Imminent Sonic Destruction took a hefty dose of heavy metal, and added a super sweet bake sale to cook up a spectacular musical treat at the Token Lounge in Westland, MI.
The idea of a bake sale to raise funds for an upcoming concept album release isÂ certainly a novel idea. Imminent Sonic Destruction did just that when they put together their heavy metal bake sale featuring local metal and progressive rock bands Hate Unbound, Entransient, andÂ Reign.Â The lovely and talented Rachel May from Hard Edge RadioÂ served as master of ceremonies.
The baked goods were diverse and plentiful. Everything from traditional cookies and brownies to exotic mango habanero cheesecake bites were available to indulge in. From talking with many of the people who purchased treats, the candied bacon was the big hit at the bake sale. There was also an ungodly hot Thai peanut butter cookie, rumored to beÂ made with ghost pepper, that someone actually purchased.
Opening the show was one of Detroit’s heaviest bands, Hate Unbound. Â The band unfurled new material, which is more technical than previous material, while maintaining the fierce energy that makes their music appealing. Daryl Mitchell and Will Cundiff created tight and dynamic guitar solos, which melded with the aggressive melodies. The drumming of Danny Kendall and bass work of John Kinder kept the pace of the music swift and uncompromising in its level of brutality. Art Giammara put the final touches with his roaring vocals.
Next up was Entransient, a newer band from Grand Rapids, who displayed deft musical talent combined with sublimeÂ song writing during their bake sale performance. Â Guitar players Nick Hagen and Ryan Cunningham traded off on thoughtful and poetic solos reminiscent ofÂ the great Alex Lifeson (Rush) and Steve Wilson (Porcupine Tree). Â Matt Schrauben (bass) and Jeremy Hyde (drums) were exceptional in creating compelling rhythmic structures that added depth to the bands compelling progressive rock songs. Clean and strong vocals by Scott Martin completed the sound, which brings to mind such bands as Porcupine Tree, Opeth, and Rush. Speaking of Opeth, Entransient did a fine cover of “Harvest,” which put the cherry on this delicious torte of rock music.
The music of Reign was powerful and aggressive, with the bonus of layered vocal harmonies by Scotty Miller and Kari Stein, and backing vocals by Jaimi Grumblatt (who also played keyboards). The musical tone is set by the stellar guitar work of Jarrod Grumblatt, invoking comparisons to Dream Theater, Symphony X, and Queensryche. Not to be overshadowed, bass player Scott Parker and drummer Mike Klaiber showcased superb skills that intensified the bands performance. Reign added a triumphant tierÂ of explosive music that tasted great with chocolate truffle cookies.
Closing out the night, the host of this incredible heavy metal bake sale, Imminent Sonic Destruction performedÂ in magnificent style. If Salvador Dali’s “Nature Morte Vivante” were music, it would sound like Imminent Sonic Destruction: insightful, intriguing, and impassioned. The drum work of Pat DeLeon is exquisite, with Â a thunderous double kick, countered by a showman’s flair around the rest of the kit. The menacing intensity of Bryan Paxton on bass and backing vocals added both auditoryÂ and visual audacity. Pete Hopersberger on keyboards and backing vocals cast a shimmering coat on the bands heavy symphonic canvas. Last, but far from least, was the mesmerizing guitar work of Scott Thompson and Tony Piccoli. Tony’s final guitar solo of the evening was stupendous as his guitar wept and sang out in blazing glory. Imminent Sonic Destruction wasÂ a mouth-watering bourbon pecan pie of delight on this, the sweetest night of hard rock, that Westland has ever seen … or tasted.