North Carolina pop-metal icons Alesana came screaming through Jacksonville Florida with label-mates Megosh, , as support for he Chaos is a ladder tour, to tear up 1904 Music Hall in the down town area local live music listeners like to call The Elbow.
Alesana and Chaos Is A Ladder Tour with Megosh screamed through Jacksonville on one of their stops on the tour. If you have ever been to 1904 Music Hall , which is one for the many music bars down town the locals like to call The Elbow.You know it’s a small intimate venue, making it a great place to see any band you’re passionate about. It’s a place where you can walk up to the bar for a beer, and see the lead singer of any of the band that are going to be playing later right there mingling with fans. Even on a Monday night, Alesana and the tour was able to pack their fans into 1904; the die-hard music lovers came out expecting a great night of music, and the bands on the billing did not disappoint.
Megosh carried the energy of the opening acts The Funeral Portrait, and The Things They Carried and pumped the crowd up with their guitar riffs and catchy harmonies. Every time member Flores stood on a speaker to wail on his guitar, you could feel the energy of the room grow ten fold. They even played a full band version of a track called ‘Monsters’, which had previously been only recorded as an acoustic. The energy from the crowd erupted when Shawn Milke and Shane Crump from Alesana joined Megosh on stage for one of their last songs , but not before Megosh front man Jon John jokingly admitted to downloading all of Alesana’s albums. The harmonious and fun relationship these two bands have together is very noticeable that they get along and you can tell they are having at blast on their second tour together.
You could tell Alesana was taking the stage when a symphonic melody started to fill 1904. The out side area where people would go out for a break from the steamy hall, slowly made their way back into 1904 and it slowly began to fill up. From the first beat to the last snare you could feel every drum kick from drummer Jeremy Bryan go through your entire body. Anyone in the room could tell that we’d all been waiting months for the show, and the moment was finally here. From the second Shawn Milke started singing, everyone – and I do mean everyone – in the venue joined in unison, If you’re a fan who happens to know every screaming vocals section in their songs, it won’t go unnoticed by Alesana screamer Dennis Lee, who acknowledged a guy during the show who was right there with him screaming every lyric to every song.
Alesana mostly played songs from their third studio album The Emptiness, and of course ended with their hit song ‘Annabell’; They even busted out ‘Nero’s Decay’ from their second studio album On Frail Wings of Vanity and Wax. Also playing songs from their latest EP, A Place Where the Sun Is Silent, and saved one of their most recent singles, ‘Fatima Rusalka’ for their much anticipated encore.
Alesana has been making music and writing stories for a decade now, and they wouldn’t be doing it today without their loyal fans. That’s why if you would consider yourself a die-hard Alesana fan at this show, it didn’t matter how tired you were from the weekend; there was still no other place anyone there wanted to be! Especially when Jon Johhn from Megosh joined Alesana on stage close to the end. The vibe at this show was unlike any other. Big ups to the guys from Alesana for staying and meeting with fans afterward. It was one of the most energetic shows i have seen in awhile..Alesana and the Chaos Is a Ladder Tour is a must see if they swing through your town !!
Photos By Matt Searles