Every Time I Die, Acacia Strain
Feb. 28, 2013
Guitarist Andy Williams, reminiscent of a Viking warrior, was more sedate. Content to be the band's pillar, he shredded through the ETID's expansive set. Meanwhile, singer Keith Buckley never disappoints, and though his vocal delivery seemed somewhat lazy on this night, he kept the night's momentum going through sheer panache.
Buckley's singing/screaming dynamic has been done countless times by other metal frontmen, but his delivery has always made him stand out in the homogenous Warped Tour pack. A former English teacher, Buckley's onstage banter and persona have made him a person of note in the "scene." While he lacks the sheer energy of his guitarist younger brother, he makes up for it with his charisma.
Violence at this show wasn't limited to the stage, either, as multiple fights between large men with face tattoos broke out all over the venue. The amount of testosterone in the darkened venue was staggering, as was the number of gauged ears and inferiority complexes.
Opener Acacia Strain makes music that seems designed for violence, all growls and pounding, pulsing noise. Commanding an even larger crowd than the headliner, they pummeled their way through a set of same-sounding songs while their legion of fans beat the shit out of each other.
A good night for mooks, if no one else.