Atreyu kicked off their U.S fall tour on November 9th in Phoenix, AZ in support of their latest effort. In Our Wake was released on October 12th and it is their overall second album since the group returned from their hiatus after 2009’s Congregation of the Damned. With that being said, the California metalcore outfit has provided another conquering return, and we were lucky to see them on November 27th, 2018 in New York City’s Gramercy Theatre.
Minneapolis hard rockers Sleep Signals opened up the evening as they were there to support their latest effort At the End of the World. As the group stood on the high risers with flashing LED lights, it was what the packed crowd needed to jump-start the night filled with metalcore madness. Songs included: “Means,” “The Harbinger,” “I’ll Save You,” “Edge of My Sanity,” “Suit & Tie Suicide,” “Still Sleeping,” and “Welcome to the Masquerade.”
Ice Nine Kills
The night went from distorted white lights to a low-lit horror film as Ice Nine Kills brought their new album The Silver Scream to the stage. Each member dressed as their favorite horror movie characters such as Freddy Krueger, Jason, Jigsaw, and more. Songs included “The American Nightmare,” “Stabbing in the Dark,” “Thank God It’s Friday,” “Me, Myself & Hyde,” “Communion of the Cursed,” “A Grave Mistake,” “Merry Axe-Mas,” and “It is the End.”
Memphis May Fire
After a short break and another set change, Nashville’s Memphis May Fire were up next to introduce their latest effort Broken to the crowd. Their lively performance was filled with constant movements as the intensity in the audience continued to grow. Songs included “Sever the Ties,” “Prove Me Right,” “Carry On,” “The Old Me,” “Stay the Course,” “The Deceived,” “No Ordinary Love,” “The Sinner,” and “Vices.”
The madness persisted the moment it was time for Atreyu to grace the stage. The group had their extra set of lights, which added another effect to their already vibrant set. The crowd couldn’t stop moving as they sung along to each song while reaching towards frontman Alex Varkatzas. One should question – what didn’t happen at this show? Both bassist Porter McKnight and Varkatzas managed to walk through the sold-out crowd; the group covered Rick Astley, Tool, and Bon Jovi while they gave an award to the “best fan” in the audience. There wasn’t a single dull moment.
Of course, the band went into songs from their new album such as “In Our Wake” and “Anger Left Behind.” They also went into a few classics including “Ex’s and Oh’s” from 2006’s A Death-Grip On Yesterday as well as “The Crimson” from 2004’s The Curse.
Each group managed to present a different outlook and aesthetic through music as the packed-house enjoyed every moment.
In Our Wake
Becoming the Bull
Right Side of the Bed
Anger Left Behind
Ex’s and Oh’s
Do You Know Who You Are?
The Remembrance Ballad
The Time Is Now
When Two Are One
House Of Gold
Never Gonna Give You Up (Rick Astley cover)
You Give Love a Bad Name (Bon Jovi cover)
Lip Gloss and Black
The Pot (Tool cover)
Remaining tour dates:
12/6 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
12/7 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
12/8 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
12/10 Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
12/11 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
12/12 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
12/13 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues