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Countdown to May-Hem, with special feature **Interview with George VanOrsdel** Part II

Posted in Local Bands Orlando, Local Venues, Music and Life, Special Events Orlando with tags , , , , on May 21, 2012 by rosesopinion

It is now just a few days from Spooky Empire’s May-Hem, and we’ve been wondering just what it is about horror flicks that intrigues us humans.   Maybe it’s the fascination with cinematography, theatrical make-up and special effects.  Maybe we like to be reminded that we are fragile, vulnerable shells that can be destroyed with relative ease.  Or maybe it’s just the sheer adrenaline rush that one gets when scared senseless.   

Maybe humans are programmed to seek what happens next, we are facsinated with the transfer between this life and the next.  We want to know what death is, and how does it happen? We want to know how it is that we can be simple mortals with an immortal soul?  And just where do we go from here?  

Maybe the monsters, zombies, vampires and psychopaths represent the frailties of all humans.  Through the horror flick experience we can all relate in commonality with our imperfections and indiscretions.

Maybe, particularly for us zombies, the horror flick and celebrations of all things gruesome, kind of levels the playing field.  The fact is, no matter how beautiful society perceives your mortal face and body to be now, it will make no difference in the after.  All biological matter will decay in the same beautifully disgusting way.  (save the plastic surgery….some of those parts will probably outlast a nuclear blast….eeeew, now that’s disgusting).

No matter what the attraction, we are in love with horror in all of its slightly sick and seductive ways.         

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Now that we have given another of our damned opinions, we’d like to return to our journey with George VanOrsdel and pick up where we left off in Part I

George, tell us about The Family Ghouls, any new music planned for this year?

“The Family Ghouls is a project I started right about the same time The Van Orsdels were nearing the end. It was originally intended to be a band, but the more I thought about it, the less I wanted to be involved in another band so soon after The Van Orsdels had stopped playing. So I decided it would be something I could do on my own, on my free time, for fun. As for new music, I am hoping to record some new material this year, when I can find the time.”

 Is it true that it is a solo project, and that you write and play all of the music, plus do the vocals yourself?

“Yes, all the music recorded by The Family Ghouls is in fact just me. I perform and record all the instruments myself, I do all the vocals and backing vocals. I record cover songs as well as originals, which I write myself. The Family Ghouls is really just a labor of love for me. I don’t do it for fame or recognition, I do it for fun and to keep myself musically occupied.”

Here is The Family Ghouls “Rise!”, a really cool song and video inspired by “Night of the Living Dead”
http://youtu.be/Scc7smSkLQk

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While doing our homework on George, we fell into Monster Spookshow Radio, and we absolutely love, love, love, it!  Okay, so after cruising the site for two hours, we finally returned to writing this interview. (Damn! There’s so much stuff on this awesome blogsite…we could enjoy reading it for days !)  Check it out at http://monsterspookshowradio.blogspot.com

                     

How did  Monster Spookshow Radio get started?             

“Monster Spookshow Radio came about out of my love for those old horror novelty songs I mentioned earlier. I had the idea to put together a monthly collection of horror themed music, whether it be old novelty songs from decades past, horrorpunk, psychobilly, surf or what have you, as long as it was horror related. I basically put together a diverse collection of musical styles and genres, interwoven by old radio and movie ads, sound clips and dialogue from old horror movies.”

And please tell us you don’t plan to stop the podcasts….

“I wish I could say that, but sadly I have been neglecting the Monster Spookshow Radio podcasts. I was doing great for a long time, cranking them out on a monthly basis, but then life caught up to me, and I started doing them every other month. This year has been tough, a lot of things going on in my life, personally and professionally, and unfortunately the show has suffered from it. I have also been more involved with the Spooky Empire, which keeps me busy but I absolutely love it!”

We heard that you will be overseeing the Q&A sessions at May-Hem again?     

