LIVE SHOW REVIEW: The Frozen Flame Tour Featuring August Burns Red and Miss May I

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: The Frozen Flame Tour Featuring August Burns Red and Miss May I

Unless you have been living under a rock you knew that Monday night at The Showbox, across the street from Pikes Place in downtown Seattle, was the place to go for a night of moshing, crowdsurfing and head banging … Oh and of course Killer Music. There were five bands on the Frozen Flame Tour all of whom were amazing, but there were three that stood out from the rest.

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Northlane, one of my favorite bands of the night came from way down under. All the way from Sydney Australia the guys from Northlane came to throw down Aussie style here in Seattle. They combined a great blend of atmospheric melodies with heavily distorted guitars throughout their songs. Northlane frontman, Marcus Bridge, had complete  control of the sold-out crowd.

Bridge was able to go from his distinctive and powerful primal growl to a very hypnotic almost soothing voice that blended perfectly with the more atmospheric parts of the songs. “Quantum flux”, was the best song of their 30 or so minute facemelting set. The song not only put on full display the vocal range and capabilities of Bridge but also the potential for this band as they continue making music. Northlane is without doubt one of these hard working bands that only get better as the time passes by. I highly recommend their album Singularity, best song is, “Aspire.”

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Hailing from Ohio, Miss May I has been a solid fixture in the metalcore/trash metal scene for years. With the release of “Rise Of The Lion” Miss May I have found that coveted space between old school metal and a new era of metalcore that reaches an ever growing and more diverse fanbase. They are one of the best bands I have seen when it comes to getting a crowd fired up and ready to mosh.

They opened with a killer, face melting live rendition of “Hey Mister” and two songs later went right into “Masses of a Dying Breed”  and “Gone”. By the time “Gone” came and went the entire sold-out crowd was formed into the metal mayhem known as the circle pit. They ended their set with clearly their best song of the night, “Relentless Chaos.” This song started off with thunderous guitar riffs combined with a distorted bass that went right into the vicious growls of, Levi Benton, the lead singer. This band not only proved they belong among the best metal bands today but also some of the best for the past several years.

August Burns Red took the Showbox stage to a thunderous roar from the hundreds of Seattle metal maniacs. When August Burns Red takes the stage you know it’s going to be a long night of heavy, hard-hitting, in your face metal music.

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They are fronted by, Jake Luhrs, who sings with this menacing intensity in his eyes as he bounces around the stage and perches over the crowd. The lead guitar player, JB Brubaker, absolutely slayed the six string incorperating a combination of styles that varied from hardcore to very ambient in tone. The song “Provision”  ignited the already hyped up crowd and as the band roared through their high octane set the Showbox floor almost seemed if it was going to give way as it bounced and bowed with the movement of the sold-out crowd.

They executed their entire set with flawless precision and an unbelievable amount of energy. The set transitioned brilliantly as “Marianas trench” landed mid setlist. The live rendition combined a beautiful guitar intro that exploded into a heavy verse for the rest of the song which made the crowd, again, shake the entire floor of The Showbox. They did an encore, with the best song of the night, “Empire,” which had the entire crowd moshing with a fury.

This was a night dedicated to metal heads and was one not to miss in Seattle even if it was on a Monday night. You can check out the rest of the tour dates HERE




Christian Hamilton

Christian Hamilton

Christian is the founder and Editor of Rock Paper Rock as well as a freelance concert and event photographer serving the Pacific Northwest and Beyond. He is a certified member of the PPA and Gold Level member of the CPS. He has recently began working with Mental Itch Records and has launched his own Photography website.

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