SEVENDUST, GEMINI SYNDROME Live In Cleveland, Ohio With Photos!
Friday, August 1, 2014 @ 4:56 PM
Tour Kicked Off In Cleveland
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After the success of their fan-funded acoustic album Time Travelers & Bonfires and subsequent acoustic tour, SEVENDUST was ready to hit the road once again, only this time they are plugged back in. We arrived several hours before doors opened because we were scheduled to sit down with drummer Morgan Rose. Click for the interview HERE. After taking the last month off with little rehearsing or practicing the band was planning on a long sound check to tidy things up and polish up the yet to be completed setlist according to Rose. However, based on their performance, I would have been easily fooled.
Kicking things off was the Los Angeles–Based, GEMINI SYNDROME. Frontman Aaron Nordstrom (formerly of OTEP) made his way around the stage with his white hair flowing. They reminded me so much of old DISTURBED, but maybe a little less refined, which is a good thing. They have that industrial, sort of dark, grinding appeal to them. Drummer Brian Steele Medina was extremely animated, especially since his kit was spread so far out that he was clearly visible at all times. GEMINI SYNDROME ripped through song after song off of their debut
release Lux. I was happy I finally was able to catch them. They really complimented SEVENDUST and I hope to see them again in the future.
“Left Of Me”
“Pay For This”
“Pleasure And Pain”
Cameras in hand, I headed back into the photo pit as the lights dimmed. SEVENDUST started things off by ripping into “Pieces”. Like I said before, I would have never known that the band basically showed up cold without rehearsing and just plowed right in. Even vocalist Lajon Witherspoon took notice and stopped the show at one point to turn around and tell the guys how tight they sounded. Just like riding a bike, I guess. Usually the first date of a tour means that there are kinks to iron out, but like a well-oiled machine the show went on smooth and timely. Still riding on the success of their acoustic tour, SEVENDUST decided to give us a taste by throwing in a mini, two-song, acoustic set with “Got A Feeling” and “Angel’s Son”, which was serenaded to Lajon by the audience. I could really see them doing a much larger acoustic set inside of their usual material, much like TESLA does. I am usually a plug in or go home kind of guy, but the acoustic material just seems to sit so well with the band and the fans; plus drummer Morgan Rose holds nothing back during the toned down songs. It was seriously the heaviest acoustic set I had ever heard live.
SEVENDUST finished up their set with the single “Decay” off of their latest electric release, Black Out The Sun before returning to encore with “Splinter”. SEVENDUST has always been one of my favorite live acts to see. They never hold anything back and are one of the most accessible bands out there today. If this tour rolls through your town, don’t miss it.
“Face To Face”
“Got A Feeling”
“Strong Arm Broken”
Check out some more photos from the show!
All Photos By Geoff Ketler & Steve Keller/Aces High Photography