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3 Nails Management Showcase at The Ballroom

posted Nov 19, 2011, 1:12 PM by Sarah Brehm   [ updated Nov 19, 2011, 1:13 PM ]
After getting slightly lost, I finally found myself at The Ballroom in Cleveland on November 11. The Ballroom is a dance studio by day and a metal-rock venue by night, though the décor remains that of a dance studio, with icicle lights lining the ceiling, dance paintings and Marilyn Monroe posters, and the pink-everything women’s bathroom was sure to make any girly-girl’s day! (pink is always an awesome color.)


The night kicked off with Affliction Asylum, out of Crossville. A straight-up rock n’ roll group, Affliction Asylum reminded me of Decyfer Down with a little bit of Disciple thrown in. They are very much immersed in ministry, recognizing that Christ can shine even through rock music. “We’re going to play a song you’ve heard at church,” said lead singer Jeremy Scott, “But a little heavier.” Affliction Asylum then started into a cover of “How He Loves” by John Mark McMillan. It was a sweet moment of pure worship, the crowd singing along, hands raised toward Heaven.


Heavy-metal rockers Morior Invictus, out of Knoxville played next. With a sound similar to Becoming the Archetype, they’re sure to go far in the Christian metal scene. They tested out a relative new guitarist who seemed to fit in well. And bassist Kristy Rainwater—recently married to front-man Joel Rainwater—reminds us that metal isn’t just a man’s sport! Morior Invictus played several tracks off their album, The Anonymous while Joel rushed into the crowd numerous times to get the moshing going.


Beyond Bethel, local to Cleveland, took the spotlight next. Beyond Bethel is a little heavier than Affliction Asylum, but not quite as a heavy as Morior Invictus. They remind me a bit of Pillar, if Pillar had screaming vocals! Most of the crowd was there to see Beyond Bethel, and most were singing along as they play a variety of songs off their album A Fire Before Him including “A Fire Before Him,” “Bring It Down,” “Sons of Thunder,” and “Enemy.” This is definitely a band to watch.


The night ended with Reason, fronted by Dustin Curry, who manages The Ballroom. Reason is another great metal rock band. Though the crowd had dimished, fans of Reason stood as close as they could, headbanging and rocking out! Reason played the songs “Liar,” “Free,” “Hope Bringer,” “Sick of Hell,” and “Face to Face.”


Overall it was a fun night in Cleveland that showcased several bands managed by 3 Nails Artist Management, owned by Donnie Manis. Donnie talked about 1 Corinthians 9:22: “To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some” (NIV). He explained that this was his purpose, to promote Christian rock music to witness to those who wouldn’t normally step foot in a church.
Words by: Sarah Brehm
Photos and Videos by: Sarah Brehm
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