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August Burns Red - Fit For A King - Miss May I - Crystal Lake The Dangerous Tour March 1, 2019 Webster Theater, Hartford, CT By Nina McCarthy

August Burns Red - Fit For A King - Miss May I - Crystal Lake

The Dangerous Tour

March 1, 2019

Webster Theater, Hartford, CT

Live Show Review

By Nina McCarthy, Sr. Music Journalist

Boston Rock Radio



August Burns Red, Fit For a King, Miss May I, and Crystal Lake tear through New England to start of March. Not only was I excited for this full lineup, but I had been on the tail of Fit For a King for some time now.  FFAK claims that they “cherish unwavering honesty,” so that is what I’m going to give you.


Connecting with Fit For a King became quite the challenge over the last several months.  Photojournalist, Ariana Leo, who had reviewed their new album, was supposed to cover the last tour at The Palladium in Worcester, MA and due to circumstances beyond her control, she was not put on the list for a ticket and photo pass and ended up missing the whole show. This time around, I was scheduled for an interview and to attend the Hartford, CT show. The interview was cancelled the day before, due to “schedule changes.”  Once again at the venue, I found myself stuck outside in the cold because the guestlist for the night was apparently MIA. I am not sure where the issues stem from for FFAK with communication between PR and management, but both times it appeared to be on the management end. Perhaps something they could look into to make things smoother in the future.


At this point, I was becoming very frustrated, as I was missing the opening band. There is nothing more frustrating for a journalist who is writing a show review to miss part of  the show. I finally went in with a ticket I was holding for a delayed friend, and would give her mine once she arrived and the guestlist was located. I tried to clear my mind as to not let the mounting issues affect my enjoyment of the show.


I did catch most of the the opening set of Crystal Lake, a hardcore metal band from Japan. After some extensive worldwide touring, they are now on this tour in support of their new album “Helix.”  These guys were tight and a great warmup for the crowded theater. Although, they were a little heavier than my preferred liking, they did what they were there to do, warm up the crowd and gain some new fans.


Miss May I is a band I have seen and am a fan of and they once again they did not disappoint. My friend arrived during their first song (along with the photopass), so we scrambled to get situated and up to the photo pit. The crowd continued to pack in, mostly of a younger caliber, and some already having had too much to drink.



Dallas Christian metalcore, Fit For a King was up next so I made my way to the bar for a cold one and then claimed my spot in the press area stage right. When they kicked into “Shattered Glass” I felt myself begin to relax a little and enjoy their set and forget all the previous frustration. They whipped through the set that included  “The Price of Agony,” “Pissed Off,” “Stacking Bodies,” and more, ending with “Tower of Pain.” I enjoyed FFAK’s set the most of the evening, as I prefer the melodic touch to metal. Kirby’s vocals were on point. The crowd was also fun to watch with their circle pits, moshing, and crowd surfing, I personally find crowd surfing to be such a distraction, but then again, I’m not in my 20s anymore. But seriously, who likes to be kicked in the head as you’re trying to enjoy the band up close?  FFAK claim that their message is ‘a battle cry against the darkness.’  This was evident as the music made the anxiety and depression that consumes our souls disappear, at least for the moment. Mission accomplished.



August Burns Red took the stage as the crowd was inebriated, boisterous, and soaked with sweat and whatever else was flying overhead from the containers being tossed. August Burns Red broke into “Dangerous” and I had to take a double take as Jake Luhrs looked like Killswitch Engage’s, Jesse Leach, with his beard and red knit hat. I guess it’s winter and the frontmen need to be warm too. The highlight of August Burns Red’s set was the long drum solo by Matt Greiner before launching into the encore with the now popular musical “Legend of Zelda” off Phantom Sessions released February 8th.


Everyone was heated up and empowered to head back out into the cold to reminisce about the metal onslaught that they just partook of. I for one was exhausted, having just gotten over the flu, didn’t even have time to say hello and grab pictures to some of the members at the merch area. The long road awaited until the next show...


All photos taken by Marlene Buckley Halligan.

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