Live Coverage || Papa Roach, Hollywood Undead @ Piraeus 117 Academy, 29/02/2020

In November of 2019, nu metal titans Papa Roach and groove metal powerhouse Hollywood Undead announced a massive European tour for February of next year. Along the way, horrorcore pioneers Ice Nine Kills were announced as the special guests and the package took an extra twist. The tour rolled through Athens on February 29th.

Ice Nine Kills went on stage at exactly 19:10 with "Stabbing In The Dark". The Boston quintet changed in and out of costumes to match the spirit of the songs they were interpreting. To my surprise, they had a pretty decent audience that knew the lyrics and sang along. After a thirty-minute horror show, the band bid us farewell with "IT Is The End".
Up next was Hollywood Undead, who were celebrating the recent release of their latest album, "New Empire, Vol. 1". The set kicked off with "Time Bomb" and "Undead", with the members changing instruments. These people are great performers and their stage show reflected their experience; they would erratically run up and down the stage and pose for photographers without skipping a beat, while sparks and smoke went off during most choruses. The crowd was very responsive, singing back the lyrics especially on the older songs. "Hear Me Now" got the whole venue dancing along and was the most fitting way to end their setlist. Their show was very entertaining and they warmed up the fans efficiently for the headliners.
Papa Roach, contrary to the previous bands, dialed down the stage production and put the performance up a notch. It was incredible to see a veteran band play with such a youthful energy and only rely on lights to enhance their show. For 90', Jakoby Shaddix and co. electrified the atmosphere and got the audience to jump up and down and sing at the top of their lungs. The setlist was carefully chosen, reconciling the band's fan favorite hits with the newer work. I would have personally loved it though if they played some more old songs such as "Forever" or "No Matter What", instead of covering "Firestarter". I understand wanting a tribute to the late Keith Flint of The Prodigy, but they are one of the bands that I feel no one can or should touch. Regardless, the show was really captivating and what bigger proof to that than myself eventually joining the madness with my camera in hand. It was the perfect Saturday night and I'm really looking forward to seeing them again soon!

All pictures courtesy of Arte LikeThat photography.

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