Bury The Hatchet Tour
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
January 25th, 2014
Featuring Falling In Reverse, Escape The Fate, Chelsea Grin, Surive This!, and We Are Reason
Fans of the two major bands, Falling in Reverse and Escape the Fate were in shock when the Bury The Hatchet Tour was announced a few months back. The ex-lead singer of Escape the Fate, Ronnie Radke, was arrested and replaced by the current singer, Craig Mabbit. When Ronnie was released, (and even during his sentence) he was hard at work with his new band, Falling In Reverse. There were enormous feuds between the two groups for years, until ‘the hatchet was buried’, the two groups reconciled, and gave all their long-term fans a surprise never thought possible.
The line stretched out from the front doors, all the way to the street! It had gotten so long, in fact, that the line was divided and stretched out to the back of the building.
We Are Reason opened the show outside with a small performance. They fit the hardcore environment, featuring a clean vocalist, and screaming vocals. The band had definitely developed a small fan base as a few members of the audience ran up to sing and scream into the microphones, and ran around the small pit they formed. I’d say this group is headed in the right direction.
The doors opened, and the onslaught of adoring fans rushed inside as I found my way to the photo pit. Up first was Survive This! This group is managed by Ronnie Radke, so I had high hopes, and they certainly didn’t disappoint. Their set included a beautiful mix of singing and heavy drops. I was impressed at Shawn Zyvolosk’s vocal range, from high pitched screaming to dog growls, followed by an angelic stream of singing. This band started the evening just right to appease many screaming fans and first-timers.
Chelsea Grin took the stage next. The bar was set high for the band to perform just before Escape The Fate, so the audience waited anxiously for this set. I can only say that Chelsea Grin didn’t seem to fit the lineup for this event. Their set consisted of extremely heavy riffs, and guttural goring. Not much changed, as in singing, breakdowns, it seemed repetitive, and it was seen in the crowd. The excitement in the room dwindled from Survive This! to Chelsea Grin. No crowd-surfing, no screaming or much support besides some fist pumping. I can recognize their talent, they’ve made it thus far, but it seems an odd choice for this tour, specifically.
The crowd chanted for Escape The Fate as we waited for them to come on stage. We must note that this venue holds up to 1,300 people, and security advised that we were over capacity, with nearly 1,500 people in the building, anxiously waiting for Escape The Fate and Falling In Reverse to dominate Revolution this evening!
Escape The Fate stormed onstage, performing a song off their newest album as well as old hits like “Ashley,” “10 Miles Wide,” “The Flood,” and finally closing with “This War Is Ours.” Craig Mabbit has a voice that soothes. His live performance was outstanding, as the audience was going insane, with non-stop crowd-surfing, jumping, screaming, and even two fights broke out in the pit. Craig walked amongst the side of the stage to engage with some of his fans, and finally jumping into the crowd to surf his way back on stage! This was entirely a set to remember!
We anxiously waited for the band of the night to display their many talents, until finally, Falling In Reverse exploded on stage! In the past, Ronnie was a bit more “heavy,” featuring some low screaming, and melodic singing in his time with Escape The Fate, but the change was necessary, and accepted! Falling In Reverse displays more punk-like roots, in songs such as “Bad Girls Club,” “I’m Not a Vampire,” and “Raised By Wolves.” They experienced some technical issues before bringing Escape The Fate back on stage to perform two of Ronnie’s original songs from his time with ETF, “Situations,” and “Not Good Enough For Truth in Cliché,” which of course, caused quite the havoc!
The show was everything a fan could dream of. It brought me much joy to see so many happy faces enjoying the music. This was a once-in-a-lifetime event, but here’s to hoping we’ll get to see something like this again.
Written and photographed by Joseph Martinez