August Burns Red at The Manchester Music Hall in Lexington, KY 24-JAN-2019

August Burns Red kicks off Dangerous tour in front of Jam-packed Lexington fans with Fit For A King, Miss May I and Crystal Lake.

A cold winter evening greeted Lexington fans as they lined up outside Manchester Music Hall, eager to get a prime viewing spot for the evening. By the time doors opened the line was wrapped around the front of the building and well into the venue parking lot.

Tonight is the opening stop of the Dangerous tour covering 31 cities in 38 days. August Burns Red is touring in support of their Phantom Sessions EP due to be released on February 8th, featuring the cover of “The Legend of Zelda”.

Greeted by a huge roar from the near sold out Lexington crowd, August Burns Red casually rolled onto the foggy and backlit stage dropping immediately into their latest single,”Dangerous” followed by “Composure” and “Meddler”.It didn’t take long for the amped-up crowd to get the circle pit going or for the crowd surfers to start flowing over the stage-front barrier further adding to the overall energy in the room.  While not much for between-song banter, August Burns Red gave fans both new and old what they came for performing favorites “Invisible Enemy,” “Marianas Trench” “King Of Sorrow” and “Truth Of A Liar.”

After more than 60-minutes into the evening and nearing the end of their set, August Burns Red closed out the evening with the same energy they started with a fiery cover of  “The Legend of Zelda” followed by “The Frost” before the classic ABR song “White Washed”, putting the finishing touches on a great opening night of the tour.   

August Burns Red is vocalist Jacob Luhrs, guitarists John “JB” Brubaker and Brent Rambler, drummer Matthew Greiner and bassist Dustin Davidson

Providing the main support were Dallas Texas-based American Christian metalcore band Fit For A King. From a stage saturated in fog and heavily backlit FFAK opened with “Shattered Glass” followed by “The Price of Agony” and “When Everything Means Nothing”.  With the circle pit and crowd surfing in full force FFAK invited Mis May I singer Levi Benton on stage for “Stacking bodies” before ending their set with one of the bands personal favorites from their recent Dark Skies album, “Tower of Pain”  

Performing third were Metalcore rockers Miss May I. Launching onto the stage with something to prove, Miss May I gave everything they had as they rolled through their 30-minute set. Lead singer Levi Benton was clearly soaking up the energy in the venue as the band opened with “Swallow Your Teeth” and “Hey Mister” that has the circle pit and crowd surfers going.

Miss May I finished their all too short set with “Relentless Chaos” from their 2010 Monument album before finishing with the title track of latest album “Shadows Inside”.

 Japanese hardcore mettalers Crystal Lake opened the show to a rousing ovation. This tour is Crystal Lakes first ever US tour but you sure wouldn’t know it as they blasted through a 25-minute set featuring songs from their most recent release Helix including “Aeon” and “Apollo”.

Crystal Lake is Ryo on vocals, YD, and Shinya on guitars with bassist Bitoku and drummer Gaku.

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