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LIVE MUSIC REVIEW – ASKING ALEXANDRIA

LIVE MUSIC REVIEW –

ASKING ALEXANDRIA

Asking Alexandria

Supported by Blessthefall and Buried in Verona

HQ Adelaide

10th of April 2016

Most people spend their Sundays resting for the long week of work ahead, however that wasn’t the case for the many keen music fans in Adelaide, lining up to catch Asking Alexandria on their first Australian headlining tour. If we had work or school the next day, not a care was given.

Sydney’s Buried in Verona were first up for the night and managed to pull a very decent crowd for an opening act, the crowd giving them plenty of energy in return. Songs like ‘Four Years’ and ‘Dig Me Out’, singled out the fans in the crowd, jumping at the chance to sing along with the words or start a circle pit.

It had been two years since Blessthefall had headlined the Boys of Summer tour in Australia, and with a new album under their belts, I was keen to see them play again. The quintet from Arizona stepped up the intensity with a remix intro before getting into ‘Hollow Bodies’ which sent the crowd wild. Newer songs ‘Walk on Water’ and ‘Dead Air’ made the setlist however it crowds favourites from the previous three albums such as ‘Youngbloods’, ‘Promised Ones’ and ‘What’s Left of Me’ that really got the crowd pumped, that and the fact, front-man Beau Bokan offered a high five to anyone who crowd surfed over the barrier. Bokan had so much energy, bouncing around the stage and spraying the front rows with water, it almost felt as though the stage was just too small for him.  He even fell off at one point trying to climb along the side, however he managed to get back up and carry on without even missing a beat. Asking Alexandria’s cheeky guitarist Ben Bruce added to the entertainment by throwing cups off the side of stage at blessthefall’s guitarist Eric Lambert, just for a laugh. Before too soon it was the end of the set, with one last chance to sing along with the band, they finished off with ‘You Wear a Crown but You’re No King’.

It didn’t seem possible at this point but the intensity levels rose again as the crowd waited anxiously for Asking Alexandria to take the stage. These Australian shows were some of the first shows for the band since the release of their latest album The Black and us Aussies were keen to hear them, especially with new vocalist Denis Stoff.

As soon as the intro started, the floor was filled with a sea of screaming, cheering fans ready to give the band a warm Adelaide welcome and sing along to the opening lines of ‘I Won’t Give In’. ‘Let It Sleep’ and ‘The Black’ also featured in the set and showcased just how much the band has grown and matured musically. While Stoff and ex vocalist Danny Worsnop are two completely different musicians, there are some similarities between the two in terms of vocal styles, especially evident when the band played older material, however Denis Stoff has an incredible vocal range, breathing new life into tracks such as ‘Breathless’, ‘Not the American Average’ and ‘A Prophecy’ which sent the crowd nuts. In my opinion Stoff pulled off these songs a lot better than I have ever seen Worsnop do so live in the past. The entire set was filled with energy and enthusiasm from the band that was fully reciprocated by the crowd. Asking Alexandria thanked their fans and left the stage, only to return shortly after for the encore of ‘The Final Episode (Lets Change the Channel), with the entire room shouting ‘OH. MY. GOD’ at the top of our lungs. It was pretty safe to say everyone left HQ hot and sweaty but happy with a huge smile across their faces (and not just because Ben Bruce showed everyone his nipple). Both Buried in Verona and Blessthefall played great sets and with this being my third time seeing Asking Alexandria, it was their best show yet. The night felt like one huge party that never wanted to end. They did not disappoint Adelaide fans, it was energetic, it was heavy and it was the perfect way to spend a Sunday night.

Live Music Review: The Boys of Summer Tour

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Blessthefall

The Color Morale/ Prepared Like a Bride/ Emecia

Fowlers Live

Friday 17th of January 2014

By Kayla Schultz

Written for Push to Fire

 

The Boys of Summer tour certainly lived up to its name this week, with the summer weather being felt around the country [Adelaide being no exception]. The temperature was probably still in the 30s as a surprisingly small group of hardcore fans waited patiently outside.

Post-hardcore locals – and opening act – Emecia are entertaining to watch; kicking the night off with a formidable stage presence.

Prepared Like A Bride appeared to have some people familiar with their work, with a few kids moshing here and there throughout their set. A Rage Against the Machine cover finally woke the place up a bit and at least got the barrier crowd moving. Be prepared to be hearing more from this band in the near future with their debut album Overcomer being released in just a couple of weeks.

By now, the room had begun to fill up, creating a bigger crowd as The Color Morale hit the stage. The band have become known for their positive messages within their music and the inspirational speeches from vocalist, Garret Rapp had the room cheering. Although confined to a slightly small stage, the boys from Chicago made use of every bit of space which was certainly needed for the guitar swinging that was witnessed. I hadn’t heard much from the Color Morale going into this show, but I think they now have a new fan.

As soon as Blessthefall took their place on stage, everyone knew it was time to party! The band had armed themselves with contagious energy and a set list mixed with old favourites such as ‘What’s Left of Me’ along with new songs including ‘You Wear A Crown, But You’re No King’ and ‘Hollow Bodies’.

