Wednesday was one of those days where I just felt like I couldn’t catch my breath. Between work and getting ready for my bestie’s wedding this weekend, it was just go go go and the only thing that really kept me going was knowing I was going to get my face rocked off at the show once everything was said and done.
Unfortunately, my nail appointment went long so it was a frantic rush weaving between traffic to make it to The Armory in time to catch the opening act Siiickbrain. Thankfully, I made it in just in time to see the end of their set. Although their music wasn’t quite for me at first as I had walked in during one of their slower tracks, their energy was just what I needed to get what was probably my thirty-second wind of the day. Siiickbrain, aka Caroline Miner, has a unique style in which she blends a million different genres to create a sound that can only be called Siiickbrain. There were moments that felt a bit like commercialized rock and others that had a very nu-metal sound. I may have walked in during the wrong song to really hook me but by the last two tracks, Siiickbran had me hooked. It was unique and a hell of a way to start the night off.
BMTH is a metalcore band from England. Fronted by vocalist Oli Sykes, BMTH is one of those bands that you may show your friend when trying to explain what metalcore music is. Although each of their six albums comes with a different vibe, they all revert back to BMTH’s signature sound and Oli’s distinct and super-talented vocals. Personally, my favorite album is ‘Sempiternal’ from 2013. I felt like that had such a different sound and vibe when compared to the other albums. Unfortunately, I only got a few songs from that album on Wednesday but I loved that the band went as far back as their 2008 album ‘Suicide Season’ (my second favorite album from them) to play “Diamonds Aren’t Forever” with the help of vocalist Bryan Garris from Knocked Loose. Regardless of the song the band was playing throughout their fifteen-song set, there was an endless amount of energy radiating from the band to the audience and back the other way.
The night was not without its flaws. Although all of the bands performed flawlessly, there were starts and stops during the final two sets of the night. A cord seemed to have gotten knocked loose during Knocked Loose’s set (see what I did there?) cutting power to the stage and leaving the speakers silent for over five minutes. Although it made me anxious that they wouldn’t be able to get through all of the songs they wanted to play, a joke from the bartender behind me about how “maybe his throat just hurts” and that was the reason for the pause, and the fact that the band wasted no time and jumped right back into the set after the issue was fixed made the pause fly by.
Unfortunately, the second pause of the night did not fly by. After just two songs, Oli Sykes halted BMTH’s set after he noticed someone struggling in the audience. As mentioned, my sightlines through the show weren’t great so I can only speculate as to what was happening but it took a solid ten or fifteen minutes for staff and medics to get to the person who needed help with a stretcher and bring them out to safety. The venue was pretty silent throughout the break and the band essentially took a knee as they do in soccer games as they waited for the all-clear that the person in distress had been helped. Whether it was someone who passed out from the heat or someone who just couldn’t get the air needed being that the crowd was smashed up to the front of the band like sardines, I just truly hope they are okay. Why am I telling you about this small snippet of such an epic tour package and night? Because it shows you where BMTH’s alliances lie and that’s with their fans. They didn’t care that they may have to cut a few songs due to the delay or anything like that. They just wanted to make sure everyone was safe and having a good time throughout their set. If I may be so bold, I think I’ll go ahead and say mission accomplished because even those being pushed out of the audience in wheelchairs after passing out had giant smiles on their faces.