Vegas Shock Rockers I.D.S.F.A. Pay Homage to Orderus Urungus with “The Genius That Was Oderus”‏

Vegas Shock Rockers I.D.S.F.A. Pay Homage to Orderus Urungus with “The Genius That Was Oderus”

 

Check Out a New Track “The Genius That Was Oderus” – Listen Here | Buy Here

 

I.D.S.F.A. Announce IndieGoGo Campaign for Upcoming Concept Production, Including Album, Short Film, and Live Performance Aspects

Read More via IndieGoGo Here: http://igg.me/at/idsfa

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Las Vegas-based shock rockers I.D.S.F.A. – winners of the 2011 “Best Shock Rock” and 2013 “Best of Vegas” Vegas Rocks Magazine Awards – released their first full-length self-titled album in 2013, including tracks about revenge, death, mayhem, zombies and all things gruesome. Pairing the audio with a chaotic live show featuring drum beating zombies, an 8-foot anti-aircraft gun, washed up sea creatures from the Japan tsunami and other surprises, the group has amassed an assembly of fans who are rabid for what’s coming next!

The group aims to continue the carnage with their upcoming concept project Bodies In The Basement, which will include a new album, as well as short film and live, interactive performance aspects. In addition, the new music will feature an overhauled sound and demented new vocalist, Knuckletooth. In celebration of the upcoming release, the band is paying homage to their main musical and theatrical inspiration, GWAR, as well as late vocalist Dave Brockie, with a new track “The Genius That Was Oderus”.

The track can be streamed here via the band’s official YouTube page: https://youtu.be/pUWkKKzpoiU. Fans can also download the track viaAmazon now, or receive the track as a hard copy single (only 100 signed, numbered copies available) by donating to the IndieGoGo campaign below. Please note that this track is only available via single and will not be part of the Bodies In The Basement album.

Bassist Travesty comments, “We wrote “The Genius That Was Oderus” in memoriam of one of the most influential musicians to us. We have attended GWAR shows since we were teenagers. Oderus showed us that you can mix music, horror, gore and theatrics into one. He is the reason that I.D.S.F.A. is the band that is today. We wanted to show our appreciation to everything Oderus did in the Shock Rock scene and we figured what better way to do that than in song – the way he would appreciate the most. He Will Be Missed, So Raise Your Fist!”

As mentioned above, the Bodies In The Basement full musical and theatrical production is almost complete, but I.D.S.F.A. is reaching out to their fans to help finalize the process! The band is hosting an IndieGoGo campaign with the goal of funding the upcoming three-part production, which if reached, will include live performances that include interactive personifications of each track’s concept, in addition to live airings of an accompanying short film in segments between tracks.

As for the album portion of the project, I.D.S.F.A. plans to present the same short film broken up between tracks on their actual album (the concept is for fans to experience the album via multimedia player to hear tracks and view the short film in segments between each track, in sequence).

The short film concept will follow the story of one victim and their journey through the macabre world of I.D.S.F.A. This film, combined with the album and live aspect of Bodies In The Basement, will take the audience through the horrors one might experience if “Chosen” by I.D.S.F.A.Who are “The Chosen”, you ask? To understand that, one must understand who I.D.S.F.A. are at their core.

Visit the IndieGoGo campaign page here: http://igg.me/at/idsfa

Drummer Dr. Skum tells the tale, “We’re a group of miscreants who met in hell many lifetimes ago, eventually becoming one of the most popular and influential bands in the underworld. After getting carried away at an after party one night, we happened to roofie Satan with a dose of our own concocted drug called “Demon Puss” and things got… X-rated. After that fateful night, we were banished to the Town Of EEV-Ville, a town located 66.6 miles south of hell. This is the place where the ones who are too evil for hell are sent. Once we arrived in the town of EEV-Ville, we got a bit of cabin fever and decided to get busy, forming what is now known as The Dept. Of Death. The Dept.’s mission is to tour the world and spread our infection to all! Once infected, those will then follow alongside the Dept. on their tirade of Death. Those infected are called “The Chosen” and they will not stop till death has reached every corner of the globe! *evil laugh*”

The Bodies In The Basement IndieGoGo campaign will feature some great incentives, such as two incredible custom I.D.S.F.A. guitars by Evolution Guitars. These guitars feature a new innovative guitar design with interchangeable face plates and are valued between $1400-1800 each. These will be available for a discounted price via the IndieGoGo campaign with a $1000 donation. You will be given the opportunity to work personally with the design team and customize your guitar with them – truly be one of a kind! Learn more about Evolution Guitars here:https://www.theevolutionguitar.com/

Other incentives include a limited-to-100-copies hard copy of the “The Genius That Was Oderus” single (mentioned above), drum sticks, custom skateboards, and more.

