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Kill the lights
With those three words, Pittsburgh metalcore band Defy the Tide kicked off their EP release party at Goodfellas in McMechen, WV on Saturday. The venue was overflowing from front to back with fans from all around the Ohio Valley, and their patience paid off with one of the most powerful performances I’ve seen in a long time. Lead vocalist Carly Simon-Warneke gracefully moved to the center of the blackened stage, and moments later, they began their set, starting with “Upon the Looking Glass”. Lead guitarist Jesse Scott, rhythm guitarist Matthew Friede, bassist Greg Fristick, and drummer Luke Tenley seem very in sync with each other, and it shows in their flawless execution of these intricate songs. Simon-Warneke has one hell of an amazing voice, and she puts everything she has into every song, and commands the stage and her bandmates as if she’s summoning dark magic. Truly impressive to witness.
Their set list was 8 songs long, including all 4 tracks on their EP, “Soteria”, along with fan favorites from previous releases. That might sound like a long set for a small venue setup, but let me tell you, it wasn’t enough for their fans. After they performed their last song of the night, “Traced in Flames”, the crowd began chanting, and the band was encouraged enough to perform not one, but two encores. I could have stood there and listened to at least 4 more songs, but the night has to end at some point.
Defy the Tide has only been together for a little under 3 years, but they seem to have everything it takes to last. They have a strong sound, and the mash-up of metalcore and power metal is perfect. It gives you a flashback, and a sneak peek at the future in one shot to the eardrums.