Now, I attend a lot of shows, so most of the time, I know what to expect. I love music as a whole, I mean it’s my life, you know? So when I go to a show to see a band, or bands I love, I walk in with expectations set high. At the end of the night, I end up falling in love with a new band, which always makes the show better than expected. The first band to hit the stage was called ’68. After the music started, I was a little confused because there were only two guys on stage. I was like, Ok, where is the rest of the band? Nope, this was the band. One guy on guitar, who is also the vocalist, and the other on drums. I’m thinking to myself, they must really be good, to be on the bill with theses heavy weights. To be honest, my brain was trying to comprehend what I was watching and hearing, and I was fuckin blown away. All I know was, these guys were beautiful chaos to my ears. I had to take a moment to Google them to know more. Coming out of Atlanta, GA, Josh Scogin (formerly the vocalist for Norma Jean) and Michael McClellan(drummer), didn’t need anyone else on that stage to shock and wow the room. They accomplished that on their own. They conquered all genres, wrapped it in a pretty bow and delivered it with kick ass, pop punk, raw rhythm, in-your-face ferocity. I was hooked. Pop some bottles, break out the balloons, this was one party I was going to attend till the lights go out and all surprises have been revealed. ’68 won the room and In Hearts Wake was next up to start a new round. What can I say about In Hearts Wake? I just love them. Being my third time seeing them live, it gets better every time. Singing one of my favorite songs “Healer”
“Searching for guidance on an altar of dreams. Laying before death and torn at the seams.
The stitching of scars, the knitting of bones, bound by the healers, the holder of thrones.
We’re facing demons in the dark – I feel them under my skin, I feel their hatred within.
This vision’s tearing at the heart – despite the pain that I’m in, new life begins.”
IHW’s emotionally driven lyrics, seep into your soul and leave you thinking about life and the future. I know that seems a little burdensome, but isn’t that what we all think about from time to time? Enough with the heavy, point is, In Hearts Wake wrecks shit, and they are worth every second of time spent seeing them.
What happens next, I can only tell you in words, and hopefully you can get the picture. The lights go out, people whistle and shout. Protest The Hero (Formerly named Happy Go Lucky), walks out on stage and you can just feel the anticipation building when the guitar begins and the drums follow. Fog fills the room and the lights flash in perfect synchronicity. Like a rave, the bright colorful beams and music transcend you to another place. PTH begins with “Yellow Teeth,” and the room gets lost in Rody Walker’s soaring falsettos and clean vocals. These guys don’t need to ease into a set, they just come out all guns blazing and check for casualties later. But no one was complaining, I can vouch for that. By time they played “Bloodmeat”, there wasn’t one person standing still. You can’t just put PTH is any genre, they are just power metal at its finest to me.
Coming to a close, the crowd wants more. August Burns Red gives them just that. August Burns Red gives us the best show I have ever seen them perform live. I have seen them four, maybe five times. I’m not just saying this because I love the band, but they were exquisite in every category, and unparalleled in the night’s performance. Rewind, I’m leaving out the best parts. What most call a concert, seemed more like a party until August Burns Red comes out and tears the house apart. It was like celebrating the Fourth of July, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve all at once. You almost forgot you were The Fillmore in Silverspring, Md, because it was like watching ABR perform in a 20,000 seat arena, just insanely choreographed in flawless audio and vibrant son et lumiere . Victor Zeiser, the owner of Squeek Lights provided a visual orgasm that held that seductive climax to the very end of the set. The set list had been created to play the best of the best songs, of their career. It didn’t matter what song was playing next, everyone knew the words and no one moved from their spot till the last note was sung.
10 years strong, ABR’s unmistakable sound, paired with their accomplished musical career, have paved the way for up and coming bands, and have also led them to prestigious music awards and numerous nominations. It’s no wonder, whatever they throw out there, becomes another successful accomplishment for them. At the end of every show, I’m always so pumped and can’t wait till my next show. If I could, I would follow this show for the duration of the tour. No, I’m not a stalker by any means. I would photograph every set as I did this one, it’s worth seeing more than a few times. It will be hard going into the rest of 2017 expecting another show to top this one. This tour was kick ass on so many levels, but it isn’t over yet.
If you have a chance, you can still catch it until February 18,2017, ending in Lancaster, PA. You can purchase tickets here on Soundrink.