Jun 18 2013
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Rose feels sorry for you if you missed “Metal for the Masses” (Part 2) at The Haven on June 1st. It was a mind-crushing show featuring some of Florida’s heaviest hitters.
Monotheist opened the night celebrating their just released “Genesis of Perdition”. To which we have spent a good amount of time listening to since the show. We appreciate the respectful nods to classical music in the preludes building up that “wait for it” anticipation just before their music hits you with brutal fury. We are also partial to the church school piano intro to “Alter of Vanity” . (Evokes memories of Ms. Davis, Rose’s beloved silver haired, piano playing bible school teacher) Rose’s picks from the CD are “Subzero” and “Elegy of Sleepwalkers”. Both songs bare similarities to The Faceless in vocal styling and drum work; although Monotheist’s Christian messages are quite the opposite of The Faceless typical futuristic sci-fi themes. Check out the feature story on Monotheist in the June issue of “Heaven’s Metal” magazine. Monotheist is: Shiv – Vocals, Prophet – Guitar / Vocals, Cooper Bates – Drums/Vocals, Christian Martinez – Guitar
** Burning Fair Verona **
BFV poured it on next with an awesome set including Evan’s signature guitar spot from atop the bar and Brooks’ furious vocal attack on each song. We don’t know him personally, and he’ s probably a real nice guy; but honest to God, there’s nobody that exudes rage like Brooks. It’s this enraged energy, combined with great guitar work and thunderous drums that ignites Burning Fair Verona. BFV’s songs focus on the evils of humanity that have turned us into our own worst enemies; “Keep Up the Good Work” is a prime example, and Rose’s pick from the Burning Fair Verona catalog so far.
The band hails from the Tampa Bay area, and have been making their way all over Florida, amassing a pretty big fan base as they go. Earlier this year they released the amazingly well produced, befittingly violent, video for “Rest in Pieces“. If you’ve been under a rock and haven’t seen it yet, check it out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0j7Uxo2Ds4U
** (N)ception **
To borrow a quote from our friend, James Q (Beautiful Mourning), “There is no other band like (N)ception!!!”
James couldn’t be more right about that. We challenge anyone in the crowd to try and stand still at a show where (N)ception is playing. It is impossible not to get into their sound and feel their energy. Snow Flake, Nikk-Uh, Chamo and Fish are an unbelievably magnetic force. (with or without the unicorn ). They served up their finely crafted concoction of tunes including; “Huntress”, “Song 5:8″, “Demigun”, “Descension”, “It Doesn’t Matter” – always Rose’s pick in a live set – this song never fails to get the crowd crazy. And they finished, of course, with “Welcome to the End” – Rose’s pick to listen to whenever and wherever we want to. It’s on our MP3, so we play it often at the gymn , at work, in traffic…
The band played in the Battle for Mayhem at Brewster’s Megaplex recently, and is working to get on the bill at A2 Fest in Michigan next month. As we write this post they are probably leaving a show in Orlando to drive to Sick Ross’ Battle of the Bands in Tampa for their second show tonight. In addition to their insane summer tour schedule, we anticipate the release of a CD later in 2013. No doubt, the world is about to feel the full impact of (N)ception!
** Detoura **
Detoura has gone through a number of transformations over the years, and this show was sort of a “comeback” with the newest configuration of players. And a hell of a way to come back, it was! They attacked the stage and played a great set beginning with “Desolate Serenity” and closing with “Un(mask)erade” both from “The Inevitable Process” EP . Rose’s pick, “Un(mask)erade” – it’s the song that will pop up and stay in our head all day long; it just demands to be heard.
With Drew and Charlie being joined by Roach Rose (of Who Was I) and Zach Robin, the new regime of Detoura will undoubtedly be a force to reckon with. We will be excited to see them again at Firestone on June 29th, and understand that there may be new songs in the works that will debut at that show. In the meantime, check out their interview with Claire Welch on You Tube at “Detoura Gets Claireified”
** Beautiful Mourning **
Front man James Q certainly doesn’t lack stage presence, but with this show his command of the stage and crowd was twice as powerful as their debut show back in February. Beautiful Mourning is an incredibly cohesive unit for a band so new….they perform like they’ve been together for a very long time. Their set included their five original songs, and an excellent cover of “Walk with Me in Hell“. As a huge Lamb of God fan, we have to say that Beautiful Mourning does Randy B and the boys a really solid tribute here.
After their set, we had a few minutes to talk with Beautiful Mourning; here’s pretty much how it went:
This is Rose with Rose’s Damned Opinion and we’re here with Beautiful Mourning who just finished a killer set. As the band began their intro’s …. James Q. tried to introduce himself as everyone but himself… Ha ha! He couldn’t fool us.
Rose: So, how do you guys feel about tonight’s show? Everyone agreed that the energy was high and they felt great about the show.
Rose: Since your amazing debut show back in February, there have been some changes with the band… so, tell us what’s new?
James Q: After the debut show our bass player had a bad accident at work that’s required a long recovery time. So, in his absence, Keith stepped up to fill in. And as it turns out, and with the blessing of our former bass player, Keith is now permanent member of the band.
Rose: What was your favorite moment from tonight’s show?
James Q: I liked how out of control the pit got
Rafe: “Walk With Me In Hell” was an amazing time with Drew from Detoura and (N)ception’s Snowflake joining us on stage.
Rose: We agree, that was certainly one of the best moments of the night. So what’s next on the Beautiful Mourning calendar?
James Q: We’ll be taking time this summer to record, with plans for an EP release at “Metal for the Masses” (Part 3) on September 13th.
Rose: We’ll be there! Thanks for your time tonight and of course, for the awesome show.
** Born From Ashes **
Born From Ashes put the finishing touches on a great night at The Haven. And while they may have been last up on this night, the band’s got a hell of alot of “firsts’ going on. The Sunday prior to this show, Jeremiah was a guest on WJRR’s Native Noise along with members of Blaine the Mono, Takeout, and DTI. The topic was the June 8th show at the House of Blues Orlando. There are a lot of BFA fans out there that couldn’t be more excited for their House of Blues debut. Supa D also announced that “My Decree“, will be complete and ready for release later this summer.
But, you’ll have to read about the House of Blues show in our next post… and Rose might even give an opinion on the ( pre-mastered ) release of the first ever full length Born From Ashes CD.