Deep Ellum's Factory wasn't just a venue; it was a metalcore arena on the night August Burns Red brought their "Rescue and Restore" 10 Year Anniversary Tour to town. The stage was set for a headbanging journey through time, featuring an eclectic lineup that included Crystal Lake, Brand of Sacrifice, and Spite.
Crystal Lake stormed the stage with the force of a sonic hurricane. Hailing all the way from Japan, these metalcore maestros wasted no time in asserting their dominance. "Apollo," a track known for its explosive energy and intricate guitar riffs, kicked off the set. The crowd, initially a mix of curious onlookers and die-hard fans, was immediately sucked into Crystal Lake's magnetic performance. The intensity of their sound was matched only by the passion in their delivery, leaving an indelible mark on the audience.
Brand of Sacrifice picked up the baton, thrusting the night into a dimension of technical brilliance and bone-rattling breakdowns. "Altered Eyes," a fan-favorite showcasing their ability to seamlessly blend aggression with precision, had the crowd in a frenzy. The mosh pits swirled like mini-tornadoes, a testament to the band's ability to whip the audience into a frenzy. Brand of Sacrifice's set was a visceral experience, leaving no doubt that they were a force to be reckoned with in the metal scene.
Spite, living up to their name, took the stage with an unapologetic ferocity that bordered on chaos. Darius Tehrani's guttural vocals and the relentless barrage of instrumentals made it clear that this was not a band to be taken lightly. As the crowd braced for impact, Spite unleashed "The Offering," a track that encapsulates their no-holds-barred approach. The venue became a battleground of musical aggression, and Spite emerged victorious, leaving the audience in awe of their unbridled intensity.
Then came the moment everyone had been waiting for—the main event, August Burns Red. The atmosphere was charged with nostalgia and excitement as the band took the stage to commemorate the ten-year anniversary of their seminal album, "Rescue and Restore." The venue erupted into a cacophony of cheers and applause, a testament to the enduring impact of the album.
From the first note of "Provision," it was evident that August Burns Red had not lost a shred of the passion that fueled the original release. The crowd, a diverse mix of long-time fans and newcomers alike, reveled in the band's tight musicianship and Jake Luhrs' signature vocals. The intricate guitar melodies of JB Brubaker and Brent Rambler intertwined seamlessly, creating a sonic tapestry that enveloped the venue.
As they delved into the album, each track felt like a time capsule, transporting the audience back to the moment they first heard "Rescue and Restore." The melodic intricacies of "Spirit Breaker" and the unbridled energy of "Count It All as Lost" resonated with a timeless power. Luhrs' heartfelt interludes between songs added a personal touch, connecting the band with the audience on a deeper level.
The night culminated with an encore that left the crowd both exhausted and exhilarated. As the encore unfolded, an instrumental metalcore rendition of "Carol of the Bells" rang out, blending holiday cheer with the unrelenting energy of the evening. A precursor to their soon two day show "Christmas Burns Red".
August Burns Red showcased not only their musical prowess but also their unwavering commitment to their fanbase. As the final chords of "White Washed" reverberated through the venue, it was clear that this anniversary tour was more than a celebration of an album—it was a testament to the enduring spirit of a band that has weathered a decade of musical evolution and cultural shifts.
In the heart of Deep Ellum, August Burns Red's "Rescue and Restore" 10 Year Anniversary Tour became a cathartic journey through time, reminding us all that some albums are not just collections of songs; they are milestones that shape our musical landscapes and, in this case, our lives.
Below are the remaining dates for the Rescue and Restore 10 year Tour as well as August Burns Red. I highly encourage making it out to a show!