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Lucky Thirteen

Posted in Local Bands Florida, Local Bands Orlando, Local Venues, Music and Life with tags , , on January 2, 2013 by rosesopinion

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With the end of 2012 just 12 hours behind us, and having survived a very uneventful “apocalypse”,   (so where are all those brain-eating zombies, anyway?) we’re going to stop to reflect for a second before we plunge headlong into 2013.   This past year has been amazing for Rose… not necessarily easy… just absolutely amazing.  The latter half of 2011 (If there is a number we don’t like… it is 11), saw us spiraling into the pit… inconsolably heartbroken….on a reckless path toward nothingness.   Earlier in the year, a good friend allowed herself to fall into that same kind of pit… and she ended her journey there.  (Leigh, this world dearly misses your crazy humor and Bohemian style) That could be where we were headed until something kicked us in the ass and made us pull ourselves out of the wreckage, relentlessly clinging to the music that’s always been our saving grace.   Finding our place in the music community this year has been a great adventure fueled by the encouragement received from so many of you to move forward in our pursuit.

Rose’s Damned Opinion will be expanding to her own website in the next few weeks.  Please be patient, while we’re still under construction.  We must say that none of it would be happening without the phenomenal talents of Bo Bradshaw – Brilliant Engine and Matt McEwen – Diatonic Productions.   As we grow, the site ( will allow us tons more flexibility , to do audio-video interviews, showcase new music and tours, feature a different band each month, review music, sell your merch, and keep up on the ever changing calendar of events.   In 2013, our mission is to create a hub of information on Florida’s music scene, and a place for you to go and let the world know what’s up with your band.  chinese_new_year_2013_year_of_the_snake_card-p137242811084934858bh2r3_400[1]

People that are really into numbers say that 13 is the number that cleanses and purifies.  The lucky number 13 represents a test, suffering, the death of the material, and a rebirth of the spirit.  With 13 paving the way … we are exhilarated to start the year and travel down many new paths that will become part of our journey.

We feel a resurgence of positive energy with the New Year.  With the hard work of great people like Jb Brock-Wildman Productions, Clint Pinder-Maniacal Mojo Records, Sick World Radio, James Cripps- Rock Gator Radio, and an army of others a strong alliance is being formed connecting Florida’s new music from Tampa to Cocoa and Gainesville to Ft. Lauderdale, with Orlando the crossroads of it all.  It’s an exciting time for music, indeed.

 373210_486600548030158_1713687508_n[2]On the last Saturday night of the year, we had an amazing time at our favorite place to be – The Haven.  It was an awesome show with Viasava, (n)ception, Another Life Spared, Born From Ashes, Leaving Haven, and Southern Fried Genocide.  Don’t know if it was the full moon, or because it’s the end of the year….. but the energy was high and everybody delivered a kick-ass set. 


Southern Fried Genocide

This was our first time seeing and hearing these good old southern fried boys, and we were nicely surprised by their contrast in style to the rest of the lineup.  In reviewing their bio, I’ve read several comparisons to some of the best, like Lynyrd Skynyrd and AC/DC…. but we’re also hearing a touch of Danzig in Steve-O’s vocals.    In any case, there’s some gritty bluesy Southern rock in all its rebellious glory going on here.  It was great meeting these guys… hope they get over to Central Florida more often.

Leaving Haven

We haven’t seen Leaving Haven since early 2011.  Back then, there were still some permanent members missing.  And while we liked their work that first time, we’ve got to say an incredible change has happened since our initial impression of the band.  With Trevor Hastings on Vocals, Michael Strippoli – Guitar,  Luke Melsenti – Guitar,  Madison Macko- Bass, and Benjamin Melsenti – Drums, the band has tightened up and now delivers a polished sound much like Chevelle, embellished by their own personality and presence.  Check out their music and new website…


Another first time experience for us; Viasava travelled from their home state of Georgia to be here for this weekend’s show.  The band has been touring pretty constantly in the last half of 2012 in support of their debut LP “One Year Down”.  After listening to a few of the tracks and seeing them live, we have to say this is a relatively new band with a very experienced sound.  With great vocals, clean and nicely layered guitars and drums, they’re sound is reminiscent of Sevendust with a twist of their very own.  On stage, they grab your attention and play well to the crowd.  Their set definitely makes you stop and listen, and then you want to hear more….. visit their website and get your copy of “One Year Down”.

