Architects w/ Thy Art Is Murder and While She Sleeps | Holy Hell Tour | Photos + Review | 5/20/19

On May 20th as I made my way past the line of fans literally wrapping around the punk-rock and heavy metal temple that is the Palladium in Worcester, MA, there was no doubt in my mind that the Architects show that night was going to be one for the books. Days later while the UK based metalcore band wrapped up the North American portion of their “Holy Hell” Tour in Chicago, I was still reeling from the show they put on. Whether it was the excitement buzzing through the venue, to the opening acts While She Sleeps and Thy Art Is Murder, to the granddaddy of them all Architects, the passion and energy felt that night was something I’ll truly always remember.

First up on the bill was While She Sleeps, hailing from Sheffield, UK. The metalcore band oozed energy and excitement and the crowd absolutely ate it up from beginning to end. From the very first song of the set “You Are We” the band came out packing a punch. Lead singer Lawrence Taylor delivered the highest quality of vocals and was backed by talented musicians Sean Long and Matt Welsh on guitars, Aaran McKenzie on bass and Adam Savage on drums. Seeing the crowd interaction with the band was one of the highlights of the night and you could certainly tell that each musician in While She Sleeps truly loved what they were doing. After this, I definitely put While She Sleeps on my list of bands I need to see again.

Next up was Thy Art is Murder. The Australian deathcore band came out swinging and absolutely delivered with every drop, strum and bang that they served us. Filling in for lead singer CJ McMahon was Nick Arthur from Molotov Solution and in my opinion, they couldn’t have picked a better vocalist. Nick’s vocal range, projection and energy was killer from beginning to end. For my first time seeing Thy Art is Murder, I was thoroughly impressed with the musical technicality the band brought and I can’t wait to see them again in the future.

Finally Architects graced the stage with not only amazing vocals and stage presence but a pretty kick ass light show, if I may say. The band never let up once during their sixteen song set, delivering hit after hit. Lead singer Sam Carter performed with such emotion and power that it was hard not to rock out with the crowd and scream all the words along with him. Architects never fails to put on a show that sends you on an adventure from beginning to end and if there’s any adventure I want to be on, it’s that one. The show simply was one of the best that I’ve ever been too and if you ever get the chance to see Architects in person in the future, don’t hesitate to buy your tickets because you won’t be disappointed!

Architects | Thy Art Is Murder | While She Sleeps

Photos + Review courtesy of Linette Ray

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Chelsea Grin w/ Slaughter to Prevail, Traitors, and Bodysnatcher | Eternal Nightmare Tour Photos + Review

Chelsea Grin Unleashes The Eternal Nightmare on Pomona

The Glass House in Pomona, CA | 5/19/19

Chelsea Grin has been one of the leading bands in deathcore for quite some time. With their newest album “Eternal Nightmare” being released in 2018 via Rise Records, the band hit new highs, and showed more variety. This is partly thanks to the addition of new vocalist Tom Barber, who previously fronted the Blackened Deathcore band Lorna Shore. With the first North American leg of their Eternal Nightmare Tour, the band brought Slaughter to Prevail, Traitors, and Bodysnatcher. Enterprise Earth is also a part of the tour but were finishing up another tour at the time of my date, so they were not able to perform. The show slayed from start to finish.

The first band up was Bodysnatcher from Melbourne, Florida. Bodysnatcher has been on my radar for a while. Their 2016 EP titled “Abandonment” put them on the map and truly helped them create a name for themselves, which led to their signing with Stay Sick Recordings. Since then, they released their debut full length album “Death of Me”, which was originally released in 2017 via Stay Sick Recordings but then re-released as a deluxe edition in 2018. The band is a good mixture of deathcore, hardcore, and beatdown. The band played an 8-song set, all of which came from “Death of Me”. This 4-piece consists of vocalist Kyle Medina, drummer Chris Whited, bassist Kyle Shope, and guitarist Kyle Carter. The band was truly on fire and I couldn’t help but bob my head and headbang a bit while shooting their set. They were such a kickass way to start out the show and had such power and slamming grooves to their sound. I will definitely be seeing them again.

