Citizen Zero at Rams Head Live

Citizen Zero at Rams Head Live

On December 8th, Citizen Zero performed at Rams Head Live in Baltimore, Maryland. They opened the show for Pop Evil. Also playing that cold Thursday night was local band, Fatally Yours.

Citizen Zero had the stage for about 40 minutes that night. The four piece band from Detroit, Michigan, filled their set with energy and got the crowd moving. They began with an instrumental intro, before launching into their current single, “Lure and Persuade.” They also played “Go (Let Me Save You),” another song that many may have heard playing on the radio. After that, Citizen Zero performed a cover of Ted Nugent’s “Stranglehold.” Next was “Save The Queen,” another song off of their debut album, State Of Mind. They ended their set with “Home.” During that song, lead singer Josh LeMay spent most of the time down by the barricade, singing with the crowd. As Citizen Zero’s set came to a close, much of the audience had found a new band to check out.

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Citizen Zero Pictures

Crown The Empire at Baltimore Soundstage

Crown The Empire at Baltimore Soundstage

On November 21st, Crown The Empire and blessthefall came to Baltimore Soundstage. It was a cold Monday night, but the venue soon heated up. Opening the show were New Years Day, Too Close to Touch, and Light Up The Sky.

The room was still filling up when Light Up The Sky took the stage, but everybody crowded to the front when they came on. The four piece band was only able to play five songs during their set, but they got the audience to move and jump around, warming them up for the rest of the bands that night.

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Light Up The Sky Pictures

Too Close to Touch performed next. They only had the time to play five songs, but they had the first crowd surfers of the night. Lead singer Keaton Pierce got off the stage during their last song, “Sympathy”, to finish off the set down by the audience.

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Too Close to Touch Pictures

Up next was New Years Day. Even though they were one of the opening bands, a large portion of the audience were their fans, and they gained many more that night. The five piece band did not disappoint with their performance. The band encouraged the crowd to move around. Before beginning their third song, “Malevolence”, lead singer Ash Costello waited to start until there was a large circle pit going. They ended their set with “Defame Me”, off of their most recent album, Malevolence.

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New Years Day Pictures

As soon as blessthefall began their set, the crowd began singing along to every word. The band, from Scottsdale, Arizona, played songs off of two of albums, including “You Wear a Crown But You’re No King” and “Oathbreaker”. Lead singer Beau Bokan said that this was their best show in Baltimore ever. He also got off the stage to sing along with the crowd during their last song, “Hollow Bodies.”

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blessthefall Pictures

Finally, Crown The Empire came on. They opened their set with “SK-68,” which led into “Are You Coming with Me?” both of which are off of their newest album, Retrograde. While most of their set consisted of songs off of that album, they did play a few songs off of both of their previous releases, including “The Fallout,” the title track off of their debut album. After that song, the band stepped off the stage for a few minutes, only to come back to perform an encore of “Machines.”

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Crown The Empire Pictures

Icon For Hire at Songbyrd

Icon For Hire at Songbyrd

Icon For Hire performed in Washington, DC, for the first time ever on November 10th. Stitched Up Heart also performed with them at Songbyrd Music House and Record Café in Adams Morgan for the You Can’t Kill Us Tour, named in honor of Icon For Hire’s upcoming album.

Although they only played for about half an hour, Stitched Up Heart’s set was full of energy. The five-piece band took over the small stage with their headbanging and getting the packed room to move with them. All of the members paid attention to the crowd, first bumping them and grabbing their hands. During their last song, “Monster,” off of their Never Alone, lead singer Mixi got off the stage to crowd surf over the crowd.

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Stitched Up Heart Pictures

Icon For Hire immediately brought the small, dark room to life as soon as they took the stage. They opened their set with “Supposed To Be,” which is a song off of their upcoming album, You Can’t Kill Us, which will be released on November 25th. They then launched into “Iodine,” a song off of their 2011 debut album, Scripted. Before they began “Rock and Roll Thugs,” lead singer Ariel left the stage to bring out a flag saying “the music is in my blood,” a line from the song. Ariel also got the crowd to chant “you’re not listening, you don’t understand,” another line from the song, before they started to play it. Throughout their set, Icon For Hire interacted with their fans. Ariel pointed the microphone at some and had them sing along, and guitarist Shawn Jump grabbed the phone of a girl who was filming a video and recorded some of what was going on up on the stage for her. Before “Now You Know,” the band pulled three girls out of the crowd and had them stand on the stage to sing along for the song. Towards the end of “Make A Move,” confetti shot out over the crowd, and there was a short guitar and drum solo before the band stepped off the stage. They came back to perform a one song encore consisting of “Off With Her Head,” also off of their first album. A mosh pit broke out during the last song, which ended with a drum solo.