I.D.S.F.A. is endorsed/sponsored by Evolution Guitars, SIT strings, Zombie Apocalypse Vodka, and Clayton Picks, and have performed with groups such as Mushroomhead, D.R.I., Anvil, Spineshank, and more.

Learn More about I.D.S.F.A.:  

http://www.idsfaband.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Idsfa

https://www.reverbnation.com/idsfa

https://twitter.com/idsfaband

 

I.D.S.F.A. are:

Travesty – bass

R.I.P. – guitar

Dr. Skum – drums

Knuckletooth – vocals

The Rigor Mortis Twins – side drums, props

Skab – production, lighting, samples, props, video

     Oderus was a great guy and I was fortunate to have met and photographed him and GWAR. Another one taken from us far too early…

     it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s I.D.S.F.A.!!!

     -the Hellion

 

Napalm Records Signs PRODUCT OF HATE

Napalm Records Signs PRODUCT OF HATE

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New Album Set For Release in Early 2015

“Hailing from the Kenosha, Wisconsin area, PRODUCT OF HATE have been crafting their vicious blend of groove, thrash, and new-wave metal for the past few years. Sharing the stage with some of the biggest bands in metal including TESTAMENT, LAMB OF GOD, GWAR, CHIMAIRA, UNEARTH, MESHUGGAH, JOB FOR A COWBOY & LAZARUS A.D. PRODUCT OF HATE is now set to take on the world.

 

PRODUCT OF HATE have signed with Austrian Metal Powerhouse Label Napalm Records, and will release their debut album in early 2015.Their new album is being currently being mixed and mastered at SafeHouse Production by James Murphy (Death, Testament, Obituary)

 

Vocalist Adam Gilley on signing with Napalm Records:

 

“On behalf of PRODUCT OF HATE we are proud and thankful to be apart of the Napalm team. We look forward for all to hear our new album & touring til we drop!!!”

~Adam Gilley~

 

Band Lineup:

Adam Gilley

Cody Rathbone

Gene Rathbone

Mark Campbell

Mike McGuire

 

For More Info Visit:

http://www.productofhate.com/

https://www.facebook.com/productofhateofficial/

https://twitter.com/productofhate

GWAR Releases Video Statement and Announces Creation of Dave Brockie Foundation

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(Photo Courtesy of Katherine Leatherwood)

GWAR and Slave Pit Inc. would like to thank the fans and friends for the outpouring of love after the passing of our dear friend Dave Brockie.  Our intention is to honor Dave, preserve his legacy and continue to share his brilliant works with the world.  With that being said, GWAR and Slave Pit Inc. are proud to announce the creation of The Dave Brockie Foundation.

A video message from GWAR and Slave Pit Inc. addressing the fans can be viewed HERE and below.

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 The Dave Brockie Foundation is a charity fund with the mission of promoting the advancement of music, images, letters and performances in the arts.  It will endeavor to encourage promising talents, as well as preserving the legacy of Dave’s body of works. It intends to be a support system to those who have dedicated their lives in pursuit of creativity.  The Dave Brockie Foundation will be a resource for artists in the fields of music, film, literature and all visual arts who cannot find funding through mainstream channels.  The DBF will also strive to catalog and preserve Dave’s vast collection of original images, recordings and written words, and make them available for the world to appreciate. The foundation’s first goal is to finance the creation of a memorial monument in Richmond, Virginia to provide the world with a place to pay respects to the memory of a very cherished man.”

Donations can be made to The Dave Brockie Foundation athttp://www.gwar.net/dave-brockie-foundation 

For More Info Visit:

http://www.gwar.net
http://www.gwarbq.com
http://www.youtube.com/gwar

https://twitter.com/GWARofficial
http://www.metalblade.tv/tv
http://www.facebook.com/gwar
http://www.gwarjapan.net

Give ’em hell Oderus

-the Hellion

Updated Statement From GWAR Regarding The Passing of Dave Brockie

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Jack Flanagan, manager of GWAR has issued this official statement:

On behalf of Dave Brockie’s family, Slave Pit Inc. and GWAR, we would like to thank all the loyal fans worldwide for the outpouring of love and support shown to us over the past few days.  Knowing that we have such amazing family, friends and fans is truly helping us all get through this tough time.

