PHOTOS: Next to None and Another Day Dawns at The Originals Music Series

Thursday marked the 2016 conclusion of The Originals Music Series, and the Fyre & Ice Show-sponsored showcase went out with a (head)bang, featuring Next to None and Another Day Dawns on a night of high-energy, aggressive tunes.

The two bands, who are good friends and regular collaborators, each played an individual set before joining to close out the show with an all-star cover jam. Next to None opened the show, and the young prog-metal band brought the house down with a jaw-dropping set of mostly original material. Having now experienced Next to None a few times, I find myself continually blown away by the band’s technical skill and overall chemistry, as well as the complexity of its original material. I can’t help but to imagine, if they’re this good now, what they’ll be in a position to accomplish in a few years time. More and more, Next to None seems like a band destined for big things — and that’s not a prediction.That’s a spoiler.

Speaking of bands on the rise, Another Day Dawns consistently seems to crush it whenever we cross paths. Their covers are on-point, with songs from Breaking Benjamin, Godsmack, and Disturbed usually in the setlist to take me back to my days in the high school weight room. Even more intriguing, however, are ADD’s originals, which are distinct enough to stand out in the set. The shout-along fun of “Rage” was a particular highlight, with frontman Dakota McGeehan using his commanding presence to lead the audience’s participation.

Of course, the evening wouldn’t have been complete without Next to None and Another Day Dawns briefly joining forces. They did just that, rocking two Linkin Park covers (“Given Up” and “One Step Closer”) before closing with a raucous rendition of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.”

With that, The Originals Music Series concluded for 2016. After a brief holiday break, the Series will return for its Two-Year Anniversary Show on Friday, January 6, 2017 featuring REVEL 9, Autoerotica, and Dead:Stop. The night of music will begin at 7 p.m., and is sure to rage well into the night.

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