Despite the chaos on the floor momentarily halting my enjoyment, each band brought their top game to the table. With the exception of Whitechapel, I thoroughly enjoyed each band. Dirge Within opened the night and killed it! I ended up bumping into Jerms, their lead singer, during Whitechapel’s set, and he was very down-to-earth. One of Dirge’s guitarists, Shaun Glass, actually gave my friend who also plays guitar a pick.
Whitechapel were just horrendous in my opinion. Personally, I like some melody in my metal and Whitechapel did not fulfill that priority. They were the definition of noise.
While we were talking to the Dirge Within guys, Chimaira took the stage. They threw a great show and proved why they belonged in the direct support slot for this tour.
It was finally time for Trivium at about 10:30 PM. They definitely brought their top game. Although Travis was not behind the drumset, the fill-in definitely showed his potential and hit every beat exactly how it was supposed to be done. Matt and Corey really connected with the fans. Paolo didn’t seem to be having as much fun as his fellow bandmates. Matt actually walked off-stage and right by me during one of the songs, still shredding on his guitar. There were no sound problems or anything with Trivium. I would give them a solid 10 on a scale of 1-10 due to the quality of their performance, their ability to really connect with the fans, and their overall respect for their fans. Matt and Corey actually kept looking my way. I smirked at Matt and as everyone knows, if someone smiles at you, you cannot help but return a smile. That is exactly what he did. Corey actually looked our way and stuck his tongue out when we cheered for him.
This concert was a phenomenal experience and as previously mentioned, all of the bands, except for Whitechapel, put on amazing shows. Dirge Within – 8.5/10; Whitechapel – 2/10 (2 because they seemed to fulfill the expectations of their fans); Chimaira – 8/10; Trivium – 10/10.
The following photos were taken by my friend: