WHEELING - The valley's newest heavy metal band, Defy the Tide, will be playing their debut show on Saturday, Aug. 30 at The Wheeling Eagles with two other area bands, Resistance 13 and Skiba.
Defy the Tide is a six-piece melodic heavy metal band fronted by lead singer Carly Simon-Warneke. Also in the band are Troy Carte (keyboards and backing vocals), Jesse Scott (guitar), David Voght (guitar), Greg Fristick (bass) and Luke Tenley (drums).
With a name like Carly Simon, you had better be able to bring it. The ladies are fronting metal bands these days. That is the trend, and unfortunately some are not suited for the genre. In this case, however, Carly Simon-Warneke is very talented and fits the metal sound as comfortably as Evanescence front-woman Amy Lynn Hartzler.
Fresh from recording their three-song EP, the band members are excited to start playing live shows and bring a new sound to the valley's music scene. As a mixture of musical styles from Iron Maiden to In Flames and vocal styles ranging from Slipknot to Lacuna Coil, the overall sound of Defy the Tide is quite melody-driven and caters to a wide audience, even those who do not usually listen to heavy metal.
"We go back and forth on what we sound like," Simon-Warneke said. "There are a lot of different styles of metal and other genres that come into play. We all have a lot of different influences that come through in our music."
You can see Defy the Tide live this Saturday at The Wheeling Eagles, located at 944 Main St. The show, which begins at 9 p.m., is 18-and-over, and there will be a $5 cover charge at the door.
Palmer can be reached at mpalmer@timesleader online.com.