Bad Omens’ Noah Sebastian Opens Up About Past Mental Breakdown After The Amity Affliction’s Joel Birch Reignites Beef

Bad Omens previously made headlines after dropping off their early 2019 tour with The Amity Affliction and Senses Fail due to an alleged admat dispute. The co-headliners said Bad Omens were upset about the size of their name on the poster, but the band claimed that was not true. Now, The Amity Affliction’s Joel Birch has reignited the beef via Twitter, causing Bad Omens’ Noah Sebastian to respond with a lengthy statement in which he opened up about a past mental breakdown.

Here’s Birch’s tweet:

Here’s Sebastian’s response:

“For most of 2017 I was in a very sensitive state mentally due to a total breakdown I don’t want to go further into detail about because I don’t like talking about it, and it simply isn’t your business.

In this state I was prone to all kinds of erratic behaviors, triggered by almost anything, to a point that both myself and other people around me were concerned for my safety.

Fortunately – I got it all sorted and I’ve been feeling better than ever since the start of 2018. Fast forward a bit to when the internet blew up as a result of what I can only imagine at this point was lots of miscommunications and a bad judgement call to make an announcement in the tackiest most unprofessional way possible.

When we issued a statement about the situation I mentioned that I had felt “bullied” and lots of people find that hilarious. So I’m gonna explain what I meant.

Now my whole life I’ve never been a sensitive person and I’ve been through enough fucked up shit growing up that a crude joke, or a keyboard warrior are the last things that could phase me.

I thought I was psychologically invincible. But after experiencing a totally unpredictable panic and anxiety beyond manageable for such a long duration of time, and seeing what it truly meant to lose your power over your emotional state, I learned how relative these seemingly innocent situations can be.

We got hundreds maybe thousands of hateful messages and comments and tweets – sometimes even threats? Over this goofy band “beef” and a decision we felt was best for our band.”

Now I’m not dressing myself as a victim here, and as I said before, I was in a good place at this point so while it was frustrating having so much to say while trying to maintain some level of professionalism – it wasn’t detrimental.

But the point I’m trying to make it that inciting some kind of gang mentality in an attempt to encourage the masses to send a negative response or energy to someone – is always potentially a risk when your knowledge of the actual situation is limited and something maybe you’d rather be safe than sorry about when you never know what that person is going through.

And that’s a gamble both TAA and SF were willing to take and let’s not all play dumb and act like they didn’t know that would happen.

An ironic gamble considering the message Joel monetizes while advocating all kinds of positive mental health agendas, but after almost 40 years to accumulate any kind of wisdom on the subject, wasn’t able to consider.

So no we aren’t pussies, or divas, and if you talk enough shit to us we will likely talk shit back.

But we are self aware enough to check ourselves, and keep the conversation going about a problem we actually care about and have all been affected by. I’m not trying to call on anyone to “cancel” these bands or dudes. You word it a certain way, and it’s funny. I get it.”

The memes are still funny. No such thing as bad press. But it’s also a good example of a situation that at the wrong time or place, with the person, could’ve gone worse, and I think that’s worth thinking about. Love all you guys. See you on the road. Hopefully the higher one.”

Birch has since responded to a number of people who were critical of his original tweet:

[via Alternative Press]

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The Amity Affliction Announce Australian Dates With Underoath, Crossfaith, & Pagan

The Amity Affliction have announced some Australian shows with Underoath, Crossfaith, and Pagan. Here’s the dates:

09/12 Sydney, AUS – Hordern Pavilion
09/14 Brisbane, AUS – Heaven And Hell (feat. Void Of Vision, Thornhill, Endless Heights, etc.)
09/16 Melbourne, AUS – Melbourne Arena

The Amity Affliction Announce Summer European Tour

The Amity Affliction have announced a summer European tour. These shows will take place around various festivals.

Tour Dates:

06/13 Nickelsdorf, AUT – Nova Rock
06/14 Interlaken, SWE – Greenfield
06/16 Donington, UK – Download
06/17 Dublin, IRE – Voodoo Lounge (feat. Crystal Lake)
06/20 Dessel, BEL – Graspop
06/21 St. Petersburg, RUS – Zal
06/22 Moscow, RUS – Red
06/24 Milano, ITA – Magazzini Generali (feat. Crystal Lake & Cane Hill)
06/25 Salzburg, AUT – Rockhouse (feat. Crystal Lake & Cane Hill)
06/26 Bratislava, SLO – Randal (feat. Cane Hill)
06/27 Poznan, POL – U Bazyla (feat. Crystal Lake & Cane Hill)
06/28 Gräfenhainichen, GER – With Full Force
06/29 Ysselsteyn, NET – Jera On Air
07/01 Koln, GER – Essigfabrik (feat. Polaris & Venues)
07/02 Saarbrucken, GER – Garage (feat. Polaris & Venues)
07/03 Lindau, GER – Vaudeville (feat. Venues)
07/04 Hradec Kravlove, CZE – Rock For People

Concert Review: The Amity Affliction, Senses Fail, Silent Planet, & Belmont In Santa Cruz, CA

On February 8, I attended The Amity Affliction, Senses Fail, Silent Planet, and Belmont concert at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA and it was a great show.

