Welcome to planet metal: where it’s all metal all the time. Today’s lineup is one not even the zombie apocalypse can keep from happening. (BUZZZZ goes the alarm) My eyes flew open. It was only a dream; a dream recounting the events of a glorious night, of some of the best metal bands on one stage.
So, the story goes…
It was a blustery day in B-more, and fans huddled together in a line that stretched around Baltimore Soundstage. You saw friends saying, “Hello,” to each other and parents bringing their kids hot chocolate. Others unwrapped ninety-nine cent hand warmers, because it is very difficult with frozen fingers to sneak in a selfie when the occasional band member came outside for a brief run to their bus. As minutes seemed like hours, it was time for the doors to open. The single-file security tried to usher, but the line quickly turned into a mob headed for the barricade. With less than an hour until show time, I checked my camera settings and walked to the photo pit to ready myself for the first band. Excited about the night’s lineup, I had high hopes this tour was going to be sick as hell. My instincts were correct.
Fire from The Gods has been on the tip of everyone’s tongue as of late and I was about to see what the fuss was about. Hot like fire, and spitting metal-rap mix licks, this six-piece from Texas put the stage on lyrical lockdown. After singing the first song “Diversion,” the static connection from person to person amplified with every song. The walls seemed to move and moan under the heated pressure of their performance. FFTG was lit, but if you couldn’t handle the fire, it was best to stay away from the smoke.
Like a chain reaction, Within the Ruins followed with unleashed fury. After almost losing their lives in a recent bus accident, they not only came out perfectly fine, but with pure adrenaline-fueled fervor. They took the stage hostage; held a gun to its head and pulled the trigger. Destroyed and on the edge of exhaustion, the house fed on the lifeforce each band had created. Like a conductor transferring currents, the mosh pit flowed with a starving charge.
Oceans Ate Alaska didn’t have to tweak the circuits to accommodate the radioactive juices as forces of nature were already at play. When the first few notes of “Clocks” played, the room’s atmosphere sparked an explosion in the pit. Fists flew, bodies thrashed, and noses were broken. Blood spattered shirts and ripped clothing, all in the name of fun and great music. So, when Volumes took the stage, the crowd was raw, wired, and on the brink. “The Mixture” flipped the switch to high voltage, and brink became an afterthought. Dressed in all white and wearing a silly blonde wig, Volumes is an undeniable force, no matter the production. After their album, Feels Good, released, they’ve been blowing up stages.
The announcement they were direct support to Born of Osiris on The New Reign Tour, confirmed how sick this band is. So sick, fans fought tooth and nail to get closer. Blood, sweat, and tears be damned. Kicking that swag-alicious, metal-till-you-taste-it sound, is just a fraction of skill they unveiled that night. I have seen Volumes live show several times and each time they give 100% of themselves to each performance. Not even a physical injury could prevent these guys from giving the fans their all. Bass player Raad Soudani, slipped on ice the night before and played his heart out from a wheelchair. He must have felt it wasn’t enough for his fans, so like a boss, he suffered through the pain, stood up, and played like he never took a fall. The house went wild and cheered for Raad and Volumes gained a ton of respect.
Kinetic energy radiated from every body’s core. Born of Osiris reverberated onto the stage and set it off like Chernobyl. With unharnessed power and eminence, the first song “Rosecrance,” was just a small spark to set off the radioactivity the rest of the set was sure to bring. In 2007, they released their debut EP called The New Reign, later to have those songs re-recorded, re-envisioned, and re-released on a new EP, The External Reign. The New Reign Tour set-list featured every song in order, with an added song called “Glorious Day.” For longtime diehard Born of Osiris fans, you couldn’t ask for more. Don’t worry, they also threw in few massive crowd pleasers, “Divergency” and “Throw Me In The Jungle,” so there was no shortage of songs to bang your head or mosh to.
To anyone on the outside looking in, one would assume the walls were warded with magic and everyone was under a spell. The crowd seemed entranced as they moshed in masses and jumped in unison. BOO has a long loyal following, you must see them live to understand why. But beware, if you don’t intend on becoming a fan of this genre, witnessing one BOO show will have you rockin’ a BOO shirt and blowing out your speakers on the way home.
The New Reign Tour was comprised of one of the most dope lineups of this year. I will never miss a Born of Osiris show if I can help it. If you didn’t get the gist of what I was trying to bring to light in this article, just take a few moments to listen to any of the bands I talked about above. I promise, you will fall in love with them all.