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August Burns Red, Born Of Osiris And Erra At The Fort Lauderdale Revolution

It's always good to step out of your comfort zone. Whether it be trying new food, visiting another country, or in this case, checking out a different style of music than normal, it doesn't hurt to do something unfamiliar. On this occasion, I decided to make use of my last night in the United States to check out the Revolution venue in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and witness a show headlined by August Burns Red.

Having unfortunately arrived too late to catch Australian openers Ocean Grove, it was Birmingham, Alabama natives Erra who were first up for this reporter. Being unfamiliar with their catalogue, or indeed any of the catalogues on the bill, I can see only comment on the performances themselves. Erra are certainly one of the more interesting bands on the metalcore spectrum, possessing a progressive and slightly left field sound, most notably their open use of keyboards. The crowd reacted well from the beginning to end and many were well versed in their repotoir, with some songs receiving substantially bigger responses than others. All in all, a very good performance from a group with more to offer than many other bands in their field.

Up next, Illinois natives Born Of Osiris. This is a band very much for fans of the more modern take on technical death metal than veterans like Cynic and in a live setting, they probably won't win over anyone else. Fortunately, this was a lineup and a crowd very much in their favour and they went down a treat, with the excited and energetic American crowd fully behind them from the get go. Mosh pits were in large supply from the first song to the last and despite the rather average stage banter (I've not made any secret of my weariness for both being told to "come on," followed immediately by being called "motherfucker,") though the crowd did just that. While unlikely to win over newcomers, they give fans exactly what they want, which can never be criticised.

Finally, we come to the evening's headline act, Pennsylvania's, August Burns Red. The one thing that stuck out to me was the placement of coffee table sized platforms at the front of the stage, which the band stepped on throughout to showcase the usual metalcore poses. By no means is the last part of that sentence to be construed as an insult, as ABR are clearly passionate about what they do. Promoting their new album, "Phantom Anthem, " the band performed a good mix of material, though the older material clearly went down smoother than their recent output, though the single, "Frost" was well received. Again, for those who aren't keen on the metalcore genre, August Burns Red are unlikely to win any converts, perhaps evidenced by the busy smoking section, but fans appeared to leave happy and, as also said before, one can't ask for more than that.

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.

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