It’s completely fitting that the first band I’ve had the pleasure of covering twice this year is Bad Omens. Not only did they absolutely kill it when I covered their show with Underoath and Spiritbox back in March, but THE DEATH OF PEACE OF MIND is undoubtedly my favorite album of 2022.
The Richmond, Virginia-based band dropped its third studio album a day before my birthday and it’s been in constant rotation ever since. The opportunity to hear Noah Sebastian’s piercing vocals tear into “ARTIFICIAL SUICIDE” contrasted by the melodic flow of a track like “The Grey” was simply too good to pass up.
While it was slightly jarring to see them perform in broad daylight compared to the dark and brooding mood of their previous set, Bad Omens’ intensity and sound works in any setting. And my complements to the chef … or whoever is responsible for pairing Bad Omens with A Day To Remember and Beartooth. They’re very clearly three of the best bands in hard rock today, and catching them all on the opening night of their new tour was a blast.