Underoath at The Fillmore in Detroit, MI

Underoath ignites a wild and enthusiastic Detroit crowd on the Voyeurist tour with support from Bad Omens and Stray From The Path.

Stray From The Path gets the evening off to a raging start with a mix of metalcore, punk, and rap that has the crowd headbanging and moshing early. This band from Long Island, led by singer Andrew Dijorio, knows how to get a crowd engaged and moving. Andrew is amped up as he bounces and works the stage from side to side. They plow through a set that includes songs like “The House Always Wins,” “Outbreak,” “Fortune Teller,” and “Badge & A Bullet” from across their Anonymous, Only Death Is Real, Subliminal Criminals, and Internal Atomics albums. “Fortune Teller” is one of the highlights of their set that breaks open a mosh pit in the center of the floor. They have certainly brought the energy early to fire the fans up for the bands to come.

Next up is Bad Omens which starts off their set in a sea of red lights and haze with singer Noah Sebastian by himself for the title track of their current album The Death of Peace and Mind. They follow that up with “ARTIFICIAL SUICIDE,” “Like a Villain,” and “What do you want from me?” also from the same album. At one point, Noah dons a black ski mask as he stalks the stage. Guitarist Joakim Karlsson headbangs while laying down the killer riffs.

As their set progresses, they have the audience enthralled as they sing along to many of the songs and the crowd surfers keep on flowing to the front of the stage. The last two songs, “Limits” and “Dethrone,” take it up a notch in heaviness with Noah letting out harsh vocals on the latter and getting the crowd bouncing and letting out huge cheers.

Headliners Underoath from Tampa, FL take the stage to huge cheers and launch into “Damn Excuses” from their latest release Voyeurist. They follow that up with “Breathing in a New Mentality” and then “On My Teeth” which finds vocalist Spencer Chamberlain aggressively singing, Aaron Gillespie beating the hell out of the drums, and keyboardist Christopher Dudley going crazy. The fans are loving it! Their set pulls from six of their albums including the song “It’s Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door” from their 2004 album They’re Only Chasing Safety that gets the crowd singing along. “In Regards to Myself” really gets the fans moving as a large mosh pit breaks out.

Voyeurist was released earlier this year and has been well-received with excellent reviews. Spencer introduces the next song “Hallelujah” that starts with a chant of “Cut the lights, face yourself, We’re not dreaming, this is hell.” This song has the crowd headbanging, crowd-surfing, and pumping their fists in the air while the band plays to a cool backlit stage. They keep the energy high with “No Frame” which features some killer drums, bass, and synth and even finds Spencer on guitar. After “Reinventing Your Exit” and “A Fault Line, a Fault of Mine,” they play “There Could Be Nothing After This” which has rapid-fire drums and guitar along with flashing lights, while Spencer thrashes his hair about. Bassist Grant Brandell and guitarists Timothy McTague and James Smith are all highly active as they headbang throughout the set. The lighting for their set is top-notch and the sound is also dialed in tight.

Slowing things down a bit, Spencer asks the crowd to take out their cell phone lights for the slower song “Too Bright to See, Too Loud to Hear.” They then ramp it back up with “A Boy Brushed Red Living in Black and White” which has many crowd-surfing and clapping along. They close out the main portion of their set with the mellow song “Pneumonia” from Voyeurist.

Returning to the stage, Spencer takes some time to chat to the crowd and introduces “Thorn” from their latest release that once again features some rapid beats and strobes and has the fans singing along. They wrap up their set with the fan-favorite “Writing on the Walls.” Before exiting, Spencer thanks the crowd and exclaims, “We love your guys”.

It was an awesome show by Underoath, Bad Omens, and Stray From The Path. Spiritbox was supposed to also be on the bill, but due to COVID-19 was unable to play at several shows this week. Be sure to catch all these bands when they come to a nearby town. It is well worth the time and cost of admission.

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Gary is located in Rochester Hills, MI and has been officially photographing and writing concert reviews since early 2016. His main music interests are metal and hard rock, but he is also a fan of most genres including alternative, indie, jazz, and even some pop and country. When not covering or attending concerts, you can find him traveling with his wife or watching the Detroit Red Wings.