SEPTEMBER 7, 2022
JACOBS PAVILION AT NAUTICA
By Neil Shumate, OOTB Publications
Metal music with dark themes sent a wave along the banks of the Cuyahoga River through The Land last night in front of a sea of bodies wearing mostly black clothing; some fans with face paint and masks, others with vibrantly dyed hair—appropriate attire for a show with a bit of goth, glam and shock.
A warm evening at the open-air venue with a solid tour that brought memorable performances by each on the bill, with some notable moments:
—Michigan metalcore band We Came As Romans woke the crowd up with pounding riffs and breakdowns. Frontman Dave Stephens paid tribute to late vocalist Kyle Pavone. Stephens borrowed a fan’s cell phone and briefly took it on stage to sing for a short video.
—Motionless In White performed a set list with many new songs from their recent album Scoring the end of the World, including: “Masterpiece,” “Cyberhex,” “Sign Of Life” and others. During “Voices,” the band showed LGBTQ+ support on the backing video screen by displaying the rainbow within the word ‘voices’ as well as a flag representing each identification and a bright flash of ROYGBIV at the song’s closing. The band delivered an exceptional cover of The Killers’ “Somebody Told Me.”
—Black Veil Brides took the stage with metal and arena-like rock, highlighted with on-point guitar solos. A classy set that vibed like Avenged Sevenfold. Frontman Andy Biersack joked with the Cleveland crowd about the success of his hometown Bengals. The band performed close to an hour and included newer tracks “Scarlet Cross” and “Crimson Skies” from The Phantom Tomorrow. The band releases a new EP The Mourning Oct. 21.
—Ice Nine Kills is one of today’s most entertaining bands; not only talented musically, but also theatrically. The band unleashed horror movie reenactments/representations on stage that aligned with their horror themed songs, which included: “Hip To Be Scared” (American Psycho), “IT is the End” (IT), “Stabbing In The Dark” (Halloween), “The Shower Scene” (Psycho), “Ex-Mortis” (Evil Dead) and many others. A performance that pays homage to the horror movie genre and also carries on live-show shock rock appeal with the likes of GWAR, Skinny Puppy, and Alice Cooper.
This is an ideal package tour—uniting three dark themed bands—for any headbanger wanting to experience an all around entertaining night of artistry and musicianship.
Part II of the tour concludes later this month and Part III kicks off on Halloween with special guest Atreyu.
ICE NINE KILLS PHOTOS
BLACK VEIL BRIDES PHOTOS
WE CAME AS ROMANS PHOTOS