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Drop The Gloves Tour (Blessthefall, Miss May I + more) – Baltimore, MD – 3.8.16
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Drop The Gloves Tour (Blessthefall, Miss May I + more) – Baltimore, MD – 3.8.16

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Coming to this warm night in Baltimore, was Blessthefall to support the release of their latest album ‘To Those Left Behind’ which was released back in September. Along for the ride is Miss May I who also recently dropped their album ‘Deathless’ back in August. Providing direct support for the tour was The Plot in You, Sirens and Sailors, and A War Within to open up for the night.  Photographer Luis Rosales was there to provide coverage of the tour.

A War Within was up first and was interesting to say the least, having the bass player and vocalist switch roles is not something you see at shows.  By the looks of it, they definitely have enough talent to be able to take multiple roles in the band.  Being the opening band, they were limited to 6 songs for the night and it didn’t seem to phase them as they put on a well thought out set of originals and even a Backstreet Boys cover.

Sirens and Sailors took the stage next with a lot of power.  This is a band where you could tell they had the passion for being on stage and give it all they got every night, and this night was no exception.  Now, they’re no strangers to touring with big names in the scene so they have built a following and the turn out of the audience showed.  The band left their mark on stage as being the most energetic of the three openers of the night.

The Plot In You followed up to warm up things up for Miss May I and they provided a different sound to the mix as they were not as fast paced as everyone else, but it fits in very well.  Being one of the heavier sounding bands so far made for some pretty epic moshing throughout the set as it extending to people off to the side moving as well.  Overhearing people talk about this group, they have made new fans after just a few minutes into their set.  By the end, there were a few people who wanted them to play one more song but the majority of the audience was ready for some Miss May I and blessthefall after an extraordinary set. 

Miss May I was up next to tear down the venue in typical fashion.  Opening up with ‘Deathless’ it was their way of saying they were not messing around and want everybody to know the Miss May I took the stage.  Even though crowd surfing was not allowed in the venue, that just made fans mosh even harder and start circle pits right in the middle of the venue.  They played a longer setlist than the rest of the bands throwing down 10 songs with the majority coming from their latest album ‘Deathless’ and few from ‘Monument.’  Miss May I was not shy about their lighting as they were the best lit of night, plenty of front white lights and an array of colors in the back which made for some dramatic scenery.  As always, Miss May I puts on an unforgettable, high energetic show.

Last but not least, Blessthefall comes out of the darkness to kick things off with ‘Hollow Bodies’ and a couple more older material before moving on to the newer stuff.  The band had interesting lighting as they used close to no front lights, a lot of back lights, and rigs that spun LEDs around on each side of the stage. Beau Bokan didn’t show the slightest bit of shyness when using the whole stage as he was running and jumping around everywhere even interacting with the fans up on the barricade a couple times throughout the night.  They didn’t disappoint a single person in the venue as they played a 13 song setlist and even throwing in an encore to end with ‘Open Water.’ This tour tour is one not to miss for the remainder upcoming dates.

Luis Rosales 25 | Concert & Portrait photographer in Sacramento, CA.