“Yes indeed, I will be hosting the Q&As again for May-hem this year. As I mentioned, I’ve been more involved with Spooky Empire ever since The Van Orsdels broke up. In previous years the band was involved with Spooky Empire on a performance level. My involvement now with Spooky Empire is in a different capacity, that of hosting the Q&A sessions for the May-hem and Ultimate Horror Weekend conventions. It’s more of a passion for me than anything else. It has replaced my love for being onstage performing by being onstage and getting to interview and learn more about a lot of the people I have come to love and admire through my love of horror and genre films.”

    Tell us a little about that experience….. We are sure there’s more than one good story you could share….

“Personally it’s an experience I can’t even describe. Imagine growing up a huge film buff, learning and reading everything you possibly can about the films, actors and directors you have admired for years, then getting to sit next to them and talk to them, ask them everything you’ve ever wanted to know. There’s just no way to describe the feeling. I am very grateful to Spooky Empire for giving me the opportunity to be a part of their spooky family, they truly are a remarkable bunch.”

We get the sense that you are quite nostalgic, what was it like growing up George?

“Growing up George…well, I first saw Frankenstein on TV as a small boy, and as much as it frightened me, I immediately fell in love, I was hooked! My youth was spent tracking down anything and everything monster and horror related. One of my many joys as a kid was running to the newsstands to get my latest copy of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen a movie starring John Goodman and Cathy Moriarty (who will be at May-hem YAY!) called Matinee, but that little kid Gene, the main character, well, that was me as a kid. I knew everything about every movie and actor in those old classic monster movies. I am definitely in love with the classics. They have that innocence to them,  that you don’t see in films these days.”

Rose’s Damned Opinion hopes to become the “go to” site for information on local bands and events like May-Hem.   What suggestions would you have to help Rose become the best read music and special events blog in Central Florida?

“I think the key to being successful when it comes to something like that is having the edge above the rest. Fresh, up to the minute info, the latest news in up and coming bands and events. Those are the things people love. For example, Spooky Empire’s conventions offer more to the public than the other “brand name” horror conventions. Spooky Empire gives you a sense of family, a sense of “welcome”. The parties are amazing, the people and staff and the best around. Those kind of things are what gives them the edge. Offer them what the others don’t…that’s what makes the people come. Rose’s Damned Opinion is doing pretty damned good so far!!”  

 

We thank you from the bottom of our black little heart to the tips of our rotten little toes for your time with us George, and we look forward to seeing you this weekend at May-Hem.

The pleasure was all mine! And I will definitely be looking forward to meeting you in person as well! Meeting new people and making new friends is what I look forward to the most about the Spooky Empire conventions! See you at May-hem!!

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In closing this post, we thought it would be appropriate (and fun) to include some of our favorite guys doing a tribute to some of our favorite guys….. check out Slipknot’s Horror Legend’s Tribute:   http://youtu.be/Scpx7-m3R6k

   

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Countdown to May-Hem, with special feature **Interview with George VanOrsdel** Part I

Posted in Local Bands Orlando, Local Venues, Music and Life, Special Events Orlando with tags , , on May 18, 2012 by rosesopinion

Rose is getting so excited, we can barely hold our decaying little self together.  We are only a week away from Spooky Empire’s May-Hem!  When the zombies congregate by daylight……and party all night……all weekend

 

Interview with George Van Orsdel

We first saw the Van Orsdels at Spooky Empire’s Scream Fest here in Orlando, and we returned the next year to see them again….and again the next year….and so it goes that we were hooked on the Van Orsdels.   So when fate allowed us to collide with George again, he was so kind as to allow us this interview…..and we are feeling outrageously friggin’ awesomely lucky!!!   Whew! Now that we’ve got that off our chest, let’s go on to the first part of our journey with George….

What was your first serious band ?

“Well, that question actually has 2 answers, depending on what you consider a serious band. My first serious band was a hardcore trio from Miami, Florida called Not Dead Yet. That was the first band I ever recorded with. But skip ahead a few years and you could say Cell 63, a band compared often to The Replacements, was pretty serious, since we were actually getting national recognition. There have been several other bands between Cell 63 and The Van Orsdels that I was involved in that had a little bit of success here and there.”

