By Brendan Lee
January 19 th , 2018
7PM at the Vogue on a Friday, with the line-up curled around the corner of Granville
and Smithe, the sky split open like a circle-pit. Drenched hoodies and black
umbrellas augmented the texture of a night that started melodic and culminated in
an onslaught of top-tier metalcore.
Aussie blokes, Ocean Grove, broke the stage in around 7:30 and won over a small
crowd with most still stuck in lines at merch-tables. Erra materialized next in a haze
of smokey blue and effortlessly drifted through a set equal parts melody, equal-parts
steel-splitting heaviness. Born of Osiris followed with a 40-minute set that never
slowed, never found a comfortable spot and stayed there.
Moments before August Burns Red arrived, the pit inhaled, became the eye of the
downpour at the doorstep, and with bodies already traumatized we momentarily
rehabilitated, then erupted in flame for an hour-long interminable mosh-pit. ABR
moved through an instrumentally unmatched setlist with black-bearded, black-
toqued, Jake Luhrs, at the helm hitting each catapulting scream. Though
predominantly Phantom Anthem-inspired, the set seemed a heartfelt culmination of
everything the band has achieved in the last 15 years while, at the same time,
evidencing their storm has only just begun.