SETLIST

  1. Show Stopper
  2. Exterminate
  3. Rancid
  4. Ego Killer
  5. Open Wounds
  6. Bone Casket
  7. Consequence
  8. Closer to Hell

Up next was Traitors, who are also from Florida. This was my 4th time seeing these guys and they slayed like they always do. They are a perfect mix of alternative metalcore, hardcore, deathcore, and beatdown. I have always enjoyed their stage presence and their ability to get the crowd going nuts from the moment the intro notes hit to the moment they walk off stage. The 4-piece band consists of vocalist Tyler Shelton, drummer Stephen Arango, guitarist Alan De La Torre, and bassist Cameron Perry. One thing I admire about Traitors is that they have remained independent throughout their entire career, releasing 3 full length albums and 3 EPs during their time as a band. The band played a 7-song set, which encompassed songs from 4 of their releases, the newest being their 2019 album “Repent”. I always enjoy seeing these guys and recommend you all check them out!

SETLIST

  1. Short Fused
  2. RIP
  3. Disappoint
  4. Lashing Out
  5. Left To Rot
  6. Arrogance
  7. Ruthless Hate

Up next came Slaughter To Prevail, who came all the way from Yekaterinburg, Russia. This was my third time seeing these guys and they surely did not disappoint. In fact, this was the best set I’ve seen them put on to date. They started their set out by all wearing their iconic Slaughter masks. The only member that took the mask off really was vocalist Sasha “Alex Terrible” Shikolai. Other members of the band include guitarist Robert Brown, bassist Mike Petrov, and drummer Evengy Novikov. The band played a 7-song set, which consisted of 3 songs from their debut 2016 EP “Chapters of Misery”, 3 songs from their 2017 album “Misery Sermon”, which were both released via Sumerian Records, and also debuted a brand-new song titled “Agony”, which absolutely slapped. The band just had a tightness and cohesiveness that is stronger than ever. If you like deathcore that is mixed with slam and good ole fashioned death metal, I definitely recommend Slaughter to Prevail.

SETLIST

  1. Chronic Slaughter
  2. Russian Hate
  3. Death
  4. Agony (New Song)
  5. Beast
  6. King
  7. Hell

The final band up was the one and only Chelsea Grin hailing from Salt Lake City, Utah. Chelsea Grin truly went all out for their headlining tour, bringing a large lighting setup with them, as well as preparing a monstrous 16-song setlist. The band played their newest album “Eternal Nightmare” in its entirety, along with mixing 5 other songs from their discography into the set. This was my second time seeing the band in a period of 3 months and they absolutely killed it. This 4-piece consists of vocalist Tom Barber, bassist David Flinn, drummer and backup vocalist Pablo Viveros, and guitarist Stephen Rutishauser. The crowd was going nuts, with circle pits, slam pits, and crowdsurfers galore. It was so cool to see the crowd getting so excited. The band also did their song “Recreant” as an encore, which is a fan favorite and got the crowd going nuts like never before. The entire crowd turned into a mosh pit at that point. It was amazing seeing Chelsea Grin play a headlining set, as they truly deserve it.

SETLIST

  1. Dead Rose
  2. The Wolf
  3. Across The Earth
  4. Playing With Fire
  5. See You Soon
  6. My Damnation
  7. 9:30am
  8. Limbs
  9. Scent of Evil
  10. Lilith
  11. Clickbait
  12. Nobody Listened
  13. Outliers
  14. Eternal Nightmare
  15. Hostage

ENCORE

  1. Recreant

The Eternal Nightmare tour was an amazing filled with slams, moshing, fight riffs, and good ole fashioned deathcore. I am so thankful to have been in attendance and to kick it with everyone afterwards. This was truly a show to remember.

Chelsea Grin | Slaughter to Prevail | Traitors | Bodysnatcher 

Photos and Review courtesy of Jamie Kaufman | Instagram

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Whitechapel & Dying Fetus w/ Carnifex, Revocation, Spite, Fallujah, and Uncured | Chaos & Carnage Tour 2019 Photos + Review | 5/3/19 |

Whitechapel & Dying Fetus bring the Chaos and Carnage Through Anaheim

Date: 5/3/19

Venue: House of Blues Anaheim

The Chaos and Carnage tour was an amazing event, filled with a jam-packed lineup. As the 2nd year of the tour, the promoters got Whitechapel and Dying Fetus to co-headline, and lined up a stacked lineup to support them. Supporting acts included: Revocation, Spite, Fallujah, Uncured, and for 2 dates only, Carnifex, who headlined the tour in 2018. This was a crazy show from start to finish.

