All That Remains has been pounding the pavement in support of their last album A War You Cannot Win (2012) since its release and sharing the stage with some of rock and metal’s greatest talents. Now they are out headlining this current tour featuring Darkest Hour and Wilson and bringing a set list of some of their best songs to the table for the consumption of old and new fans alike.
Despite a paltry attendance in the beginning, on Monday, April 14 a crowd began to gather at Amos Southend for All That Remains, Darkest Hour, Wilson and Annabell Leigh. Charlotte, NC melodic metal band Annabell Leigh opened up the evening and despite the thin crowd that began the evening, the band was all brute force and character. These guys have a lot of potential with their stage presence and instrumental dynamics, and it will be interesting to see how they develop over time. Their forceful beats and gruff vocals definitely served to wake up the otherwise somber audience.
Up next was Detroit, Michigan heavy duty rock ‘n’ rollers Wilson and their “full blast f**kery” and shenanigans. These guys had the distinct of honor of touring with Gwar and Warbeast on 2013’s ‘Fate or Chaos” tour and have since shared a stage with America Fangs, The Greenery and even rock ’n’ roll legends like Slash and ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted at Common Ground Festival last Summer. By this time more people had arrived and the crowd had thickened some and they were eating up all the energy and sweat the guys of Wilson were pouring out. The band powered through some of their most energetic songs from their debut album including “College Gangbang,” “Better Off (Strictly Doods)” and “Snake Eyes.” As anyone who’s ever attended a Wilson show knows it was only a matter of time before two things happened: 1) the “f**kery” drum” comes out and 2) guitarist Kyle Landry finds a way to play while hanging upside down from the rafters. In this case, in lieu of having rafters from which to swing, Landry opted for the stage lights and continued playing while suspended in air. By the end of their set, the crowd was engaged and Wilson gained some new fans.
Washington, D.C thrash metallers Darkest Hour took the stage next and began their onslaught of sound and fury upon the masses. Powered by resonating guitars and thundering bass and percussion, these guys aimed to shake things up and tear the room apart. Vocalist John Henry’s voice pierced the stagnant air like a bullet and the band eviscerated the audience with their unrelenting assault of songs that seemed to take on a life of their own. As the music rolled over the crowd, heads could be seen banging along and the mosh pit stirring and, at times, rousing to a frenzy in bursts. Darkest Hour played through the madness and random chaos, serenading the crowd with ballads of instrumental melody and vocal tenacity.
Finally it was time for the main event, All That Remains (ATR). The Springfield, MA metal quintet took the stage and opened things up with “The Air That I Breathe” and “Stand Up” rousing the now considerable crowd to excitement almost immediately. Front man Phil Labonte owned the front of the stage as he seemed to play pied piper to the court musical followers. The hair started flying almost instantly from bassist Jeanne Sagan and lead guitarist Oli Herbert as they gestured and smiled at the newly invigorated crowd. Watching them, it’s easy to see that they are a band that appears to love their job. Seeing them perform, it’s almost as if they were coming alive for the first time all night. They were bright, shiny and new, undaunted and unstoppable in their pursuit to drench the ravenous throng in the tunes they’d come to love. Some of the songs included in this night’s set included: “Forever In Your Hands,” “Down Through The Ages,” “Six” and their latest power ballad, “What If I Was Nothing.” As the set progressed the mosh pit began to stir more than before and soon the majority of the center floor was cleared for the ceremonious unleashing of energy and aggression. Near the end of ATR’s set the energy in the room had become so frenetic that an extra rowdy pit member had to be escorted out by security. The closed with a fan favorite “Two Weeks” from their fourth album Overcome, to which almost the entire venue seemed to head bang and sing along with them.
The tour has come to a close, but it is still possible for fans to catch up with ATR at Blazefest 2014 on May 24 in Niceville, Fl. Darkest Hour still has quite a few tour dates and stops ahead of them including this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest. The guys of Wilson also have a few more pit stops before they embark on Motörhead’s MotörBoat Cruise with Motörhead, Megadeth, Zakk Wylde, Anthrax and comedian Jim Breuer, to name a few. Keep your eyes peeled for these incredible acts and make sure to catch them while they’re on the road!