They owned the night and they will eventually rule the world of metal.
Following Painted Wives was a group I have been watching closely this year. Calling themselves
Once Human, they just released Evolution, and I was excited for their performance. Frontwoman
Lauren Hart is not like any singer I ever seen. She was like a lioness on stage, roaring out the
lyrics with such ferocity. It is not every day I hear a female vocalist do what she does. Once
Human had so much adrenaline, that it was too much to contain. I am sure the hip-hop fans in the
main room could hear them. Twin guitar masterminds Logan Mader and Max Karon were
shredding awesome rhythms and solos. I really enjoyed watching drummer Dillon Trollope use
the double bass kick on the song “Flock of Flesh.” From “Eyes of Chaos” to “Gravity,” this
powerful band brought melodic death metal, djent, and progressive metal together that made the
fans wanting more.
Kyng then had their chance to blow Young Thug out of the venue. Originating from Los
Angeles, Calif., this remarkable trio lit up the stage. Singer/guitarist Eddie Veliz had terrific
liveliness with his stage persona. With a voice like Josh Homme and guitar talent that matches
Jimmy Page, Veliz is the total package when it comes to frontmen today. I could not keep my
eyes off bassist Tony Castaneda. It was like his fingers were tap dancing on the strings, while he
was plucking away. Drummer Pepe Clarke was dynamite behind the kit. He was exploding
superb beats to go along with the rhythm. Celebrating their third release, Breathe in the Water,
Kyng conquered the Constellation Room with their killer set list and well-crafted musicianship.
They really know how to keep the show fun and exciting. There was never a dull moment with
songs like “Burn the Serum,” “Pristine Warning,” and “Falling Down.” Each member brought
their “A game,” leaving the audience more than satisfied.
It was a great show from such a small part of the Observatory. Mangin helped create a
memorable night for all metalheads. From stoner metal to doom metal to djent, Metal Night was
a success. Kyng and Once Human were everything I thought they would be. What was also cool
about that night was when Mangin had the audience post Twitter shout outs, so they would have
a chance to win prizes. One fan got to walk away with a new guitar signed by all the bands. I
hope the next Metal Night will be just as cool as this one. To Jose Mangin and all the bands, I