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Lions, and Zebras, and FILTH – Oh my! (Orlando / Evermore Sound Battle of the Bands Finals)

Posted in Local Bands Orlando, Local Venues, Music and Life, Orlando Venues with tags , , , , , , on December 10, 2012 by rosesopinion

20121207_232223  Winners

Hats off to Orlando and Evermore Sound for showcasing 64 of Central Florida music’s finest over the rigorous weeks of The Battle of The Bands 2012.  It was a valiant fight to the finish Friday night at Back Booth, as the war came to an end with Lions After Dark claiming the final victory. 



Lions After Dark is a young band of girls and guys, that exude a skill and confidence way beyond their years.  Their music is kinda hippy, bluesy, 60’s and 70’s era and super well done.  It took a minute to transition from FILTH’s rampage to this Melanie/Joplin-esque sound, but about half a song in, we became completely caught up in the smooth style of Curt Pfeiffer on drums, Abby Winteregg playing bass, and Andrew Roden’s guitar.  Front woman, Maddie is an adorable bundle of energy with a really sweet sound, but you get the feeling that she could probably rip your face off with the power of her incredible voice if you crossed her.  (We really think she could!) This is the combination that allows the band to take control.  Come on now, you have no choice but to be drawn in and sing along with their excellent rendition of “Mercedes Benz”.   We think that no matter what kind of lousy mood you may have been in when you came to the show…. You’re gonna have fun when Lions After Dark hits the stage.  You have to look them up on Facebook and check out Rose’s favorite, the sultry jazzy tune, “Waste No Time”…. You just gotta smile!       



We were all given an extra helping of FILTH on this night.  The guys were as amazing and outrageous as ever.   Their  devious and FILTHY little plan is working…..with solid ass kicking metal, these consummate showmen are proving one set after another that metal can definitely be good fun…. Why, be so dark and serious all the time?   The more we see ’em, the more we love ’em, as they progressively move forward teasing us with just a little more naughtiness each show.  Most memorable moment of the night….the entire crowd…. fists in the air…. chanting in unison…. 20121207_204654

“WE WE ARE FILTH!!  WE ARE FILTH!!  WE ARE FILTH!!”  Yes, we definitely are. 


 Taking second place was the clean, crisp sound of Zebra Panic.  The band has been together since 2011 and has participated in several Christian music competitions before joining the Battle of the Bands.  In August of this year; Nick, David, Brandon, Jason and Michael  released their first demo EP, comprised of 5 songs recorded and produced by the band themselves.  


 20121207_200445Special guests, Antic opened the night.  While not part of the competition it was surely a bonus to have a chance to see them here.   Antic gives a fresh new lease on old school southern style.  There’s just enough angst to give their sound a proper edge, and some great guitar riffs to back it up with attitude.  We particularly like the darker tune “Slenderman”.  From what we hear, they have an EP and video in the works.  We are really looking forward to seeing and hearing more from Antic.   

  BenGardnerYou can be sure that we will be following Ben and Orlando as they take us on this journey again in 2013.  It’s been a great ride….and we thank you s for bringing us so many bands and so much great music.       419656_343614945691130_27168562_n[1]


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.



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.


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, 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.

In the Wake of The Mayhem….there’s F.I.L.T.H. at The Haven

Posted in Local Bands Orlando, Local Venues, Music and Life with tags , , , on July 24, 2012 by rosesopinion

‘Tis now ten days after the glorious Mayhem that engulfed thousands upon thousands of the metal faithful in Tampa on Friday the 13th of July.  The very next day we were on our way out the door to hop on a plane to New Orleans; we came back to Florida and made a run to catch Wildman Productions first outrageous show at The Brass Mug; and then traveled on to Madeira Beach for a few more days.  Now finally back home, our brain is still filled with the sites and sounds of Mayhem.  Try as we might to take it all in, it is just not possible to be everywhere and see everything.  That must be why we return every year for more of the insanity.

We must note that Betraying the Martyrs is the one band we walked away completely intrigued with. They played on the Sumerian stage (a sort of a tent, really) amongst  the masses, up close and personal.  Betraying the Martyrs seriously kicked ass and created a most stellar pit in front of the little stage.  With the threat of more rain looming over our heads, this six man band hailing from France definitely captured our attention and we must now find ourselves a copy of their 2011 release “Breathe in Life”.  We will keep our eyes open for their return to the U.S. in hopes that we can see them again in the near future.

