Review/photos by Mike Suicide
Buffalo, NY - Escape the Fate rolled into town with the group Attack Attack! for their kick off of the "This World Is Ours" Tour. Attack Attack! and Escape the Fate are alternating the headlining spot (so I was told) with direct support from the additional bands, The World Alive and Secrets. Attack Attack! are a competent Metalcore band out of Ohio that are enjoying a far amount of success. Previously, they had done a full run on the 2010 "Warped Tour," and seem to be quite comfortable on stage. They ran through a blistering set of songs, including a few new ones off their January release, "This Means War." The crowd was diverse in age, as any I have observed in quite a while. It gives me hope for the future of rock and roll.
Nevada's Escape the Fate is no stranger to WNY, or The Town Ballroom for that matter. They draw a sizable crowd every time they come in to Buffalo, and are a fan favorite. Over the past couple of years, I have watched this band evolve. Part of me was skeptical that they would last as long as they have, considering they have had a tremendous amount of line up changes. The latest band member to leave the band is Max Green. He went on hiatus last year to enter rehab, but it was announced recently that he left for good. The vacant bass guitar position is now in the capable hands of TJ Bell (of Get Scared). Bryan 'Monte' Money's younger brother Michael, who had long been considered the 'unofficial' member of the band, was finally made an official member of the band on rhythm guitar. This new line up leaves Monte Money and Robert Ortiz the only original members. However, this is a rather moot point, as the band doesn't seem to be suffering for it.
Although this was the first night of the tour, you would never have guessed it based on the performances. ETF played a terrific set, playing anthems like "Something," "Bad Blood" and "This War is Ours." During the show, vocalist Craig Mabbitt announced that they are in the studio working on their fourth album. Overall, this was a great show and proved Escape The Fate has the potential to be around quite a while.
Choose Your Fate
10 Miles Wide
Day of Wreckoning
You Are So Beautiful
This War is Ours
For more info, including tour dates, www.escapethefate.com