 

We are awaiting a toxicology report from the medical examiners office to confirm the cause of death. The medical examiners office has informed us that the results can take one to three months to be processed. Standard protocol exists that a toxicology procedure be performed.

 

We have made funeral arrangements and a private memorial has been scheduled for close friends and family.

 

As Dave and Oderus would have wanted, this year’s GWAR-B-Q scheduled for August 16th at Hadad’s Lake (7900 Osborne Turnpike Richmond, VA) will still take place as planned. We have scheduled the Dave Brockie public memorial to take place the day prior to the GWAR-B-Q, Friday August 15th, also at Hadad’s Lake.

 

More information shall be released as the details are confirmed.

 

 

A Band Of Orcs, Iron Reagan, Whitechapel, and the almighty GWAR!

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BOOM! A Band Of Orcs took the stage and made it their bitch. As if they were transported straight from Dungeons & Dragons or Middle Earth these Orcs came to slay. I had heard a few things about them but no mere words or pictures could prepare me for the onslaught that ensued. Their “leader” Gogoth Bloodthroat threathened and taunted the audience into a frenzy.  Brutal Orc Metal indeed, You can check them out at https://www.facebook.com/abandoforcs

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Gogog Bloodthroat

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Cretos Filthgrinder

I was new to the band Iron Reagan, I talked to a few people in the crowd and they gave them rave reviews. I was told they were kind of punk/thrash. They came on stage in a fury and blasted out song after song. Towards the end of their set vocalist Tony Foresta joked about only having 32 songs left. They were fast, they were furious, and they were quite good. You can find them at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/IRON-REAGAN/235448059864772

Tony Foresta from Iron Reagan

Tony Foresta from Iron Reagan

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Iron Reagan

There were quite a few Whitechapel shirts in the crowd. I was familiar with their music but had never seen them live. Even though lead vocalist Phil Bozeman was sick with the flu, he and the band delivered a powerhouse performance. Tight, and on point Whitechapel delivered their set to perfection driving the crowd into a fury. I have never seen a “Wall Of Death” at the Sunshine Theater but Phil managed to get the crowd whipped up into one. Check out Whitechapel at https://www.facebook.com/whitechapelmetal

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Phil Bozeman from Whitechapel

 

Whitechapel!

Whitechapel!

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Whitechapel

Whitechapel

Whitechapel

Ahh GWAR… you never know what to expect from these guys, well to an extent. I had a foreknowledge of some of their antics so I was able to stay “clean.” I had to laugh as I listened to people comment and the statue sprayers as the stagehands connected tubing to them. “I hope they spray me with water!”…little did they know…

WAIT!!! THAT'S NOT WATER!!!

WAIT!!! THAT’S NOT WATER!!!

GWAR delivered a fantastic performance as to be expected. Full of outrageous imagery, costumes, characters, blood, blue semen (yes I said blue semen, from Oderus Urungus’s enormous male appendage). Their music was impeccable (as impeccable as GWAR can be) and the evening was thoroughly enjoyable. Make sure to check GWAR out at https://www.facebook.com/gwar

Balsac The Jaws Of Death

Balsac The Jaws Of Death

Beefcake The Mighty

Beefcake The Mighty

Pustulus Maximus

Pustulus Maximus

Oderus Urungus

Oderus Urungus

Oderus Urungus

Oderus Urungus

GWAR!!!

GWAR!!!

GWAR!!!

GWAR!!!

it’s loud, it’s dirty,…….OH HELL IT’S GWAR!!!!

the Hellion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WARBEAST Announces CASEY ORR (Rigor Mortis, GWAR) as Fill-In Bassist for Upcoming Tour with GWAR‏

WARBEAST Announces CASEY ORR (Rigor Mortis, GWAR) as Fill-In Bassist for Upcoming Tour with GWAR‏

Releasing New Album ‘Destroy’ on April 2, 2013 via Housecore Records

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WARBEAST is pleased to announce that Casey Orr (Rigor MortisGWAR) will join them as their fill-in bassist while on the road this spring with GWAR! The band’s upcoming tour dates with GWAR and Wilson kick off in Tucson, AZ on April 10th. The 16 day run, dubbed the “Fate or Chaos Tour”, will continue through the month of April until it closes in Jacksonville, FL on April 25th.

