Photos by: Jeremy McGuire
Words by: Daniel Villamil
Last Wednesday night I ran into a friend at their job in the mall. They told me they were going to a show at The Atlantic, and that I should come along. I would usually rather be home, especially since I had a test the next day, but I thought “Sure, why not?,” and went to the show. Little did I know what a good night it would be.
Damage Done started off the night full of metal. Their songs were short, frantic, and to the point. They’re were a great band to get the crowd loose, especially with the amount of people there. Everyone, including myself, was bobbing their heads as Damage Done laid the foundation for the following band.
By the time Frameworks started playing their set, The Atlantic had reached its full capacity. There was a small line outside listening in as Frameworks started their set. Their sound was dominated by the vocalist who can really make people feel the distress they were portraying through each song.
Yashira was my favorite band of the night. I haven’t heard such a heavy band in a while and I believe it was because their bass tone was rich and right in your face along with the guitar riffs. While their songs were mostly on the long side, one song started off slow and steady and progressively turned into a breakdown that started the moshing in the crowd.
Next was Axis. The vocalist asked that everyone be safe, and for no one to punch anyone. No one did and everyone had a fairly safe mosh. They were the fastest band that night. The other bands that night had fast songs but Axis in particular had some of the most demanding drum parts, which in turn really established the groove in each song. The vocals were also incredibly powerful to the point where it gave you this deep feeling in your body as if you were an abyss.
Gouge Away ended the night with a crowd ready to get all the moshing out of them before the set finished. It was my first time seeing them, and I had heard great things about them. I was not disappointed at all. The vocalist got up close to people in the front of the crowd (that were practically on the stage at that point due to the moshing behind them) and let some people scream the vocals. It even got me screaming even though I didn’t know the lyrics.
I’m ready for another night of metal already, but right after my sore neck recovers from all the moshing I couldn’t avoid and just ended up participating in. Even at a local show I saw people pulling others who had fallen up as quickly as possible. It’s nice to know there’ll be that one person to pull us back up if we ever fall in a crowd full of people. It was a great night that I am glad I did not miss (and I passed my exam that I had the next day).