By Corey Kleinsasser
The Slow Your Troll and Know Your Role tour has made its way to Southern California and stopped at Anaheim’s Chain Reaction on Wednesday. The tour started Jan. 8 and consisted of the bands Upon a Burning Body, Veil of Maya, Volumes, Gideon and The Last Ten Seconds of Life.
The show at Chain Reaction had a wild audience. Upon a Burning Body ended the evening with a rambunctious room. Fresh off of their latest album, “The World is My Enemy Now,” the five-piece band from Texas came to the stage dressed in matching suits, as they always do.
The band played songs spanning from all three of their albums, with five of their 11 songs coming off their new album. They also played many of their hits that included group vocals, which encouraged audience participation.
Crowd surfing and stage diving was at its peak during Upon a Burning Body’s set. After they played one of their biggest hits, “Sin City,” the band left the stage, only to return moments later to play their version of DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s hit, “Turn Down for What.” It was a perfect party song to end this engagement.
Even though Veil of Maya has a new singer, Lukas Mahyar, they still know how to deliver while on stage. Unlike the rest of the bands on the bill, they did not have too many breakdowns, but fans were still into the whole performance by moshing and pushing others around.
Veil of Maya’s set lasted 50 minutes and set the bar even higher.
Volumes, playing less than one hour from their Los Angeles base, played like they were home. The fans loved every minute of their performance. They were also the only band to have two singers in their group, trading off on vocal duties for every song.
Technical difficulties did not even seem to phase the band. Vocalist Michael Barr’s microphone cut off midway through one of the band’s songs, but he just kept singing as though it was still on. As soon as the microphone came back to life, the fans cheered with excitement.
Gideon played second, but they played like they should have headlined. The band recently released their third album, “Calloused” in October, and has been touring nonstop since its release.
By the time they took the stage, the entire room was full of people: Chain Reaction’s small room was very humid. Facing the stage, people packed the left side of the wall separator. The large pit from the first band grew even larger, and a second pit formed well into their set.
Led by vocalist Dan McWhorter, Gideon cruised through their eight-song set, spanning all three of their albums. Much like headliners Upon a Burning Body, the band has many group vocals throughout their set and fans sang along to each song.
The Last Ten Seconds of Life played first, and even though they are still relatively new on the scene, they proved that they belong to this this caliber of a lineup.
The band managed to fit six songs into their 30-minute set.
The only negative aspect of the performance, and to the entire evening, was the audience. The mosh pits were dangerous, due to barbaric fans in attendance that were running into those not in the pit and throwing fists at random people.
All in all, the performances from each band were solid. Despite the rowdy fans, each band complemented the evening and tour strongly.
Chain Reaction is known for having crazy shows, and this one was no different. The small venue only holds a few hundred people at any time. But what it lacks in attendance, it makes up for in stellar artists.
Corey Kleinsasser / The Poly Post
Veil of Maya
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