AlterBeast, Continuum, and A Fractured Thought | March West Coast Tour Photos| 3/16/19 | VFW 3752

A Fractured Thought



AlterBeast | Continuum | A Fractured Thought |

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Chelsea Grin | The Simulation Tour 2019


| Chelsea Grin | Photos by Linette Wainwright

3/7/19 @ The Palladium

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Slaughter to Prevail – Born to Die U.S. Tour 2018 Review

Slaughter to Prevail – Born to Die U.S. Tour 4/24/18 Review |Venue: The 1720


Slaughter to Prevail has undergone a lot of hardship in terms of touring over the past year. This amazing deathcore band from Russia was supposed to come to the United States three times last year for tours, but were only able to come a total of one time due to issues getting visas processed through fully. Thankfully, they could get it all processed through and came out to the US for a headlining tour that would last almost two months, spanning from mid-March to early-May. The only catch was that they are the only band on the tour, with local support on each date. Taking all of this into account, I knew with the local support on this date that it would be one hell of a night.

The first band up was The Prevalent Reaping, who are from Fontana, CA. I saw this band once before, when they opened for the Summer Slaughter Tour in Anaheim, CA., after winning the battle of the bands to get onto the date. I will say that out of the two times I’ve seen this band, they seemed more comfortable and together the second time around. They have a true groove to them and a tightness that is undeniable. This is for sure a band to keep an eye on. I cannot wait for them to release some music so people can truly hear their talent.

The second band to perform was Blood For Our Brothers, hailing from Compton, CA. This four-piece band has the perfect mixture deathcore, hardcore, and some technical death metal, and have a very commanding stage presence. Their debut album came out in 2014 titled “…And God Had Horns”, which they released independently via bandcamp. This is another band that has a lot of potential and is certainly worth checking out.

The third band up was Throne of Tyranny, coming to the stage from Pomona, CA. This band had some of my favorite elements, like the dueling guitar solos, a hell of a lot of energy, and songs that flowed very well. They were cohesive, and did a very good set. One of my favorite parts was vocalist David Forster’s energy. He would run from side to side on the stage, commanding the entire stage. While it was somewhat hard to shoot, it certainly was amusing to watch him do this. Their debut EP “Ashes of Mankind” came out in 2015, and is a true showing of the amount of technicality this band has in their music. They fit perfectly in the technical death-core genre and were a perfect fit for this lineup.

The biggest supporting act of the evening was So This Is Suffering, who are locals to Los Angeles, CA. I saw this band once before on the Whitechapel tour in December of 2017 and I must say, they put on one hell of a set. They played a 7-song set, most of which came from their newest album “Palace of the Pessimist”, which was released in 2017 via Unique Leader Records. Vocalist Rudy Flores brings a wide range of vocal variety to the band, with some seriously deep gutturals and high shrieks. Guitarist Robert Brown truly shreds and gives some amazing solos and technicality to the band’s sound, which truly brings them to a whole new level. Drummer Steve Guerrero helps set the sound up by giving the fast-paced foundation with fast double bass kicks and blast beats. This band quickly rose up as being one of my favorites in the Death-core genre, thanks to their kindness, as well as their incredible stage presence. They always look like their having fun, and they are so approachable. Definitely a band to check out.

The headlining band, Slaughter to Prevail put on one hell of a set. However, I must say I did feel a bit underwhelmed by the length. As a headliner, bands are expected to prepare a lengthier set than that of a supporting band. So, around 8-10 songs minimum would be expected for a headlining act, and that is still a rather short set for a headliner. Slaughter to Prevail played a total of 6 songs during their set, but those songs surely shredded on stage. Vocalist Alex Terrible wore his iconic white mask for the first 3 songs before taking it off. For this tour, they introduced the addition of a new drummer and had a touring guitarist with them, which may have been their reasoning for having such a short set. The part that truly surprised me was when they came back on to do their encore, they just played one of the six songs they had just played for a second time. Again, I truly love this band and had been waiting to see them again, after seeing them on 4/20 last year with Oceano. Their newest album “Misery Sermon”, released in 2017 via Sumerian Records, is truly amazing. I was just disappointed I didn’t get to hear more of their songs this time around.  I’m still so happy I could see them again after waiting a year since the last time.

