Archive for January, 2013

It is with great sadness and despair that we must say goodbye to one of the best venues the area has to offer. Dubbed “The Lakeview House” in Barnesville, OH, it was host to some awesome shows with some big name bands, such as Death Before Dishonor, Backtrack, and Harm’s Way. All thanks to a couple of local guys, Austin Sparkman and Benjamin Hall.

Although the name makes it sound majestic, it was literally just a house basement. But as I’ve come to realize, basements might be the best type of venue for hardcore shows. People from all over would gather and pack into this place like nothing I’ve seen before. And when the music started, shit went crazy. You couldn’t NOT get hit or pushed over or jumped on. But it was awesome, and anybody who went to those shows would agree. Below is a video taken of Harm’s Way playing “Scrambled” at Lakeview. Hopefully a place like this comes along again. Nothing says hardcore like basement shows. \m/

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New music has emerged from the depths of hell from the band NAILS. The album is called Abandon All Life and is set for a full release on March 19. There is one song out that I have heard called “God’s Cold Hands” and it can be found on Pitchfork.

Heavy and unrelentless, NAILS has risen quickly in the hardcore/metal world. Their first full-length, entitled Unsilent Death is a short 15 minute masterpiece of intense, chaotic glory. It’s not for everybody, but for those who appreciate truly heavy music will love it. It will get your blood pumping and your head spinning. This is one of those bands I NEED to see live. Fortunately, they are going on tour with Xibalba and Early Graves in April, both giants in their own respect. More information on the tour, along with tour dates and locations can be found at Invisible Oranges.

Oh, and be sure to buy their album when it hits. You won’t regret it. \m/

I really do feel for these guys.

I really do feel for these guys.

I found a very interesting article on Heavy Blog Is Heavy about how it is to live, and eat, in a touring band on the road. In my days playing music, I’ve played a few shows out of the area, here and there, but nothing that could be considered a “tour”. However, I can still relate to this article. I’ve eaten unhealthy amounts of fast food, gone consecutive nights without much sleep, and smelled like a dirty, sweaty, piece of garbage, all in the name of playing shows. Although this particular article deals mostly with the food aspect, anything can happen, and it can be frustrating, like the picture above shows.

Eating especially becomes an issue, if like me, you’re trying to be a healthier person. Fast food is unfortunately the easiest route to take because it’s cheap, addictingly good, and most places are open late, if not all night. A positive note, I read in the article Taco Bell has a campaign to support up-and-coming bands with a free “Fourthmeal”, you know, the meal after dinner and before breakfast. The 2012 featured artists can be found here.

Overall, this is a very well written article, with interviews and research that gives a glimpse into the life of a touring band. So next time you go see an out-of-town band, remember how trying being on tour can be and show some support! \m/

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I’d like to put the spotlight on a local band from the Ohio Valley, also very good friends of mine, In Hope. The band consists of vocalist Brady Fluharty, guitarist Austin Wright, bassist Levi Hill, and drummer Dillon Richardson. These guys have been making music and playing shows for a while now and have gained respect in the hardcore scene. Together they write and perform music offering a more positive-inspired brand of core, rooted in values such as drug-free living, brotherhood, energy, and as the name implies, hope.

The band currently has one demo out, which can be heard on their Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/In-Hope/231314206917826?sk=app_2405167945). Also, if I’m not mistaken, another demo is in the works. I’m a big fan, as these guys always put on a good show. Be sure to keep a lookout for them in 2013. Support the locals! \m/

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Hellbent Fest is becoming an annual tradition in the area and this will for sure be the biggest one yet, featuring hardcore legends in Cro-Mags, along with some of the heaviest, nastiest bands to play in the Ohio Valley, such as Agitator and Full of Hell. This event has a Facebook page and pre-sale tickets are available at Big Cartel, which I believe is the safest route to get your ticket because this show might sell out.

This show is a good opportunity to get out, support hardcore music, and have one hell of a time. Hellbent Fest has yet to disappoint me in it’s first two years and I’m sure the third will be no different. In fact, I think this show will only grow from here, so it’s really cool that it is not too far from the local area. It’s in Lansing, OH which is only about 15 minutes from Wheeling.

I hope to see some new faces show up for the Fest. And please show support by sharing, posting, forwarding, printing fliers or whatever you like to do. Let’s make it big! \m/.