Jumping, circle pits, head banging and chanting were all part of the fun, with the band executing each new song perfectly and proving why their latest album ‘Hollow Bodies’ has put them on the metalcore map. Front man, Beau Bokan seemed to never run short of breath, leaping and bouncing around the stage, engaging with fans and mucking around with his fellow band members. He even disappeared for a short moment mid set, only to reappear with a water pistol loaded to water down the front row.

Time flew too soon and before we knew it, the boys were closing their set with ‘Youngbloods’ before exiting the stage, only to return shortly after for an encore of ‘Awakening’ followed by ‘Promised Ones’ ; and with Bokan giving the crowd one final salute, the night had ended on a high.

Boys of Summer Tour update

The Boys of Summer tour is about to begin in Australia next Wednesday. Unfortunately it appears Like Moths to Flames have dropped off the line up.

Here’s the statement from Destroy All Lines:

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, Like Moths to Flames have had to withdraw from the Boys Of Summer tour with Blessthefall and The Color Morale.

With the tour starting next Wed, Jan 8, Destroy All Lines are pleased to announce Gold Coast progressive metalcore outfit Prepared Like A Bride will be joining the tour for all shows other than Sat Jan 11 at The Bald Faced Stag in Sydney and the two Perth shows.”

So how many of you are going/still going to this tour? Who will I be seeing at the Adelaide gig?

Chat with Blessthefall

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In the lead up to headlining the Boys of Summer tour in Australia next month, Blessthefall’s lead vocalist Beau Bokan answered a few of my questions about the year the band has had.

 

2013 has been a big year for Blessthefall, playing on some amazing tours including the Vans Warped Tour in America while also releasing Hollow Bodies, your biggest album to date!

 

Were there any low points to this year?

A: I think it’s safe to say there were no low points in 2013. Everything went incredibly well for our band. Well, maybe Elliott still being forever alone. I guess that could be considered a low point.

 

What has been your best/favourite fan encounter this year?

A: Anytime we get to meet and interact with our fans is an awesome moment. We have some pretty talented fans and we’ve received some pretty amazing artwork this year. Can’t pin point one single moment.

 

You guys are headlining the Boys of Summer Tour here in Australia next month, what can fans expect to see from you guys?

A: A party onstage, every single night. It will be our first headlining tour in 2014 and the first headliner off Hollow Bodies, so we’re gonna go hard.

 

Which song/songs do you think will get the crowds moving during your set?

A: Anything off Hollow Bodies. Youngbloods has been a crowd favorite.

 

You probably know a lot more now than you did when you first started in the music industry. Do you have any advice that you would give your younger self if you had the chance?

A: I’d just say keep doing what you’re doing! All the hard work WILL pay off.

 

If you weren’t in Blessthefall, what do you think you would be doing?

A: Playing pro hockey or basketball.

 

Where do you hope to see yourself and the band this time next year?

A: I hope to see our fan base grow even larger and maybe even working on some new tunes 😉

 

You can check out Blessthefall on the Boys of Summer tour  around Australia, with Like Moths to Flames and The Color Morale in January. Dates below

 

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ALBUM REVIEW: Hollow Bodies- Blessthefall

By Kayla SchultzHollow Bodies

After finishing an American summer on main stage of the Vans Warped Tour, Blessthefall have released their brand new album Hollow Bodies through Fearless Records on August 20th 2013.

Ever since post-hardcore/metal-core band Blessthefall revealed the album artwork for their latest album Hollow Bodies, fans have been expecting something a little different from the Arizonian outfit fourth time around.

Change is sometimes heavily criticised by fans and critics of the music industry, however in Blessthefall’s case, change has certainly worked in their favour. Not only did the band choose to work with producer Joey Sturgis for this album (who is known for his work with bands such as Of Mice & Men and Asking Alexandria), they also decided to feature collaborations with other artists throughout this album which is a first time for Blessthefall. Listen out for guest vocals by Jesse Barnett of Stick to Your Guns and Jake Luhrs of August Burns Red.

Hollow Bodies sees a rise in powerful breakdowns and more unclean vocals from Jared Wrath, which weren’t as predominant in previous releases, but has formed for a much heavier sound. For fans that prefer the mellow vocals of front man Beau Bokan, never fear! Despite the album having some of the heaviest tracks recorded by Blessthefall to date, a couple of lighter, softer songs with only clean vocals have been included, breaking up between the heaviness. ‘Buried in These Walls’ has an intermission feel to it, while ‘Open Water’ is the calm, almost orchestral closing track. This song is a duet between Bokan and his singer/songwriter wife, Lights with their relationship and connection make this ballad all the more meaningful and a really great closing track.

Fellow label friend, Vic Fuentes helped Blessthefall co- write song as ‘See You On the Outside’. As you listen to the lyrics, the way they have been written give off an obvious ‘Pierce the Veil’ vibe. The song is well written and one of the catchiest tunes of the album.

Whether it was the change in producers, addition of guest vocals, the bringing forward of a heavier sound or a combination of all of the above, Blessthefall have released a game changing album that showcases that the band have raised their own bar musically and lyrically.

Hollow Bodies might just be the key Blessthefall needed to prove that they are a great force in the metal-core genre and should be taken seriously.

Tracks to Listen to: Youngbloods feat. Jesse Barnett, You Wear A Crown But You’re No King, Déjà Vu, See You on the Outside, Open Water feat. Lights

Rating: 8/10