Five Finger Death Punch and Breaking Benjamin brought rock back to Central Florida. Supporting them on this run is In Flames and From Ashes to New. On Wednesday, December fifth they graced the CFE Arena. The arena was packed the crowd eagerly anticipating the bands of the night. Many adorned in their t-shirts as far as the eye could see.
From Ashes to New quickly got the crowd in high spirits, playing songs like My Fight and their cover of Heavy/Papercut by Linkin Park.
The second act was In Flames who always play a great set, the last time I had managed to catch them live was back at Kink Music Festival in 2016. But the crowd was getting restless and that was the cue for our first headliner of the night.
The moment Breaking Benjamin went on stage the crowd was ecstatic, playing hit after hit with fan favorites such as Breath and Blow Me Away. A fun cover medley, with Smells Like Teen Spirit, Enter Sandman and other classics. The crowd soaked up every minute of their set, but the most memorable moment was during The Diary of Jane. Thousands of concertgoers singing along to the chart-toping classic, until they struck their last cord.
Last but certainly not least was Five Finger Death Punch. The flames behind them throughout the set provided a vibrant backdrop, with the eerie looming skull in the middle. They played a nice array of new and older hits. Their cover of Bad Company, Wrong Side of Heaven, The Bleeding and more. By their performance it is evident why they have remained such an influential band over the years, and I look forward to catching them the next time they are in Florida.
Photographs and review submitted by Dena Gonzalez