After having been sick for the better part of the last week, it was extremely good to be back into the swing of things and headed to cover another show after work. This time, I was at The Cabooze ready to see We Came As Romans headline this venue for the first time since their Fire & Ice tour in 2011. Upon arriving to venue, I was disappointed to see that I walked into the venue during the last song of the first local opener Near An Open Flame, a band that I saw last summer open for Miss May I.
The second local opener of the evening, Prevailing Providence, took the stage shortly after Near An Open Flame departed. The last time I saw this band was when they opened the night for Fit For A King at Amsterdam, and I was pleasantly surprised with how much this band’s performance has grown since last November. With a performance like a well oiled machine and the energy to get the crowd moving around, Prevailing Providence put on an incredible opening set.
Tempting Fate, the first band on the Cold Like War tour bill, was up next. Even with what felt like an extremely short set, the metalcore band walked up on stage and brought the intensity right from the start. Even though their selection of songs for their set blended together for me, Tempting Fate proved to be highly enjoyable to watch perform.
Next up was Connecticut metal band Currents. The last time I watched this band perform was when they opened for Miss May I at the Cabooze last summer, and the band had a very refreshing set. The best part about watching Currents perform for a second time was the familiarity and comfort the group’s performance brought to me, bringing me back to their set from last summer. Currents is definitely a band to see live, as the group puts on an engaging and invigorating set.
After Currents left the stage, Oceans At Alaska quickly set up and started their incredible set. As each band came on stage, the energy in the crowd gradually intensified, and it was extremely noticeable as soon as this set started. Oceans Ate Alaska has been a band I’ve personally wanted to see live for quite awhile but never got around to it; after seeing their on stage dynamic, they definitely became a band that I would want to see again; each member of the band seemingly getting lost in the intensity of their performance.
The Plot In You, the penultimate band of the night, sauntered on stage to what was now a decently filled Cabooze, to arguably the best crowd reaction outside of We Came As Romans. Another band that I have never seen but have been meaning to for awhile, The Plot in You did not disappoint; the captivating lighting perfectly captured the mood and atmosphere the band sonically created. Even the crowd was not ready for the band to stop playing, as the band walked off stage to chants of “One more song!”
The last time I saw We Came As Romans was last fall when they opened for I Prevail at The Myth; however, the last time I saw the band play a proper headlining set was nearly seven years ago when they last headlined The Cabooze. The band took the stage by storm, leading their set with “Vultures With Clipped Wings” before going right into “Cold Like War,” the band’s lead single from their new album of the same name. What was most enjoyable about their set outside of their fantastic lighting and tight-knit performance was the inclusion of additional EDM interludes and intros to their songs, the band weaving this sound in perfectly with their metalcore roots.