Jun 252013

Eddy Metal, guitarist of louisville melodic rockers YEAR OF THE GUN here, asking you to please purchase your SKID ROW Tickets from our band instead of buying at the door. We don’t get paid if you buy at the door, so please help “A Louisville Band” record a few new songs by buying from us, one of the opening local bands of the night!! We would greatly appreciate you buying your tickets from us. We will even deliver to you!! Just give me a call at 502-367-2080 or email me at Eddymetal1@aol.com. Please don’t wait till the last minute!

Thanks so much, and we look forward to rocking out on July 11 at Diamonds Pub & Billiards w/ 80’s legends SKID ROW, and the other local bands on the bill, Some Kind Of Saint & Signal The Revolution.

Be early!!!

Jun 212013

Anagnorisis is a Greek word for “discovery.” Speaking of discovery,” I have just discovered that this five-piece black/death metal band with a flair for the extravagant is at the top of the death metal heap here in Louevil. Hailing from Louevil and formed in 2003, Anagnorisis has been busy putting out demos, a full-length CD and two EPs, as well as touring and playing many shows. I heard this band’s name all the time but had never heard their music or seen them live.

The band went through a few member changes a few years back and were kinda at a low point there for a bit, but they finally made the return they wanted in 2012, with the brutal lineup that they had hoped to have. The lineup is Zachary Kerr on vocals, Zak Denham on lead guitar, Josh Mumford on bass guitar, Samuel Hartman on keyboards and Chris Smith on drums. These guys are not your run-of-the-mill screamers and loud guitars. They have a style and epic feeling about their music that makes it much more than just your ordinary death metal band. The band makes use of keyboards, beautiful classical stringed instruments, mandolin and even saxophone, instrumentation rare in most metal bands. Since I don’t know much of these rockin’ fellas, so I’m going to check out some of their past releases. “Clan Of Kerr” is off of the Ghosts Of Our Father EP. Brutality! I’m liking guitarist Zak Denham’s muted picking technique and the subtle, eerie leads in the background. This is wicked. These riffs are not easy to play at all. Plenty of fast riffing, pull-offs and lead fills.

The solo in the middle is as dark and sinister as the vocals in this track. It reeks of a darker, more violent side of human nature, where everything is not all happiness and love, like Leave It To Beaver land.

The vocals are perfect for this type of music. It’s a cross between a wailing banshee and a demon bursting up through the ground to wreak havoc upon humanity. Nice dark vocal technique. The founding Norwegian black metal fathers would be proud. This song is heavier and more groovier than the next song, and I like this one better with the killer guitar work. The quality of the recording is good, too. They took their time to record this. “When Obsession Awoke Tyranny” is off the 2009 Alpha and Omega EP. The song starts off with beautiful keyboards and some sick drumming. Zachary Kerr’s vocals are pretty vicious, from shrieking screams to guttural lows. Zak Denham’s guitars started out super-fast like most death metal then exploded into some nice melodic leads that really brought out the feeling of the song. Denham uses pinch harmonics a lot, which I like and use quite a bit myself. The drums are out of control. Some people say that death metal isn’t real music and that anyone can play that crap. But I disagree! To be able to play this stuff takes serious skill, intricate muted picking technique, super fast hands, and the drummer pretty much has to be an athlete of the highest order. Vocalist Zachary Kerr must have trouble speaking after every show, the way he shreds those vocal chords. Dude must have iron vocal muscles to withstand such a consistent beating day after day.

The band has been hard at work on a new full length CD. It is finished and in the process of being mixed and mastered as I write this. Zak Denham says: “The title of the album is Beyond All Light. It’s about 50 minutes worth of material, pushing the boundaries of what we have done before. It has elements of a more raw, cult black metal feel, fused with beautiful strings/mandolin/saxophone parts, then leading right into the most extreme blast beasts and caustic guitar riffs we have ever attempted. We’re extremely proud of this new album. It will be released on CD/Vinyl/Cassette/Digital somewhere in the middle of July as we leave for tour on July 27th, kicking off here at the Louisville Deathfest at The Vernon Club on July 27th!”

I had the pleasure of visiting the band’s studio, and hanging out a bit. These guys got it going on! Zak’s studio is awesome. I listened to some of the new music and it is unreal. All of it. Death metal may not be my favorite type of metal, but there is no denying this band’s dedication and skill. Louevil death metal band Anagnorisis is the real deal.

