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On a cool Friday evening, metalcore fans from all around gathered at the Southside Ballroom in Dallas to witness August Burns Red's 20-Year Anniversary Tour, with The Devil Wears Prada as direct support and Bleed From Within as the opening act. As soon as I arrived, I knew it was going to be an unforgettable night. The energy in the air was refreshing, and everyone was buzzing with excitement.

Bleed From Within, a metal band from Scotland, kicked off the night with a powerful set. The crowd was still trickling in, but that didn't stop the band from giving it their all. They played a few tracks from their latest album, Shrine, including "I Am Damnation" and "Levitate." The band's energy was infectious, and they managed to get the crowd warmed up and ready for the main acts.

Next up was The Devil Wears Prada, a band that needs no introduction. As soon as they stepped on stage, the crowd erupted in cheers. They opened with "Watchtower," which got everyone singing along. The band's set was a mix of old classics and new hits, including "Danger: Wildman" and "Broken." Vocalist Mike Hranica's screams were piercing, and the band's musicianship was on full display. The mosh pit was in full swing, and fans were crowd-surfing left and right.

Finally, it was time for the main event. August Burns Red took the stage to thunderous applause. They wasted no time and launched into "Fault Line," a classic track from their 2013 album, Rescue & Restore. The band's energy was wild, and the crowd was eating it up. They played a mix of old and new material, including "Meddler," "Empire," and "Carpe Diem." Guitarists JB Brubaker and Brent Rambler were in top form, shredding through complex riffs and solos with ease. Drummer Matt Greiner was a force to be reckoned with, and bassist Dustin Davidson held down the low end with precision.

One of the highlights of the night was when the band played "Backburner," one of their most beloved songs. The crowd erupted in a sing-along, and I couldn't help but feel a sense of unity and camaraderie with my fellow metalheads. The band closed out their set with "White Washed," a track from their album, Constellations. The crowd was chanting the lyrics, and the energy was electric.

After a brief break, Matt Greiner came on stage for a jaw-dropping drum solo. The band then returned to the stage for an encore. They played “Marianas Trench” and "Composure," one of their most popular songs, and the crowd went wild. Vocalist Jake Luhrs thanked the fans for their support over the years, and the band took a final bow. August Burns Red, The Devil Wears Prada, and Bleed From Within put on an incredible show and I’m glad I got to capture such a monumental night.

James Coffman

Photojournalist - Dallas

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