For the superstitious “13” brings bad luck and misfortune.  For us, it’s a chance to make some changes and launch new adventures.  So take “13” any way you want, but we are looking for some big stuff to happen this year!  Be sure to look for our first review of 2013 where Rose will be giving her opinion of Rock Gator Radio’s new compilation album. 


Rose’s “Most” list for 2012 

(mind you… these are just the few that are okay to print )

* Most played CD of 2012:  Auditory Armory’s “Anomaly”    (This CD came along when we needed it most)

* Most fun moments:  Evermore Sound and Orlando – Battle of the Band Series

* Most interesting “first time” experience:  Interview with Beautiful Mourning

* Most unique moments:  Standing outside the Ritz in Ybor, awaiting the all clear to go back inside for Summer Slaughter

* Most unexpected moments:  a minute on stage with Meka Nism, and a shout-out from Jennifer Perez during a recent Another Life Spared show

* Most favorite place to hang out:  The Haven

* Most educational visit:  The Peaches Music store in New Orleans…. The still have LOTS of vinyl!!

* Most unbelievably over the top show:  Once again, the magnificent Trans-Siberian Orchestra


And The Haven Will Rock, 10-5-2012

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

***  KILL THE SOUND  ***

A few months ago, arriving at the show late as always, we caught the tail-end of Kill The Sound’s set and said to ourself , “we have got to see more of this band”.    And on Friday night, Maniacal Mojo gave us that opportunity when they once again rocked The Haven with a stellar line up kicked off by Kill The Sound.  

After listening to Kim and Milka’s unique vocals and the band’s finely tuned (self-described) alternative / garage band sounds, it is hard to believe that they have only been together about seven months.  Kill The Sound is;  Kim Acoustic – vocals; Alex Abbott – guitar; Brent Talbert – drums; Ally Sosa – bass; Milka Ramos – lead guitar and vocals.  Kim  graciously chatted with us for a few minutes outside the club; she explained that although the band is relatively new, she has worked in different projects with each of the current members. 

While Rose generally leans toward the darker side, we can’t help but feel great listening to “Alive”, “Locked Down” and “Super Duper”.   Kim says that each song is written to stand out and carry it’s own postive message, and we’d have to agree.  Check out Kill The Sound’s music at And since this band is playing their asses off  from Tampa to Gainesville and every where in between, there is no reason that you can’t catch them live. (Unless, of course you are one of our readers in another state or another country).  Kill The Sound is scheduled to be back at The Haven for the Halloween show on October 27th. 



And then there’s Another Life Spared…. a band that always delivers great sounds to their fans.  Their energy keeps them in constant motion all over the stage, and keeps the crowd engaged show after show.  (The only problem is that it’s tough to get a decent picture.  They just move too damn fast!)  Listening to “Cataclysm” while writing this post and realized that we must get a copy of this EP as soon as possible…and you should too!  “” Cataclysm” is one of our favorites from the works of ALS.  From the beginning guitar chords to the amazing contrast of the vocals, it’s just one of those perfect songs that stays in your head for days after you’ve heard it.  Another Life Spared will be at Insomniacs next week and back at The Haven on October 27th.



 Born From Ashes must be one of busiest bands in Central Florida. They’re always up to something; radio spots, awesome videos, writing new songs, lots of shows, and oh yeah the Evermore Sound Battle of the Bands, Round 3 – Week 10.  Can’t wait for this round tonight.  BFA will be competing with some other pretty cool local bands, but we know who’s gonna tear it up!   If you haven’t already…. check out their video for “Pressure” and their Facebook page.  Get ready to hit the “Like” button, ’cause we know you will. 



