Stormstress at The Token Lounge in Westland, MI

Heavy metal power trio Stormstress, joined by Shadow’s Reflection, Forge The Sun, and Glass Hearts, brought an explosive inferno of sound to The Token Lounge.

Opening the night was Detroit’s own Glass Hearts, delivering a mesmerizing performance that left the audience spellbound. Their seamless blend of emotive vocals, melodic guitar riffs, and driving rhythms created a sonic experience that resonated deeply with the crowd. Glass Hearts’ sound was both dynamic and heartfelt, providing an unforgettable appetizer to a rocking night.

Forge the Sun hit the stage next with a fiery and explosive energy that resonated throughout the venue. Vocalist Ally Rose commanded the stage with an electrifying presence, effortlessly transitioning between booming soulful vocals and melodic harmonies. The band displayed exceptional musicianship, seamlessly blending heavy guitar riffs with melodic hooks and driving rhythms. Their tight and cohesive sound created a wall of sound that enveloped the audience, all the while laughing and connecting with the crowd. They delivered a high-energy, adrenaline-fueled show that left the crowd exhilarated and hungry for more. Forge the Sun’s performance was a thrilling rollercoaster of hard-hitting anthems and melodic hooks that left a lasting impression on The Token Lounge.

In a plume of smoke and surrounded by candelabras, Shadow’s Reflection emerged and mesmerized the audience with a hauntingly beautiful performance. The band’s unique blend of gothic metal and ethereal melodies created an atmosphere of dark enchantment that captivated every soul in the venue. Vocalist Ella Rose’s powerful and emotive voice soared through the air, particularly through a dark rendition of Billie Eilish’s “No Time to Die.” The thunderous drumming of Kenneth Vaughn provided a relentless pulse that echoed through the venue, while the intricate guitar work of Joseph Madonna and deep thrum of bassist Dante Allegro tied everything together, absolutely flooring the crowd with an instrumental rendition of “The Phantom of the Opera.” With their flawless musicianship and stage presence, Shadow’s Reflection left the crowd in awe and craving more.

And finally, Stormstress took the stage to a wave of cheers, delivering a relentless metal assault that left no one unscathed. Twin vocalists Tanya Venom and Tia Mayhem commanded the audience’s attention with their explosive energy and bone-crushing melodies. Maddie May Scott unleashed an auditory assault on the drums that reverberated through the building. Venom’s guitar conjured a whirlwind of shredding riffs and face-melting solos, while Mayhem’s bass provided a bone-rattling wall of low-end resonance. The synergy among the trio was palpable as they seamlessly transitioned from one powerful track to another. Songs like “Paint the Mask” and “I Wish I Could” ignited the crowd’s enthusiasm, while the epic finale of “Buried You in the Snow” left an indelible mark. A particular highlight was their now-famous rendition of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” with Venom taking a bow to her guitar for a blistering solo.

As they wrapped up the night full of smiles, the crowd screamed for more, leading the trio into a surprise performance of Blink-182’s “All The Small Things.” Their unwavering passion and undeniable talent made it clear that they are a force to be reckoned with in the metal world. Their performance is an unrelenting storm of metal mayhem that needs to be experienced by everyone.

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Sami Lipp-Mosier is an accomplished concert photographer hailing from the vibrant city of Detroit, MI. Sami is known for her ability to capture the electrifying energy and raw emotions of live performances. Her striking portfolio showcases a diverse range of artists and genres, transporting audiences into the heart of the concert experience, enabling them to relive the magic long after the last note has faded away.