|Kicked In The Head-May 2012|
Whoa! Last month's Kicked In the Head was interrupted by diabetes. This month I couldn't come up with another disease so off we go.
I'm a 44-year-old metalhead. Heavy metal has been in my life, and in my blood, really, since I hooked up with the Mystic-Force crew back in the 80's. That one chance meeting with those guys really resulted in my lifelong involvement in the music scene. It lead to my involvement with festivals, record companies, distributorships and everything else that goes along with it it.
I remember back in the middle to late 80's all I personally wanted was the old guard of bands to step aside. The Ravyns, Appaloosa, Crack the Sky, Face Dancer, Paper Cup, etc. really factored prominently back then. I only liked a handful of local metal bands, really. Mystic-Force, Wrathchild, Apollo Ra, Chemikill, Have Mercy, Tension, Rancid Decay and of course KIX! I wanted the guys I was hanging with to play the best shows. I wanted them to get all of the press. I thought their demos and albums were far superior to anything else out there. Even way back then, I remember the age old complaint of "the scene sucks." We all said it at one time or another. We even had HAMMERJACK'S and thought the scene sucked.
My new endeavor with our illustrious publisher, Vince Anderson, has really opened my eyes to something I was missing. Vince and I sell vinyl records at North Point Flea Market on the weekends. If you've ever met Vince, you learn one thing quickly; he loves the local music scene. His and his father's collections are full of MARYLAND bands that made it. We have a steady flow of people trading or selling us their old records. In an effort not to collect everything I decided I would capitalize on the influx of old vinyl by asking people for bands and albums of local interest. It has really opened my eyes to the amazing amount of metal history that's being made right now.
It's amazing how many local bands have made a splash on the national and international music scenes. Bands like Misery Index, Dying Fetus, Iron Man, Darkest Hour and Next Step Up, to name a few, led the way. Just recently Periphery, Trapped Under Ice, and Animals As Leaders have joined the every growing list of MARYLAND bands that have already achieved some level of national and international notoriety. Even some of the "core" metal bands are starting to make a name for themselves. Illuminations, In Dying Arms, I the Breather, and An Obscure Signal are just a few. The MARYLAND METAL SCENE is alive and well.
What it all comes down to is focus and drive. These bands seem to see the big picture. They all have it. I can see it. The big picture is longevity. Stay the course. Leave a legacy of music and art.
IN ALCATRAZ 1962! our neighbors to the south. The band is currently in the studio recording their debut full-length for Standby Records. They've started to branch out and tour a bit. Look for big things from these guys. They really do kick serious ass.
I'm sitting here faced with a stack of CDr's 8 inches high. They're all demos of local metal and metal core bands. I've listened to them all. Some are pretty decent. There's one or two that are rather outstanding. I just can't bring myself to review a CDr. The process isn't complete.
DECEASED - SURREAL OVERDOSE - Finally got my hands on this little gem of horrific proportions. Actually I had it back in November, but I got drunk and lost it. Let's see, we have a new Deceased record. What to expect? Well, quite frankly nothing ground breaking or experimental. No fvcking "hellacious breakdowns". No curve balls at all, just eight great thrash/death inspired tunes. The newest in a catalogue that stretches all the way back to 1984. I've dug Deceased for, well... decades now. I used to trade the band's demo tapes. King has a brand and formula that he's stuck with all that time. A new Deceased album is kind of like buying a new pair of Chuck's. The familiarity is there, it's just a shiny new product. Pounding double bass, and soaring leads pair nicely with the gruff, but very understandable vocals. Surreal Overdose may be Deceased's best album to date. Really good production and great overall sound quality make this a solid record. Deceased are never quite death metal, they're also never quite pure thrash. Surreal Overdose is a perfect hybrid of both. I love the horror fantasy driven lyrics. With songs that average 5 1/2 minutes there's no radio-friendly tunes either; another endearing quality. I've seen some overly critical reviews of the sound effects and screams; I say fvck them. I dig it. It adds to the horrific charm of the cd. RBH! Stamp of METAL APPROVAL!
GET OFF YOUR ASS THIS MONTH and SUPPORT LOCAL METAL !