Swedish metal band In Flames performed a handful of headlining shows recently, with Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas one of their stops on tour, along with Texas metal band Fire From The Gods, and LA based metal band Thrown Into Exile. While it was a Monday night in Vegas it felt more like Friday, with an incredible trio of metal bands melting our faces off with Fire and Flames! Have I ever mentioned how much I love living in Vegas?
Thrown Into Exile is an American metal band from Los Angeles and consists of Mario Rubio (guitar), Ray Sanchez (guitar), Dave Corsile (bass), Scott Shelko (drums), and Joey Dalo (vocals). Formed in 2011 they have one self titled EP, and one full-length studio album (Safe Inside, 2016). TIE was a great band to open up this show, they came out strong and ripped up the stage. With both guitarists rocking Flying-V style guitars I was prepared for some serious Pantera-like shredding from them, and I was not disappointed. You can certainly hear a Dimebag influence in some of their riffs ("Declination" is a perfect example). Unfortunately, with such a short set list, their show ended all too quickly! Five songs was not nearly enough for such a talented group. If heavy shredding, hard-hitting super-fast bass kicks, and screaming/growling vocals are your thing you will definitely like these guys.
They are as pure metal as metal gets. I highly recommend their album, Safe Inside. There are some amazing songs on it, and start to finish, it is a solid listen. As far as live performances go these guys are for real!
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Thrown Into Exile photos from Randy Udell / R U Rockin' Photos
Fire From The Gods is an American metal band from Austin and consists of AJ Channer (Vocals), Jameson Teat (Guitar), Drew Walker (Guitar), Bonner Baker (Bass), and Richard Wicander (Drums). They have released one studio album to date with their current lineup, and a few EPs and singles under a prior iteration. On certain songs they have a heavy rap/metal sound to them and (to me) sound very much like a cross between Sevendust and Skindred, but then they'll change it up and go to a screaming/melodic metalcore sound, and before you know it they've changed it up again and sound like a hardcore punk band. I love their flexibility and the variety in their sound, no two songs sound the same. Their lyrics tend to address socio-political issues, and are heavily influenced by vocalist AJ Channer's childhood and upbringing. They have now become one of my favorite bands and their album, Narrative Retold (2017) has just moved to the top of my current playlist!
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