Alabama-based progressive metalcore band Erra brought the heat to a very hot, sold-out crowd at The Orpheum’s new location on Sunday.
Invent, Animate, along with Orlando-based Alpha Wolf and Lost Trees, joined Erra for its first Florida show in three years.
For her first headlining tour, Erra named the tour “Pull from the Ghost”, a standalone single released nearly two weeks ago. Erra has prepared a setlist of 13 songs, largely taken from his last self-titled album, released in March 2021.
The stage was less crowded than usual, following the departure of guitarist Sean Price who left the band after a decade, but on the heels of the punishing new single, the crowd was buzzing. Erra took the stage just before 9:30 p.m., opening with the powerful and fast “Gungrave”.
Guitarist Jesse Cash then led the band in “Scorpion Hymn,” one of the heaviest tracks played on Sunday. Frontman JT Cavey was eager to interact with the crowd, handing out water bottles and occasionally tossing the mic in their direction just before a heavy beat.
“Sol Absentia” was next, interweaving Cash’s powerful, high-pitched vocals with Cavey’s mid-scream. Cavey danced to the beat of drummer Alex Ballew, who looked extremely zen during the breakdown causing the song to headbang.
Erra took a brief detour from the new album to go all the way back to 2016, with the song “Drift.” Usually kicked off by Price’s smooth guitar clappers, now handled by Clint Tustin, who previously played with Galactic Empire and Babymetal.
The group then brought back the tracklist from the recent album with “Shadow Autonomous”, “Eye of God” and “Divisionary”.
Halfway through the show, the band released their latest single, “Pull from the Ghost,” filled with intricate riffs and intricate mixes of electronic and ambient sounds. Cash’s vocals haunted the crowd nonstop, who seemed to have spent time learning every word of the band’s latest single.
“Nigh to Silence” was next, kicked off with a gentle serenade from Cash. One of the band’s sweetest tunes, the heavy guitar amped up the crowd about a minute later, lining up in the mosh pit to get moving.
The remainder of the tour continues through August 20 in Nashville.
The show was only the second for Orpheum’s new location in North Tampa, which staff lovingly referred to as a work in progress. In January, Orpheum owner Jerry Dufrain announced he would not be renewing the venue’s lease after more than 20 years in Ybor City.
In May, the Orpheum held its last concert in the Seventh Avenue space before Dufrain began renovations to the former Southern Ground Brick Bar & Party Deck in North Tampa, and while the space is indeed a work in progress, Dufrain and company clearly spent time planning and executing the venue’s new layout, creating thoughtful merchandising space on the left side of the stage, and utilizing the seemingly larger bar.