Born of Osiris w/ Bad Omens, Spite, and Kingdom of Giants | The Simulation Tour | Photos

The Simulation Tour

Venue: The Glass House on 8/3/19

Kingdom of Giants

Spite

Bad Omens

Born of Osiris

Born of Osiris | Bad Omens | Spite | Kingdom of Giants

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Veil of Maya & Intervals w/ Strawberry Girls, I Have No Eyes, and The Auric Design | Spring U.S. Tour | 4/20/19

4/20/19 at The Palladium in Worcester, MA

The Auric Design

I Have No Eyes

Strawberry Girls

Intervals

Veil of Maya

Veil of Maya | Intervals | Strawberry Girls | I Have No Eyes | The Auric Design

Photos by Linette Ray

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Between the Buried and Me | Automata II Tour 2019

Photos courtesy of Jamie Kaufman

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Between the Buried and Me brings the Automata II Tour to Pomona, CA

Between the Buried and Me have received critical acclaim for their 2018 releases Automata I and Automata II, a two-part album which was released separately with Automata I in March and Automata II in July. With both parts being over 30 minutes in length, the album is slightly over an hour long. This tour excited me, as I hadn’t been BTBAM since they headlined Summer Slaughter Tour last summer, and I was stoked to finally see TesseracT and Astronoid alongside them.

The first band up was Astronoid from Lowell, Massachusetts. Their set was very atmospheric, with low lighting that fit the songs perfectly. They played 6-songs in total, 2 from their 2016 release “Air” and 4 from their 2019 self-titled release “Astronoid”, which were both released via Blood Music. Their set was filled with energy. The foursome consists of vocalist and guitarist Brett Boland, guitarist Casey Aylward, bassist Daniel Schwarts, and drummer Matt St. Jean. The band was totally in sync, with a style of post-metal and progressive metal that fit the tour perfectly. Seeing them was an excellent way to kick off the show, and I cannot wait to see them again.

SETLIST

  1. A New Color
  2. Up and Atom
  3. Fault
  4. Breathe
  5. Incandescent
  6. I Dream In Lines

The next band up was none other than the all mighty TesseracT, coming all the way from Milton Keynes, England, UK. I had been listening to TesseracT for a couple of years now, and even so, they blew my mind with their stage presence and live sound. The band’s sound is a blending of progressive metal and djent and is truly top notch live. The band played an 8-song set as the direct support act, 3 of which came from their newest release “Sonder”, 2 from their 2015 release “Polaris”, 2 from their 2011 album “One”, and 1 from their 2013 release “Altered State”. The band was signed to Century Media previously, where they released One and Altered State, but then signed to KScope Records where they released Polaris and Sonder. The band consists of five members: Vocalist Daniel Tompkins, Alec “Acle” Kahney, Jay Postones, James “Metal” Monteith, and Amos Williams. Together, they put on a set that was truly amazing from start to finish, and I will certainly be seeing them again next time they come to the states.

SETLIST

  1. Luminary
  2. Of Mind – Nocturne
  3. Concealing Fate, Part 2: Deception
  4. Concealing Fate, Part 3: The Impossible
  5. Survival
  6. Dystopia
  7. King
  8. Juno

The final band up was the triumphant Between the Buried and Me, coming to The Glass House from Raleigh, North Carolina. The band opened their set with the first song on Automata II titled “The Proverbial Bellow”, which is a whopping 13 minutes long. The band played a 10-song set, which consisted of 2 songs from 2018’s “Automata I”, 2 songs from 2018’s “Automata II”, 2 songs from 2015’s “Coma Ecliptic”, 2 from 2012’s “The Parallax II: Future Sequence”, 1 from 2011’s “The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues”, and 1 from 2009’s “The Great Misdirect”. The band started their career in 2000, releasing their self-titled album in 2002 via Lifeforce Records. Then they signed a record deal with Victory Records, where they released 4 albums from 2003-2009, one of which being The Great Misdirect. The band then signed to Metal Blade Records, where they released 2 albums and 1 EP from 2011 – 2015. After the touring cycle for Coma Ecliptic was over, the band then signed to Sumerian Records, where they released the critically acclaimed Automata I and Automata II. During the band’s set, they showcased just how much they have to offer to the scene, and why they are the metal giants of progressive metal mixed with technical death metal. They played 9 songs as a part of the regular set, and then came on to play their song “Condemned to the Gallows” from Automata I, which was nominated for a Grammy in 2018 for “Best Live Metal”. The 5-piece band consists of vocalist and keyboard player Tommy Giles, guitarist Paul Waggoner, guitarist Dustie Waring, bassist and additional keyboard player Dan Briggs, and drummer Blake Richardson. Together, they put on one of the tightest sets I’ve seen from a band of this genre.

The Automata II tour was a spectacle, with Astronoid kicking things off on such a high point, then TesseracT blowing the roof of the venue, and Between the Buried and Me completely demolishing it with an hour and a half long set. I am so glad I was able to attend.

SETLIST

  1. The Proverbial Bellow
  2. Fossil Genera – A Feed from Cloud Mountain
  3. House Organ
  4. Specular Reflection (2nd half only)
  5. The Black Box
  6. Telos
  7. Option Oblivion
  8. Life In Velvet
  9. Voice of Trespass

ENCORE

  1. Condemned to the Gallows

Review courtesy of Jamie Kaufman

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