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Icon For Hire Pictures

Beartooth at Baltimore Soundstage

Beartooth at Baltimore Soundstage

On October 27th, Beartooth came to Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore, Maryland, with Every Time I Die, Fit For A King, and Old Wounds. This Thursday was a special night of the tour, as Beartooth’s set was being live streamed through Live Nation TV. Those who were unable to make the show were able to watch Beartooth perform from the comfort of their own homes.

Old Wounds started off the night. The band played for about half an hour and got the crowd to start moshing. The five piece band performed with a lot of energy, constantly jumping around the stage while they performed.

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Old Wounds Pictures

Fit For A King immediately began their set with lead singer Ryan Kirby saying that they had seven songs and half an hour. They played a few songs off of their new album, Deathgrip. The band had the first crowd surfers of the night, and they also got the crowd to move around and jump.

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Fit For A King Pictures

The audience also moved around a lot during Every Time I Die. The band thanked Beartooth for bringing them out and giving them the opportunity to play in front of new fans. The band continually moved around during their forty five minute set. Guitarist Jordan Buckley even got off the stage to play guitar while crowd surfing.

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Every Time I Die Pictures

To close out the night, Beartooth took the stage. They opened their set with “Burnout,” off of their new album, Aggressive. Throughout the band’s performance, the fans sang along so loudly that they could be heard over the music. Guitarist Kam Bradbury jumped off the stage and began to crowd surf while still playing. Partway through the set, Beartooth played their current single, “Hated,” before going into what lead singer Caleb Shomo called a short intermission. They also played “I Have A Problem,” which was the first song the band ever released. Beartooth included drum and guitar solos during “Rock Is Dead.” After “In Between”, the band stepped off the stage before coming back on to perform a two song encore. The first song of the encore was “King of Anything,” which Shomo performed the first part of by himself before the rest of the band joined him. Beartooth ended the night with “Body Bag,” with nearly everybody in the room singing along with it.

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Beartooth Pictures

Red at GenXaret

Red at GenXaret

Currently, Red is touring across the United States in honor of the ten year anniversary of their first studio album, End of Silence. On the tour are also openers Random Hero, Spoken, and Disciple. The tour came to GenXaret in Columbia, Maryland, on October 22nd.

First on the stage was Random Hero, a four piece band from Denver, Colorado. Unfortunately, they only had a short, five song set, but they definitely got the crowd warmed up. Lead singer Aaron Watkins encouraged fans to take selfies with the band performing. Watkins also had the audience to crouch down, low to the ground, in order to quickly jump back up and move around to the song.

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Random Hero Pictures

Up next was Spoken. During their six song set, lead singer Matt Baird made sure to make use of all of the space on the stage. Baird also continually grabbed hands of fans up front, singing along with them. The band made sure to thank the audience for coming out to watch their set, and dedicated a song to all of their fans.

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Spoken Pictures

Disciple began their 45 minute set with “Dear X (You Don’t Own Me).” The crowd was immediately singing along. Disciple got much of the audience to stand up and rock out with them. Lead singer Kevin Young even led the crowd in some stretches before telling everyone to headbang during the next song. Disciple played a few songs off of their new album, Long Live the Rebels, which was released on October 14th.

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Disciple Pictures

To close out the night, Red introduced their set by playing a recording of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence.” The band then came on the stage to start playing “Wasting Time.” The band had a great amount of energy during their set, with all of the members jumping around while performing. Michael Barnes, Red’s lead singer, paid attention to the crowd. He stopped to pose for selfies with people up front and noticed fan art that someone had brought. The set included “Pieces,” off of End of Silence, performed acoustically. Red also covered “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” by Nirvana. During “Take Me Over,” Barnes jumped off the stage and roamed around the crowd to get closer to the fans. After playing “Breathe Into Me,” Red left the stage for a couple of minutes before coming back to perform an encore consisting of “Shadows” and “Darkest Part.”

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Red Pictures

Skillet at The Fillmore Silver Spring

Skillet at The Fillmore Silver Spring

On Thursday, October 13th, Skillet’s Unleashed tour came to the Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland. Sick Puppies and Devour The Day opened the show. All of the bands played to a nearly sold out crowd. The audience was various diverse in age, with everybody from toddlers to grandparents present.

Devour The Day took the stage first. The four-piece band opened their set with “S.O.A.R.,” the title track off of their second album, which was released this past April. The band continued into “Good Man,” off of their first album, Time & Pressure. As that song came to a close, lead singer Blake Allison got off the stage to stand by the barricade and sing along with the crowd. Devour The Day made sure to play their newest single, “The Bottom,” a song that they just made a music video for. Towards the end of their 30 minute set, the band thanked the crowd for coming out early to catch their set, and said that Silver Spring was the best crowd so far on their whole tour. Devour The Day ended their set with “Respect,” off of their first album.

