TOUR PREVIEW: Impericon Never Say Die Tour 2014

For the last few years, Impericon have been well known for putting on amazing tours and festivals, one of these being the Never Say Die Tour. Previous editions have included such acclaimed acts such as Emmure, We Came As Romans, and Parkway Drive. Now this year’s listing has taken more of a hardcore gathering unlike previous line ups, which will please many of the masses who like this particular genre. Headlining this year’s tour is Terror, who are one of the bigger names of hardcore, being followed by six other bands who are up and coming in their fields.


WHO THEY ARE:

Origin: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Label: Victory
Years active: 2002-present
# albums: 5
Members: Scott Vogel (vocals); Martin Stewart (guitars); Jordan Posner (guitars); David Wood (bass); Nick Jett (drums, percussion)

Last time they came over here was for Impericon’s first ever UK festival, main support under metalcore giants Bury Tomorrow, so they have now got a chance to prove they are more than just a support band. 12 years to their name and they have had a lot of USA tours implementing their status as one of the greatest hardcore bands of their generation, but nothing much tour wise for the UK. Hopefully this will be the end of year blowout that this band wants.  


Origin: Orange County, CA, USA
Label: Sumerian
Years active: 2003-present
# albums: 4
Members: Jesse Barnett (vocals); Chris Rawson (guitars, backing vox); Josh James (guitars, backing vox); Andrew Rose (bass, backing vox); George Schmitz (drums, percussion)

Another one of California’s finest, Stick To Your Guns have been receiving more of a commercial success ever since The Hope Division was released back in 2010 with ‘Amber’ being the forefront. 2012 saw the release of Diamond which pushed them further up and we are now expecting a 2015 release for their new album ‘Disobedient’  


Origin: Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Label: Victory
Years active: 2002-present
# albums: 5
Members: Andrew Neufeld (vocals); Jeremy Heibert (guitars, backing vox); Stu Ross (guitars, backing vox); Matt Keil (bass, backing vox); Jesse Labovitz (drums, percussion)

Taking more of the punk route for hardcore, Comeback Kid have been hitting hard ever since their first record and have been growing ever since. Definitely a band that shouldn’t be slept on during this tour due to their energy on stage and what the crowd gives back.  


Origin: Montreal/Ottawa, Canada
Label: Epitaph
Years active: 2012-present
# albums: 2
Members: Alex Erian (vocals); John Campbell (guitars); Greg Wood (guitars); Miguel Lepage (bass); Stevie Morotti (drums, percussion)

In two years, Obey The Brave have cemented themselves as one of the veterans of the modern melodic hardcore scene with both of their albums being hard hitters. Expect to hear a mixture of songs off Salvation and Young Blood.  


Origin: Setúbal, Portugal
Label: Good Fight / eOne
Years active: 2000-present
# albums: 5
Members: Vasco Romas (vocals); Filipe Survival (guitars); Sérgio Sousa (guitars); Mike Ghost (bass); Wilson Silva (drums, percussion)

Being the only band on this bill that is from Europe and also the only band that sticks more to a metalcore tradition than hardcore, they will be a bit out of their comfort zone as far as the crowd think, but don’t be fooled. They have enough riffs and firepower to make a name for themselves.  


Origin: Riverside, CA, USA
Label: Pure Noise
Years active: 1999-present
# albums: 5
Members: : Mike Perez (vocals); Christian Lee (guitars); Daniel Garrow (guitars); Ryan Warrell (bass); Martin Alcedo (drums, percussion)

The longest running band on the bill, specialising in melodic hardcore and punk, No Bragging Rights have gone to new heights with ‘Cycles’ and ‘The Concrete Flower’ adding new flavours and bringing a new age to this bands career.  


Origin: San Diego, CA, USA
Label: Equal Vision
Years active: 2009-present
# albums: 2
Members: Daniel Wand (vocals); Ryan Knowles (guitars); Chris Darton (guitars); Joey Toarmina (bass); Andrew Tamayo (drums, percussion)

Opening the whole tour is the young up and coming melodic hardcore band Capsize. Having just released their newest record ‘Pale’ they are willing to set a big path. Last time they came over was with Being As An Ocean, so now its time to see if they will leave a bigger memory.  


WHEN & WHERE THEY’RE PLAYING:

NOVEMBER 01 @ 17:30 – WOLVERHAMPTON, Slade Rooms
NOVEMBER 02 @ 17:00 – LEEDS, University
NOVEMBER 03 @ 17:00 – DUBLIN, Village
NOVEMBER 04 @ 17:00 – GLASGOW, Garage
NOVEMBER 05 @ 17:00 – LONDON, Islington Academy


WHAT THEY’LL BE PLAYING:

Using a combination of recent setlists and what’s hot right now, here’s what we predict each band will be playing:

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Written by Josh Palmer (@_epilxgue)