by Deb Rao
July 26, 2011 at Cheyenne Saloon in Las Vegas, NV.
There is a whole new crop of bands garnering fans from East Coast to West Coast. Two bands making quite the impression with fans are Burn Halo and Egypt Central. I was fortunate to catch both bands when the rolled into Las Vegas performing at the Cheyenne Saloon. Vegas may be known for its glamor and glitz but there are a few good venues in town that cater to the rising stars. The Cheyenne Saloon is a Vegas roadhouse with a Texas ambiance, complete with pool tables and hardwood floors. The atmosphere is laid back and unpretentious.
Burn Halo hit the stage at 9 p.m., delivering a set that consisted of great lyrics and vocals. Fronted by James Hart, Burn Halo has all the potential to be the next breakout band. They have a modern day sound with a taste of ’80s, regarding the great lyrics and melodic yet hard-edged guitar riffs. Burn Halo also performed a number of songs off of their latest release Up From The Ashes. Highlights of the set included “Dirty Little Girl” and the title track.
You have read all the great reviews regarding Egypt Central but words cannot describe the intensity of the band’s performance. One word that describes Egypt Central is explosive. From the moment that John Falls and Egypt Central hit the stage, the band commanded attention. Opening with “Taking You Down” and ending the sledge hammer hit single “White Rabbit”, the band kind of reminds me of a young Disturbed but so ever much more intense. Highlights of the set included “Over And Under” and “You Make Me Sick.” I would love to see this band on a huge concert bill. The energy of their show was relentless. Be sure to check out the band’s new single and video “Kick Ass.”
Thanks to Amanda Cagan for giving Hardrock Haven the opportunity to check out these two outstanding new acts.