On Thursday February 4, 2016 metal rockers Asking Alexandria returned to Reno with a new vocalist to blow the roof off the Cargo Concert Hall located inside the Whitney Peak Hotel Reno. Also on the bill were Reno locals, We Predict A Riot, For Those Searching and Salythian. Another awesome event brought to us from JMax Productions.
The show was sold out, the venue holds just around one thousand guest. This examiner is excited to see that Cargo is stepping it up by adding more National Touring Bands and letting some of the local bands open now that the Knitting Factory Concert House, which was located next door is no longer doing any more shows. It can only get better.
Asking Alexandria are an English metalcore band from York, North Yorkshire formed initially in 2008 by lead guitarist Ben Bruce along with former lead singer Danny Worsnop, bassist Joe Lancaster, keyboardist and synth player Ryan Binns, and current members, drummer James Cassells and rhythm guitarist Cameron Liddell.
Lancaster and Binns later departed from the band in 2009 with Lancaster joining heavy metal band “With One Last Breath”. Bassist Sam Bettley joined the band that same year and in January 2015 Worsnop departed to focus on his new band “We Are Harlot” and was later replaced by Denis Stoff. The band has released three studio albums and are currently in production of a fourth.
So to be straight, current members include, Denis Stoff (lead vocals), Ben Bruce (lead guitar, vocals, keyboards, programming), Cameron Liddell (rhythm and lead guitar), Sam Bettley (bass guitar) and James Cassells (drums).
The guys did around a ninety minute set that went like this, (from the set list on stage)
“I Won’t Give In”, “Run Free”, “The Death Of Me”, “Closure”, “Breathless”, “A Lesson Never Learned”, (Build Up) “To The Stage”, “The Black”, “Undivided”, “Not The American Average”, “A Prophecy” and one encore song, “The Final Episode” (Let’s Change The Channel).
AA put on a very good set as did all the local bands. The crowd was going wild the entire show. The place was packed with many hard core AA fans, but there was also many local band fans as well. Each local band sold over a hundred plus pre-sale tickets for this show, which is very good to say the least.
Main support openers for AA was one of Reno’s hardest working bands, We Predict A Riot. WPAR just lost their long time guitarist and a founding member Ray Ramirez. The band is currently auditioning guitarist to fill the vacant spot. For this show the guest guitarist trying out was Stanley Neill. This examiner thought Neill did a fine job, luckily I’m not the one who makes the call on who gets the job.
WPAR originated from Carson City, NV in 2012. The band has created a name for themselves in Northern Nevada. With engaging melodic lyrics and heavy breakdowns, their music is enjoyable to a variety of different fans. It’s hard to not get sucked in to their songs, simply because the lyrics are from the heart along with the catching sound.
WPAR’s influences are Asking Alexandria, We Came as Romans, As I Lay Dying and I the Breather. Even with those as influences, they have a sound of their own that is difficult to duplicate. The hard work that each band member has put into WPAR and the love that they have for the art of music shows every time they get on stage.
Band members are, C.J. Klein (vocals), Richard Romero (vocals), Danny Harrington (guitar), Darby Wadley (bass), Eric Albright (drums) and Stanley Neill (guest guitarist).
We Predict A Riot played around a thirty-five minute set that went like this, (also from the set list on stage).
“Breakdown Intro”, “Frontline”, “Life After Late Fees”, “Beauty”, “Rise Above”, “Fictions”, “Torn Apart” and “A World Unknown”.
As usual WPAR tore it up. In this examiner’s opinion they might have stole the show from right under AA’s nose. The fans were very much into the bands set (especially the ladies) and the guys played off it very well. You could see it in their performance, they were definitely having a good time up on stage.
If they can keep doing what they are doing like at this show, it won’t be much longer till we can say, “Those guys are another band that started in Reno and made it to the big time”. (7Seconds being the only other band that did it to the best of my knowledge).
Second up for the night was a local band called For Those Searching.
FTS is a metal-core band from Reno, Nevada. They formed in August of 2014 and already have opened for national acts such as Crown The Empire, Palisades, Upon A Burning Body, A Skylit Drive, Dance Gavin Dance and many more.
FTS came in first in the metal and screamo genres for Warped Tour Battle of the Bands 2015 regionals. The guys are currently in the recording process of producing their first 7-song debut EP titled “Foundations” and look to extend their reach as far as possible.
This band to me gets better every time I see them on stage, you can tell they are definitely putting in the time at band practice to hone their skills.
Current members are, Eddy Bueno (lead vocals), Dalton Piatt (guitar, backing vocals), Caleb Arnaud (guitar), Ryan Adams (bass) and Christian Tucker (drums).
FTS got thirty minutes to rock the stage and that they did. It seemed to me that the audience was really digging the band while they were rockin’ the stage. Definitely a band to keep your eye on.
The set list went like this, (from the band via e-mail).
“The Raven” (Intro), “These Demons”, “Foundations”, “Anchors Down”, “Oceans”, “Letting Go Of The Past” and “Counting Stars”.
Starting the night off was one of Reno’s newest members to the music scene, Salythian. This examiner is quite impressed on these guys even making it on this bill being that the band has only played a handful of shows in their very short career. This was the band’s vocalist first show with the band.
Salythian is a five piece metalcore band from reno NV. the band currently has no recorded music for the public, but they are working out studio arrangements right now.
Salythian’s main influences consist of Chelsea Grin, Whitechapel, The Ghost Inside, Asking Alexandria and others.
Current members are, Tysyn Peck (lead vocals), Dawson Copeland (lead guitar), Jon McKinnon (rhythm guitar), Tell Gresko (bass) and Amar Barboza (drums).
The guys got a thirty minute set to start things out and set list went like this, (from the band via text message).
“Intro”, (Ring out), “Go Back To Ohio”, “Disruption”, “Possessing”, “White Light”, (The Ghost Inside cover song)” “Bridge To Insanity” and “Lions Den”.
Being the band’s biggest show to date, they showed that they can handle anything that get’s in their way. The audience seemed to like what they were hearing as everyone was rocking out to every song. I must say, having very little stage experience and the pressure of being on their biggest show, they did an impressive performance.
This was another awesome night of metal rock and roll, a first for Cargo by the way. I’m pretty sure the guys keeping an eye open to make sure things don’t get out of hand didn’t expect the first mosh pit to get like it did, it was pretty wild. Luckily, only a couple of moshers kinda got banged up a little, but on the bright side, everyone lived.
A great time was had by all.
To see what’s in the works at Reno’s hottest concert venue, (click here). To see all the photos from Asking Alexandria (click here), We Predict A Riot (click here), For Those Searching (click here) or even the mystery band Salythian (click here).
As with all this examiners reviews and feature stories, “The Photos Are What It’s All About”, so check out the photo slideshow and enjoy the show.
All photos by JOHN TUCKNESS
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