August Burns Red at Club Nokia

Beartooth

Beartooth

August Burns Red, Blessthefall, Defeater, Beartooth, Club Nokia, November 15, 2013

Beartooth

What can I say, if you want to see a show with pure (as vocalist Caleb Shomo puts it) CHAOS, then you better buy a ticket to the nearest Beartooth show. After just forming and releasing a four song EP by the name of SICK, the guys in this group are on their way to the top. Starting off with my personal favorite song from SICK, Go Be the Voice, the band went absolutely nuts. What I kept thinking was “how can they go that hard for that long?” It was absolutely amazing. Playing the entire EP along with two new songs The Lines and Dead, the “Chaos” was most definitely there for the entire set. With guitar player Taylor Lumley, Brandon Mullins on Drums and Nick Reed on Bass, this group of musicians prove to be something unique and different. Ex Attack Attack! Vocalist Caleb Shomo has proved that he has moved on from that chapter and has opened up a new one. Singing about he past life and struggles with depression, he belts lyrics such as “I’m sick of drinking my life away, I can’t remember anything, this isn’t fun anymore!” the music Beartooth unleashes proves to be coming from his true heart and soul. To go see a Beartooth show is a privilege and I honestly cannot wait until they come back so I can see them again. Fear the tooth!! (Edward Brandon)

Defeater

Defeater

Defeater

Based out of the legendary Boston music scene, Defeater made their way to Los Angeles in a support slot of the August Burns Red tour.  Bringing the hardcore complete with highly charged lyrics and dynamic musicianship, the music of Defeater makes you want to take on the world at large.  Playing songs from their recent Letters Home release on Bridge 9 Records as well as other older cuts, Defeater exploded into the pulsating sounds of Bastards.  Many in the crowd may have been unfamiliar with their music, but there is no doubt that this passionate band gained a good deal of new fans who were hellbent to see Blessthefall and August Burns Red.  Priding themselves as writing “forward thinking music,” the lyrics were filled to the brim with passion and conviction, performed with the skill and depth that really made a listener stand up and take notice.  Closing with the fiery strains of Cowardice, Defeater’s music reverberated throughout the room.   It won’t be long before the band finds themselves headlining their own big shows, especially if performances like the one they unleashed at Club Nokia are indicative of greater glories ahead!  Thanks to Defeater for bringing their musical diversity and lyrical insights to this tremendous tour!  (Ken Morton)

Blessthefall

Blessthefall

Blessthefall

Seeing Blessthefall is like a big ball of energy, passion, and rage all in one. Clean Vocalist (and sometimes unclean) Beau Bokan ignites a feeling of acceleration as he works the crowd from left to right. As the opening track which happened to be the same single they played at Warped Tour, You Wear a Crown But You’re No King, fires up, nobody in the room is standing still. From clean choruses to the no gritty screams of bassist/vocalist Jared Warth the head bangers and singers of the crowd got their fix. Also included in this five-piece group of musicians are Elliot Gruenberg and Eric Lambert on guitars and Matt Traynor on drums, the group ignites a feeling in the room that makes everyone excited. Playing classics such as What’s Left Of Me and Promised Ones was something to get excited about. What was especially cool was during the third song of the set, they played two of their heaviest songs off of the album Awakening by the names of The Reign and Bottomfeeder. Before they started these crowd favorites, Mr. Bokan decided to tell the crowd to make the security do their jobs! It was like a wave of crowd surfers crashing into the photo pit. So much in fact that they told us we had to leave because there was no room! I wasn’t mad. It was pretty awesome. I just wish I could have been crowd surfing as well. I especially got to see the crowd reaction being after we left the photo pit I went and stood behind the drums. It was a very cool Blessthefall experience and Beau was even nice enough to pose for a picture during the set. Blessthefall never disappoints when playing a show. If you want a high energy and fun show to see or party to, Blessthefall is your band.  (Edward Brandon)

August Burns Red

August Burns Red

August Burns Red

August Burns Red has been dominating the metalcore scene for years now. Personally I think this band is more than just a metalcore band. They put so many other things into their music with influences of rock, blues, and a little salsa dancing !! What should you expect at an August Burns Red show? Complete insanity. ABR was the first metal show in this scene I had ever been to a few years ago so it was pretty cool to see these guys again. When the lights turned off all that was heard from the crowd was “ABR! ABR!” As soon as the band came out, they busted into the extremely aggressive Provisions which is off their newest release Rescue and Restore and in the song the circle pit was spinning as fast as I’ve ever seen. Vocalist Jake Luhrs spit out the lyrics in such a fiery passion that even someone who isn’t a fan of this music could be into it. Along with the electric riffs by guitarists JB Brubaker and Brent Rambler, the booming bass of Dustin Davidson and the monstrous drums of Matt Greiner, this group cannot go wrong. Using experimental aspects in their music they are hard to compete with. Playing songs, not just off of the new album, such as my favorite Backburner and Meddler, the variety of the material played were sure to be a treat to everyone. It’s all too often that a band doesn’t play any old songs but with ABR you don’t need to worry about that. From heavy breakdowns to ripping guitar solos to salsa dancing, the ABR live show is sure to be a treat both for your ears as well as visually. Ending with their biggest song Composure, the ABR guys aren’t slowing down anytime soon. If you want a fast show with a lot more, go see this band!  (Edward Brandon)

(Review by Edward Brandon and Ken Morton – Photos by Edward Brandon)

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2 Comments
  1. James 5 years ago

    I have literally never been to a single concert in over 300 where a band didn’t play any older songs.

    Not one.

    What even?

  2. Ian 5 years ago

    I saw them when they came to Houston. Unfortunately I missed the meet and greet with ABR before the shot due to work. I am not much of a fan of Defeater of Defeater but I did show up to see the last bits of Defeater and saw all of Blessthefall and ABR. I have to saw, I was impressed with Blessthefall. But when ABR Came out I lost my freaking mind.

    A few months earlier I saw the Killswitch Engage Disarm the Decent tour with Miss May I and Darkest Hour. That was the best show i had ever seen, until ABR rolled into town. Luckily it was at the House of Blues so I was actually able to hear the acoustics and not some loud static in my ears like most places. The pit was so alive and I gotta saw it was the best birthday gift I could have ever gotten. It was also my buddy Jared’s first time going and he had a blast and I think he has a new favorite band. Ha ha.

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