It was a cold Sunday afternoon outside The Canal Club in Richmond, Va, as fans lined the building to see Attila. I know what you’re thinking, I must have been insane to put myself in the midst of such mayhem. Call me crazy, because I love every second of it. Once inside, the horde rushed upfront for the best view of the stage.
Known for their record-breaking crowd surf totals and rule-breaking mosh pits, Attila has created a world of IDGAF. So, it’s best to leave your opinions at the door and prepare to get raw and rowdy.
Since Attila was headlining, I had plenty of time to prepare myself for what was to come. l Ieaned close to a pillar where I could close enough to see the first band, Vesta Collide. There had been a lot of hype lately about this band. Word is, the screamer Mark Pfromm, is Fronz’s younger brother. He took the stage with such resolution, extraordinary must run in the family. There was no gradual rise in excitement as these guys proved they have already arrived. VC’s intense ferocity ripped up the role of support band and turned the stage into The Vesta Collide Show. The mix of Mark’s low gutturals, and Jake’s melodic vocals, hit the sweet spot. This band is sick and you better watch out for them.
Still reeling from VC’s set, Cane Hill took an already crazed crowd to straight mucho loco. Each song hit like a sledgehammer, leaving rubble in its wake. The performance of headbanging, body-slamming, music was exquisitely executed. CH is not a band you want to sleep through, if that is even possible. Front man Elijah Witts voice, has the right fusion of euphonious grit and grungy growls. Did I mention the dude can sing? Having been compared to BMTH and Slipknot, in sound and composition, I agree to a degree. In my opinion, Cane Hill’s demanding presence kept the audience alive and ticking until the final song “Time Bomb.“
Bad Omens was next and they gave us exactly what we wanted. Vocalist Noah Sebastian, is just a cool guy in person, but he gave us beautiful and chilling aggression on stage. Bad Omens didn’t need to do killer breakdowns or scream his lungs to shreds, the combination of solid lyrics and catchy riffs, has made them one of the best bands on Sumerian Records label. They performed songs from their debut album Bad Omens, and every one was a crowd pleaser.
Every band that played did so with 100% determination to kick ass. The people packed in tighter as crews got ready for the final show of the night. The lights were dimmed while fog rolled across the stage. As each member of Attila walked out to cheers and screams, Fronz appeared and went right into “Let’s Get Abducted,” off their new album Chaos. The fuse had reached its end and an explosion of bodies set ablaze their inhibitions. I give props to The Canal Club for having a sturdy building structure. We were on the top floor and I swear the moment Fronz began the first song, the building should have caved into rubble.
“Supernatural thoughts in my head
Confusing, intense, like I’m stuck in limbo,
instead I’m living ahead
It’s unexplainable, I’m irrational
Without being a son of a bitch
But I’m on another dimension again
Do you see the bright light above?”
Song after song, each more riot provoking than the last, the crowd gave into to mayhem and forgot the world outside. Some think Attila invokes chaos. I say, without chaos there is no calm. This is a place where the misunderstood, ignored, and bullied, can be accepted and not rejected. If you didn’t come here to join the cause, you were in the wrong building.
We all know Attila’s shows are sick as hell and the crowds are insane. The mosh pits can’t be duplicated. These shows are an outlet to throw a big “Middle Fingers Up” to the haters, bullies, and assholes.
To all the bands that played, we thank you. You’ve killed it. I’m looking forward to raging with you again sometime.
Don’t forget to check out every band on this tour. Check out their links below. Follow them, share their music, and most of all help support them by purchasing their music and merch. They work hard to be able to bring us the songs we love and we should show them how much they mean to us.