Empire Concert Club 8.22.14

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Friday, August 22, I went to a show at the Empire Concert Club in Akron. I was invited to see Anchor the Moon play along side headliners The New Black Jesus, Mithridium, and local band, Oden Heed*.  This was a fairly new venue so I had no idea what to expect. It’s actually pretty nice. It looks like a warehouse with metal, wood, and concrete everywhere you turn.

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The show began a little late, but it kicked off with Oden Heed* with the drummer from Maid Myriad. I’d heard the latter name around, but had never gotten a chance to see them play. So that will be on my list soon. Oden Heed wasn’t bad. I really dug the fact that they used two drummers.

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I suppose I should have preface this by saying I haven’t listened to metal in quite a long time. I was big into it in high school, but now my tastes have tamed themselves a bit. Regardless, I can appreciate good music in all of its forms.

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Next up was the band that I had come to see, Anchor the Moon. They’re an interesting blend of Rock and Blues, so I found it a little strange that they were picked to accompany this line up. Nonetheless they were great and really stood out from the other bands that played.

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Part of the way through their set, they brought another local musician on stage to help them out. Raine Browning has a great voice on his own, so it was a nice addition to the set.

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The third band I saw was a Columbus, OH metal band called Mithridium. They reminded me of the thrash metal from my past. My ears had quite a bit of trouble the next day. They were really good though.

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I ended up missing Mind Pulp’s set, so I can’t give an opinion on them. But I can tell you that they are a New Philadelphia, OH metal band with five members and was founded in the late 90’s.

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The headliners, The New Black Jesus, hit the stage last. They’re a Columbus, Ohio-based metal band and they were great. I had never heard of them before that night and I was quite impressed. They have such a great energy with a lot of skilled musicians.

Overall, it was a great experience and I got to meet a ton of new people. If any of these bands interest you, just click on the link on their names and you can check out some of their music for yourself.

*Edit: Previous version mentioned Maid Myriad as the band who played. It was actually Oden Heed with the drummer for Maid Myraid.

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Thanks for reading,

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