It’s not often a triple headline tour is announced, so when my childhood heroes Silverstein announced a mega tour, alongside nostalgic metal favourites Memphis May Fire and The Devil Wears Prada, there was no way I was going to miss it.
Kicking off the night were Columbus metalcore quintet Like Moths To Flames. An early start meant the guys were playing to a crowd half the size of which they deserved. However, despite the lack of numbers, frontman Christopher Roetta knew how to get the energy flowing; opening with Bury Your Pain set the crowd up for the rest of the night with some impressive vocals and heavy hitting riffs. As the set progressed, the crowd found their stride, with I Solemnly Swear opening up the first pit of the night. Closing with fan favourite You Won’t Be Missed gave the boys a great send off, with moshing from front to back; a promising set from these guys.
By the time The Devil Wears Prada had ventured onstage, the crowd had just about tripled in size; fans both
young and old made their way to the pit in time for the opener. Planet A proceeded, and instantly, the atmosphere changed. Every fan in the room rejoiced, with frontman Mike Hranica giving 110% from the off. For the next forty minutes, a handful of favourites, both old and new, get a resounding recognition, in particular hits off the debut With Roots Above and Branches Below. It’s clear that the fans were here for the old material, but new songs are praised heavily, including recent single Daughter. Closing the set with Danger Wildman left the crowd on a high, with anticipation building for the next two acts.
Despite being a fan of every band on this tour, Silverstein are in a league of their own, with over 15 years’ experience in the scene. As they came onstage, my fifteen year old self wanted to be on the barrier, screaming every word. Despite not headlining the evening, their audience was certainly the biggest of the night. Opener Stand Amid The Roar sent the crowd into an energy-fuelled breakdown, with fans from front to back finger pointing to each and every word. Shane Told made the room his own, chatting with the crowd between songs and having a generally positive attitude throughout, as well as bad mouthing Trump (which created a huge cheer). Hits from the debut album ‘When Broken Is Easily Fixed’ signified nostalgia for most in the room, with singles such as Smashed into Pieces creating an unforgettable atmosphere. As well as the golden oldies, new song Ghost was perfectly received. Closing with My Heroine was the perfect end to a memory-filled set. Long live Silverstein, for many years to come.
Headliners for the night, Memphis May Fire, may not have the experience of Silverstein, but make up for it
with inarguable showmanship, as well as their genuinely humble approach to the scene. Frontman Matty Mullins’ vocals were nothing short of remarkable, with the crowd singing along to every word. Opening with Carry On set the bar for the rest of the set, which continued at an undeniably impressive level. The hour long slot was comprised of fan favourites, such as No Ordinary Love and Alive in The Lights. Slowing the show down with ballad-like Miles Away gave the crowd time to recover, with a flawless rendition from Mullins. It’s clear to see why this band have such a strong following, with encore hit Vices sending fans from front to back, and young to old into one final mosh of the night. A strong performance from each band meant that I left Rescue Rooms on a high; despite competing in an already crowded scene, all four bands proved what it meant to be in their position. A humbling night, which set the bar high for up and coming metalcore.
Photos by: Ryan Winstanley