Kia Soul Stage for pop-punk band, The Wonder Years. I’ve always heard great things about these guys, even from some of my most “metal” friends, and it was easy to see why. Their was filled with infectious hooks and exuberant sing-a-longs with the crowd. Even if you’re not a huge fan of the genre, if there’s one pop-punk band to see on Warped, it’s these guys.
Up next, Upon a Burning Body took to the Monster Stage, decked out in customized “UABB” formal attire, and played a killer set of music featuring tracks from both their latest release, Red. White. Green., and their older record The World Is Ours. This is a band that has toured the U.S. A LOT in the last few years, so I’ve seen them several times, but I’ve NEVER seen a crowd so receptive to them. They had the area around the Monster Stage filled up with fans who all seemed to be shouting the words to every song the band played. Not only has their fan base grown, but their live show has improved greatly as well. Be sure to catch them on Warped if you can!
Back to the Kia Forte Stage now for one of the more anticipated acts of the tour, Bring Me The Horizon. BMTH just put out a new record a few months back entitled Sempiternal and have been riding a wave of positive publicity from the record since that release. It’d been a few years since I’d seen these British gentlemen, but they didn’t disappoint, playing a set that featured tracks both new and old (nothing off of 2006′s Count Your Blessings, but they did play some songs from 2008′s Suicide Season). BMTH frontman Oli Sykes was one of the more vocal musicians of those who recently spoke out about a new Warped Tour policy in which bands are no longer allowed to incite moshing from the crowd, including asking fans to do a ‘wall of death’. The policy, as explained by Kevin Lyman, is due to the number of lawsuits that have been filed against Warped for injuries sustained by kids in mosh pits. Evidently Oli has found a way to circumvent the new rule in a rather tongue-in-cheek manner, half singing/screaming the words “Let me see a wall of deathhh” as if to disguise what he was doing, at the end of a verse in their track “Diamonds Aren’t Forever”, right before the biggest breakdown in the song. All in all though, they put on a hell of a live show, with their new guitarist even taking to an inflatable raft and crowd surfing in it.
After Bring Me The Horizon, I ran off to catch The Black Dahlia Murder at the Monster stage. I wasn’t sure what to expect, with TBDM being the heaviest band on the tour, and wasn’t sure if the average Warped attendee would be interested in a legitimate metal band (as opposed to the various “core” sub-genres commonly featured), but to my surprise the band drew a relatively huge crowd. Their set included the first three tracks of their just-released album Everblack as well as fan-favorites from 2003′s Unhallowed, 2005′s Miasma, and 2007′s Nocturnal, including one of my favorites, “Statutory Ape” (Other dates have had the ape mascot during this song, alas we did not get to see the statutory ape at our date).
Footage of Satutory Ape from Indianapolis date by YouTube user Ethan McMahan is available here. Aside from the huge turnout for it, it was neat to see the ridiculous amount of younger fans crowd surfing over and over again during their set! Perhaps this will get a new generation hooked on heavier music?
After taking a break from the metal and catching MC Lars and Big Chocolate, it was back to the Monster Stage for two bands from the U.K. that I’d been looking forward to all day long. Up first, Architects (UK) put on one of the rawest and most energetic showings I witnessed at Warped that day. With a set featuring songs from their older 2009 release, Hollow Crown, and their most recent 2012 release Daybreaker, the band was joined by Crossfaith frontman, Kenta Koie for the song “Even If You Win You’re Still a Rat” and by letlive frontman Jason Aalon Butler for the song “Follow the Water” (see photos of both artists with the band below). Architects are definitely vastly underrated and I really think they ought to be much bigger in the U.S., like they are in Canada and the U.K. However, if the band plays a set like they did this day at every date on Warped I think there’s a good chance that they’ll be touring through the states much more often then they have in the past.
The last band of the night, While She Sleeps, from Sheffield, UK,was one that I was so excited to see. However, they had the misfortune of having to compete against one of the biggest-drawing acts on Warped, Sleeping With Sirens. As such, their set at 8:05pm began with a crowd of ~80 people. Rather than putting on a half-assed set, the melodic hardcore band gave it their all anyways, and put on a display that gave high-energy acts, letlive and The Chariot, a run for their money. The band played songs off of their debut full-length entitled This is the Six. After photographing their first 4 songs, I tried to film the title track…but got distracted by the opportunity to mosh a bit when lead singer Lawrence Taylor hopped the barrier and performed in the midst of a mosh pit….but you can see the footage here.
By the end of their set, While She Sleeps had managed to wrangle at least 100 more people over from other stages to check them out. Much like with Architects, I can’t urge you enough to check these guys out if you can fit it into your Warped schedule! After their set they did an impromptu hang-out with the fans who had been cool enough to come watch them play. And with that my day was over, and I made the 5-hour drive back home. I’m happy to say that I’ll be attending Warped once more this year in Atlanta on July 25th.
Check out pictures from the bands mentioned above’s sets in the gallery below. You can see more of Nate’s work by following his Facebook page! Read more »