The Whitechapel show was somewhat better than Summer Slaughter in terms of concert experience, the vibe was immediately great. The venue Cafe 611 in Frederick, Maryland is small and roughly one-third of the space is dedicated to selling merchandise in a separate room, whilst a portion of the show room consists of the bar on the opposite side from the stage. But, despite the lack of space, the attendance was phenomenal as was the audience enthusiasm. The crowd activity prevented yours truly from filming as well as I did at SS, which I love at metal shows and I would have joined right in if I hadn't been trying to figure out where and how to hold my video camera. On the upside, I remembered to bring the charging cord this time.
I admit that I hadn't paid very much attention to the first two local openers, Emerge a Tyrant and Alukah, as I wanted to ensure that the Whitechapel interview went smoothly when it happened.
The first band that I was able to shoot was Encasing Embrace, with whom I hitched a ride to and from the show. I know from a few conversations with their bassist that the band's lineup has never been stable; now lacking a guitarist, he needed to fill the traps with his bass alone. The result was a uniquely fulfilling sound that steps the bass game up.