The first time I saw August Burns Red live was at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, SC back in 2008. They were the opening act for As I Lay Dying, and I wasn't all that familiar with their music at the time, other than a little bit of name recognition. Some how, some way, they failed to make an impression on me that night and I left the show without giving them much thought. Well, five years and four albums later, it's a totally different story. August Burns Red has become one of my favorite bands over the last couple of years, and I religiously listen to all of their material, even convincing my wife to let us play their recent instrumental Christmas album, Sleddin' Hill, this past December. Now that says a lot.
After discovering how great this band really is, I was lucky enough to catch them on their 2012 headlining tour at The Orange Peel, but only as a newly dedicated fan. They recently came back around in support of their new album, Rescue and Restore, in December of 2013, and this time I was lucky enough to attend not only as a fan, but as a photographer. And bringing along openers Bless the Fall, Defeater, and Beartooth only made the experience that much sweeter. Here are some of my favorite images from the show.
Shooting frontman Jake Luhrs is a lot like trying to capture a wild tiger let loose from it's cage. It's fast, ferocious, and intimidating all at the same time, but for some reason you just want to test the limits on how close you can get without getting bit. Many times I thought his screams into my camera lens might just break the glass.
If you were in the crowd, you better like your neighbor - it was hot, sweaty, and packed. No one seemed to mind.
Prior to August Burns Red taking the stage, Bless The Fall had no problems getting the crowd amped and ready to go. This was after all, a metal show.