Last Night of Solace at Trees Dallas – Live Review
Last Night of Solace, Trees, Dallas, TX., December 2, 2023
The Deep Ellum Music scene is where legends have been made throughout the passage of time, with bands of all genres unveiling their musical prowess to packed houses of fans and friends. On this magical night at the iconic Trees Nightclub, a selection of the very best local bands Dallas has to offer shared the stage at an event ambitiously titled Good Vs. Evil. Co-headlined by Notions and Colorblind and featuring a total of 8 live performances throughout the night, Good Vs. Evil was a glorious sonic battle where in the very end, everyone won in nothing short of an epic way.
This reviewer has been following Last Night of Solace on Instagram for several months and was definitely impressed by their imaginative take on the metalcore / deathcore genre and their standout music videos. With a soon-to-expire plane ticket to use and the fact that I had never actually been to Dallas – it was time to not only see a thrilling new band on the rise – but to also explore the Deep Ellum music scene.
Last Night of Solace delivered the goods tenfold and were well worth taking the journey out to the Lone Star State. Performing selections for their independently released Too Far Gone full-length album, Last Night of Solace exploded into an impassioned set of tunes. Going well above and beyond what has been expected for the traditional metalcore genre, there was a ton of imagination and intrigue to be found within the band’s absolutely captivating performance. This was kind of like when I was seeing bands such as Avenged Sevenfold and Motionless In White for the very first time in their early days – and that overpowering feeling of witnessing the humble origins of something truly extraordinary. From the bombastic opening refrains of Haunting to the torrential auditory soundscapes of Rainfall and beyond, Last Night of Solace took total control of the Trees stage, delivering an absolute rapturous performance to a very packed venue.
Lead vocalist Cameron Foley delivers the vocals with a heightened sense of passion and ferocity, exuding a dynamic stage presence that was stunning to witness. Drummer Seth Andy was an absolute beast, unleashing a mesmerizing force of pummeling artistry, rendered all the more staggering since he had just delivered another massive percussive assault with his other band Lanticblue just moments before.
Guitarist Jeiden Lovell may have been wearing a back brace due to very recent injury and had a bit of trouble getting around prior to the set, but once onstage, he definitely let loose with killer axe work that reverberated throughout the venue. Equally impressive was the other non-injured guitarist Kennedy Boynton, delivering the grand sonic entreaties like a total pro! These two guitarists work very well together! Supplying the thunderous low-end with a tremendous amount of expertise and swagger was bassist Austin Hunt. Together, these guys sent it all into the stratosphere!
Towards the end of the show, Last Night of Solace raged into a new song entitled Fractured – the recorded version which features a guest appearance by none other than Kellin Quinn of Sleeping With Sirens. And then the band closed out their set with the devastating Shards, a powerful story of perseverance that certainly left a lingering impression.
Expect to hear a whole a lot more from Last Night of Solace in 2024 and beyond. Gripping live performances like this one garner bands an ardent following as well as a sought-after recording contact. An interview with all the members from Last Night of Solace will be in the January 19th issue of Highwire Daze!
I would like to give a shoutout to all the other bands who played the Good Vs Evil event including Waiting 4 April, Nygma, Under Currents, Lanticblue, Penny Bored, Colorblind, and Notions. If this is the sound of what’s going on in Dallas at the moment, A&R reps best make their way out to Deep Ellum post haste! Presented by Third String Productions!
(Review by Ken Morton – Photos by Cheyanne Singleton)
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