Last Known Status: Disbanded
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A modern day guitar hero stepped through the legendary doors of The Whisky A Go Go on Hollywood's Sunset Strip on this night and sent a message to everyone in the metal world that he and his band aren't going to put up any longer with the watered down and gimmicky pop rock nonesense that's being marketed to the masses as metal music. The man's name is Ken Steiger, renowned guitar instructor at The Musicians Institute for the past ten years. His band is called PROJECT STEIGER, and they certainly delivered that message loud and clear with one of the most dynamic performances I have seen this year. Consisting of Davd Angel on bass guitar, Todd Graveman on rhythm/lead guitar and Duayne Howard on drums, this progressive metal band started their set off in an absolutely ripping manner with the clearcut rockers "Prince Of Souls", KT Boundary Event" and "Cerebral Vision". Steiger had complete command of the crowd from the moment he took the stage and the fact that this band has no lead singer made it even more impressive that he was able to hold down center court all by himself, much like Stevie Ray Vaughan did back in his days. And yes, unlike most of you, I was fortunate in my life to actually see SRV perform live here in Los Angeles two months before his tragic death in 1990. Steiger invokes that blazing abandon on his fretboard that so many guitar greats like Vai and Satriani have shown , displaying a near effortless approach to his guitar wizardry of one face melting arpeggio run after the next. He even at one point came off the stage and walked among the cheering, beer-pounding crowd in mid-solo as if he was expecting someone to pour a drink into his mouth. The band behind him was in perfect timing with him. I did not hear one bad note or missed beat. They next cranked it up louder with the high speed, ultra-shreddings of "Mega-Jam", "Run 4 Cover" and "Lethal Madness". Duayne Howard next stepped up for his drum solo and let everyone know he's got some talent to spare as well, flashing his sticks in near light speed across the toms toms of his kit and crashing his cymbals and splash very impressively. The crowd was going crazy for this band, roaring in approval and saluting their drinks. There were even chants of "Steiger, Steiger, Steiger" from other impressed onlookers. They ended it with their most explosive songs "Rock-It" and "Child Of The Storm", all along with Steiger delivering more harmonic brilliance and mind-shattering licks than any metaler should be able to handle. These guys are a must see to believe. Just make sure to bring an extra jaw with you, cause yours is going to hit the floor when you do get to see Project Steiger's all-out musical assault of the senses.
Next I.R.A.T.E. came out full force as the headliner. Fronted by the very energetic Erik Ulrich, the band kicked it all off with their own high-charged cover of Oingo Boingo's "DeadMan's Party", followed by "American Pitbulls", which is a really cool track from their next album. The crowd began moshing throughout center floor as I.R.A.T.E. picked up their sonic momentum with "Choices", "Pride" and "Kill Da Bunny". It was a night for underground metal music that had to be witnessed to fully understand the utter beauty of it all. Next up, Ulrich's bandmates Rudy Hewlett on guitar, Eric Buell on bass and Jason Berglund on drums stormed thru the next songs "Traitors", "Socialite", "Suck it up","Cleansing" and "Ganja" with total gusto. I.R.A.T.E really seems to have benefitted from all the touring they have done this year, because they only seem to get stronger with their intensity each time I see them and that suited everyone in attendance just fine. Ulrich literally owned the stage with every spit he took from behind the mic and the crowd was more than eating up his bravado at every turn. They may not be an extreme metal band but I have to be honest in what I saw and that was an extreme reaction from the audience to the likes of which I haven't seen for a very long time. The band is part of Project Independent's new upcoming underground metal compilation CD distributed through Century Media Records and seem positioned right now as the king's of hardcore metal on the west coast. The one thing this critic takes away from all of my observed I.R.A.T.E. performances this year is that they have been simply unrelenting in doing what they orginally set out to do as a metal act and that is to be controversial, more than opinionated and ready to take on anyone who gets in their path to heavy music greatness.
Opener PANDEMIC is a Northern California based progessive thrash metal act that combines elements of traditional 80's Maiden'ish type metal, thrash, and progressive metal. The band is made up of Andy Giardina on lead vocals, Julian Kidd on rhythm & lead guitar, Patrick Daly, rhythm & Lead Guitar, Adam Herman on bass and Eric Ford behind the drum kit. I would say one of the first things I heard in their wicked sound was Strapping Young Lad, due to the super heavy twin-guitar attack and the quirky, totally theatrical stage performance from Giardina. Slamming through crushers like 'Still Part Human', 'Left For Dead' and 'Viral Visceration', this is a band that is not trying to be like every other metal act that puts on the makeup and garter belt to get your attention.
