After the successful House of Metal Gods, a ferocious-and-crowd-pleasing battle of the bands in 2012, it was only obvious it would be followed by yet another. These competitive battles are when bands are at their best (and if they’re not, then they have no right stepping “into the arena”). As a participating band, you can’t let your guard down, you must be aware of your surroundings, and effectively attack. A true battle. An act hitting the stage later in the evening has the opportunity to watch the acts that precede them and make adjustments whereas the earlier time-slot bands will have the opportunity to really step it up and make the bands following them work even harder.
All of the participants are not only in it for cash and other prizes but to get their music “out there” and be seen. The emphasis is on the heavier side of metal, which should result in some aggressive but friendly competition. Acts include Simian Messiah, Fight the War, Fracture, and the thrash/punk BrainDead, all hell-bent on claiming the top honors. In addition to the fore-mentioned, House of Metal will also feature Lord Marshall, who execute an interesting hybrid of classical music, fused with intense metal.
Stonz Thro, who perform quite frequently at Malone’s, favor a more melodic, 70’s-meets-current style of music. The band (who has an upcoming release in March, entitled Hope and Misery) performed at last year’s battle but missed out on the top prize. Though they would love to win it all this year, Stonz Thro has other intentions. Says bassist Jason T. D’Amore, “We don’t worry about winning or losing. We just love to play and hope we can make the other bands fans become fans of our music, also.”
Judging this year’s Battle will be producer Bill Metoyer (Slayer/Armored Saint), Steve Gaines, from Anger as Art, Julian Mendez from Heretic, and Lloyd Grant, original Metallica guitarist (now there is some trivia for you).
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