The Loudest and Hardest Gig I Could Find

Wendy rocks out with South Gate's A Dying Ember, a band that thinks outside the typical metal head mentality.

By Wendy Solorio
Published on LatinoLA: January 27, 2010

The Loudest and Hardest Gig I Could Find

On the night of Jan. 24 I set out to find the loudest and hardest gig I could find. And in Long Beach, Calif. I found just that.

I attended a metal show at the Rhythm Lounge, where I had the opportunity to catch a local band named A Dying Ember perform live.

The band was formed in South Gate, Calif. by three friends who all shared a passion for music. Chris Ponce (drums), Nick Castor (guitar, vocals), and Chuck Erra (lead vocals) were previously part of another metal band, and originally decided to form ADE as a side project.

They soon added J-Ro (bass) and Feedback Sanchez (guitar) to the lineup, and decided to make the band their main focus.

The band opened up with a song called "The Truth Unfolds" and soon enough a large crowd formed around the stage.

With everyone both on and off-stage banging their heads in sync, the audience grew even more excited when the band covered the theme song to the children's television show "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers."

After the show, I got the chance to speak with the band to gain some insight on their work.

With musical influences that range from Metallica to Avenged Sevenfold, I asked the band what they feel makes them different from the other metal bands in Los Angeles.

"What sets us apart from other L.A bands is that we think outside the typical metal head mentality." said drummer Chris Ponce. "We play what we feel is right, not what we're expected to."

And just like their musical influences, A Dying Ember proved to be just as loud, and capable of captivating a crowd.

As far as the band's future goes, Chris Ponce explained, "Our plan is to get out and play as many shows as we can and make a lot of friends along the way. We want to do this for a living. It's what we live for. "

For more information on A Dying Ember, check out the band's Myspace at www.myspace.com/adyingembersg

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