Do you remember your very first gig?

 “Hmm, that’s a tough one. I believe my very first gig ever, was playing at a skating rink back when I was a teenager, playing in a cover band.  It  kinda reminded me of the scene from the Gary Busey  film “The Buddy Holly Story” when they were playing at a skating rink as well, hahaha!! But my first professional gig would have to be when my old band The F-Boyz, opened for The Dead Milkmen, many years ago.”

When did you connect horror and music?

“I would have to say it goes back to the old novelty records of the 50’s and 60’s. Growing up as a kid, I used to listen to those old recordings of Spike Jones, Bobby “Boris” Pickett, Screaming Lord Sutch, etc. Also, I used to listen to the old syndicated Dr. Demento radio show, and he would often play a lot of those old records from way back when. This was many years before the term “horrorpunk” would even come to exist, I mean I’m talking I was a little boy.”

The Misfits definitely had a great influence on your musical style, but who else would you site as your primary influences?

 “Oh, absolutely, The Misfits have always been a major influence on me without a doubt, but I have to give credit to several other bands, such as The Damned, 45 Grave, The Ramones, even bands like The Clash and Oingo Boingo who have been a huge influence on me musically.”

When did you form the Van Orsdels?

 “The Van Orsdels formed in the early part of 2003. In 2002 some friends and I got together to form a Misfits tribute band. We played 1 show, but we had so much fun doing it that we decided to continue playing together, but decided to start an altogether new and original project. We all were fans of psychobilly, so that was the direction we went in, but with many different musical styles thrown into the mix as well.”  

And how did you select the band’s name?  

“There’s been much debate about that, and the stories vary, but there’s an old story about a priest names Brother Van Orsdel, who built a church a very long time ago. The church eventually became abandoned and later was claimed to be haunted. I read that somewhere once and thought it was a cool story. I liked the name and so we all decided (the band members) to take on the stage name of Van Orsdel as our last names, much like The Ramones did with their names.”

 After a rocky but successful run with the Van Orsdels, how did you make the final decision to disband the group a few years ago?

 “Well, it was a number of reasons that lead up to the band finally calling it quits. For years the band struggled with line-up changes. It became a revolving door of musicians. It got to the point where it was becoming more and more difficult to find dedicated and talented musicians. I think it all came to a head when my son was born, I found that being a dad was much more fulfilling than playing in The Van Orsdels, especially with all the drama that was going on within the band at the time. I felt The Van Orsdels had a good run, but it was time to call it quits”

Stay tuned …… we will continue our journey with George in Countdown to May-Hem Part II …….

 

In the meantime, dig up your friends for the Zombie Walk on International Drive at 4:00pm, Friday, May 24th to kick off the weekend. 

And tomorrow night at The Haven:  Heroes Will Fall, Emerge, Waters Edge, An Effigy Distorted

  ‘Til Tomorrow…..

Cinco de Mayo…Part II

Posted in Local Bands Orlando, Local Venues, Music and Life with tags , , , , , on May 14, 2012 by rosesopinion

And the Cinco de Mayo party at The Haven continued……….with a little something for everybody.  Lit Up hit the stage and evoked the omnipotent gods of ’80’s hair bands with a few raucus covers including “Kick Start My Heart”. They’re doing the Crue proud here  They performed “Full Throttle”, a new original song written for the Leesburg Bike Fest, and “Fight For Your Right” a tribute to Beastie Boys founder Adam Yauch who recently lost his battle with cancer.  

