By Alma Reed
Nashville’s Cowan welcomed Memphis May Fire with horns on their hands and metal in their hearts Friday night. Memphis May Fire is touring on their recently released album Broken.
Hailing from Memphis, metalsmiths Savage After Midnight got the party off to a headbanging start. I had not heard of Savage After Midnight prior to this show and was blown away by their polished performance. Their songs are well written, the delivery energetic and the overall vibe was fun.
By the time He Is Legend goes onstage, the Cowan is the fullest I’ve ever seen in the roughly dozen times I’ve been there. Their sound is alternative metal with hints of stoner/psychedelic rock. Maybe a little more subdued than the opener, but no less in your face. Frontman Schuyler Croom is charismatic and reminds you of Russell Brand if he fronted a metal band instead spiritually oriented self-help podcasts. The drummer, always shirtless and glistening with perspiration, has the energy and demeanour of Animal from The Muppets, but with way better drum chops. And abs.
The crowd now sufficiently warmed, Memphis May Fire goes onstage to their hometown audience. Halfway through the first song, the audience floor gets engulfed by a slowly expanding mosh pit that can suck you in like quicksand. Those of us not wanting to get body checked tightly hug the walls and front of the stage.
If you haven’t seen Memphis May Fire yet, then you need to. Truly one of the hidden gems in the metalcore scene. I’m a big fan of the genre, and one thing I notice is a lot of bands can put out phenomenal sounding albums, but their live performances leave you a little disappointed. Not so with Memphis May Fire. All 5 members throw every ounce of energy they have out at you. They leave everything out on the stage. Just what you were hoping for.