In Flames with Red and Arrival Of Autumn | Winter North American Tour | Photos + Review

In Flames Set The Observatory On Fire On Their Winter North American Tour

Venue: The Observatory Orange Country on 11/6/19

            In Flames has been a band on my radar for quite some time. I got into them later than most when their 2016 album “Battles” hit the shelves. I was stoked when their North American Tour was announced, as I had still never seen them live. Along with the band came support from Red and Arrival of Autumn, giving the evening a mixture of metalcore, post-hardcore, hard rock, and melodic death metal. This night was truly amazing.

First up was Arrival Of Autumn from Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada. This was my second time seeing and photographing these guys, the last time being a little over a month prior on the last date of their tour with Soulfly, Incite, and Prison. The band is the perfect mixture of metalcore and melodic death metal. Unfortunately, due to traffic, I was only able to photograph and catch the last song and a half of their set at The Observatory, but something that is evident about Arrival of Autumn is just how strong and together they are as a band. From their riff heavy instrumentals, courtesy of Ryan Sorensen and Brendan Anderson, to their thick basslines, thanks to Kevin Student, technical drumming from Ty Fox, and the mixture of a wide array of singing and screaming from vocalist Jamison Friesen, the band has a very strong sound that have blown me away both times I’ve seen them. The band played a 7-song set, most of which came from their debut 2019 release “Harbinger”, which was released via Nuclear Blast. Arrival Of Autumn is truly an amazing band and I cannot wait to catch their set again next time they’re in Southern California!

SETLIST

  1. Hurricane on the Horizon
  2. Witness
  3. Better Off Without
  4. The Endless
  5. Apocalyptic
  6. Old Bones / New Blood
  7. The Horror

Up next was Red from Nashville, Tennessee. This was my second time seeing these guys, with my last time being in March of 2018 when they co-headlined The Regent with Lacey Strum. I didn’t know much about them the first time I saw them but became a big fan after seeing them the first time. I now own every one of their six albums on physical copy and was happy with the songs they chose for their 9-song set. They mixed songs from their albums, along with songs from their 2019 EP “The Evening Hate”, which they released via The Fuel. I would best describe their sound as a mixture of Nu Metal, Alternative Rock, Alternative Metal, and Hard Rock. Their sound is dynamic, blending each of these songs into their diversified discography to perfection. When you go see Red live, the first thing you will realize is just how energetic vocalist Michael Barnes is, truly engaging with the crowd and owning every inch of the stage. Guitarist Anthony Armstrong, and twin brother and bassist Randy Armstrong own their sides of the stage with ease, slaying those guitars with ease. In the back of the stage, you’ll find drummer Dan Johnson drumming with force with his double bass drums on point. The band was a joy to see, and I especially liked them more now that I actually know the music they were playing. I cannot wait to see Red again in the future.

SETLIST

  1. Fight Inside
  2. Death of Me
  3. Confession (What’s Inside My Head)
  4. Let Go
  5. From The Ashes
  6. Already Over
  7. Feed The Machine
  8. The Evening Hate
  9. Breathe Into Me

In Flames from Gothenburg, Sweden finally hit the stage last. The band really went all out in terms of choosing their setlist, putting together 21-songs that showcased songs from ten of their thirteen albums. What blew me away was hearing the band’s change in sound over the span of their 30-year career as a band. Their musical style mixes together melodic death metal, metalcore, alternative metal, and heavy metal. The band played the perfect mix of the heavy, with some of their more melodic songs, to make both old school fans and newer fans alike very happy. Of the 21 songs they played, 6 of those songs came from their newest album “I, The Mask”, which was released in 2019 via Eleven Seven Records in North America, and via Nuclear Blast throughout the rest of the world. One element to the band’s sound that is iconic when many think of melodic death metal is their heavy use of guitar solos and dueling guitar parts, courtesy of Björn Gelotte and Chris Broderick. Both Gelotte and Broderick had great stage presence and interacted a lot with the crowd. The band’s older sound was strictly melodic death metal, but as time went on, vocalist Anders Fridén started incorporating more clean vocals, which truly helped bring the band in a different direction. Fridén told jokes between the band’s songs and was very active on stage. Bassist Bryce Paul headbanged like crazy and was also very big on crowd participation while he slammed out those bass notes. Drummer Tanner Wayne closes out the band’s lineup, playing an intricate drum patterns with ease. Wayne was previously in post-hardcore bands Chiodos and Scary Kids Scaring Kids but has since joined the metal greats of In Flames and helped them create “I, The Mask”, which has truly become my favorite record from the band to date. Just like their live set, the new record mixes together elements from melodic death metal with elements from metalcore, alternative metal, and heavy metal. They played a truly amazing set that left a lasting impression on me. I cannot wait to see them next time they come out to Southern California!

