At LA’s Club Nokia on Saturday, September 28th, Monster Energy’s Outbreak Tour held its opening show, featuring one of the year’s most stylish ensembles of hard rock and metal bands.

Led by Welsh rockers Bullet for My Valentine and Hollywood’s Black Veil Brides, this year’s Outbreak Tour favored a slightly younger demographic of heavy rock enthusiasts, who were either moshing their way to the front of the stage or watching the show from a safe distance through their iPhones. This thankfully cleared up the bar all night for the handful of of-age concertgoers at Club Nokia. No complaints here.


Opening performances from Minneapolis alt-rockers Throw the Fight and Los Angeles’ female-fronted Stars in Stereo were well-received by the Club Nokia crowd, but the night was ultimately all about Bullet and Black Veil. Black Veil’s devout followers packed the floor, singing and sweating along with BVB’s arsenal of hits including “Let You Down” and “Fallen Angels.” But it was the set-ending “In the End” that left the crowd wanting more.

The yearning for more Black Veil Brides was tempered by the anticipation for one of hard rock and metal’s most impressive live acts: Bullet for My Valentine. Now whether you consider them rock or metal, there is one thing that is undeniable about these Welshmen: they crush nearly every live show in the game with those guitars. They should start and end every show with the intro to “Your Betrayal” — it’s that good.

But Bullet is far more than well-placed guitar riffs. They have some of the most memorable hooks in metal (or rock). And not just the uber-popular “Tears Don’t Fall,” which closed the night in a venue-wide singalong. The headlining set peaked during the big chorus of “P.O.W.,” which may be the catchiest, and arguably, best track in Bullet’s growing arsenal.

Find the full line-up for Monster Energy’s Outbreak Tour & Hard Drive Live here.