  

oooooo TEAM CYBERGEIST 000000

                                 
                                     Angel Bartolotto’s Team Cybergeist with the current live line-up Sally Bartolotto, Jason Schmidt, Rick Ace, and Cassandra Calo put on one hell of a show.   Their set included “Crash and Burn”, “Self Centered”, “Everything”, “The Dream”, “Tomorrow”, “Radiation Romance”, “Right Here”, “Crisis in Me”, and a nod to Nine Inch Nails, with a great cover of “Head Like a Hole”.  We picked up a copy of How to Destroy Something Beautiful at the show; Angel’s collaberative project with some of the most awesome  artists in industrial, metal, and alternative music, and we can’t seem to stop listening.  It’s been our companion on the nightly 5k all week. Have to give Team Cybergeist credit for making us move hella faster on the trail.    

Angel Bartolotto is a completely amazing artist in every way; but, watching him on the drum kit is a show in itself.  Jason and Ace provide the guitar riffs, while Cassandra and Sally exude a megaton of  beautiful brute force with a “take no shit” attitude.  Cassie, thank you for being so gracious post set, it was great talking to you.  We look forward to meeting you again soon.  On June 2nd, you can catch Team Cybergeist in Sarasota at the Joyful Noise Music Festival.  And check out the official Team Cybergeist You Tube channel at http://www.youtube.com/teamcybergeist.         

   

oooooo MEKA NISM oooooo

  Meka Nism was up next to destroy the stage.  We can only say that we absolutely adore Ms. Meka’s stage prescence.  She is outrageous, dramatic, and superbly intense.  At one instant a tortured little girl and in the next a montrous demon explodes from somewhere deep within.  The drama so expertly provided by Meka is completely backed up by a tight band comprised of Bobby Keller, Jamess Chaos, FReeDom, and Alvin Bauer.

    

 The set on this night included “Tyranny Reigns”, “Pickled Plum” “Decapitated” and “Bedlum”.  Check out the audio link below to hear “Bedlum” the new single from Meka Nism’s album to be released in the Fall.  http://www.reverbnation.com/controller/audio_player/download_song/12539995?utm_campaign=FacebookSharing_v3&

**Awesome images of Team Cybergeist and Meka Nism captured by Bo Bradshaw, A Brilliant Engine**

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I Will Break Thee…. Shane Bryant – Vocals,  Justin Lunsford – Guitars,  Marc(sug-a) Sugarman – Keys, Rafiq Basaria – Guitars, Jared Golden – Bass, Daniel Blume – Drums.                                                 Whenever we go to a show with such a huge and outstanding line-up….there’s always one band that we’ve heard about but not actually had the oportunity to experience……not because they’re not out there enough…..simply because we haven’t crossed paths yet.  That band is nearly always the one we walk away saying,  Hell ya! We LOVE this band! We want MORE!  I Will Break Thee was THAT band for us on Saturday, May 5th.  I Will Break Thee seriously tore it up!  Listening to “Element” while writing this …. the vocals, percussion, everything is so brutally executed.  Throughout their songs the keyboards add depth to compliment the hard edge of the vocals…..with great melodic breaks.   The band’s bio sites Lamb Of God, Pantera, and Opeth as influences….yeah….without a doubt they’ve taken the best lessons from each and melded them together in a most perfect way.  Check out the “Irony of Humanity” video.  I Will Break Thee will be at The Haven on May 16 and The Social on June 8th.

http://www.youtube.com/v/kIZtae91cwg?version=3&feature=player_profilepage

Love this EP!  

Another killer show this weekend with Another Life Spared and Meka Nism at the County Line in Melbourne…..

More shows you will want to see this weekend;

  

It’s nearly time to dig up your zombie friends; ’cause it’s only 11 days until Spooky Empire unleashes the May-Hem on International Drive, Orlando!

What’s Rose Listening to now  (and you should too)

Team Cybergeist “How to Destroy Something Beautiful”                                                                                                                                Front Line Assembly “Improvised. Electronic. Device.”

Cinco de Mayo…Part I, with special feature: *Interview with T.J. Thompson*

Posted in Local Bands Orlando, Local Venues, Music and Life, Special Events Orlando with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 8, 2012 by rosesopinion

We are completely convinced the best place you could have been on Cinco de Mayo was The Haven, where there was a killer line up of gigantic proportions.  Too much to say for just one post.  So, this is officially Cinco de Mayo…Part I.

