Gramercy Theater has become an unofficial home for Gotham Rocks, who have put on yet another sold out show on June 16th. The bands were all heavy yet diverse and combined well for a spectacular rock show.
First up was the New Jersey based band Fate Strikes Twice. The band had a rough start on their first song mostly because the sound from the venue was off but during the second song the sound was finally fixed and the band sounded great. The vocals were consistently good, especially the back-up vocal harmonies, which really added a great dynamic to the music. Their special blend of melodic rock with a hint of soul made the whole crowd bob their heads. They were a great start to the night and in between bands I caught myself humming some of their catchy hooks, which is a good sign for any band.
Crush of Empires was next and they were almost as epic as their name suggests. Their frontman had a lot of energy and made up for the lack of stage presence by the other members. They made great use of effects and textures in their music, which made for a very dynamic set. The lead guitar work was very interesting by both guitarists, both playing with a lot of feel and great sense of melody. Overall the band was enjoyable and brought some progressive elements to the show.
Bulletproof Messenger came on next and they brought some high energy rock & roll to the venue. Unfortunately, the band’s stage presence didn’t match the energy of the music. Nevertheless, they were very tight and had a huge sound. It left one to focus on the music itself, which was definitely the band’s strength. They were reminiscent of Linkin Park & Papa Roach without the rap element and their strong groove gave a great kick in the ass to the crowd. They left the crowd nice and amped for the following band, Killcode.
Killcode was as pro as they come, complete with a massive light show and sound. They were very tight all around and had great energy throughout their set. With their heavy groove and classic-yet-modern vibe, Killcode was the angry rock band that woke up the animals in the crowd. Dark, aggressive, and ballsy, they lived up to the stereotype of what a hard rock band should be. They had a hiccup when one of their guitarists broke a string but they covered it up well with some crowd interaction. A highlight of their set was when they brought out Angelina Del Carmen (lead singer of Charetta) as a guest vocalist for their song “Trust”, which was the best song of their set. They left the crowd nice and prepped for the show’s headliner, Charetta.
So Charetta was all they were cracked up to be and more. Despite a confusing and strange intro that involved gas masks and some sort of siren, the band was magnificent. Front woman Angelina had complete command of the crowd and performed with a bravado associated with top-tier singers. The rest of the band matched her as well, providing great musicality and energy throughout their entire set. The diversity in their performance was noteworthy, especially with the inclusion of a non-self indulgent drum solo and a guest cellist during a ballad. They were professional in every aspect, from the sound to the stage setup. They proved that female-fronted rock bands not only are players in the game but also can be the dominant force in the rock world today. Cheers to them for giving us an amazing show in every way possible.
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