Bring Me the Horizon, A Day to Remember + More Rock Los Angeles
On Wednesday, Sept. 24, the Parks and Devastation Tour came to the Shrine Exposition Hall in Los Angeles. Featuring four bands with rabid followings, the line wrapped around the building hours before the venue even opened its doors.
Motionless in White was the first band of the evening to play, but the crowd’s response made it feel nothing like an opening set. From the stage, lead singer Chris Motionless announced to the crowd that he had just found out that the band's new album 'Reincarnate' had hit No. 9 on the Billboard charts, their highest-charting release to date. For the rest of the set, the atmosphere was nothing short of triumphant and celebratory, proving that Motionless in White is a force to be reckoned with in the metal world.
Next to take the stage were Chiodos, supporting their first album to feature vocalist Craig Owens in seven years. Their set also featured the newly added touring members of Thomas Pridgen (Suicidal Tendencies, ex-Mars Volta) on drums and Joseph Troy (Rx Bandits) on bass. Known for their unique blend of prog-rock and post-hardcore, Chiodos’ set was perhaps the most complex musically of the night, although the all-too-brief six song gig left the crowd wanting more.
Arguably the most rabid crowd of the night was for the UK band Bring Me the Horizon. Still riding the success of their 2013 album 'Sempiternal,' which received widespread acclaim upon its release, BMTH showed that they are undeniably at the top of the current metalcore scene. Their setlist drew heavily from 'Sempiternal,' with only a few songs played from their previous albums. While older fan favorites such as 'It Never Ends' and 'Diamonds Aren’t Forever' were missed, it is apparent that the band is focused on the new path that they carved for themselves beginning last year -- and with good reason: New songs like 'Shadow Moses' and current single 'Can You Feel My Heart' whipped the crowd into a frenzy.
Headlining the Parks and Devastation tour were the veteran A Day To Remember from Ocala, Florida. Over the course of their career, A Day To Remember have come to be known for their over-the-top, entertaining live shows, and their set at the Shrine did not disappoint. From confetti-cannons to a costumed man with a t-shirt launcher, it seemed each song featured some type of gimmick. However, the production did not detract from the band’s performance, which sounded as tight as ever. The setlist featured a mix of the band’s more upbeat numbers as well as their crushing metalcore tunes, with frontman Jeremy McKinnon transitioning between the two seamlessly.
While there are a lot of package treks these days, the Parks and Devastation Tour is unique in that it doesn’t feel like there are any opening bands. The venue was packed by the time Motionless in White took the stage, and stayed full until the final notes of A Day To Remember’s set. The number of people who turned out on a weeknight to see these bands solidifies how vital these bands are in today's scene.
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