Nights Like These
No holds barred. Ferocious. Pure. Southern. Memphis, TN's own, NIGHTS LIKE THESE play honest, emotional, heavy-metal. As simple as it sounds, hearing them and seeing them live is not. NIGHTS LIKE THESE pull no punches and will move you, with the Four Horsemen of the Apocolypse in their stead. At such a young age, but with more experience than most, NLT have fused together the full sonic spectrum of metal, mixing the full-on assault of Converge, the frenzy of Between the Buried and Me, the interwoven melodies of Mastodon, the unpredictability of The Red Chord, and the metallic riffage of Darkest Hour. While the band is directly influenced by many artists, any attempt to label them as merely an amalgam of influences would fail to do NIGHTS LIKE THESE justice. Guitarists Derren Saucier and Matt Qualls seamlessly weave noisy, cacophonic tangents with face-meltingly brutal breaks and an occasional epic rage to pull your heart from your chest. Bassist Sebastian Rios and drummer Patrick Leatherwood provide the framework for the controlled madness that runs the gamut from blast beat-filled death metal intensity to blistering bouts of double bass without being overbearing or mindlessly repetitive. Upon this canvas of chaos, vocalist Billy Bottom opens himself up and paints with his blood and fears an image shocking in its intensity and familiar in its honesty. Having shared the stage with the likes of Poison the Well, Bury Your Dead, The Red Chord, Skinless, From a Second Story Window, A Life Once Lost, The Acacia Strain, Daughters and countless others, the group is far more experienced than one would expect from a band whose average age is merely twenty. At the forefront of the burgeoning Memphis music scene, NLT has garnered the largest local following of any band, regularly playing to packed crowds of hungry kids who know every word to every song from every single one of the band's three demo's. The energy generated from the band's live performance is palpable; the stage is all but aflame when this quintet tears through their set list of grinding, unforgiving, heavy metal. "We play what we want to hear", says vocalist Billy Bottom, "and if people like it, that's great, if not, then whatever. We definitely have a lot up our sleeve and won’t be stopping anytime soon."