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Live Show Recap: Trivium & Beartooth @ The Warfield

By Evan Leong

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I had high expectations for this show. As a fan of both headliners, I know that Trivium and Beartooth are veterans, masters of their crafts. But they easily exceeded my expectations and assembled one of the greatest live shows I’ve ever witnessed. I’m currently stationed in California, and I had the opportunity to cover their double headliner here at San Francisco’s Warfield Theater.

As fans streamed into Market Street’s historic venue, the atmosphere was beautiful – partly cloudy weather, a fresh breeze, a light chatter as fans formed a line down the block. Fans repped Trivium’s red and gold “Deadmen and Dragons” tour merch, as well as purple and tie-dye Beartooth shirts. 

At 6:30, hard rock band Archetypes Collide kicked the show off. They’re a band I wasn’t too familiar with, but they quickly won me over with catchy vocal melodies and a fantastic stage presence. The highlights, for me, were their excellent cover of Linkin Park’s classic “One Step Closer,” as well as their opening song “Parasite.” The band’s youthful energy was contagious, and they set the tone for the rest of the show.

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English metalcore band Malevolence took the stage next. “If anybody falls, pick them back up,” shouted vocalist Alex Taylor. “Let’s have some fun!” Most songs featured a mashup of harsh vocals, heavy guitar riffs, and clean choruses. The riffs are what really stood out to me – the excitement and energy Malevolence created had fans moving as much as they possibly could in the venue’s tight floor space.

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There’s not much I can say about Trivium that hasn’t already been said. The Floridian metal band has been an all-time favorite of mine for a decade now; I even played their song Like Light to Flies on guitar at a high school talent show. Yesterday, I shot photos of the band performing it – a bit of a full circle moment for me. The performance was everything you could expect from Trivium and more. They had the crowd moshing to “Rain,” singing to “Until the World Goes Cold, and bouncing up and down to “The Heart from Your Hate.” At one point, vocalist and guitarist Matt Heafy stopped the show to check on a fan who hurt his ankle in the mosh pit. When everything was sorted out, they resumed. Later on, drummer Alex Bent took a moment to tell fans that it was an honor to be playing shows out in the Bay Area, where he had grown up watching some of his favorite bands. These two moments were highlights of the show. What stood out was the band’s humility and desire to connect with fans, and that is something I appreciate as a fan myself.

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Finally, Beartooth marched on stage to hundreds of cheers and bright purple lights. The band has been described as hardcore, punk, and metal. Whatever genre you prefer, the band is an exploding volcano of energy. Frontman Caleb Shomo put on one of the craziest, most passionate performances I’ve ever seen. The set was an hour long, and Shomo never stopped running, jumping, and moving. The crowd felt it; mosh pits were great, there were plenty of crowdsurfers, and hundreds of people sang along to popular songs like “In Between” and “Disease.” Beartooth has a unique way of keeping the crowd engaged through the entirety of their set; it was one of the most impressive performances I’ve ever seen. And it was great to see Beartooth’s new single “Sunshine!”. It’s one of my favorites from them, and the band’s ability to mix hardcore elements with captivating melodies is even more impressive in person. 

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This was a monster of a show. All four bands were incredible and the fans made the experience so worthwhile – I’ll remember this one for a long time. Listen to Trivium’s latest record “In the Court of the Dragon” and Beartooth’s recent single “Sunshine!” on all streaming platforms. For more photos from this show, be sure to follow our photography page on Instagram. And for more live show recaps, photo galleries, and interviews, be sure to follow our blog and tune into 88.7 WRSU-FM Radio!

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