Ken Leighton 6 p.m., Oct. 18
Sound description: Experimental hardcore metal.
RIYL: Slipknot, Mower, Killswitch Engage, Avenged Sevenfold, Muse
Influences: Incubus, Pantera, Ill Nino, Spineshank, Slipknot, Killswitch Engage, Living Sacrifice, Avenged Sevenfold, Atreyu, Muse, Slayer, Earth Wind and Fire, Depeche Mode
Media Lab is one of the few metal bands that have been embraced by women as well as men due to the heartfelt tales of lost love belted out by singer Sean Nelson, a charismatic performer who bleeds for the audience through his words. Alexandria Reyes, a female guitar player, together with former Sprung Monkey guitarist Will Riley, create a crushing wall of sound in front of impressive hard-hitting jazz fusion/metal drumming from Steve (Matrix) Moran.
They have seen attendance at their shows swell to over 1000 people in some southwestern markets, and they currently enjoy airplay on 91X, Rock 105.3, and 94.9 FM, as well as on KOMP 92.2 (Las Vegas). Along the way, they have racked up endorsements by Evil Threads & Tribal Clothing, Devious Industries, Sick World, Pearl Drums, Soul Tone Cymbals, and Platinum Collectibles.
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