Photo Gallery: Cultus Black at Piere’s, March 9, 2022

A band that I was seeing for the first time, Cultus Black (or Cvltvs Black), opened the show at Piere’s Entertainment Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. On their Facebook page, they describe themselves as “a dramatic deathcore/Nu-metal crossover.” The photos will give you some idea of what went on. These musicians fully committed, and you must see them live if you really want to understand the experience. They were an excellent lead in for Prong and Overkill that night.

Photos by Wayne Edwards.

Links.

Cultus Black, https://www.cultusblack.com/

Piere’s Entertainment Center, https://pieresentertainment.com/

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Photo Gallery: Cultus Black at Piere’s, March 9, 2022

Photo Gallery: Corrosive Vengeance at The King Of Clubs, Columbus, October 29, 2022

Photos by Wayne Edwards.

Links.

Corrosive Vengeance, https://corrosivevengence.bandcamp.com/album/fragments-of-society

FFMB article on the show, https://flyingfiddlesticks.com/2022/11/03/accept-at-the-king-of-clubs-columbus-october-29-2022/

The King Of Clubs, https://www.tkoc.live/

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Photo Gallery: Corrosive Vengeance at The King Of Clubs, Columbus, October 29, 2022

Photo Gallery: Narcotic Wasteland at The King Of Clubs, Columbus, October 29, 2022

Narcotic Wasteland opened for Accept on their US tour in 2022. The band started out over a decade ago in the coastal south, and they have put out a couple of albums, most recently Delirium Tremens (2017). Their music is a sharp brand of death metal that cranks and heaves. They have put out two new singles this year, and they played them both at the show. That must mean there is a new album in the works. Here are a few photos from their set in Columbus.

Photos by Wayne Edwards.

Links.

Narcotic Wasteland, https://narcoticwasteland.com/home

FFMB article on the show, https://flyingfiddlesticks.com/2022/11/03/accept-at-the-king-of-clubs-columbus-october-29-2022/

The King Of Clubs, https://www.tkoc.live/

© Wayne Edwards

Photo Gallery: Narcotic Wasteland at The King Of Clubs, Columbus, October 29, 2022

Photo Gallery: Day of the Sun at The King Of Clubs, Columbus, October 29, 2022

Photos by Wayne Edwards.

Links.

Day Of The Sun, https://dayofthesunrocks.com/

FFMB article on the show, https://flyingfiddlesticks.com/2022/11/03/accept-at-the-king-of-clubs-columbus-october-29-2022/

The King Of Clubs, https://www.tkoc.live/

© Wayne Edwards

Photo Gallery: Day of the Sun at The King Of Clubs, Columbus, October 29, 2022

Photo Gallery: Michael Schenker Group at Piere’s, Ft. Wayne, October 12, 2022

Michael Schenker’s 50th Anniversary Universal world tour made a stop at Piere’s a while back in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Here are a few more photos from their set that weren’t in the original article.

Photos by Wayne Edwards.

Links.

Michael Schenker Group, https://michaelschenkerhimself.com/

Main FFMB article, https://flyingfiddlesticks.com/2022/10/17/michael-schenker-group-at-pieres-ft-wayne-october-12-2022/

Piere’s Entertainment Center, https://pieresentertainment.com/

© Wayne Edwards

Photo Gallery: Michael Schenker Group at Piere’s, Ft. Wayne, October 12, 2022

Photo Gallery: Eric Martin at Piere’s, Ft. Wayne, October 12, 2022

Eric Martin of Mr. Big fame had the middle set during the Michael Schenker show at Piere’s Entertainment Center. On the current tour, Martin plays acoustic guitar and sings songs that are a little bit dialed back from what Mr. Big fans might be used to hearing from him. His set was excellent, performing with veteran musicians and interacting with the crowd at Piere’s.

Photos by Wayne Edwards.

Links.