SETLIST

  1. Cloud Connected
  2. Only for the Weak
  3. Take This Life
  4. Clay Man
  5. Where the Dead Ships Dwell
  6. Call My Name
  7. Behind Space
  8. Follow Me
  9. Monsters in the Ballroom
  10. All for Me
  11. (This Is Our) House
  12. The Hive
  13. Wallflower
  14. Here Until Forever
  15. Burn
  16. Voices
  17. Everything’s Gone
  18. Colony
  19. The Truth
  20. I Am Above
  21. The End

The Winter North American Tour was an amazing spectacle to attend. I was finally able to see In Flames, who completely obliterated my expectations out of the water. It was great to see Red again, who were insane at this show and tore that stage up. And it was great to see my new friends in Arrival Of Autumn tear up that stage again, even though I was only able to catch a couple of songs. Truly an amazing night!

In Flames | Red | Arrival Of Autumn

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The Devil Wears Prada with Norma Jean and Gideon | The Act North American Tour | Photos + Review

The Devil Wears Prada Unleashes “The Act” On A Sold-Out Crowd In Pomona

Venue: The Glass House on 10/27/19

Ever since I got into The Devil Wears Prada, it has basically become a tradition to see them at least annually each year. From the elaborate lighting, to the engaging sets, The Devil Wears Prada never disappoints when it comes to a live show. For their tour in support of their newest record “The Act”, which was released in 2019 via Solid State Records, the band brought along with them Norma Jean and Gideon for their North American run of the tour. The night was truly amazing to say the least.

First to the stage was Gideon from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. This was my second time seeing this four-piece in a period of 3 months, with the last time being a brief set when they played Ragefest in Los Angeles. Unfortunately at Ragefest, technical difficulties delayed their set, and the venue cut the band off after only playing 3 songs. While their set once again started with technical difficulties, the band made it through, playing their nonstop set of nine-songs. A few weeks after releasing their album “Out of Control”, which was released via Equal Vision Records, the band played a bunch from that release, along with other songs from their discography, including the single “No Love/No One”, which got the crowd going absolutely nuts when they closed out the set with it. The band’s sound perfectly blends together metalcore and hardcore, with some nu metal influences in their newer material as well. When you go see the band live, you will witness just how much control the vocalist Dan McWhorter has over a crowd, making them go absolutely bonkers at the snap of a finger. Guitarist Tyler Riley plays those riffs with ease while also contributing great backing screams. Caleb DeRusha is one of my favorite members, as he is constantly grooving along to the music as he slams his’ bass. Jake Smelley on drums closes out the band’s lineup, keeping the band on track with his’ perfectly syncopated drum patterns and high energy. Gideon is a very high energy band that truly helped warm up the crowd for the bands to come.

SETLIST

  1. Bite Down
  2. Cursed
  3. SLEEP
  4. Take Me
  5. 2 CLOSE
  6. STYLE
  7. Champions
  8. Freedom
  9. No Love/No One

Up next was the all mighty Norma Jean from Douglasville, Georgia. This was my second time seeing the band, with the last time being in March of 2018 when they did a headlining tour for the anniversary of their 2006 album “Redeemer”. This time around, I was seeing the band play the day after their newest record “All Hail” hit the shelves, being released via Solid State Records. The band’s sound is very much in the vein of metalcore, with some inspiration coming from hardcore punk instrumentally speaking. For their setlist, the band played a nine-song set, with only three coming from their newest album. The rest came from the rest of their eight-record discography, which is truly an impressive collection of music. Vocalist Cory Brandan was under the weather, but he pushed through it and poured his’ heart into that set, showing off his’ dynamic contrast in clean vocals and screaming. Guitarists Clay Crenshaw and Grayson Stewart helped keep the energy high with headbangs and riffage. Drummer Matt Marquez kept the music steady with his consistent and dynamic drumming, with high energy faces. Bassist Michael Palmquist closed out the band’s live lineup and played those basslines with ease. Norma Jean proved once again why they are still considered one of the pioneer bands in the genre and are still killing it time and time again whenever they hit the stage.

