It was another bad night for travel due to snowy weather, but the show was definitely more than worth the trip. The last time I had seen half of these bands was back in high school, so it was a blast from the past for me. I was curious to see how far the bands had gotten since then. The venue was packed, even for the first band.
Up first was The Family Ruin, who I later found out have these adorable UK accents. Anyway, I wasn’t sure what to expect from them. They actually played a pretty fantastic set. They have sort of a rock and roll vibe but they remind me of Atreyu, which isn’t a bad thing at all. The song they played off their debut album was heavier than the other songs, and that’s why it was my favorite one. Don’t get me wrong, their other songs were great, but the heavier the better, right?
Next up was Upon a Burning Body. I was far beyond stoked to see them. Being a huge fan of their music, I was expecting them to put on this wicked show, and they exceeded my expectations. They fucking killed it. The fact that they perform dressed up in suits sets them apart from other bands. They’re this heavy band from Texas and they come out on stage in style wearing suits, which makes them the classiest metal band I’ve ever seen. My favorite songs they played were “Sin City” and “Texas Blood Money”, and when they played their version of “Turn Down For What”, I just about lost my shit, along with everyone else in the crowd. What I love most about this band are Danny’s vocals. His voice is just so unique; he has this low, sort of raspy vocal style, but his clean vocals are even more absurdly amazing. I found the drums to be a little bit overpowering, though. Still, it’s one performance I’ll never forget, and I’m glad I got the chance to meet half the band!
It was then time for the start of a trip down memory lane with Chelsea Grin. I last saw them five years ago at Underworld, which, if you don’t know, is this really small venue. So seeing them perform at metropolis was a lot different. They played a really heavy set with some dual leads that got the crowd going. It was awesome when they played “Recreant” because the vocalist has this awesome, powerful scream. “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”, both heavy and melodic, was another good song that they played. While they did indeed play a good set, I think they could have used a bit more energy on stage.
The trip down memory lane continued with Blessthefall, and I don’t even remember the last time I saw them. They had this melodic keyboard backing track for some songs, which made their songs more interesting and not so repetitive. I found the guitars to be a little bit screechy, but I could still hear how good they were playing. The vocalist has some pretty decent clean vocals. The audience seemed to really enjoy their performance, and rightfully so because Blessthefall put on a really good show.
Finally after an intro of “The Final Countdown”, Asking Alexandria took to the stage, a Canadian flag wrapped around the microphone stand. A lot of the songs they played sounded similar to each other, and it got a bit repetitive until they played a slower song which I found had a little bit more emotion in it compared to the others. They played a portion of “You Give Love a Bad Name” and Pantera’s “Walk”; I was disappointed when they didn’t play more of “Walk”, but there was an awesome drum solo which made up for it. Not only do they have a good drummer, but the vocalist’s higher pitched screams are pretty decent too. His clean vocals are impressive as well.
All in all, it was a good show, and it was clear that the bands played their hearts out for us.
Written by Shannon Fong
Photography by Eric Brisson Eric Brisson Photography