April 30th, 2022
By Jessica Kolodziej
On a rainy Sunday evening in Tampa, Florida, fans stood in line patiently and in the downpour eager for the doors to open at The Orpheum. Four bands were set to perform with the well-known headliner, Code Orange, out on their “Code Orange Is Out For Blood” tour. Opening + supporting acts consists of Vended, Dying Wish, and Loathe.
Starting off the night was Iowa’s Vended. They released their latest EP “What Is It//Kill It” in 2021. Vended certainly brought the rage in Tampa that night. It was astonishing to see two sons of one of the biggest heavy metal bands in the world, Slipknot; give it their all and follow in their fathers’ footsteps. Vocalist Griffin Taylor is the son of Corey Taylor, and Simon Crahan is the son of one of the percussionist’s Shawn “Clown” Crahan. Performing a six-song set list, Vended did not disappoint. And certainly, it’s intriguing to see what the band will bring to the table with new music coming soon.
The second band of the night, Dying Wish, consists of five members including vocalist Emma Boster. Emma is worth watching as her vocals along with the rhythm will want you to get up and move. The mosh pit was constantly moving the whole set as they performed songs from their latest album, last year’s debut full-length Fragments of a Bitter Memory. Miles away from Portland, Oregon; Dying Wish left the crowd amazed. The fans raved during their whole set and the energy kept going throughout the night. To say they’ve been putting in the work is not an incorrect statement.
After two amazing acts, Loathe followed with another amazing performance. Each song they portrayed high energy and it was all around such a cool experience to see them perform, as it always is. Loathe has been a band for quite a while, and they are all the way from the United Kingdom. Tampa sang along while they performed songs on their 2020 full-length I Let It In And It Took Everything. Their unique blend of shoegaze, post-metal, metalcore, and plenty of other influences won them the attention of pretty much every music tastemaker a couple years back.
For the final performance of the night, as the crowd awaited watching three amazing bands. Code Orange took the stage. Their stage appearance and performance are top notch. The energy they bring along with the energy the crowd gives off is quite something to witness firsthand. Code Orange released a single back in 2021 called “Out for Blood” which they performed, along with many other classics from previous albums.
As the tour nears the end, all four bands are still bringing the HEAT. This is the last week of tour, and you will not be disappointed if you see one of their remaining shows!