The first band up was Uncured, who are from New York, NY. The band categorizes themselves as progressive death metal, which I too think is a perfect term to call this band. They have elements of classic death metal, with some progressive metal influences, as well as some good djent. They opened the show by playing a 7-song set, most of which came from their newest album “Epidemic”, which was released in 2019 via Seek & Strike Records. This 4-piece band is so tight on stage, with co-lead vocals and guitars from brothers Rex and Zak Cox, slamming drums from Liam Manley, and bass grooves from Spencer Metela. They were such a good way to start out the show and definitely deserve some recognition for their amazing talent and ability to get the crowd going from start to finish.

SETLIST

  1. Resist the Infection
  2. Desecration
  3. Choke
  4. Myopic
  5. Sacrifice
  6. Terminal
  7. Blinded By Demise

The next band up was Fallujah, who are from San Francisco, CA. The band categorizes themselves as Atmospheric Metal, which is definitely fitting. While still retaining elements of death metal, deathcore, and those heavier genres, the band is very experimental with their sound. Their songs have so many layers to them, with elements of jazz, fusion, and space. I kept finding myself just looking up and watching them while shooting just in amazement. I saw them back in 2017 on the last date of a 60-day run they did with Carnifex, Despised Icon, and others, but they were no whereas tight and together then as they were this time around. They were on fire from the start of their set to the end. The band played a 7-song set, most of which came from their 2019 release “Undying Light”, which was released via Nuclear Blast Records. The band got a new vocalist since the last time I saw them, that being Antonio Palermo, who truly brought new life to the band. With Scott Carstairs on lead guitar, Nico Santora filling in on guitar for tour, Andrew Baird crushing it on drums, and Robert Morey slapping the bass, the band’s sound and stage presence was better than ever. I was blown away from start to finish during their set and cannot wait to see them next time they come out to California.

SETLIST

  1. Carved From Stone
  2. Hollow
  3. Ultraviolet
  4. Sanctuary
  5. Amber Gaze
  6. Last Light
  7. The Void Alone

The third band to come to the stage was Spite, hailing from Northern California. Spite had the crowd going insane as soon as the lights went down to start their set. With a sound emulating the heavier mixtures of metalcore, hardcore, and deathcore, Spite is and always has been a force to be reckoned with. The band played 7 songs, 2 of which came from Spite’s upcoming release, which is set to drop later this year via Stay Sick Recordings. This was my fourth time seeing these guys and they surely did not disappoint. Spite is on a roll, taking the genre over by storm. Spite’s lineup consists of Darius Tehrani on vocals, Alex Tehrani and Lucas Garrigues on guitars, Ben Bamford on bass, and Matt Guglielmo filling in on drums. The band is always super tight, wild, and crazy. I always know going into a Spite show that I’m going to have a crazy night ahead of me. They are one of those bands I always regularly see whenever they come out, and I will certainly continue that tradition.

SETLIST

  1. Waiting Hell (New Song)
  2. IED
  3. Drown Me
  4. Psychopath
  5. The Root of All Evil
  6. Despise
  7. Kill or Be Killed

The next band up was Revocation, coming from Boston, MA. The band is good ole fashioned Technical Death Metal with elements of both Melodic Death Metal and Black Metal. Members of Revocation consist of lead vocalist and guitarist David Davidson, guitarist and backup vocalist Dan Gargiulo, bassist and backup vocalist Brett Bamberger, and drummer Ash Pearson. The band played a 6-song set, 4 of which came from their 2018 release “The Outer Ones”, which was released via Metal Blade Records. The band had so much power and heavy energy radiating from them when they were on stage. I was blown away by this 4-piece band. They certainly blew away my expectations, and I hope to see them next time they’re in Southern California.

