Sirius XM Octane’s Accelerator Tour hit Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas November 8th, bringing Ice Nine Kills, Fit For A King, Light The Torch, and Awake At Last to Sin City for a night of post-hardcore metal music, as well as some very interesting theatrics.
Starting things off were up-and-comers Awake At Last out of Delaware, with Vincent Torres (vocals), Eric Blackway (guitar), Tyler Greene (bass), and Bryan Mills (drums). AAL’s musical style is more pop/radio rock than the other bands in the lineup, with lyrics that emphasize positive feelings and overcoming obstacles. Not that they don’t fit in with the others - in fact, their song "Purgatorium" is very theatrical and reminiscent of those of Ice Nine Kills, not to mention Spencer Charnas of Ice Nine Kills lends his vocals on the album version of the title track "The Change" off their new 2019 release. The Change debuted to strong chartings and plenty of accolades, establishing AAL as a legitimate player in modern rock music. Their live performance is every bit as strong as their radio play, with a solid amount of production put into their stage show. I was very impressed with their set and made sure to follow them on FaceBook and Spotify so I can keep track of their progress, as well as ensuring I don’t miss them on their next run to Vegas. This is a band to keep an eye on! Check out their website HERE.
Next up was Light The Torch (formerly Devil You Know), a metalcore band from LA formed in 2012. They have released three studio albums including their latest, Revival
from 2018. The band consists of front man Howard Jones (formerly Killswitch Engage), guitarist Francesco Artusato, bassist Ryan Wombacher, and drummer Mike Sciulara. I’ve long been a fan of Killswitch Engage and always felt that Jones was the better vocalist (not knocking Leach, he’s great but Jones is better in my opinion), so I was really looking forward to this opportunity to catch him live with this band, and he did not disappoint in the least. His vocals were on point, and the musicians around him were tight, belting out hit after hit from Revival, with seven songs from Revival and one from their album They Bleed Red. To be honest, this band’s new material sounds very much like the KSE of the Jones era, and that’s not a bad thing. I absolutely love it and couldn’t be happier, listening to Jones mix of screaming and melodic vocals and reminiscing about pre-2012 KSE. Now I have the best of both worlds!
Following up Light The Torch was Fit For A King, a metalcore band from Dallas, with Jared Easterling (drums), Ryan Kirby