Live review: Seasons After @ the Marquis Theater - Reverb

Live review: Seasons After @ the Marquis Theater

Don't be fooled by the look: Seasons After aren't your typical hardcore/metal act. Photo from the band's MySpace page.

Don't be fooled by the look: Seasons After aren't your typical hardcore/metal act. Photo from the band's MySpace page.

Fans lined up outside the Marquis Theater on Saturday night to see the increasingly popular rock/metal five-piece Seasons After. The Wichita, Kansas-based band recently wrapped up a supporting tour with Janus and had only a couple more stops on their way home, including Saturday’s show in Denver where they found themselves in a much more suitable headlining slot.

The venue was full and the energy was consistent throughout the night with support from locals Frozen Eternity, Spare the Legion and Random Hero, but when Seasons After took the stage at 10:30 p.m. the crowd erupted into a rock ‘n roll frenzy. Their hour and 15-minute set was one of the most memorable rock performances I’ve seen this year and will rival in intensity some of the biggest names in the national rock and metal circuits.

From start to finish, Seasons After’s set was fast-paced, energetic and unapologetically “metal,” according to bass player Michael Byers. The band, which signed with ILG/Warner Music Group in 2009, has since been walking the line between radio-friendly rock and more aggressive heavy metal — which comes across in the live show. They don’t teeter into the realms of what modern metal fans would consider “traditional” with intricate guitars, arpeggio sweeps and blast beats, but they do shred just enough to satisfy both hardcore metal fans and hook-craving active rock enthusiasts.

Performed live, songs like “11:11” and “Some Things Burn” (off current album “Through Tomorrow”) share enough qualities of both styles of music to appeal to mosh pit devotees and the camera phone toting 15-year-old girls who flocked the stage. Mid-set the band slowed things down a bit with their more soul-driven song “Marked,” which showcases the impressive vocal range of front man Chris Schlichting and the lighter side of Seasons After.

However, there was no denying everyone in the venue was waiting to hear their hit single “Cry Little Sister,” a cover of G Tom Mac’s 1987 track featured in the cult classic “The Lost Boys.” The track has been getting generous spins from Denver’s 106.7 KBPI and has taken the band from virtual obscurity to packing venues, showing that radio is still a powerful medium for exposing new bands to mass audiences.

Overall the night didn’t disappoint and despite subtle technical difficulties, Seasons After delivered a nearly flawless performance. It just goes to show you that you should never judge a band by the size of their tour bus — or lack thereof.

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Paige Montgomery is a Denver-based freelance writer. Check out more of her work on MySpace.