Escape the Fate is:
Craig Mabbitt – lead vocals
Max Green – bass, backing vocals
Bryan Money – guitars, backing vocals
Robert Ortiz – drums, percussion
Escape the Fate is currently out headlining their very first tour, which they dubbed The Dead Masquerade Tour. It features Alesana, Motionless in White, Get Scared and Drive A. On Saturday the tour stopped in Milwaukee before heading to Chicago.
I interviewed Robert Ortiz last week, and I was looking forward to this show. Yet as Robert hyped the tour and band up, I was unsure if they would live up to those high built-up expectations. As fans walked into The Rave, they were greeted by several church protestors speaking the evil of rock and roll. This made me wonder what I was in for besides those expectations Robert had me believe.
All four opening bands did what only few opening bands on tour are able to do; get the crowd pumped and worked into a frenzy for the
the headliner. The crowd chanted Escape the Fate’s name over and over, and the band walked out to a roar as they launched into “Massacre,” off their new self-titled album Escape the Fate.
Throughout the night, Craig thanked the crowd and even shared a story of him growing up with a speech impediment, self-doubts, and
overcoming them through music. His vocals were spot-on and at times, even better than their album’s. Max Green, who has come back from rehab, did not skip a beat with his backing vocals and screams, to his wicked bass lines. Robert Ortiz’s Double Bass drum kit was being abused all night and for sure, he is one the best young drummers out there now. The guitar playing of Bryan Money was the star of the night. His guitar work was one of the best I have seen in this genre of music and his solos were insane. At the end of the set, Bryan took off his guitar and threw it out into the crowd.
Over the hour long set, they mixed in songs from all 3 albums and gave the crowd everything they have.
At the end of the night, I came to the conclusion that this is a very young, hungry band looking to take it up a notch for rock concert fans.
If you’re able to catch this tour, or the many festivals they will be playing at this year, do yourself a favor and go check them out.
Setlist for tonight:
Ten Miles Wide
Days of Wreckoning
You are so Beautiful
This War is Ours
The Aftermath (G3)
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written by Peter Lizano