Oh Tear the Veil, made up of four brothers from Louisville, is this year’s Battle of the Bands winner.
Oh Tear the Veil tore it up on stage at the Palace on Saturday night.
The Christian metalcore band won The Repository’s ninth annual Battle of the Bands and won over a crowd of about 1,000 young fans, along with their competition.
Members of the other six bands in the battle came out on stage during Oh Tear the Veil’s encore to mosh in their honor.
“Glory to God,” said the band’s drummer, Hayden Perreault, 17, as he came off the stage.
Along with Hayden, the band features his three brothers, lead singer Kasen, 13, guitarist-vocalist Colyn, 18, and bassist Chase, 15.
Colyn and Chase provide background harmonies that offset the deep metal scream of Kasen.
“They were the tightest band. Musically, they were the best,” said Tasha Adessi, one of the six judges and a vocalist for local band Via Lotus. “It was a hard decision; everyone did well.”
Adessi said she knew that because this band is different, not everyone may like them.
“(Metal) is a hard genre,” she said, adding that the band’s harmonies “were fantastic. Right on point.”
The band played an original song called, “Sneak in Here,” followed by their cover song choice of “Dogs Can Grow Beards All Over,” by The Devil Wears Prada.
The show kicked off with Good Hours from Jackson High School. The four-man group kept the audience on its feet for both songs, including an energetic version of “A Broken Heart is Blind,” by the Black Keys.
Orange Rhyme took the stage in orange ties and black shirts. Representing GlenOak, the band won over the audience with their cover of “My Hero,” by Foo Fighters.
The four members of LessThanThree! from Hoover High School seemed comfortable on stage. Lead singer Josh Pietzcker showed off a soulful, big voice, while talented drummer Mike Coduto was able to keep the crowd going during technical difficulties.
Honest Abe & the Rail-Splitters drew the crowd in immediately. The Lake High School trio pulled off the most interesting cover song in a punk-version of “Super Bass” by
Nicki Minaj, featuring a drum solo by Hayden Wolf.
Veteran group Messyface performed in its second Battle of the Bands and seemed to have gained a large following over the past year. The professional and flawless voice of lead singer Erin Mason grabbed the audience immediately.
The band’s punk-style version of “I Want You Back,” by The Jackson Five, was a fun choice.
White Sky Outcast, a trio of Hoover students, was the last to take the stage.
Solid instrumentalists, the group seemed comfortable on stage. Their take on “Gorillaz” by Feel Good Inc. was one of the best cover songs of the night.
Page 2 of 2 - Also performing was the Kent State University Stark Ensemble during the judges’ deliberations, and DJ Harry (Harrison Zoldan) before the show.