Veil of Maya Energize New York City With Structures, Northlane, Vildhjarta + More
New York City music fans got an incredible treat over the weekend as Veil of Maya rocked Gramercy Theater for a headlining gig with support from an international mix of bands.
It’s no surprise that Chicago metalers of Veil of Maya sold out their headlining show. Their power onstage as well as technical skills are just a few of the many reasons why they have such a hold on fans. Not to mention they’re a hell of a lot of fun to watch onstage.
If it’s not bassist’s Danny Hauser’s flowing hair that mesmerizes you then it’s guitarist Mark Okubo’s interaction with the crowd. It could also be Sam Applebaum’s brutality behind the drums or vocalist Brandon Butler’s relentlessness on the mic. Fans lost their minds to the old school favorite ‘It’s Not Safe to Swim Today,’ as well as ‘Unbreakable.’ They also performed tracks from their latest record, ‘Eclipse,’ such as ‘20/200’ and ‘Divide Paths.’
Structures, hailing from Canada, got fans bouncing with frontman Nick Xourafas literally destroying the mic as screeching noises were coming out of it throughout the set. Heavy pits took place, especially during their final song ‘Encounter.’
Australia’s Northlane received mind-blowing response from the crowd. From the back to the front of the venue, wild energy came over fans and they were captivated by the band’s anthems. With each song, old or new, the crowd’s passion amplified. It’s obvious, New Yorkers can’t wait until these Sydney lads come back in 2014.
The Swedes of Vildhjarta unleashed pure hell. Their set began with the band jamming out instrumentally and then both vocalists joined the stage. “I believe it’s time to dance New York” said one vocalist and moshed they did. Being from Sweden, a land that is home to countless incredible bands, Vildhjarta represented their country well with their primitive and raw vigor both in their music and in their performance.
Mexico’s Here Comes the Kraken got fans sweaty early on and opened up pits with their forceful presence onstage. They also gained some East Coast fans, especially after encouraging stoners in the crowd to puff with them after their performance. Local band FXzero, hailing from Long Island, rocked their hometown crowd as they kicked off the night of ear-pummeling energy.
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