New Years Day got the night off to a rousing start. While they were the opener they played like seasoned veterans of the scene, poised to get much bigger. Their set’s filled with big personality and hard-driving goth-tinged rock. It was infectious and the crowd ate up every moment.
Hard Rock Horror Show
In This Moment takes the theatrics of a Broadway show, the choreography of a Pop concert, the creepiness of a theme park haunted house walkthrough and mixes all those ingredients in a black cauldron. The resulting brew is unique, intense, and spectacular. Lead singer Maria Brink, flanked by her two faceless, masked dancers, commanded the attention of every single person in the audience. For anyone in the audience not sold on the visuals, her voice seals the deal, adding a heft and centering quality to the mixture of grinding guitars and pounding drums.
Pure Rock and Roll
Halestorm took the stage in a flash of lights and roar of loud guitars, kicking their set off with “Skulls” off their new album. Lead singer Lzzy Hale exudes nothing short of pure Rock and Roll, attitude with swagger, amazing guitar skills, and a voice that’s equal parts beautiful and crushing. There’s just something about Halestorm’s music that is instantly enjoyable, catchy, yet fierce. They’ve taken the tried an true grit and grin of old school rock, mixed in the rage of modern hard rock, and a touch that can only be described as their own secret ingredient. It’s always that last part that separates a band from their peers, providing a long life for the bands. And damn, does Halestorm have it in droves, I wasn’t too familiar with their music going into the show, but I’ll be taking a journey their catalog, tapping my toes and nodding my head the whole way.