The Red Tape Tour Review

Nonpoint Brings Down The House In Orlando

House of Blues Sept. 27th, 2019

The House of Blues in Orlando played host to The Red Tape Tour last Friday night as Nonpoint, along with special guests Devils Envy, Madame Mayhem and Zero Theorem blazed into town. It was evident from the long line waiting to enter the venue that this crowd was ready to rock. When the doors opened, the crowd began to swell and jockey for a position near the stage. A huge red, white and black Nonpoint banner was visible hanging behind the drum riser, serving as a beacon of what was to come.

Zero Theorem took the stage and launched into “The Killing,” the title song from their debut album. Lead vocalist, Cesar, spearheaded this hard rocking attack on the senses and the fans loved every minute of it. Based out of Los Angeles, this head banging quartet delivered an impressive set that left the crowd begging for more.

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Next up was Manhattan born singer/songwriter Madame Mayhem. To say that she captivated the audience would be an understatement. Backed by a hard charging four-piece band, Mayhem displayed strong vocals and a stage presence that could be described as enchanting. It should be noted that she possesses a Bachelor's degree in music—double majoring in classical opera and musical theatre. Evidence of this could be seen throughout her eclectic performance. After her set, Madame Mayhem was found hanging out upstairs taking photos with appreciative fans.

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Hometown favorites, Devils Envy, were more than eager to unleash their “renegade metallic assault” as they took the stage by storm. I was actually fortunate enough to have shot the band several months earlier at a smaller venue and was curious to see how their energetic performance would translate on a larger stage. Let me tell you, they did not disappoint. Led by musical mastermind, Angel Graves (vocals), Devils Envy is anchored by Sean St. John (drums) Austin Diaz (guitar) and Paul Z (bass). The band delivered a turbo-charged set that had fans slamming throughout. DO NOT sleep on these guys! Definitely check them out if you get the chance.

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The energy radiating throughout the crowd was undeniable as the time had arrived for Nonpoint to bring the house down. They hit the stage with such force it could best be described as a heavy metal punch in the mouth. Led by Elias Soriano (Vocals), the band kicked out a head pounding seventeen-song set that culminated with fan favorite “Bullet with a Name.” Nonpoint was like a shot of adrenaline to an already hyped-up crowd who were on their feet throughout. Nonpoint was formed in South Florida in 1997 and have more than a dozen albums under their belt. The energy and enthusiasm this band brings is incredible and it feels like they can go on forever. The Orlando date was just about the halfway point for The Red Tape Tour. That means there are still dates left so if you have the opportunity, make sure to check it out!

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