NOVEMBER 13, 2022
Jinjer crushed the House Of Blues in Cleveland with Tatiana Shmailyuk’s remarkable top-tier dominating vocals, Eugene Abdukhanov sophisticated bass riffs, Roman Ibramkhalilov’s challenging guitar sections and the systematic detailed drumming of Vladislav Ulasevich. A truly impeccable performance from the djent prog metal Ukrainian four piece. The band performed a deafening set with most material from their recent release Wallflowers as well as 2016’s King Of Everything. Split backing screens showed images and designs to visually enhance the exemplary, seriously ferocious performance.
P.O.D. performed a classic set of songs including “Rock The Party,” “Alive,” and “Southtown.” Lead vocalist Sonny Sandoval waved the P.O.D. flag during an extended sing-along version of “Youth Of The Nation" and swung his red microphone cord around like a jump rope throughout the set. Drummer Alex Lopez (ex-Suicide Silence) didn’t miss a beat. The California band also performed new hard hitting, catchy chorus, rap-rock track “Drop."
Iowa's Vended delivered a fiery, brutal set of non-stop in-your-face throw-down metal—sometimes Cane Hill vibes, other times DevilDriver—with creative groovy sections. The set included "Antibody," "Bloodline," and "Ded To Me." Each member wore face paint. Lead vocalist Griffin Taylor sincerely thanked the audience “from the bottom of [his] heart.”
Space Of Variations performed heavy tracks with melodic co-vocals (guitarist Alex Zatserkovny) and a mix of nu metal and hardcore. Toward the set’s close, lead vocalist Dima Kozhuhar emotionally mentioned the band’s homeland of Ukraine and stated the importance of family, while holding the Ukrainian flag. The band ripped with the audience participating song “F this place up" and performed songs from their recently released album IMAGO.