Between the Buried and Me | Automata II Tour 2019

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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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Dropout Kings & Outline In Color |Outline In Color Album Release Tour

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Deadships & Dead Crown |Outline In Color Album Release Tour 2019

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Palisades & Hyro The Hero |The Truth Tour 2019

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Nothing More Brings The Truth Tour to The Belasco

I’ve been a fan of Nothing More for several years, and they are a band I listen to on a regular basis. With this lineup and timing, it worked out perfectly to finally see them and photograph their set. To say I was amazed by the lineup and especially Nothing More’s set-list would be an understatement.

The first band up was Palisades from Iselin, New Jersey. This was my 5th time seeing the band and they blow me away every time I see them. The band prepared an 8 song set for this run, 5 of which coming from their newest album “Erase The Pain”, which was released on December 28th, 2018 via Rise Records. This album has a dear place in my heart, as it covers the many hardships of mental health, and hearing the songs live just meant that much more to me. The band is comprised of vocalist Lou Miceli, Bassist and Vocalist Brandon Elgar, Guitarists Matt Marshall and Xavier Adames, and drummer Aaron Rosa. They are all amazingly kind individuals and truly kill it live. This is a band you MUST listen to if you haven’t yet. They have a sound that mixes post-hardcore, hard rock, and electronic together with perfect harmony.

       The next up was Hyro The Hero from Houston, Texas. The rap metal group was only with the tour for this special Los Angeles date, as other act on the tour, Badflower, was doing their album release show that same night in L.A. over at the El Ray Theater. Hyro the Hero combines the sounds of rap, hard rock, and nu-metal. I had never listened to them prior to this show but was blown away by their stage presence and tightness as a group. The band, named after vocalist and rapper Hyron Fenton, performed an 8-song set, most of which came from their 2018 release “Flagged Channel”. I would definitely recommend giving them a listen.

The biggest supporting act came up next, that being Of Mice & Men. I had seen them a couple of times before this show, the last being in 2017 when they toured with In This Moment and Avatar. But Of Mice & Men completely blew my mind this night when they played an 8-song set, 4 of which came from their 2019 release “Defy”, which was released via Rise Records. They threw in some fan favorites from older albums, which hit me right in the heart. Of Mice & Men was one of the first bands in the genre that helped me fall in love with Metalcore as a whole and seeing them fully confident and realized this time around was beautiful and heartwarming to say the least.

The final band was none other than Nothing More. Nothing More was on fire with their performance from start to finish. As the set began, vocalist Jonny Hawkins sprayed a white curtain, which dropped to reveal the shirtless vocalist with half of his torso painted black. The band played a 17song set, which consisted of 9 songs from their 2017 release “The Stories We Tell Ourselves”, 5 songs from their 2014 self-titled album “Nothing More”, and a couple of covers. The band has been signed to Eleven Seven Records for a couple of years now, releasing those two albums and garnering a large following in the process. The band’s energy was unbeatable and truly blew my expectations right out of the water. The Truth tour was a spectacle of an event and truly gave us some unforgettable moments. I am so glad I was finally able to see Nothing More, and got to see some amazing bands alongside them.

February 22, 2019 | By: Jamie Kaufman 

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