To preface: I want to state this show is probably the best I’d ever been to. Also to preface: I need to get out more.
With that being said, I cannot overstate how amazing this was. Massive production by D.A.M.thats Entertainment llc, who actually came in and built not one but 2 stages. Both stages complete with lighting and excellent sound and in a lot of instances having one stage with well done sound is difficult.
Populated with In Service of Serpents, Winters Descent, Heroes Like Villains, and of course, Resistance 13; this show had the best of three worlds in style. You had metal, to rock to pop punk. While different in many ways, this event didn’t seem mismatched.
Opening up the show, In Service Of Serpents hails from Columbus, Ohio. This is my first time witnessing them and I am immediately impressed. This band has found a way to do both heavy and clean masterfully and it makes sense. Heavy for the sake of being heavy has always turned me off, but when they did it, it made sense.
Following up was Winter’s Descent , making the trek to Wheeling from the steel city, Pittsburgh. I’ve watched this band for some time and for a while they seemed to only
hang on with trying to find the right members but on this night? I truly watched a rebirth. In a span of 5 months they’ve almost rewrote their entire history with the addition of Nick Labrakopolous and Cody Tyler and have come out with some of the best material they’ve had in years. Massive energy from all performers and raw emotion from vocalist Jerry Mulligan, you feel every dynamic like an exposed nerve. Don’t sleep on them.
Heroes Like Villains also came to us from Columbus and they’ve crafted a sound that could stack them side by side with their contemporaries like All Time Low, A Day To Remember and New Found Glory. Vocalist David Butler has a voice that cuts well above the mix and does so with masterful control, not one sour note to be heard with an energetic performance by drummer Myles Clayborne who was a sight to see behind the kit. Flowing well between a calm sea and maelstrom, I highly recommend you to check them out.
The band of the hour, Resistance 13. Even though battling a cold, vocalist Jeremy Wright toughed it out and still brought down the house. He is always a joy to watch on stage because his presence is so much bigger than his tiny frame. One stand out performance of the night was their second single, Profound Sinister Brown which was accompanied by their music video on 2 side screens and in a truly pro demonstration completely synced up their performance with their music video, even down to Jeremy matching up with his performance on the video. During a small break R13 paid a tribute to owner of D.A.M.thats Entertainment llc, Doug Boston by giving him a guitar signed by the whole band.
All in all this is a show for the books. Hop on their Facebook and give them your like so you can stay up-to-date on all fronts of their evolution and rock on!
Jana Lee Macheca (aka Lady Jaye) is the owner and editor of First Angel Media as well as professional photographer and writer. Having worked in national and local levels of music media her goal is to provide professional coverage for bands of all levels.