Eric Martin, https://ericmartin.com/

Michael Schenker Group main article, https://flyingfiddlesticks.com/2022/10/17/michael-schenker-group-at-pieres-ft-wayne-october-12-2022/

Piere’s Entertainment Center, https://pieresentertainment.com/

© Wayne Edwards

Photo Gallery: Eric Martin at Piere’s, Ft. Wayne, October 12, 2022

Bloody Hammers, Washed In The Blood (2022)

It’s Halloween – you need Bloody Hammers at your party. Washed In The Blood is out now.

Bloody Hammers is the Charlotte, North Carolina horror doom rock duo of Anders Manga (vocals, guitar, drums, bass, keys) and Devallia (keys, bass). For more than a decade, they have been laying down shivering grooves beginning with their self-titled album in 2012. Five more records followed over the years, and now we have the seventh, Washed In The Blood. The new one holds as many horrors as those that came before. This time around, Bloody Hammers took the DIY approach, and the result is a high water mark in their catalogue.

There are nine killer tracks on the new record. It all kicks off with a bang on “Black Sunday.” A serious riff is followed by a big, full hard rock sound and immediately recognizable vocals. It is called a hook for a reason and this one sinks in true and deep, putting me in mind of radio leads from not so long ago. This song would be an excellent opener for a live show.

The horror movie elements are infused in every song, hitting especially solidly on tracks like “Phantasmagoria” where the clear narrative and singable chorus creates a clear path to the anthemic. “And Soon The Darkness” is a rousing rough-houser with a gruff edge that gets polished in the vocals. “At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul,” on the other hand, goes full sinister and heavy gothic.

The entire album is winner and I played it through twice on the first listen. I say in all honesty that I like every track, but the song I can’t get out of my head is “Water to the Dead.” It is a combination of the insistent guitar and the heavy melodic surety in the way that the vocals execute the lyrics that combine to make it unforgettable. “Last Rites Of Lucifer” is a top shelf contender, too, and the final piece, “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” eliminates any doubt about the album making year’s best lists far and wide. I have been a Bloody Hammers fan all along, and the new record is at the top of the queue here at Shardik Media headquarters. Highly recommended.

Washed In The Blood is out now on digital, CD, and vinyl. Check and see if any physicals remain at the link below.

Links.

Bandcamp, https://bloodyhammers.bandcamp.com/album/washed-in-the-blood

Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/BloodyHammers

© Wayne Edwards

Bloody Hammers, Washed In The Blood (2022)

The Red Mountain Photo Gallery, Tennessee Metal Devastation 2022

Photos by Wayne Edwards.

Links.

The Red Mountain website, https://www.facebook.com/THEREDMOUNTAIN/

Tennessee Metal Devastation, https://metaldevastationradio.com/Metal-Devastation-Music-Fest

FFMB article on Tennessee Metal Devastation 2022, https://flyingfiddlesticks.com/2022/10/11/tennessee-metal-devastation-lexington-tennessee-october-8-2022/

© Wayne Edwards

The Red Mountain Photo Gallery, Tennessee Metal Devastation 2022

Ruby The Hatchet, Fear Is A Cruel Master (Magnetic Eye 2022)

Ruby The Hatchet returns with their trademark heavy psych music on Fear Is A Cruel Master.

I am not even going to try to pretend I am not a big fan of Ruby The Hatchet. Truly, one of the very best experiences I had this year was seeing them perform at Psycho Las Vegas. It might sound a little over the top, but I like everything about this band – their sound, their compositions, and they way to approach live performance. The musicians are Jillian Taylor (vocals), Johnny Scarps (guitar), Owen Stewart (drums), Lake Muir (bass), and Sean Hur (keys).

I have heard everything Ruby The Hatchet has released, starting with the early self-titled EP through to Planetary Space Child (Tee Pee Records 2017) and Live At Earthquaker (Magnetic Eye Records 2022). I have been ready for the new studio album for some time now.

Fear Is A Cruel Master has eight tracks, beginning with high-energy opener “The Change.” This song has great single potential with its grooving hook and catchy, singable chorus. You can hear every element working together on this song. “Deceiver” is heavier with a darker story. The echoing lead guitar in the first half of the song casts a lasting spell. “Primitive Man” offers a grungy menace for a foundation and mesmerizing guitar and keys lines, while “1000 Years” lies along a more somber path. Taylor’s voice is the feature here and she sounds better than ever.

