DevilDriver, Whitechapel + More Invade New York City With Forceful Performances
When two voracious bands like DevilDriver and Whitechapel come together, fans are sure to leave sweat soaked when the night is said and done. That was the exactlresult when both bands recently came to town and blew the roof off of Stage 48 in New York City.
DevilDriver frontman Dez Fafara knows exactly how to command a stage, as he and the rest of the band headlined the show and are touring in promotion of their latest album ‘Winter Kills.’ Fafara spewed venom with newer tracks ‘The Appetite,’ the ferocious ‘Gutted,’ ‘Ruthles’ and their their rendition of AWOLNATION’s ‘Sail.’
Much of the setlist was made up of older tracks like ‘End of the Line’ and ‘Before the Hangman’s Noose’ off of 2005’s ‘The Fury of Our Maker’s Hand.’ Meanwhile, the crowd sang to favorites ‘Not All Who Wander Are Lost’ and ‘Clouds Over California’ from 2007’s ‘The Last Kind Words.’
For more than a decade, DevilDriver have made an impact with their music and live performances. To close out the night, they unleashed ‘I Could Care Less’ and ended the set with ‘Meet The Wretched,’ which old-school fans truly appreciated.
In an interview we conducted last year with Fafara (watch below), he talked about Whitechapel being one of the younger bands he enjoys, “They’re killer live” he stated. After seeing Whitechapel take hold of Stage 48, we have to agree. The Tennessee metalers performed before DevilDriver and the crowd swarmed the floor with massive pits and even an overwhelming wall of death. Their set was one of the most intense of the night, to say the least. The grip that Whitechapel’s music has on fans is unbelievable to watch and the voraciousness of the crowd is just as exciting to see as the band.
Support included vigorous sets by California death metal act Carnifex, who had crowdsurfers come alive. The talented Boston musicians of Revocation also had one of the strongest sets of the night and battered ear drums early on. Pennsylvania band Rivers of Nihil and the New Jersians of Fit For an Autopsy kicked off the night with energetic performances. For a full list of remaining tour dates to catch these bands on the road, go here.
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