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A Wildman’s Halloween at The Brass Mug

Posted in Local Bands Florida, Local Bands Orlando, Local Venues, Music and Life, Tampa Venues with tags , , , , , , , on October 18, 2012 by rosesopinion

Wildman Entertainment brought together the perfect blend of scary and “bad mutha fucker”  bands  to usher in the holiday season on October 6th at Tampa’s Brass Mug.  JB does Metal Halloween right with;  Murderfly, An Effigy Distorted, Path to Prevail, Creatures of Habit, and Faethom.

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          Without question, Murderfly are some of the most badass guys around…. and there was no exception on this night.  They never fail to deliver  great sounds whenever we see them play.  Murderfly is the perfect driving to work, get ready for whatever the day’s about to throw at you music.  By the time you get there, you feel good and strong and got your “don’t even think about fuckin’ with me attitude” in place.

We hope Bo will forgive us for borrowing this from his post  yesterday;  “I am and always have been surrounded by so many people, but i’ve always been, and still am very much alone. Perhaps that’s the way it’s supposed to be. Fate and destiny… Please deliver me where I belong, regardless of how many mental and physical scars I bare. My passion is strong. I’ll block out the pain, and the path will remain the same.” ~Bo Dinkins

When we read this, and the number of responses it received, we were inspired to think about what it is that drives us to keep on the path that we all ultimately walk alone.  We believe the momentum comes from those brief moments when our parallel paths are bridged by a shared emotional experience.   The honesty and angst in Murderfly’s music is one of those bridges.  If you’ve lived any life at all, you can relate to Murderfly’s in-your-face music and message.

Looking forward to the forthcoming documentary film “Bare These Scars” and a lot more music from Murderfly.             

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Yep.  Definitely loved the masks and spooky decor.  Not sure I want to know what it took to get TJ to flaunt the short-shorts… While the look was quite different, the outfit did not hinder TJ’s masterful guitar riffs in the least.  An Effigy Distorted delivered their set with all of the enthusiasm that has built them a loyal fan base in the Orlando area.  Their followers can always count on them coming to the party ready to rock.  

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We feel like we’ve been missing something tremendous here for a really long time!  This band was originally established in 2005, and yet this is the first time we’ve seen an entire Path To Prevail set!  And speaking of paths (as we were earlier) Path To Prevail’s founder certainly stays on course.  In reading the band’s bio, we’ve learned that the band has gone through manychanges over the years; so many that Erich is actually the only original member.  With the band’s current line-up, we think Erich has prevailed at building a phenominal band with an impressive resume of shows and bands they have shared the stage with.   Listening to “Pioneer the Apocalypse” while writing this post.  We are most affected by the intense blast-beats, unforgettable guitar riffs (the kind that stay in your head for days) and Dave Marfitt’s vocals.  In their live set, the band has incredible command of the stage and their audience.                     

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 Note to self…. GET a copy of Creatures of Habit’s new EP!  This self-titled EP flaunts some gruesome cover art wrapped around some awesome music.   Creatures of Habit is; John Filippazzo  – guitar; Andrew Glut – guitar; Jordan Jensen – drums; Michael Palmer – vocals; Patrick Dunwoody – bass.  Being the horror fan that we are, the creepy lead-in for each song is obviously quite to our liking.  Each of the four songs opens slowly like you’re creeping into something really evil…. then you are attacked by and incredible kick-ass onslaught of music.  We will keep an eye for the next Creatures of Habit show…..

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“The grim tale of FAETHOM begins in the ghoul-infested town of Cochabamba, Bolivia. On one cold and dreary day, David Diacrono,  a Metal Warrior with a heart of ice,” ……… and now you must visit the Faethom website at http://faethomweb.com/, to read the rest of the bands intro.

It’s been over a week since this ghoulish show and we are still absorbing all that Faethom has to offer.   This is a band that we had only heard about until this show, and now we are completely possessed by the delicious darkness of their music.  Faethom creates some of the best blackened metal these ears have heard, showcased in a most successfully executed concept album.

To totally appreciate the works of Faethom, get your bloody hands on a copy of  “In the Name of the Father, The Son, and The Unholy”.  Listen though it the first few times and absorb the music…. David’s brutally thrashing guitar ….Muriela’s diabolical keyboards…. Federico, Hermes, and Fabian pulling it all together perfectly in one hellacious explosion.   Then follow Victor’s ill-fated journey from his lonely home to the brink of Hell and back.  This is an amazingly well written story, full of well-rounded characters, all condensed into 16 tracks.   The music is constantly dark and demonic, Muriela’s vocals range from a most impressive death growl to bawdy burlesque queen to an opera tenor.  There’s a lot of  quality drama here, accompanied by just the right dose of humor. 