WARBEAST vocalist Bruce Corbitt states, “Obviously we are all psyched to have Casey on board for this upcoming tour with GWAR and Wilson. I’ve always respected Casey’s professionalism, abilities and musicianship from our many years together in Rigor Mortis,” “This will be a natural and comfortable fit for WARBEAST.  Plus he’s still buds with all of the guys in GWAR, so this tour will be a blast… to say the least.

“I am very excited to accept the challenge of playing bass for the mighty WARBEAST! I’m looking forward to crushing skulls with my brothers in the Beast, and I’m totally stoked to be bringing the thunder on the road this April, supporting my Scumdog family – GWAR,” adds Casey Orr. “Texas Thrash will Destroy!”

“This by far will be the most solid lineup to date with Casey Orr joining us for this tour.  I’ve known him all of my life and it just seems right,” adds WARBEASTguitarist Scott Shelby. “Casey is hyped as well, as is the whole band to move on to this new era and continue to Destroy!”

“I’m looking forward to the rhythm section being tighter than ever,” states WARBEAST drummer Joey Gonzalez. “I know Casey will be killer to learn from and jam with.  “

In addition to the newly announced tour dates with GWAR, a CD release show for Destroy will take place at The Rail Club in Fort Worth, TX on April 6, 2013. See directly below for all confirmed tour dates.

WARBEAST ‘Destroy’ CD Release Show:

4/6 – Fort Worth, TX @ The Rail Club

WARBEAST “Fate Or Chaos Tour” With GWAR and Wilson:

4/10 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre

4/11 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues – Tickets

4/12 – Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Cafe – The Strip – Tickets

4/13 – Ventura, CA @ Majestic Ventura Theatre – Tickets

4/14 – Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory – Tickets

4/15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex – Tickets

4/16 – Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater & Club

4/17 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre – Tickets

4/18 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Lounge

4/19 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s

4/20 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom – Tickets

4/21 – Little Rock, AR @ The Rev Room – Tickets

4/22 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works – Tickets

4/23 – Greenville, SC @ The Handlebar – Tickets

4/24 – Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater

4/25 – Jacksonville, FL @ Free Bird Live – Tickets

WARBEAST recently revealed the upcoming release date for their new full length album, Destroy. The new album, produced by Philip H. Anselmo and engineered by Stephen “The Big Fella” Berrigan, will hit stores and digital retailers on April 2, 2013 via Housecore Records. Destroy was recorded at Nodferatu’s Lair in May and July 2012 and mixed by Anselmo and Berrigan. The album artwork and concept were designed by “Carcass” John Fossum with graphic and technical adviser John Deleon.

 

War of the Gargantuas, the new split EP by WARBEAST and Philip H. Anselmo, is out now! You can buy the split now at www.thehousecorestore.com.

For more information on WARBEAST, please visit these websites:

www.warbeast.org

www.facebook.com/warbeast1

www.myspace.com/texasmetalalliance

www.thehousecorerecords.com

 

To donate to the Mike Scaccia Family Fundraiser, head here and follow the link: http://www.warbeast.org/?p=156

 

 

 

10 BANDS TO START 2013 ROCKIN’!

TOXICROSE

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http://toxicrose.org/

Andy- Lead Vocals
Tom – Guitars
Goran – Bass
Michael – Drums

The up-and-coming sensational four-piece modern metal band ToxicRose was formed in Stockholm Sweden in 2010.
Consisting of Tom (Gemini Five), Andy and Michael (both EX Lipstixx ‘n’ Bulletz) and Goran (EX Sexydeath).

There is no compromising or limits in the world of ToxicRose. Powerful Vocals combined with Aggressive Guitars , Grand melodic Synths & Dark Emotional Lyrics.
TXR stands tall for the outcast and they’re here to take metal to a new level.
With their catchy melodic epic metal anthems and shocking look they are unstoppable!

