Lineup: Jasta, The Devil Wears Prada, Anthrax, Killswitch Engage
Venue: Fillmore Silver Spring (Silver Spring, MD)
Dating back to December, Spring 2017 tours were slowly but surely announced. I woke up one morning one and was doing my usual scroll through social media and simply uttered “Holy Hell”. One of my favorite bands, Killswitch Engage announced a tour with Anthrax and The Devil Wears Prada in April. My spring Calendar was finally starting to come together and this Mega lineup was a perfect way to start out the warmer months of the year. On a warm Monday night in Silver Spring, The Killthrax Tour graced the stage of the Fillmore.
If you’re familiar with Hatebreed, you obviously know who Jamey Jasta is. His side project “Jasta” opened the show up. A majority of the crowd showed up after their set, but Jasta was a perfect start to the night, and if you’re coming out for a show on this tour, definitely show up early. Their new album “The Lost Chapters” just dropped this week, so go out and grab a copy!
The Devil Wears Prada took the stage next to an amped up crowd and got them circle pitting their way through the set. These guys are another perfect fit to open this tour, with a vocalist that knows how to control the crowd early or late on a lineup. Prada went mostly with songs from their recent album “Transit Blues”.
Next up, thrash metal legends Anthrax took the stage and at this point, the room was extremely packed in. While I’ll admit that the majority of the shows I cover are younger bands, it was a treat to see such an established & successful band play. Scott Ian was running all over the stage and took a few jumps here and there, and Joey Belladonna was extremely interactive with the crowd & photographers, at one taking a fellow photographers camera and taking a few shots himself, from the stage. These guys have been around for over 30 years and play with the same intensity that any other band in the book can put out.
Last but certainly not least, Killswitch Engage came out and the crowd went wild. I’ve seen these guys countless times over the past few years, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, with every performance I see, they seem to only get better and better. I’ve never seen someone put so much heart into a performance as Jesse Leach does, and he and the boys know to keep a show rolling till the end. Their setlist consisted of a mixture from their entire discography, with a decent chunk coming from their most recent release “Incarnate”. If you have a chance to catch this tour in the coming weeks, do yourself a favor and be there.