Alrosa Villa and Seven Devils Entertainment plays host to legendary Hed PE and four local sensations!!!

 

Hed PE

Jared Gomes of Hed PE performing at Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio!

Hed PE recently headlined a show at the famed Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio. The Seven Devils Entertainment production not only included the legendary band out of California but it was filled with some of the area’s best local talents as well.

A band we have become very familiar with, Cincinnati’s The World I Knew, got the festivities off with a bang (as usual). They unloaded their unique style known as trap metal with such force that one couldn’t help but get pumped up. As always TWIK had the Alrosa crowd ready for a great night of entertainment. Proclaiming how they like to party and get f- -ked up; the fans were behind them all the way! The World I Knew, who consists of Wesley Merritt (vocals), Alex (guitar) and Max (drums) Guerrero, Wesley Davis (guitar) and Noah Hines (bass), was an outstanding choice to open the evening’s festivities.

A Scarred Existence from Coshocton, Ohio put on a brutal performance that was full of grit. They had a sound reminiscent to that of Killswitch EngageASE delivered plenty of heavy riffs with a strong vocal presence.

Anthony Brown (vocals), Tony Prouty (rhythm/lead guitar), Patrick Cox (rhythm/lead guitar), Scott Queen (bass) and Erinn Simmons (drums) are a quartet that you will surely want to check out should you see the name A Scarred Existence on a marquee near you.

Infidel was next to hit the stage. This hard hitting, tactical gear wearing foursome based out of Grove City, Ohio have built quite a following since getting started in 2011. They earned a spot in on the 2014 Rock on the Range bill and continue to rise to prominence. Their delivery is raw and full out force with a delectable mix of bone crushing rhythm that is what metal is all about.

Tyler Parry fronts the band with Ian Shiman tickling the six strings. Rob Minor (bass) and Derrek Johnson form the jackhammer rhythm section.

This was my first time seeing them and I have to say I was very impressed as was the growing crowd that included a who’s, who of local musical talent.

High energy and a great in-your-face sound is the perfect description of BAD GUN from Pataskala Ohio. Like Infidel, this was the first time for me witnessing the local band as well. Their alternative bluesy sound was catchy and intriguing. Simply put, BAD GUN pulled the trigger on an incredible music delivery. They are well worth checking out.

Fronting the group was Jordan Meyer who also doubled on the guitar. Eric (rhythm guitar) and Colby Nicholas (lead guitar) did backup vocals with Tim Lytle and Daren Ross playing the drums and bass respectively.

These four bands were the epitome of why you want to get to any rock show early. Not only do you get to witness great music but you may also be seeing that next great act that breaks through the barriers to become a touring band for decades just like the night’s headliner. Kudos to Seven Goza and his Seven Devils Entertainment group for putting together a great under card that led up to the mighty Hed PE.

Speaking of the long time rockers, they opened their set with their version of the great Bill Withers tune “Ain’t No Sunshine” which was highlighted by lead vocalist Jared Gomes playing the melodica with perfection. Gomes infused the bands unique reggae, rap, rock and metal into a nice melodic sound, something they’ve been doing for over twenty years. If you’ve never had the privilege of seeing them live you’re definitely missing out.

Hed PE performing during Seven Devils Entertainment production at Alrosa Villa on December 2, 2017.

Gomes was backed Jeremy ‘Major Trauma’ Stratton who is the man behind the kit. Kurt ‘Kid Bass’ Blankenship thumped the bass while Will Von Arx, the band’s newest member handles the guitar work.

As a fan of I am always amazed at Gomes’ graciousness to not only the bands faithful following but also the local acts who takes the stage before them. Being a husband and a father means a lot to the man but he also let everyone know that he doesn’t intend to stop doing what he loves to do. He acknowledged the fact that there were some crazy times in years gone by but wouldn’t change a thing.

Unity and family was the message that was lamented throughout the set. Hed PE played all of the oldies but when they struck up ‘Renegade’ the club went crazy. The hard hitting tune was not only being voiced in unison by the fans but it also encouraged the opening of a pit which intensified as tune continued.

Overall Hed PE proved why they have the staying power they have. They are still worth the price of a ticket no matter where they perform.

I would really like to thank the Alrosa Villa and their friendly staff for being so hospitable as well as Seven Goza for allowing us access to come out and catch the show.

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Shannon Hamilton About Shannon Hamilton

Shannon Hamilton is also known as “Hammy” by his close friends. Born in Ashland, Ohio and he currently resides in West Salem, Ohio with my wife, Laura and daughter, Allysa. My love of music started when I found a copy of Black Sabbath’s 1973 album, “Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath’.
Music has always been a strong presence in my life starting as a young kid. My first concert was Iron Maiden at the age of 15 in 1988 at The Richfield Coliseum. My enjoyment of music extends to every level from the national, regional and local scene in Cleveland, Ohio. I tend to lean toward the heavy side of music scene with my favorite bands being MUSHROOMHEAD, Pantera and White Zombie.

Comments

  1. Thank you Shannon we #ASE very much appreciate the kind words and killer review hlad you enjoyed our set.

  2. Thank you Shannon we #ASE very much appreciate the kind words and killer review glad you enjoyed our set.

  3. Mark Mckee says:

    That was a fantastic show thanks for putting this review up. Dont know if you saw it though, but Jahred pulled me and my girl on stage so I can propose to her. That moment will always be a the best thing that ive ever done.

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