Rose is a bit of an industrial junkie… and Human Factors Lab feeds the need.  While the band travelled and spent time in the studio working on their upcoming CD “The Blade”  we’ve been here patiently awaiting their return to a stage in Orlando.  And it was worth the wait… the sparks fly with Malice, Seven rampages around the stage, Sunni on guitar looms over like a big storm cloud, and Darq commands the  drums.  What more could you want?  Nothing, because what you get is something really incredible from a small group, with the sound of an industrial strength army.   “The Blade” may be the CD we are most looking forward to this year.  We know the music is gonna be killer, and with Brilliant Engine doing the artwork and the behind the scenes video, it’s definitely gonna look friggin’ awesome.  In the meantime, we don’t mind playing The Art of Suicide over and over again.   

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. 

On the Way to More Mayhem!

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

 We must admit that we are quite disappointed with ourselves for walking in near the end of Ornimental’s set at The Haven. Damn it, late again!  Danny was exploding into an outrageous solo as we walked toward the door, and by the time we said hi to Sandy and got wristbanded, we were intrigued with Ornimental’s style.  Ornimental has been around only a few years, but are obviously kindrid spirits with the masters of metal who have gone before them.  Since the show we have downloaded their videos and studied their website (learned that they recently shared the stage with Sid Wilson…now you know I’m hooked)  Check them out at

Hell yea!  Born From Ashes, a band we have been excited to see for quite some time now.  A week earlier, I stopped a guy wearing a BFA shirt to ask his opinion.  He said he had seen them live once, and was “ready to kill to see them again”.  We don’t know if that guy made it to the Haven this week; if not, it was definitely his loss.  Listen up for Native Noise to be playing more BFA.  With their new album in post production phase, we should expect to have a copy in our cold little hands very soon.

Next up was (N)ception.   This was the first time we’ve seen this relatively new band….and we have to say that Snowflake, Raziel, Chamo, The Juice, and Nikka absolutely blew us away.   You can definitely hear some very familiar influences in the vocals and music (a little Soulfly with a dash of Korn in your Slipknot, anyone?) (N)ception blends some of the most awesome groove metal/nu metal on the planet (and our personal favorites), with their own definitive and unique style.  They create a constant and thunderous commotion as they tear up the stage.  We truly can not wait to hear more when they return to The Haven with F.I.L.T.H. on July 27th.

Traverser, Soul Switch, and Eye Empire will require a Part II to this blog…. Just sayin’ that they are so incredibly awesome that this page just won’t hold them all, so we will promise to return to them in a post in the near future.

Rose’s next stop….. Mayhem Fest in Tampa!  Couldn’t be more excited to see Slipknot AGAIN…. not even sure how many times it’s been. 

(Geez, how many Slipknot references have we already made in  this post?)  Once upon a time we went to a much smaller venue to see Fear Factory, and unholy hell, they opened for Slipknot! (or was it the other way around?)  In any case, that was our first live Slipknot experience quite a few years ago and we’ve been dedicated every since.   We just can’t get over the power they have on stage.  And you can’t  go wrong with Slayer, Motorhead, Anthrax, As I Lay Dying, and White Chapel rounding out the show.

 We’ve got some great memories of Mayhem Fest’s past.  We will never be able to hear Machine Head’s “Locust” without suffering a bit of post traumatic stress from the final show of the 2011 tour in West Palm Beach.  There’s nothing more envigorating, and scary as hell, than standing in an open field with thousands of your metal head family, surrounded by chain link fences and facing a stack of amps and electrical shit; while the gods of the skies are throwing spears of lightening at our drenched asses.  As we stood there nearly drowned, our cell phones and cameras soaked….hardly anyone ran for cover, we stood our ground against mother nature’s wicked little outburst as Machine Head finished their set.

This year, it’s Friday the 13th…. so who knows what could happen…..


If you’re going to the show, be sure to catch all the bands on the smaller stage and visit the vendor booths, (yes, even the ones that don’t sell alcohol).  And absolutely stop to say hello to Genesis and learn more about the Reclaimed Strings Project.  We all need to check out RSP and support those who are supporting our local artists and the music that is our common bond.  You can also find Reclaimed Strings Project on Facebook;

Imitation in its Sincerest Form, A Brilliant Lie, and bit of Soul too

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

It’s was an interesting and eclectic music weekend.  On Friday evening, a friend extended an invitation to see Appetite for Destruction… a Guns and Roses tribute band.  We must admit we’ve always had difficulty taking tribute bands seriously.  After all, how can you sleep at night when you make a living imitating someone else’s work?   So off to the House of Blues we went with a major “what-the-fuck-got-nothing-else-to-do-tonight” attitude.  

