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How on earth I have missed out on this band up to know remains a mystery.  Right from the start this band reminded me of Shotgun Symphony, a band whose first album I bought upon it’ s release.   Yet for Serenity this is already their fourth album since their creation in 2004.


Originally this recording was only recorded for Japanese TV.  It’s the performance Whitesnake gave during the LOUD PARK festival on October 15th at Saitame Super ArenaWhen some songs were broadcasted on a Loud Park Highlights program in Japan, many people saw this, and requests were made for general release of this performance. 


Hailing from the Canadian wasteland known as Edmonton, Mortillery are on a mission to deliver true Thrash Metal. The band started out in October 2008 with Emily Smits on drums, Alex Gutierrez on guitar and Miranda Wolfe on bass. Shortly after Cara McCutchen joined the band after realizing the band was in need of some vocals.


"F.K.Ü." stands for "Freddy Krueger's Ünderwear." And is also the name of the band that wants/needs to rid the world of everything but horror and metal. The band came into existence back in 1987. In those days they were more or less pure S.O.D. die-hard disciples, but not much later they went into an hiatus for several years. So upon reading their very limited bio I immediately thought this was in the same way as Rob Zombie.

Toxic Holocaust

Toxic Holocaust mutated into existence in 1999, when Joel Grind merged his love for classic punk and metal into his ideal band. Like his influences - Bathory, Venom, English Dogs, Possessed, Broken Bones TH featured blazing riffs, gravel-throated vocals, and a deadly fixation on the evil in man and a post-apocalyptic world. Grind wrapped all of these elements up with a DIY attitude and begin writing and recording material almost instantly.


In a very short time (foundation was in January of 2010) after coming out of the rehearsal room, this Limburg (Belgian province in the Dutch part of the country) based instrumental band made an impression at a couple of band competitions [won 2011's Maanrockrally and Theater Aan Zee (the latter got the band 7500 euros of production budget), and were finalists at that same year's Limbomania]. Not that surprising really, considering we're dealing with a septet which includes no less than 5 guitarists!


The style is distinctly sludge groove math metal with a ballsy guitar/drum/bass/vocalist line-up. Think of garage Black Tusk inspired screamy metal songs with a very upbeat head-nodding lilt in the standard verse / chorus / solo / verse format. What's more, Howl sport a punk-style attitude/aesthetic yet somehow combine it with a higher degree of metallic accessibility. The band has a strong sense of including hooks and great fuzz leads without sacrificing the grooviness, to quickly grab the listener's attention.

Flotsam & Jetsam

The group was founded in 1981 under the name “Paradox” by drummer Kelly David-Smith and guitarists Mark Vazquez and Kevin Horton, who were later joined by ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted. Jason had come to Phoenix with his band Gangster from Michigan on their way to California, but Gangster broke up while in Phoenix.

De La Cruz

Def Leppard are struggling to regain the success they had years ago, but if they fail, fear not, because here comes De La Cruz.  These guys have their roots in Australia.  The origins of the band go back to 2007, when guitarist Casey Jones crossed paths with vocalist Roxxi Catalano.


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