 (So, why are we celebrating a war victory from a zillion years ago in Mexico?   Who cares! It’s a good enough reason to party!).

The night started with three of our favorite Orlando bands; An Effigy Distorted, From Within, and Another Life Spared.  All of whom kicked it squarely in the ass and got the celebration off the ground.

We managed to snag An Effigy Distorted’s set list from the stage so we could recap their set here; which was Ghost, Audible Colors, Roadhouse, Crimson, Victims, and wrapping up with Coronation.   Ahem….hey guys, it would be awesome to have an EP….just sayin’.

While we look forward to a recording, new music, and more shows from An Effigy Distorted, we have had the good fortune to get this interview with the phenominal T.J. Thompson.  

How long have you been playing?

“I’ve been playing guitar for about 9 and a half years now and the band has been playing together for almost 2 years now.”

              

Was there one specific moment in your life when you picked up a guitar, and said “this is what I’m going to do with my life”?
I wouldn’t say it was one specific moment, it was more of a series of events that made me want to do it.”

Who would you give credit as your most important influences?
Steve Vai, The Black Dahlia Murder, As I Lay Dying, Parkway Drive, Enfold Darkness, Protest The Hero, All Shall Perish, Whitechapel, The Wonder Years, and horror movies.”

How did An Effigy Distorted come together, and when?
AED formed back in the summer of 2010, it was created from the ashes of an older band that Patrick, Bayliss, and I were in. At the time, we were playing a somewhat progressive rock and Patrick said that our hearts would always be in metal. Well, he was right, cause here we are now.”

Do you remember the band’s first show?
I remember it like it was yesterday.  We showed up late, the input on my Dean was going out so I had to play my Epiphone, I didn’t even have time to tune it so I was a half step out of tune. My knees and hands were shaking horribly, something I still suffer from to this day, and I didn’t even start headbanging or moving around until about our fourth song.”

The band has grown tremendously since its birth.  What would you say have been the biggest milestones for the band?
Playing Club Firestone was definitely a huge milestone for the bands, so was our show at The Social. I still believe that our biggest milestone is the fact that we’re still together after all this time, we fight and argue a lot but we’re like a family, they’re my brothers.”   

AED by Bo Bradshaw

AED by Bo Bradshaw

Are there any turning points or obstacles that you have personally had to conquer to become the musician you are today?    Other than having to overcome stage fright, no.”

How much of the band’s original music / lyrics do you write?
When Jeremy was in the band, I only got to write my lead parts and a few rhythm parts, nothing drastic though.  Now that we have Rafe, I write a lot more of the material. As for lyrics, I help Patrick out when he asks for help but nothing big. The most I have written was for “Audible Colors,” I helped write the chorus and the final verse.”

What’s the creative process for an AED song?  What inspires you guys the most?
Usually Rafe or I toss a guitar riff out there and we build off of it. I write a lot after watching horror movies, like our newest song, I had written some of it after watching the prequel to The Thing.”

Where would you like to see the band in the next few months?  In the next year?
In the next few months, I would like to see us play in front of larger and more unfamiliar audiences. In the next year, I would like to see us with a demo and hopefully a Florida tour.”

Give us some awesome, little-known facts about T.J. ……..
H.P. Lovecraft is my favorite author, I’m a big fan of the Harry Potter series, I love horror films and novels, especially sci-fi horror, anything with aliens in it is the best (ex. The Alien films, Predator, The Thing).”

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How do you feel Rose can best help get the word out about your band?
Well, her blog is perfect since the internet is an awesome asset for promotion, but, word of mouth is the still the best way to spread the word about something.”

What would you like to see included on Rose’s blog / website?
 “More pictures and videos would definitely be awesome to see included on the website.”

THANK YOU for  your time and allowing us the opportunity to learn more about you.

No problem, thank you for interviewing me, it means a lot.”

