What better way to spend your presumably terrible Monday than in a mosh pit? Last Monday the 14th Seattle hosted the “Christmas Vacation Tour” co-headlined by none other than Atreyu and Falling in Reverse, alongside supporting acts Assuming we Survive, and From Ashes To New. The West Coast 7 date tour, will be Atreyus first tour from coming off of their long time hiatus, this is the single reason I belive most dates are sold out, or close to being so. The band recently released their 7th full length album titled “Long Live”, featuring increasingly popular tracks “Start to Break” and early release “So Others May Live”
With the new album seemingly going back to their heavier roots, it was no doubt that the fans at the Showbox Sodo were in for a rowdy time. Southern California newcomers Assuming We Survive opened the show with incredible energy despite their front man Adrian Estrella’s mic being out for a few songs out of their set. Technical difficulties didn’t slow this fast paced band down, as there were constant interactions with the crowd, as well as a requested circle pit, which kept going throughout the show. As various band members jumped into the crowd alongside fans, the band commanded everyone’s attention from beginning to end, and I feel as if after their short 25 minutes the crowd was pleading for more.
Next up was Hollywood Undead-ish meets Linkin Park rock/rappers From Ashes To New. There were so many artists to which it seemed they drew their inspiration for their sound from, yet they owned it, creating a unique performance. The band has their first full length album, titled Day One, set for early release this coming year.
When Atreyu took the stage, there wasn’t a quiet soul in the room, as they opened up with old time favorite “Bleeding Mascara”. Overall their set was incredible, as they seemed to have even more energy than their last tour, being just over 5 years earlier. Through their bright strobe lights, Dan Jacob’s famous blood drip guitar, and their lead singer Alex constantly getting in the crowd, their set was nothing short of exciting, and only made me more ecstatic about their comeback. They played a great variety of songs new and old, including “Becoming the Bull“, Bon Jovi cover “You Give Love a Bad Name”, and title track from their new album “Long Live”.
By the time the set was over, the crowd was shifting, and many Atreyu fans stepped back, allowing the younger Falling in Reverse fans to move up and take a closer look at the elaborate stage set up, consisting of Christmas trees, wrapped gifts, and an assortment of blinking lights strung amongst the stage. Front man Ronnie Radke stole the set, as he dramatically paces the stage, jumps between cabs, and screamed into and alongside the faces of his bandmates. Their upbeat, newly electronic sound was quite different from their previous performances, but their heavier touches and Escape the Fate tracks felt and sounded like home. Leaving early to avoid traffic, the sold out crowd was easy to part through, as the younger fans were now the only ones left on the floor, while the older crowd had long since headed to the dual balcony bar.
Overall, the Christmas Vacation Tour was a great show, setting things up for the return of new music and hopefully a new tour from my longtime favorite Atreyu, as well as opening my eyes to the opening bands names and performances, along with Falling in Reverse’ seemingly new sound. Hopefully these artists have a chance tour come back to the Pacific Northwest, after the start of 2016.
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Falling in Reverse Set List
God, If You Are Above…
Raised By Wolves
I’m Not a Vampire
Bad Girls Club
Situations (Escape The Fate track)
Not Good Enough for Truth in Cliché (Escape The Fate track)
The Drug In Me Is You
Just Like You
Atreyu Set List
Right Side of the Bed
Becoming the Bull
Ex’s and Oh’s
When Two Are One
You Give Love A Bad Name (Bon Jovi cover)
Do You Know Who You Are?
Bleeding Is A Luxury
A Bitter Broken Memory
Lip Gloss And Black