Detroit Metal Core band I Prevail brought their Rage on the Stage tour to The Complex in Salt Lake City for a one night only battle royal with We Came as Romans, The World Alive and Escape the Fate on Sunday November 19, 2017. I feel like when you have a wrestling ring on stage, like I Prevail did, that injuries are bound to happen. In fact, three of the four bands had singers with injuries and were either not performing or not performing at 100% physically. Regardless of the injury roster, the energy was high from the moment the doors opened. The crowd was very vocal and pumped up for the show before it even started. So that being said, you could only imagine what it was like when Escape the Fate hit the stage. To say mayhem ensued would be an understatement. Ironically, Escape the Fate was the only band to escape the injury roster and were performing at 100%. The Las Vegas natives played songs from their four-album catalog including “Four Letter Word” from their upcoming release I am Human. They sounded flawless as they played about a 45 minute set.
Pheonix Metal Core band The World Alive exploded on to the stage next with the exception of singer Telle Smith who was escorted on stage adorning a cast on his right leg. He was placed in a chair at the center of the stage where he remained for the bands set. Smith was injured during the November 12th show in Los Angeles California. He sustained a compound fracture during the last song of their set but vowed not to miss a show. Despite having his leg in a cast and sitting in a chair, he and the band put on an amazing show.
As We Came as Romans hit the stage, they too could not escape the injury-plagued tour. It seems as though singer Kyle Pavone earlier in the day had fallen and was rushed to the hospital. As a result, the band was forced to carry on without him. Singer Dave Stephens made up the difference in Pavone’s absence. The band sounded tight as they tore through their set that covered their five albums. At one point I Prevail singer Richard “Eric” Vanlerberghelent came on stage and performed a song with the band. These guys had so much energy on stage you could almost feel the energy flow through them to the audience.
After as short break it was time for the headliners I Prevail. The fog machines started bellowing, the lights grew dim and the voice of a sports ring announcer began. The announcer introduced the band in grand fashion. As the stage lights began to intensify the ring began to become visible. The ring surrounded the drummer but was not too big as to impede the rest of the band’s movement. After a spectacular entrance and opening song singer Richard “Eric” Vanlerberghelent announced that the bands other singer Brian Burkheiser was injured earlier this summer and was not able to tour with the band. This did not stop the band from putting on a blistering set, which mostly covered songs from their debut studio album Lifelines. The show was very entertaining and included antics on stage and cannons shooting confetti.
This young band has a bright future if they can keep band members off the injured reserve list. If you have a chance see this tour by all means do it before it ends or it runs out of healthy band members.