August Burns Red, with support from a diverse set of acts like Every Time I Die, Stick To Your Guns, Polyphia and Wage War, took on the House of Blues in Chicago on Friday in support of their newest album, Found In Far Away Places, a single off of which recently landed them a Grammy nomination.
Opening up the show was Wage War from Ocala, Florida. As this was an early show that began at 6 p.m., the room was pretty empty but began filling in a bit more as the band’s set went on. Those that were there seemed to be enjoying the metalcore band’s set. The energy onstage carried on into the crowd.
Up next was Polyphia, a four-piece instrumental act. The room lit up when they walked onstage, picked up their instruments and began shredding away. While the atmosphere for this act was much different than the former, people were just as enthused and seemed to be appreciating the music while getting ready for Stick To Your Guns.
Stick To Your Guns, arguably the act that stuck out most out of the entire lineup in terms of fitting in with the rest of the tour genre-wise, was up next. Putting this hardcore band into this lineup was an interesting pick, as when they started, so did the circle pits and crowd surfers. They had a set filled with intensity that had not been in that room prior.
Every Time I Die (sans frontman Keith Buckley, who had to leave the tour early due to a family emergency) brought the room to life, as they always do with their high intensity stage antics and performances. It was crowd surfers and circle pits galore on the floor, which was also bouncing as it does at the House Of Blues when enough people begin jumping.
Headliner August Burns Red took the stage last, opening with a song off of Found In Far Away Places titled “Martyr.” The room came alive as the song began with screams of excitement ringing through the room after They played a few more songs off of Found In Far Away Places and Rescue & Restore, as well as other songs from various records, and closed out their 13-song set with “White Washed.” They came back in full force for an encore consisting of a cover of “Frosty The Snowman” and “Fault Lines.” They kept the momentum going throughout their set, and the same is true for the crowd. Watching this band play to the crowd and interact with the people screaming along to their music is always really cool, and it helps them to stand out in a lineup of several acts.