Despite the inclement weather and annual Riverbend festival, on Wednesday night, June 15, the Warehouse showcased a night of great national and local metal bands. A dripping wet crowd gathered in front of the stage to rock out, hardly seeming to be concerned by the dark sky and threatening clouds.
Becoming the Archetype proved why they haven't just made an impact in the Christian metal scene, but also why they have been successful in crossing over to secular metal. From the opening song, “Ransom,” the headliners showed such intensity, and the crowd joined them by forming mosh pits throughout the set. Vocalist Jason Wisdom screamed and growled through song after song, fueled by the spirited reaction from the crowd. The setlist included “Magnetic Sky” and “Internal Illumination” from their new album, Celestial Completion, and concluded with their amazing death metal version of the classic hymn, “How Great Thou Art.” Becoming the Archetype really brings the energy to their lives shows. They are a must-see band.
Record label cohorts, To Speak of Wolves, opened for Becoming the Archetype. The Christian metalcore band from Greensboro, NC, played a five-song setlist including “Darkness Often Yields the Brightest Light” from their new album Myself < Letting Go. Gage Speas sang lead with his screaming vocals while bassist Will McCutcheon complimented him well with his melodic backing vocals. Though Speas informed the crowd that he had been awake since 5 AM for a flight from Fort Worth, TX, there was no sign of fatigue from him. Or anyone else in the band, for that matter. The floor filled with hardcore dancers during the set, while innocent bystanders ducked to avoid roundhouse kicks and windmills. Midway during the set, Speas jumped off the stage and joined the crowd on the floor, as he and McCutcheon intermingled vocals. To close the set, Speas encouraged the crowd to “Wake up and reach your potential!” as he explained how he was a 20-year-old high school drop out, but he was living his dream of playing on stage.
Unspoken Triumph is a perfect example of the great local metal bands here in Chattanooga. They were definitely one of the highlights of the night. Ian Sharp displayed some very impressive death metal vocals, and the rest of the band fully backed him up with a mixture of melodic and frenzied guitar riffs and quick, deep drum beats. The crowd immediately got into the set as mosh pits formed during the very first song. The setlist included “The Witching” and “The Berserkers Prayer,” both from their demo Vindication. It was available for free after the show, so fans went home happy with a great collection of melodic death metal.
Morior Invictus was the second band of the night, and another one of the highlights. Their name is Latin for “Death Before Defeat.” They are a six-piece band from Knoxville, TN, featuring a female on guitar and backing vocals. She was the only female in any of the bands, so much respect to her for making her way in a genre dominated by males. The setlist included “The Anonymous” and “The White Plague,” - the new single off the album of the same name. Vocalist Joel Rainwater displayed an enormous amount of energy as he headbanged, leaped from the speakers, and belted out the songs in typical death metal style. It was evident that the entire band was enjoying themselves. Another band that definitely should be seen live.
The opening band of the night was Camarilla, another metal band from Knoxville, TN. They played a short, but heavy set, with songs “Come to Life” and “Daylight Soldier” from their upcoming six-song EP entitled Southern Discomfort.
Words by: Bethany Trent
Photos by: Bethany Trent