Rise Against Assemble The Wolves In Denver


As the temperatures heat up outside so does the summer concert tours. The fans of Denver, Colorado packed the Pepsi Center Friday night June 30 to experience a double headliner show of punk rock veterans Rise Against and alternative metal pioneers Deftones.

Post-harcore alternative rock veterans Thrice hit the stage opening with their current single ballad “Hurricane” from their eighth studio album To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere released last year. From there they mixed in heavier and emotional softer songs from their catalog showing how they blend styles and have experimented with their sound. If you were a diehard fan it might have been too short but if you were new to the band it was a great introduction to their music.

The Deftones ferociously took the stage next blazing through the frenetic song “Headup”. You would never believe frontman Chino Moreno had recently fallen off a stage and injured his foot. He still commands the stage jumping and whipping his microphone around displaying the same aggression while pumping up the crowd. The Deftones remain a strong live band thanks to drummer Abe Cunningham, bassist Sergio Vega, and guitarist Stephen Carpenter. They provide the grooves and heavy riffs that compliment Moreno’s melodic vocals and screams. Still supporting their 2016 release Gore, the band played the atmospheric “Phantom Bride” followed by fan favorites from White Pony and incredible 2010’s Diamond Eyes. The Deftones are still prominent today and continue to set a high standard where a lot of bans strive to reach.

After plenty of heavy riffs from the Deftones, Rise Against closed out the show in fine modern punk fashion. Having just released a new album Wolves, the band was firing on all cylinders playing a solid set that consisted of fan favorites and popular anthems. The older songs including “Satellite” and “Survive” fit nicely into the set alongside the new ones “The Violence” and “Wolves”. Vocally Tim McIIrath sounded great and had no problem getting the crowd to chant and sing along. Supporting McIIrath was drummer Branson Barnes, bassist Joe Principle, and providing the guitars and kicks was Zach Blair. To close out the set the band finished with the 2009 hit “Savior’” satisfying the crowd and making them wanting more. The crowd warmly received the bands “Fighting Back” political views and convinced their fans not to be silent in 2017 America.