August 12, 2023

UNDEROATH & THE GHOST INSIDE at the Boeing Center

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4 bands Ignite San Antonio with a Fiery Performance!

On a scorching summer night in San Antonio, the Boeing Center at Tech Port played host to an unforgettable musical experience as post-hardcore legends Underoath and The Ghost Inside took the stage with support from We Came as Romans and Better Lovers

The four bands were amazing, the crowd was wild, and the energy was off the charts. It was a night where the singers screamed their hearts out, the guitars shredded like crazy, and the drums pounded like thunder. 

And of course, we couldn’t miss an event like this, so we packed our gear and headed to the venue to enjoy an incredible night and bring you images and tell you a little bit of what we experienced during the shows.

BETTER LOVERS

Fresh off their debut EP, God Made Me An Animal, metalcore supergroup Better Lovers kicked off the show with a fiery, high-energy performance.

The band, made up of vocalist Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan), guitarists Will Putney (Fit For An Autopsy), Jordan Buckley, bassist Stephen Micciche, and drummer Clayton Holyoak (Every Time I Die) came out and showed the audience why they’re quickly making a name for themselves in the scene.

Their show included songs such as “Become So Small”, “God Made Me An Animal”, “Punk” and “30 Under 13”.

Better Lovers - Photo: Isaiah Alonzo
Better Lovers - Photo: Isaiah Alonzo
Better Lovers - Photo: Isaiah Alonzo
Better Lovers - Photo: Isaiah Alonzo

WE CAME AS ROMANS

We Came as Romans were next to take the stage. Known for their blend of metalcore and melodic sensibilities, the band delivered a set of unbridled energy and captivating harmonies.

The setlist consisted of mostly newer songs in the band’s discography, such as “Darkbloom”, “Wasted Years”, but fans were treated to a few classics, like the title track from their 2013 release “Tracing Back Roots”. 

Each song was a rollercoaster of emotions, seamlessly transitioning from mosh-inducing breakdowns to soaring choruses that had the entire venue singing along. 

The band’s cohesion and tightness were palpable, a testament to their years of touring and camaraderie.

We Came As Romans - Photo: Isaiah Alonzo
We Came As Romans - Photo: Isaiah Alonzo
We Came As Romans - Photo: Isaiah Alonzo
We Came As Romans - Photo: Isaiah Alonzo

UNDEROATH

As the lights dimmed and the stage was bathed in an ethereal purple glow, the crowd erupted in a deafening roar of anticipation. Underoath members emerged one by one, each greeted with thunderous applause, but it was vocalist Spencer Chamberlain’s entrance that truly ignited the crowd.

From the first notes played, it was clear that Underoath lost none of their potency over the years. The band’s blend of melody and raw intensity coursed through the venue, captivating the entire crowd.

The setlist spanned their illustrious career, with tracks like “Reinventing Your Exit,” “Writing on the Walls,” and “A Boy Brushed Red Living in Black and White” evoking a powerful sense of nostalgia. It wasn’t just the music that left an indelible impression. The visual spectacle was equally captivating, with a mesmerizing light show that ebbed and flowed with the music’s emotional tide.

The LED backdrop shifted from moody and introspective to explosively vibrant, mirroring the emotional journey of each song. By the end of their set, Underoath not only delivered an exceptional performance; they had created an experience that would linger in the minds of all who were fortunate enough to be there, a blazing reverie of sound and emotion that adds to the band’s legacy. 

Underoath - Photo: Isaiah Alonzo
Underoath - Photo: Isaiah Alonzo
Underoath - Photo: Isaiah Alonzo
Underoath - Photo: Isaiah Alonzo
Underoath - Photo: Isaiah Alonzo

THE GHOST INSIDE

The Ghost Inside was left to cap off this incredible night of heavy music. In a testament to their spirit of perseverance, The Ghost Inside graced the stage for a triumphant return after a hiatus following a devastating tour bus accident.

From the very first note of “Avalanche,” the energy in the room was electric. Vocalist Jonathan Vigil’s signature growls and impassioned clean vocals filled every corner of the venue, while the blistering guitar riffs and thunderous drumming set the crowd into motion.

The setlist spanned their discography, featuring tracks like “Engine 45” and “Dear Youth (Day 52),” each song a testament to the band’s ability to blend aggression with melody. Guitarists Zach Johnson and Chris Davis traded riffs effortlessly, while bassist Jim Riley and drummer Andrew Tkaczyk held down a rhythmic foundation that was both unyielding and precise.

The highlight of the night came during the performance of “Aftermath,” a song that had taken on a deeper layer of meaning after the band’s accident. As Vigil sang the words “I survived, but I’m not the same,” there was a sense of unity in the room, a recognition that the trials faced by the band mirrored the challenges of their fans’ lives. 

This performance was a testament to the power of music to heal, inspire, and bring people together. As the crowd dispersed, and the room was filled with the echoes of the band’s triumphant return, it was clear that this was not just a concert—it was a profound experience that will be cherished for years to come.

The Ghost Inside - Photo: Isaiah Alonzo
The Ghost Inside - Photo: Isaiah Alonzo
The Ghost Inside - Photo: Isaiah Alonzo
The Ghost Inside - Photo: Isaiah Alonzo
The Ghost Inside - Photo: Isaiah Alonzo

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