REVIEW: B&D’s Melee Hall Grand Opening Show, April 25, 2015

B&D’s Melee Hall, Muncie’s new all ages venue, held their grand opening show last Friday, on April 25, from 6 p.m. to midnight. Melee Hall hosted a full house and the performances were nothing short of impressive.

The night opened with For This We Exist, a progressive/rock band from Alexandria, Indiana. This group played a few of their songs, including “Your Moment” and “Revenge Is A Four Letter Word.”

Broadcast City performed next, a relatively new metalcore group from Muncie, Indiana. With their debut performance only a couple months ago, this band is turning heads with their fresh sound and contagious energy.

Third to take the stage was Muncie’s very own Archives, performing popular songs, such as “Ultimatum” and “Unwelcome.” During their set, frontman Elijah Dale announced that it would be their last live performance of their hit song “Unwelcome.” Taking full advantage of the situation, fans rallied and created an unforgettable farewell to the song- for both band and fans alike. According to the band, that set was their best performance to date and resulted in a memory that no one will soon forget.

Taking the stage next was Hell Came Home, a band established in 2013 in Muncie. The heavy metal sound radiated throughout the room- causing an electric performance. This band attracted an audience of all ages, including younger children who didn’t hesitate to rock out.

Inheritors, a melodic metal/hardcore band from Eaton, Indiana was next in the line up. After a couple lineup changes, the band was back and ready to impress for the first time in over six months. The group performed their brand new song, “Carrier”, while vocalist Buddy Geesaman showered the crowd with the band’s merchandise. Inheritors did not disappoint, proving to the Muncie scene that they’re back and better than ever.

Hailing from Indianapolis, newly signed Victory Records rock/alternative/punk powerhouse Foreveratlast, was sixth to perform at the show. Vocalist Brittany Paris never ceases to impress her fans with her combination of both clean and unclean vocals. The band played several songs, including “Demon Fighter.”

Cincinnati native band All My Friends Are Dead brought the evening to a close. The melodic metal group performed fan favorites “Waypoints” and “Identity”, keeping energy high and concluding the night on a good note.

B&D’s Melee Hall grand opening was an overwhelming success with excellent performances and an even better audience attendance and energy. B&D’s next show is this Friday, May 1, 2015. The show will be a fundraiser for Mayhem in Muncie 3, a festival featuring hardcore and metalcore local bands scheduled for late May. If you enjoyed the grand opening show, I would strongly suggest coming out for this show too! Not only is it for a good cause, but a great chance to hear more hard working and talented bands! Support your local scene, come jam!

For more high quality photography from your favorite local shows, check out Errick X Easterday on Facebook!

Photo: Foreveratlast, by Errick X Easterday

Written by Chelsea Renee Scofield

Edited by Lina Olsauskas

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