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Devour The Day Pictures

Sick Puppies began their performance with “War,” off of their album Tri-Polar. Throughout their ten song set, the Australian band included four songs off of their newest album, Fury, which was released earlier this year. During “Where Do I Begin,” Sick Puppies made sure that the crowd sang along. Sick Puppies also performed an older song, “All the Same,” from Dressed Up as Life. The band closed their set with “’You’re Going Down,” which was definitely a fan favorite.

 

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Sick Puppies Pictures

Skillet started their set by immediately launching into a new song, “Feel Invincible,” which is currently being played on radio stations across the country. The band is touring for their new album, Unleashed, which was released in August. After their first song, Skillet continued into “Whispers in the Dark.” During their set, lead singer and bassist John Cooper called out one of the audience members he had met earlier, and dedicated “Back From the Dead” to him. For a couple of the songs, the band members performed while on moving platforms on the stage that raised them up and down. The band also brought a cellist out to perform the strings parts on a few songs, including “Awake and Alive,” “Comatose,” and “The Last Night.” Towards the end of “Undefeated,” guitarist Seth Morrison went into a powerful guitar solo. During “Those Nights,” Cooper got off the stage and went to the crowd to have them sing along. A fan towards the back of the crowd was holding up a poster stating that this show was their 56th Skillet show, and Cooper made sure to recognize them for their dedication. Skillet ended their set with “Rebirthing,” but came back on the stage to finally end the night with “The Resistance” for an encore.

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Skillet Pictures

 

Art of Dying at Fish Head Cantina

Art of Dying at Fish Head Cantina

On August 31st, 2016 Art of Dying came to Fish Head Cantina, in Halethorpe, Maryland, just outside of Baltimore. With them were Children 18:3 and Letters From The Fire, as well as local bands Cloudleap and Ignite The Fire. This was the first night of the tour promoting Art of Dying’s new EP, which was released on September 2nd. The rest of their tour dates can be found here.

Cloudleap and Ignite The Fire were the two local bands performing at this show. The first of those two played for about 15 minutes, getting the crowd warmed up and excited for the rest of the night. This four-piece Baltimore-area band packed their short set full of energy. Next was Ignite The Fire, who mentioned that they had played so much at Fish Head Cantina, that it felt like a second home to them. Their set last a bit longer than half an hour, and included covers of Red’s “Feed The Machine” and Disturbed’s “Down With The Sickness.” This band got many people in the audience to leave their tables and stand in the crowd, as well as get closer to the stage. Before they finished, Ignite The Fire made sure to mention their new single, “Over It,” which is available for download on iTunes.

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Cloudleap Pictures

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Letters From The Fire started their set by encouraging everybody in their seats to get up and join the crowd. Included in their set was their song “Mother Misery.” The band mentioned their album, Worth the Pain, which is coming out on September 9th. Unfortunately, Letters From The Fire was only able to perform for about 15 minutes, due to technical difficulties associated with this show being the first on the tour.

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Children 18:3 began their time with a burst of energy. Right as they played the first note, short-lasting flames sprung off two of the cymbals on their drum set. During all 25 of the minutes they had on the stage, all three of the members performed with a ton of energy, dancing around the stage continuously. As their second-to-last song, “Afterall”, came to an end, drummer Seth Hostetter launched into a drum solo, which had the audience participating by clapping along.

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Children 18:3 Pictures

Finally, Art of Dying took the stage. Their set began with “Somethings Never Change,” off of their newest album, Rise Up, that was released in 2015. The band then launched into two songs off of their debut album, Vices and Virtues, that came out in 2011. During “Get Thru This” lead singer, Jonny Hetherington, got close to the crowd, fist-bumping a few of the audience members close to him. Before starting “You Don’t Know Me,” Hetherington asked how many people were seeing Art of Dying for the first time, and how many had seen them before. The majority of the crowd had seen them before. Next was another newer song, “Tear Down The Wall,” that many may have heard on the Sirius XM hard rock satellite radio station, Octane. During their performance of “Raining,” Hetherington got off the stage and went into the crowd to sing along with the audience. The band then pulled three bar stools up on the stage to sit on while they played their next two songs, “Best I Can” and “Broken Wings,” acoustically. After that Art of Dying played a couple of more songs off of Rise Up, “Everything” and “Rise Up.” Their next song, “Completely,” was dedicated to all of their long-time fans, and it contained an instrumental solo in the middle of it. The band ended the set with two songs off of Vices and Virtues, “Sorry” and “Die Trying.” Many fans knew the words to both of those and sang along loudly, knowing that the night was about to come to a close. As their show came to an end, the band thanked the crowd for coming out, and went to their merch table to meet all of their fans.

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Art of Dying Pictures