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LIVE: BLESSTHEFALL – September 11, 2018

| 19 September 2018 | Reply

Venue: The Masquerade

City: Atlanta, GA

Date: September 11, 2018

Review and Photographs by: Rachel Craig (www.rachelcraigphotos.net)

Blessthefall recently stopped by The Masquerade in Atlanta to support their newest album, Hard Feelings. This was my first time checking out this venue, where the show was being held in Hell (if you’ve never been there, the venue also has two other rooms called Purgatory and Heaven). The Masquerade recently moved from its old location to downtown Atlanta, where it’s housed in a unique courtyard that’s easy to miss if you’re just passing by on the street. After the 4 hour drive from Knoxville, TN and finding the venue, I waited for doors to open while hanging out with A War Within and spending time with another photographer friend. Inside, the small room felt bigger than it really was because of the balcony overhead and a roomy photo pit. The venue’s staff was also very kind and helpful – and to my surprise, many of them were jamming as hard as the fans when the music started. A War Within kicked off the night. The Detroit-based metal band might have been first, but they already have a supportive fan base and the energy to start the circle pits early. Thousand Below was next, a post-hardcore band that perfectly complemented Blessthefall’s sound. They played several songs from their latest album, including the title track “The Love You Let Too Close,” “Sinking Me,” “Sleepless,” and “Vein.” Frontman James DeBerg has an incredible voice and I can see them becoming a huge headliner soon. The show changed gears when Ded took over the stage, since their genre is probably best described as modern nu-metal rap/rock. It was almost strange to put them on a show with so many metalcore/post-hardcore bands but it worked very well since they kept the energy flowing through the crowd. They performed several of their radio hits like “Anti-Everything,” “Hate Me,” and “FMFY.” After a quick change to the backdrop and stage setup, it was time for The Word Alive. Frontman Telle Smith interacted with the crowd (and photographers) throughout the set while delivering screams and clean vocals. He also noted that some of his family traveled to the show to see them play that night. Their setlist included a fan-picked selection of songs from all of their albums, like “Why Am I Like This?” “2012,” “Red Clouds,” “Trapped,” and my personal favorite, “Life Cycles.”

Blessthefall began playing with “Wishful Sinking,” with the crowd singing along loudly and frontman Beau Bokan darting all over the stage. He also spent a lot of the show standing on the barricade to interact with the crowd. The Masquerade was suddenly packed with concertgoers and the audience was flooded with crowd surfers. This was definitely a treat for longtime fans of Blessthefall to see them in such an intimate venue, and it was honestly one of the heaviest shows I’ve seen in a while. Their setlist included “Cutthroat,” “Hollow Bodies,” “Exodus,” “Sleepless in Phoenix,” “40 Days,” and concluded with the anthemic “Welcome Home.” They returned to the stage to end the night with an encore of probably their biggest hit, “Hey Baby, Here’s That Song You Wanted.” Overall, this was the perfect show for any metalcore/post-hardcore fan. Every band had the potential to be the headliner, but it’s undeniable that Blessthefall have been a huge name in the metalcore scene for years. The energy at The Masquerade was what I’ve been hoping to experience again since going to Warped Tour, and it was great to see such a good lineup of bands that were so genuine. I will definitely try to see more shows at this venue again and I recommend checking out this tour if you can. (And a shoutout to A War Within for helping me come to the show!)

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Todd ‘ToddStar’ Jolicoeur

Category: Live Reviews, Photo Galleries

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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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