The 5th Annual Pizza Show – Hot Rocks Bar & Music Cafe – 2.24.18

CE Concerts threw their 5th annual Pizza Show this year with a talent packed bill. Following tradition, the show was held at Hot Rocks Bar & Music Cafe (formerly The Ritz) and included not just local but out of state bands.

Opening the main stage for evening was Dethrone the Deceiver (not pictured). The Michigan death core band released their debut EP Dethrone the Deceiver in 2016, and followed with their single “Look at Me” in 2017. Their heavy, down tempo sound kicked off  the energy for the evening.

The B stage was opened by Adventurer (not pictured), a post-hardcore band from Detroit.   The band released their debut album Sacred Grove last fall. They’ll be touring starting this March with Florida rock band Makari.

Another Michigan native included death metal band Carnis Immortalis that originated in Garden City. The band has currently been in the studio working on their debut EP. They released a little taste of what we can expect with this demo of “Within Sheol”.

False Accusations brought some of the highest energy to the B stage with their guitarist James Becca jumping continuously throughout the set. The band trekked over from West Virginia as part of their ongoing U.S. tour. The band’s most recent EP I Know You Must Ache highlights their metal core sound.

Another band that traveled to the show was Awake at Last from Delaware. The band just announced that they will be a part of the final Vans Warped Tour. The unsigned band has been making a name for themselves with their 2017 EP Life / Death / Rebirth which earned them a feature in Alternative Press.

Early Humans from Nashville, Tennessee brought their unique punk sound to the B stage. The band will be on tour this spring with Ponder where you can catch them perform songs from their debut album Early Humans.

North Caroline band Filth brought one of the heaviest sets of the evening to the main stage. Their down tempo sound in combination with vocalist Dustin Mitchell’s screams created an intense atmosphere. Their recent EP God Has a Plan can be listened to here.

Another Tennessee band included Daisyhead. The pizza show was one of the bands last few sets before they took a break. Their second LP In Case You Missed It highlights the band’s indie vibe. It is available for purchase and streaming now via No Sleep Records.

Illinois natives VCTMS have been on tour Deadland and Somewhere to Call Home and took a stop at The Pizza Show to draw attention to their heavy sound. Drummer Meredith Henderson was a whirlwind of energy on the drums. You can listen to the bands latest sing “Crippling // Form” here.

John Bee is American Opera. He showed us his soulful indie sound on the B stage for a change of pace for the evening. He released Small Victories, a full-lengthed album in 2017   via Spartan Records. His intimate set drew fans close around the stage.

In contrast, Detroit based band Loser brought their blend of nu metal and grunge to the stage. Vocalist Alex Stankewitz’s energy onstage showed the dedication this band has. Their set included their song “Dirty Girl” off their 2017 album I’m Not the Same. 

Lake Effect is a four piece hardcore punk band from Port Huron. The band is anticipated to be releasing their EP Solitude this year which includes the single “Misguided Youth”. Their set packed the B stage floor with a pit.

A Year in New York brought everyone over to the main stage. Vocalist Brittany Christofel’s harmonic voice in contrast to guitarists Michael Miller’s intricate riffs create a unique indie sound that varied greatly from the heavy metal trend the bill carried. The duo joined by drummer Ben Schultz brought an insanely talented, but humble attitude to the stage.

The Pizza Show was a special return for Livonia based death core band Dweller.  This was the fist time the band performed in almost 4 years. The band performed their 2011 EP Cut Off From the Universe as well as select songs from their 2012 album  The Reality Vector. One of the heaviest pits of the night broke out during their set.

Due to technical difficulties, Telegraf’s set was delayed until after Sea of Treachery‘s (not pictured) closing set on the B stage. Telegraf (not pictured) is a pop band from Michigan that consists of Shane Grenier and Myles Carter. The two were joined by Landon Tewers (The Plot in You) on bass and Devin Attard on drums. Their fun, relaxed vibes were a great way to end the show.

Check out our full gallery of photos from the show below!

Carnis Immortalis

False Accusations

Awake At Last

Early Humans

Filth

Daisyhead

VCTMS

American Opera

Loser

Lake Effect

A Year in New York

Dweller

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Kailey Howell