We got there just in time to catch most of Flag of the White Rose's set. The turnout was not great, about 20-30 people, with some of those people being in bands :/ I dunno how the promoting for these shows go sometimes.
Flag of the White Rose is a newer local band, of the heavy metal vibe. They have a kind of a hair band vibe going on- a combination of Judas Priest, Lita Ford, Vixen, and a little Sister Sin. This combination works for me- they were very good. A little rough sounding, but pretty good. The solo on "Heading to the Highway" is kind of hard to do with only 1 guitar, but with some effects they got close. The guitarist in particular was impressive- his solos were straight out of some hair band rockers (please do not read that as a bad thing, cause it's not)! The drumming was solid, and the bass player (who looked like he was in Faster Pussycat (and the singer we found out later was a Faster Pussycat fan as well ;3) ) was energetic. The mohawked singer Kerri was Wendy O Williams'iting up and there were veins of Lita Ford and Joan Jett in there too. She seemed a little nervous, but there was unmistakable power waiting to erupt from her lips.Would like to see how their next show is, too!
There were some small merch tables, Flag of the White Rose had a couple shirts with a tarot type design, and Serpent Witch had a very fitting stoner style Medusa lookin' design. Stitched Up Heart had a coffin full of merch. I dunno why I didn't get a pic and/or CD.
Serpent Witch was on next- they had a short female singer that eventually reminded me of a shorter and white Nina from A Sound of Thunder, normal looking guitarists, and an ancient Rip Van Winkle dude on drums. Rip was oddly entrancing to watch playing the drums. His slightly jerky yet methodical style perplexed me, as to how he was seemingly looking shaky, but still hitting every note. Anyways, so their sound was a stoner rock/ old school deal. They started off a bit boring, but got better as they went on. Their singer was a bit divergent from the style. Instead of being stationary and/or mopey, she was jumping up and down and doing various rock moves. Her style IMO seemed like it would be more suited for a more true metal band, like an Accept style one. Overall, they were good, but a bit too stonerish for me at that point.
The girl (Mixi) from Stitched Up Heart was going around and adding some facepaint (football style under the eyes) for willing concert goers, as she and the others in her band had various markings. At this point I realized that all the acts we were going to see/had seen were female fronted. Perhaps some more marketing up that angle would have been more effective? I don't know, but for a Saturday night, it was rather vacant.
The headliner Stitched Up Heart was a band I was only somewhat familiar with, after having listened to a few songs on youtube earlier that day. They have that poppy kind of screamobutbettervocals thing going on. They also reminded me of The Agonist, with their different coloured hair frontwoman, and heavy music background. But I thought they sounded way better than the Agonist. They started with throwing some sort of baby power on the bassist and then cranking into full gear. Their energy was infectious- every band member was so full of energy that they would not remain stationary! This, along with the slight attitude the pretty singer exuded, made for an entertaining show (even if I was unfamiliar with most of the songs). They were so into it, it was easy to come along for the (somewhat) wild ride. They did have a kind of poppy sound to them (like Icon for Hire, or some pop-punk but heavier). Their set was rather short (30 minutes), so it kind of ended abruptly. I wanted to hear this song
But,the kind of early night that meant more time for sheetz, a little socialized, and MAYBE sleep. It was fun hanging out with friends, and having not a too insane show. It would have been nicer to see some more support for this show, but what can you do sometimes :/
next show: Obituary!
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Flag of the White Rose
Me with Ladies of Serpent Witch and Flag
Stitched Up Heart
Stitched Up Heart II
Flag of the White Rose (?9:47- 10:06)
- Broken Ghost (missed this)
- No Deception
- Heading out to the Highway (Judas Priest cover)
- Past unfolds
- Fallen Star
- New Breed
- Warrior I Am
- ? (let blood run)
- The End (?)
- Your Demise
- Bitter End