All the way there, we kept thinking “If you’re gonna take on Guns and Roses you better be really friggin’ good at it.”  We’re still pissed off with the very unsatisfying love/hate relationship we have with the original band.  The same band that so generously gave us the hauntingly perfect “November Rain”, and then subjected us to an onslaught of ridiculous pre-school temper tantrums at the whim of their front man.  The band that wouldn’t cover for Metallica when James was set ablaze by the pyrotechnics. The band that you could never depend on to be present at their own shows.

So we went expecting nothing, even kinda giggling a little when the AfD guys appeared on stage dressed like their heros.   So, the first few songs were okay, and it was kinda nice to sink into nostalgia for a minute…. but how much longer would the songs be okay?  Well, something happened after an outrageous drum solo by the “notquitestevenormatt” dude; everything suddently kicked in to a dead on cover of “You Could Be Mine”…… and for the next hour plus, the band continued to ressurect GnR’s most glorious moments.  Did the experience transform me into a fan of tribute bands?  Um, we’d have to say, No.  But, I can’t take anything away from Appetite for Destruction. They really are good.  And I’m pretty confident that as musicians they would also be quite good performing their own work just being themselves, if they chose to do so.  If you ever have the chance to see Appetite for Destruction, we say definitely do it.


Our next adventure was to spend some quality time with one of our favorite local alternative /indie bands,  A Brilliant Lie.  It seems that I’ ve apologized to Tara a few times now for missing a show because we were somewhere out of town, or working at our “regular” job.  So we were excited to have a chance to see Tim, Tara, Zach, and Chris again.

We don’t even know quite how to describe A Brilliant Lie.  They just don’t quite fit the alternative / indie label that’s most often given them.  We think one of the best descriptions we’ve read is “think-outside-the-box-rock”.   And that is what A Brilliant Lie does.  With solid music, intelligent lyrics, and Tara’s hypnotic vocals, the band pulls you in and grabs your brain on a different level.   It’s no lie that the band has an incredibly engaging stage presence.  Whether they were 5 or 55, every person in the crowd hung on every note and every word.  And when their set ended, the crowd demanded more.


So whenever you need a break from banging you head, check out A Brilliant Lie video on YouTube, pick up a copy of “Regarding Harry Lime” and let A Brilliant Lie invade your head for awhile. 

And thank you guys for hanging out and talking a bit before and after your set.  We will see you again soon!


Okay, so here is where it gets really eclectic.  Maybe it was the Captain Morgan and Sailor Jerry fighting in my head to see  who will take control, or maybe it’s the damn good wings at the House of Blues, or maybe it’s our fascination with really good old Soul music that took us into the restaurant to end the night.  A cover band by the name of Pocket Change was playing when we arrived.  Upon further research, we learned that this Motown, Funk, R&B, Soul cover band travels everywhere, and has kept their tour calendar steadily full for many years now.  And we can see why they are in such high demand!  From the Four Tops and Temptations, to Prince, and Louis Arstrong these incredibly seasoned musicians play completely live, no tracks and no tapes to back them up.  Relying only on their own pure talent from the smooth and sexy vocals to Eddie’s Hendrix-like guitar riffs, Pocket Change is a thousand levels above most cover bands.  You should catch them in a few months when they return to Orlando.


So what’s next on Rose’s calendar?  Hope to be at the The Haven for these two awesome shows:

      And then it’s on to Mayhem Fest!!  Off to New Orleans for a few days, and Summer Slaughter to end the month.  Is this a great summer, or what?  Try as we might, we can’t be everywhere; so tell us what you’re up to this summer, and who you’re going to see……

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         


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.

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

oooooo I WILL BREAK THEE oooooo

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.

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.”

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