Hailing from Anderson, SC, metalcore quintet Akira features one of the most interesting sounds around. With tons of energy and eclectic styling, Akira offers up a mixture that provokes even the most stagnant viewer to join in the chaos. Vocalist Orosil De los Santos works the entire stage in his performance, while singing and screaming his anthems of discontent. Instrumentally, the band is keyed with elements of classic metal from an era when music was all-powerful.
The variety of sounds the band mixes are a deviation from the metalcore standard, even on the more melodic end, due to the infusion of other genre’s elements. Powered by rolling drumbeats, early Metallica-esqe guitar sound, and impressive vocal passion and range, Akira is proof that today’s metal has not forgotten its roots. Performance-wise the entire band works in unison to give the audience a unified front, somewhat reminiscent of As I Lay Dying, with a little more running around by De los Santos. The guys offer up an impassioned delivery that intrigues and captivates, yet evokes a desire to move.
At the Apparitions CD release show on Friday, February 22, 2013, the band dedicated their performance to a recently fallen comrade, Matt Borkowski, who was the victim of a tragic car accident. In addition to delivering a blood, sweat, and tears performance, the band announced a benefit show for Borkowski to be held at Ground Zero in Spartanburg, S.C. on March 14. This show will be to help Borkowski's family with medical bills and final expenses. They encourage everyone to come out and support this show and donate if possible. They will be accompanied by other upstate bands lending their services for the cause. Awaken, Islander, and Messenger Down are just a few of the bands scheduled to perform that day. You can find out more about Akira and the benefit show on Facebook.
If you love classic metal influence, you have to hear Akira! Check them out and judge for yourself!