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We also had a chance to chat with Alex Berger about new developments From Within.  Alex told us that the band has a potential new vocalist who has been auditioning with them recently.  Plans are still on for a new recording.  And there’s a possible summer  tour in the works, which could include Mayhem Fest.  To help get From Within’s a place amidst all the Mayhem…..go to the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest site, and tag From Within.   

We also got to talk with Jennifer Perez and the guys from Another Life Spared!  It’s been awhile since we’ve seen them, but  this band is always amazing, and were no different on this night.  Another Life Spared’s got a big show in Melbourne next weekend, where they will  once again join forces Meka Nism, as well as Murderfly, LoveJuice, Blame the Tyrant, and Who Was I.  Friday, May 18th will be the perfect night to go to the show at the County Line, and maybe wake up at the beach (or somewhere) in the morning! 

    

So, in closing this post we say look out for Part II of our opinion on Cinco de Mayo, where you’ll find Lit Up, Team Cybergeist, Meka Nism, and I Will Break Thee.  Rose is also getting geared up for Spooky Empire’s May-Hem.  The insanity begins on March 25th and rampages through the weekend on International Drive.  Who knows, maybe we’ll get a particularly ghoulish chat with George VanOrsdel of the Family Ghouls and Q&A host for Spooky Empire.  George will definitely get us in the mood for the festivities……

 

Team Cybergeist and The Last Cinco de Mayo?

Posted in Local Bands Orlando, Local Venues, Music and Life with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2012 by rosesopinion

  

Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of the small Mexican army’s defeat over the big, bad French army at Pueblo in 1862.  No, it isn’t Mexico’s Indenpendence Day….there were more battles to follow this one whereby the French were again victorious.  And while Cinco de Mayo is not actually that important in Mexico, it is widely celebrated here in the U.S.  And why not?  The Mexican immigrants brought us another reason to party!  American drinking establishments and their patrons are becoming more and more seriously attached to this rather obscure holiday…..kinda like St. Patrick’s Day.  Though we are not all Irish nor Catholic….we all love this St. Patrick dude.  (So hey, why don’t we make Columbus Day or the Canadian Boxing Day official party days too?….. just a thought)

So, with this being the dreaded 2012, with the end of all things predicted by some for December 21st; will this be our last Cinco de Mayo?  Our last chance to consume mass quantities of cervesa, tequila, and tacos?

Well, the Mayan calendar remains a bit of a mystery; but, here is what we have found on the subject….The Mayan civilization, which reached its height from 300 A.D. to 900 A.D., had a talent for astronomy and advanced mathematics.  They created what many have called the most accurate calendar in the world, which does indicate the end of an era on December 21, 2012; but does not specifically site this date as the end of the world. The truth is we don’t really know what the Mayans had in mind for this date.

Rose had the awesome opportunity to visit the ruins of the Mayan city of Tulum in January of this foreboding year.  And we have to say that standing in this ancient city overlooking an incredibly beautiful view of the sea, we felt only a sense of renewal, not devestation. 

   

So, in honor of  what might be our last Cinco de Mayo ever, Rose recommends that we celebrate like we’ve never celebrated before (we would say “like it’s 1999” but that’s a long time ago, and it’s already been done).  We expect to see everyone at The Haven for a bad ass show even the Mayans would’ve added another date on their calendar for.  Team Cybergeist – Angel Bartolotta, Meka Nism, Lit Up, Another Life Spared, I Will Break Thee, An Effigy Distorted, and From Within…. Be there! 

Do use your head and be wise about it…May 6th could be a real bitch if you’re not careful!  So happy Cinco de Mayo!  Be at peace, be with family, friends and the music you love.  We’ll just have to wait another seven months to see if the Mayan calendar readers know what the hell they’re talking about.