The event began with a fun performance from pop punk act Belmont. The band were energetic and had great songs that really helped warm everyone up early on in the evening. A highlight from their set was “Pushing Daisies.”

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Silent Planet took the stage next with their unique brand of metalcore. The group take heavy music and mix it with poetic and atmospheric elements, while maintaining a clear and powerful message. It’s definitely an interesting experience to see them live, especially if you don’t know what to expect beforehand. Some highlights from their set included “Native Blood,” “Panic Room,” and “Depths II.”

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After Silent Planet, it was time for the first of the two co-headliners, Senses Fail. The post-hardcore act blasted onstage with “Can’t Be Saved” and just kept rocking from there. Buddy Nielsen may have been the most energetic frontman of the night with crazy dance moves, mic tricks, cartwheels, and more. He was definitely entertaining and the crowd couldn’t get enough. Some highlights from their set included “Lady In A Blue Dress,” “Buried A Lie,” “Elevator To The Gallows,” and their covers medley, which featured System Of A Down’s “Chop Suey.” Drowning Pool’s “Bodies,” Limp Bizkit’s “Break Stuff,” and Rage Against The Machine’s “Bulls On Parade.”

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Senses Fail finished up and then it was time for the second of the two co-headliners, Australian metalcore act The Amity Affliction. The band stormed the stage with “Drag The Lake” off their latest album “Misery” as the audience screamed with excitement. From there, the group played a balanced set of new and old tracks with each song being executed flawlessly. Ahren Stringer and Joel Birch’s vocals were especially on point. If you have yet to see The Amity Affliction live, it would be worth your while to catch them on their next tour. Highlights from their set included “This Could Be Heartbreak,” “D.I.E.,” “Don’t Lean On Me,” and their encore “All Fucked Up.”

Stone Temple Pilots, Halestorm, Clutch, Etc. Added To 2019 UK Download Festival

More bands have been added to the 2019 UK Download Festival. The event will take place on June 14-16 at Donington Park in Derby, UK and the newly announced acts include: Stone Temple Pilots, Halestorm, Clutch, Beartooth, Fever 333, Palaye Royale, Black Peaks, Coldrain, Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics, Skid Row, Deadland Ritual, Brothers Osbourne, Last In Line, Behemoth, At The Gates, Conjurer, Batushka, Ne Obliviscaris, Trash Boat, Three Days Grace, Godsmack, Bad Wolves, Animals As Leaders, Heart Of A Coward, Intervals, Toska, GroundCulture, Cane Hill, Municipal Waste, Alcest, Sumo Cyco, Love Bites, Crystal Lake, Redhook, Twelve Foot Ninja, Like A Storm, SKYND, Those Damn Crows, Icon For Hire, Lost In Stereo, Parting Gift, and Vega. Previously announced acts include: Def Leppard (performing “Hysteria” in full & more), Slipknot, Tool, Slayer (final UK show), Smashing Pumpkins, Dream Theater, Lamb Of God, Eagles Of Death Metal, Anthrax, Alien Weaponry, Bad Flower, Black Futures, Blackberry Smoke, I Prevail, The Interrupters, Jinjer, Man With A Mission, nothing, nowhere., Our Last Night, Riding The Low, Royal Republic, State Champs, Underside, Whitechapel, Yours Truly, Zebrahead, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators, Whitesnake, Rob Zombie, Trivium, Amon Amarth, Carcass, Delain, Die Antwoord, Me First And The Gimmie Gimmies, Opeth, Power Trip, Reel Big Fish, Skindred, Starset, Tesla, The Amity Affliction, and Underoath.

The Amity Affliction’s Joel Birch Calls Out Fan For Wearing Trump Jersey

During The Amity Affliction’s January 5 show at the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, NV, Joel Birch called out a fan for wearing a Trump jersey. The vocalist tweeted the following about that:

After the man responded, Birch also added:

Silent Planet were also performing at the show and their singer Garrett Russell tweeted about the guy as well:

[via Alternative Press]