By Chris Annunziata
On Saturday February 27th, Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, After the Burial, Erra and Bad Omens embarked on the Sumerian 10th Anniversary Tour. This tour featured bands on the Sumerian record label and celebrated its ten year anniversary. They played a sold out show at the Gramercy Theater and I was lucky enough to go.
Bad Omens was the first band to play that night. Unfortunately, I arrived late and missed half of their set. This was my first time listening to this band and I liked what I heard. They had a similar style that paralleled those of the other bands on the tour. During their set, I did get to learn that this was their first time touring. Overall, from the few songs I heard, they did pretty well for a newer band.
The next band up was Erra and they were solid! I wasn’t familiar with a lot of their material but they were probably one of my favorite bands of the night. They had a great sound and an awesome stage presence. I liked the addition of JT Cavey, former Texas in July vocalist. The vocals of the guitarist, Jesse Cash, really reminded me of Periphery frontman, Spencer Sotelo. Overall, this band played some really good songs, each with a great hook. They are a band I would like to see again live.
After the Burial was the first of the headliners to play and they put on a great show! Right from the beginning, they had the crowd amped and singing along. They opened their set with a new track, “Lost in the Static”. I saw them back in November and they played that same song, but did not receive the reaction they got this past Saturday night. Everyone was getting into it, either by moshing or singing along. The band’s vocalist, Anthony Notarmaso, even mentioned that that was their best time performing the song. The only downside of their set was that it was really short. They only got to play five songs. The disappointment from the crowd was evident, and Anthony Notarmaso assured that they had a headlining tour up their sleeves.
Veil of Maya had a strong presence and played a great set. They played a majority of songs off of their latest album, “Matriarch”. This was my first time seeing them with their new vocalist, Lukas Magyar, and I think he did a solid job. I was a little bummed that they didn’t played the intro track, “ID”, before playing “Unbreakable”, but the song was good nonetheless. As always, Veil of Maya knew how to excite the crowd and put on another good show.
Born of Osiris closed the show and they proved why they were the headlining band. They kept the crowd riled up the entire time they performed. The pit was always moving and even the people in the seats were heavily getting into it. No matter where you were in the room, the mix sounded great; props to their sound guy. They played their classic songs, like “Bow Down”, “Abstract Art” and “Open Arms To Damnation”, as well as some new tracks. You could tell the band was having fun while performing because of their enthusiasm with the crowd. Overall, Born of Osiris killed it on stage and everyone who attended the show would probably agree.
Overall, the concert was a lot of fun and each band brought their “A” game. My favorite of the night would have been After the Burial, but every band was great. I’m looking forward to the headlining tour After the Burial mentioned, as well as, what the other bands have planned. I feel bad for anyone who could not make it to this show. It was truly a great night.