I finally feel like I’m getting back in the swing of things with shows damn near every night. It’s a great feeling but I would be lying if I said the exhaustion wasn’t getting to me already. Getting through my day job day after day is getting harder and getting stuff done on the weekend just isn’t happening. Last night was my justification for the exhaustion. Out of all of the shows that I go to, nothing compares to a good old fashioned metal show and that gives me the energy I need to get through day to day life.

The show started with local group Roads of Glass. These guys are taking the scene by storm and last night proved why. Even though they were the first band on what was to be a super long night, they came out with power and brutality. They got the crowed warmed up with their unique brand of music and powerful stage show. Unfortunately, it felt like as soon as they took the stage, their set was done and it was time for Royal’z.

Royal’z kept the energy high throughout their set. Royal’z, like Road of Glass, is definitely a star of our local metal scene. they have a unique brand of metal that mixes rap and metal. It’s upbeat, fun, and gets the crowd moving. You could feel the hearts in the crowd grow heavy as Nick, the bassist, dedicated a song to his recently passed father but, even with those heavy hearts, there was no shortage of energy. The beauty in the way the crowd clapped and cheered for Nick after his short speech was nothing short of heart warming. You could tell that people truly cared and wanted to make last night’s set one of the best Royal’z has ever had and that’s exactly what it turned into.

The first of the five touring bands to take the stage was Fire From the Gods. I’d be lying if I said I paid attention to them. Unfortunately, with a couple whiskey cokes in me and the nice weather, I was more interested in socializing outside with friends. Judging by the amount of people surrounding me outside, I feel like these guys weren’t given a fair chance and I’m not innocent of that either. Even when you’re outside at The Cabooze, you can still hear the music. What I heard wasn’t my favorite thing ever but it also wasn’t terrible. FFTG has been tagged as a rap-metal revivalist group and that’s not too far off. It definitely is a unique brand of rap metal but the music behind the vocals is technical and that makes it more interesting than anything else I have heard from that genre. I may not be a huge fan of the brand of music these guys are putting out and I definitely didn’t give them the attention they deserved but I will say that they weren’t the worst band I’ve ever heard and, after listening to them a bit this morning, I’m intrigued and feel terrible I didn’t give them the respect I should have.

The next band to take the stage completely blew me away and, if you ask me and a couple other people I talked to, stole the damn show. Within the Ruins. I had been wanting to see these guys for awhile now and last night was finally my chance. I feel like Within the Ruins has been a bit of a buzz band in the metalcore scene for over ten years now. I always hear good things about them but they seem to stay under the radar for the most part. After seeing them perform last night, they are definitely not under my radar anymore.

Even with what seems to be a revolving door of band members, Within the Ruins had one of the cleanest sets I have ever seen from a deathcore band. You could hear every single intricate guitar sweep and every single brutal drum hit. With five full-length albums out, these guys had more than enough material to play for hours but, unfortunately, when you have seven bands on the line-up for a concert, set times are tight and short. As soon as I snapped out of my shock and started truly enjoying their set, they were packing up their gear and leaving the stage. You could feel the disappointment in the air as this was the first band that the crowd was truly getting rowdy for. They didn’t want it to end and I didn’t want it to end. That’s a sign of a damn good set. I don’t understand why these guys weren’t supporting the headliner directly or even headlining the tour themselves.

Oceans Ate Alaska was up next. I had been excited to see them perform their brand of metalcore that took me back to my angsty teenage years. Unfortunately, it wasn’t what I had hoped for and I quickly lost interest. Apparently they have a new singer, Jake Noakes, and, as good as his screams were, his singing left a lot to be desired. Things felt off key and it seemed as if he knew it. The crowd didn’t seem to mind and quickly fell for the breakdowns that Oceans Ate Alaska were putting out there but it wasn’t working on me. Had it been ten years ago, I would have been all over this band but these days I need something a bit more polished.

I was interested to see how the crowd would react to the next band, Volumes. These guys are a love them or hate them band. I’ve heard friends complain about members of the band being big headed and rude and I’ve heard that they’re the nicest guys ever. All I wanted to see was how they did on stage and they killed it. They had the crowd in the palm of their hands and had them moving around. Kids were surfing to the front just for the chance to scream a single word into the microphone. It was clear that whether you loved them, hated them, or loved to hate them, you couldn’t help but fall in love with their presence and there’s no denying that they know damn well what they’re doing and they’re doing it well.

Last, but most certainly not least, was Born of Osiris. This tour is in celebration of the release of the re-done version of their 2008 EP The New Reign. This EP truly changed the life of so many people in this scene and BOO recognized that. Since it’s been so long since they initially recorded it and so much has changed as far as recording, the band decided it was time to re-record the album. During this tour, they played the EP in it’s entirety and, for a fan of BOO, this meant absolutely everything. Along with the old songs, BOO played through over ten years of music in their set.

It didn’t matter what era the song came from, the crowd was loving every single second of the music. The energy never came down and I’m sure the amount of bruises people are waking up with today will be a friendly reminder of just how amazing last night was. As the band played their final song of the set, the crowd started chanting for one more song but in the most Minnesotan way ever. Instead of just saying “One more song!” the crowd divided and with every “One more song!” that was chanted, there was a “Please!” to come after it. The band gave in and came out to give the almost sold out crowd an encore.

Going to shows nearly every night of my life is amazing. I get to see so many different bands in different genres and meet different people. No matter how many shows I go to, I always look forward to coming home to a metal show and seeing my family.

Line Up:

Roads of Glass

Royal’z

Fire From the Gods

Within the Ruins

Oceans Ate Alaska

Volumes

Born of Osiris

Venue: The Cabooze

Sausage Fest Meter- 9 out of 10

Average Age of the Crowd- 24

Crowd Surfers- 24

Stage Divers-3

Broken Bones- 0

Fights-0

Drunkards Taken Out By Security- 0

Celebrity Sightings- DJ & Eric of Buried Above Ground, Brian & Jeff of Rivkit, Evan of Milestone

Overall Score-8 out of 10

Show on Deck-  Nile/ Overkill

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