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March into Madness with Ice Nine Kills and From Ashes to New

Ice Nine Kills and From Ashes to New March Into Madness

Co-headliners Ice Nine Kills and From Ashes to New brought their March Into Madness tour to the South Carolina Upstate on Friday. Along with supporting acts Hawk, Afterlife, and Palisades they took over the mid-sized venue, The Firmament, for the evening. A 7 PM start combined with a lengthy drive through Friday rush hour meant I had to make an early start to arrive on time. Was it worth it? *Spoiler alert* It was.

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Leading off was Hawk, a Pennsylvania metalcore outfit formerly known as This or The Apocalypse. There was a good crowd right from the start and singer Ricky Armellino wasted no time vaulting over the barricade and into the crowd. The moshing was going early and would continue for most of the evening. It was a short, but enthusiastic set.

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Next was Afterlife. I probably overuse energetic as an adjective when describing shows, but it applies here. A very aggressive, industrial metal sound combined with terrific stage presence is always a winner in my book. “Vicious Cycle” was a real standout. This is a band I’ll be paying more attention to in the future.

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Palisades brought a different vibe, more introspective. They’re certainly capable of a heavy sound, but it’s interspersed with some quieter, reflective passages, a nice blend of elements.

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I’ll confess that rap metal is a genre I don’t usually listen to very much, but From Ashes to New may have won me over on the style. The combination of rapped, clean, and unclean vocals from vocalists Matt Brandyberry and Danny Case over a shredding guitar and pounding drums, well, it just works. All the different elements at play, rap, hip-hop, pop, rock, and metal combine in a cohesive whole.

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If you’re not familiar with Ice Nine Kills, know that they were removed from an upcoming show at Disney owned House of Blues in Orlando, FL for their “violent imagery” The band’s response? They designed a line of merch featuring Disney characters reimagined as classic horror icons.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street, Jaws, IT, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre are just some of the horror franchises that inspire their look and music. But no one seems to take it too seriously, as the crowd lustily sang along with the Jason Voorhees tribute, “Thank God It’s Friday.”  It’s just good, clean if somewhat blood-soaked fun.

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Overall it was a nice mix of styles on one bill and a good value for a night’s entertainment. The tour is ongoing throughout the spring, so don’t miss out!

See full gallery of the night!

Catch this tour:

APR15
Mon 6 PM CDT947 guests
Dallas, TX
APR20
Sat 6 PM PDT1,210 guests
Las Vegas, NV
APR21
Sun 7 PM MST1,634 guests
Phoenix, AZ
APR23
Tue 6 PM CDT1,004 guests
San Antonio, TX
APR24
Wed 6 PM CDT983 guests
APR28
Sun 7 PM1,204 guests
Atlanta, GA
APR29
Mon 7 PMShared to Carolina Headbangers
Charlotte, NC
MAY1
Wed 7 PM875 guests
Silver Spring, MD
MAY3
Fri 6 PM1,311 guests
Sayreville, NJ
MAY4
Worcester, MA
MAY5
New York, NY
MAY7
Tue 7 PM880 guests
Philadelphia, PA
MAY8
Wed 7 PM1,903 guests
Norfolk, VA
MAY11
Cleveland, OH
MAY12
Sun 4:30 PM CDTEvan J. Thomas is going
MAY14
Tue 8 PM MDT1,878 guests
Denver, CO
MAY15
Wed 6 PM MDT2,544 guests
Salt Lake City, UT
MAY18
Sat 7 PM PDT1,341 guests
Portland, OR
MAY19
Sun 7 PM PDT1,104 guests
Seattle, WA
MAY19
Sun 7 PM PDT1,191 guests
MAY22
Wed 6 PM PDT401 guests
Sacramento, CA
MAY24
Fri 6 PM PDT821 guests
Los Angeles, CA

www.firmamentgvl.com
www.hawkdotcom.com
www.afterlifeofficial.com
http://wearepalisades.com
www.fromashestonew.com
https://iceninekills.com

Once an aspiring male model, Kevin quickly realized he had a face that was better suited to being behind the camera. When he's not at a concert, he can often be found at sci-fi conventions or preparing for the coming zombie apocalypse.

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