Metal fans packed The Fillmore in Charlotte, NC for an emotional night as Beartooth’s Disease tour stopped in the city. With the headliner bringing along Sylar and Knocked Loose on this tour the crowed was instore for some pretty awesome performances.
The first band to hit the stage was rising New York Nu Metal outfit, Sylar. I interviewed these guys as they were making through rounds a few years back at Carolina Rebellion and I have been looking forward to the opportunity to see them again, since I missed their performance back then. As soon as the band hit the stage they delivered the perfect energy to help hype the crowd up, despite some mic issues during the first song, the band continued to deliver their performance without missing a beat. That just goes to show that the guys in Sylar are comfortable on stage, not pausing their performance because of issues out of their control, it just proved that this band can work through just about anything that comes their way.
After the stage was cleared, the main support for the night, Knocked Loose took their places. The band seized the energy that Sylar had established in the venue and built upon it. From the moment they hit the stage to the moment they walked off of it they we energized, feeding off the energy that the crowd was giving the band. It was clear that everyone in attendance was there to enjoy themselves from the insane amount of crowd surfers making their way to the front of the stage to the massive circle pits that broke out in the heart of the floor. All members of the band on stage encouraged people to push the energy higher and higher, helping to hype them up as much as possible for the headliner.
Beartooth were not allowing photography during their set, which explains for the lack of images from the headliner, but man do I wish they would have let us have our 3 songs. The band brought a dazzling light display with them on this tour, making the show just as much of an experience than anything else. With their set list focusing mostly on their new music, the band looked refreshed and new as they delivered to the fans. The most emotional moment of the night came when front man, Caleb Shomo spoke to the crowd about his struggles with his mental health and plead to fans in attendance to continue to fight their battles. This very personal moment lead many fans to shed tears as he shared his journey before breaking into the band’s song “Disease”. After this very powerful moment the band finished their set off with tons of energy helping the crowd to forget about their struggles through the rest of the show.
Overall, I think this is one of those shows that you really need to attend, the roller-coaster of emotions mixed with the amazing energy that these bands deliver is worth the price of admission, I can say that because I actually bought a ticket to this one. The tour goes on through November 17th, ending in Columbus, OH; so there is still plenty of opportunities to catch this one in person.