w/ Wage War, Assuming We Survive, Villain of The Story & The Path Less Travelled
March 13, 2017
Marquee Beer Market & Stage
Photos and review courtesy of J. Dirom Photography
It was the final Canadian date, before the tour continued in the US, and quickly followed by Australian dates. I Prevail have by all accounts been on a tour that has been selling out at virtually every stop, and will continue to do so. The night was a stacked bill with support from Wage War, Assuming We Survive, Villain of the Story, and The Path Less Traveled.
The Path Less Traveled kicked the night into gear. The Calgary based group was fast and on point, playing songs from their past albums, their latest song “Home”, as well as new material in “The Devil That You Know.” By the end of their set the crowd was singing along with their arms in the air. A solid, high energy, sonic performance.
Villain of the Story, a post hardcore group, based out of Minneapolis took to the stage next. Logan Bartholomew (donning a Canada shirt), and Christian Grey, both delivered solid vocals whipping the crowd into a frenzy. The band saw the crowd come alive during “A Life Worth Living”, as surfers started appearing from the floor. Simply on point.
Assuming We Survive was not to be outdone. Adrian Estrella was almost instantly in the crowd. Grabbing a fan’s glasses to wear on stage, followed by taking fan’s phone for a selfie looking back on the crowd, and then later returning to serenade few female fans that were up at the barrier. The band from Southern California, put on a highly charismatic performance, and were the standout in many ways for the night.
Wage War built on the intensity of the night, as the metalcore band from Ocala, Florida took no prisoners. As the band played through “Alive”, “Enemy”, and “Basic Hate” the crowd could be seen bobbing in unison, hanging on the pairing of relentless aggressive vocals, and soaring choruses.
I Prevail was the final performance of the night, and the last for Canada. Chants of “I Prevail” started to build as the crowd anxiously awaited the Southfield, Michigan, metalcore band to take the stage. The band lead with “Come and Get It”, and the crowd erupted, and the crowd surfing became. Bodies tumbled over the barrier, and the intensity only grew as the set continued. No surprise as the band put on a solid performance.
Setlist for I Prevail:
Come and Get It
Love, Lust & Liars
Stuck In Your Head
Pull the Plug
Blank Space (Taylor Swift)
Face Your Demons
Worst Part of Me