Encyclopaedia Metallum lists Faethom as Blackened Heavy Metal / Progressive with Horror themes.  We list them as the band we’d most like to see with a full-scale theatrical production to play out the story of their LP.  Check out the official You Tube video for “THE LETTER”  http://youtu.be/IU6QPD28QYg

Definitely not a band for the faint of heart, but absolutely a band for Rose.

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For the record, we really like the Brass Mug’s atmosphere.  Cheers to Heather and her crew for their continued efforts to improve the “mug”.  Heather has  plans to further enhance the stage and add a green room for the bands to chill in.  The Brass Mug is most certainly one of the anchor venues for the Tampa Bay Metal scene.  We plan to visit as often as possible.

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It’s our favorite season, with lots to do.  Rose will be out and about for Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend, October 25-27, 2012.  This is a weekend not to be missed.  Green Goblin Project and The Vaudvillians return to the convention this year.  And we are so excited that HUMAN FACTORS LAB will be playing on Saturday night at 10:00pm!  If that’s not enough… Twiggy Ramirez will be the d.j. for the party on Friday night.  Check out the Spooky Empire Ultimate Horror Weekend website for more information: http://www.spookyempire.com/    There are so many Halloween festivities over the next two weeks, we wish we could clone ourselves about 10 times so we can keep up.

    

In the Midst of the Battle, “May the Metal Be with You”

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

Okay, call us geeks, freaks, whatever… (quite certain we’ve been called much worse things before) the point is, it was an absolute blast starting out the week at Star Wars Celebration VI.  For us the highlights of the convention were the phenomenal sets provided by the Belgian Prop Crew, all the little R2D2’s at the Builder’s Club, and seeing Felix “Ewok” Silla…that was pretty cool.

   

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Technically this was from the week before; but we have to mention the always bad ass Murderfly’s killer set at The Haven two Saturday nights ago.  The band is still filming their sets; is it for their upcoming documentary?  If so, hope we didn’t look too ghastly if we got caught on film.  Nonetheless, check out the “Bare These Scars” trailer on You Tube.  The trailer alone will make you want to grab the popcorn and settle in for the rest of the movie.  Can not wait to see the finished product and, of course, Murderfly’s upcoming Fall shows including Wildman Entertainment’s Metal Halloween Bash.

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Had a chance to catch the Battle of the Bands – Round 1, Week 4.  Now that I’ve experienced one Battle…. I want more…. this is so much more exciting and addictive than those insipid t.v. shows other people get hung up on.  I guarantee the music is a shitload better than Dancing with Somebody that Used to be Famous or  Somebody Thinks They’ve Got Talent (so sorry Sharon Osbourne and Steven Tyler – we still love you, really).  We have become a follower of this awesome Battle of the Bands series.  Thank you Evermore Sound, Orlando Bands.com, Club 57 West and everyone else that puts the BOTB together!

LOVACAINE:   Obviously, Goth fits quite nicely with Ms. Rose’s style, and we were quite pleased to see Lovacaine in the Battle of the Bands.  This was our first encounter with the music of Rob, Jose, Mitch and Tyler.  Most definitely enjoyed the contrast between Lovacaine and the other three bands in this round.  Although we didn’t find  Lovacaine  nearly  as dark and droning, it made us pull out the old BauHaus CD’s for another listen (“Bela Lugosi’s Dead”…is so much fun!) 

  We would like to know where Lovacaine will be playing next and when they will get some music up on Facebook for us.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ARMAGEDDON III:  A band new to us and very unique in their sound and delivery.  Went to ReverbNation to hear more while writing this post.  Armageddon III describes themselves as an experimental metal band.  We found their sound to be akin to the stylings of avante garde European bands.  We particularly like the songs where Dana’s vocals are in the forefront as in “Be Prepared”.

 

AN EFFIGY DISTORTED – And the battle rages on!  An Effigy Distorted definitely had the largest army in the fray.  Just how many AED shirts can you fit into one club?  It was really a sight to behold.  But, where the hell have you guys been?  Great strategy… no shows for a few months, and then ambush us with an amazing set!   Seriously, An Effigy Distorted came out as strong and as engaging as ever,  introducing a few new songs along the way.  Our personal favorite – “Last Stand”.  Looking forward to seeing them on October 6th with Wildman Entertainment’s Metal Halloween Bash 2012 at the Brass Mug in Tampa.

