Iwrestledabearonce, Speaking The King’s, End Of Truth, A New Challenger Approaches, A Stranger To Me, The Whisky, March 29, 2013
It was a Friday night at the world famous Whisky on the Sunset Strip, and headlining the evening would be the relentless force of nature known as Iwrestledabearonce. Now with new lead vocalist Courtney LaPlante an integral part of the collective, the ferocious Shreveport, Louisiana-based band was in town to tear down the walls of the venerable establishment while on their way to the Extreme Thing musical festival in Las Vegas.
Also on the bill were several other LA and Orange County based bands including direct support from Speaking The King’s, the latest signing to Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The local unsigned talent would leave a lasting impression as well, featuring well received sets by A New Challenger Remains, End Of Truth, and A Stranger To Me. It was a evening of metal and mayhem, with many in the audience staying for the entire show!
Here is a recap of the bands Highwire Daze Online caught up with…
A Stranger To Me
Based out of the San Fernando Valley, A Stranger To Me took to the stage and really had the early arrivals paying attention. Opening with the dynamic Dream Eater, the collective slammed through a fantastic collection of tunes. Especially notable was the performance of front man Stephen “Boxman” Toledo, all over the stage delivering the lyrics with a ferocious magnetism. Delivering a sonic wall of sound were Danny Rodriguez on guitar and vocals, Nelson Lemus on guitar, Aldwin Generoso on bass, and Ryan Mason on drums. A thoroughly intensive set from an up and coming band who could clearly break out in a big way. Other songs performed in the short but potent set included Blood & Jack, Labyrinth, and Prisoner. Further proof that the SFV is home to some vastly underrated talent!
A New Challenger Approaches
Judging by the sonic intensity emitting from the Whisky stage, one could only predict a glorious future for the talented musicians in A New Challenger Approaches. Based out of the thriving San Diego music scene, the band made their way into the wilds of the Sunset Strip and performed an impressive set of tunes. Jon Loera is a wonderfully charismatic front man, commanding the stage with a sense of urgency and conviction. The band is remarkable tight, with credits going to Napoleon Mata on guitar, Abraham Martinez on guitar, Tito Montero on bass, and Pablo Garcia on drums. With performances this impressive, A New Challenger Approaches should find themselves signed to the indie label in no time at all. Top songs in the set included Obsidian Empire, Red Scarf, and the especially explosive Pray to the Sharks. Expect to hear a lot more from this dynamic band in the months ahead. It is exciting to discover impressive new bands such as A New Challenger Approaches!
End Of Truth
We’ve written a few times before about End Of Truth from Los Angeles. Now playing a prime slot at the Whisky, their live set was nothing short of epic. The band may have been missing a member, but the show did go on, and they sent the legendary Sunset Strip establishment spinning. Hopeless Findings is a dynamic cut that really grabs you by the throat live. Towards the end of the set, lead vocalist Jonathan Arevalo introduced In Memory as a song memorializing those we have lost and miss in our lifetimes. This proved to be an absolutely powerful finale, with Arevalo performing with an fiery sense of passion in his voice. Felipe Herrera was on his own tonight in the guitarist department, yet delivered an impressive presentation. Bassist Randy Rios and drummer Eddie Villicana made a tremendously potent rhythm section while keyboardist Danny Morrison weaved a subtle yet haunting refrain. End Of Truth is rapidly gaining a loyal fan base within the City Of Angels and beyond, and their gripping tunes and live performances are not to be missed! If you go to their Facebook page, you could download the band’s debut EP The Wreckage We Call Home for free!
Speaking The King’s
One listen to the mighty Speaking The King’s, and you could instantly see why Nuclear Blast Records snatched them up so fast. Along with At The Skylines and Heartist, Speaking The King’s is proving that the OC is once again a hotbed for signing exciting new bands. Presenting a mesmerizing brand of progressive hardcore with choruses you’ll definitely remember, expect this Speaking The King’s to become music royalty when they release their debut album. In the meantime, their super energetic live shows are not to be missed! Lead vocalist Bobby Burap is an outstanding front man, whether delivering impassioned clean vocals or unleashing the fiery uncleans onto the crowd. Dueling guitarists Mike Entin and Justin Bock presenting a dazzling wall of sound while bassist Brad Reihl and drummer Will Peacock drive it all home with a vengeance. Possessing a good deal of imagination and skill, Speaking The King’s present music that has a timeless quality while retaining its wondrous heaviness. One Foot At A Time is especially memorable and Casanova is a top-notch track the band is destined to play for the ages to come. A thrilling set that left a definitive impact!
Conclusion and Linkage
And then after Iwrestledabearonce devastated the scene, it was time to break out into the streets of Sunset, fully exhilarated by another classic night at the Whisky!