One of the best metal tour packages of the fall concert season is the Trivium – DevilDriver tour. Recently, Sylosis was forced to pull off the tour due to a serious tour bus accident, but Trivium, DevilDriver, and up and coming metal act After the Burial have soldiered on, putting on one of the best shows of the season every night. The tour made its way to Boston’s House of Blues last Saturday night, and it was a memorable night for more than one reason.
Minnesota metallers After the Burial kicked things off on the night, with a high energy performance that would set the tone for the night. Vocalist Anthony Notarmaso showed a great stage presence using the House of Blues stage as his own. His growling vocals were the exact tipping point the Boston crowd needed to wake them up and get going for this night of high energy metal. Lead guitarist Trent Hafdahl put on an incredible shredding display throughout the set as well, commanding his guitar with great precision, and laying the groundwork for the band’s tight sound.
DevilDriver took to the stage shortly following After the Burial. The band’s set was loud, pounding, and mosh inciting from the opening notes. The popular “I Could Care Less” got the crowd excited and moving around in the pit early on. DevilDriver’s set came to a screeching halt however, when a fan was injured during their performance of “Before the Hangman’s Noose.” A fan went down in the mosh pit, with a nasty broken ankle that prevented him from even being able to limp out. DevilDriver frontman Dez Fafara initially tried to continue the set playing “Oath of the Abyss” with the house lights on and instructing fans to give the injured fan room to get up. However by the time the song was finished, it was clear that the injured fan was not getting up. Fafara made the very respectable decision to pull his band off the stage and allow for medical care to be administered to the fan. EMT’s pulled up shortly, and carried the fan out on a stretcher, to the rousing applause of the metal fans at House of Blues. DevilDriver continued their set without missing a beat, they were asked to cut their set due to the delay, but Fafara explicitly refused to cut even one song from the set.
The heavy, fast paced song “The Appetite” opened things up after the brief “intermission” and fans wasted no time in starting the mosh pit right back up. Later in their set, DevilDriver brought out an interesting cover choice, playing a metal version of the popular song “Sail” by Awolnation. After mixing classic DevilDriver songs, and new songs from the outstanding release “Winter Kills,” DevilDriver finished their set off with “Meet the Wretched,” one of the band’s signature tunes. The energy level was through the roof in the pit for the set closing song as the band made a real statement about their sound, and power to energize a crowd.
Finally Trivium took the stage after having to push back their set following the delay during DevilDriver’s set. Opening with “Throes of Perdition” off their smash hit 2008 album “Shogun” was a spectacular choice that got even the most casual Trivium fan excited for what was coming for the rest of the night. With two of the band’s 11 songs coming off the new release “Vengeance Falls” fans got a chance to preview a little bit of the new album and new sound with it. The last two songs of Trivium’s set were perhaps the best. The new classic “In Waves from their 2011 release of the same name, was loud, heavy, and fast. Everything you want to hear out of a metal band during a live show.
Of course the extremely heavy “Pull Harder on the Strings of your Martyr” closed the night out on a high energy, roof bringing down, note. One of the heavier songs in modern metal was met as expected, with powerful energy to end the night getting out every ounce of energy that was remaining.