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Terror (Vans Warped Tour) @ Molson Amphitheatre (Toronto, ON) on July 4, 2014

I haven’t seen Terror in nearly 10 years so I was super-pumped when my interviews ended with just enough time for me to hustle to the Monster Energy stage, at Warped Tour’s Toronto stop, to get some awesome shots and see a band I’ve listened to for years. These guys know how to get a crowd going, and they didn’t care much for the signs on each stage that discourage moshing, no one in the audience seemed to care much either as they quickly formed a circle pit.

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The Skinny: I haven’t seen Terror in nearly 10 years so I was super-pumped when my interviews ended with just enough time for me to hustle to the Monster Energy stage, at Warped Tour’s Toronto stop, to get some awesome shots and see a band I’ve listened to for years. These guys know how to get a crowd going, and they didn’t care much for the signs on each stage that discourage moshing, no one in the audience seemed to care much either as they quickly formed a circle pit.

The Gear: Canon 60D, 18-55mm f/3.5

Metal

Fit For a King and The Devil Wears Prada Crush Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom [Photos]

The “Metalcore Dropout Tour” hit Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom and Fit For a King, The Devil Wears Prada, Counterparts and Avoid brought the heat!

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Fit For a King on Feb 15, 2024, photo by Randy Romero
Fit For a King on Feb 15, 2024, photo by Randy Romero

The Commodore Ballroom became a Metalhead Institute the night of February 15th for the “Metalcore Dropout 2nd Semester” tour. The trek, headlined by Fit For a King and The Devil Wears Prada, included supporting acts Counterparts and added Avoid instead of Landmvrks, who were on the first leg of the tour.  

The Vancouverites were hungry for the lights, drums and growls from this lineup, something evident because a large majority of the crowd was at the venue to enjoy the opening act performed by Avoid. The Seattle natives delivered a substantial set that included some of their most popular songs like “Whatever,” “Cowabunga Can’t Take This Away,” and “Hostage at a Beach House Party.”

Counterparts opened their set with “Love Me,” the hit single from their 2019 Album Nothing Left to Love. Throughout the set, they played songs from all their albums, including A Eulogy for Those Still Here, the latest one, the one they played most songs from with a total of five, “07/26/2020,” “Bound to the Burn,” “Unwavering Vow,” “What Mirrors Might Reflect” and “Whispers of Your Death,” which they closed their performance with.

The crowd was euphoric, hands with the sign of the horns were all over the place, there was a huge mosh pit in the middle of the crowd and security had to help the crowd surfers to land safely in front of the stage.

When Fit For a King hit the stage the crowd went nuts, the band started their set with “End (The Other Side)” from their latest album The Hell We Create. The crowd was highly engaged with the band and sang each song word by word. In their set, they included their last single, released about a month ago, “Keeping Secrets,” and other fan favourites like “Breaking the Mirror,” “Vendetta,” “The End’s Beginning,and “When Everything Means Nothing.” They did a total of 14 songs, and if it weren’t for the time, the set would have been much longer.

What can be better than one headliner? Of course, 2. The Devil Wears Prada brought the perfect energy to the stage. Opening their set with “Exhibition” from their latest full-length project Color Decay Deluxe. Continuing with their set, the vocalist Mike Hranica encouraged the crowd surfers to be more active and sang a few of their big hits, including “Salt,” “Reasons,” “Dez Moines,” and “Broken,” closing with “Hey John, what’s your name again?” for a total of 13 songs.

We must highlight that both headliners praised the Vancouver crowd, calling them the best crowd of the entire tour yet and the best in Canada ever.

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Malevolence Dish Out a Metallic Hardcore Beatdown at Liverpool’s O2 Academy [Photos]

Sheffield metallic hardcore crew Malevolence dish out a beautiful beatdown in Liverpool. Check out the photos here…

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Malevolence @ O2 Academy Liverpool by Maryleen Guevera
Malevolence, photo © Maryleen Guevera

Sheffield metallic hardcore maulers Malevolence are certainly making the most of their meteoric rise with the band out on the road undertaking their second headline tour in just over four months. Unsurprisingly, the latest run of shows is playing to packed out venues with the band living up to their reputation as a fearsome live act.

The high-profile tours and festival appearances across the UK and Europe last year, are a far cry from the days of touring around the dives of the UK. Helped by two critically-acclaimed albums, the second album, 2017’s Self Supremacy and the follow-up, 2022’s Malicious Intent (read our review of that album here), Malevolence is rapidly becoming one of the most exciting bands on the UK circuit.

On the latest run of shows, which precede a special guest appearance at Bloodstock Festival this August, the tour rolled into Liverpool and our photographer, Maryleen Guevara, braved the pit to bring back this photo gallery. Before you check out the gallery though, here’s the setlist….

Set List:

1. Malicious Intent
2. Life Sentence
3. Slave to Satisfaction
4. Waste of Myself
5. Karma
6. Severed Ties
7. Higher Place
8. Self Supremacy
9. Remain Unbeaten
10. Still Waters Run Deep
11. Keep Your Distance
12. Serpent’s Chokehold
13. On Broken Glass

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Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull Own Oklahoma City’s Paycom Center [Photos]

Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull brought their “Trilogy Tour” to Oklahoma City’s Paycom Center and the entire venue went loco!

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Ricky Martin on Feb 9, 2024, photo by Patrick Quiring
Ricky Martin on Feb 9, 2024, photo by Patrick Quiring

As long as I can remember, I’ve always known the song “Livin’ La Vida Loca.” It was a hit when I was growing up, and it’s just been always a core memory of sorts. So when I saw that the creator of that song, Ricky Martin, was coming to Oklahoma City, I knew I had to go. Along with him were the iconic Enrique Iglesias and legendary Pitbull, which is the trifecta of Latin artists that are must-sees. Dubbed the “Trilogy Tour,” this trek is one for the record books.

Up first was Pitbull, otherwise known as Mr. Worldwide. I honestly didn’t know what to expect, considering his bigger-than-life persona and his being an opener. That said, I was ready for anything. Before the show started, I heard one of the security people say that it would be a show to remember, so my expectations were sky-high. He did not disappoint. 

He started his set with “Don’t Stop the Party,” which was high energy and even had those huge smoke machines that bellow at smoke in the air. He had everything you’d expect a headliner to have, which included a huge LED screen, backup dancers, and incredible energy.

Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull, and Ricky Martin “The Trilogy Tour” poster

Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull, and Ricky Martin “The Trilogy Tour” poster

Up next was Enrique Iglesias, who honestly was the person I was the most excited to see that night. He brought all of the hits, which included “Be With You,” “Escape,” and slow dance favourite, “Hero.” He brought so much energy to these performances, and you can tell he gave it his all.

Lastly was the one and only Ricky Martin. I wasn’t sure what to expect from him, but he is an incredible performer. He had costume changes, amazing backup dancers, and set pieces. It felt like he gave 110% that night. Being in the music industry for so long, I was shocked at just how much passion he still has for it.

If you get a chance to catch these 3 legendary Latin stars on this tour, then you have to go and check it out. You definitely won’t regret it, and they do put on one hell of a show. Heck, I barely know Spanish, and I had an amazing time, and I’m sure you will too. 

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