The 10 Years In The Black Tour kicked off in October of this year, showcasing some of Sumerian’s top bands. Headlining the tour is Asking Alexandria, featuring the return of original front-man Danny Worsnop. He’s singing ten years of chart topping hits and it seems as though “The Snop” never left. I have seen Asking Alexandria more than a few times live, but with Denis Shaforostov on lead vocals. This is my first time seeing Danny back with AA. Needless to say, I went with high expectations. Now, the night replays in my mind as if I am still at the show.
Patiently, yet anxiously waiting outside, everyone’s talking about who they came to see, what merch they want to buy, and who they hope to meet. The doors open and security reminds us to walk, not run. What started as a line, turns into a mob of people running for the barricade. The first band to set the night off is Bad Omens. I recently become a fan of theirs after seeing them at another show. Singing “Feral” off their self-titled album, Noah’s voice goes down smoothly like Grey Goose. Then, he put us on our asses with savage screams.
“That crooked smile doesn’t hide your greed.
All of your hypocrisies,
I’m gonna tell everyone the truth.”
The audience explodes, screaming every word. It goes to show how far Bad Omens have come in such a short time. Rams Head Live is heating up quickly, and the night has just begun. Keeping the fires lit, Upon a Burning Body ignites the crowd. Danny Leal’s brutal vocal riffs and punishing breakdowns make the weak grow a pair and take no shit.
The night is unrelenting as After The Burial slaughters the mic with gutturals so ruthless the devil himself would cower. The barricade rocks under the pressure. The mosh pit is alive and bloodthirsty. There’s no dowsing this inferno as I See Stars prepares to send everyone into a frenzy. ISS walks out one by one and the lights fade. Devin Oliver’s melodic voice rings out,
“We all lose ourselves along the way, Sometimes we lose ourselves along the way.”
Fans hang onto each note as if every word is meant for them. Next to shake the building is Born Of Osiris. They reek havoc with their first song with the combination of clean vocals, synthesizers, and keyboards. BOO shows a unique, yet extraordinary, approach to what some say is a saturated genre. Tonight’s performance proves they bring mayhem in the most transcendent way.
The room is feverish with knowing any second Asking Alexandria will cross the platform and bring the house to its knees. While stage crews are busy preparing for the evening’s most anticipated performance, James, Ben, Sam, and Cameron gracefully appear on stage. Moments later, Danny Worsnop arrives and excitement erupts in roaring cheers and howling cries. Asking Alexandria rocks the foundation. Kids, adults, and first timers can’t help but to scream from the top of their lungs. Lights flash blue to red while pyrotechnics shoot smoke from the floor, making us feel intoxicated. Tonight, AA proves to be on top of their game with no intention of letting up.
This had to be one of the best live shows I have seen thus far. It left me wanting a repeat so I can do it all over again. If you haven’t had the chance to catch 10 Years In The Black Tour, don’t sit on this decision. If you do, you will smack yourself silly for missing it.