On the first official day of fall (and my birthday) The Monsters of Oz tour rocked through Jacob’s Pavilion in Cleveland and definitely made it a night worth celebrating!
First up for the night were Make Them Suffer. I love a band that can combine chilling melodies with heavy riffs and screams, and this band does it so well. It was pretty cool seeing the crowd go from head banging to slightly swaying throughout the performance. The city skyline sunset was made much more enjoyable with MTS’ music and I cannot wait until they tour here again.
Second up to the stage were Northlane, a band that has perfected the aforementioned combination of chilling melodies and heavy riffs (with an EDM twist mixed in). Most of the crowd on the floor crooned along with singer Marcus Bridges throughout the set. This is a band whose music leaves you nothing short of mesmerized and the sooner they tour the US again, the better.
Next up we’re The Amity Affliction. Time to get heavy and to get moshing! These guys wasted no time getting the crowd going and were quite energetic themselves on stage. Unfortunately about halfway through their set, they had to stop the show to alert security of a medical incident going on in the crowd. After about 15 minutes, the situation was settled and the guys were able to perform two more bangers and get everyone pumped up again. As with the other bands, I really enjoyed seeing them perform and look forward to the day I can again.
Now for the main event, Parkway Drive, with their full pyro production! These guys came out the first minute with such an intense energy and kept it going throughout the night. I don’t think I saw a smile leave singer Winston’s face either. The crowd was just as intense, moshing and screaming the lyrics at the top of their lungs.The immense amount of fire pulsing to the beat of various songs was such a fun and amazing addition to their performance (as was the drum rig that went upside down at one point)!
This was the perfect way to spend my birthday and you should definitely check out this tour if it is coming near you.