There is nothing quite like going to a local metal show. It is important to go out and support the local acts that you like, support your friends, or just discover a new band to like. Perhaps one day you'll be able to say that you knew them before they were famous. In any case, you have to get out there and see those bands, find the good ones and see them again. They need the encouragement and the support of us fans.
The night's show, at The Chance Theater, was being headlined by Section 18, in their first headlining gig. But before we get to them, there were three other local acts set to get the crowd going.
The show got off to a great start with Junket. I had seen them about 2 months ago; at the time, I did not have much to say about them. They were OK then, but what a difference a few months makes! Tonight they sounded incredible. The sound was a blend of screamo and Staind style angst with a touch of progressive-leaning metal. They played for about 30 minutes and the crowd was really into them. There were some great lead breaks, and harmony runs with the bass player. The vocals were that mix of singing and screaming that seems to be so popular these days. The difference here being that I actually liked it; he had a unique take on it. All too often, I find myself bored by the latest wave of screamers. Junket's sound all comes together and shows a lot of promise. This will be a band to keep an eye on.
Next up was a band making their first appearance at The Chance called Equipt. Sadly, they were not all that impressive. The first thing they need is a singer. The majority of the vocals were handled by the guitar player who does not have much of a voice. On top of that they seemed to be ever so slightly out of tune, making all the songs sound just a bit off. Their set lacked an overall energy that just really deflated my interest. The drummer took over vocal duties for the last few songs, and there was a noticeable upswing in energy--not enough to really drag me back in, but it made it a little more enjoyable.