Upon A Burning Body w/ Of Virtue | The Southern Hostility Tour | Photos + Review

The Southern Hostility Tour Swings Through Santa Ana

Upon A Burning Body has been a band I have seen consistently since they headlined the All Stars Tour in 2015. With the release of their fifth studio album “Southern Hostility” being released this year via Seek and Strike Records, the band set out on a 3-week U.S. Tour, which they announced would be the only headlining tour for this album cycle. They surely brought the Southern Hostility when they came through The Constellation Room.

As direct support for the tour, Of Virtue from Lansing, MI brought the heat. This metalcore five-piece came out swinging with their song “No Control”, which involved a crowd chant and lots of headbanging. A majority of the band’s eight-song set came from their 2019 album “What Defines You”, which was released via SharpTone Records. The band was very high energy, with vocalist Tyler Ennis even jumping into the crowd and getting up close and personal with the audience members, and the whole band utilizing every inch of the stage they had. The rest of the five piece consists of guitarist and vocalist Damon Tate, guitarist Michael Valadez, touring bassist Derek McClung, and touring drummer Devin Attard. The band put on a noteworthy performance and set the stage for the brutality to come.

SETLIST

  1. No Control

  2. I Won’t Break

  3. Alone

  4. Thanks For Nothing

  5. Suffer

  6. Torn Apart

  7. Surrounded

  8. Ghost Town

The all mighty Upon A Burning Body from San Antonio, Texas finally hit the stage, opening with Southern Hostility’s intro track “All Pride No Pain”, which lead into the first single off the new album “King of Diamonds”, which both were a return to the band’s core sound of heavier metalcore. Upon A Burning Body didn’t come to play, they came to slay this time around. Along with their 12-song set, the band brought along with them a lighting rig and the most energy I’ve ever seen from the band, even after seeing them 4 times prior. They played songs from each of their albums, showing the diverse sound the band has in their arsenal. This four piece consists of vocalist Danny Leal, bassist Joe Antonellis, guitarist Ruben Alvarez, and drummer Tito Felix. This band is always super tight live, sounding exactly like their albums live. But it’s that live energy and engagement from the audience that takes their music to a whole other level. The band has great crowd control, with the crowd going nuts with circle pits, walls of death, and standard moshing alike. It was amazing to see these guys again and to see them bring the true Southern Hostility to Southern California!

SETLIST

  1. All Pride No Pain

  2. King of Diamonds

  3. Red Razor Wrists

  4. The Anthem of the Doomed

  5. The Champ Is Coming

  6. Reinventing Hatred

  7. Burn

  8. A Toda Madre o un Desmadre

  9. Already Broken

  10. M.F.

  11. Intermission

  12. Sin City

ENCORE

13. Texas Blood Money

The Southern Hostility tour was full of tons of energy, sweat, moshing, and tons of fun! Check out Upon A Burning Body and Of Virtue on tour when they each come to a city near you.

Upon A Burning Body | Of Virtue

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Alesana w/ Capture, Avoid, and Dead Superstar | The Unkindness of Ravens Tour | Photos

The Unkindness of Ravens Tour

Venue: The Whisky A Go-Go on 8/21/19

 

Dead Superstar

Avoid

Capture

Alesana

Alesana | Capture | Avoid | Dead Superstar

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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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Crown the Empire w/ Attila, Veil of Maya, Gideon, HAWK, and Life Right Now | Ragefest 2 | Photos

Ragefest 2

Venue: The Belasco on 7/27/19

Life Right Now

HAWK

Gideon

Veil of Maya

Attila

Crown the Empire

Crown the Empire | Attila | Veil of Maya | Gideon | HAWK | Life Right Now

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Rockstar Disrupt Festival | Main Stage w/ Thrice, The Used, Sum 41, Circa Survive, and Atreyu | Photos + Review

Rockstar Disrupt Festival – Main Stage Review

Venue: Five Point Amphitheatre on 7/20/19

As the festival stage bands finished, they transformed the stage for the main bands. All five of the main stage bands had 45-minute sets, where they were truly able to showcase their talents with full on lighting and theatrics. Although all of the acts performed on one stage, they truly made it look and feel special for the main stage bands.

