Some of the bands covered here.

Some of the bands covered here.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Hellyeah, Avatar and Kyng at 20 Monroe Live

20 Monroe Live
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Wednesday night 20 Monroe Live hosted the bands Hellyeah, Avatar and Kyng.  The weather couldn’t be more pleasant to wait in line to get in.  The temperature was about 89 degrees out.

It was a relaxed atmosphere waiting in line and checking through security to get in.  The first band in the show was Kyng which we covered in 2012 at the Orbit Room.  We both remember how great of a show they did and knew they would wake the crowd up and get them going.

Kyng:  The band consists of Tony Castaneda on bass/backup vocals, Pepe Clarke on drums, and Eddie Veliz on guitar/lead vocals.  The band is based in Los Angeles, California.  The band formed in 2008 and in 2011 their first album titled “Trampled Sun” was released.  The next album was “Burn The Serum” released in 2014 and then their newest album is titled “Breathe In The Water” released in 2016.

Editor’s favorite songs from each album:

“Trampled Sun” album there were a few favorites that I suggest people take a listen to titled “I Don’t Believe”, “Falling Down”, and “Pushing Pulling”.  The second album titled “Burn The Serum”, we had a few favorites titled “Electric Halo”, “Burn The Serum”, and “Lost One”.  The newest album titled “Breathe In The Water” had many favorites titled “Pristine Warning”, “Breathe In The Water”, “Follow Blindly”, and “Closer To The End”.


The genres that the band is most known for is heavy metal and stoner metal.  The band has it’s own identity that has a flavor of west coast metal.

Kyng setlist:
  1. Pristine Warning
  2. Self Medicated Man
  3. Breathe In The Water

Kyng tour dates:

We were not allowed to photograph Avatar or Hellyeah, the photos are from past concerts in place of press release pictures everyone sees already.

Avatar: The band consists of Johannes Michael Gustaf Eckerstrom on vocals, John Alfredsson on drums, Jonas Kungen Jarlsby on guitar, Tim Ohrstrom on guitar, and Hendrik Sandelin bringing the thunder of the bass.  The band was founded in 2003 and their hometown is Gothenburg, Sweden.  Since their forming they have put out six studio albums, the most recent album titled “Feathers & Flesh”, released in 2016.

Avatar setlist:
  1. Hail The Apocalypse
  2. Paint Me Red
  3. New Land
  4. Bloody Angel
  5. The Eagle Has Landed
  6. Let It Burn
  7. Smells Like A Freakshow

Avatar has many great metal songs that are masterpieces in the eyes of metal axe gallery, they are titled “Let It Burn” and “Smells Like A Freakshow”.

Avatar tour date:

Hellyeah:  Hellyeah consists of Chad Gray on vocals, Tom Maxwell on guitar, Vinnie Paul Abbott on drums, Kyle Sanders on bass, and Christian Brady on guitar.  The band was formed in 2006 with five albums out since the forming.  Each album contains great metal songs.  

Hellyeah is on tour supporting their 2016 album titled “Unden!able”.  There are a few great songs off of their new album that we really like.  The song titled “X”, “Human”, “Unden!able”, and the Phil Collins cover song titled “I Don’t Care Anymore”.

Hellyeah setlist:
  1. X
  2. Demons In The Dirt
  3. Sangre Por Sangre (Blood For Blood)
  4. Moth
  5. Cross To Bier (Cradle Of Bones)
  6. Human
  7. Unden!able
  8. War In Me
  9. Say When
  10. Love Falls
  11. Startriot
  12. Grave
  13. I Don’t Care Anymore (Phil Collins cover song)
  14. You Wouldn’t Know
  15. Hellyeah!  

Hellyeah tour dates links:

For all the songs that Hellyeah created I still feel that the song “Moth” is a masterpiece.  The song is such a visual gripping song that can’t be forgotten.  Each band could have been the headline for the show at 20 Monroe Live.  

All the bands put on a great live experience that made you forget about everyday worries and just have a great time.  To draw the crowd into the experience is the true test of any artist out in the world of the arts and entertainment.  I thank all three bands for bringing the metal day in, day out, and making a great live experience.

By Dan Spratt, Andrew Spratt and Chief Editor Kayla Spratt.  07/22/2017.

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