Jun 192013

Entrees for this feats include Children Of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Behemoth, Emmure, Motionless In White, Born Of Osiris, Job For A Cowboy, Battlecross and Huntress, so this looks like a regular death metal feast from hell. Wicked. If you love death/hardcore brutal metal, then this is a must-see concert of the summer. It’s Monday, July 29 at Expo 5, a great place to see live music! P.S. You might want to take off of work for that Tuesday, because you will probably be all “beat the farg up” from the pit. Support the heavies!!!

Jun 172013

Ex-Tantric/Days Of The New guitarist Todd Whitener has a new project with bassist Dave Moody and drummer Terry Harper. They have recorded a full-length album at Todd’s home studio, which, I heard. is “over the top!” Apparently Todd used his Tantric/DOTN money wisely and invested in some top-notch studio equipment. I wasn’t a huge fan of Tantric, but Todd’s former band Recourse To Reason (also with Dave Moody) was seriously awesome. I liked that music very much! Maybe it was Todd’s vocals that made me like it more than Tantric. Recourse To Reason played my big Rock For Kosair benefit for the kids a few years back and brought all kinds of people to help out the Kosair kids for Christmas. I will never forget such noble actions! Much like Recourse To Reason, the new music from this project called Whitener is Grunge-ish rock with lots of melody and feeling. Harper calls it “Jerry Cantrell-ish.” The band recorded fourteen tracks in Todd’s studio in January of 2013. A few of the songs had been sitting around for a good while. I’m listening to the track ‘When I’m Done” and it is definitely different. It has a great radio rock style that many people could relate to. It starts out with a cool piano with effect intro that sounds neat. The acoustic tone/sounds on the songs are great. Todd’s vocals are good. Creative note placement and lovely melodies. You can actually understand the man when he sings and I love that. So many bands have a singer with the Stevie Nicks/Bob Dylan syndrome: you cannot understand what the hell they are saying! The song is about being out on the road doing something you truly love, but also missing home and family very much at the same time. This song is deep and it rocks. It has those infectious melodies in the lyrics and chorus that kinda suck you in, and then it keeps the melody there all day long. It’s very well-written and thought-out music. Meaningful lyrics. There are no stand-out guitar solos, burning leads, or heavy guitar parts, but they are not needed here. It’s perfect the way it is. It’s Todd Whitener’s work of art, and the dude is an artist. The next track is “Away” and it starts with a cool acoustic intro that screams “hills of Kentucky.” It quickly jumps into an energetic, upbeat rock song. Todd’s voice gets much higher on this song. This song kind of reminds me of Tantric a little bit, especially the vocals in the beginning. But it gets away from that shortly after. The breakdown towards the end with the acoustic guitar with effects, and the acoustic lead sounds amazing. Badass. Now that is feeling! All these musicians are exceptional in my opinion. Dave rocks on bass, and Terry is a beast on drums no matter what kind of music he is playing. Todd is a whiz in the studio to get such incredible sounds from the guitars. I’m ready to see these guys play in action, so I might have to get my big rump out to Headliners on Friday, July 21 to see them finally play out. Meet me up there for a drink!

To get a taste of what these Louisville rock n’ roll veteran musicians have been up to, go check out the new tunes at whitenermusic.com

Jun 152013

Holy cow! Billy frikkin’ Idol is coming to Horseshoe Casino on Saturday, June 22. Sweet! I’ve always liked his music and have never seen him live. I don’t seem to recall him touring much at all, to be honest. He has several songs that I like – “Rebel Yell” being my favorite – so I’m gonna try to cover this one just to see something new, and to see if Billy still has the goods to put on a great show for us. Will guitarist Steve Stevens still be in the band? Will Billy play all his classics? We will soon find out hopefully. Get those tickets now because this RARE show might sell out on the retro-Eighties/weird factor alone!!! Thanks to Horseshoe Casino for bring in something different and rockin’. It’s been a while since they’ve had a good rock show there.

