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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.             


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.  



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.                     


 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, 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”

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.


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:    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.



Wildman and the Saints and Sinners of NOLA

Posted in Local Bands Orlando, Local Venues, Music and Life with tags , , , , , , , , on July 27, 2012 by rosesopinion

 JB Brock’s Wildman Entertainment put on a killer show at The Brass Mug in Tampa on Saturday, July 20th.  It seems that JB is EVERYWHERE these days, and rightfully so.  He’s quickly establishing Wildman Entertainment as a force to be reckoned with in the local music scene.  And with lineups like this show at The Brass Mug…. we can’t wait to see what he’s got up his sleeve  for the next show!    A few pics of the madness: 




It was great hanging out with Genesis Angel of the Reclaimed Strings Project, and meeting the team from Predator Patrol.  These are two organizations that if you don’t know about…. you need to learn about them and what they are doing for our community.  You can check out Reclaimed Strings Project at or the Reclaimed Strings Project facebook page.  More information on Predator Patrol can be found on facebook at Judy Predator Patrol’s page.

Hope to see a ton of people at The Haven on Friday, July 27th for this show with Vital Pain, F.I.L.T.H., and (N)Ception!  


The first time we passed through New Orleans was nearly a decade ago,  and we were mystified.   This is a place  where powerful energies emanate from a few hundred years of extreme ecstacy and agony.  A city that embraces both the saintly and the wicked.

The second time through, we were horrified. It was only a few short months after a rueful wench by the name of Katrina made her infamous visit.   The city was still in mourning.


This time, the time was right.  We visited on a week when none of the decadent festivals that New Orleans is so famous for were taking place.  A time when we could experience the true flavor of the city precariously built on swamp land in a basin far below sea level.  The love these people have for the music, food, architecture, and history of their city is infectious.  There is truly an unyielding spirit here; a proven will to survive and flourish stronger than the forces of nature itself.

Our favorite moments in Big Easy….

*Discovering a Peaches Record Store!  Yes, there is still a Peaches in existence.  That wonderful vortex of vinyl and nostalgic t-shirts! The perfect crossroads where Goatwhore and Louis Armstrong harmoniously co-exist.  The manager and her sons were awesome to talk with.  We learned much about the local musicians and their struggles to sustain their craft.  

*All of the street musicians.  The curators of Jazz in all its glory.


*Sneaky Pete’s;  a 24-h0ur hole in the wall bar with the best damn bartender ever…(for remembering our drink and our name through thick and thin, and hundreds of  other patrons throughout the week).  We asked how it is that one can remember the name and drink of a customer they’ve just met and may never see again…. his simple answer “I’m a bartender, what else have I got to do.”   Cheers to you, Victor!

*Touring The Cities of the Dead;  best scenic walks and history lessons  


*Of course, the Jazz, Gumbo, Jambalaya, the Jazz, Beignets, Hurricanes…. and did we mention the Jazz?…

We welcome any opportunity to return to New Orleans…hopefully in the very near future.


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