F.I.L.T.H. – The undisputed victors!  Due to limited space and time they had to play sans the electric chair and other props.    (Hey, if you guys don’t need that chair anymore…it would be perfect in Ms. Rose’s living room).  They were raw, intense, and incredible on this tiny little stage.  And just being honest here…. I’ve never heard them sound better.  F.I.L.T.H. kicked ass in a big way (sadly, we didn’t get to see Eric’s this time).  The entire place was totally engulfed in their filthy little world even without all the accoutrements of their usual show.  They have won this battle, and Ms. Rose’s allegiance….. can’t wait to see how the rest of the war turns out.  F.I.L.T.H. will return to fight again at the Club 57 West battlefield on September 21st.

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.

Random Acts of Bawdiness

Posted in Local Bands Orlando, Local Venues, Music and Life with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2012 by rosesopinion

As her readers can tell Rose loves history…. well what do you expect, we’ve been around forever…..so, it’s only natural that an old soul like ours would be as drawn to a Renaissance Fair as we are to old churches and cemetaries.  Granted a Renaissance Fair is a lot less about serious, and a lot more about fun than churches and cemetaries….but nonetheless steeped in historical (and hysterical) not quite accurate fact. 

This brings us to a field in Tampa, Florida near the MOSI (art museum) on a recent February afternoon where the jousters were jousting, the queen was being queenly, the pirates were plundering, lots of sharp and shiny swords were all around, and the Bawdy Boys were singing us from one pub to the next.

The Tournament of Fools was our first activity, where we participated as the back up for a brawling leech breeder named Pipsi.  Huzzah!  The tournament was much like life itself…..a bunch of players fighting to make it to the top of the heap, only to lose it all in the most ridiculous ways and prove what fools they really are.

Then like a pack of rats following the pied piper, we followed the Bawdy Boys on a pub crawl.  Although we laughed and drank and sang the afternoon away, the boys never really gave their names, nor could we find a complete bio on them…(hmmm are they men of mystery?) or maybe we just can’t remember.   It is obvious that this group of very talented gentlemen are proud of their Detroit Irish heritage.  And rightfully so!  The vocals were magnificent (a cappella isn’t easy), and the songs were humorous, yet clear, crisp, and close to their celtic roots.  We do insist that you check out the Bawdy Boys at http://bawdyboys.com,  MySpace or YouTube.  

While you may think that Irish drinking ballads have nothing to do with metal….we emphatically beg to differ!  Firstly, we all have a love for music and a good party in common….(enough said).  And many a ballsy metal band give a nod to their celtic or folk roots.  Have a listen to Eluveitie and Suidakra.  And to Jonathan Davis (Korn)… we raise our glasses in a toast to your bag pipes, good sir!

In hopes that we will see the Bawdy Boys again before they leave Florida this year, or as soon as they return in the next….. Sláinte!

Back (home) at The Haven

We can’t help but feel at home at The Haven.  Maybe it’s the no nonsense, no frills layout of the little place; and you’ve got the cool lady at the door, the nearly ground level easily accessible stage, the sound booth nostagically plastered with all the band stickers, a centrally located bar with good drinks at a decent price, a couple of pool tables, and good parking; or maybe it’s just because EVERYBODY plays there.  If your band hasn’t played The Haven, you need to.  

On February 23rd, we were once again at The Haven with An Effigy Distorted, Still We Rise, and From Within.  We were so excited about this show, and were not one bit let down by it.  Don’t know what happened to the other bands that were on the schedule, but the three bands who were there, definitely kicked enough ass to equal half a dozen others.

An Effigy Distorted – we know, we know, we keep blogging about this band. But, they’ve become like our favorite reality show and we just can’t stop watching.  Every time we see them, the set list is just about the same, but they always toss something a little different into it.  Maybe it’s Rafe rockin’ the Mohawk this week, or Bayliss going nuts, or some slight imperfection that sounds like it belongs there…there’s a charisma here that draws you in and keeps you waiting to see what’s next.  It’s good to see Anthony rise up from behind the drum kit now and then during their set…..yes, let the people see who’s creating all that thunder.  There are definitely awesome things in the near future from this band.  Hopefully, an EP…..so we can listen to Audible Colors, Roadhouse, and maybe My Asshole Guitarist on our way to work and school.  Check-out An Effigy Distorted’s Coronation (Instrumental version) here: http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/song_11857369  And definitely, come out to the next show.

