After hearing about this tour, I had to get tickets. The Masquerade was the first venue date when Capture the Crown went on their first tour two years ago. I unfortunately missed the first performance from Youth in Revolt. However, I did manage to see the remaining acts of Myka, Relocate, Palisades, Ice Nine Kills, For All Those Sleeping, and the head liner Capture the Crown.
Myka, Relocate was probably one of the best performances I saw at this show. During their performance, the vocalists, Michael and John, were amazing. Not only that, but they were engaging with the band. Their crowd started off small, but as they continued playing, it got bigger, which only ensures that this band is really good. I had never seen or heard the band before, and I definitely will be listening to them more often and will be attending more of their shows.
The second band I saw was Palisades. They were pretty amazing for another band I had never heard of. Even though I don't prefer rap music, they played "Turn Down for What" by DJ Snake & Lil John and played along with it. This really really helped engage the crowd and got them pumped for the rest of their performance. My favorite song that Palisades played was definitely, "Outcasts." This song was inspirational, motivational, and amazing. I really enjoyed the song. The band also performed a new song off of their upcoming album, which will be posted to my YouTube account shortly. The song, itself, was pretty good. However, it didn't really stand out from the rest of their songs that they performed, in terms of their rythm was very similar in every song. This doesn't mean I didn't like their performance. I really enjoyed all of the songs they played, they just all sounded very similar in rythm.
Next I saw Ice Nine Kills. Now, I had never been all too fond of this band, however I really enjoyed the start of their performance. They had great vocals, and great songs for the first 10-15 minutes of their set. The remaining time of their set seemed to get old, and it really didn't do it for me.
Now, the day before this show, For All Those Sleeping announced that this was their final tour and that they would not be performing anymore after November. Hearing this news, as any other fan in this industry of music, I was devistated. This band is full of a wonderful group of guys who created great music, who wouldn't be saddened by this news? I also got worried for the sake of their performance. I have seen a show before where it was the band's last show. Half of the band didn't show up, they were rude to each other on stage, and most of the time crying. Not that I thought that a band full of amazing guys and great friends was going to ruin the night with their "big breakup," I just worried that there would always be that possibility. However, this was not the case for this band, and I was so impressed with the way the band held themselves together. They played many of their newest songs off of their latest album, Incomplete Me. I really liked how they did that. They went on with the show like they weren't breaking up, and then after the show did a signing and hung out with fans. That's the way you're to do a last-time performance: keepin' it cool. I really enjoyed the band's overall performance, but was however, saddened that this performance was the last time I would see a great performance by this band.
Lastly, I saw Capture the Crown. Now, the first time I saw this band was two years ago on their first tour. That performance by them, was what got me into their band. They're a great Australian metalcore band, and I really like them a lot. However, I was somewhat offended with how they presented themselves during the first two-three songs of their performance. They came out with white masks, and presented themselves as terrorists. Yes, I get that their latest album is the Reign of Terror, but you have to know your audience and the country you're playing in to come out onto the stage dressed like that. Now that being said, I would like to say that I really enjoyed their performance. They were definitely one of my favorite performances, music wise. Probably my favorite song that they played would be "Oxy Sunrise." This song has a great story behind it, and I always enjoyed hearing it. Capture the Crown always play a great set and I cannot wait until the next time I see them.