With a strong wind blowing, the line outside of Studio Seven was ready to get inside and witness the final show of the latest DevilDriver tour. Along side them on this tour was Death Angel, The Agonist, and Azreal.
Local Seattle based band K’atun opened up the show with a very strong set. The intensity from vocalist Brady Johnson started to get the crowd pumped up and energetic as the first of many pits for the evening got going. The guys in this band are very hard working and know how to put on quite a show. If you see them on a bill make sure to get out there to go see them.
Next up for the evening was Ashes Of Existence from Bellingham. Having seen this band many times I knew they would be a great addition to the show. In no time they got the crowd moving and headbanging. This band offers a unique sound to the deathcore genre with it’s melodic side.
Following that set was Australia’s Azrael. Having gotten to sit down and talk with them before the show started I was very excited for the performance. As the band hit the stage the end of tour antics kicked in when they were abruptly hazed with Whitney Houston’s hit song “I Will Always Love You” being played as their intro to which vocalist Luke immediately began giving the middle finger to the crew. The band then went on to hit the fans with a blistering assault of fast and heavy riffs. Vocalist Luke stirred the crowd up into a frenzy. The 25 minute set showcased a small portion of the kind of power and talent this band has. Since this band is from Australia it is kind of rare to get to see them in the states. So if you see their name on a bill make sure to not hesitate grabbing a ticket to their show. They will not disappoint.
Up next was The Agonist from Montreal, Quebec. The band kicked off into their half hour set with their song “You’re coming with me”. This sent the crowd into overdrive as the audience started jumping and singing along word for word with vocalist Vicky Psarakis. The energy in the room was amazing as a decent sized pit opened up during fan favorite “The Anchor And The Sail”. This band has a very unique sound going between clean singing and metal growls. They are a must see band on any tour that comes to a city near you.
The next band up for the evening was California’s bay area thrash legends Death Angel. The band came out to a packed house that was ready for some metal mayhem. As soon as the band came on the floor turned into a vortex of bodies being thrown around. The 45 minute set was filled with fan favorites hits “Claws In So Deep” “Left For Dead” and finally coming to an end with “The Moth”. These seasoned veterans know how to put on quite a show. The audience responded with the same amount of energy the band had on stage. If you get a chance to see these guys I highly recommend going.
Finally, the moment the crowd had been waiting for all night. DevilDriver was about to take the stage. The lights went out and the intro track for their song “End Of The Line” came on. Drummer Austin D’Amond got the crowd to clap along to the rhythm while he smacked his drum sticks together. Without a wasted moment the floor opened up into a whirlpool of moving bodies as a large mosh pit got started. Vocalist Dez Fafara riled the crowd into a frenzy. The hour long set was brought to a close with hit song “Meet The Wretched”. This band always puts on a good show. Not many bands can control an audience and steal a show much as much as DevilDriver can. I have seen them every time they have come to Seattle over the last 5 years and can honestly say they get better with each performance. Even with a new line up, the band still slays live. No matter who they are playing with or wherever they are, make sure to be at that show. It will be a performance you won’t soon forget.
DevilDriver setlist for the night:
End Of The Line
Not All Who Wander Are Lost
Cry For Me Sky
I Could Care Less
Hold Back The Day
Sail (Awolnation cover)
Before The Hangman’s Noose
Clouds Over California
Meet The Wretched
Review and photos by Patrick Burt