9Electric, the four-piece power metal band from Los Angeles, made a 12 hour drive just before entering the Stafford Palace, a 350 person capacity venue in the woods. Not the first, nor even the second acts of the night, the fans were warmed up and 9E had themselves some fun with the crowd. Their “hype man” was a 6’ 4” mammoth with face paint and a cell phone. He got on stage, yelled for attention, and the house music turned down. He said, “We are LIVE on facebook!!!” then proceeded to pan around the crowd for reactions. Here’s the video. 9Electric took the stage, and their whole set was broadcasted live to the world. Incredible energy!! Ron (vocalist) was jumping off of any object he could climb, not missing a beat in his lyrics. Each member was rocking leather vests and pants, as if throwing back to the 80’s hair metal scene. The whole show had me speechless; with every verse, another fist bump to the crowd by Ron, music powered LED lit drums, entering the crowd atop shoulders, ending with some monkeying around climbing the beams of the theater! They played nearly their whole new studio release The Damaged Ones. Every song was recognizable and many have radio play nationwide. These guys will be headlining and selling out theaters soon. Until then, check them out on tour with Red Tide Rising, Gemini Syndrome, & Drowning Pool.
It was time for Gemini Syndrome, one of my favorite bands in the last few years. With their recent release of their sophomore album Memento Mori, which translates to “Remember We Die,” they came to present their new material. Anxious to play, two newer members, Daniel Sahagún & Charles Lee Salvaggio (both guitarists who joined back in June of 2016), were on a mission to perform flawlessly for their new fans. With the departure of their former guitarist, I had hoped they would continue on a successful path. They did! Without skipping a beat, Brian Steele Medina (drums), and Aaron Nordstrom (vocals) had simultaneously worked together to create inspirational and moving sounds to my ears. Not only was I there to shoot photos, but their show moved me as a fan. They’re a must see.
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Click HERE to see photos from the opening act: HERO.