Jun 132013

This is sooooo cool. A righteous cat named Arthur Vanwinkle has set up a three-day-long festival at The Blackii Whyte Barn and Grill Concert And Festival Venue on July 26-28 at 1283 McKee Road, Berea, to raise awareness for Cannabis Reform. Arthur is also the founder of Kentuckians For Cannabis Reform, which is is trying to reform the Cannabis “Hemp and Marijuana” laws here in Kentucky. I talked to Arthur a good bit about what he is trying to do. Arthur states “Kentuckians for Cannabis Reform’s efforts are about much more than just getting high. It’s about supplying our farmers an alternate crop to replace tobacco. It’s about compassionate care for our ill who need it. It’s about a much safer substance than alcohol. It’s about changing the economy here in Kentuckyy. Let’s face it. We have been getting people high, and killing them by the millions for many many years. Remember whiskey and tobacco? Marijuana has never had a death from an overdose. Has been proven an effective treatment in cancer and many other serious illness. Then the economic impact would change Kentucky from being the 5th poorest State, to being one of the nations leading economies. Let’s bring our #1 cash crop out of the closet, and supply the world with a quality product. Why not? We have the perfect climate for it to grow.”

Arthur means business, and his tireless work towards this festival shows. Three Days and over 30 bands to book and work with! Also attending and/or supporting: The Cannabus, The Cannasense Campaign, Kentuckians for Cannabis Reform, Kentuckians for Medical Marijuana, Legalize Medical Marijuana in Kentucky, Hemp Rock Radio, N. Kentucky Sensible Tokers, Kentucky Freedom Coalition, 420 Times, Legalize It Apparel, Stoner Couture Clothing and Apparel, Big Daddy’s Concessions, Dubtape Records, Emerald Fields, Broken Robot Clothing, Fundamental Clothing Inc, Special ED Productions, Shawn Tye DJ/420 DJ. Blackii Whyte Productions, Island Earth Music and more.

Arthur has arranged a killer lineup of entertainment for you folks attending. Here is what he has so far:

Friday’s Lineup: Rap Night!!! With performances by Nappy Roots, Elephant Room, Bass Drum Aliens, Josh Woods, Juxtapoze, N- U- T- Z, DJ Shawn Tye/DJ four20, Infinowness, Knowledge.

Saturday Night is rock night, with performances by Zebras In Public, Chief Greenbud, Signal the Revolution, Krosjoint, Kung Fu Grip, Tom Hagley, Surly Mutt, Strange Tang, Blackii Whyte and The Reefer Kings, Max Random, Bury The Wicked, The Beat Daddy’s, Devon Rosenblatt, The Redstone Band, The Kentucky Blue Collar Band, The Opposum Trot Blues Band, Str8 Jakkit and Fueling Fate.

More information is to be announced next month. Look up Cannastock on Facebook and sign up to attend and support the cause! There are already almost 1000 people attending!

Jun 112013

The all-powerful Black Sabbath will be making a critical stop in Indianapolis on the 2013 World Tour. The show is Sunday, August 18 at The Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville. I had the pleasure of seeing the original lineup a few times in the late Nineties and I’m telling you right now that this is a rare opportunity to see one the top great bands in action before health and age become too much of a factor. Don’t miss this chance. Do what you have to to see this show. Guitarist Tony Iommi is unreal and bassist Geezer Butler is still a fireball. And what can you say about Ozzy? Say what you want about Ozzy, but he is a “real” inspiration. What he has done is amazing.

It sucks that drummer Bill Ward won’t be playing, but I’m sure one of the three fill-in drummers will be good enough to make it a great night. Get your tickets! Don’t be a fish-eyed foo.

Jun 092013

Here is one you should surely mark your calendars for. Thursday, September 5 at the Bridgestone Arena (I reviewed The Scorpions and Ratt there a few years ago, and it was a nice venue w/ good staff who treated us here at LMN great.) in Nashville, it’s British metal legends Iron Maiden, with American thrashers Megadeth! Last summer, I drove to Indy to see/review Maiden and it was superb! Well worth the two-and-a-half hour drive. It was one of the best shows I’ve seen in a good long time. So do not miss this chance to see one of the all-time metal greats live in action. This is something special to see and hear! And Megadeth on top of this? A Must See!!! I about had an orgasm when I noticed the tour has Testament, Overkill and Anthrax on the show bills out West, but I am not sure if we will get the same lineup way out here in the Midwest. I hope so. That would be extra icing on top of the cake to have Testament, Overkill and Anthrax! But if not, Maiden and Megadeth is enough for the likes of me! Get your tickets now! And don’t forget where you heard this!

