Yüth Forever “Forever and Ever” Tour
Barrier Darke Complex
The news of Yüth Forever taking an indefinite hiatus hits us pretty hard here at Metal Lifestyle, and it wasn’t a question that we’d be seeing this tour. At the time of the initial announcement, the closest date they were playing was Albany, New York, about a two hour drive. We were apprehensive about the the trip, but were all willing to make it. Luckily, the very next day, The Webster in Hartford announced the tour was coming through, putting it at a much easier twenty minute drive. It was also icing on the cake that Barrier and Darke Complex were on as support. Those three names are what we consider the “holy trinity” of this new metalcore scene, so expectations were high. Despite not knowing Bungler, I knew if they were touring alongside these bands, they had to be good. The addition of local acts Boundaries and Lowpoints promised a very solid lineup through and through.
Lowpoints kicked off the night with their downtempo style and beatdown vibes. They certainly had a set to throw down to. Trust me, I know. I took a fucking kick to the jaw literally out of nowhere, and this was only two songs in. I hung out in the back, not wanting to take another hit, and as the set went on, it became a little stale. The band certainly isn’t bad, it's just that the set was very much the like hearing the same song being played 5 or 6 times.
Boundaries kicked up after Lowpoints was finished and they certainly are one of the most recognizable beatdown bands in the local scene as they after this show were leaving for tour with Lowpoints. Watching from the back of the room their set was the most filled in up until Darke Complex took the stage a bit later, they played some unrecognizable maybe new material to start and dedicated their set to all of our long lost dead gorilla friend Harambe. Their track titled “Worm Den” is where the chaos really started to lift and stayed at that peak for the entire set. Dakota ended up going in the pit for the beginning half of their track “Sour Mouth” but that was it because he was afraid of all the 230+ pound men and didn’t want to be knocked on his ass, all in all they really got the crowd ready for the touring acts.
A friend I spoke to before Bungler’s set assured me they're like Every Time I Die, so I was immediately interested. As soon as they started, it became clear they are a powerhouse of a trio. With their vocalist using all the space of the room, and even sometimes the adjacent bar, it was the most lively performance of the night with him getting in just about everyone’s face, having a good time, and posing for pictures mid-set without missing a beat. But the band it's just a great live show. Their music is chaotic and blood-pumping.
Having seen Darke Complex a few years ago as Widow, I was so excited to see these guys again. The band had made it known that this tour was the last time they were playing Widow, and while we got those songs, we also got a taste of new music, and it sounds incredibly similar to new My Ticket Home. If you know us, then you know that's one of the biggest compliments we can give. These songs had such a strong and simple groove, raw vocals, and Darke Complex’s signature electronics. A nice addition to the set were the pre-recorded clips played between songs. They were mostly introductions, but the voice resembled Glados from the Portal games. It was different and cool. It’s also worth mentioning that after the show, we talked to the guys in the band and they said “Invertebrate” is in the new movie Nerve. It doesn’t look like a particularly good movie, but with this we all feel as if we need to see it.
Barrier took the stage next and their set was pretty much what I expected: mostly Eventide, with one or two songs from earlier works that I wasn’t familiar with. It was enjoyable, but nothing too special. Despite playing some bangers, the crowd stayed low key, probably resting for Yüth Forever, which is understandable. They played a tight five-song set that covered some of the better songs in their catalog, but unfortunately none of my personal favorites.
The moment we all had been waiting for was finally upon us. Yüth Forever stepped on stage and put a fucking cement block on the gas pedal. A furious start with “The Deep Six” awakened an angst in all of us, only to explode by the end with the huge bassy guitar work. The next 30 minutes were unrelenting chaos, which was only exaggerated being in front of the stage when there's two or three big dudes crowd killing. The set covered most fan favorites, from “Man of the Evening” to “Growing Pains.” A point of contention online was the very short setlist since it was posted by the band days before the tour began, but after speaking to guys before the set, we discovered they had someone filling in on drums and it all became understandable, albeit still fairly disappointing. After the set, I was no longer behind my keyboard saying, “Man, it sucks they’re not going to be playing such and such,” and was enamored with the set. More importantly, I was able to see one of my favorite bands ever for the last time (possibly).
If this tour has yet to come through your area, get ready to have an awesome time. If you missed this or it's not coming through your area, I’m truly sorry. If you’re in the position to make a rather long drive to catch this, do it. Am I biased? Yeah, Yüth Forever are one of the only constants in my ever changing favorites, but the other bands on the tour are still great and it’ll be hard to walk away having not enjoyed the show.
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