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

Photos + Review Courtesy of Jamie Kaufman | Instagram

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