Pandemic is just a buncha guys that, to me, represent all that is the very essence of heavy metal music: spirit and fight! They seemed to have the early crowd on the toes of their feet with a seemingly non-stop double-bass drumming assault and soloing guitars that at points sounded as deafening as an air raid. They were thick with killer changes and interesting choruses, seemingly rough around the edges at points like any young band, but with a driving intensity throughout the entire set that made you have to applaud. It even made the night that much more metal when the band closed their set with the song 'Ode To Odin'. I must admit that I laughed inside when I heard the name, figuring, "Here comes Spinal Tap!". But I was even more impressed with this tune over all the others because of the gritty lyrical content and deathly-haunted chorus, grinder fed by the heavy, face pounding guitar riff.
Next up was quite essentially one of my biggest discoveries out of heavy metal's underground scene for 2006. The band's name is HOSTILITY and trust me, this is not the last time you will hear about these guys. I cannot go into absolute detail about what it is like when you see the future of heavy metal right before your eyes and then get to hang out and drink some of the Crown with the band afterwards. When you're as diehard and devoted to metal music as I have been for over twenty-five years, the best word to attach to what I felt is: MAGIC.
Hostility's sound simply blows away literally any other metal act I have seen live in the past years, even at times roaming in 'God-like' territory of Super Joint Ritual, who unlike most, I saw three times live here in Los Angeles back before Dime got stolen from us all. WIth a blood curdling, screaming precision and almost mechanized body movement, Greg Haran on lead vocals was certainly evenly matched laid up against the all-out 'goddamn electric' performance from Tony Vorrises on lead guitar. I swear at moments I thought this dude was channeling our old friend Darrell. Bringing down a tremendous rhythm section to back it all up was Brandon Sigmund on bass and Andrew Holzbaur on drums. Taking us from one taste of their brutality to the next with songs such as 'None For All' and 'Death As Leverage', their near forty minute set seemed to come and go as quick as death itself walks into the room and takes the life of another loved one. These guys are so good that honestly, I don't know what more to say about them but that I cannot wait for their label to send me their newly released album 'Uncompromised' on indie label The Pen.
I.R.A.T.E. took complete ownership of the stage once it was their turn, however. I tell you that it literally seemed as if these guys encouraged the 'tough act to follow' scenario, because they were easily three times as solid and intense than the last time I saw them earlier this year as headliner for the first Project Independent Tour. The boldest choice of all was that they opened the set with a cover of Oingo Boingo's 'Dead Man's Party'. It seemed readily apparent to my trained ear that all its members have not only gotten tighter as a musical unit since doing all the endless touring this year but they are not letting up in the sheer bravado and swagger that they always infuse with their steady onslaught of hardcore metal done well. The guilty culprits: lead singer, Erik Ulrich, Rudy Hewlett on guitars, Eric Buell on bass and drummer, Jason Berglund, seemed to take complete glee in the fact that the audience literally became mesmerized by them from start to finish. Tearing like a Texas Twister through much of their latest album 'Brothers Of The Same Struggle' with a workman-like ethic, I.R.A.T.E. clearly has stepped up their game a major notch in my mind. The crowd was literally at their mercy by the time the last note rung out. I was honored to be able to chat with Erik before the show and I must admit that despite all his street-tough posturing and in-your-face rants as a performer, he is one of the most humble and down to earth rockers I've ever met in my life. The big thing out all of the great metal music I heard this night was walking away knowing that The Project Independent Tour is simply killing it on all levels, putting it mountains above the rest in its literal uncanny ability to showcase 'best of the best' metal acts out of America's immensely competitive underground scene.
New York heavy metalers Irate have decided to call it quits and released the following statement:
"It is with great sadness that I announce the end of Irate. New York's most brutal band have punished the underground scene for ten years strong having accomplished many great things and having met many great individuals and bands along the way. However, we have reached the end of this wonderful ride and will now go forth to enjoy other endeavors. To anyone who has ever bought a record, bled at a show, jumped on my back, fucked to our records, enjoyed our music, or simply believed, we say thank you. To all our closest friends (you know who you are) we say thank you. To all the crews in NY that have shown us love over the years (IDS, DMS, BDC, CEC and more) we say thank you. We will never forget the good or the bad times and hope to remain a positive part of NYC's underground history. Finally, Irate will not go away without to say goodbye in person.....That is why I am pleased to announce that Irate will play 2 final shows in support of our friends God Forbid. The first show is on 2/23 in New Jersey and our last show will be on 2/25 at "North Six", Brooklyn, NY."