FATALITY! at The Haven

Posted in Local Bands Orlando, Local Venues, Music and Life with tags , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2012 by rosesopinion

The temperatures may have been close to 90 degrees, but we swear you could feel a Nordic gale ripping at the faces of the faithful as Fields of Glass once again graced the stage at The Haven Saturday night.  The more we see and hear Fields of Glass, the more enamored we become with the music, the presence, and the surreal experience conjured up at their command.  On stage this is a band of characters  much larger than life, and yet after they’ve completed their set, you will find them as real and down to earth as it gets.

While it is most certain that just one genre label can not contain Fields of Glass’ complex, thunderous sound and we are not fond of attempting to pigeon-hole a band into a specific category;  they are indeed a combination of Black Metal and Goth at its finest.  And there are some unmistakeable,  (possibly unintentional) touches of industrial and even a little psychobilly (i.e., chorus of Arise).  Whatever description you choose, there is no denying the epic brilliance in their work.

Saturday night they bestowed upon us The Last Legend , an old friend from “Origins”, along with four newer and equally brutal songs; Ultimatum, Drear’s Lament,  Fimbulvetr: After the End (F.A.T.E.), and As The Raven Flies.   Check out this video of As The Raven Flies:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7InUrYj7ZY&feature=colike

They were also at Valencia’s Battle of the Bands on Thursday, April 26.  While we were unable to be at this event, we are quite sure that Fields of Glass proved to be fierce and victorious warriors against any opponents who dared to do battle with them.

Fenris, thank you for correcting us on a faux pas in our last blog about the band.  We do so love Macabre Embrace, and can’t believe we misnamed it.  (incredibly awkward moment here)  We swear we shall no longer imbibe vast quantities of wine while writing this blog.

             

*These amazing Fields of Glass images were captured by the equally amazing Bo Bradshaw*

Next up at Fatality!,  another of our very favorite local bands… Motivated By Silence.  It has been a while since we have been able to catch up with them, and we were thrilled to see them again. MSB never disappoints, and never fails to deliver their set with raw energy and passion for their craft.

And finally, we have a copy of Taking the Breath of Giants.  This CD is phenominal from beginning to end.   

The artfully executed final song “Taking the Breath of Giants”, blissfully sweeps you into another dimension after the guys have bashed your brains in with the first six tracks.  Every since leaving the show on Saturday night, this CD has been a constant companion from the car, to the house, to the office.  Absolutely can not wait to see what is next for Motivated by Silence.  

      

We have been looking forward to seeing Abdomen Canvas and Ring of Scars forever now, so to be fortunate enough to catch them at the same show with all of the other incredible bands that were part of Fatality! was nearly too much for the senses to comprehend.

Love this description of Abdomen Canvas so much we just had to repeat it here;  “A sort of Black Dhaliaesque sound that contorts into nice melodies at times and the ever-epic breakdown slowed to the dry hump of molesting the dead with low-end distortion.”  – Gravedigger Magazine  What more can you say?  Reviewing the band’s profile and a few videos while writing, this is a particularly good video from 2011.    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJ_HUT287Fs&feature=related

 Ring of Scars was positively brutal at Fatality! Listening to some old and new tracks while writing, and find we are particularly fond of “Body Bag”…. sort of fits Ms. Rose, doesn’t it?  We can clearly identify the dark and  brooding influences from the likes of Pantera, Hatebreed and Static X.  REALLY need to get the new and old CD’s.  Hoping we can catch their next show at the Pegasus Theatre in Tampa on May 18, 2012.   

Although it has taken us much too long to see both of these kick ass Orlando bands, you can count Rose among the many in your legions of fans. 

Druid Lord rounded out the perfect show with awesome new music from their new EP Druid Death Cult.  Here’s a video of “Crazies Must Kill”.  Druid Lord’s new works are as killer as their older stuff.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQhy2AYMQyU

Thank you again to Bo Bradshaw for lending his photos to Rose for this blog, and of course “Taking the Breath of Giants” cover art, which is what made us first take notice of Bo’s outrageous talents.  Bands out there…. you need awesome pics and artwork…. go to A Brilliant Engine on Facebook.

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