101 WRIF brought together some of the best Detroit’s hard rock and metal bands for Motor City Riffs Live at The Token Lounge.
The night was full of music during and between sets. The crowd got to test one of a kind bass and speaker cabinets with Blackport Speaker Cabinets.Â Along with May Custom BassesÂ displaying their amazing axes, Guitar GripÂ showcasing theirÂ handy guitar holders, Tone Shop LLCÂ with custom amps, King Custom GuitarsÂ with unique guitars, and Dead in 5’s James Trunko demoing his drum kit with Detroit Custom Drum Co., the fusion of instrument lit the darkening blue sky that night.
Downfall opened the show. ThisÂ four-piece hard rock band takesÂ influences from every aspect of rock, melding it together to create a heavy hitting sound with melodic vocals. Their high energy music has a slight dark, macabre feel to it, giving it that much more dimension. You can feel the chemistry of the band; they are a crazy family, and you become part of it throughout theirÂ entireÂ set. Their talented lineup, St. Betty (vocals),Â Scott Rochon (drums),Â JesseÂ Olenski (bass), and BillÂ Burbidge (guitar), makes this band one to see.
Rolling Blue was up next, and came out like a thunderstorm. The three-piece consists of Joe Worrall (lead vocals and guitar), John Juco (bass), and Brianna Ray (drums and backup vocals). Their banter in between songs showed their calm demeanor, which would disappear the minute they started to play, punching out good old fashioned, bluesy rock n’ roll with high energy. They are a band with talent well beyond their years, and these young musicians have a classic sound that takes you back toÂ Jimi Hendrix and The Doors.
Taken Aces came out next.Â Formed in December of 2013,Â this bandÂ is a raw, talented, hard rock band with an amazing sound reminiscent of the classic 70s rock.Â Taken Aces wonÂ Detroit Live Magazineâ€™s 2014 Blow Up My Band contest, winning a cover spot on theÂ magazine and help recording their first EP.Â After hearing this band, it’s no question to how they won. The lineup includes Adam Hetchler (vocals),Â Jon Neville (guitar),Â Alex Orlando (guitar),Â Tanner Hetchler (drums), andÂ Phil Steuer (bass). Hetchler is a powerhouse behind the mic and leads the band with their genuine, irresistible rock n’ roll sound. Taken Aces created a fantastic party mood among fans and kept the energy up with their amazing tunes.Â Their debut EP, Crossing The Line,Â isÂ available now.
Blind Season was next onstage. Formed in 2012 by lead guitarist Shane Sigro, this bandÂ has gone through numerous personal and name changes. Now, withÂ Sigro (guitar),Â Mike Paraski (bass),Â Adam Ross (drums), andÂ Leah Guerrero (vocals), Blind SeasonÂ finally found itsÂ dream team.Â Guerrero was a contestant on the 13th season of American Idol, but has now added her voiceÂ to thisÂ focused group of talented musicians. Playing their songs “Creep Boy,” “Here We Are,” “A Bitter Taste,” and more, these young musicians have a style that Detroit loves.Â Guerrero is an amazing frontwoman. SheÂ exudes feminine power and her sultry, powerful voiceÂ gives Blind Season the sound needed to stand out among other bands in their genre. She may be small, but her vocal performance and body language are certainly not. The bandÂ will be back in the studio this week to continue recording theirÂ new EP.
The final support act was Traumatize. This relentlessly brutal metal band wasted no time stirring up the crowd with their custom blend of metal and thrash.Â Each song built upon the last, the energy from their set blending with that of the crowd growing stronger and stronger. Traumatize members Mike Lankford (guitar and vocals),Â Jef Dickinson (drums),Â Joey Davis (guitars and vocals), andÂ Aaron Morisette (bass) were tight and in sync, clearly feeding off each other.Â Davis’ guitar skills were matched only by his dominating presence. His stare could pierce through to the fan at the back at the bar.
Then, with smoke pouring out from the stage, the crowd rushed forwardÂ as Dead in 5 emerge. The band lineup includes Robert Libres (vocals), Dana “Deadly” Forrester (bass),Â Brent “X19” Hall (guitar), Peder “The Terminator” Seglund (guitar), and James Trunko (drums). Libres possesses powerful vocals and effortlessly commanded the stage proving his skill as a frontman. As they launched into their set, the five-pieceÂ group pumped out their pure hard rock, playingÂ with a raw energy andÂ unmatched power. Their music isÂ powerful, surpassingÂ current music trends. Dead in 5 played their hits, such as “Wreck Your World,” “Last Tragedy,” and “Still Remains.”
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