Photos and Words: Jacob Klee
The Trinity of Terror at Hulu Theater was quite the show and each band put on quite the performance. Having never been to Hulu Theater, I was excited to see how the production and sound would be at Madison Square Garden. Even better, to see a show with 2 bands that I’ve been listening to for years and topped my Spotify yearly Top Artist List. My very first introduction to it was the band Atreyu, who put on a 30-minute performance! Their set list was 9 songs long and started with “Strange Powers of Prophecy” and ended with “Blow.” a highlight of the set list for me was a cover of the song “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston.
Following Atreyu was the fantastic band The Black Veil Brides, who hold a close place in my heart and musical journey as one of the first bands that truly got me into the rock/metal scene. I can specifically look back on edgy “flippy haired “middle school me watching the music video for knives and pens in my lunchroom one day and being absolutely awestruck. Black Veil Brides started their 50-minute, 11 song set with gorgeous red lighting, a screaming excited crowd, and the song ”Crimson Skies.” Then they played a song off their new album called Devil and played through the rest of their set, ending with “We Stitch These Wounds”.
My personal favorite band, Ice Nine Kills, came on next and they started with my absolute favorite song, Funeral Derangements which is based off of Stephen King’s Pet Cemetery. Following that was Wurst Vacation, which is based off the popular gore fest horror series known as Hostel. This was my first time being a photographer for each of these bands. One of the biggest reasons I love to see Ice Nine live as a fan has quickly become to photograph them; their stage performances, makeup, and outfit designs are all reminiscent of the themes of the songs they play and are masterfully done. Their set was 11 songs and 52 minutes of minutes of pure entertainment and worked well with the amazing performance put on by Black Veil Brides to build up towards the headliner.
Opening with their song ”Disguise,” Motionless in White began their 10-song set that lasted 50 minutes. A cool highlight of the set was the song “Slaughterhouse,” featuring Kasey Karlsen from the band Deadlands, who did a sick job of filling in for Bryan Garris during his portion of the song and put on a hell of a performance. I’m excited to see where her band goes and will be keeping an eye on them. Motionless in White then continued through their set, stopping briefly during Voices to make sure an incident in the pit was addressed and to wish their drummer Vinny a happy birthday. The rest of the show went off without a hitch and was an absolute blast. I enjoyed myself moshing in the pit after my allotted songs to photograph and as always Motionless in White has such a gift to work the crowd and put on an amazing performance.
The Trinity of Terror was an absolutely mad show and a ton of fun. I hope they make this a regular occurrence.