Underoath, Spiritbox, Bad Omens and Stray From The Path Take over The Van Buren

Hailing from various states around the United States and from Canada; Underoath, Spiritbox, Bad Omens and Stray From the Path joined forces to go on tour. Starting in Texas they made their way to The Van Buren in Phoenix, Arizona.

The line wrapped around The Van Buren, to Ziggy’s Magic Pizza Shop and halfway down the block, everyone buzzing with excitement to see the show and have an amazing experience. The first band to kick off the nights line up was Stray From The Path. Stray From The Path is a combination of hardcore, metalcore and rapcore. The show at The Van Buren is Stray From The Path’s first performance of this tour, since being added to the lineup. The minute they hit the stage their energy was contagious! Andrew Dijoria, the vocalist, commands the stage. Keeping the crowd entertained he moves all over the stage. A real treat in this set was when they decided to play their newest single “Guillotine” for its live debut. They ended their set with “First World Problem Child” off their 2015 album Subliminal Criminals.

The second band to hit the stage was none other than Richmond, Virginia’s own metalcore band Bad Omens. Bad Omen’s has a unique stage presence, during their shows they usually use minimal single colored lighting. It was no surprise that this trend continues. From blue, to black, to red and white, their light show compliments their music immensely. Bad Omens opened up with “THE DEATH OF PEACE OF MIND”. Once the first song ends the stage goes black. Waiting in suspense, the crowd wonders what is to come next.  The next song “ARTIFICIAL SCUIDE” starts and the lights start to come back on, front man Noah Sebastian is dawning a black ski mask and glove. The rest of the show went off without a hitch. Sebastian was able to connect with the crowd through the emotions and meanings behind his lyrics.

As the house lights and music came on, you could feel the excitement, anticipation and happiness from the audience as they wait for the third band to come to the stage. Traveling all the way from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Spiritbox takes the stage as the house lights dim and the stage lights come on. Spiritbox is a progressive metal and metalcore band that erupted into the scene in 2010. The crowd begins to scream and jump with excitement! Starting their set off with their 2009 single “Rules of Nines”. From there they go into “Circle With Me” from their newest album Eternal Blue, released in 2021. Their third song is what really brought the crowd together, “Blessed Be” a single they released in 2020. The crowd begins to sing the lyrics in unison, following Courtney LaPlante’s lead. LaPlante is the perfect embodiment of stage presence. She engages with all sides of the stage, moving back and forth, dancing and communicating with the crowd. They ended their set with “Eternal blue” off their album Eternal Blue.

The last and final band to hit the stage is none other than the headliner, Underoath from Tampa, Florida. Underoath is a metalcore, scremo and post-hardcore band. The minute they took the stage, the energy in the room changed. The crowd was waiting with excitement, happiness and eagerness to get the ball rolling. The minute the house lights went dim, the stage lights came on and the music started, the audience erupted! The band took command of the stage, utilizing every single part of it, moving around and engaging all areas of the audience. After the first five songs, front man Dallas Taylor engages with the crowd, asking Arizona how they’re doing and if they can play an old song for them. The next song they played was “On A Sunday”. Underoath played a couple more songs after that and then engaged with the crowd again. “We got two more songs for you. We’ll play an old one. I’m having a great time, you’re my favorite stop for far but it only depends on what you do next. Our next is a “A Boy Brushed Red Living in Black and White” Taylor announces to the audience. The minute he says this the crowd erupts into excitement; it was the ultimate invitation they were looking for. The minute the music starts the mosh pit gets bigger and people start crowd surfing! The final song they play is “Pneumonia” off their latest album Voyeurist released in February of 2022. Once the song is over the stage lights dim and Underoath leaves the stage, but the crowd was not ready for the night to end. They began to chant in unison “One more! One More!”.  Not even a few minutes later Underoath returns to the stage, letting the crowd know they will play two more encore songs. They first play another song, “Thorn”, off their newest album, Voyeurist. Once the song ends, the real magic happens and respect is gained or kept by the audience.  Taylor noticed a girl got hurt in the most pit. He stops the show, asks for the house lights to come, and calls for help while giving the injured girl a bottle of water. As he’s waiting for help to arrive, he asks the rest of the audience if they’re okay. Once he sees help is on the way he asks the people on the floor to his right to create a path to let the girl get out quickly and safely. Once she is taken off the floor, he thanks the crowd for creating a path and then he states “Give her a big round of applause! We all like to mosh but we can look after each other! This is for real our last song. Phoenix, Arizona you have been incredible! This song is called “Writing on the Walls”. With the tragic loss that happened at Star World Festival, it is amazing to witness the kindness of an artist, helping one of their fans in a time of need.

The tour is not over yet! You can purchase tickets here for any of the upcoming show dates:

FEB 28, 2022

SHOWBOX SODO
SEATTLE, WA
SOLD OUT

MAR 1, 2022

ROSELAND THEATER
PORTLAND, OR

MAR 2, 2022

KNITTING FACTORY
SPOKANE, WA

MAR 4, 2022

THE COMPLEX
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

MAR 5, 2022

OGDEN THEATRE
DENVER, CO
SOLD OUT

MAR 7, 2022

THE FILLMORE MINNEAPOLIS
MINNEAPOLIS, MN

MAR 8, 2022

RADIUS
CHICAGO, IL

MAR 9, 2022

THE FILLMORE
DETROIT, MI

MAR 11, 2022

HISTORY
TORONTO, ON

MAR 12, 2022

AGORA
CLEVELAND, OH

MAR 13, 2022

THE DOME AT TOYOTA OAKDALE THEATRE
WALLINGFORD, CT

MAR 14, 2022

HOUSE OF BLUES BOSTON
BOSTON, MA

MAR 15, 2022

STAGE AE
PITTSBURGH, PA

MAR 17, 2022

BROOKLYN STEEL
BROOKLYN, NY

MAR 18, 2022

THE FILLMORE SILVER SPRING
SILVER SPRING, MD

MAR 19, 2022

THE FILLMORE PHILADELPHIA
PHILADELPHIA, PA

MAR 20, 2022

STARLAND BALLROOM
SAYREVILLE, NJ

MAR 22, 2022

ANDREW J BRADY ICON MUSIC CENTER
CINCINNATI, OH

MAR 23, 2022

THE FILLMORE CHARLOTTE
CHARLOTTE, NC

MAR 25, 2022

TABERNACLE
ATLANTA, GA

MAR 26, 2022

JANNUS LIVE
ST.PETERSBURG, FL
SOLD OUT

MAR 27, 2022

JANNUS LIVE
ST.PETERSBURG, FL

OCT 9, 2022

DISCOVERY PARK
SACRAMENTO, CA

NOV 8, 2022 – NOV 12, 2022

EMO’S NOT DEAD CRUISE
LOS ANGELES, CA

 

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