The Dead Masquerade Tour 2 came to Pittsburgh’s Enclave. This was my first time back in this venue since the Enclave formerly known as the Rex Theater closed during COVID. Sadly I did not make it to watch the first opening act but I did make it just in time to watch Battle For The Big Stage winners Young Other play their set. After watching I could see why they won, their stage presence was great and the way they connected with the fans during the set was amazing. At one point not only did the singer jump into the crowd to join them but so did their guitarist. This was their last day on the tour so they definitely gave it their all. Las Vegas based band Violent New Breed took the stage next, playing songs off their 2019 album ‘Bad Reputation’ they gave the crowd their all with non-stop energy and movement. They recently released a new single ‘Sanctuary’ so definitely check that out.
An elder emo favorite The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus from Jacksonville, FL opened up with ‘Is This the Real World?’ before heading into ‘Misery Loves Its Company’. You can tell this group is passionate about what they do and that they really form genuine connections with their fans. Continuing their set with ‘Brace Yourself’, ‘In Fate's Hands’ and ‘False Pretense’ they really put their all into every performance and everyone has so much energy. Of course they couldn’t leave out one of their most popular songs ‘Face Down’ which carries a lot of weight behind it and sadly for many a very relatable song. They took time to really interact with the crowd before finishing up their set with ‘Your Guardian Angel’ and ‘The Grimm Goodbye’.
Closing out the night was Las Vegas headliner Escape The Fate. Starting out their set with ‘Massacre’, ‘Issues’ and ‘Zombie Dance’ they filled the room with so much life. They went on to play a few more songs including a personal favorite ‘City of Sin’. They have a great stage presence and bring in a crowd of all ages. Continuing their set with ‘Prepare Your Weapon’ and ‘The Aftermath’ before heading into a multi-song encore starting with ‘Lightning Strike’, ‘Ashley’ before wrapping up the night with ‘One for the Money’. Overall it was a great show with moody lighting and fans singing along to all the words.
Review/Photo By: Cheyenne Simmons