SETLIST

  1. That Which Consumes All Things
  2. Existence Is Futile
  3. Madness Opus
  4. Of Unworldly Origin
  5. Vanitas
  6. The Outer Ones

The next band up was the ever so talented Carnifex, from San Diego, CA. The band headlined 2018’s Chaos & Carnage Tour, and were a surprise add to the Anaheim and Phoenix dates of this year’s tour. This band defies categories, and has a sound that blends together Deathcore, Death Metal, Symphonic Death Metal, and Melodic Death Metal. The band consists of Scott Ian Lewis on vocals, Jordan Lockrey and Cory Arford on guitars, Shawn Cameron on drums, and Fred Cameron on bass. This was my fourth time seeing these guys and they surely did not disappoint. They performed a flawless set as the support act, consisting of 7-songs that displayed some of the band’s top songs. They had a beautiful stage set up, with two brightly lit pentagrams and a lot of strobes. They are always a blast to see, and I recommend you go check them out if you get the chance!

SETLIST

  1. Drown Me In Blood
  2. Slow Death
  3. Hatred and Slaughter
  4. Bury Me In Blasphemy
  5. Die Without Hope
  6. Lie To My Face
  7. Hell Chose Me

The first of the two co-headliners to come on stage was Dying Fetus, from Greater Upper Marlboro, Maryland. This was my third time seeing this amazing band and they did not disappoint. Dying Fetus’ sound is a mixture of Brutal Death Metal, Technical Death Metal, and Grindcore. I fell in love with their sound and the band in general when I watched them at Summer Slaughter Tour in 2017 when they co-headlined with The Black Dahlia Murder and saw them once again when they co-headlined with Thy Art Is Murder in 2018. But boy did they slay this time around. The band consists of co-vocalist and guitarist John Gallagher, co-vocalist and bassist Sean Beasley, and drummer Trey Williams. The band is doing a lot on stage, and as a 3-piece, they absolutely blow me away. They band played an 11-song set, which consisted of songs from 5 of their 8 albums. The band has been around since 2001 and has created a very large dedicated fan base. I love Dying Fetus and cannot wait to see them again!

SETLIST

  1. In The Trenches
  2. Fixated on Devastation
  3. One Shot, One Kill
  4. Grotesque Impalement
  5. From Womb to Waste
  6. Panic Amongst The Herd
  7. Destroy the Opposition
  8. Eviscerated Offspring
  9. Seething With Disdain
  10. Subjected to a Beating
  11. Wrong One To Fuck With

The final band up was the one and only Whitechapel, hailing from Knoxville, Tennessee. This band has been one of my favorite bands in the genre for quite some time. They have impeccable stage presence and a sound that mixes deathcore, death metal, and groove metal perfectly. The band consists of vocalist Phil Bozeman, Ben Savage, Alex Wade, and Zach Householder on guitars, Gabe Crisp on bass, and Alex Rudinger as their live drummer. One of my friends, Navene Koperweis, actually recorded drums for the band’s newest record “The Valley”, which was released in 2019 via Metal Blade Records. For their set, the band prepared a 14-song set, with 4 songs coming from “The Valley”, 4 songs from 2016’s “Mark of the Blade”, 3 songs from 2012’s “Our Endless War”, and 3 songs from 2012’s self-titled album “Whitechapel.” The band was on fire from start to finish, with crowdsurfers and moshers going wild. The band opened with the leading single off The Valley titled “When A Demon Defiles A Witch”, which showed the band’s growth in terms of song writing. I was blown away by Whitechapel’s set, and also blown away that Phil Bozeman reposted one of my photos to his’ instagram. I will definitely be seeing them the next time they come out to Southern California, and you should all go check them out as well!

SETLIST

  1. When A Demon Defiles A Witch\
  2. Forgiveness Is Weakness
  3. Brimstone
  4. Black Bear
  5. The Void
  6. Mark of the Blade
  7. Elitist Ones
  8. Make It Bleed
  9. I, Dementia
  10. Hate Creation
  11. Brotherhood
  12. Let Me Burn
  13. Our Endless War

ENCORE

  1. The Saw Is The Law

The Chaos & Carnage Tour was flawless from start to finish. I cannot wait to see all of these bands again. I recommend you all go check them out and give them some love! These are all bands that have impacted the genre as a whole in such a positive way and radiated nothing but positive energy.

