The SeeYouSpaceCowboy / Greyhaven / Vatican / Wristmeetrazor tour rolled through NYC last night (11/21) for a show at Brooklyn's Market Hotel, and it was a killer show from start to finish. All of the bands exist somewhere under the metalcore umbrella and go great together, but this was an especially good tour package because no two bands on the bill sounded alike. Each one had their own spin on the genre, and the musical diversity of the bill (and the tightness of all the bands) made the show feel like it flew by.
Things kicked off with Wristmeetrazor, who already seem ready for way bigger crowds and stages. The band -- especially lead singer Justin Fornof -- have the theatrical goth look down to a T and they do it in a way that's really convincing. They look like they stumbled out of a Hot Topic in 2004, and yet it never feels pastiche. Justin not only looked the part, he was also a commanding frontman, and the rest of the band were as tight as can be. Lead riffs cut through the mix like knives, and chugged breakdowns hit you like a punch in the gut. Wristmeetrazor were supporting their excellent new album Replica of a Strange Love (Prosthetic Records), and they played pretty much all the major highlights off that, plus some older stuff too, and the show only reinforced how strong of a record it is. It also showed how much chemistry WMR have. Justin's the clear leader, but the band have three vocalists who all scream and sing, and you could tell how tight-knit they were from the way they traded lines seamlessly.