Tuesday, April 8th, I lined up with the enormous crowd down 8th street to attend The Knitting Factory’s killer show featuring none other than Asking Alexandria. The sold out show, in total, featured five bands in the pounding styles of metalcore, a fusion genre of extreme head banging metal mixed with hardcore punk.
The show opened with the hard-driven melodies of Born of Osiris performing some of their latest work off of their album Tomorrow We Die Alive. These guys got the blood pumping in the place and made for a great start to the evening.
Keeping the crowd excited and ready to go, Crown the Empire, a fairly new band from Dallas, Texas brought their own fiery style onto the stage that night. With only one album out (The Fallout), I found their style surprisingly melodic with interesting grooves likewise.
Third in the lineup for the night, We Came As Romans, used a sing-along style to portray their latest production of ‘Tracing Back Roots’. This group of musicians from Michigan have a hard-hitting vibe that anyone can appreciate. They kept the crowd up on their feet and ready for what was next.
The fourth band of the evening, August Burns Red, shocked the crowds with hardcore hooks and breaks layered between powerful rhythms. The band is an American Christian metalcore group from Manheim, Pennsylvania. They definitely have a distinct flair with their latest album Rescue and Restore.
Last but not least, to end the night off, the crowd exploded with the headliner, Asking Alexandria. This English band from York, North Yorkshire had the venue packed wall to wall. The band ended the night with some fan favorites as well as songs from their album From Death to Destiny.
All these bands can hold their own, as talented musicians and artists, and show a devoted following here in the Treasure Valley. All I can say is, Thank you for putting on an amazing show in Boise!