SETLIST

  1. The Planet
  2. [Mind Over Mind]
  3. The End of All Things Will Be Televised / I Used to Hate Cell Phones But Now I Hate Car Accidents
  4. 1,000,000 Watts
  5. Landslide Defeater
  6. Blueprints for Future Homes
  7. “The Potter Has No Hands”
  8. /with_errors
  9. If You Got It at Five, You Got It at Fifty

The Devil Wears Prada from Dayton, Ohio. For their yearly headliner at The Glass House, the band prepared a seventeen-song setlist, with four songs coming from the new album, and the rest coming from their widespread discography containing a total of seven albums and two EPs. Along with the setlist that pleased new fans and older fans of the band alike, the band brought with them a bright and creative light show with them. The lighting during their set is something The Devil Wears Prada has been known for since they started bringing the intricate lighting with them many years ago. The band opened their set with the opening song from “The Act” titled “Switchblade”, which is debatably the heaviest track on the album. What I enjoyed the most about their setlist choices is that they contrasted heavier songs, like “Dead Throne”, “Danger: Wildman”, with slower and more melodic songs “Please Say No”, “Chemical”, and “Lines of Your Hands”. It was amazing to see the vocal abilities of screamer Mike Hranica and rhythm guitarist and clean vocalist Jeremy DePoyster, who meshed together beautifully with contrasting vocal stylings. Kyle Sipress was on point on guitar, playing those melodies with ease while moving about the stage to hype the crowd. Giuseppe Capolupo slayed it on drums, slamming them with precise timing and power, giving the performance that extra edge. Keyboard player Jonathan Gering played the keys with such passion and truly helped hype up the whole performance. Closing out the band’s lineup, Mason Nagy played those groovy bass tones and really vibed well with the crowd and the music. This was honestly my favorite performance I’ve seen from Th Devil Wears Prada, and I recommend seeing them when they come back out on tour of North America in March/April in support of We Came Is Romans!

SETLIST

  1. Switchblade
  2. Danger: Wildman
  3. Worldwide
  4. Lines of Your Hands
  5. Dead Throne
  6. Assistant to the Regional Manager
  7. Chemical
  8. Gloom
  9. Planet A
  10. Daughter
  11. Anatomy
  12. Please Say No
  13. Dez Moines
  14. All My Life (Foo Fighters cover)
  15. Born to Lose
  16. Asteroid

ENCORE

17. Hey John, What’s Your Name Again?

 

The Devil Wears Prada truly went above and beyond for their North American Tour in support of their new album “The Act”. Norma Jean played a big role as direct support and really put their all into their set. Gideon also truly came out and crushed that set, rounding out this show as one of my favorites for 2019. I thoroughly recommend checking out all of these bands live when they hit a city near you!

The Devil Wears Prada | Norma Jean | Gideon

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Ghostemane w/ Lil Tracy, Jesus Piece, and Section H8 | Hiadica North American Tour | Photos

Hiadica North American Tour Photos

Venue: The Novo on 11/23/19

Section H8

Jesus Piece

Lil Tracy

Ghostemane

Ghostemane | Lil Tracy | Jesus Piece | Section H8

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Amon Amarth w/ Arch Enemy, At The Gates, and Grand Magus | Berserker North American Tour | Photos + Review

10-26-19 – Amon Amarth Invades Los Angeles With A Full Swedish Army By Their Side

Venue: The Hollywood Palladium on 10/26/19

Amon Amarth has been on my bucket list of bands I would like to see and photograph for quite some time. After hearing many positive things from friends, I finally got into them a couple of years back when I heard their 2008 album “Twilight of the Thunder God”. I knew right then and there that I would need to see and photograph them the next time they came to the United States. They announced their North American Tour in support of their newest album “Berserker”, which had support from melodic death metal heavyweights Arch Enemy and At The Gates, with Grand Magus opening the show. With all four bands coming from Sweden, this was bound to be an amazing night filled with Swedish metal.

The first band up was Grand Magus from Stockholm, Sweden. I would best describe the band as good ole fashioned heavy metal mixed with doom metal and stoner metal. As the only band to feature clean vocals for the night, they opened the show playing a five-song set, which showcased songs from their 2019 record “Wolf God”, which was released via Nuclear Blast Records, “Hammer of the North”, which was released in 2010 via Roadrunner Records, and “Iron Will”, which was released in 2008 via Rise Above Records. Vocalist and lead guitarist Janne Christofferson shredded some incredible solos and sang amazingly. Bassist Mats Skinner brought the groove and deep tones through his bass and sang the harmonies perfectly. Drummer Ludwig Witt played some complex drum patterns, which help guide the songs. I was personally happy to hear them play “Untamed”, which is my favorite song of theirs. I was thoroughly impressed with Grand Magus’ performance and thought they opened the show perfectly!

