A lineup of six bands: Lower than Atlantis, Evergreen Terrace, Miss May I, Chiodos, Emmure, and Asking Alexandria all graced the stage. The “Reckless and Relentess” tour, headlined by Asking Alexandria found its way to the Sokol Auditorium in Omaha with the uttermost intention of rocking off the faces of spectactors.
Just moments before the scheduled start time of 6 p.m., Lower than Atlantis brought it’s A-game to the stage to show the audience what their UK punk style was all about. Early in the set, it was evident that audience members were at least mildly thrown off by the band and hadn’t expected their musical sound.
But it was hard for anyone could say “this band sucks” as they finished their first few songs. Quickly noticing though that much of the crowd was there for a different genre, vocalist Mike Duce proclaimed following one of their songs how much he appreciated to the audience for listening to their music even though it was a somewhat different style. With that in mind, Duce also asked that the a circle pit open up for one of the songs, helping make Lower than Atlantis’ set energy-filled and very enjoyable to say the least. The band will release a new album entitled World Record on April 19.
As Evergreen Terrace entered the spotlight for the next set, it was quickly discovered by audience
members that this band was out with a mission: bring the heavy. Coming out of Jacksonville, Fla., their assault fired on all cylinders. I found my way to the floor during a few of their songs, as the mosh pit began to open up and spectators started to actively participate in the intense styles of the band. One of my favorites “Wolfbiker” was included within their set and I will announce that I think I lost about three pounds during that song with the jumping and moshing I did.
I was impressed with their performance, as it rivaled their presence I felt when seeing them with The Devil Wears Prada, however, where MMI lacks in my opinion is diversity of song structure. So, while I enjoyed their performance, I did find myself questioning whether I was listening to the same guitar patterns consecutive times on a few occasions.
Stage presence for the band was spectacular and I was thoroughly impressed with how well they replicated their studio sound. I don’t know if I’ve ever sang that loud for a band before when seeing them live. But when you know the songs so well, it’s hard not to.
An interesting side note to the set came when the members flaunted their smoking (there was no specification on the substance’s legality) on stage while the audience, in a smoke-free facility, could have nothing to do with it. Casually though, they thanked the members of Emmure for providing it for them and continued with their set.
At this point, I find it appropriate to mention that one of the best “wall of death” renditions I’ve ever seen done was at Sokol Auditorium Wednesday night. During a very heavy opening to one of AA’s songs, Worsnop asked that the crowd of roughly 500 split right down the middle. We proceeded to run straight at each other. Adrenaline rush, you ask? Of course it was.