ENJOY IT MY GHOULISH ONES!!!
AND FOR MY GOOD FRIEND MARTIN TULLY:
Are you ready for the force that is ALL HAIL THE YETI?
Sometimes a band impacts you, sometimes very hard. HAVOK accomplished this on me on 10/25/12 when I caught their live show. Straight out of the gate I was hooked. mid-set I went to their merch table and purchased their two CD’s POINT OF NO RETURN and TIME IS UP.
Formed in Colorado in 2004, the band put out two self-released discs and quickly garnered interest from UK label Candlelight records. BURN was released in 2009 bringing forth an onslaught of brutal guitar riffs, chest crushing bass lines, jackhammer drums, and vocals from the depths of hell itself! 2011 brought forth their second album TIME IS UP. Front to back this CD smokes. One can really appreciate the technical skill put forth on this album. Remember the first time you heard Metallica, Exodus, Overkill, Anthrax, Testament, or Obituary? HAVOK takes you back with this one. They deliver the same “We will crush you to the ground” punch on this one. In 2012 HAVOK put out the EP POINT OF NO RETURN. Though it only has four tracks (one of which pays homage to Slayer’s “Reigning Blood”) it satisfies your need for metal.
Listening to the CD’s gives one a chance to appreciate the technical prowess of HAVOK but it is their live show that will completely blow you away. Energetic, engaging, powerful are but only a few words to describe them live. You HAVE to see them live given the chance.
HAVOK is comprised of David Sanchez – Lead vocals / Guitars, Jesse De Los Santos – Lead bass / Vocals, Pete Webber – Lead drums, and Reece Scruggs – Lead guitar / Vocals. I was able to speak for a moment with Jesse and Reece about their performance. They were very humble and grateful to my words of praise for them. They graciously signed my newly purchased copy of TIME IS UP. It was a great evening.
In conclusion, I would like to thank HAVOK for carrying the torch of Thrash that their forefathers lit for them.
Here the video for “Covering Fire” enjoy!
Thanks to Prosthetic Records (http://prostheticrecords.com/) I was able to attend this show and was able to interview SKELETONWITCH and MUTILATION RITES here’s a show recap!
Local band FALL TO ASH opened the night of mayhem with a hard charging set of metal. A local NM band straight on a hard charging path to stardom check them out at http://www.facebook.com/fallto.ash?fref=ts
We got a treat with SUSPENDED an all female trio of metal fury. This band surprises you at every turn with the sounds that they bring forth from their souls. Be sure and give them a listen. Here is their page link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Suspended/138495976185211?fref=ts
I was able to snag a quick video interview with MUTILATION RITES prior to the show (interview will be coming soon to http://rockunight.com/). Great guys that were awesome enough to spend a few minutes with me. They put on a great set of killer music. This was my first time catching them as they were newly introduced to me by Kelly Walsh from Prosthetic Records. Great set from a band that I will be listening to from now on. Make sure to check out their page: http://www.facebook.com/mutilationritesnyc?fref=ts
HAVOK was another band that was new to me, and I was pleasantly surprised. Reminding me of the early days of thrash metal this band took me back. Mid set I realized that I had to have their music and so I picked up the two CD’s they had at their merch table. Their stage show was energetic, engaging, and full of passion. I made it a point to speak with the guitarist and bassist and they proved to be approachable and grateful of the crowd response. These are links to their pages: http://www.facebook.com/HavokOfficial?fref=ts http://www.HAVOKband.com
SKELETONWITCH !!! I have been listening to them for several years now and seen them play before, and DAMN! this was the best yet. They dominated the stage from the first song and owned it till the final notes of the final song. I met with Scott Hedrick prior to the show and did a small video interview (which will be seen soon on http://rockunight.com/). I was able to watch some of the soundcheck which very cool to see. When they finally hit the stage they were spot on and super tight. They remembered some faces in the crowd from prior shows which I was glad to see that they were aware of their fans dedication. The new drummer, Dustin, fit in like a glove and totally owned his kit. Skeletonwitch is a band not to be missed. Like them on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/skeletonwitchmetal or on the web: http://www.twitter.com/skeletonwitch http://www.skeletonwitch.com http://www.indiemerchstore.com/skeletonw… http://www.prostheticrecords.com
Here’s a bit live footage:
Thanks go out to the bands Fall To Ash, Suspended, Mutilation Rites, Havok, and Skeletonwitch.
Very special thanks to Kelly Walsh from Prosthetic Records!
ALBUQUERQUE NM – 10/26/2012, HOOLIGANS NIGHTCLUB 11:00 pm
BEARD took the stage to celebrate the release of their highly anticipated debut cassette (yes I said cassette) Black unicorn. After a brief introduction by Steve Beneath, it was on. The place was packed to the brim with friends, fans, and family all in a festive mood and ready to rock!
There are two things about BEARD that impress me, the fact that they don’t take themselves seriously, and that they DO take their music serious. They have FUN on stage and in turn, that fun is infectious to the crowd. Bringing their form of straight up Rock N’ Roll, BEARD takes me back to the days when life was still fun, and we were ten feet tall and still bulletproof.
BEARD doesn’t act like rockstars, or claim to be rockstars, yet they are. I have had the distinct pleasure of meeting and talking with the band several times and they are not only fantastic performers, they are great people. Let me introduce you:
M. BEARD – lead guitar/ lead vocals
D. BEARD – lead bass
K. BEARD – lead guitar/ lead vocals
K. BEARD – lead drums
The show came off in true Rock N’ Roll style, gritty, loud, in your face, spot on. The crowd sang along to their favorite songs, the band called out to friends and family in the crowd, brought up guests to sing with them, a true Rock show.
The Mighty “Beard Beneath” guest vocalist on “Larry”
The nights revelry culminated by an all out silly string assault on the band by friends and family. It was a virtual jungle of silly string, it was everywhere and it was wonderful.
BEARD is a band that truly deserves a shot in the world. The new “cassette” (the release is actually in digital download format) is utterly amazing (an in-depth review will be posted here very very soon) and the live show holds par with some of the national acts I have seen.
Thank you BEARD, thank you very much for helping modern Rock N’ Roll music keep its validity. Be sure and check them out at http://www.facebook.com/beardisbullshit?fref=ts and like their page.
I listen to you guys! I was told by several people that checking out ten bands a week was a bit much, so this week I’ve scaled back to five, let me know what you think.
I had the great fortune of seeing and meeting Havok at a recent show. Hearkening back to the days of early thrash Havok gives me hope for new bands and the future of Rock N’ Roll! Brutal in your face music in the style of Metallica, Exodus, Death Angel, and early Megadeth.
Australia keeps on giving to the world of Rock N’ Roll. Babyjane is an awesome inclusion to that category. Citing influences such as: Guns N’ Roses, Motley Crue, AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, Skid Row, Sex Pistols, Vains Of Jenna, Van Halen, Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, The Cult, Faith No More, Megadeth, Pantera, how could they not be kick ass?
Another band I had to the great fortune to meet and interview. Brooding, dark, loud, all of the things you want in your Rock N’ Roll. Skeletonwitch delivers every time.
When you see this band it almost seems impossible that what you are witnessing is actually taking place. The sound that comes from these unassuming individuals testifies to the sheer power of Rock!
5. SHATTERED SUN
Shattered Sun is a metalcore band from the small town of Alice Texas, Formed in 2005, Shattered Sun went through their growing pains, going through numerous lineup changes to finally finding the right people. Their style is heavy/thrash metal with incredible guitar riffs, vocal distortions and that magnetic raw appeal that allows them to create that maximum effect with every song, every time.
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