Jun 082013

After the Soundgarden concert, I hurried my rump up to Diamond Pub and Billiards to see a heavy metal band that I like, Chimaira! I got there kinda late, but in time to see South Central Kentucky’s Granshaw let loose for a few songs. At first, when walking up to the gig I heard the music and thought Granshaw was Chimaira! But it was our Kentucky boys in action. A good band, and I am happy to report that I have made a mistake by saying the vocals of Bo White weren’t very good when I reviewed their demo some time back. The truth is, this is a band that shines live in action. The demo did not do Bo White justice. White was ripping it up and was killing on some vocals! So yeah, I was wrong. It happens. But at least I admit it! I talked to Bo (nice guy) after their set, and he said that they had reduced the lineup to only one guitar, but I said that was fine because guitarist Corey Arnold was rockin’. He has nice guitar tone, and his rig was crushing. All those guys were rocking, for real. The bass, the drums, I was digging it! So much, in fact, that I booked them for July 5 at Phoenix Hill showcase. Don’t miss these Central Kentucky metalheads in action.

Cleveland’s Chimaira came up next and I was tired but still wanted to see them yet once again (I’ve seen them at least four or five times). This is another band that I do not know the names of their songs, so work with me here on this.

I like this band because they are heavy as hell but still maintain massive amounts of groove and feeling. They have beats you can actually get into, stuff that isn’t too heavy for the mainstream heavy metal fan. They stay right on the cusp of going too far, like some of the darker more brutal metal bands do.

The vocals of Mark Hunter are awesome. Dude has range, power and can sing when needed. He seems like a good dude too, as he always makes a connection with the fans whenever they play.

I noticed with great sadness that guitarists Rob Arnold and Matt DeVries were no longer with the band. (It had been a few years since I had seen them play.) That is a huge loss, as Arnold was a guitar monster! Rhythm guitarist Matt DeVries (now playing bass with Fear Factory) had been replaced because he had to be there for his girlfriend who had just given birth to their first child. Matt DeVries was no pushover on guitar, either. Together Arnold and DeVries were a lethal combo that was hard to beat. Many fans did not like this turn of events, even saying it would be the death of Chimaira. The new guitarists Emil Werstler and Matt Szlachta are awesome, don’t get me wrong, but they aren’t as good as the DeVries and Arnold juggernaut that I had come to know and love as Chimaira. The new guys aren’t bad at all though, and the Chimaira guitar sound was still there, still powerful, still rockin’. New bassist Jeremy Creamer was all over the place with great stage presence and killer bass sound. Sean Zatorsky’s keyboards were good, and he looked like a Norwegian black metal keyboardist as he threw his hair back, headbanging during the songs. The band played “The Flame,” “Year Of The Snake,” “Severed,” “The Venom Inside,” “Pure Hatred,” “Power Trip,” “Nothing Remains,” “The Dehumanizing Process” and, for the last song,” the crushing “Resurrection.” The band still sounded good, but it wasn’t quite the same without Arnold and DeVries. I still give all credit to these guys for hanging in there and moving on the best they could. The new guys are pretty good musicians and I wish them the best with re-creating Chimaira and finding success in the future. I had fun at the show. There weren’t as many people there as I had hoped, maybe a hundred, but the ones that were there made up for it. They were totally into the music. It was cool to see the metalheads soooo into the music. No one gets into music more than metalheads. Thanks to Diamond Pub and Terry Harper for the kindness to us here at LMN.

We were starving towards the end of the show, and we saw that Diamond Pub serves food, so after my bro Jared recommended the Cajun chicken sandwich, we ended up eating there and OMG, they had one of the best chicken sandwiches I’ve ever had. Their homemade chips are the bomb, too. Where can you watch some badass metal bands AND get a delicious meal at the same time?

You can at Diamond Pub and Billiards! Amen!

Jun 072013

Hellfire Militia is made up of veterans of the metal scene from bands like My Own Victim, Snake Eyed Savior, Caldera, Kentucky Deathwish, Kallus and Graveflower. Members are guitarist Jeff Toy, bassist Todd Conn, drummer Jason Proctor and vocalist JD Hall. Guitarist Toy states “This new project is brutal. It’s the heaviest stuff we’ve done in quite a while. We are all excited about it and can’t wait to play out. So be on the lookout for Hellfire Militia in the next month or two.” There is no doubt that these guys are very talented musicians, so I’m thinking this is going to be one rockin’ band. More info coming when I get it.