August Burns Red -- Royal Oak, MI -- March 29th, 2014
[B]Born Of Osiris[/B] opened the show. These guys always shred. They're really solid live. "Machine" was an excellent opening song. The pit was going crazy during "Bow Down." Check these guys out if you've never seen 'em before.
[B][U]Born Of Osiris setlist[/U][/B]
Open Arms To Damnation
Follow The Signs
Next up was [B]Crown The Empire[/B]. I had never heard their music before. I was pleasantly surprised. Their songs were extremely catchy. They had great energy, and they definitely had the place bouncing. I'd go see 'em again.
The hometown boys[B] We Came As Romans[/B] were next. They all came out wearing Red Wings jerseys. That was great! I had seen these guys once before, but that was 5 or 6 years ago. I forgot how good of a live band they are. They were excellent. They had the crowd bouncing and singing along their whole set. I didn't particularly care for the cover song they played, but that's OK. They were off the hook!
[B][U]We Came As Romans setlist[/U][/B]
Tracing Back Roots
Glad You Came ([B]The Wanted[/B] cover)
Roads That Don't End & Views That Never Cease
Never Let Me Go
To Plant a Seed
[B]August Burns Red[/B] was next. They were the reason I bought a ticket. The last time they came through town was on the same night as the Megadeth, Nonpoint, Fear Factory tour last November, and I elected to go to that tour instead. I hadn't seen ABR in a few years. They are absolutely amazing! They're phenomenal musicians with an incredible stage presence. Given that they only got a 40-minute set, their set was pretty much perfect. I LOVED that they played "Internal Cannon" & "Marianas Trench." I was not expecting those songs at all. "Composure" & "Back Burner" are always great live staples. Plus, this was my first time seeing them play their newer songs live as well. I had such a great time during their set! WOW, what a show, and what a band!
[B][U]August Burns Red setlist[/U][/B]
[B]Asking Alexandria[/B] headlined. This was my 3rd time seeing them, and I had not been all that impressed the previous two times. Nevertheless, I decided to give them another shot. I know they don't have tone of "street cred," if you will, and their fans don't exactly gain much praise in the metal community. I wanted to come to my own conclusion, though. I do like their song "Run Free." Yeah, I should've hit the road after August Burns Red. I watched about 40 min of their set hoping that eventually I'd start enjoying it. I didn't. They're terrible. Seeing the first 4 bands, though, was well worth the price of admission. Heck, August Burns Red alone was worth it.
Fuck asking alexandria.
I thought Internal Cannon was also more or less a staple, I would have expected them to play it. What I didn't expect them to do is to play more songs off Leveler than Rescue, but it's a pleasant surprise as I really missed Poor Millionaire when I saw them last year plus I'm not too keen on Rescue anyways (except for Fault Line, that one's just epic.)
One thing don't get is how can they not make The Eleventh Hour a staple, it seems to be one of their most popular songs, and definitely one of the best. But other than this, yeah, for its length it's pretty much a perfect set.
edit: uh, I just noticed The Truth of a Liar is missing as well. I'd take that over Composure or Back Burner (or pretty much any song of theirs) any day of the week.
I'm shocked Crown The Empire played over BOO
YippiCola, I understand you wanting to hear a few other songs. Maybe if they had a longer headlining set, they'd play those. That's the thing about awesome bands... no matter how good their shows are you always kinda wish they would've played this song or that one, too. I feel that way after every single Deftones show I go to, no matter how good they are.
dcmetal, I was surprised that BOO played first, too, but actually Crown The Empire had WAY more fans there for them than BOO did. Or at least their fans were much louder.
I remember last year Crown The Empire played the local stage at Warped lol. I might have seen them live before, can't remember or care.
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