Published on November 25th, 2013 | by Denise Borders
Live Photos/Video/Show Review: August Burns Red, Defeater, Blessthefall, Beartooth
PWV shlepped downtown to Club Nokia for a night of screaming men. Beartooth, Defeater, Blessthefall and August Burns Red took the stage as I drank an eight dollar Bud Light draft. I happened to have three dedicated photographers roaming around the show so check out the nice variety of photos and two great videos.
video shot and edited by Denise Borders and Andrew Kleinschmidt
August Burns Red
August Burns Red @ Club Nokia
Nov. 15 with Blessthefall, Defeater and Beartooth
August Burns Red headlined Club Nokia in L.A as part of their fall tour supported by Blessthefall, Defeater and Beartooth. They delivered an incredible show with the constant energy of the bands being challenged only by their fans in the packed out pits. The quick turnaround between acts kept up with the fast paced antics that were being unleashed on stage and ensured a never ending riot.
Opening the night were Beartooth, the latest metalcore project of previous Attack Attack! vocalist Caleb Shomo. Formed in late 2012, this year they released the EP Sick which is seeing their success on the rise. Beartooth were a great first act, delivering high energy and passion to start the crowd moving. Taylor Lumley (guitar) and Nick Reed (bass) closed the set from the pit, held up by their fans. This is straight up metal as it should be, with raw forceful vocals and a passionate and gritty sound.
Next up were Defeater, who had solid support from the crowds who were singing along to the likes of ‘The Red, White and Blues’. Formed in 2004, originating from Massachusetts, they have released three full length albums, most recently Letters Home. Credit is due for trying something different, but there was a sense that this just didn’t piece together. Their breakdowns were awkwardly silent and repeatedly left things feeling disjointed.
Packing forwards towards the stage, the crowd filled in for Blessthefall. This was a striking set, with irrefutable high energy and full impact from start to finish. Their fourth studio album Hollow Bodies was released this August and the cover formed an impressive backdrop at Club Nokia. This is a band that gives it their all, and the crowd was certainly receptive.
The hardcore sounds of Blessthefall unleashed masses of crowd surfing with everyone fighting their way to the front. Their vocals offer depth and variety, with Bokan and Warth seamlessly shining through alongside each other. Their live show takes their songs a step further, fitting perfectly together and leaving a memorable performance.
After such an energized and chaotic performance the anticipation building within Club Nokia was reaching extreme levels as headliners August Burns Red took to the stage. Hailing from Pennsylvania, this Christian metalcore band have been on the rise and amassed an impressive following through the progression of their four albums. Their latest release, Rescue and Restore, breaks the boundaries of the metalcore box, escaping the generic formula with some creative insight, and the tracks don’t disappoint live.
August Burns Red delivered outstanding, non-stop action driving the crowds wild in an eruption of circle pits and eager crowd surfing. The endless energy, infiltrated by heavy breakdowns, a pulsating rhythm and flawless growling vocals, was an incredible end to a metal fuelled night.
As the band left the stage to uproar and cheers the excitement in the air from such an intense set was felt by all. Waiting backstage for the crowd to get even more riled up and listening to the screams for ABR, it’s clear that this is a band who leave an incredible impact on their fans. As the demands for an encore reached their peak August Burns Red burst back out to the sounds of ‘Composure’, leaving the night on a striking high.