Night of crowd surfing at the Nile Theater with Miss May I

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Miss May I at Nile Theater, Mesa, Az on September 6th, 2022

Review and Photos by Fred Kuhlman
Promoter: 13th Floor Entertainment (https://www.13thfloorentertainment.com/ )
Venue: The Nile Theater (https://www.theniletheater.com/ )
Date:  September 6th, 2022
Tour: The Curse of Existence Tour

It was interesting to see a show that had four touring bands and no local bands.  Granted these bands were not the most popular metal bands, but they all were very good.  Tonight, was a show that presented 4 good Metalcore bands.  From the very first band, we had a decent mosh pit and a lot of crowd surfers.  At tonight’s show, there was no separation from the stage and the crowd, so crowd surfers went right onto the stage.  This was the first time I have seen Miss May I as the headliner.  It was the first time I had seen the other bands.  Overall, it was a very good show (except for getting hit in the head by the surfers).  The mosh pit also got a little wild and at times crashed into the Miss May I sound board.

Each of the bands had a very dynamic lead singer.  The bass players and drummer did an excellent job of providing the heart pounding and mosh pit revving beat.  The guitarists for the bands were also extremely good.  In all, each of the bands were true Metalcore masters.

If you like Metalcore music, then this is a concert you should go see.  The really nice part is the ticket price.  Where some bands or artists are demanding hundreds of dollars to see their show, you can see these four bands at a very reasonable price.  Also, you can see them in a smaller venue and be closer then being in a stadium and sitting at the back.



Miss May I

Miss May I at Nile Theater, Mesa, Az on September 6th, 2022

Miss May I is an American metalcore band from Troy, Ohio that formed in 2007.  The current members are lead singer Levi Benton, lead guitarist B.J. Stead, rhythm guitarist Justin Aufdemkampe, bassist and vocalist Ryan Neff and drummer Jerod Boyd.

From the very first song, both the band and the crowd were into it.  The mosh pit was very large for the Nile Theater and extended from almost the stage to the sound board.  At times Levi would get the crowd to jump and it was impressive to see almost the entire crowd jump with the music.

They started the show with the heart pounding “Unconquered”.  Then they went into “Hey Mister”, but instead of the soft intro on the studio cut, they blasted directly into the power section of the song.  They ended the show with their big hit, “Forgive and Forget”.

Miss May I will continue to tour USA through September and then travel to United Kingdom for shows in October.

Miss May I had an impressive light show.  A lot of stage lights that backlit the band.  They were multiple strobes throughout the set.  While great from an overall performance aspect, it sucked from a photographer’s aspect.  I am sorry for the poor quality of the photos.

You can find more information out about Miss May I from their website and Facebook pages.
Website: https://missmayimusic.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/missmayi


Photos by Fred Kuhlman, All Rights Reserved


Miss May I setlist                               (Album)
Unconquered                                      (Curse of Existence)
Hey Mister                                          (At Heart)
Free Fall                                              (Curse of Existence)
Relentless Chaos                                 (Monument)
Masses of a Dying Breed                    (Monument)
Into Oblivion                                       (Curse of Existence)
Swallow Your Teeth                             (Shadows Inside)
Bleed Together                                    (Curse of Existence)
I.H.E.                                                    (Deathless)
Under Fire                                            (Shadows Inside)
Earth Shaker                                        (Curse of Existence)
Shadows Inside                                    (Shadows Inside)
Forgive and Forget                              (Apologies Are for the Weak)



Currents

Currents at Nile Theater, Mesa, Az on September 6th, 2022

Currents was the other big band at tonight’s show.  Currents is an American metalcore band from Fairfield, Connecticut, formed in 2011.  The current members of the band are lead singer Brian Wille, guitarists Chris Wiseman and Ryan Castaldi, bass player Christian Pulgarin and drummer Matt Young.

The majority of the songs tonight were from their latest album, The Way It Ends.

You can find more information out about Currents from their website and Facebook pages.
Website: https://currentsofficial.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CurrentsCT/


Photos by Fred Kuhlman, All Rights Reserved


Currents setlist                      (Album)
Into Despair                            (I Let the Devil In)
The Death We Seek                (The Death We Seek)
Shattered                                (The Place I Feel Safest)
A Flag to Wave                        (The Way It Ends)
Kill the Ache                           (The Way It Ends)
Let Me Leave                          (The Way It Ends)
How I Fall Apart                      (The Way It Ends)
Apnea                                      (The Place I Feel Safest)
Better Days                             (The Way It Ends)
Monsters                                 (The Way It Ends)



Kingdom of Giants

Kingdom of Giants at Nile Theater, Mesa, Az on September 6th, 2022

Kingdom of Giants is a melodic metalcore sextet from Northern California. Born from the remains of another band in 2010, its members consist of Max Bremer (guitars), Levi Norris (bass), Dana Willax (vocals), Red Martin (guitars), and Truman Berlin (drums).  Kingdom of Giants continued the amped up tempo of the night.

You can find more information out about Kingdom of Giants from their website and Facebook pages.
Website:  https://downrightmerch.com/collections/kingdom-of-giants
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/kingdomofgiants/


Photos by Fred Kuhlman, All Rights Reserved



Landmvrks

Landmvrks at Nile Theater, MEsa, AZ on September 6th, 2022

Landmvrks is a French metalcore band from Marseille. They were the only non-USA band.  The band consists of vocalist Florent Saifati, guitarist Nicolas Exposito, bassist Rudy Purkat and drummer Nicolas Soriano.  They started the show and set the tone for the night.  From the very beginning, they invited members of the audience to crowd surf onto the stage.  For a leading band they did exactly what they are required to do, pump up the crowd for the acts that follow.

You can find more information out about Landmvrks from their website and Facebook pages.
Website: https://www.landmvrks.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/LANDMVRKS/


Photos by Fred Kuhlman, All Rights Reserved


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