Archive for August, 2012

Really Good Mojo … at The Haven

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

Maniacal Mojo pulled out all the stops and delivered another powerhouse show at The Haven Saturday night.  ( Mr Pinder…. you surely got your mojo workin’. )  The night gave us a line up of five very different bands.  If there was anyone there who couldn’t find something to bang their head to, they just need to stay the hell home.

Unfortunately, we missed Kill the Sound, but we have been paying attention … listening to “Locked Down” as we write this post.  If you missed them too… Check them out on Facebook, at, or at The Social on August 16th and Club 57 on August 17th.   

oooo Auditory Armory oooo 

We have known for quite some time that April Montallana is an extremely versatile musician, and we had been hearing alot of good stuff about Auditory Armory.  So, we made the run from another show at the HoB out to The Haven on this Saturday night with the specific intention to see what Auditory Armory is all about.  Already into her first song, we were greeted at the door by a mesmerizing, progressive sound that drew us immediately to the stage.  Fields of Glass bandmates Justice, Dennis, and Oscar joined April for the live set.  The CD,  “Anomoly” was released in March of this year and was recorded as a two piece project with April on cello, guitar, keyboard and vocals.  We picked up a copy and have been listening every since.  The songs and music inspire quite a range of emotions.  Auditory Armory is the perfect showcase for the depth and intensity of April’s talents.  Can’t wait to see and hear more…


oooo Familiar Sin oooo

The name is so fitting.  Their sound is very familiar in all the right ways.  CJ, Josh, Chris, and Caveman bring you raw hard rock/metal in its most classic form updated by their own style, and exactly what a hard ass band should be.  They offered a great set, with April Montallana and cello guesting on a song or two.  Check them out on Facebook, or or  You can bet, this is one “Sin” we won’t be asking forgiveness for.


oooo Born From Ashes oooo

Hell ya! Born From Ashes! We so enjoy seeing this band.  Not only are they awesome on stage, they’re friendly and fun guys off stage.  They bring it on like a speeding locomotive with their own brand of alternative metal.  Great vocal blends and solid music.  An alternative metal band that covers Billy Joel’s  “Pressure” …. now that’s a stretch….. and it’s a really good cover!  Born From Ashes is set to return to The Haven on August 24th.

oooo Meka Nism! Meka Nism! Meka Nism! oooo 

What more can be said about this  group of sound artisans lead by the most dramatic, audacious, streak of pure energy you will ever see grace any Central Florida stage.  As always, Ms. Meka brought you up, pulled you down, and pummeled your soul with her incredible vocals and dramatic stage presence.  This band is an eclectic mix of  components that are as amazing to watch as they are to hear.  In a little girl’s room chat, we learned that they will soon be on tour in Japan.  But, fear not, their new recording should be available to us before they go….(this way we won’t miss them so much here at home while they’re out and about in the big world).    Ms. Rose’s favorite moment of the night; being able to get on stage with Meka Nism….priceless. 

Thank you Clint Pinder and Maniacal Mojo for bringing such great shows together.  You Rock!  So, what kinda mojo are we in for next, you ask?  Be at The Haven on August 24th for The Mouth Of Mojo!

And don’t forget to check out the Reclaimed Strings Project. 


Another Life Spared at the House of Blues

Posted in Local Bands Orlando, Local Venues, Music and Life with tags , on August 6, 2012 by rosesopinion

Saturday night saw Another Life Spared tear up the stage at their first House of Blues Show. It was most certainly an ALS crowd.  Everyone exploded as each member of the band came out on stage.  People were singing along with just about every song. Their command of the stage and connection with their audience is proof that Another Life Spared is more than ready to be seen and heard by larger audiences on a national level.


We have seen ALS on stage from Tampa to Orlando to Cocoa, and have witnessed the band’s growth as artists, and the increase in the number of fans coming out to see them.   And because this post is a celebration of a “first”, we wanted to re-visit our first opinions of Another Life Spared written in some of the first Rose’s Damned Opinion posts.

ANOTHER LIFE SPARED (from November 21, 2011)

We saw Another Life Spared when they shared the stage with An Effigy Distorted at the Haven this week. We are so excited about this band….don’t even know where to start! We are actually going to put this opinion on hold for the next blog and go listen to them a few more times…….


ANOTHER LIFE SPARED ( follow up post on November 29, 2011)

As promised, Rose has been listening to more of Another Life Spared. Their tracks “Flatline” and “Dirty Girl” are testament , that while still new and in need of a touch more confidence and power, Jennifer Perez’ melodic and almost haunting voice blends with the primitive growling of Will Hayes vocals in a most intriguing and dark way. Check out their facebook or MySpace pages to hear what we’re talking about.

According to the band’s bio, Another Life Spared was formed in 2010 and has seen several changes in members since their birth. From this listener’s perspective, the current line up of six works so well together that the band will soon be leaving their own unique imprint on the music world.

……………. Another Life Spared is a band on the rise. We need to encourage them to come on over to Orlando more often, and when they do… sure to go see them.


If you are reading this post and have not yet checked out Another Life Spared… DO IT, Do it NOW!  Check them out on Facebook and catch their next show.  We are confident there will be many more  triumphant firsts from this incredibly awesome band!


We have to send a big thank you to Jennifer for being among the first artists to read and comment on Rose’s Damned Opinion.  This has been super encouraging and has really meant alot to us.

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