I listen to an extraordinary amount of music and some bands fall through the cracks sometimes. The Letter Black was one of those bands. Playing around on YouTube in January, I discovered this band and after doing some homework on them, found out they have three releases to date and have been around since 2010. Yes. 2010. Like I said, some bands fall through the cracks but I am happy to report that this band is no longer on that list for me. More homework led me to follow them and come to find out a 2017 tour stop was coming to Columbia, MD at the GenXaret event with local favorites Ignite the Fire on the bill as well.
The Taneytown natives came down and rocked it out playing some new selections from their new EP Trial and Triumph, which by the way if you have not heard or bought, you need to because it rocks. They just got back from playing in Mansfield, Ohio at the Ink in The Clink festival with Theory of a Deadman, Black Stone Cherry, and many others.
“It was a fantastic experience to go out there to Ohio,” said drummer Caelan Gregory. “The reception we got was outstanding.” As always, Ignite the Fire put on an excellent live show if you have never seen them, and this night was no different. “Remember Me” off the new album is still my personal favorite and I was glad I got to hear it. They will be returning to this event in November so watch their website for details along with their new video for “Criticize” which will be coming out soon according to Gregory.
The Letter Black soon came on right after ITF and played a blistering one-hour set. Performing new songs from their new third album Pain on EMP Label Group, which is David Ellefson of Megadeth‘s new record label, guitarist and lead singer Mark and Sarah Anthony showed me firsthand what I had been missing all these years. Sarah has a voice that fits perfectly with the sound of this band, especially with the direction that they have taken with this new album. Pain is a lot more darker and harder sounding than their previous two releases. It showed on “Fear” which is also the lead track. Mark is exceptional on guitar. Precise and dominating are two words to use for his playing. The set ended and the band came back out for encores which included “Hanging on By a Thread,” a fan favorite off their first release by the same name.
Mark Anthony told me in a short interview the band plans to keep touring the rest of the year in select cities so if you have a chance to check these guys out, do so.