By: Addie Hayes, Editor/Lead Writer, Regional Music Journal
Metal band Sevendust performed at the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City on Saturday, March 2, 2019. The Atlanta based band is scheduled to perform at Rocklahoma 2019 in Pryor, Oklahoma over Memorial Day Weekend. With the release of their new album, Sevendust hit the stage and delivered a strong performance. Joining Sevendust was Tremonti, Cane Hill, Lullwater and Kirra. Fans turned up early for the show and packed the building.
Kirra Performing at the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City – Photos Courtesy Shane Loudon Photography
Oklahoma City hard rock band Kirra started off the night and several people turned up early for a chance to see a local favorite perform. Right from the beginning, vocalist Gabriel Parson took command of the stage and got the crowd geared up for what proved to be a fantastic night of entertainment. Kirra has a strong following in their home town and fans were excited to see them take the stage at the Diamond Ballroom to kick off the night.
Lullwater Performing at the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City – Photos Courtesy Shane Loudon Photography
Rock band Lullwater out of Athens, Georgia took to the stage following Kirra. The band formed in 2007 and payed their dues in the local music scene in Athens, slowly developing their sound and a strong fanbase. In order to further develop their diverse sound, the band moved to the Northwestern U.S. in 2011, where they eventually made their way into the studio. Lullwater has developed a strong southern, blues rock sound, mixed with the heavy melodies of traditional grunge. Theses varying influences continue to drive the band’s sound today.
Cane Hill on stage at the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City – Photos Courtesy Shane Loudon Photography
New Orleans metal band Cane Hill was up next. The stage was bathed in deep red light as the band started their set. Cane Hill’s sound is full of heavy bass grooves and hard metal vibes. They are loud, heavy and the bass shakes the floor when they are on stage. During the short set, fans were drawn into the performance from the start. The strong driving rhythm proved to be a favorite with the Oklahoma City crowd.
When it was time for Tremonti to take the stage, the Diamond Ballroom was packed. Fans were excited to see the band and they hit the stage hard and heavy, opening with the title track from their 2015 album Cauterize. They continued the hard-hitting set with “You Waste Your Time” from the 2012 album All I Was. Throughout the set, the crowd jumped in unison and sang along to “The Things I’ve Seen”, “So You’re Afraid” and “Wish You Well” from the album All I Was.
Tremonti Performing at the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City – Photos Courtesy Shane Loudon Photography
Fans also got to hear “Another Heart” and “Flying Monkeys” from the album Cauterize, as well as “Throw Them to the Lions” and “A Dying Machine” from the 2018 release A Dying Machine. Tremonti dominated the stage during their set and prepared the crowd for Sevendust.
Before the band took the stage, the crowd was chanting, “Sevendust, Sevendust, Sevendust…”. Sevendust doesn’t come to Oklahoma City as often as some bands, which results in a lot of anticipation and large crowds turning out for their shows. When the band finally took the stage, they started off their set with the song “Black” from their 1997 self-titled debut album. The audience responded immediately by singing along. Sevendust followed with “Pieces” from the 2005 album Next and “Reconnect” from the 1999 album Home. With the release of their 2018 album All I See Is War, Sevendust returned to their earlier sound. The setlist contained several songs from the band’s first few albums and fans were excited to hear the older material.
Sevendust on stage at the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City – Photos Courtesy Shane Loudon Photography
The band performed songs like “Bitch” from the 1997 debut album Sevendust, “Waffle” from 1999s Home, “Praise”, “Dead Set”, “Angel’s Son” and “Shine” from the 2001 release Animosity and “Enemy” and “Face to Face” from the 2003 release Seasons. The energy from the crowd was intense throughout the performance. Fans sang along, jumped around and started a mosh pit several times.
The reaction from the crowd is a glimpse of what can be expected at Rocklahoma 2019 when Sevendust takes the stage. As a fan favorite, the band are sure to get the Rocklahoma crowd amped up when they take the stage on Saturday, May 25th.
Kirra, Lullwater, Cane Hill, Tremonti and Sevendust each delivered an outstanding performance at the Diamond Ballroom. Fans packed into the venue to see a fantastic night of entertainment and were not disappointed.
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