Photo Gallery: Amaranthe, I Prevail, Santa Cruz at The Rickshaw, Vancouver

One might not expect a band from the land of the midnight sun (well, almost – Finland’s Helsinki is slightly south of the 24-7 daylight zone) to rock glam so hard, but Santa Cruz proved their mettle with a rock star set worthy of the Sunset Strip. Performing an intense live show somewhere between Every Time I Die and Dillinger Escape Plan on the scale of kinetic hardcore, Michigan sextet I Prevail clearly hold their own (and, to their credit, without tripping over one another on a crowded stage.) Amaranthe’s uplifting metal overtures were undoubtedly the highlight of the evening, delivered with confidence and smiles.