Friday, March 1, 2013

Live review: Every Time I Die, Amos' Southend (2/28/2013)

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Every Time I Die, Acacia Strain
Amos' Southend
Feb. 28, 2013

Surging and rippling like a tidal wave onstage, Every Time I Die brought its punishing sonic assault to Amos' Southend on Feb. 28. Guitarist Jordan Buckley was the band's energetic focus, slinging himself across the stage and attacking his guitar with barely contained ferocity. Bassist Stephen Micciche was all sweat and hair, a constant blur rivaling Buckley for piss and vinegar. The pair refused to be still, a constant whirlwind in the midst of the barely contained violence of the venue.

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.

The only break in the band's set came when one of their guitar techs got into a fight with the bouncers. Shirtless, tattooed, muscular men are always menacing, and this stagehand was no different as he wielded Keith Buckley's microphone stand like a spear against his enemies.

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.

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