TVD Live Shots: Beartooth, Silverstein, The Devil Wears Prada, and Erra at the House of Blues, 4/5

Beartooth’s recent show at the House of Blues was simply unbelievable. The energy that the band brought to the stage was electric and set the tone for one incredible performance. Playing songs from all four of their studio albums, Caleb Shomo and crew had the entire audience headbanging and crowd surfing throughout the night. It was a truly unmatched experience, and one that fans won’t want to miss out on.

If you somehow did a double take when Beartooth announced it would once again be rolling through Anaheim for a 2-night residency at the House of Blues, you were not alone. Billed as The Below Tour – Part 2, Caleb Shomo and Company pulled out all the stops for its Southern California fans with an incredible performance which included a superb setlist, phenomenal stage show, and some truly special guests to open the evening that were icing to an already tasty cake. Let’s dig into all the juicy goodness, shall we?

Opening up for Beartooth on Tuesday were none other than the legendary Silverstein, metalcore masters, The Devil Wears Prada, and one of my favorite up and coming bands, Erra. Each of these bands played abbreviated sets but used their time wisely in front of a nearly packed house to highlight what makes each so special. What I liked about the openers was that each one built upon the previous band’s energy, creating an electricity that flowed throughout the crowd all night long. Mosh-pits and crowd surfing were standard fare throughout these performances, and it was awesome to see fans having so much fun for what many considered their first night out, post-covid.

After nearly 2 hours of raging, it was about to go to a whole new level courtesy of Beartooth. Opening with “Below,” the band cranked it to “11” with a 17-song set that seemed to be curated for maximum punishment. It took all of my wits to steer clear of incoming crowd surfers that were dropping into the photo pit with a regularity that made it hard to focus on the task at hand—taking photos. Watching Zach Huston (lead guitar), Will Deely (rhythm guitar), Oshie Bichar (bass), and Connor Denis (drums) bring Beartooth’s music to life was incredible and only highlighted how talented this band actually is. My favorites from the evening included “Devastation,” “Phantom Pain,” and the encore, “The Last Riff.” Overall, their near-2-hour set was solid-state madness from start to finish and one I’ll never forget.

If you missed out on the first part of The Below Tour – Part 2, do not fret! There are still plenty of chances to catch this incredible line-up before it wraps up in early May. All of the opening bands were incredible and brought unreal energy to the House of Blues—so be sure to catch them if they’re coming through your town. As for Beartooth, they once again met and exceeded my lofty expectations. This was a true metal show at its finest, and I would highly recommend catching them if they come through your town. In case you missed it, follow us on The Vinyl District to get the scoop on all the latest concerts just like this one.





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