Still We Rise – Yes!  A new addition to our favorite local band list! This was our first time seeing Still We Rise, a very impressive alternative / metal band.  With solid music and strong vocals; the lyrics are thoughtfully written and well executed.  This is a really ambitious group of guys who seem to play all over the place.  They will be back at The Haven on March 22nd and again on April 9th.  We also heard that they are working on their first EP…look forward to hearing more about this soon.

From Within – Oh yeah, the wait was definitely worth it!   We have been paying attention to this band for awhile, but had only seen them once before and had really been looking forward to this show.  Colby, Alex, Danny, Josh and Jonathan delivered.  “For What it’s Worth” is just seriously awesome.  For a band tha’s only been in existence just under two years, they are quickly becoming a powerful presence in the local music scene; From Within has been ranked in the Top 12 Orlando bands by WJRR and has shared the stage with bands like Trivium and In Flames.  Check out their interview at TheCoreofBrutality.com.  And can we just say……we love From Within!  See you again soon….. 

Shows Rose Wants to See (and you should too)

March 3, 2012: Motivated By Silence, Entity, Straight Line Stitch, I Will BreakThee, Heroes Will Fall, The Avaita Concept, at Bombshells

March 3, 2012: Iced Earth, Symphony X, Warbringer MOVED from the House of Blues TO THE BEACHAM

March 4, 2012: Dropkick Murphys at The House of Blues  

March 17, 2012: at the State Theatre in Tampa – Metal Alliance Tour featuring Devildriver, THE FACELESS, Job For A Cowboy, Dying Fetus, 3 Inches Of Blood, and Impending Doom

March 23, 2012: An Effigy Distorted…. Somewhere in Cocoa with Another Life Spared…will let you know where as soon as we do!

March 24, 2012: Scytherium, Fields of Glass, In the After, Modus Operandi at The Haven

March 30, 3012: The Spring Mutila Tour at The Haven…. From Within,  White Arms of Athena, A Night at the Chalet, Worlds Within Us, Entity, Labrynth

April 14, 2012: Earth Day Birthday 19 at Tinker Field in Orlando, FL

May 5, 2012: Team Cybergeist Cinco de Mayo!  I Will Break Thee, Lit Up, Another Life Spared, An Effigy Distorted

Until next time…..

Valentines and Villains

Posted in Local Bands Orlando, Local Venues, Music and Life with tags , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2012 by rosesopinion

So we have once again made it through the most despised and insipid day on the calendar….St. Valentine’s Day.  Really, the attitude here is not all about being the bitter woman scorned; (although we do drive the “bitter bus” on occasion).  It is more about how ridiculous it is that a pretend holiday can cause so many people so much stress and misery. 

If you don’t have a date, you feel like a miserable loser.  If you didn’t get flowers, no one loves you. And if you do have a signifant somebody, you are guilted into running out to the florists, jewelers, chocolatiers, and card stores to try and find something, anything, so your person will still love you on the 15th. 

So is there really any good reason for all this?  Nope! We tried to dig up some dark and dirty facts about this St. Valentine’s Day thing.    And, you know what? There’s really nothing to say and no concrete history here at all.  At some point about a million years ago, there was a guy named Valentine, or maybe two or three guys named Valentine (nobody really knows for sure), who were apparently killed fighting for their cause.  (What cause, nobody really knows)  And then, one or two or all of them were made Saints.  And later on, even the Catholic Church couldn’t remember why the Valentines were made a saint, and the sainthood was renounced.

So bravo to the silly romantics and greeting card companies for making something out of nothing! 

And then there was Al Capone. He knew how to plan an event that would give this day some real history, so lovingly labeled the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.  And how fitting that a sweet man like Al would not only take out seven of his rival’s best guys in a Chicago parking garage, but make it on a day when the wives and girlfriends of these seven unfortunate souls would have to relive the  heartbreak every year on February 14th. 

We heard from an excellent source that the Florida Underground Music Festival last Saturday, Feb 11th at Bombshells Tavern was pretty awesome.  Should have been there. 

There must be something about the onset of Spring ’cause there’s lots of metal in bloom…..

