Last Tuesday night, April 24, a group of friends rendezvoused at Studio Seven in Seattle to get pummeled by some hard metal and watch our man Connor make his public debut as a growler, thanks to those most excellent dudes in Bermuda. The occasion for this outing was the Seattle stop of The Young Bloods Tour, co-headlined by Bermuda and Creations and featuring support from Float Face Down and Adaliah (and with local support at this show from Everett, Washington’s Prepare the Bride).
It’s been a while since I attempted to document a show with photos because I’m such a shitty, untrained photographer and it takes me so long to get the images in half-way decent shape for posting at NCS. But I gave it a try on this night and decided to go black and white for a change. The results were better than I expected, though one of these days I really need to get some actual learning about how to use my camera. Anyway, following a few words about the show, you’ll see a batch of pics for each band who took the stage.
The music began fairly early and ended fairly early, even for a weeknight at Studio Seven. Unfortunately, the show was sparsely attended, but fortunately that didn’t stop the bands from giving a bunch of high-energy performances. The music was mainly flavors of -core metal, ranging from straight-up deathcore to Bermuda’s increasingly progressive/Meshuggah-influenced brand of metalicized hardcore mixed with elements of death metal. This meant that I was the oldest dude on the scene, unless you include the security guys and the lone bartender, who didn’t exactly have a lot of customers upstairs in the age-restricted balcony bar where I perched for most of the night to get a good camera angle on the stage below.
Here are just a few scattered notes about the performances:
PREPARE THE BRIDE: Dang, these dudes look really young, probably because they are really young. There’s a certain awkwardness/shyness in their stage presence, but I guess that’s to be expected and will undoubtedly diminish as they get more gigs under their belt. When I referred to straight-up deathcore, I had this band in mind: Pretty vigorous, tight, downtuned pummeling with fleeting melodic leads and a scattering of breakdown explosions got my head bobbing. They’ve got a few tracks up on their FB bandpage and are working on a debut album.
ADALIAH: Metal/hardcore from Florida, with two vocalists belting out the growls and yells in tag-team fashion while careening around the stage like pinballs. Their bruising rhythms stirred up a few maniacs on the floor into bouts of hardcore dancing and got me moving to the groove, too. They’ve got an album coming in May on Mediaskare’s Rite of Passage imprint called Broken Families, and two tracks from that album are up on their FB bandpage.
FLOAT FACE DOWN: I saw this New Jersey band about a year ago at a show headlined by King Conquer (Bermuda was also in that show) and was impressed. They just released a new album (also on Rite of Passage), called Exitium Verum (I wrote about the first single from that album here). I knew I was going to enjoy this set, and I did — despite the fact that their man-mountain of a vocalist was suffering from the flu; I could almost feel the fever coming off him and wanted to go down and hook him up to an IV. He seemed to be gathering himself during the instrumental breaks, but whenever vocals were required, he blasted them out with power. Good riffs, pulverizing percussion, evil tremolo leads, passionate vocals . . . good stuff.
BERMUDA: SoCal’s Bermuda is another band whose set I knew I was going to enjoy, not only because I’ve seen them before but also because I’m hooked on the first song (“In Trenches”) from their new album, The Wandering, which was originally scheduled for release by Mediaskare on May 8 but has now (frustratingly) been pushed back to August. I wrote about that track here.
I caught another new song at the Studio Seven show, and it’s further evidence that The Wandering is going to be rhythmically (or polyrhythmically) intricate — as vocalist Corey Bennett told me after the set, there’s no such thing as a 4/4 time signature on the new album. Bermuda’s blending of heavy, aggressive hardcore, catchy melodies, and off-kilter pneumatics is definitely worth hearing, and I’m way past ready for this album. (Another new track will be premiering on Noisecreep next week).
Speaking of Corey Bennett, the dude is a beast behind the mic — powerful, passionate, and a charismatic presence on stage. In person, he turns out to be soft-spoken, and he’s got a big heart. Through a mutual friend, my man Connor made contact with him through FB, and Corey invited him to be on stage and provide guest vocals on a song during the Bermuda set. Connor worked on that song for a month, and he did all of us proud. He sounded beastly, and when he and Corey belted out the growls in a kind of death-metal duet at one point, I got chills.
Check out Bermuda on Facebook here.
This is a band of Australians transplanted to California with a new vocalist (Tom Hirst, formerly of The Gun Show) and a new album called Unworthy that should be released by Mediaskare sometime this summer. I only caught a couple of their songs because I spent most of their set outside talking with Connor, Corey Bennett, and a bunch of friends following the Bermuda set. But I liked what I heard. Creations is an avowedly Christian band who view their music and touring as a form of ministry, but they create some hellish sounds, and Hirst makes a great frontman.
OK, enough with the words. Here are the pics:
PREPARE THE BRIDE
FLOAT FACE DOWN