The Divinity Of Purpose tour hit Flagstaff, Arizona and metalheads came out in hordes from all over the state.
The intimate little Orpheum Theater was packed with a frantic and almost bipolar energy as diehard fans got to witness a very interesting lineup of bands.
A suitable name for such an unusual metal band. The Contortionist played a very ambient and progressive type of death metal with a front man who is far more concerned with musical quality over showmanship. They sounded great but seemed to be just a little too mellow and far out for the anxious fans of the next act..
As always when Dying Fetus hits the stage, huge violent pits errupt from all around. The place went completely crazy as the trio pummeled through an amazing setlist filled with mandatory mosh favorites like ‘Homicidal Retribution’ and ‘Schematics’ plus ‘Invert The Idols’ and ‘Subjected To A Beating’ from their latest release, the great ‘Reign Supreme’. It was death metal greatness and it ended all too quickly.
The charismatic and insanely dreadlocked vocalist Brian Fair was definitely one of the highlights of the night. He really does seem like a great guy, very interactive with the fans, getting everyone hyped with his chatter between songs like ‘Divide And Conquer’ and then shaking hands with half the audience after the set.
Giving us their all with an impressive show, if anyone out there was not already a fan of Shadows Fall, that performance won them over.
It was obvious that some fans had been waiting all night for Hatebreed to finally step on stage. After the first chord one of the most painful moshpits I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing in such a small place broke out instantly.
Jamey Jasta’s usual banter with the crowd was cut to a minimum here as he seemed intent on only one thing; tearing the place to shreds. They did not disappoint. The Orpheum went wild as Hatebreed executed brilliantly, playing brand new songs from ‘The Divinity Of Purpose’ like ‘Put It To The Torch’ and ‘Honor Never Dies’. They closed with ‘Destroy Everything’ and left fans bruised and smiling.
It was fun as hell. All of the bands delivered a show that should not to be missed by any metal fan.
Here are some of the pictures we took at the show