SETLIST

  1. I The Jury
  2. Untamed
  3. Like The Oar Strikes The Water
  4. Iron Will
  5. Hammer of the North

At The Gates from Gothenburg, Sweden. I was extremely excited to finally see At The Gates. When many early metalcore bands express inspirations for their music, At The Gates was almost always listed. At The Gates is best described as good ole fashioned melodic death metal. I was personally impressed with Tomas Lindberg’s vocal style, which mainly consists of highs and mids, with a few low growls but is very rare. Lead guitarist Jonas Stålhammar and rhythm guitarist Martin Larsson meshed perfectly, and even had dueling guitar solos from time to time, which is something very common in melodic death metal and is one elements of the genre. Bassist Jonas Björler was extremely energetic on stage, headbanging and hyping up the crowd while also slamming some force filled bass tones into the music. Finishing out the band’s lineup is drummer Adrian Erlandsson, who absolutely crushed it up there with technical drum parts that helped created the foundation for the band’s fast paced melodic death metal. The band played a nine-song set, consisting of songs from 2018’s “To Drink From The Night Itself”, 2014’s “At War With Reality”, which were both released via Century Media Records, as well as a couple of songs from 1995’s “Slaughter of the Soul” which was released via Earache Records. I was personally ecstatic to hear “To Drink From The Night Itself”, which is my favorite song from the band to date with its speed and intensity. I was ecstatic to finally see these guys and they exceeded my expectations. I hope to see and photograph them again next time they come out to the United States!

SETLIST

  1. To Drink From The Night Itself
  2. Slaughter From The Soul
  3. At War With Reality
  4. The Colours of the Beast
  5. Cold
  6. Heroes and Tombs
  7. Death and the Labyrinth
  8. Blinded By Fear
  9. The Night Eternal

The all mighty Arch Enemy was up next from Halmstad, Sweden. This was my third time seeing this band, but my first finally photographing them. The previous two times I saw them was when they headlined, the first being in 2015 when they headlined The Summer Slaughter Tour, and the second being in 2017 when they did a co-headlining tour with Trivium. Arch Enemy came out on stage with full force, with “The World Is Yours”, “War Eternal”, and “My Apocalypse” starting out their set. Vocalist Alissa White-Gluz knows how to command a stage and a crowd, with headbangs and a vocal range that is a stand out amongst many in the melodic death metal genre. Acting as co-lead guitarists, Michael Amott and Jeff Loomis shredded those notes with perfection, with dueling guitar solos to put the icing on top. Bassist Sharlee D’Angelo is a beat on stage, shredding through those deep and thick toned bass lines. Drummer Daniel Erlandsson slayed it on drums, beating through those intensely fast and technical parts to perfection, with lots of headbangs and energy radiating from his’ kit. A big reason I go back to see Arch Enemy time and time again is because they are an insanely talented band and truly put on one hell of a show. Each member is insanely high energy, and they truly engage with their audience members, which makes for an incredible show. The band played an 8-song set, the band played songs from 2017’s “Will To Power”, 2014’s “War Eternal”, 2005’s “Doomsday Machine”, and 2001’s “Wages of Sin”, which were all released via Century Media Records. I was once again blown away by Arch Enemy’s set and cannot wait to see them once again when they come out here again soon!

SETLIST

  1. The World Is Yours
  2. War Eternal
  3. My Apocalypse
  4. Ravenous
  5. The Eagle Flies Alone
  6. First Day In Hell
  7. As The Pages Burn
  8. Nemesis

Amon Amarth from Tumba, Sweden finally hit the stage. For their headlining set, the band went all out on theatrics. With stellar lighting, set pieces, and flames, the band set the stage to set the sold-out crowd at The Hollywood Palladium on fire. The band came out swinging with “Raven’s Flight”, “Death In Fire”, and “Deceiver of the Gods”. I was ecstatic to not only see them play Raven’s Flight, but to be in the photo pit while they played it. The band’s vocalist Johan Hegg knows how to command a stage with force and power. With lyrical content covering topics of gladiator and viking battles, Johan’s deep vocals and stage presence helps guide the performance through. Guitarists Olavi Mikkonen and Johan Söderberg shredded to their hearts content, with melodic melodies and dueling guitar solos. Drummer Jocke Wallgren held down the fort in the back with his booming fast drums with changing time signatures that guided the songs to perfection. Bassist Ted Lundström finishes out the band’s lineup with his’ deeply routed bass tones that also show the band’s technical abilities. The band was extremely fun to watch, and even included a blow up giant that Johan Hegg had to slay when the band closed out their set with “Twilight of the Thunder God”. They played a total of 12-songs, ranging from six of their 11 albums, most of which were released via Metal Blade Records. After a couple of years of listening to them and playing “Twilight of the Thunder God” on Rock Band 4, I am truly happy I was given the opportunity to finally see these melodic death metal greats.

