The Ghost Inside featuring The Acacia Strain, Gideon, and In Hearts Wake Show Review By: Matty

March 24, 2015 by: admin

By: Matty

Contributor’s Note:

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First of all, I want to thank Chucky and Narayan of Advocate Touring and We Are Unified for setting me up with the opportunity to review, interview, as well as take some gnarly photographs of the four bands.  Once I get done with the editing process, they will be posted on here soon as well as my Instagram account.  It was an amazing night of music, a night to release aggression, worries, and stresses.  The Ghost Inside is continuing on their tour on Tuesday, March 24th at the Old National Centre in Indianapolis, Indiana and they are wrapping out the “Out of Control” tour on Friday, April 10th at the Nile Theater in Mesa, Arizona before they kick off the European leg of the tour in Luxembourg.  Please check out tour dates at their official website here.

It was a very entertaining, aggressive, and therapeutic night of music.  There’s a side to me that just loves, brutal, heavy music.  There’s something aggressive, yet cleansing about the heavy music.  Sometimes we can relate to the lyrics, sometimes there’s a drum-fill, breakdown, or guitar riff that causes us to mosh, circle pit, or even hardcore dance.  In Hearts Wake, out of Byron Bay, Australia, was the first to take the stage at Wooly’s in Des Moines, Iowa.
In Hearts Wake is a five-piece band out of Byron Bay, Australia.  You can check out our interview with them on this website as well.  They are beginning to get recognized on a worldwide scale with their incredible offering entitled “Earthwalker” and they will be releasing “Skydancer” along with a vinyl package of “Skydancer” on May of 2015.  The unique vocal stylings of Jake Taylor(unclean vocals) and Kyle Erich(bass, clean vocals) enhanced the ambiance and beauty of their music.  It’s rare and quite uncommon for a music critic to say that there’s a certain beauty in their heavy music, however, I shall apply exception to this rule with In Hearts Wake.  Their songs took their audience on a story and a magical journey, as if they wanted you to see the beauty that they see in this world.  In Hearts Wake taught the crowd of 300 people in Des Moines that we need to honor and appreciate all kinds of life and to take a moment and to reflect upon the beauty that surrounds us, as in the case with songs such as “Divine” and “Earthwalker”.  Expect In Hearts Wake to carry their momentum over to their Skydancer release as they embark on an Australia tour with We Came As Romans, Beartooth, and Storm The Sky providing support for In Hearts Wake.  America is taking notice at In Hearts Wake and they will continue to do so as long as In Hearts Wake keeps making music and keeps destroying stages.  Hardcore band out of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Gideon took the stage next.
Gideon is a five-piece hardcore band out of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  They are taking their momentum of their latest effort entitled “Calloused” and spreading their positive message of overcoming obstacles and love to the underground masses of hardcore music.  Although they didn’t preach on stage, you can tell that they are passionate about being a Christian band and about being witnesses to their message.  In turn, their message was heard in gang vocals in their crowd favorite entitled “Virtue” and they encouraged the audience to sing their hearts out and to join in with them on their movement.  Vocalist Daniel McWhorter has a stage presence about him and Daniel McCartney and Tyler Riley do a great job trading off guitar riffs and blending them into the music.  The rhythm section of Timmy Naugher and Jake Smelley brought the mosh pits, hardcore dancing, and excitement into the set by Gideon.  The Acacia Strain was next to take the stage.
The Acacia Strain, out of Rise Records, is a hardcore band from Chicopee, Massachusetts.  They are mostly known for their unique cover of “Seasons In The Abyss”, originally done by Slayer.  The Acacia Strain is currently touring in support of their latest offering entitled “Coma Witch”, which was released in October of 2014.  Please go to I-Tunes or any record store and pick it up.  They primarily performed in the dark, with vocalist Vincent Bennett utilizing scores of bottled water to cool down the audience.  The Acacia Strain definitely has their audience and their music isn’t for everyone, however, that doesn’t mean that they’re going to change their ways just so they can “earn another like” on Facebook.  They want you to go on their journey of nihilism and living a miserable existence with them and if you’re not coming along for the ride, they have a couple of middle fingers for you.  They brought the attitude and brutality to Wooly’s.  Their performance showed why The Acacia Strain are here to stay in the undeground.  Los Angeles, California based The Ghost Inside was next to take the stage.
The Ghost Inside, out of Los Angeles, California, brought the fun and brutality to Des Moines.  Clearly, they’re a band that is genuine about remembering where one comes from and never forgetting your roots and what got you there to make music for a living.  They blitzed through their set with the two main crowd favorites entitled “Dear Youth” and “Between The Lines”.  They sang with urgency and passion.  They utilized their collective instruments to tug at heartstrings and to get people to move to the music.  The Ghost Inside definitely showed why they are one of the most legit bands in metal and hardcore music.  Johnathan Vigil has a stage presence that one can tell that he really feels what he’s singing about and the music.  He gave shoutouts to his personal friends from Des Moines and made you feel like you were a part of the show.  Jim Riley(bass, backup vocals) did an excellent job of blending his clean vocals with Johnathan Vigil’s screams.  They closed the set with “Engine 45″ and “Broken Bells”.  The crowd was satisfied and yet hungry for more.
Check out the American leg of the “Out of Control” tour featuring The Ghost Inside below.
Tuesday, March 24th Deluxe at Old National Centre in Indianapolis, Indiana
Wednesday, March 25th at Expo Five in Louisville, Kentucky
Thursday, March 26th at Altar Bar in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Friday, March 27th at Waiting Room in Buffalo, New York
Saturday, March 28th at Lost Horizon in Syracuse, New York
Sunday, March 29th at Toad’s Place in New Haven, Connecticut
Monday, March 30th at The Met in Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Wednesday, April 1st at Chameleon Club in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Thursday, April 2nd at Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina
Friday, April 3rd at The Music Farm in Charleston, South Carolina
Saturday, April 4th at Southeast Beast in Jacksonville, Florida
Monday, April 6th at House of Rock in Corpus Christi, Texas
Tuesday, April 7th at Far West Event Center in Odessa, Texas
Thursday, April 9th at Launchpad in Albuqurque, New Mexico
Friday, April 10th at Nile Theater in Mesa, Arizona
European Leg of the “Out of Control” Tour
Tuesday, April 14th at den Atelier in Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Wednesday, April 15th at Warmaudio in Lyon, France
Friday, April 17th at Resurrection Fest at BUT in Madrid, Spain
Saturday, April 18th at Resurrection Fest at Jimmy Jazz in Vitoria, Spain
Sunday, April 19th at Resurrection Fest at Razzmatazz 2 in Barcelona, Spain
Monday, April 20th at Saint des Sains in Toulouse, France
Tuesday, April 21st at MJC Picaud in Cannes, France
Thursday, April 23rd at Honky Tonky Club in Seregno Monza E Brianza, Italy
Friday, April 24th at Impericon Festival in Zurich, Switzerland
Saturday, April 25th at Impericon Festival in Oberhausen, Germany
Sunday, April 26th at Impericon Festival in Vienna, Austria
Monday, April 27th at Backstage Werk in Munich, Germany
Tuesday, April 28th at C-Club in Berlin, Germany
Wednesday, April 29th at Substage in Karlsruhe, Germany
Thursday, April 30th at Impericon Festival in Paris, France
Friday, May 1st at Groezrock in Meerhout, Belgium
Saturday, May 2nd at Impericon Festival in Leipzig, Germany
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