JULY 22nd 2016

Review by Lana Muirhead
Photos by Petr Ruttan http://www.metaltitans.com/concertpics/blessthefall/


July 13th, 2016, at the Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver, BC

When it comes to venues, I cannot say that Biltmore Cabaret ever really even made the list, let alone ranked on it.  July 17th for Blessthefall was no exception.  Especially when water seeped shamelessly from a bowed roof over the uncaring crowd.  It obviously held up though, cause people walked out drenched in sweat and not unsourced liquids from above.

Although I couldn’t make openers Picturesque, Get Scared, and Like Moths To Flames, the crowd feedback on these guys was overwhelmingly positive.  Sorry all: I’ll catch you next time!

So Blessthefall: this was their first time in Vancouver despite being a West coast band (they’re from Scottsdale, Arizona), and despite having been around in some form or another since 2003. Given the paltry metalcore crowd showing, I really cannot blame them. But that did not stop Beau Bokan (vocals), Eric Lambert (lead guitar), Elliott Gruenberg (rhythm guitar), Jared Warth (bass, vocals), and Matt Traynor (drums) from exploding in the tiny venue.  Although the crowd was mostly post-teen Ps and Vs, which bands like BTF are wrought to attract, the energy in the room was palpable.

They opened with “Decayer”, the first track from their latest studio release, To Those Left Behind. They continued with four other tracks from this album as well as crowd favourites “Hollow Bodies”, “Youngbloods”, “Oathbreaker”, “40 Days…”, “Exodus” and a personal favourite “2.0”. They closed their set with “You Wear A Crown But You’re No King” and encored with the aptly titled “Hey Baby, Here’s That Song You Wanted”, sent out to Warth for his birthday. As with most bands of the metalcore genre, the song structure and dramatic climax of each tune are very similar, and borderline formulaic. That is not to belittle the fact that each band member played like it was part of their inherent being and ultimately gave the crowd a flawlessly executed show.  I need to throw my support in to Warth who not only owned his bass, but dirtied vocals like it was no one’s business.  I could listen to him scream all set.  

Bokan called out to the crowd throughout and caught my attention when he asked everyone to forget the bullshit they dealt with before the show and the bullshit they’d have to deal with after the show and just be there, with BTF, in the moment. That was one of the reasons why I gravitated to metal: for its ability to remove me from the daily headache and just be present on another plane, where it all just melts away.  And for 90ish minutes that night, everyone melted away.

I find Blessthefall drops somewhere between Black Veil Brides, Escape the Fate, Motionless In White, Falling In Reverse, and Bring Me The Horizon. While boasting a sharper edge and slightly less whiny vocals, they creep closer to BMTH and MIW than the others.  But if you like typical metalcore sound with a very positive (yet veiled) message, you’ll be happy to let yourself go and Blessthefall.