February 23rd at the Haven – Conquer, From Within, An Effigy Distorted, Deviations

March 3rd at the House of Blues – Iced Earth, Symphony X, and Warbringer

March 4th at the House of Blues – Dropkick Murphys (well, okay – not metal, but we love us a little punk too)

March 17th at the State Theatre in Tampa – Metal Alliance Tour featuring Devildriver, THE FACELESS, Job For A Cowboy, Dying Fetus, 3 Inches Of Blood, and Impending Doom

March 30th at the Haven – The Spring Mutila Tour         

And finally, we are extremely pleased to see the number of views for Rose’s Damned Opinion steadily climbing.  Keep reading and give us  your opinions, and let us know who you’re listening to……

Mid-January

Posted in Local Bands Orlando, Local Venues, Music and Life with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2012 by rosesopinion

ith our head still buzzing and our ears still ringing, this week’s offering will be more about where we were and who we heard this past weekend.  Probably, a welcome departure from our usual cynical commentary.

Camden Cruz Entertainment produced a killer Florida Metal Showcase at The Social on Friday the 13th.  While The Social is small, too dark and smokey, (enough with the fog machines aleady!), this club is still a comfy little cave richly embedded in downtown Orlando history.  The drinks are decent, and the bartenders most congenial.  

 This was the first downtown show headlined by An Effigy Distorted.   By the way, happy anniversary you guys!  This band has come a long way since January 2010.  Bass player, Topsy Kret has literally come out of the shadows and now attacks the stage with an insane energy.  The whole band exudes a new confidence, rightfully combined with their awesome original music.  They tore up the stage at The Social, debuting their new song “Roadhouse”.   Looking forward to an EP release party soon……

 Arriving late as always, we missed From Empires to Ashes who opened FMS VII.  But, I’m certain we will catch up with them in the near future.  We were happily introduced to the music of Catcher and the Rye and Wake Up Atlantic. 

 The guys from Catcher and the Rye are full of amazing amounts of raw energy and some really good tunes.  While Wake Up Atlantic is a good solid kick-ass band.  Should see more of both in upcoming shows. 

On Saturday night, we were invited to the House of Blues for a return engagement of LoveJuice, and our friends from SoulSwitch; with Amberlin and NuEra.  (Thanks SupaDave and Crash!)  In all honesty, we were initially resistant to a band with deep connection to a major radio station; but, in support of our friends we go to see LoveJuice again.   And just like the New Year’s party  SupaDave, Crash, Sir Chad, Sir Jeff, Jason and Mitch deliver a good time with their self-described brand of  “southern beach rock”.  

 And the reason for the season – SoulSwitch’s release of  their new “As It Seems”.  While they played favorites “Control” and “Possession”  from their 2008 EP, the new CD is good, really good. It’s still in my CD player….. and I’m still listening.

The upcoming show at 321 Local in Cocoa on February 4th, with SoulSwitch and Another Life Spared plus a bunch of other local bands should prove to be a great night.  We’re gonna do our best to make it out to Cocoa for that one! 

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 Just Another Rose Opinion on life …. (alright, I had to throw some kind of opinion in here this week) This one is about an interesting  incident that Rose is trying  to forget;  her recent witnessing of a cotillion, or debutante ball.   Of course, Rose was not on the guest list.  She was only the lowly shadow creeping about the fringes of the ballroom.  

The dictionary definition of “debutante” is:  “a young woman of upper-class background who is presented to society, usually at a formal ball, or a young woman regarded as upper class, wealthy and of a  frivolous, snobbish social set”.

We have to be honest here, with all its pomp and circumstance, this debutante cotillion was the single most boring event EVER witnessed.  Good lord….where’s the band already!?!? 

Really? Who comes up with this crap And how dare the “frivolous, snobbish social set” think themselves better than those of us who prefer to lurk around in the dark? The gift wrapped bat under my Christmas tree made much more sense ……. At least my  preserved bat, pays homage to the life of a truly interesting and beautiful creature. 

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 News for you Spooky Empire fans  (Oh come on, you know you’re out there!) 

Spooky Empire’s May-Hem weekend will be May 27-29, 2012 at the Wyndham Orlando.  And, The Ultimate Horror Weekend will take place at the Hilton Orlando October 28–29, 2012.  If you’ve never been to one of these flat out, party-your-ass-off -weekends, are a fan of all things horror, and some really good music…..check out their website.  For all of Rose’s not quite dead friends, I’m sure  “the zombie walk” will still take place on I-Drive to kick off the ultimate horror weekend as it always has in years past.

Shows Rose wants to see  (and of course, you should too)

January 22, 2012  –  A Brilliant Lie at Back Booth, Orlando

January 27, 2012 – Spawn of Thirteen at OCSA, Kissimmee

February 4, 2012 – SoulSwitch and Another Life Spared at Local 321 in Cocoa

February 10, 2012 – An Effigy Distorted, Wirethrone,  and a ton of other bands for Florida Metal Showcase VI at the Brass Mug in Tampa

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