The Whiskey WarehouseBar & Grill in Mansfield was hopping on March 11th thanks to a visit from national recording artists FLAW. The Louisville based bunch brought along Righteous Vendetta and Source, who are currently touring with them, while local bands Krymzon and Dread Engine opened the festivities.
DE was playing the venue for the first time and they had the crowd begging for more when they were finished. The Columbus local scene staple performed songs from their debut EP as well as their soon to be released CD, “Deception by Design”.
Vocalists Sam Stockdale and Rick Kaercher had plenty of excitement running through their veins as they worked the audience to a frothy lather with their renditions of ‘Coward’, ‘Another Lie’ and ‘I Don’t Think So’ from their EP, which is available for free on their website store. They also laid out a couple of tunes from Deception by Design which will be released on April 8th.
Jay Coughlin was his brutal self behind the kit while Jonathon Collins tore it up with his four string axe. Jake Spears and Tommy Sartin were on top of their game with their guitars.
Mansfield’s Krymzon was up next and they took the stage with a heavy hand as they powered their way through a thrashing set.
Lead vocalist put everything he had into his performance which was easily identified by the perspiration that he had to keep wiping down. His screaming and soulful stage presence was felt throughout the venue which was filled with Krymzon fans.
Joey VanDine’s heavy riffs on the six string were a joy to take in. He laid down some heavy riffs with perfection. Meanwhile bassist Adam Anderson and drummer Ryan Arter combined to produce a jaw-breaking rhythm section.
Source’s set was cut short due to time constraints which visibly upset front man, Ben Gleason. Unfortunately he voiced his opinion about the situation and said some things he was perhaps sorry for afterwards (at least I would hope so).
Prior to that, the band from Boulder, Colorado delivered a decent show. Drummer Georges Octobus was superb on the kit while Dan Crisafulli pounded the bass like he was driving a spike in a stretch of newly laid railroad tracks; power personified. Gleason displayed excellent talent on the guitar as well as with his vocals.
It’s a shame that the performance ended the way that it did. Sometimes things occur on the road that are out of your control, but you should never forget where you came from, whether it’s in a band or progressing up the ladder of a corporation. I’m not sure about anyone else but I will remember more about the band’s exit, instead of the music that they were delivering.
Righteous Vendetta did an excellent job of making me forget what took place prior to them taking the stage. This five piece band out of Cody, Wyoming was outstanding.
Lead vocalist Ryan Hayes had a flare about him that had the crowd eating out of his hands. He not only was very entertaining with a rambunctious stage presence, he also had a pure rock-n-roll voice with extremely vast range.
His cohorts behind him were every bit as good as Hayes. Justin Olmstead (lead) and Justin Smith (rhythm) crushed it with their guitar expertise while Rylie Haynie was a beast with the axe. Zach Goggins on the drums brought everything together.
I enjoyed their performance so much I had to pre-order their new release “Cursed” before they were even off of the stage. If you’ve been a fan of Righteous Vendetta then you know what I’m talking about. If not, you need to head over to their website and have a listen. But beware, you’ll need your credit card because you’re want to pick at least one CD, if not all of four of their full lengths and the three EP’s as well.
Chris Volz is never afraid to say what is on his mind and he too had a true distaste for what occurred with Gleason. He is a true rock-n-roller who knows where his bread is buttered and voiced that throughout the set. He talked about earning respect from the fans as well as the other acts that preceded FLAW. He showed gratitude and paid homage to both Crisafulli and Octobus for their talents and efforts, glaringly omitting Gleason for his actions.
As always, Volz drew from his emotions as he bellowed out old favorites like “Payback” and “Whole”. He encouraged the fans to get into a circle pit, which they did, all the while reminding them to take care of each other. The FLAW front man is and probably always will be one of my favorite lead vocalist because of the love he shows his fans.
Jason Daunt, who has been Volz’s partner in crime since day one, was FLAWless on the six string and as animated as always. Daunt somehow always finds a way to get some air time when he’s on the stage and Saturday was no different.
Tommy Gibbons (formerly of Tantric) originally joined the band as their second guitarist but has since moved over to handle the bass playing to go along with his backup vocals. Gibbons didn’t miss a beat as he combined with new stick man, Dan Johnson, to provide that powerful rhythm section of the band.
Overall it was another fantastic show at the Whiskey Warehouse. But I wouldn’t expect anything else from the venue. The staff as always was professional and always helpful. You should get out and check it out. They have several great shows lineup. Or you can go just for the food, it’s fabulous.
In closing I would just like to say that I hope Gleason understands the errs of his ways and realizes that bands like Disturbed, Godsmack and others started out somewhere, they just weren’t rock-n-roll legends from the get go. Remember where your roots are and even if you don’t; you should always keep your emotions in check; especially if you are banking on making it in the music biz. Simply follow the path that the headliner has over the past twenty plus years.
Until next time this is Big L saying ‘keep those horns up and rock on’!! \m/ \m/
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