Chelsea Grin | The Simulation Tour 2019

 

| Chelsea Grin | Photos by Linette Wainwright

3/7/19 @ The Palladium

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You Me At Six | Back Again Tour 2019

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Dreamers | Back Again Tour 2019

 

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Machineheart | Back Again Tour 2019

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REVIEW – You Me At Six | Back Again Tour 2019

After 3 years, You Me At Six returned to the United States for the Back Again tour, named after a song from their newest album “VI”. They brought the fire to The Glass House, bringing with them Dreamers and Machineheart. With a lineup mixing together indie rock, pop rock, pop punk, and post-hardcore, this tour was an amazing event to cover.

The first band up was Machineheart, who are local to Southern California with their hometown specifically in Los Angeles, CA. The band started with very dim lighting that matched their atmospheric sound to a t. The band played a 6-song set, all of which came from their 2019 album “People Change”, which was released via Nettwerk Records. The band consists of vocalist Stevie Scott, guitarist Carman Kubanda, drummer Harrison Webster, and bassist Jake Xavier. The band’s sound is a mixture of indie rock, pop rock, and atmospheric rock. The band absolutely slayed their set and I cannot wait to see them again!

SETLIST

  1. Overgrown
  2. Do You Love
  3. Chained
  4. Peace of Mind
  5. Who Said
  6. Altar

The second band up was Dreamers, who are also local to Southern California out of Los Angeles, CA. The band’s sound out of the gate was very pop rock, mixed with space rock, and a bit of pop punk. With their name behind them in neon lights, the three-piece slayed that stage from the start of their set to the end. The band consists of vocalist and guitarist Nick Wold, bassist and backup vocalist Marc Nelson, and drummer and backup vocalist Jacob Wick. The band played a 7-song set, 4 of which being brand new songs from their new album that is to be announced. The band absolutely slayed their set and I hope to catch their set again sometime soon!

SETLIST

  1. SCREWS
  2. Shawarma
  3. All Washed Out
  4. Die Happy
  5. Wolves
  6. Painkiller
  7. Blargh

The final band up was the one and only You Me At Six. This show was so special to me. I had been listening to the band since 2012, when I found their song “Bite My Tongue” on the Forza Horizon racing game. Until this show though, I still had never seen them live. Since this was their first U.S. tour in 3 years, they prepared a lengthy setlist, which consisted of a whopping 18-songs, which came from 5 of their 6 albums. 6 of the songs in particular came from their 2018 album “VI”, which was released via Underdog Records and AWAL Records. The band consists of vocalist Josh Franceschi, rhythm guitarist Max Helyer, lead guitarist Chris Miller, bassist Matt Barnes, and drummer Dan Flint. With such a widespread setlist, the band showed off their large repertoire and sound that mixes together pop rock, pop punk, post-hardcore, indie rock, and alternative rock. The band completely blew my mind in terms of energy and sound. I was so stoked to finally see them after listening to them for so many years.

The show was amazing and covered a mixture of genres. I found some new bands to listen to in Machineheart and Dreamers, and finally got to experience a live set from You Me At Six. Was a pleasure to cover this date.

SETLIST

  1. Fast Forward
  2. Lived A Lie
  3. Reckless
  4. Loverboy
  5. Back Again
  6. Night People
  7. Fresh Start Fever
  8. Cold Night
  9. Predictable
  10. Give
  11. 3 AM
  12. Take On The World
  13. IOU
  14. Bite My Tongue

ENCORE

  1. Room To Breathe
  2. No One Does It Better
  3. Straight To My Head
  4. Underdog

Review & photos courtesy of Jamie Kaufman

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Aenimus – Dreamcatcher Tour 2019 w/ Interloper

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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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