Falling In Reverse recently headlined the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion. They are currently on the “Popular Monstour” with friends Ice Nine Kills, Slaughter to Prevail and Crown the Empire.
Crown the Empire opened up the pavilion, and they were amazing. They played an eight-song set and opened up with their new single “Dogma.” During their performance, a fan at the barricade was smoking weed and the vocalist, Andy Leo, zeroed in on them. The fan gave Andy their weed, and Andy snatched it from the stage and smoked it while he went into the song “Superstar.” I saw them a couple of months ago, and it was cool to be able to shoot them again so soon!
Next up was the deathcore band Slaughter to Prevail, who hails from Russia but is now based in Orlando, FL. I have never listened to them before, and after their set, I’m a new fan. I guess I should go check out more deathcore bands after I’m done with this article. They are definitely on the heavier side, and with all the chugs and breakdowns, the crowd wouldn’t stop moving. Slaughter to Prevail incorporates both English and Russian in their lyrics which makes them unique to other bands to which I listen. The members come on stage wearing masks with horns, and most kept their masks on the entire set. They played songs like “Bonebreaker,” “Viking,” and “Demolisher.”
New England’s own horror metalcore band, Ice Nine Kills, was next on the lineup, and they gave a great performance. The stage crew set up the stage with a lot of props before the set started. The band played an 11-song set, opening up with their song “Hip to be Scared.” They added popular songs like “IT is the End,” “American Nightmare,” “The Shower Scene,” “Funeral Derrangements,” and closed with “Welcome to Horrorwood.” There was acting along with blood and gore by special effects at the same time as the songs were playing, which added to the performance.
Last but not least, Falling in Reverse hits the stage. I haven’t seen this band since 2017, and it was good to get out and see them again. I always saw them sell out at the House of Blues in Boston, so it was a new experience to see them almost sell out at a pavilion. The energy frontman Ronnie Radke brings is contagious, and the group always puts on a good show. Falling in Reverse opened up with their song “Zombified.” The band played for about an hour and included their most popular songs, “Fashionably Late,” “The Drug in Me is You,” “Bad Girls Club,” and “I’m Not a Vampire,” along with newer songs.
They also had two cover songs, “All Star” by Smash Mouth, where they had Shrek up in the backdrop and their new cover of the reimagined “Last Resort” by Papa Roach. They played the new music video on the big screens, and the band used that time during “Last Resort” as a short intermission while Ronnie changed for the next song, “Watch the World Burn.” Ronnie wears a fire suit for the last three songs. Obviously, you can’t have a “Popular Monstour” without closing with “Popular Monster”!
This is just the beginning of their month-long tour. Bands like Catch Your Breath, Underoath, and Our Last Night are going to be joining on several dates. If you have a chance to go see this tour, definitely check it out because all the bands on this bill are outstanding!