Just the other day, I talked about the resilience in the metal community. (See my post about the After The Burial show last weekend.) Last night was yet another example of resilience.
Every Time I Die is an extremely popular metalcore band from Buffalo, NY. They got their huge break after their song The New Black was featured on Guitar Hero 2 but have had a huge base of fans ever since they started in 1998.
I have seen ETID over a dozen times live and it’s all about their live shows. The amount of energy these guys have is unreal. The band is fronted by Keith Buckley who is considered a bit of a god among men in the scene. Many would consider him to be the reason why the band has so much energy and is so fun to watch live. He is always all over the stage, doing flips off the stage into the crowd, everything. Just downright fun to watch.
A couple of days ago, Keith Buckley made a statement that there had been complications in his wife’s pregnancy and he would be flying home to be with his wife and unborn daughter. Just as the saying goes, the show must go on. I have to be honest, the second I saw Keith issue that statement, I started wondering if I was even going to go to the show anymore. He was the main reason I love ETID’s live show so much and ETID was really the only band I was dying to see on the bill last night. Keith had said that he would have some friends covering vocals for him and I instantly started playing the guessing game in my head as to who it could be. I tried to think of everyone and honestly, in my head, nobody could do ETID justice.
Oh how wrong I was. Tyler from Exalt took the stage and blew me away with his energy. He jumped into the crowd twice, just like Keith would do. He didn’t sing (and be sing, I mean scream) all of the words perfectly much like Keith. He was all over the stage at all times like Keith always is. All of that being said, he was obviously not trying to be Keith. He respected the stage and the crowd. He knew the circumstances of why he was on that stage. He gave it his all as Tyler from Exalt.. not Tyler from Exalt trying to be Keith from ETID.
ETID didn’t give up and go home when their frontman had to be rushed home. They pulled themselves up by the bootstraps, figured it out, called some friends, and made it through. Resilience. It’s the name of the game in this scene and can make or break a band. ETID proved why they are so successful in this scene and I’m sure Exalt gained many new members and a huge new fan base that they more than deserve.
All of the openers were amazing last night. The highlight for me was Stick To Your Guns. I’ve seen these guys multiple times and each time they completely blow me away each time with the amount of energy they have and the amount of energy the crowd has. These guys are one of those bands where if you don’t know what to do in the pit, you want to get out of the way. There were a few fights during their set last night just due to the different styles of dancing in the pit. You had the hardcore kids and the metal kids clashing in a self governing pit… there’s bound to be issues. The great thing about shows up here in Minnesota? None of the fights were serious, people were pulled apart before it got too bad and apologies were made. No hard feelings. Resilience.
Wage War and Polyphia opened the show up and both bands were awesome. Polyphia wowed the audience with their instrumental songs. They were technical, amazing, and perfect. Wage War played a heavy hitting set that warmed the crowd up and got them moving. I would definitely keep my eyes on both of these bands if I were you. There are big things coming for the both of them.
The headliner of the night was August Burns Red. These guys are a good band, they’re fine. Unfortunately, I don’t like them. I saw them growing up and they found one of my biggest pet peeves. The few times I saw them growing up, they were very praise Jesus preachy. That’s all fine and good if you want to be religious, I just don’t think there’s a place for that in music unless you want to play a church or something. Being a Jew, it made me extremely uncomfortable and I have to be honest, it’s something that I have held against this band for far too long.
I have seen August Burns Red three times in the past year now and each time they wow me with their pure talent. They have stopped preaching and have turned into a band that is just about the music… the way it should be in my mind. Last night was the first time when I truly found myself enjoying their set. I think I have finally gotten over my hatred for them and have started listening and watching them for what they are… an amazing metal band full of amazing guys.
Keith Buckley’s wife gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. Both baby and mommy are healthy and good.
Venue: Skyway Theatre
Sausage Fest Meter- 8 out of 10
Average Age of the Crowd- 19
Crowd Surfers- 70+
Stage Divers- Tyler from Exalt- Twice
Broken Bones- Didn’t See Any But I’m Sure There Were a Few
Drunkards Taken Out By Security- None
Found in the Pit- Shoes, Hats, Bottles, Shattered Phones, Glasses
Overall Score- 8.4 out of 10
Show on Deck- Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders/ Wastrels/ Star Magnet