Metalcore fanatics packed Marathon Music Works in Nashville, Tennessee this week as the Metalcore Dropouts Tour made a pit stop in music city. Consisting of bands Fit for a King, The Devil Wears Prada, Counterparts, and LANDMVRKS this line up was determined to give fans a experience they will never forget. With hardcore beats, insane riffs, and crowd surfing galore there was a wild night ahead for Nashville, and we were just getting started.
Opening up the night with immediate energy was Marseille, France based band LANDMVRKS. Formed in 2014, LANDMVRKS has released three studio albums, the most recent in 2021 entitled Lost in the Waves which received exceptional feedback. Vocalist, Florent Salfati, demands the crowds attention as they explore a much heavier feel without losing the melodic roots. Opening with “Lost in a Wave,” they also performed “Rainfall,” “Death,” “Visage,” and closed out with “Self-Made Black Hole.” With one band down, and three to go the energy was amped up and it could be felt throughout the venue.
Second band of the night was Hamilton, Ontario based band Counterparts. With their natural melodic meets hardcore sound, Counterparts took the stage and the fans immediately lost all control. Formed in 2007, they have released seven studio albums the most recent in 2022 entitled A Eulogy for Those Still Here. As vocalist, Brendan Murphy performed his heart out, he was transparent about his struggle with body dysmorphia and mental health. As he opened up to begin performing “Whispers of Your Death” Murphy, gives us a glimpse of his journey into love and loss as he begins talking about his special feline companion Kuma that he misses so much. Opening with songs “Love Me,” Counterparts also performed “Monument,” “Wings of Nightmares,” Bound to the Burn,” and closed with “The Disconnect.” As the lights dimmed, the realization that powerhouse The Devil Wears Prada was about to take stage, and we were ready.
Once it was time for The Devil Wears Prada to grace the stage, the energy was electric. Formed out of Dayton, Ohio in 2005 this metalcore band is one of the original masterminds behind it all. Vocalist Mike Hranica’s stage presence is unmatched as he glides across the stage with ease without missing a beat. With seven studio albums under their belt , the most recent in 2022, Color Decay TDWP played several fan favorites including “Salt,” “Outnumbered,” “Chemical,” and closed out the night with “Hey John, What’s Your Name Again?” As fans both old and young danced along to the music, singing word for word Hranica wanted to add a little twist to the night, demanding that crowd surfers put security to work. As crowd surfers nearly danced across by the dozens the band demanded more, luckily Nashville is set to give them exactly what they want. As the headliner prepares backstage and TDWP finishes out their set, fans think our night is almost over… but little do we know, its just begun.
As headliner Fit for a King rushed the stage, the fans in Marathon Music Works exploded. Formed in 2007 out of Tyler, Texas they have released seven studio albums the most recent in 2022 entitled The Hell We Create. Opening with “Annihilation,” they also performed several fan favorites including “Slave to Nothing,” “Eyes Rolled Back,” “Deathgrip,” and closed out the night with “God of Fire.” Vocalist Ryan Kirby displays his flawless vocal range alongside insane energy, and beautifully written lyrics. As the band performs and jumps across the stage, the fans stood in amazement of what was before them. As the riffs sent chills up our spines from start to finish, its safe to say The Metalcore Dropouts Tour was a success for Nashville, and we cannot wait to see these iconic bands again soon.
The Metalcore Dropouts Tour began on September 15th in Anaheim, California and hit several major cities including Norfolk, Atlanta, Dallas, and Albuquerque before finishing up at House of Blues in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 19th. With just over a week left on this iconic tour click HERE to see where you can catch them next.
Photos by: BrittMae Photography