On Wednesday April 15, 2015 (yes, Tax Day) industrial synth metal rockers element a440 packed Shea’s Tavern Reno along with Reno locals Ostracized and Up Against It-UAI.
element a440 (from Phoenix, AZ.) delivers an intelligent brand of edgy, hook-heavy, dark, melodic rock. The raw power of live instruments combines with hypnotic synth sounds to enthtrall the listener, drawing them into an intricate web of sound. Spreading from the band to the individual, the intense lyrics and seductive sounds merge with the mind and body, through the crowd like an epidemic until all are as one.
With the experience earned after three full album releases and a national tour, element A440 offers a complete experience for the ears, eyes, and psyche.
Current members include, Halo (vocals, guitars, programming), Graven (guitars, bass), Katt (bass) and Animal (drums).
The bands set lasted well over an hour and went like this, (from the set list on the stage)
“The Freak,” “N.D.Q.,” “Kookie Kutter,” “Godless,” “Intravenous Lullaby,” “Perfect,” “Godidiotocracy,” “Something Else” and “Porn Star.”
These guys and gal really know how to put on a show. Their stage presence is awesome. The band has a really good look and sound, very impressive. Worth seeing again, soon I hope.
Main support for this show was Reno locals Ostracized.
Ostracized calls themselves stoney ass nerd metal or nerdy ass stoned metal. Call them whatever you want, these guys rock. They believe metal should be heavy and their going to keep it that way.
Current members are, Ugo E. Daillarian (vocals), Lord Ake (guitars), Warhammer Cruz (bass) and Excellent Montoya (drums).
Their set lasted about forty minutes and went like this, (from the band via e-mail)
“They’re Creeping Up On You,” “Merica,” “Hits From The Bong,” “Sowing Season,” “Forever Jerky,” “The Raft” and “Dendrophiliac.”
As always these guys killed it.
Starting the night off was another killer Reno band, Up Against It-UAI.
The band has aggressive dual guitars, thundering bass lines, violent drumming surrounded by over the top vocals, that will rip your face off.
A combination of thrashy metal riffs, mixed with rapid punk chops. You could say it’s like Slayer meets Suicidal Tendencies.
Current members include, Randy Boneskrew Granata (vocals), Johny5 Hodges (guitar, backing vocals), Chuck Reyome (guitar, backing vocals), Steve Freeman (bass, backing vocals) and Oscar Ozuna (drums).
UAI also got around forty minutes stage time that went like this (also from the set list on stage)
“Work Horse,” “Eye For An Eye,” “Dead Nation,” “Partying’s Fun,” “16 Virgins,” “Brutality” (Stuck Pig) and “Nightmare.”
As UAI vocalist Granata missed this show due to illness, the band still put on a fantastic show. All the guys pitched in and sang the songs very well in place of Granata.
Even though it was a Wednesday night and most people had to get up early for work the next day (including some band members that played) the show still kicked-ass.
A great time was had by all.
This show was brought to you by Heather Meyer Presents and Shea’s Tavern Reno.
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All photos by JOHN TUCKNESS (except element a440 band shot)
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