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666 Degrees Of Metal: My Ruin Murders The Whisky

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On Saturday, April 1st, with some serious heavy metal electricity in the air, I was in person to see a rather large bill of underground metal bands at The Whisky A Go Go here in Los Angeles. First up was Coalition Bear from Thousand Oaks, featuring Jake Goodrich on Vocals, Brett Leonard on Drums, Jack Howard on Guitars, Quinn Brentson on Bass and Aaron Collins on Keyboard. Citing influences ranging from Lamb of God, Misery Signals, Darkest Hour to Toad the Wet Sprocket, I found this act to be one that wasn't too original or too stimulating, yet somehow still captured some of my interest during their thirty minutes as the show opener. The vocalist, Goodrich, worked the crowd with some light-hearted jokes and flat out had the death growl down better than most that are trying to emulate the work of Randy Blythe. Remnants Of Solace is a song that has some cool moments, certainly the repetetive end lyric howl of "I will make you remember."

Next to follow was the highly experimental progressive metal band, Neurobox, fronted by the very engaging and pony-tailed K'noup, also playing Guitar. The rest of the band featured Carlos Alvarado on Guitar, Suguru on Keyboard, Alex Khatcherian on Bass, Dave Eggar on Cello and "H" on Drums. Firing through some very movie soundtrack'ish, yet enchanting songs such as Levitation, The Slither and Think, the one thing that impressed me most about this act was the passion they showed for what they were doing together up there and from the crowds cheering reaction after each song completed, I could see that they have some fans that are very much into them. K'noup's vocal approach is incredibly similar to Type O Negative's Pete Steele and his the chilling throaty rasp of say Vincent Price doing a horror film narration. All in all, in think they offer something refreshing and unique enough, while being very competent and energetic during a live performance.

Up to this point I would say both bands stated are not quite ready to be signed yet but did have the major edge in musicianship and songwriting skill over the next band I watched, Long Beach's much too quirky metal outfit Upgrade. The singer, listed on their MySpace music profile as Who Cares couldn't have hit the hammer on the nail head any better for me. I've seen some ridiculous stage performances in my life but this blonde maned Jim Morrision disciple really was a bit too go for broke with the indian dance for my metal tastes.

On a much more intriguing note, the stage was graced after the previous thirty minute disaster by Glendale's Orcus, a ready to be signed and make tons of money in the music business death metal act. I would certainly tell you who was in the band, but they unwittingly do not list who performs what instrument on their MySpace music profile page, where I do my research for this sort of thing. Taking a bit from the likes of Opeth, Cradle of Filth and Devil Driver, they stormed through their song list with an eerie flourish of straight up evil that is typically hard to achieve when there is a keyboardist in the band. I have never been a big fan of Cradle of Filth do to this fact, but Orcus seemed to have a strong grasp on how to incorporate it into their sonic death crush.

In This Moment from North Hollywood grabbed the audience immediately with their thirty minutes and are obviously a band that has been busting their ass for sometime now. They have one of the strongest MySpace followings in the un-signed metal category that I've observed and while I was never seriously compelled by what I heard with their demo work previously, I have to admit that they dropped a hellhammer on all of us. Raging like a demon on fire with crowd pleasers such as Prayers, This Moment and To Ashes, lead screamer, Maria seems to have found a perfect medium between a popular music stance and one that is epic in its unholiness. My only suggestion to her, because she is quite the external beauty, is to trade the Cinderella at the ball dress for some black leather.This band should be signed and selling quite a few records in the next year and a half at the most or I'd fire the manager if I were them.

From the set-list I was given by the door girl, the show was close to ten minutes behind when My Ruin finally took the stage at roughly 11:25PM. I would have waited until sunrise, however, to see this band and what has truly cultivated itself into a monumental heavy metal achievement. My Ruin, led by the ever slimmed-down and sexy, Tairrie B has over the years gone through some lineup changes to become argumentatively one of the most most truly electrifying Rock N Roll acts performing in the world. I know what the hell I'm talking about too because I saw The White Stripes and Radiohead during the same week in 2003, the supposed kings of the turf and let me say that as incredible as those experiences certainly were, this band pounces all over them with a venegful, venom-laced and musical ass-kicking trauma that I dare say I have only seen in recent years from NOLA's great all-star metal act, Superjoint Ritual. Opening up with Silverlake 6571 from their new album The Brutal Language and spinning like a whirling dervish into other spellbinders like The Devil Walks, Hot in the House of God, Spilling Open, Miss Anne Thrope, Stick it to Me, Cold Hands, Warm Heart to lead guitarist extraordinaire Mick Murphy's Black Sabbath fueled instrumental entitled Special Seal in Hell from his side project called Neanderthal. Mr. Murphy was simply on fire on the fretboard from the moment he launched into his very first note, to the true level that of which I myself have only seen in other great live guitar performances by Jimmy Page, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Zakk Wylde. This young man embodies the ultimate traits a guitar hero needs, brashness, boldness and gritty finger movements to just flat knocking your ass out with delight from his booming, syrup-thick riffs and overzealous note bendings. I want to also add that Matt Lechevalier on Drums and Chris Lisee on Bass are formidable talents themselves that have quickly found their important roles in this band since joining. Tairrie B was dancing it up with Mr.Lisee and shaking her moneymaker inbetween her daunting vocals tasks. I honestly cannot say that there's another two men in Rock N Roll that can even come close to this genius. Tairrie B over the years since I have followed her career with Manhole and Trua Satana has gutted it out and hung in like a real cult hero does to show everyone around that didn't think she would make it this far, due to her dabbling in rap music at one time, that she is the the new true Queen of Rock N Roll. Period. Move over Courtney Love. And though this band may not yet have the Soundscan results that Cobain's widow has garnered over the years. It's clear to me that from a critical standpoint the title has been taken away from her. The band even took it up a notch from here and finished more than strongly with Summer of Hell, a twisted cover version of Mudhoney's Touch Me I'm Sick to an unrelenting medley Hemmorhage/Blasphemous Girl/Sanctuary, ending their set with Beauty Fiend.

The night was ended by San Diego's Under The Stone who didn't take the stage until about 12:45AM and though I was more than exhausted and ready to more than leave, I only thought it was fair to give these cats a review based off Miss B's words of praise for the lead singer, Ska-D, a young man that in my mind is going to have one helluva music career ahead of him. Drawing from Burton C Bell's book of killing you with a death throat and backed up by a very strong band in Rory Packard on Drums, Don Lauder on Bass, Chris Knowles on Lead Guitar and Tony Coduti on Guitar, they ripped off the heads of the twenty or so of us that were left in the building and simply shit down our throats! I will be keeping a closer eye on this band as they rise to the top of extreme metal. I have nothing more to say.

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1. LilMeghan writes:

Hell yeah My Ruin and Under the Stone! And of course, Rocket! Great Review \m/ Keep it hard, keep it heavy and keep it brutal!

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2. Anna writes:

YES!!! ORCUS is the most amazing unsigned metal band I have ever heard! The show was great. Awesome review Rocket!

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3. Me writes:

What's this about Burton C Bell???

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5. Nayrie writes:

Orcus is "a ready to be signed and make tons of money in the music business death metal act" INDEED! They are THE best unsigned band out there. They are amazing live and never disappoint!

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6. Nayrie writes:

Orcus is "a ready to be signed and make tons of money in the music business death metal act" INDEED! They are THE best unsigned band out there. They are amazing live and never disappoint!

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