Early last week I had the chance to check out the Carry The Flame Tour, headlined by After the Burial with support from Emmure, Fit For A King, Fit For an Autopsy and Invent, Animate. I caught the end of the tour, so it’s over now, but it was not for the faint of heart. If you go see any of these bands in the future, be ready to get heavy.
Invent, Animate came strong to a ton of applause, and really shredded faces. I listened to a couple of their songs on the way there just to refresh myself, and the band was right on. They had great energy and did a fantastic job opening for the coming bands.
Following I,A, was a band called Fit For An Autopsy, who I had never heard of prior to this event, so I was excited to see how they stacked up against the rest of the lineup. FFAA did not disappoint, and came with a ton of catchy chugging and skillful riffs. They had powerful, almost intimidating stage presence as well, which is not something you find much these days, so it was refreshing.
After Fit For An Autopsy was my personal highlight of the night, Fit For A King. As the vocalist Ryan Kirby burst onto the stage, the big impacts for the beginning of their popular single from the album Disease, pumped through the subs directly next to me and it took everything in my body to hold my composure as the song dropped. The crowd however, did not keep calm and throughout the set were moshing like crazy, crowdsurfing and screaming at the top of their lungs, all the things you love to see at a metal concert. As expected, they finished out their set strong with Slave To Nothing, one of their most popular recent songs, with it’s music video on youtube garnering almost one million views.
Emmure came out to the most applause all night. Their charisma and stage energy definitely got me into their set. It’s easy to tell by their flawless performance that Emmure has been in the game for a long time and knows exactly what they’re doing. Combined with the intense light show and great mix, Emmure put on a spectacular performance for old and new fans alike.
As Emmure’s massive banner dropped, After The Burial’s banner was revealed and once again, an insane amount of applause rang out from behind me. After The Burial, like Emmure, has been around for a long time and the crowd showed it. After opening up with Lost in the Static, After The Burial preceded to stomp the life out of Soundstage with song after song of tight chugging, perfect unclean vocals and deafening blast beats.
Once again this show is not for the faint of heart, there was moshing, crowd surfing, (hopefully) water everywhere, a wall of death or two, and non stop heaviness and energy from every single band on stage. If you’re ever in the mood to mosh and get heavy like it’s 2005, don’t miss these bands next time they’re on tour.