5/10 at The Webster Underground
Rise & Resist
The Days Ahead
The day was already going to be good. My last day of finals before the summer (Yay, more time to write!). Originally I was skeptical of the announcement, because as much as I enjoyed Darke Complex’s Widow, I wasn’t particularly fond of Point Oblivion. There's no doubt it has bangers, but for every song that hit hard there is a track of equally opposite quality, mainly because of its experimental sections. Nevertheless, I was interested in checking out Kaonashi. Let's be real, if you’ve heard the Never Home split with ’sabella, you know how crazy they are. If you see their name on a bill, jump.
From the moment I arrived, 30 minutes after doors, I knew it was going to be an interesting night. There were about a handful of actual audience members, and in hindsight, a few were only there for the locals. The Days Ahead kicked the night off with a less than stellar showing. There was nothing particularly bad about them, but if you’ve listened to a motivational metalcore band, you’ve heard every song before. Chugging riffs between clean chorus and an occasional breakdown, but the band’s use of a backtrack set me off a bit. While I stand by backtracking for non-traditional instruments and sound clips, using a backtrack of your clean vocals for the moments your voice gives out or you can’t hit the notes is a different story.
Next was Rise & Resist. I knew I had seen them from playing the Underground before, but I honestly couldn’t remember any of it. I don’t know if I’m alone in the feeling, but not remembering a band’s set, regardless if you liked their set, is sad. Anyway, I have a similar feeling about their performance. If you’ve heard metalcore-leaning hardcore metalcore, you’ve heard this band, but if they have anything going for them, their vocalist has a lot of power.
I really wish I didn’t think this way about both bands. They’re locals, and I could easily show love at the next few shows. This time, I just couldn’t.
Brian and I were catching some fresh air, worrying about the next local on the bill, but right before the next band finished soundcheck, our friend told us they had dropped and that Kaonashi was next. Both of us went from 0 to 60. The night had turned around. Chaotic mid-paced riffs got the room loose and comfortable. Vocalist Peter Rono spent the set off stage, kicking it with the few people in the audience, not giving a fuck, and still gave an angsty, high-octane performance. Powerhouses “Our Troubled Selves” and “The Depressive Spectrum” rang true with emotion, but just as the band was hitting an incredible high, the set was over after only 5 songs. It's not their fault, but damn.
The night was coming to a close, and Darke Complex’s Glados voiceover came over the PA. Gimmicky, but effective. Starting on the right foot with “One of Us,” the band proved they groove even harder live than they do on record. Nearing the end of the song, I realized this was one of the songs I hadn’t been fond of on Point Oblivion, but I was totally caught up in the moment because it’s just a fun song. The same thing happened with pretty much every song they played, and I eventually forgot my gripes and jammed for the rest of the short set. Again, this and the way the vocals were a bit drowned out by the rest of the band wasn’t necessarily their fault, and to make up for itm Peter guested for the breakdown on “Void.” It was as awesome as it sounds.
While that's the story everyone was interested in, I gotta say, meeting and spending time with Kaonashi and Dark Complex really made the night. They’re some of the nicest people and were just excited that people showed at all on what they expected to be an off night. The rest of the tour has been much different.
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