August Burns Red, Born Of Osiris, ERRA, and Ocean Grove will tour throughout the United States and Canada in January and February 2018. If music can cure winter-borne depression and help you forget the holiday season, then this would be the bill to make it happen.
A tour can only cover so much ground, but August Burns Red’s Phantom Anthem hits quite a few oft-ignored markets. In addition to the major urban centers, quite a few secondary markets get visited, including many in “flyover states.” And seeing a tour recognize that Canada has more than two cities is always welcome.
- JAN 5 M-TELUS (aka. “Metropolis”), Montreal, QC
- JAN 6 The Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON
- JAN 7 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
- JAN 9 House of Blues Cleveland, Cleveland, OH
- JAN 10 The Crofoot, Pontiac, MI
- JAN 11 House of Blues Chicago, Chicago, IL
- JAN 12 The Rave / Eagles Club, Milwaukee, WI
- JAN 13 The Cabooze, Minneapolis, MN
- JAN 14 The Garrick, Winnipeg, MB
- JAN 16 Union Hall, Edmonton, AB
- JAN 19 The Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, BC
- JAN 20 The Showbox, Seattle, WA
- JAN 21 Roseland Theater, Portland, OR
- JAN 23 Ace Of Spades, Sacramento, CA
- JAN 24 House of Blues San Diego, San Diego, CA
- JAN 25 The Belasco, Los Angeles, CA
- JAN 26 Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ
- JAN 27 The Historic El Rey Theater, Albuquerque, NM
- JAN 29 Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO
- JAN 30 The Granada Theater, Lawrence, KS
- JAN 31 The Ready Room, St. Louis, MO
- FEB 1 New Daisy Theatre, Memphis, TN
- FEB 4 Emo’s Austin, TX
- FEB 6 The RITZ Ybor, Tampa, FL
- FEB 7 Revolution Live (official), Fort Lauderdale, FL
- FEB 8 The Beacham, Orlando, FL
- FEB 9 The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
- FEB 10 Arizona Pete’s, Greensboro, NC
- FEB 13 The Nor, Norfolk, VA
- FEB 14 Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore, MD
August Burns Red play metalcore, with some progressive and heavy elements.
Born Of Osiris get variously labeled as metalcore, deathcore, or djent. Being signed to Sumerian Records, such indistinct genre lines are to be expected. They have a keyboardist who seems to play an active role in the band instead of just adding colour.
ERRA are best-known as part of the djent scene, but their recent material has become increasingly melodic and progressive. They had one of the best albums of 2016 in Drift.
Ocean Grove play something that gets labeled “nu metal,” “metalcore,” “hardcore,” or “post-hardcore” depending on who is asked and about which of their albums. It is this writer’s experience that Australian bands rarely play bad live sets so these guys might be worth an early arrival at the venue to see.