     And honestly dear friends, you all know how awesome a show with As I Lay Dying, White Chapel, Anthrax, Motorhead, Slayer, and Slipknot is.  If you were there… you don’t need us to reiterate; and if you weren’t there… you don’t need us to rub it in.  We’ve already started making plans to be part of the 2013 festival and every year after… for as long as the Mayhem continues…. 

Nice ink.  Who was he was there to see?  

 SPECIAL FEATURE:  Interview with Eric Mann and Mike Andes of F.I.L.T.H.

With their show at The Haven coming up Friday night, July 27th, we were privileged to get a peek into the world of F.I.L.T.H.   And while not necessarily Ms. Rose’s opinion on things, we are most happy to present this straight up, in-your-face, take no prisoners interview with Eric Mann and Mike Andes:   

How did F.I.L.T.H. come together, and when?

The bands origins can be dated as far back as 2009 when our Bassist Mike Vettel and our Guitarist Mike Andes had already begun writing what would be the foundation of F.I.L.T.H. They enlisted new members for the project only to realize later the line up would ultimately have to change. “There was a lot going on at the time…” recalls Mike Andes, “…the timing just wasn’t right for the direction we wanted to go…” The two of them then decided to put the project on hold.

Almost a year later, they were introduced to drummer Freddie Hull. “I was playing with Kevin Palmer (Trust Company) before I stepped away from playing….I hadn’t played in almost 12 years. By the time I was introduced to Mike and Mikey, I was playing in a local cover band…” For the next several months, the three of us talked about putting it all together and in early 2011, headed into the studio and started to go to work. “Freddie came in and branded his own style to the chemistry that Mikey V and I already had….he just fit…” exclaims Mike Andes.

Soon after, the three began the search for, what would ultimately be the next piece to the line up. And it didn’t take them long before front man Eric Mann brutally filled the void they were searching for. F.I.L.T.H. was born. “I hadn’t been in any bands before. I had done some promotional work and what have you, but I’d never been in an actual music project. For about a year, Mike Andes had hit me up about trying out, but the timing was never right.” Mike Andes remembers, “I had seen both Eric and Freddie perform on stage and I’d already worked with Mikey V, so, I knew that the chemistry was there…I just had to put them all in one room and see if it worked.”

To date, the band has been pushing forward in 2012 and bringing our music and our somewhat controversial and completely unique live show to fans of heavy music everywhere. You may enjoy it. You may be offended by it.

Who would you give credit to as your most important influences?

Eric Mann: If we tried to list every band that we were influenced or inspired by, this blog post would be about 300 yards long. The simple fact of the matter is, it’s much easier to talk about what styles of music we bring to the table, versus individuals or groups we are inspired by. Each member of the band comes from a different genre background. Not only that, but we come from different generations. The youngest member is 24. The oldest member…won’t let me mention how old he is.

So, we bring to the table a little bit of the hard rock/thrash from the 80s, mix it in with a little bit of the bounce and groove from alternative and nu metal from the mid 90s, and then we add in just a touch of the heaviness from more modern metal core styles. Our live show is reminiscent of the shenanigans that were seen back in the day with Motley Crue and WASP.

We have just been listening to your single “Criminal”, and feel that this particular track is not metal, but very reminiscent of late 80’s/early 90’s hard rock.  Would you agree?

Eric Mann: We agree. That song is, for lack of a better word, our ‘mainstream’ song. We put it out there as our first single because it’s a very palatable song that both metal fans and more mainstream fans can enjoy, and also because it was the first song we ever wrote as an entire band. The other songs we had at the time were already in the works when I joined the band. Criminal was the first song that we, as a band, sat down and created from scratch, and we feel it is a great representation of what each member of this band brings to the table.

The thing about F.I.L.T.H is, we write what we wanna write. We’ll start with a catchy guitar line and write a song like Criminal, or maybe we’ll have this great idea for a breakdown and write a song like Dirty that just brings the straight up, in your face speed of thrash metal with the slower, crunchier points like you see in modern metal acts. The four of us come from such different backgrounds, the songs we write can get quite eclectic. You’ll see that at our show on the 27th at the Haven Lounge(

Mike Andes:  “Criminal” was written sitting on a couch with an acoustic guitar. The idea didn’t start with “we have to make a main stream song”. It just came out. We don’t try to write what is acceptable or what is considered main stream. Even with the covers we like to play around with, we make it our own. And if you don’t like it, so what! We like it!

