[Concert Review] – Disarm The Descent Tour Takes Over Silver Spring

Last Wednesday, the “Disarm The Descent Tour” hit Silver Spring, MD and RichardThinks was on the scene to catch all the action. Headlined by Killswitch Engage, the bill was sAffiancetacked with bands of every slice of the metal genre, so there was something for everyone. Miss May I, Darkest Hour, The Word Alive & Affiance rounded out the solid bill for an epic evening of metal. The Fillmore in Silver Spring hosted the festivities, and by the time the doors opened at 6:30, the crowd had wrapped around the corner and down the block at The Fillmore. Promptly at 7:30, Affiance kicked off the show to a warm reception. They expressed their pleasure in opening for the tour and fueled the crowd with their energetic twenty-five minute set. If you didn’t know who Affiance was by the time their set was done, they made sure you did after all was said and done.

Up next to perform was Phoenix, Arizona’s The Word Alive. Promptly kicking things off with a bang with help The Word Alivefrom Miss May I vocalist, Levi Benton, they woke the crowd up and made sure throughout the entire set to keep them on their feet. Although they were a late addition to the tour, the crowd was welcoming to The Word Alive and from there the energy from both the band and crowd could be felt throughout the venue. Possibly the biggest moment of their set was an incredible rendition of As I Lay Dying‘s, “94 Hours“, in which a giant circle pit formed in the center of the floor. The band closed their set with the title track of their latest album, “Life Cycles“. Front-man, Telle Smith, impressed the crowd by doing his signature back-flip during the bridge of the song.  Safe to say, The Word Alive gained several fans that evening with the crowd applauding in unison once they finished their set. If you missed The Word Alive that evening, fear not, they will be performing at this year’s Intensity Music Festival in Arlington, VA. Tickets are on sale now for the festival at this location.

Darkest Hour

Next to take the stage was Washington D.C.’s own, Darkest Hour, who was also a late addition to the tour. In a way, this was an excellent homecoming for their show as the crowd welcomed back the group to the DMV with open arms. With such a wide catalog, the band was able to perform songs from each era of the band and perform an excellent show. The crowd didn’t stop moving for a second until the set was finished. Darkest Hour also took the time on stage to introduce their new drummer, Travis Orbin and that they were working on a new studio album.

The last opening band of the night was Ohio’s Miss May I, who the crowd had already gotten a small preview of during The Word Alive‘s set when vocalist, Levi Benton joined the band for the first song. Kicking things off with the 2Miss May I012 “At Heart” hit, “Hey Mister “, Miss May I launched into their half hour set punishing the crowd with their relentless (no pun intended) performance. Taking breaks between songs, the band thanked the crowd for being so welcoming, and also to Killswitch Engage for taking them out on this tour. Miss May I had expressed how much of a dream come true it was to be opening for Killswitch, and that this had been one of the best tours the band had embarked on. It’s great to see the band stay humble, despite all the many successes they have. Miss May I ended their set with their 2010 hit, “Relentless Chaos“. Once the band had finished, the chants started to echo throughout the Fillmore for Killswitch Engage.

Promptly at 10:30, Killswitch Engage took the stage with a disco ball and Wang Chu‘s, “Everybody Have Fun Tonight” blaring over the PA launching into “The New Awakening”. It was the band’s second performance in the state of Maryland since Jesse Leach returned to the band, and they delivered an excellent performance. From the beginning, the band genuinely seemed to enjoy themselves , and guitarist Adam D was prancing around stage while performing. From jumping two step to hitting Killswitch Engagebirdies into the crowd, he stole the show and gave the crowd everything he could. That’s the great thing about a band like Killswitch Engage, who don’t take themselves too seriously and can deliver a memorable performance. Fans can be rest assured, Jesse Leach sang Howard Jones era songs admirably, as well as breathing new life into older cuts from “Alive Or Just Breathing” to delivering some of the new songs such as “In Due Time” and “No End In Sight” as well as they are heard on the new album. The crowd and band fed off of each other’s energy from the crowd chanting the lyrics to the band to the band going 100% into their performance. If you were on the fence to buy tickets for the “Disarm The Descent Tour“, trust me, it is well worth the ticket price and more. If this tour is heading to your town, do yourself a favor and check it out. Current tour dates for Killswitch Engage can be seen at this location. The “Disarm The Descent Tour” will continue today (6/18) in Sauget, IL and will culminate on July 7th in Pontiac, MI. RichardThinks also spoke to guitarist Joel Stroetzel of Killswitch Engage earlier in the day before doors opened, the complete interview can be seen at this location.

Written By Richard Ramirez

Photography By Brittany Williams (BW Photography)

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