GIG REVIEW: ALL THAT REMAINS – ‘The Order Of Things’ Tour Live at Rams Head Live, Baltimore
Dawn 'Mama Love' Brown
A perfect show: many factors go into deciding if a show is just so-so, or if it can be considered perfect. All That Remains, Devour the Day, Audiotopsy and Sons of Texas at Rams Head Live in Baltimore, MD came pretty damn close to being a perfect show.
Pretty much every local show I’ve ever seen, save for huge tours at huge venues, always have a few local openers to start the festivities. I’m usually pretty receptive to seeing the local players as I like having an opportunity to see and hear more local music. However, this does add some amount of chaos to the mix, causes shorter sets, adds significant time to the length of the overall show and will wipe out the average audience member before the headliner even hits the stage. Then you have a show like this; \early start time, four bands total, good set lengths and an early close. Perfect (or am I just old?)
My age notwithstanding, Sons of Texas started out hitting the stage at precisely 6:30 p.m. Supporting their debut album, ‘Baptized In the Rio Grande’, Sons of Texas rocked out with a southern-inspired groove with an unhinged metal edge. They were eager to make a good impression and did so with relative ease.
Up next was Audiotopsy featuring former members of both Mudvayne and Hellyeah. Greg Tribbett tore up the guitar in a top hat and steampunk goggles, backed up creatively by Perry Stern on bass and Matthew McDonough (Mudvayne) on drums. Billy Keaton‘s (Skrape) vocals rounded out the quartet, dubbed as a supergroup culling from the members’ respective backgrounds. They enjoyed a nicely timed set and a great crowd response. The pit was much less violent than at other shows we’d seen recently, and had to be instigated by the guys on stage a few times. But still, it was a virtual holiday basket of cheer for all in attendance.
Devour the Day hit next, a four-piece consisting of former members of defunct alternative metal band Egypt Central. Opening with “Respect”, Devour the Day dominated the stage with a strong and energetic presence. With only one studio album under their belts to this point, their setlist was a good sampling of that album. “Handshakes to Fistfights” and “Reckless” got great crowd reactions, and a weak pit ensued for a few minutes. The band closed out with “Good Man” which is probably the closest they come to a ballad. It seemed like an odd song to close with, but it was still a solid performance.
Closing out the night was All That Remains, another four-man outfit out of Massachusetts. Opening with “Tremble”, “For We Are Man” and “Stand Up” in rapid succession, All That Remains wowed the crowd with Philip LaBonte‘s vocals cutting through the room after they got the volume adjusted correctly. With LaBonte and lead guitarist Oli Herbert being the two original members of the band, they seem to meld successfully with Mike Martin on rhythm guitar, Jason Costa (Diecast) on drums, and Aaron Patrick, who recently replaced Jeanne Sagan on bass, delivering clean and complicated base lines. The setlist boasted songs from the new album, like “This Probably Won’t End Well”, “Victory Lap” and “No Knock”, to older favorites like “Six”, “Hold On” and “Darkened”.
Bottom Line: Closing out with “Two Weeks”, All That Remains was just one of those bands that can mix clean and rough vocals and make it work, especially live. They had a great stage presence in this gig, were engaging with the fans, and just put on an overall great show.