We know that you will be at The Haven on July 27th, and look forward to seeing you.  But, where and when was F.I.L.T.H’s first live show?

March 24, 2012 …. RIP Modus Operandi

Can we expect a good sampling of original F.I.L.T.H. music at the show?

Eric Mann: You can expect a good sampling of original F.I.L.T.H music at any show. Even if it’s a cover.

Mike Andes: I guess I don’t understand the question. Define sampling? What the hell does that mean? It is my understanding that sampling is just portions of a song, at our show, you get the full exposure from covers to originals, you can always expect a great show!

In your blog site ( you make it very clear that you feel that metal shows are boring and that people should get a show for their money.  There have been
some great showmen in the hard rock /metal genres; from the old days of Alice Cooper to Marilyn Manson to Slipknot and a ton of others along the way.  We’ve seen the theatrical, the technical, the serious drama, and the humorous antics, along with a touch of burlesque and vaudeville thrown in for good measure.

Eric Mann: See, let us offer a small correction there. Half of that first sentence is true. People SHOULD get a show for their money. We, however, do not believe that metal shows are boring. Rather, we believe that modern metal acts, both young and old, have moved away from the days when rock’n’roll was intended to bring the party. Heavy Metal and Rock music used to be dangerous. People used to say that the music was going to be the death of the culture. The destruction of the American value system. Nowadays, metal and hard rock are being blared out of mini vans and at little league games. Bands don’t bring the party on stage like they used to.  

Some bands still do it, though. Fields of Glass is a great example. They bring the theatrics and create a whole new world on stage for you. Indorphine brings that same level of excitement and showmanship without the costumes and props. They have a natural energy that just ignites the crowd.  Plenty of bands do it. That blog post was intended to be seen by fans, by consumers. We are advocating consumer awareness. We keep seeing “Support Local Music” being waved around like it’s a charity case, almost like we are comparing local musicians to children with cancer or the homeless, a thing that needs your charitable donations to survive. We as musicians are not charities. A band is a business, and if you don’t do business right, you’ll go the way of the dinosaur. We are telling music fans that, if a band is not entertaining live, don’t go to the live show. Demand that bands bring the party. Demand that musicians make rock’n’roll dangerous again, with the drinking and the sex. Hell, you wouldn’t keep supporting a plumber who does a bad job?

What is different about F.I.L.T.H.’s stage show?

Eric Mann: We use an age old technique that is awesome which includes boobs, booze, and breakdowns. We get on stage and rock you for 30 minutes to an hour. Bringing the party and making our shows enjoyable and filled with shenanigans. We attempt to give you an arena or large festival experience no matter what size venue you are in. There is no arrogance as to assume we have the patent on using sex and booze to sell a product. We’ll show you a F.I.L.T.H.y, dirty good time. You’ll see dancing women, fire and we’ll even throw liquor on you. You can dance, mosh, jump, and do whatever you want. If you have questionable tastes, you’ll lavish in our brand of entertainment. If you want to have a stupid amount of fun, come to one of our shows. Our shows are unique and creative. We do what will entertain people.

We think that most die-hard metal heads will agree that it is about the music first and foremost.  A great show is just the icing on the cake for most of us.  Will the music or the show be the main focus for your band?

Eric Mann: To answer your question both, however, the live show is a separate monster all on its own. Of course your music has to be good, at least as far as people with like-minded tastes are concerned, because you are a band and your product is, after all, your music. But as I stated, when you play a live show, you are expecting people to leave their house, spend their gas money, spend money to get in the door, and pay more money for drinks than they would drinking at home. If you are going to inconvenience your customer, you should give them an experience they won’t forget. Give them their money’s worth.

Our focus is our music and our live show. Our live show enhances our music. We give you a live show that you will never forget, and then, you’ll delve a little deeper. You’ll enjoy the music more. You’ll enjoy “Criminal” more if every time it comes on you remember the hot girl in the green skirt that shook her goods in your face while it played live in front of you.  You’ll remember Dirty a little more(or less) fondly, if you remember how I, the singer, showed the entire club my hairy ass at the end of the song.

Where would you like to see F.I.L.T.H. in the next year?  

Eric Mann: On top…   Or behind. We aren’t picky.

Thank you for taking the time to interview with us.  Can’t wait to see what’s in store on Friday night and in the future with F.I.L.T.H. 

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