If you check in with TAM on a regular basis, you already know that we like to introduce you to new bands and music that we like, and hopefully you’ll like it as well. Nine Shrines is a relatively new band out of Cleveland, Ohio, and we were lucky enough to catch up with them during their recent tour stop at The Masquerade, performing as tour mates with hard rock veterans Nonpoint.
Nine Shrines formed in 2014, by former Attack Attack! drummer Andrew Wetzel and Life On Repeat guitarist Andrew Baylis. Moving away from the metalcore sound of their previous bands, Nine Shrines’ music still packs plenty of metal punch, but also contains an alternative/modern rock vibe, reminiscent of bands like Chevelle or Breaking Benjamin. The band’s first EP, titled Misery, was recently released and ranges from pounding rock tracks like “King of Mercy,” “Bend” and the title track “Misery,” to the emotional “Lost.” It’s quite a well done piece of work considering this is their very first release.
In a live setting, this band really comes alive and each member really throws themselves into their performance. Singer Chris Parketny is an exceptionally intense frontman, and at times sings with such force that it appears that he’s trying to blow out his vocal cords. Behind him is a powerful engine comprised of guitarists Andrew Baylis and Evan McKeever, bassist Devon Voisine and drummer Andrew Wentzel, who keep the churning guitars and rhythms going. To their credit, they add what I’ve always thought to be the secret to any successful band’s arsenal: quality background vocals.
Do yourselves a favor and check out Nine Shrines.
Remaining tour dates with Nonpoint:
5/06 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
5/08 – Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s Backroom
5/10 – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
5/11 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
5/15 – Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
5/18 – Libertyville, IL @ Austins
5/19 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
5/20 – Ringle, WI @ Q&Z Expo Center
5/25 – Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents
5/26 – Fredericksburg, VA @ Hard Times Cafe
5/27 – Wilmington, NC @ The Throne Theater