Whitechapel | Dying Fetus | Carnifex | Revocation | Spite | Fallujah | Uncured

Photos and Review courtesy of Jamie Kaufman | Instagram

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Knocked Loose w/ The Acacia Strain, Harm’s Way, Higher Power, and Sanction | Spring U.S. Tour | 4/30/19 |

Knocked Loose 2-Steps Their Way Through The Majestic Ventura Theater

Date: 4/30/19

Venue: The Majestic Ventura Theater

Knocked Loose has accumulated quite the large and dedicated fan base in the Metalcore and Hardcore communities over the last several years. With only 1 EP, 1 Split EP, and 1 Album under their belts, the band set out on their first US Headlining tour, with supporting acts The Acacia Strain, Harm’s Way, Higher Power, and Sanction. This tour was a blast, filled with a variety of genres from metalcore, deathcore, hardcore, beatdown, and nu-metal.

The first band up was Sanction from Long Island, NY. Sanction is a good ole fashioned Metalcore and Hardcore mashup. Vocalist David Blom truly brings the energy to the bands’ performances. The band played 9 songs, 5 of which came from their 2018 EP “The Infringement of God’s Plan” that was released via Pure Noise Records. The band also debuted 2 brand new songs, which are most likely from an upcoming release. The band put on a solid performance. Was a good way to start the show.

SETLIST

  1. Introduction
  2. (New song)
  3. The Prophet Who Saw Fire
  4. Untitled
  5. (New song)
  6. The Infringement of God’s Plan
  7. Fixated Upon A Figure
  8. Iris (Lens of Depression)
  9. Sixhundredthirtyone

The next band up was Higher Power from Leeds, West Yorkshire in England. The band was very energetic from the start. They were a standout in terms of sound, with a mixture of Metalcore, Hardcore, and Nu-Metal. I was truly living for the band from the start of their set to the end. The band played an 8-song set, 7 of which came from their 2017 record “Soul Structure”, via Flatspot Records. I definitely recommend checking out Higher Power. They pack in a whole lot of energy both on record and live!

SETLIST

  1. World Gone Mad
  2. Can’t Relate
  3. Reflect (Intro Only)
  4. Looking Inward
  5. Balance
  6. Hole
  7. You Ain’t Much
  8. Burning

The third band up was Harm’s Way from Chicago, Illinois. This was a band I was VERY excited to see. I’ve been listening to them for almost 2 years now, but I had never seen this five-piece band live until this show. The band is good ole Hardcore and Beatdown. They have such an intense stage presence, which was truly amazing to witness. The band played an 8-song set, 5 of which came from their 2018 album “Posthuman”, which was released via Metal Blade Records, which happens to be one of my favorite record labels of all time. I had high expectations when seeing Harm’s Way live and they somehow blew those out of the water. I definitely recommend seeing them live.

SETLIST

  1. Temptation
  2. Human Carrying Capacity
  3. Last Man
  4. (Unknown)
  5. Infestation
  6. Call My Name
  7. Breeding Grounds
  8. Become A Machine

The biggest supporting act, The Acacia Strain, was up next. The band, hailing from Chicopee, Massachustts. The Acacia Strain was the most diverse and polished band on the lineup, with a musical style that mashes up Metalcore, Death Core, and Melodic Death Metal. Throughout the band’s career, they have released 8 Albums, 2 EPs, 1 Split EP, and a live DVD. The band played a 10-song set, which showcased 3 songs from 2004’s “3750”, 2 songs from 2006’s “The Dead Walk”, 2 songs from 2008’s “Continent”, 2010’s “Wormwood”, and 2012’s “Death Is The Only Mortal”. With such a widespread setlist, the band showcased all they have to offer, and slayed that stage from start to finish. If you want a diverse set, and to get soaked from vocalist Vincent Bennett splashing water on the crowd, then you need to check out The Acacia Strain live in a city near you.

SETLIST

  1. Whoa! Shut It Down
  2. 4×4
  3. Seaward
  4. Doom
  5. Carbomb
  6. Brown Noise
  7. 3750
  8. Beast
  9. Dust and the Helix
  10. The Hills Have Eyes