PAIN

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http://www.painworldwide.com/

Peter Tägtgren – Vocals & Guitar
David Wallin – Drums (2003)
Michael Bohlin – Guitar (2007)
Johan Husgafvel – Bass (2007)

 PAIN is a musical project from Sweden that mix heavy metal with influences from electronic music and techno. The project started out as a hobby project for front man Peter Tägtgren, whose idea was to fuse heavy metal with 1980s-inspired electro-industrial and techno influences. Tägtgren, who is also the vocalist/guitarist of Hypocrisy and producer of his own The Abyss studios, is the only current member.

LONDON BASED HELLFIRECLUB

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https://www.facebook.com/thelondonbasedhellfireclub

London Legrand: Vocals
Dixxi: Guitar
Vikki Violence: Guitar
Dizzy Leijon: Bass
Vixy Von Starshine: Dancer

Industrial Goth/Glam band that will make your skin crawl! Get ready ’cause once again Zombies and Vampires will walk among you

HALF PAST MY SIN

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https://www.facebook.com/HalfPastMySin

http://halfpastmysin.com

Jason M Arigoni -Vocals-Songwriting
Dan Zavadil- Bass-Songwriting
Session Players:
Jason Bittner-Drums
Ben Carroll-Guitar

With strong melodic presences and driving beats, HALF PAST MY SIN will find a place with fans of bands like SEVENDUST, DISTURBED and DROWNING POOL, to name a few…..
The new Album from Half Past My Sin “4:44” featuring Sinn on vocals and Dan Zavadil on bass with special guests Jason Bittner of Shadows Fall on drums and Ben Carroll of RA on guitars!!! Also appearing on 4:44 will be the songwriting Clint Lowery of Sevendust!!!
Out early 2013!!!!
welcome to the sin!!!

NEWSTED

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https://www.facebook.com/jasonnewstedofficial

http://newstedheavymetal.com/

Jason Newsted – Bass, vocals
Jesus Mendez Jr. – Drums
Jessie Farnsworth – guitars

In December 2012, Jason announced that he had formed his own band called Newsted with drummer Jesus Mendez Jr. and guitarist Jessie Farnsworth. The band released a four-song EP, titled Metal, on January 8, 2013.

 

BLACK STAR RIDERS

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https://www.facebook.com/BlackStarRidersOfficial?fref=ts

http://www.blackstarriders.com

Ricky Warwick – Vocals/Guitar
Scott Gorham – Guitars
Damon Johnson – Guitars
Marco Mendoza – Bass
Jimmy DeGrasso – Drums

In October 2012 Thin Lizzy announced that they would not be recording new material under the Thin Lizzy monicker. The last incarnation of the band – Scott Gorham, Brian Downey, Darren Wharton, Ricky Warwick, Damon Johnson and Marco Mendoza – would be looking to form a new project.

Step forward Black Star Riders…

Today sees the announcement of the new band formed by Thin Lizzy alumni Ricky Warwick (vocals), Scott Gorham (guitar), Damon Johnson (guitar), Marco Mendoza (bass) with new addition Jimmy DeGrasso on drums (Alice Cooper, Megadeth, David Lee Roth, Suicidal Tendencies). The change in personnel came about as Brian Downey didn’t want to commit to the touring cycle a new album would entail and Darren Wharton wanted to concentrate on Dare and other music and film projects.

Black Star Riders is set to enter the studio in Los Angeles in January 2013 to start recording their debut album with the legendary Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Rush). The album will feature material the band wrote whilst touring as Thin Lizzy and the sound retains that classic feel but is very much its own as well. The Black Star Riders record is the next step in the evolution of the Thin Lizzy story.

 

MOBILE DEATH CAMP

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https://www.facebook.com/mobiledeathcamp

http://www.mobiledeathcamp.net

Chad Smith – Drums
Boe Skadeland – Bass
Todd Evans – Guitar/Vocals

Based out of Toledo, Ohio, MOBILE DEATHCAMP has been sawing clubs in half, and leaving crowds with their collective jaws on the floor since the band’s inception in 2008. Formed by Todd Evans at the end of his 6 year stint as Beefcake The Mighty with the legendary shock rockers, GWAR, and joined in aural battle by Boe Skadeland and Chad Smith, this musical terror pocket has been consistently leveling venues across North America.

