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Between The Buried And Me || The Novo

An October sun was setting below the smoggy Los Angeles skyline as Between The Buried And Me, Fallujah, and Devin Townsend prepared for a night of brutal guitar solos and screaming fans. For a Thursday night there were a surprising amount of people in the venue cheering and having the time of their lives.

Fallujah took to the stage first getting the crowd properly excited for the remaining bands. Originally from San Francisco, Fallujah has been credited as creating the "Atmospheric Death Metal" subgenre. Their most recent album Dreamless was released April 2015 by Nuclear Blast Records. Overall, they're insanely talented and very technical and lots of fun to see live. 

Between The Buried And Me performed after and out on an excellent show. The last time I saw BTBAM live was at my very first metal show back in 2008 with Dream Theater! Massive lights were rigged behind the band making it a blast to shoot. Massive circle pits raged inside during the heavy breakdowns sprinkled throughout their set. Melodic jams, brutal drum parts, and odd time signature changes are just some of the things that made Between The Buried and Me's performance stand out. 

Finally, Devin Townsend Project came on and blew the crowd away. He began by breaking the fourth wall, addressing the crowd, wanting them to make sure they knew this is a performance. That being said, it didn't take away from the show at all. Devin brought a lot of funny moments like this to the show, making me forget the heaviness of his music. Devin is a fantastic performer and his wonderful personality shines brightly.

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Fallujah:

Sapphire

Amber Gaze

Scar Queen

Alone with You

Allure

Abandon

Wind for Wings

The Void Alone

 

BTBAM:

Node

The Coma Machine

Dim Ignition

Famine Wolf

King Redeem / Queen Serene

Turn on the Darkness

The Ectopic Stroll

Rapid Calm

Memory Palace

Option Oblivion

Life in Velvet

Devin Townsend Project:

Night

By Your Command

Failure

Rejoice

Hyperdrive

Stormbending

Where We Belong

Ziltoid Goes Home

March of the Poozers

Kingdom

Ih-Ah!

Higher

Killswitch Engage || The Novo

If you're thinking, "Really? More Killswitch Engage? Haven't you already shot them twice this year?" Then yes. This is the 3rd time I have photographed Killswitch Engage this year and the third time is the charm! Not that the first or second shows weren't charms; they were just slightly less awesome charms. The first Killswitch show was back in April, when they toured with Memphis May Fire. Timmy Farmer (check him out he's great! www.timmydavidfarmer.com) got me backstage for that show which was SICK! Here's a link to that show: www.jasonwaltonfilm.com/blog/ksefoxpomona 

The second show was only a few weeks ago and was at Dirtfest in Michigan when I went on tour with The Mirage Theory. While scheduled during their Incarnate Tour, the setlist that Killswitch Engage played at Dirtfest was different as Dirtfest was not technically a stop on their tour. I can't remember for sure but I remember some of the lighting setup was similar to the show at The Novo.

The Novo in downtown Los Angeles was in the second half of the KSE's Incarnate World tour, promoting their new album released in March of this year. In total, Killswitch Engage played sixteen songs that night, only four of which were off their new album. Tying that, they also played four songs off of their next previous album Disarm The Dissent. Most artists would probably put more songs off of their new album in their World Tour, but Killswitch Engage has so many phenomenal songs off of their previous albums to play. Unfortunately they didn't play some personal favorites like The Arms of Sorrow, Reject Yourself, or The Element of One. 

This happened to be my favorite time seeing Killswitch Engage play in the 3 times I've photographed them and 1 time I've seen them with Ryan back in the day. Mike, KSE's bassist, is one of my favorite people to shoot because of his hair, headbanging, and crazy stances he does on stage. Lead guitarist Adam was crazy and hilarious as always. Sadly, I think he's retired the cape and short shorts he always used to wear on stage. The lighting designer for the tour, whoever you are, did a fantastic job and made my job as a photographer simple with plenty of room to explore! Overall, it was one of my favorite concerts of 2016 so far.

SETLIST:

My Curse

Strength of the Mind

Beyond The Flames

Alone I Stand

This Fire Burns

Rose of Sharyn

The new Awakening

This is Absolution

A Bid Farewell

Numbered Days

Hate by Design

Always

Until the Day

My Last Serenade

The End of Heartache

In Due Time