SETLIST

  1. Raven’s Flight
  2. Death In Fire
  3. Deceiver of the Gods
  4. First Kill
  5. Fafner’s Gold
  6. Crack The Sky
  7. The Way of Vikings
  8. Shield’s Wall
  9. Guardians Of Asgaard
  10. Raise Your Horns

ENCORE

11. The Pursuit of Vikings

12. Twilight of the Thunder God

The Berserker North American Tour was an absolute blast. Grand Magus opened the show with melodies and entertainment. At The Gates demolished the stage next and proved why they are so highly regarded. Arch Enemy came on next as direct support and proved just why they are one of my all-time favorite bands. Then finally, Amon Amarth came on and set the venue on fire. It was an incredible show!

Amon Amarth | Arch Enemy | At The Gates | Grand Magus

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Cannibal Corpse w/ Thy Art Is Murder | Fall North American Tour | Photos + Review

Cannibal Corpse Slaughters Ventura

Venue: The Majestic Ventura Theater on 10/25/19

When it comes to death metal bands, Cannibal Corpse is one of the ultimate greats. I got into them a little later than most, when I came across “Hammer Smashed Face” on Rock Band back in 2013. They’ve been on my bucket list of bands I’ve wanted to see since then, and with them performing what would be a sold out show so close to home, this was the perfect opportunity to finally see them. And with another one of my favorite bands, Thy Art Is Murder, performing as well as direct support, this was bound to be a truly stellar show!

First up was Thy Art Is Murder from Sydney, Australia. This was my third time seeing these guys, and this was the longest set I’ve seen them play. They played a lot of songs from the new record “Human Target”, while mixing in songs from each of their other Nuclear Blast releases “Hate”, “Holy War” and “Dear Desolation”, totaling out to an 11-song set. Thy Art Is Murder is described as deathcore, but take in influences from death metal, blackened death metal, and even metalcore. It’s because of this blended sound that the band can fit with a plethora of metal lineups. I previously saw them in March of 2018 co-headlining with Dying Fetus on a North American Tour, then saw them in April of 2019 when they acted as direct support for Architects (UK) on their North American Tour. Once again, Thy Art Is Murder acted as direct support on this tour for none other than Cannibal Corpse, so Thy Art was able to bring out some of the heavier tracks on this run. I personally was extremely stoked to hear them play “New Gods” and “Make America Hate Again” from the new record. When you see the band live, there are a few notable things to look out for. Holding down the fort in the back is Jesse Beahler on drums, who truly creates an interesting dynamic with intense and difficult drum parts played to perfection. On stage left is rhythm guitarist Sean Leander and bassist Kevin Butler, who each groove along in each song with high energy and a plethora of facial expressions. Lead guitarist Andy Marsh stands on stage right and can be usually seen looking intensely into the crowd as he shreds to his’ hearts content. Front and center is vocalist CJ McMahon, who is spotted in the first 2 songs sporting a hooded cloak and looking tall and ominous into the crowd, while screaming and growling with a wide range of tones and pitches. The band is also known for their bright and strobing lighting, not using any of the frontal house lighting and bringing forth an haunting presence, which goes right along with their serious politically driven lyrical content that focuses on anti-religion, anti-extremism, animal rights, greed, war, and much more. I was thrilled to see Thy Art Is Murder once again and I believe they truly put on their best set to date!

