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DevilDriver and Cradle of Filth: The Double Trouble Tour

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Two of the Most Iconic Bands in the Heavy Music Scene Deliver a Night Of Sonic Fury – Photos and Feature on the DevilDriver & Cradle of Filth Concert at the Culture Room in Ft Lauderdale, FL

In the world of heavy metal, few bands can command the stage and captivate audiences like DevilDriver and Cradle of Filth. And so, it was only natural to see them join forces on the Double Trouble tour this year to deliver punishing metal anthems to audiences all over America. The Culture Room in Ft. Lauderdale was lucky enough to play host to this unforgettable sold-out concert featuring these two iconic metal acts, along with an exhilarating lineup of opening acts in the form Black Satellite, Savage Existence, and Ill Nino. The event promised to be a a night of sonic fury that left fans craving more, and it did not disappoint!

The Culture Room, nestled in the heart of Ft. Lauderdale, has earned a reputation as a haven for live music enthusiasts. On this particular evening, the venue’s intimate and cozy setting was the perfect backdrop for the high-octane energy that was about to explode onto the stage. The night began with Savage Existence taking the stage, injecting a dose of raw energy into the atmosphere. Hailing from Costa Rica, the band unleashed a barrage of thrash and groovy metal riffs that had the crowd head-banging in unison. Their crushing guitar work and ferocious stage presence demonstrated that the metal scene in Costa Rica is alive and well.

Following Savage Existence was Black Satellite, a dynamic group known for their electrifying live performances that meld together industrial and groover metal influences. The band’s setlist consisted of tracks from their upcoming album “Aftermath”, and their live performance definitely showed us that they are a band to be on the lookout for. Bandleaders Larissa Vale and Kyle Hawken delivered a set filled with catchy hooks and powerful vocals that captivated the crowd and set the stage perfectly for the heavier acts that were yet to come. They ended the night with a cover of Rammstein’sSonne” which the crowd really enjoyed.

As the night continued to heat up, Ill Nino brought their unique blend of Latin-influenced metal to the quickly filling Culture Room. With a potent mix of growling vocals and percussive rhythms, they delivered a set that was as heavy as it was groove-infused. The audience was treated to classics like “This Is War” and “How Can I Live,” resulting in a raucous mosh pit that seemed to stretch to every corner of the venue. Even though the band underwent some lineup changes recently, lead singer Marcos Leal did an incredible job and it was awesome to see Marc Rizzo back in the fold. The band finished up their time on stage with the classic banger “Te Amo…I Hate You” as the crowd went wild once again.

As the anticipation grew, the time finally arrived for the main event. DevilDriver, fronted by the charismatic Dez Fafara, stormed onto the stage like a force of nature and kicked off their set with the thunderous combination of “Keep Away From Me” and “I Could Care Less“. The band’s devilish brand of groove metal combined with a thrashy edge had fans losing themselves in the music and kept a circle pit going during their entire set. Hits like “Through the Depths” and “End of the Line” resonated with the crowd, who responded with wild enthusiasm, and Dez even delivered an emotional cover of the AWOLNation song “Sail“. Devildriver finished up their time on stage with their most popular song “Clouds Over California” as the crowd moshed harder than ever for the finale.

British extreme metal veterans Cradle of Filth were up next, engulfing the Culture Room in a dark and atmospheric soundscape. The crowd roared with approval as the band appeared onstage and began their unholy musical ritual with “Existential Terror” and “The Fate of the World on Our Shoulders“. Frontman Dani Filth’s sinister and haunting vocals, along with the band’s symphonic yet heavy elements, created an eerie and mesmerizing atmosphere that perfectly complimented the live show. Cradle of Filth played a blend of classic tracks from all throughout their storied discography, including “Nymphetamine” and “Her Ghost in the Fog,” which the fans went crazy for. After an incredible night of symphonic extreme metal, Dani and the rest of the band delivered one final blow as their last song in the form of “From the Cradle to Enslave” as the crowd screamed and yearned for more.

The concert was a triumphant collision of American and British heavy metal, leaving the audience drenched in sweat and adrenaline. The tour’s coexistence of DevilDriver’s groovy aggression and Cradle of Filth’s gothic opulence provided a diverse and satisfying metal experience for everyone lucky enough to attend the show in such an intimate venue. The opening acts, Black Satellite, Savage Existence, and Ill Nino, all set the stage for a night of sonic fury with their distinctive styles and captivating performances. DevilDriver and Cradle of Filth then took the audience on a wild, metal-driven journey that left everyone in attendance craving more.

Gleb Barabanov is South Florida Insider's Vice President, Graphic Designer and Webmaster, as well as a Photographer and Writer covering events all over the world. Originally born in Odessa, Ukraine, Gleb now calls the sunny Florida area home, where he attended Full Sail University and received a Bachelors of Arts in Film Production. Gleb is obsessed with music, cameras, guitars, and his Shiba Inu, Yoshi

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