He Is Legend brought hard and heavy rock to The Pike Room, along with Must Be The Holy Ghost, Wolfshark, The Worst Of, and Echo of Silence.
Echo of Silence opened the night. This four-piece heavy metalcoreÂ band from Detroit consists of Eli Reams (vocals), William Wilson (guitar), Aaron Manson (guitar), Jabrail Davenport (bass), and John Propp (drums). Â Eli shined with his guttural lows which made himÂ seem to be so angry that heâ€™d be ready to tear the venue apart. He spent a lot of time on the floor with the crowdÂ and even joined in a mosh pit as heÂ performed. At one point, the entire band joined him on the floor, gettingÂ the show right into the crowd’s faces. With bass holding down the heavy sound,Â dizzying guitar swelling, and furious drumming, this band threw night into a frenzy of energy.Â They are planning to release their first EP soonÂ and are performing all over the Metro Detroit area now.
The Worst Of took the stage next. This hard rock five-piece from Detroit consists of Noel (vocals), Paul (guitar), Justin (guitar), Dave (drums), and Dustin (bass). 2011 was theÂ release of their first full albumÂ S.C.U.M (Street Cred’ n’ Ugly Music), followed by the EPÂ Noise So Deafening released in mid 2013. This bandÂ excelled in combining catchy riffs with a dynamic song structure that got you grooving, and then built up and exploded with massive energy. The music was viciousÂ but enjoyable. The relentless tempo never let up.Â The best way the audienceÂ could describe their stage show was pure chaos, jumping off speakers, heavy headbanging, and everyone running back and forth at full speed. This band performed like they were in an arena.Â With the power and ferocity they brought to the stage, fans can’t wait to see what they have planned for the future.
Wolfshark took the stage next. This party metalÂ band from Detroit consists of Colin Guffey (vocals), Matthew Markey (guitar), Lucas Demers (bass), and Shane Whitehead (drums). Their instruments and screams were heavy and made for some brutal breakdowns.Â Guffey’s singing/screaming dynamic was full of grit and intensity. Along withÂ Whitehead’s heavy manic drumming,Â Markey’s sweeping guitar, andÂ Demers’ heavy bass keeping the chaos together, the band filled the crowd withÂ rage and excitement.Â Their new single,Â “Fireproof ” is out now, and their new E.P. Finding Yourself will be coming early spring 2015.
Must Be The Holy GhostÂ came on stage next. This bandÂ is the latest vehicle for North Carolina’s longtime sonic traveler, Jared Draughon. VisualÂ psych artist Evan Hawkins accompanied the set, using water and food coloring on an overhead projector in the crowdÂ to createÂ a live narrativeÂ bathed in swirling colors. Musically performingÂ solo,Â Draughon layered elelectronic rhythms andÂ drum loops with his thick guitar riffs andÂ soaring vocals. His emotionalÂ vocals, often stacked in multiple harmonies, created a unique ethereal sound unheard of with most looped music.Â The one of a kind light show and the music almost fed off of each other, melding together to form an otherworldly adventure.
And finally, with the crowd packed to the front of the stage, He Is Legend took the stage.Â This rock band, formed in Wilmington, North Carolina,Â consists of Schuylar Croom (vocals), Denis Desloge (guitar/backing vocals), Sam Huff (drums), Adam Tanbouz (guitar), and Matty Williams (bass). As the band was about to start, the crowd started a chorus of “Happy Birthday” to Desloge. This band redefined itself with nearly every song, they jumped from retro rock to sludge/stoner rock to headbangingÂ metal toÂ southern rock. They combined influencesÂ from Rob Zombie, ZZ Top, Alice in Chains, Every Time I Die, and many more blended into their own brand of psychedelic hard rock.
Tied in with the bass pumping outÂ groovy southern rhythms,Â psychedelic inspiring lead guitar riffs, and heavy hitting hard rock drum beats, vocalist Croom’s mesmerizing vocals jumped from smooth melodic to heavy yelling that threw the crowd Â into a frenzied party with everyone passionately singing along and fists pumping in the air.Â Their 2014 albumÂ Heavy Fruit is available on iTunes.