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The intensity of For Today's music and message is best expressed in a live setting and Sunday night the metalcore
band delivered it to a packed Newport Music Hall. Lit up by spiraling strobe lights, lead vocalist and evangelist Mattie
Montgomery paused briefly between song performances to emphasize his Christian faith through proclaiming his
acceptance of different opinions, his fearlessness of individual demographics, and the unifying significance of
music--secular or not.  

Before performing the self-titled track from the band's recently released fifth studio album
Fight The Silence (Razor &
Tie), Montgomery noted that he wrote the song after being overwhelmed and disheartened with the topic of human
trafficking. Proceeds from the song and album sales go to the A21 Campaign with a goal to globally prevent and end
sexual exploitation.

The Sioux City, Iowa-based band, which includes Westerville native and ex-Crimson Armada drummer David Puckett,
gave a well-rounded, vicious throwdown of a performance. Considering fans are still familiarizing themselves with fresh
material, the five-piece performed only three new tracks out of twelve. Fans turned the floor into a mosh pit and filled
the air with crowd surfers during "Foundation," "Devastator," "Fearless" and
Breaker's "Arm The Masses," which
appropriately featured a live on stage appearance by Stray The Path vocalist Drew Dijorio aka Drew York.

A solid roster of bands that continue to impact the metalcore/hardcore genre opened the "Fight The Silence Album
Release Tour," including Texas group Fit For A King (Solid State Records) and two Ohio bands that essentially
became supergroups that include former members of My Ticket Home, Emarosa, Legion, TerraFirma, Before Their
Eyes: The Plot In You (Rise Records) and Like Moths To Flames (Rise Records/Nuclear Blast).

Stray From The Path (Sumerian Records) stood out with their full on hardcore sound. The New Yorkers brought a
classic edge to the lineup with lyrics stylized in the form of rap, speedy punk rock drumming, distorted instrumental
backings and repetitive fist-throwing chants. Songs performed included: "Mad Girl," "Damien," "Radio" and "Bring It
Back To The Streets." The band released it's seventh studio album
Anonymous last year.

The five band tour continues through March.
See Dates.
For Today
Fight The Silence tour brings metalcore's finest to Columbus
Written & Photos By NEIL SHUMATE  | February 10, 2014