SEPTEMBER 12th 2015

Review by Lana Muirhead
Photos by Peter Ruttan


Five Finger Death Punch and co-headliner Papa Roach hit the Xfinity Arena in Everett WA with the “Fueled by Monster Energy Tour” and this was one not to be missed!

Having seen many metal concerts here in the the northwest I wasn’t particularly optimistic of how the turnout would be, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was already full for openers From Ashes to New. Hailing from Lancaster, Pennsylvania they have been creating a noise in 2015. The band was formed by vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Matt Brandyberry as a team with vocalist Chris Musser, bassist Garett Russell, drummer Tim D’onofrio (drums), as well a guitarists Dan Kecki and Branden Kreider, the band brought their own brand of Heavy Rock mixed with flavors of nu-metal and rap influences music to the fans in Everett. It was evident that From Ashes to New has an energetic delivery, and a real passion for what they are doing.

Up next was Los Angeles very own In this Moment. I had caught the band last year on the Hellpop 2 Blood tour and knew that Maria Brink and the Blood Girl were going to stun the fans for there full 20 minutes set. In support of there new album released last year named “Black Widow” Maria Brink was in full charge with several wardrobe changes throughout the evening, as well as changes to the stage set the band put forward an excellent show. Maria Brink is a presence on stage to be reckoned with for women in the metal scene. Memorable songs were “Sex Metal Barbie”, “Sick like Me” and “Big Bad Wolf” Closing out the main set with the crowd-favorite ‘Whore‘, Maria Brink came out with a schoolgirl outfit and wearing a hat with the word ‘Whore‘ written on it. I love this band!

Gold and Platinum album selling veterans Papa Roach were next up and had to follow a tough act to follow but  lead by Jacoby Shaddix on lead vocals had the crowd singing and dancing within the end of the first song “First Everything and Rise”. Papa Roach has released some great quality albums, but nothing compares to their live show and this evening they gave us a pure rock and roll show. The band were on stage for 17 hard hitting songs like “Kick in the Teeth”  and Blood Brothers but the one that stood out for me was when Maria Brinks came out to sing “Gravity” with Jacoby. One thing the band has going for it is their ability to keep the show fresh and moreover kept the audience engaged in the songs that they perform. Great job guys! I would recommend you not to miss Papa Roach if they come to your town. Do it!

So the time finally arrived for Five Finger Death Punch with Ivan Moody on vocals, guitarists Zoltan Bathory and Jason Hook plus on bass Chris Kael with Jeremy Spencer on the drums tore into the set with “Lift Me Off”. It is no secret that the majority of the fans tonight wanted to see the vegas based band. When i entered the building the line up at the FFDP merchandise table was pretty long.Th fans know waht they want and they want FFDP! They have a strong fan support in North America and the guys weren't gonna let there fans down. If you have never seen them before live a staple of FFDP shows is Moody’s dedication to the men and women who serve to protect the USA with the song "Bad Company” which for me is very honorable and a treat to witness performing live. Another hi-light is during "White Knuckles," where Moody invites 20 plus kids from the crowd on stage introducing them as "the next generation" to an audience cheer. Fans were also treated to Spencer's drum solo which saw his riser elevate high above the stage as the lights continued pull the crowd into a metal frenzy. FFDP have released new album this year titled “Got Your Six”. I believe this band has a bright long future and seeing them live in front of a packed crowd.