There are some things I would like to get out of the way before we start. The style and tone of this hopefully reoccurring segment is a work in progress but I will make sure to improve both the quality of analysis and general readability.
There were three bands on offer tonight: Leprous, The Dear Hunter and Between The Buried and Me. I had not listened to any of these bands before I went to the concert though I went with a friend of mine who knew and liked all three. My friend who used to play lead guitar in a metal band called Red Giant later caught me up on what albums they were playing. So without further interruption, here are my thoughts on the night’s festivities.
Coming straight out of Norway and sporting a cellist, Leprous was the first band and gave me a chance to observe crowd dynamics and the interplay between the somewhat unconventional arrangement. The most powerful aspect of Leprous‘s sound, to me at least, was their lead singer Einar Solberg, but there was good shredding to be had all around. They played bits from their albums Coal, The Congregation and Malina. A good proportion of the concert from what I was told later was off Malina which makes sense considering it is their most recent release. They were a great first band and as an observer you could tell which songs were popular because additional metal horns and more yelling increased significantly.
This band is my friend’s current favorite and was the one I was most excited to see. Their lead singer/guitarist/keyboardist Casey Crescenzo pulled in some sick riffs and great arrangements including some improvised jamming. They played a good chunk of their new EP, All Is As All Should Be, along with selections from a majority The Dear Hunter albums. Those albums are part of a long odyssey that chronicles the story of the Providence, RI prog-rock band and all the albums feature acoustic instrumentation and are much softer then what was heard at the Showbox.
Full disclosure: I’m using BTBAM when speaking about this band because A: It is a pain to write the full band name and B: BTBAM is super cool to both say and to read.
I will be honest with you BTBAM is progressive metal, but it also has some screaming which can mean only one thing…mosh pits. That is where I was for most of the performance and it was something else. My neck and back are still sore (because I think someone kicked me?) but that is what happens at a metal show, right?
Once I exited the gulf and back to my buddy standing by the edge of the circle, I caught the band just in time to see guitarists Paul Waggoner and Dustie Waring shred on the last couple of songs. Did I like BTBAM? Well yes, I mean the sound guy had a solo and people were still crowd-surfing. The rockers from North Carolina played selections from The Parallax II: Future Sequence, Coma Ecliptic and Automata I, where the former was released earlier this month.
All three bands fucking ripped. I love the fact that these bands are not quite mainstream and the people who attended the show were there for the music. That alone makes the experience even more awesome. The Dear Hunter set was my favorite, but all of the bands that played are well worth seeing if you want some awesome prog metal in your life.
For my first article and coverage of a live concert, I had a great time!
For more information on the band that performed and for future concert dates check out their respective websites below:
And do not forget to check out the new video for “Condemned To The Gallows” by headlining artist, Between The Buried and Me on YouTube below.