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Blood Feast Live at the Maple Grove Tavern!

Blood Feast
Official Flyer

Blood Feast’s 2017 comeback album “Future State of Wicked” was easily among the best thrash albums of the year with it’s frenzied intensity and blistering shreds that proved the old school guys still got it, so naturally, when they booked a show in my area I made it a point to attend.

Promoter, Chuck Parsons, booked the event at the up and coming metal venue the Maple Grove Tavern. The Maple Grove Tavern has been gaining a reputation as a cool, metal club in recent months, mainly because they’re willing to book rad shows at decent rates while not charging an arm and a leg for booze. Also, they’re a bit gritty without being disgusting. Girls can feel safe using the bathrooms.

Even better, the lineup consisted of the cream of the crop in local fair. Subtype Zero (formerly known as Cringe), HAMMR and FaithXtractor opened for legendary thrashers, Blood Feast.

Subtype Zero

Subtype Zero
Photo Credit: Eric Chmielewski WCSB 89.3 FM

Perhaps the most impressive band of the evening, other than Blood Feast themselves, Subtype Zero when straight for the audience’s jugular with their harrowing brand of bay area style thrash. Channeling 1985, these Cleveland thrashers melted faces with an intensity reminiscent early Slayer.

These guys are thrash, through and through with distinct hardcore and punk undertones and shreds for weeks. What’s more, with each member’s average age being 21 or younger, these guys left a crowd full of tough dude old enough to be their dads in awe. Subtype Zero played in support of their 2018 release, “The Astral Awakening.” Keep your eyes on these guys. They’re going places.

HAMMR

HAMMR
Photo Credit: Eric Chmielewski WCSB 89.3 FM

Given multi-instrumentalist J. Hammr’s reputation in the local Cleveland scene, I had high hopes for this band’s performance. J. Hammr is known for his work with the band Devils with the label Redefining DarknessDespite Hammr debut album, “Unholy Destruction” being a overall effective balance of calculated blackened slop and distortion heavy thrash riff magic, the band’s performance at the Maple Grove didn’t really come together for me and several others in the crowd.

I think a big reason HAMMR failed to deliver had to do with the loudness of the drums in comparison with the guitars and the vocals. It really drew attention to repetitive patterns in the drumming that could have been easily overlooked if pushed into the background more. That said, the band’s latest effort, “Unholy Destruction,” is great stuff for fans of Black Witchery,  Revenge and Blasphemy. Hopefully they fine tune their live performance in the future.

FaithXtractor

FaithXtractor
Photo Credit: Eric Chmielewski WCSB 89.3 FM

Other than Blood Feast, the band I was most excited about that evening was FaithXtractor. Known for a bludgeoning form of melodic old school death metal, FaithXtractor always delivers an intense and professional live performance.

The band started off a bit rocky, with sound issues being largely to blame, but quickly came into their own on about third track. Drummer, Ash Thomas (of Estuary fame along with the rest of the band) was the true MVP as he belted out demonic growls into the mic while never missing a beat.

Guitarist, Cody Knarr, donned a Grave t-shirt, which perfectly exemplifies where FaithXtractor draws its influences from. Both Cody and bass player, Zdenka Prado, whipped their long manes about furiously and exhibited true stage presence for the entirety of the show.

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Not a moment went by when these guys weren’t headbanging in full swing. Photo Credit: Eric Chmielewski WCSB 89.3 FM

Cody Knarr’s solos pierced through skin on tracks such as “Flame of the Death Ritual” and “Damned to Return.” FaithXtractor played new tracks “Forsworn Then Burned” and “Damned to Return“, among others in support of their 2018 release “Proverbial Lambs to the Ultimate Slaughter,” which they released back in July.

Blood Feast

Blood Feast Live III
Photo Credit: Eric Chmielewski WCSB 89.3 FM

Finally, the moment we’d all been waiting on was upon us. Strapped with energy, Blood Feast hit the stage. The band has had some lineup changes since their formation back in 1987, with the only original member being guitar player, Adam Tranquili, but that fact didn’t slow them down one bit.

Adam Tranquili
Guitarist Adam Tranquili  Photo Credit: Eric Chmielewski from WCSB 89.3 FM

Blood Feast opened with “Darkside” a blast from the past from their debut album, “Kill For Pleasure,” setting the tempo for a vigorous night of thrashing to come. They followed this with newer material, such as “INRI” and “Underling,” songs which barely differentiated from the older tracks, in a good way. This is a band that knows their style and does it well, regardless of lineup changes or trends.

Vocalist, Chris Natalini, was energetic and engaged the audience throughout the set. During the new track, “Off With their Heads” he held the mic out to the audience as we all loudly sang along. But, perhaps, the coolest part of the set was when he went live on Facebook with the crowd, leaving a timestamp for fans to look back to for the rest of their days.

The band ended the performance proper with old school tracks, Menacing Thunder and Hunted, Stalked and Slain, leaving the crowd with serious whiplash. One of the coolest things about Blood Feast is how down to earth the guys are. They all stayed after a bit and engaged with fans. If Blood Feast comes to your city, don’t be a poser. Go! You won’t regret it.

 

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Hells Headbash III Lineup Confirmed!

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It’s official!  The moment we’ve been waiting for is here!  The lineup for Cleveland’s own festival, Hells Headbash is confirmed and it kicks fucking ass!  Hells Headbangers is giving a little something to fans of all genres this year.  Everything from old school death metal, to raw black metal, to thrash, and even doom metal is featured on the bill.  One thing all the bands have in common though, they’re all true as fuck and will melt your goddamn face off!  These are the bands on the bill.  Don’t miss this!

Goat Semen
Demoncy
Grand Belial’s Key
Intolitarian
Sacrocurse
Scythian
Incantation
Angelcorpse
Revenge – band
Atomic Aggressor
Void Meditation Cult
Profanatica
MORBOSIDAD
Hobbs’ Angel of Death
Toxic Holocaust
Armour
POWER FROM HELL
Acid Witch
Embalmer
Perdition Temple
Demona
Kerasphorus
Terror – CLE
Shed The Skin

The show starts at 2pm sharp on Friday September 2 at the Agora Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio and goes on through Sunday September 4. Terror will be opening on Friday, so get there on time. Set times for the rest of the bands are soon to be announced. Tickets are on sale now! Buy them at this site https://hellsheadbash.yapsody.com/event/index/28938/hells-headbash-part-3.  Hails!

Demonic Christ Returns!

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After nearly 20 years on hiatus, Ohio’s barbarous, black metal beasts, Demonic Christ, have announced their long awaited return. For those of you unfamiliar with Demonic Christ, the evil foursome formed in 1992 and is fronted by the unbelievably talented woman, Dana Duffy. They’ve released one full length album, entitled “Punishment For Ignorance”, a few promos and a compilation. Despite being an American band, their sound is very Norwegian. Demonic Christ were pioneers in the American black metal scene.

Having been recently signed to Ohio’s most popular metal label, Hells Headbangers, Demonic Christ are in the studio putting the finishing touches on the second full length album which will be entitled “The Great Purge”. We should expect the album to be released early next year. They are currently streaming the title track via Bandcamp and from the sounds of it, this album will be raw and blacker than ever. In celebration of their overdue reunion, Demonic Christ will be embarking on a tour of the east coast and Canada. The tour dates are below. Be sure and catch them in your town! Happy Listening! Hails!

November 22nd – Columbus, OH
November 23rd – Baltimore, MD
November 24th – Providence, RI
November 25th – Boston, MA
November 26th – Buffalo, NY
November 27th – Toronto, CAN
November 28th – Montreal, CAN @ Messe Des Morts Festival III