LIVE REVIEW/PHOTOS: Escape The Fate and A Skylit Drive take control of Cleveland

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The Hate Me Tour with Escape The Fate, A Skylit Drive, Sworn In, Sirens And Sailors and Myka, Relocate stopped in Cleveland on October 29 at the Agora Ballroom. With 300-plus people all pushing to get inside and the show starting early, I missed the opening band, Cleveland’s own Little Wars. From what I caught of the last song, the crowd was beginning to loosen up during the female-fronted quartet.

The first touring band of the night was Houston sextet Myka, Relocate. The crowd went nuts for the Artery Recordings artist with circle pits and moshing. Myka, Relocate had the audience singing along to what appeared to be a short set. The band was a great opening to the touring bands of the night.

Sirens And Sailors was next on the bill. The crowd was definitely loving the Rochester, New York, metal band as they jumped around and filled the room with their energy. Throughout the five-piece’s set, vocalist Kyle Bihrle held the microphone into the audience and it appeared that everyone up front knew the words.

Next was metalcore quintet Sworn In. The Grayslake, Illinois, natives started their night off with a spooky intro that would set the mood of their set with lead singer Tyler Dennen’s haunting vocals. Not only were the lights from the stage working for the band, but their drum set lit up and would change colors throughout the night. During the band’s last song, Dennen brought up a childhood friend and had him stage dive.

Tragic Hero Records artist A Skylit Drive took a while to appear onstage, which made the crowd restless. The band’s seven-song set included new and old songs like “Wires (And The Concept Of Breathing)” and “Cali Buds.” The band’s current screamer, Michael Labelle, jumped into the crowd during “Self/Less.” To end their set on a high note, A Skylit Drive performed “All It Takes For Your Dreams To Come True” off of Wires…And The Concept Of Breathing, which enlisted a massive sing-along from the audience.

The night’s headliner, Escape The Fate, also took their time getting onstage. During the unnecessary amount of time it took to start the set, the audience could admire the tarot cards place on the speakers. The tarot cards resembled the one found on the cover of Escape The Fate’s latest album Hate Me. In the Las Vegas band’s 12-song set, they played a mixture of songs off of This War Is OursEscape The FateUngrateful and Hate Me. The four songs the band played off of This War Is Ours produced the loudest response from the crowd. Throughout the performance, fans would get up onstage and hug lead singer Craig Mabbitt or assist him in singing their favorite song. At one point Mabbitt was pulled into the crowd. The quartet gave Cleveland two-song encore preceded by a guitar solo by Kevin Gruft. Escape The Fate played “The Guillotine” and “This War Is Ours” to end their night at the Agora.