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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

Dance Gavin Dance || El Ray Theatre

Having just missed Dance Gavin Dance at Chainfest last week, I was thrilled to be able to shoot them at the El Ray Theatre. I have also been trying to shoot Good Tiger and The Contortionist for a long time so I was thrilled to check all three bands off of my bucket list. 

With a very unique lineup, the entire show was fun, start to finish. I arrived just before Good Tiger went on stage. I've been a fan of them from the first time I heard them so I was really excited, especially to see Alex Rudinger (former drummer of Threat Signal). This is the first time I think this has happened in my life thus far; Alex Rudinger is the same age as me (24) and he's one of my favorite drummers. Good Tiger's set was awesome and they played all of my favorite songs like Snake Oil, Where Are The Birds, and All Her Own Teeth. Their debut album, A Head Full of Moonlight, is now available.

Hail The Sun was a lot of fun (yes I intended to rhyme) and I believe this is the 2nd time I've seen them perform. Phenomenal set and what is really distinguishing about them is that their lead singer is actually their drummer. Great performance and stage presence though. At one point another drummer came on stage to give the vocalist a break and so he could be more like a frontman of the band.

The Contortionist, if you haven't heard them, are a very technical band that also have very chill vibes. The 6 piece band had the crowd entranced with their melodic, relaxing music. It was definitely different from the other bands, but because it was such a unique and beautiful experience, I didn't mind one bit. 

Finally the moment came and Dance Gavin Dance came on and  the crowd went wild. Tilian Pearson seemed to have broken his knee recently as he came out on stage with crutches. Sadly, this kept him pretty locked down at his microphone for the rest of the show (naturally). Post-hardcore band, Dance Gavin Dance, formed in Sacramento in 2005, starting their wonderful careers. Since then DGD has gone under many different lineup changes, but still continues to put on amazing shows. Their seventh studio album Mothership is set to release on October 7th, 2016.

Dance Gavin Dance Setlist:

Chucky vs. The Giant Tortoise, Stroke God, Millionaire, On the Run, Spooks, Tree Village, Flossy Dickey Bounce (Live Debut), Death of a Strawberry, Strawberry Swisher Pt. 3, Betrayed By The Game (Live Debut), Lemon Meringue Tie, We Own the Night, Alex English

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