The Kill The Flaw Tour, featuring Sevendust, Trivium, and Like A Storm, made its way to a sold out show at Reverb in Reading, Pennsylvania on May 21. This is Sevendust’s first official headlining tour since the release of their album Kill the Flaw.
The first to kick off the night was New Zealanders Like A Storm, a four-piece band that brings a new sound to the rock industry by incorporating the indigenous didgeridoo into their music. Like A Storm performed a stellar show that night, playing songs off of their debut album Awaken the Fire, such as “Chaos”, filled with great heavy riffs by lead guitarist Matt Brooks, “Six Feet Under”, and “Wish You Hell”, featuring the slide guitar performed by front man Chris Brooks. From past shows, they have certainly stepped up their game by bringing in a fog machine, shooting up a thick white smoke into the air. Chris Brooks’ didgeridoo solo accompanied by drummer Zach Woods’ beats was certainly a memorable and mesmerizing moment from the show, along with the fans screaming out “hate me” with Chris as the band finished their set with their hit single “Love the Way You Hate Me”. From the deep rhythms of bassist Kent Brooks, to the bone-chilling screams by Chris, this was Like A Storm’s best show yet.
There were no bells and whistles with Trivium, not that they needed it, as they played a heavy, highly energetic short but sweet set featuring songs from all of their albums including their latest, Silence in the Snow. Front man Matt Heafy got the fans going by encouraging them to get their “bodies moving”, a mantra he kept repeating throughout the set. Guitarist Corey Beaulieu unleashed his intricate fast-paced riffs and his gruff growls into the crowd. Paolo Gregoletto played his bass with such ferocity, adding to the intensity of the show and the band’s new drummer Paul Wandkte really showed his worth on the throne behind the kit with his rapid and heavy drum beats. With these qualities, the band played hits such as “Strife”, “Built to Fall”, “Dead and Gone”. and “Until the World Goes Cold”. When they ended their set with “In Waves”, Heafy encouraged the fans to scream the chorus with the band and crowd surfers emerged with every crushing beat by Wandkte. It was safe to say that Trivium got the crowd pumped up for Sevendust.
Sevendust’s performance was beyond words. Over the years, they have grown into something more and have brought their live show to a whole new level on this tour. The show started off with the band behind a white curtain as they started their set with “Not Today”, one of their new heavier songs. The curtain dropped in the middle of their song as the fog machine shot up smoke, giving off a purple and green hue reflecting from the stage lights. The soulful and gruff vocals by front man Lajon Witherspoon, was simply outstanding. Guitarists John Connolly and Clint Lowery, ripped out some sweet and rough riffs, bringing the songs to life, with the accompaniment of bassist Vince Hornsby and drummer Morgan Rose, who provided the heavy beats. Sevendust played a set filled with songs such as “Face to Face”, an acoustic version of “Denial”, their current single “Death Dance,” “Waffle”, “Decay”, and ended the set with their Grammy nominated song “Thank You”.