Photos and Review by: Gina Monahan
Lineup: Landmvrks, Counterparts, The Devil Wears Prada, Fit For a King
Date: October 3rd, 2023
Location: The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA
When two of Metalcore’s most iconic bands announce a co-headline tour across the United States, you don’t miss it. Fit For A King and The Devil Wears Prada are currently embarking on their US “Metalcore Dropouts” tour with support from Landmvrks and Counterparts. They stopped in Philadelphia, PA this past Tuesday, and never has Philly ever wanted to drop into the mosh pit so quickly.
The first band of the night was French Metal band Landmvrks. It was apparent from the get-go that Landmvrks has several kinds of musical influences–everything from metalcore, djent, hip-hop, and pop-rock. They were a fun and energetic way to kick off the night.
Counterparts was the next band to perform. The last time I caught them they played a 600-cap club in the city, so it was interesting to see them in the crowded 2500-cap Fillmore Philly.
The Devil Wears Prada
The Devil Wears Prada was the first of the two co-headlining bands to take the stage. It was my first time seeing them live, and they absolutely did not disappoint. I was impressed from the moment they opened with “Exhibition”. Their energy and stage presence was immediately captivating. They then went into killer tracks like “Watchtower”, “Salt”, and “Reaching”.
The Devil Wears Prada is a metalcore band consisting of vocalist Mike Hranica, guitarists Jeremy DePoyster and Kyle Sipress, drummer Giuseppe Capolupo, keyboardist Jonathan Gering, and bassist Mason Nagy. The group formed in 2005 in Ohio and have been creating heavy, melodic, and dynamic music ever since.
Needless-to-say, The Devil Wears Prada was an incredibly enjoyable show and I am very excited to see them again. The six-piece ensemble lended well to the vibrant energy of their show. They ended their set with powerhouse tracks “Chemical”, “Sacrifice”, and “Hey John, What’s Your Name Again?”.
Fit For a King
Finally, Fit For A King closed out the night with a fantastic show. This was my fourth time seeing the metal group, and it’s been amazing seeing them go from opening at the TLA to headlining at the Fillmore.
Fit For A King consists of vocalist Ryan Kirby, guitarist Daniel Gailey, bassist Ryan “Tuck” O’Leary, and drummer Trey Celaya. The group formed in Texas in 2007, and have since rocked the genre of American metalcore to its very “core”.
The four-piece opened with “Annihilation”, and then went straight into “Breaking the Mirror” and “Falling Through the Sky”. Their energy is unmatched and are always a joy to see. Ryan “Tuck” O’Leary is always a noticeable highlight, as he is constantly jumping, spinning, and at times I swear he is even levitating on stage. The group ended their incredible set with “Vendetta”, “When Everything Means Nothing”, a personal favorite of mine, and “God of Fire”.
Crowd surfers soared over waves of screaming fans. A large sign that read “MOSH PIT” spun around in the center of the floor. Kids, adults, and families alike shouted along to each song. “Metalcore Dropouts” has proven to be a tour that attracts all forms of people–because the best kind of music has no boundaries. It brings people together, no matter their background, and unites us as one community.
The Devil Wears Prada and Fit For A King’s “Metalcore Dropouts” tour continues through October 19th. You can find additional tour dates here.