Breaking Benjamin at The Fillmore Silver Spring

Breaking Benjamin at The Fillmore Silver Spring

On January 10th, 2017, Breaking Benjamin’s short run of tour dates started at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland. Wilson is opening all of the dates. The shows are planned around the bands’ performance on Shiprocked, a four-day-long music festival at sea.

Wilson began the night with an energy-filled performance. The five piece band got the crowd to start moving, and everybody sang along to their cover of AC/DC’s “Back In Black.” For about 40 minutes, they played songs such as “Windows Down!” and “Right To Rise”. Their set included a new song, “How Do You Sleep At Night.” Wilson mentioned that this would be their last tour for this record cycle, so make sure to catch them if they’re playing near you.

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Wilson Pictures

After a bit of a wait, Breaking Benjamin finally took the stage. They opened their set with “So Cold,” getting much of the crowd to sing along. Guitarist Keith Wallen and bassist Aaron Bruch helped lead singer Benjamin Burnley out by singing the verses of some of the songs, such as “Sooner or Later” and “Simple Design.” Breaking Benjamin played a medley of covers that consisted of “The Imperial March,” “Bulls on Parade,” “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “Walk,” and “Sad But True.” The set included one of their older songs, “Skin,” that they had not played in a while. The band thanked all of the service men and women and dedicated “I Will Not Bow” to them. After that, the band disappeared for a few moments, but came back on for an encore of “Diary of Jane.” After bowing for the crowd, Breaking Benjamin left the stage, ending their first show of the year.

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Breaking Benjamin Pictures

Drowning Pool at Tally Ho Theatre

Drowning Pool at Tally Ho Theatre

On December 18th, the Not-So-Silent Night Tour came to the Tally Ho Theatre in Leesburg, Virginia. Red Tide Rising, 9ELECTRIC, and Gemini Syndrome opened up for Drowning Pool for a show that continued to rock way past midnight on this Sunday night.

Red Tide Rising was the first band on that night. The band from Colorado played for about 30 minutes that night, wearing masks that covered most of their faces. Playing bass for the band was Jasen Moreno, lead singer of Drowning Pool. Their set included a cover of Tears for Fears’ “Mad World.”

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Red Tide Rising Pictures

As soon as 9ELECTRIC took the stage, they began to blow the crowd away with their performance. This four piece group from an amazing live band, primarily due to all of their energy. The band’s members spent the whole set running around, and it seemed like they spent more time off of the stage than on it. Lead singer Thunderwood crowd surfed at one point and rode through the crowd on another man’s shoulders- all while still singing. They played their new single, “The Damaged Ones,” which is the title track off of their debut album.

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9ELECTRIC Pictures

Gemini Syndrome took the stage a bit late, but the crowd was definitely ready for them. Most of the audience was singing along for their whole set. This was Gemini Syndrome’s last night on the tour, so members from Red Tide Rising and 9ELECTRIC came out during their set a couple of times to prank them. Gemini Syndrome played songs off of their new album, Memento Mori, including “Remember We Die.” During their last song, “Stardust,” lead singer Aaron Nordstrom went into the crowd to sing along with all of their fans.

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Gemini Syndrome Pictures

Finally, Drowning Pool came on. They opened their set with “Sinner”. The band performed songs from five of their albums, including “We Are the Devil,” “Feel Like I Do,” and “37 Stitches.” Drowning Pool ended the night a truly special performance of “Bodies.” Members from all three of the other bands came on stage to help Drowning Pool play their last song. The band also invited anybody in the crowd wearing one of their shirts to come up on stage and sing along. This show may have been the last of 2016 for many people that night, and it was such a great way to end the year.

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Drowning Pool Pictures

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