Chrysalis opened the show. They have been around for over a decade and recently released their third album, Reminder, in January. They describe their sound as experimental and metal, allowing them to tour with wide range of bands, such as Nonpoint, Orgy, and Otep. The lead vocalist, Yessi Burton, leapt from stage to rail and back again throughout the set, drawing the crowd in. Their mixture of rough vocals and melodic sounds tells a story as they perform. “My Eternity” sticks out in my mind as the song that had me repeating the refrain in my mind as the concert progressed. It was a relatively short set, however, it gave the listener a taste of what to expect from the band. Chrysalis is definitely a band to put on your list of must sees.
Nine Shrines formed in 2014 and while it’s a new(ISH) band to take the stage its members are not, each performing prior to Nine Shrines. Andrew Wetzel put Nine Shrines together after his previous band Attack! Attack! dissolved. All the members come from various bands and their experience playing to a crowd is evident. Their set consisted of songs that have yet to be released, such as “Nimrod,” and songs that can be found on the Misery EP, such as “Bend” and “Parasite.” They definitely demonstrated that they are a band to watch. The ending of the set was not only a shock to the senses but a crowd pleaser as the crowd sang along to their cover of “Friends in Low Places.”
Nonpoint never fails to not only impress, but to gain fans at every show. If you weren’t a fan before the show, you left with an appreciation for their energy and their music. Nonpoint doesn’t prescribe to the notion of genres, they just perform and they perform well. Elias Soriano (Vocals) lead the audience in a journey through old school Nonpoint, such as “What A Day” from 2000, while introducing them to new hits from Poison Red, such as “Generation Idiot.” Soriano demanded the crowd bounce as they played “Hands Off,” a staple in every show. Watching Robb Rivera (Drums) bounce around his drum set while beating the hell out of them only served to energize the crowd that much more. Rasheed Thomas (Guitar/Vocals), Adam Woloszyn (Bass), and BC Kochmit (Lead Guitar/Vocals) added to that energy bringing their own uniqueness to the set. It ended with “Bullet with A Name,” always a crowd favorite and always one that leaves you wanting more.
Photo Credit: Reggie Edwards for The Front Row Report at Louder Than Life 2017
I have found you either love Hinder or you don’t. I, personally, happen to love them. This being the last stop in their tour, I was lucky enough to catch them. Their current line-up is Joe “Blower” Garvey on guitar, Cody Hanson on drums, Mark King on guitar, Mike Rodden on bass and Marshal Dutton on vocals and it is clear that these guys work well together to produce their sound. Dutton took the reins as lead vocalist in 2015, bringing his own distinctive voice to the band. If you came to their concert expecting the sound of old, you were surprised. Dutton brought a distinctive country sound to the band, but proved he can live up to the sound of old, while singing Hinder classics such as “Better Than Me” and “Lips of an Angel.” It really is too bad that this was their last stop, if you haven’t seen them you are just going to have to wait to their next tour.