The first of the main stage bands up was Atreyu from Yorba Linda, California. Atreyu has been a staple in the metalcore scene for quite some time. Although they had a 3-year hiatus from 2011-2014, they have still released 7 truly incredible albums over their career. I personally got into Atreyu in 2010 when their song “Ravenous” was on the video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. Although they didn’t play Ravenous, the band prepared a 10-song set filled to the brim with fan favorite songs, including “Bleeding Mascara”, “Becoming The Bull”, and their infamous Bon Jovi cover of “You Give Love A Bad Name”. This five piece consists of vocalist Alex Varkatzas, drummer and co-lead vocalist Brandon Saller, guitarists Dan Jacobs and Travis Miguel, and bassist Marc “Porter” McKnight. I had never seen Atreyu live before this date, but I had been listening to them for years. Although I had somewhat high expectations, Atreyu still blew my expectations out of the park. Their stage presence was amazing, with band members jumping off risers and truly using every inch of that stage. The band somehow sounded even better live than on album, which is difficult to do with a band that sounds as good as Atreyu does on album. I was blown away from the moment they hit the stage to the moment they left the stage!

SETLIST

  1. Our Time Is Now
  2. Right Side of the Bed
  3. Becoming The Bull
  4. Ex’s and Oh’s
  5. When Two Are One
  6. You Give Love A Bad Name (Bon Jovi Cover)
  7. Bleeding Mascara
  8. Falling Down
  9. House of Gold
  10. Blow

Up next was Circa Survive from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Circa Survive’s sound is best described as a mixture of post-hardcore and progressive rock. I first got into Circa Survive when their song “The Difference Between Medicine and Poison is the Dose” released on Rock Band in 2007. A big highlight moment of their set was when vocalist Anthony Green jumped on the barricade and embraced fans during the first song “Act Appalled” from their 2005 album Juturna. The band played a 9-song set, which showcased songs from their whole discography minus Violent Waves. The band really got into their set, grooving with every note and truly showcasing a set filled with emotion and raw energy. The rest of the band consists of guitarists Colin Frangicetto and Brendan Ekstrom, bassist Nick Beard, and drummer Steve Clifford. I will say that Anthony Green’s vocals sound raspier in person, which honestly added to the band’s sound. I was thoroughly impressed with their set and I’m stoked to have finally seen them after listening to them for so long.

SETLIST

  1. Act Appalled
  2. Rites of Investiture
  3. Child of the Desert
  4. The Difference Between Medicine and Poison is the Dose
  5. Holding Someone’s Hair Back
  6. In the Morning and Amazing…
  7. Lustration
  8. Stop the Fuckin’ Car
  9. Get Out

Sum 41 from Ontario, Canada was up next. Sum 41 is the perfect mixture of pop punk, punk rock, and post-hardcore. The sun went down just as their set was starting, which made the lighting truly stand out. For their set, Sum 41 prepared an 11-song set that showcased songs from a majority of their discography. They were extremely tight and very high energy. I thought the colored smoke cannons added to the experience and created some truly amazing moments to capture. This five piece consists of vocalist and rhythm guitarist Deryck Whibley, lead guitarist Dave Baksh, bassist Jason McCaslin, rhythm guitarist Tom Thacker, and drummer Frank Zummo. It was so cool to finally see Sum 41. Their songs “In Too Deep” and “Still Waiting” were staples in my childhood and were played in several movies and TV shows I watched so it was surreal to finally see them. Their stage presence was energetic and engaging. They truly slayed!

SETLIST

  1. The Hell Song
  2. Motivation
  3. Over My Head (Better Off Dead)
  4. We’re All To Blame
  5. Out For Blood
  6. Fake My Own Death
  7. Walking Disaster
  8. We Will Rock You (Queen Cover)
  9. In Too Deep
  10. Fat Lip
  11. Still Waiting