KATS Concert Report: ‘The Omens Tour’ in Kent [PHOTOS]
“The Omens Tour” with Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage, Spiritbox and Fit For An Autopsy rolled through the northwest and made it’s stop at the ShowWare Center in Kent, Washington. My good friend (and longtime KATS listener) EJ Ramos and his fiancé Veronica attended the show. They had a blast and posted some pictures of the show to their social media. I reached out to him to see if he wanted to write up a KATS Concert report. I got a one word reply… “YESSSS!!” Without further delay, here’s EJ’s concert report on “The Omens Tour”:
All I can say is goddamn, what a show!!!!! On a Monday of all days. Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage, Spiritbox, and Fit For An Autopsy absolutely killed it in Kent at the Showare Center. I had expected to see Spiritbox open up, but Fit For An Autopsy had the opening spot. Nothing like opening the show with a little deathcore.
FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY
Fit For An Autopsy brought the brutally heavy riffs, punishing breakdowns, and intense show us metalheads love to see. They brought a little bit of old and new. A couple of my favorite songs including The Sea of Tragic Beasts, Heads Will Hang, and Black Mammoth were played, and played flawlessly. Definitely a rad start to the show.
Next was Spiritbox, from just north of us in Vancouver, B.C. More on the Djenty, melodic, metalcore band with a solid mix of beautiful cleans with super heavy vocals. Spiritbox have definitely become one of my personal favorite bands over the last 3 years or so. I originally found them randomly on YouTube, as one does when you let the YouTube rabbit hole guide you. They played an extremely solid set, with songs like Holy Roller, Rotoscope, and circle With Me. Luckily they were on this tour, as they had only signed up for 3 shows on this bill. They have been on my list for a while to see. And it is so nice to see them getting so much movement the last year. They almost bring a bit of a euphoric vibe to the room with their music. So calm, yet so heavy at the same time. Beyond stoked to finally get to see them live. And also it was a nice to be able to take my fiancé with me to this show as an intro to a big metal show.
On to the boys in the mighty Killswitch Engage, which if you’ve been into any type of metal or metalcore in the last 20 years? You’ve more than like stumbled across this band, or are already a fan. Personally, I’ve been a fan since about 2002. They’ve always brought the goods every time I’ve seen them. Even through singer changes and everything else thrown at them. They’ve prospered and still are one of the best in the business. They brought the old school, including The End Of Heartache, Rose Of Sharon, even the Dio cover of Holy Diver.
Then brought the new with Hate By Design, Signal Fire, and The Crownless King. Not to mention the amazing rendition of Jump from Van Halen as an intro, but with a twist. Instead of “You might as well Jump”, it was “might as well get drunk”!!! Which I proudly raised my $15 beers to.
LAMB OF GOD
Then of course closing out the night was the larger than life Lamb of God from “Richmond Mother Fuckin Virginia” as lead singer Randy loves to say. They are and will always be in my top 5 bands along with Killswitch for sure. They brought the whole show as a headliner. Flames, loud bangs, and a brutal onslaught of heavy metal that only they know how to bring.
Again they brought some of the classics with a nice mix of the new. Including a few from the new album “Omens”. It’s a definite banger. Lamb Of God didn’t hold back. Brought songs like Ruin, Walk With Me In Hell, 11th hour. Then took it home with 512, Omens, Omertà, Laid to Rest, Vigil. So many good songs.
This show was everything you could ask for and more. Scored some rad merch as always. And finally got my fiancé out to a metal show for the first time. Which she enjoyed thoroughly. Not a bad show to break her in. Definitely do yourself a favor and check out these bands. You’ll be glad you did. Even if it’s something you don’t dig. You know someone that will. Cheers!
- EJ Ramos