Sylar w/ Cane Hill, Varials, and Bloodline | Seasons Tour 2019 | Photos + Review

Sylar Changes the Seasons at Chain Reaction

Venue: Chain Reaction in Anaheim, CA | 5/26/19

Sylar has been a very important band to me since I got into them in 2016. Their distinct sound that mixes together nu-metal, metalcore, post-hardcore, and rap metal has helped them stand out in a music scene that can sometimes be filled to the brim with soundalike bands. With their newest release “Seasons”, Sylar hit new ground, going a bit more personal, which received critical acclaim.  After several years of touring as the supporting act for many tours, Sylar finally embarked on a full 2-month U.S. Tour, with supporting acts Cane Hill, Varials, and Bloodline. With a stacked lineup at one of my all-time favorite venues, I knew this would be a fun show.

The first band up was Bloodline from Dallas, Texas. Bloodline has been on my radar for quite some time. This fourpiece band is a perfect mix of metalcore and hardcore, with some sweet melodies and slamming breakdowns. The members of the band consist of vocalist Joseph Todd, drummer and backup vocalist Matt Dierkes, bassist Jake Jones, and guitarist and clean vocalist Titus Kirby. They had very high energy from the start of their set to the end, and truly kicked the show off with a force. I was thoroughly blown away. Their newest release “Better View” came out in March of 2019 via Stay Sick Recordings and truly shows off the band’s wide range and variety from song to song! I cannot wait to see them next time they come out to California!

 

Next up came Varials from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I’ve wanted to see Varials for quite some time but scheduling just never worked out for me to make it out to one of their shows until now. Varials is good ole fashioned hardcore mixed with metalcore. They had such a high level of energy that had the crowd going absolutely bonkers. In fact, a guy cartwheeled off the stage onto the crowd at one point. This five piece consists of vocalist Travis Tabron, guitarists Mitchell Rogers and James Hohenwarter, drummer Sean Rauchut, and bassist Mike Foley. The band played a 6-song set, 5 of which came from their 2017 release “Pain Again” which was their debut LP on Fearless Records. I was thoroughly impressed by their stage presence and their ability to control the crowd at the snap of their fingers.

SETLIST

  1. God Talk
  2. Anything to Numb
  3. D.A.
  4. Stigmata
  5. Pain Again
  6. Empire of Dirt

The biggest supporting act was up next, that being Cane Hill from New Orleans, Louisiana. I remember seeing Cane Hill as the opening act for Attila, New Years Day, and Bad Omens at Chain Reaction in 2017, so seeing how far they’ve come has been impressive. The band is the perfect mixture of Nu Metal and Metalcore. The band played a whopping 11-song set with songs from each of their releases: 7 off their 2018 album “Too Far Gone”, 3 from their 2016 album “Smile”, and 1 from their self-titled 2015 EP. The band was on fire and truly showcased their full range in sound. This four piece consists of vocalist Elijah Witt, guitarist James Barnett, bassist Ryan Henriquez, and drummer Devin Clark. Cane Hill has been a band I have been listening to consistently since Warped Tour 2016 and they continue to blow me away each time I see them!

SETLIST

  1. (The New) Jesus
  2. Lord of Flies
  3. 10 Cents
  4. Ugly Model Mannequin
  5. Fountain of Youth
  6. It Follows
  7. Hateful
  8. Why?
  9. Gemini
  10. Singing in The Swamp
  11. Too Far Gone

The almighty Sylar from Queens, New York came out on stage last to finally bring a headlining set. After being a supporting act for many tours throughout the years, they finally got the opportunity to headline their own tour, which was so cool to see. The band opened up their set with fan favorite song “Assume”, which is such a banger. The band truly went all out for their headliner and prepared a jampacked 15-song set, which consisted of 9 songs from their 2018 release “Seasons”, 4 from their 2014 release “To Whom It May Concern”, and 3 from their 2016 release “Help!”. It was surreal to see them play such a widespread set, with songs from each release. The band has evolved their sound with each release and they proved just how far they’ve come with their headlining set. This five piece consists of vocalist Jayden Panesso, guitarist and clean vocalist Miguel Cardona, guitarist Dustin Jennings, bassist Travis Hufton, and drummer Cody Ash. The band is super tight and together on stage, with high energy that had the crowd jumping and moshing like crazy. Sylar is growing more and more as a band as the months go by, and I’m so happy they’re finally headlining.

SETLIST

  1. Assume
  2. SHOOK!
  3. Same Dance
  4. Wait For You
  5. Sickminded
  6. Open Wounds
  7. No Way
  8. Seasons
  9. To Whom It May Concern
  10. Prescription Medication
  11. Live / Breathe
  12. All or Nothing
  13. Soul Addiction

ENCORE

  1. Dark Daze
  2. Golden Retreat

Sylar’s Seasons tour was filled with moshing, crowdsurfing, nu metal, metalcore, hardcore, and a lot of fun. I’m so honored to have been able to see this band grow over the years and see them many times in that time.

Sylar | Cane Hill | Varials | Bloodline

Photos and Review courtesy of Jamie Kaufman | Instagram

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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 

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Archspire w/ Inferi, Virvum, Wormhole, and Discarnate Motions |Tech Trek IV Tour Photos | 5/12/19 | Whisky A Go-Go

Discarnate Motions

Wormhole

 

Virvum

 

Inferi

 

Archspire

 

Archspire | Inferi | Virvum | Wormhole | Discarnate Motions

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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