Overall, the night was hella fun, even with the underwhelming length of Slaughter’s set. I truly loved getting to see so many local Californian bands, which led me to see how talented our locals are. Go check each of these bands out.

Review courtesy of Jamie Kaufman

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Suicide Silence – 10 Years of The Cleansing Tour 12/17/17 Review 

In many genres, we can all picture in our heads that one album that defines what a genre is and sets the bar for what future releases for the genre should be. Suicide Silence’s album The Cleansing is just that for the deathcore genre. This album is iconic for so many reasons: the dynamics, the distinct vocal stylings of Mitch Lucker, and the lyrics that drew people in. This iconic album hit its 10-year mark, which meant the band would go on tour in support of this release, along with some amazing bands supporting them. With a 40-day tour, and this being the last date, I knew we were in for a treat.

While there were some local opening acts, the first official band from the tour was Prison. Now, Prison has an interesting story. This was their very first tour, they came out on that stage and killed it. They played every song off their debut EP titled “N.G.R.I”. Also, Prison was the only unsigned band on the tour, which is very cool to see. I feel they will become signed very soon, as they have the talent and passion to get there. Prison speaks about issues a lot of people and bands are scared to talk about: suicide, depression, the struggles we go through on a day to day basis. The lead singer, especially, has a deep life story about depression that hit me deep to my core. It meant the world to hear a band speak boldly about conquering depression, and deriving their whole being from how to overcome that depression. It was amazing to see just an emotion-driven performance, filled with amazing crowd participation.

The next band up was the infamous Upon a Burning Body. This was my third time seeing this band and they always have some of the best stage presence I’ve ever seen. Playing songs from their whole discography, it was amazing to see them light up the stage. Though mainly backlit, it was fun to shoot their set. They chose a perfect eight-song set, spreading the songs out almost equally through their 4 albums, although 3 songs came from their most recent release “Straight From The Barrio”, via Sumerian Records. I knew they were amazing live, but out of the three times I’ve seen them, this was by far the best I’ve seen them play live. They were on fire out there.

The second to last band up was Winds of Plague. Now, I have a fun story, I met the members outside before the show and they were so down to earth and happy to meet people. I brought every album from their discography, as well as an album from their keyboardist Adrienne Cowan’s other band Seven Spires, which made her, and the rest of the band, very happy. When it came to the performance on stage, they were brilliant from head to toe. With a ten-song set, with songs from most of their five-album discography, they were filled with energy, fire, and talent. I was extremely excited to watch them play, as I had been waiting to see Winds of Plague since I got into them back in 2011 from playing Rock Band on my Xbox. Their newest release “Blood Of My Enemy”, release on EOne Music, is their best release to date, and what they played from it last night proves just that. Winds of Plague is back and better than ever.

The final band on was the one and only Suicide Silence. This was my second time seeing the legends of deathcore and they did not disappoint. Being the 10-year anniversary tour for their very first album, they knew they had to go out hard. Vocalist Eddie Hermida did his part to scream those vocals out hard, in memorial of previous vocalist Mitch, who died in a motorcycle accident November 1st, 2012. That incident shook the fanbase to the core, but the band continued with Eddie as the new vocalist. Since then, they released two albums with Eddie, the newest being the self-titled “Suicide Silence” via Nuclear Blast Records. On every date, the band played The Cleansing in its entirety, being twelve songs. Along with the twelve songs, they played three encore songs, being off three out of four of their other releases. I was blown away to see how on fire they were with these songs, as well as how identical Eddie was able to make his vocals sound to Mitch’s with these songs. At the end of the set, drummer Alex Lopez smashed his drum set and Chris Garza set his guitar on fire and then smashed it to pieces. Both members threw their instruments into the crowd, which resulted in people in the crowd fighting over pieces of broken guitar and drum parts.

Overall, it was an amazing show to attend and I’m so grateful to have covered it.

Review courtesy of Jamie Kaufman 

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