SETLIST

  1. Death Squad Anthem
  2. Make America Hate Again
  3. Fur and Claw
  4. Slaves Beyond Death
  5. Holy War
  6. No Absolution
  7. Human Target
  8. The Son of Misery
  9. New Gods
  10. Reign of Darkness
  11. Puppet Master

Next up was the all mighty Cannibal Corpse from Buffalo, New York. After many years of listening to them and playing their songs on Rock Band, it finally became time to see them. The band is good ole fashioned death metal that borders the line of brutal death metal. Their lyrical content draws from horror fiction novels and horror films, with highly graphic and controversial imagery on their album covers to go along with the musical content. As a big horror fan myself, I was almost immediately drawn to that aspect of Cannibal Corpse when I found out about them. The band has been going strong since 1988, despite a couple lineup changes near the beginning of their career. What I was pleasantly surprised when watching them was how humble they were. They didn’t do a walk on intro like a lot of other bands, they didn’t bring additional lighting, they just played good fucking music and got the crowd hyped. Vocalist George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher blew me away with his ability to own the stage by doing a single stance. The band isn’t known for being insanely energetic, but the power each member gives off just from their stage presence and musical technicality is mind blowing. With fourteen albums in their discography, I was pleasantly surprised how well the band was able to cover, playing songs from twelve of those fourteen albums. The crowd went nuts, with one of the most violent mosh pits I’ve seen. This was a perfect setlist, as the band played a whopping 18-songs, with George adding in some comedic moments while the rest of the members would tune their instruments. I was thrilled to hear songs like “I Cum Blood”, “Hammer Smashed Face”, “Red Before Black”, and “Kill or Become”, which were all highlights from the set for me. Bassist and founding member Alex Webster was also very fun to watch for me, as his bass stance was very powerful and was very fun to capture. The band had Erik Rutan, guitarist of Hate Eternal, filling in on this tour. His stage presence and ability to own those dueling guitar solos blew me away. Drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz truly impressed me with his extremely technical drum parts that were played to perfection, along with his stage presence behind the kit. The dude is insanely fun to watch. Closing out the band’s lineup is guitarist Rob Barrett, who truly slayed it with his’ rhythmic patterns and technicality on the rhythm guitar. But the stand out was definitely George Fisher, who’s headbanging and vocal abilities drove the set to a whole other level. Cannibal Corpse’s performance was one for the books and I will definitely be seeing them again in the near future!

SETLIST

  1. Code of the Slashers
  2. Only One Will Die
  3. Red Before Black
  4. Scourge of Iron
  5. Staring Through the Eyes of the Dead
  6. The Wretched Spawn
  7. Devoured by Vermin
  8. Unleashing the Bloodthirsty
  9. Gutted
  10. Kill or Become
  11. A Skull Full of Maggots
  12. Evisceration Plague
  13. Firestorm Vengeance
  14. Death Walking Terror
  15. I Cum Blood
  16. Make Them Suffer
  17. Stripped, Raped, and Strangled
  18. Hammer Smashed Face

Cannibal Corpse’s Fall North American Tour was an amazing night with two bands who absolutely crushed it, performing incredible music that blew me away. Both Thy Art Is Murder and Cannibal Corpse are at the top of their game and I cannot wait to see both bands in the new year when they come out to California again!

Cannibal Corpse | Thy Art Is Murder

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Allegaeon w/ Inferi and Paladin | Apoptosis Tour Part II | Photos + Review

Allegaeon Brings The Second Leg Of The Apoptosis Tour To LA

Venue: The Hi Hat on 10/22/19

When I saw Allegaeon was finally coming back through Los Angeles, I was beyond ecstatic. I’ve seen them twice before, both times in 2018, and they blew me away both times I saw them. Allegaeon is the perfect blend between progressive metal, melodic death metal, and technical death metal, which is blended perfectly. Along with them on this leg came melodic technical death metal band Inferi, as well as speed thrash metal band Paladin, making for a tour filled with tons of talent and a mixture of metal genres that blended so well.

Up first was Paladin from Atlanta, GA. I last photographed vocalist and guitarist Taylor Washington in 2018 when he toured with Arsis as their touring guitarist. While Arsis is melodic death metal, Paladin is a mixture of speed metal and thrash metal, which was honestly an interesting and cool way to start off this tour. The band played a six-song set from their debut album “Ascension”, which was released in 2019 via Prosthetic Records. As the band pointed out during the set, a few of their songs are based around video games, which was very exciting to me. They stood out on this tour on a positive note, with melodies and shredding guitar parts, in line with bands like DragonForce, Exmortus, etc. The rest of the four-piece consists of guitarist Alex Parra, bassist Andy McGraw, and drummer Nathan McKinney. I was thoroughly impressed with their set and cannot wait to see them again next time they come out here!

SETLIST

  1. Awakening
  2. Divine Providence
  3. Call of the Night
  4. Black Omen
  5. Shoot for the Sun
  6. Carpe Diem