Trivium and Tremonti hit The Crofoot on The HardDrive Live Tour 2015 with special guests Wilson, bringing mosh pits and thrash metal to the Pontiac crowd.

Opening the night with a punch to the face was Wilson. This Detroit heavy alternative band consists of Chad Nicefield (vocals), Matt Puhy (drums), James Lascu (bass), Jason Spencer (guitar) and Kyle Landry (guitar). They emerged onto the scene in 2010 with an unruly, raw rock sound that made them a live favorite, playing with acts such as Black Label Society, Five Finger Death Punch, and Motorhead. Sharing a stage with the likes of Tremonti and Trivium is no easy feat, the fans are ravenous for a high-octane show, Wilson blew the crowd away. These guys are one hell of a fun band, they were on full throttle the entire set, screaming, headbanging, and rocking out. With searing vocals, hard and wild guitar riffs, brawling bass tunes, and booming drums, this band aims to let loose and rock out as hard as possible. There couldn’t have been a batter way to start the night than with this insane heavy band.
Their latest album, Right to Rise, is available now on their website.

Tremonti came up next. What started out as a solo project of Mark Tremonti’s has morphed into a full-fledged band. The Detroit-based band was happy to give their home a proper welcome and did not disappoint the riled up crowd. They came on stage playing the well-known song “Cauterize,” and immediately launched into a no-holds-barred performance, playing hits like “All I Was,” “Flying Monkeys,” “Radical Change,” and many more fan favorites. Mark Tremonti is an amazing frontman, with soaring thrash vocals and heavy intricate guitar riffs. Joined with Friedman’s speed metal guitar riffs, Whitlock holding down a heavy groove on drums, and Van Halen’s mind-blowing bass playing, they put on a deafeningly awesome set. Closing with their big hit “Wish You Well,” Tremonti called for the crowd to completely loose control, resulting in a room full of headbanging fans and circle pits. This band answers the call for pure heavy speed metal that fans go crazy for.
Their latest album, Cauterize, is available now on their website.

As the crowd waited, the lights dimmed and Iron Maiden’s “Run To The Hills” played out over the speakers, prompting an audience sing-along. The lights dimmed fully and the eyes of two giant horned demon heads on either side of the stage lit up as the last notes of the song died out, replaced by the opening notes of intro track “Snofall” as Trivium emerged to deafening cheers. As the song faded out, they launched straight into “Silence In The Snow.” The crowd was quick to start a mosh pit that never let up. Matt Heafy (lead vocals/guitar), Corey Beaulieu (guitar/vocals), Paolo Gregoletto (bass/vocals), and Mat Madiro (drums) make up this thrash metal band. Their set was composed of new and old favorites, like “Until The World Goes Cold,” “Blind Leading The Blind,” “Strife,” “Becoming the Dragon,” and many more. The sheer depth in their sound is overpowering, it hits you right in the chest and gives you a rush of adrenaline. The atmosphere was absolutely electric. The music was executed perfectly; these guys are machines, but full of that heavy metal attitude that drives their sound. Vocalist/guitarist Heafy was a dynamic showman, working the crowd while shredding on guitar. The guitars were heavy with loads of crunch, the drums pounded out powerful licks and the bass chugged through tons of heavy grooves. The crowd never calmed down, and the energy swelled when the band hit their finale, playing the intro song “Capsizing the Sea,” leading right into “In Waves.” This band is keeping thrash metal alive, and after seeing them live, it’s obvious that the genre is thriving.
Their latest album, Silence In The Snow, will be released on October 2nd, and is available for pre-order on their website.

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Remaining dates on the 2015 HardDrive Live Tour:
Oct. 02 – Green Bay, WI – The Sandlot Entertainment Complex
Oct. 04 – Sauget, IL – Pop’s
Oct. 06 – Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
Oct. 07 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Oct. 08 – San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall
Oct. 10 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red
Oct. 11 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Live
Oct. 12 – West Hollywood, CA – The Roxy
Oct. 14 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
Oct. 15 – Reno, NV – Knitting Factory
Oct. 17 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
Oct. 18 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
Oct. 20 – Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall

About The Author

Calling Detroit, Michigan home, Sami has been photographing for many years and has been with National Rock Review since near the beginning. She is a photographer and writer for National Rock Review as well as being the US Marketing Manager, PR Correspondent, and Editor. She also owns her own photography business, Sami Lipp Photography. Capturing the excitement of live music and the passion of musicians is something she lives for. She is excited to grow her career in music photography every day.

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