Avatar | 08.31.15

avatar copyVocalist Johannes Eckerstrom dons twisted clown makeup á la The Joker, and his belts and screams pierce the listener.




w/Gemini Syndrome and Huntress

The Marquis Theater will be the host of one of the heaviest shows hitting the Mile High City this summer. The show consists of headliners Avatar, with special guests Huntress and Gemini Syndrome. Hailing from Goteborg, Sweden, Avatar is hot off the heels of its latest album, Hail the Apocalypse, and has been doing some major touring of late with acts like Five Finger Death Punch and Avenged Sevenfold, as well as making an appearance at the 2015 floating festival known as Shiprocked.

Founded in 2000 by vocalist Johannes Eckerstrom and drummer John Alferdsson, Avatar has steadily toured and released albums. Starting with their initial onslaught, entitled Thoughts of No Tomorrow, the band has established a loyal following of fans. Avatar is a doom metal juggernaut. Vocalist Eckerstrom dons twisted clown makeup á la The Joker, and his belts and screams pierce the listener. Now with five full-length albums and two EPs, Avatar has a style that is unique, with definite influences from thrash and dark metal. This is one band that is truly on its way to the top, and to see them in an intimate setting like the Marquis is a special treat.

Touring with Avatar are new metal sensations Gemini Syndrome. After their first album, Lux, took the metal community by storm, with luscious tracks like “Pay for This,” “Basement,” and the popular single, “Stardust,” the band is back with a new single and soon-to-be new album. Fronted by former Otep guitarist Aaron Nordstrom, the band has a definitive style. Heavy, yet melodic, the band is fantastic live and has a very bright future. Their newest single, “Eternity,” is now available on iTunes.

Opening the evening is California’s newest addition to the hardcore movement. Huntress is fronted by Jill Janus, who commands a four-octave vocal range and is a classically trained opera singer. Her screeches and screams, coupled with beautifully delivered melodies, are wild. Reminiscent of early 1980 rockers such as Lee Aaron, Huntress is a heavy force to be reckoned with who complements the tour wonderfully. Gritty and dark, the band is touring behind its newest release Static, which hits stores and digital outlets in September.

This is destined to be a great show: one of those “I was there” kinds of shows, as all three bands have the potential to break out into the big time. | Marc Farr

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