NOTHING MORE

ROCKS THE ROOF OFF THE WELLMONT

Words & Photos by Anthony Vito Cosentino

May 31, 2022

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If any rock concert in recent memory is sure to leave a lasting impression in my mind, it will certainly be the day Nothing More graced The Wellmont with their energetic, unapologetic, and absolutely electric performance. On May 27th, 2022, Nothing More and Asking Alexandria were slated to bring the heat to the iconic Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ, with support from equally impressive acts Atreyu and Eva Under Fire. Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances, Asking Alexandria were unable to perform on this date of the tour, but that certainly did not hinder the remaining artists from blowing the roof off the place.

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First up was Eva Under Fire, who I was admittedly unfamiliar with prior to this show, but immediately won me over the second they took the stage. Despite being the opener, this band marched onto the stage with all the confidence and bravado of the main act, and I would not be surprised to see an Eva Under Fire headline tour in the very near future. The frontwoman absolutely commands the attention of the audience, engaging with crowd members and photographers alike (we made direct eye/lens contact more than once) while prancing fiercely across the stage with reckless abandon. The band as a whole were incredibly tight and enthralling for fans and newcomers alike, and I imagine most of those new to Eva Under Fire left the building as fans that night, myself included.

Next to take the stage was a band I’ve personally been rocking with since high school, metalcore legends Atreyu. Not to be upstaged by the incredible opener, Atreyu began their set with a lullaby-esque intro tune that mesmerized the crowd, capturing the theater’s full attention, which then transitioned into their explosive song “Baptize” off their most recent studio album. From that moment forward, the crowd went wild in the best way possible, and Atreyu’s fantastic crowd work helped to keep that energy high throughout their entire set. Everything about Atreyu’s performance that night was right on the money, from the band’s flawless instrumental prowess, to singer Brandon Saller’s powerhouse vocals, as well as everyone’s energy and pure joy in being onstage and just rocking the roof off. For a band that’s been in the scene for two decades, they’ve still got the passion and drive of an up and coming band with something to prove, which is a great sign for long time fans.

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Last but most certainly not least, it was Nothing More’s turn to take over the stage. This is a band who I recently started listening to and loved what I heard, but I had yet to know what a live performance from them would look like. I must say I am glad I went in blind, because the kind of show these guys put on is certainly a sight to behold. Not only did they sound perfect in their performance, but also the level of endurance that this band must have in order to move around the way that they do on stage while simultaneously nailing their instrumental and vocal parts is something I just could not fathom. This four piece consists of your “typical” rock band ensemble - vocalist, guitarist, bassist, drummer - except that everyone can be the drummer! Yes, they have their dedicated drummer, but the bassist and guitarist also had large percussion instruments on either side of them that they would additionally pound on during certain songs in their set, adding an extra layer to the complexity of their music. 

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Which brings me to “The Scorpion’s Tail,” a one-of-a-kind instrument created by the members of Nothing more that is 14 feet tall, built mainly out of scrap car parts, and has the capability of moving around on stage while the frontman plays and rides it like a mechanical bull. This is the kind of rock band you need to see with your own eyes to believe, and once you've experienced their eclectic performance for yourself, you will have a higher standard for rock concerts as a whole, if any other band has the hope of keeping up with Nothing More.

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EVA UNDER FIRE

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ATREYU

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📸 Anthony Vito Cosentino is a contributing photojournalist to Asbury Park Vibes! ✏️


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