All That Remains at The District in Lafayette, LA

Friday night saw hard rock heavyweights All That Remains bring the heavy to Lafayette by headlining a metal lineup at The District in Lafayette.

Minneapolis-based hard rock quintet Sleep Signals kicked things off with a heavy party vibe and catchy songs. The District wasn’t full yet, but the ones who made it there early fully appreciated the high energy and fun that these guys provided. Their love for their music was contagious.

Next up was Las Vegas rockers Escape the Fate. Their ability to skirt the line between pop and hard rock vocals kept the crowd jumping. Their energy and passion for the music was reciprocated by the crowd who sang along to every song in their set.

Atlanta-based unsigned heroes Attila were next. They definitely got the crowd ready to either party or fight, and it didn’t seem to matter which. They were electrifying from the moment they took the stage, encouraging the crowd to stage dive, crowd surf, and mosh and no one was going to argue. The pit took up the entire area in front of the stage and several people could be seen crowd-surfing. Lead singer, Chris “Fronz” Fronzak, even pulled an eager fan onstage, who promptly showed her appreciation for the gesture by lifting her shirt. Guitarist Chris Linck and bassist Bryan Mcclure ran around the stage and kept the energy high. After playing some of their more popular songs, they brought out tunes from their newest album Villain. From the opening of “Perdition” to the final cords of “Pizza,” the crowd never had a chance to catch their breath; not that anyone was complaining.

Finally, it was time for All That Remains. The crowd was buzzing with anticipation even before the quintet from Massachusetts took the stage and lead singer Phil Labonte and the boys weren’t about to let them down. The guitar and drums kicked in to open the show with “F*ck Love” and Labonte angrily growled the lyrics. The beauty of All That Remains is how they can go between the cookie monster metal to melodic in every song. The attitude of “we’re just going to play what we want to play so shut up and enjoy it” was on full display. Showing resilience after the sudden passing of founding member Oli Herbert last October, Labonte, rhythm guitarist Mike Martin, drummer Jason Costa, bassist Aaron Patrick, and new guitar player Jason Richardson were nothing but tight. Maybe it was because they’ve had a few months to really gel, but they sounded like they have been together for years. From first to last, every song sounded like the building of a story. The crowd simply couldn’t get enough. The set culminated with the band’s hit “Two Weeks.”

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Amy is a live event and street photographer from the heart of Cajun country. When she's not shooting festivals and shows, you can find her roaming the streets of New Orleans capturing the uniqueness of her favorite city on Earth.

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