 

NEVERWAKE

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https://www.facebook.com/neverwakemusic

http://www.neverwakemusic.com/

Johnny DiCarlo – Lead Vocals – Guitar
James Watson – Guitar – Vocals
Marcus Giannamore – Drums
George Scott – Bass

“NeverWake” concentrates on songs that reside between Rock and Metal to bridge both genres. They combine memorable, melodic vocals and gothic guitar harmonies over heavy distortion to achieve their style. They are currently looking to be signed to a record label and hit the road. NeverWake continues to develop their style by incorporating more complex riffs, heavier background vocal style, and dark orchestration while keeping their melodic lyricism. NeverWake released their debut full-length album “VITALITY” in August 2011, produced/engineered/mixed by Mike Ofca at Innovation Studios! “Vitality” is available on iTunes and other main online retailers. You can also order the hard copy by emailing neverwakemusic@gmail.com for inquires.

Recently, they have also released their debut music video on YouTube for the song “Pulse”, produced by Jeff Moore of Axtravaganza Films!

 

3 QUARTERS DEAD

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/3-Quarters-Dead/149922983545

http://www.3quartersdeadmusic.com

Mark Alexander – Guitar
Sam Rhodes – Guitar
Jason Sain – Vocals
Matt Staley – Bass
Kenny Wyatt – Drums

3 Quarters Dead was formed back in 1999 with original members Kenny Wyatt and Mark Alexander. After they returned from a tour with Mushroomhead, they began recording their second full length CD with Steve Felton (Skinny) of Mushroomhead. The vocalist at that time was Waylon Reavis who was recruited by Mushroomhead to take the place of J-Mann (aka Jason Popson) who had announced his departure from the band. After starting all over, they finally found a vocalist that suited their style of music. Jason Sain started with the band in late 2007. In 2008 they recorded “Between Angels & Demons” with producer Jamie King of ‘Between The Buried & Me’, ‘The Human Abstract’ fame. In late 2009 they signed with indie label ‘Project Alpha Music’ and released their latest effort “Once Upon This Broken Glass” in March, 2010.
The lead single, “The Unknown” is off of their new CD “Once Upon This Broken Glass. It about loves someone who doesn’t love you back. This song has many melodic sections to it. But when you hear the change ups which are dynamic, it sets a tone of a story being told through 3 degrees of separation. These three levels are clearly defined and portrayed beautifully by the talents of these individuals.

 

WITCH MOUNTAIN

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https://www.facebook.com/witchmountain

http://witchmountain.bandcamp.com/

Uta Plotkin – Vocals
Rob Wrong – Guitar
Nathan Carson – Percussion
Neal Munson – Bass

In 2009, Uta Plotkin added her voice to Witch Mountain in front of a triumphant sold out crowd at Portland, OR’s venerable club Satyricon. Supporting Pentagram—East coast godfathers of American doom who also took far too long to receive their rightful due—Plotkin brought the necessary ingredient that Witch Mountain founders Rob Wrong and Nate Carson had been seeking since they initially formed the group back in 1997.

Originally far out of step with the lazy, indie-rock scene in Portland, guitarist Wrong and drummer Carson sought to put their own stamp on the tradition of doom metal as laid down by Black Sabbath, Candlemass, Trouble, and Saint Vitus. Years of road work in support of peers such as High on Fire, Spirit Caravan, Electric Wizard, YOB, Weedeater, Eyehategod, and all the rest had granted Witch Mountain a solid footnote in the history of one of music’s heaviest genres. And though real life careers took the band largely out of commission between 2003 and 2008, Plotkin’s emergence kicked the band back into a high gear that shows no signs of waning.

With renewed vigor, WM returned to the studio to capture the long-awaited sophomore album South of Salem. Produced by master “engine-ear” Billy Anderson (Sleep, Neurosis, Melvins), the record was self-released by the band on vinyl, and shortly thereafter recognized as the “#4 Best Metal Album of 2011” by NPR. With a SXSW showcase, west coast tours with Christian Mistress and Wino project Premonition 13, and a massively downloaded Adult Swim compilation under its belt, Witch Mountain proved its modern work ethic and soon signed up with dream label Profound Lore.

Once South of Salem was unleashed on CD and properly distributed, it was time to follow up with all new material. 2012’s Cauldron of the Wild was the answer, produced once more by Billy Anderson, and this time featuring a further matured sound and more immersive influence from Plotkin. Rob Wrong was writing the best, heaviest blues-metal he’d yet conjured, and Carson–as both manager and booker–kept the band grounded in a professional DIY ethic. New bassist Neal Munson fit like a glove, and overall the group has never fired on all cylinders so successfully.

 

 

you know you wanna listen…

the Hellion