03/19/16 Edmonton, AB The Starlite Room
04/02/16 Extreme Thing Sports & Music Festival
04/22/16 Impericon Festival (Oberhausen)
04/23/16 Impericon Festival (Leipzig)
05/01/16 Impericon Festival (Amsterdam)
05/02/16 Impericon Festival (Manchester)
05/03/16 Impericon Festival (London)
05/04/16 Impericon Festival (Paris)
05/05/16 Impericon Festival (Zurich)
05/06/16 Impericon Festival (Vienna)
05/07/16 Impericon Festival (Munich)
The whole night was perfect. The music was loud, heavy, and unrelenting. The crowd was full of energy, anger, and they were just as unrelenting as the music. It was all of the makings for a perfect night. Hell, it was a perfect night, but I felt I was unable to give the last two bands the attention that they deserved. I hate it when I sabotage a show like that but it is bound to happen I suppose.
Not only did the music sound just as good as it does in the recordings, the energy coming from the stage and the energy in the crowd was perfect. You could tell that lot of people were excited to see this band. Before the music even started, the crowd had split to make room for the moshers. People picked their sides and posted up for battle. As soon as the first note was played, the crowd went off and no one was safe... but it was the first time in a couple of days where I truly felt at home.
The show was opened up by two local groups (Axiom and From Concept to Chronicle). I had never really seen Axiom (although I'm sure they've played at a show I've been to before) but last night they definitely caught my attention. In a bill stacked full of great, heavy hitting, growly vocal bands, these guys got on stage and did what they do with no excuses. Their music was definitely heavy enough to match the rest of the line-up but the vocals were completely different. The singer had a very high pitched tone at times and he was actually singing instead of just grunting and squealing the whole time. Although they weren't as polished as the other local group that played, they definitely gave me something different and that's one of the best things a band can do on a bill that is overcrowded with bands of the same genre.
From Concept to Chronicle was the other local group that opened the night and it just so happened to be their CD release show as well. It was no surprise that these guys sounded great. They always do. But unfortunately, they just didn't seem to be able to keep the crowd going and honestly, they ended up blending into the rest of the line-up. That could be a good thing though because they could have easily fooled someone as to thinking they that were part of this tour package.
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Chelsea Grin’s latest Ashes to Ashes is available now on Rise Records.
Chelsea Grin at Amsterdam Bar and Hall, St. Paul (15 March 2016)