A recent trend in shows that in my eyes is most welcome is the blurring and blending of genre lines at concerts. I recently saw Movements with Knocked Loose and loved nothing more than singing along with Movements and then getting crazy in the pit to Knocked Loose. This show was along the same lines, mixing goth and grunge in with brutal death metal in a way that was pretty much appreciated by all.
First off were Fearing, who set the tone with a sad, spotlit goth set highlighted in red hues and dark clothing colors. They had even those in the crowd who were clearly there to mosh dancing and humming along, and got the crowd ready for a night of contrasting tones and sounds.
Next was 200 Stab Wounds, who brought the tempo up to 11 with their killer slammy, brutal, old-school tinged death metal. The whole room was moving, and they absolutely killed it, not missing a beat after the soft opening for the show.
Narrow Head brought back ’90s nostalgia with a fresh new take, completely entrancing the crowd. They mixed the slow, dancey energy of Fearing with heavier aggression and got everyone stoked for the main attraction.
Finally, Gatecreeper took the stage, and the payoff was definitely worth it. They shredded the audience with new materials and songs that are quickly becoming death metal classics.