Locals will make aggressive bill shine
Allow me to suggest an alternative Final Friday this month: KC's Too Bar and Grill for a fast-paced, aggressive night. On Friday, April 24, four amazing Kansas bands are going to show some touring dudes how to play music. For $12, you can't beat the quality of music you'll see with Shatter The Memories, The Grammaton Cleric, Forget About Tomorrow and Limits. A Skylit Drive plays too. Door are 6:30 p.m. with music starting at 7 p.m. If you've never been to KC's, it's at 7504 S. Broadway, Haysville.
Shatter the Memories plays local death metal. Forget any of that -core stuff. This talented five piece has a raw, technical sound not repeated much locally. The band's stage presence is still developing, but it's hard to move around when you're trying to shred. The vocals are the edgiest you'll hear all night.
The Grammaton Cleric starts the djent for the night. The Hutch five piece throws down some nice metalcore tunes. It doesn't abuse the breakdown, it has a nice mix of clean and heavy vocals, and you can actually hear some melody. Don't worry; the band drops enough breakdowns to keep things interesting. I also appreciate the heavy vocals which are perfect for pile-ons, just intelligible enough that your parents could probably understand.
Forget About Tomorrow changes the gears a little bit with some soulful pop punk from Salina. Its catalogue is full of slow, emotional jams. Don't expect any posi ballads, because this five piece has feelings that permeate each riff and simmer below each haunting line. Forget About Tomorrow's music is just fast enough that it presents a unique counterpoint to the rest of the lineup's metal tone.
Wichita's Limits brings the djent-core back with a vengeance. Face-smashing breakdowns, uplifting clean bridges, layered samples and catchy dance parts make this four-piece shine. I haven't seen them for over a year, so I'm looking forward to checking out how their show has matured. Did I mention 808s and telegraphed breakdowns?
Finally we have A Skylit Drive from Lodi, California, signed to Tragic Hero Records. This is a band so generic it had to borrow a record title from Rise Records, Rise. (Risecore would actually be style improvement.) This year's acoustic re-release of that album, Rise: Ascension, followed last year's departure of two original members of the 9-year-old band. It's not that the remaining members aren't talented; each guy is a great musician with years of credit. It's just bland, jumbled and recycled post-hardcore from the aughties scene. But it's 2015 now. Don't let that get you down. The locals more than make up for the headliner.