Side B opens with “Soothsayer.” It’s an exuberant undertaking with a mystical sensibility. “Thruster” sounds like a dark magician at work on something diabolical, then “Last Saga” slows the pace for melancholy reflections and powerful vocal duet. The final song is “Amor Gravis.” There are vibrant, even speedy elements in this song that complement perfectly the heavier overtones. It is a good vehicle to bring us back to earth at the end of the set. It is always good to have new music from Ruby The Hatchet, and the new album is even better than I expected it to be. Highly recommended.

Fear Is A Cruel Master is out on Friday, October 21st through Magnetic Eye Records in the accustomed forms. Don’t wait if you want any of the physicals because they might not last very long. Links below.

Band photo by Don Vincent Ortega.

Links.

Bandcamp, https://thehatchet.bandcamp.com/album/fear-is-a-cruel-master

Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/rubythehatchet/

Magnetic Eye Records, https://en.merhq.net/

© Wayne Edwards

Ruby The Hatchet, Fear Is A Cruel Master (Magnetic Eye 2022)

Michael Schenker Group at Piere’s, Ft. Wayne, October 12, 2022

Michael Schenker’s 50th Anniversary Universal world tour made a stop at Piere’s last week in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Michael Schenker

Michael Schenker is a guitar legend. From his earliest work with the Scorpions (along with his brother Rudolf and Klaus Meine) and, more significantly, UFO, Schenker has been a non-stop force in hard rock for decades. He originally put together the Michael Schenker Group initially in 1978, and it has drifted apart and reformed a few times over the years. The current tour is in support of the band’s latest album, Universal (Atomic Fire 2022).

The show opened with Images of Eden, a metal band from Pennsylvania. Supporting their current EP, Weathered And Torn, Gordon Tittsworth and company performed a style of music that is a combination of classic metal and modern rock that relies heavily on the impassioned vocal delivery the band has become known for.

Images Of Eden

Eric Martin of Mr. Big fame had the middle set. On the current tour, Martin plays acoustic guitar and sings songs that are a little bit dialed back from what Mr. Big fans might be used to hearing from him. His set was excellent, performing with veteran musicians and interacting with the crowd at Piere’s.

Eric Martin

Michael Schenker’s set started with him walking out on stage and announcing the first song, “Into the Arena,” an instrumental opener that sparked a fire. Schenker then introduced front man Ronnie Romero who took the stage and led with “Cry For The Nations.” The combination of Romero and Schenker is formidable to say the least. The show was amazing, and my favorite part was hearing all those UFO tunes live once again. The Michael Schenker Group is one of those bands I never get tired of seeing.

Ronnie Romero
Michael Schenker Group
Michael Schenker

Michael Schenker Group is on tour for the rest of the month and into November in the US – check out the tour poster for cities and dates. Also look for more photos of all three bands in the coming days at FFMB. Links to the photo galleries will be added in this article as they each go live.

Photos by Wayne Edwards.

Band Links.

Michael Schenker Group, https://michaelschenkerhimself.com/

FFMB review of Universal, https://flyingfiddlesticks.com/2022/05/27/michael-schenker-group-universal-atomic-fire-2022/

Eric Martin, https://ericmartin.com/

Images of Eden, https://imagesofeden.com/index2.htm

Piere’s Entertainment Center, https://pieresentertainment.com/

Photo Galleries.

Michael Schenker Group, https://flyingfiddlesticks.com/2022/11/10/photo-gallery-michael-schenker-group-at-pieres-ft-wayne-october-12-2022/

Eric Martin, https://flyingfiddlesticks.com/2022/11/06/photo-gallery-eric-martin-at-pieres-ft-wayne-october-12-2022/

Images of Eden, https://flyingfiddlesticks.com/2022/11/09/images-of-eden-at-pieres-ft-wayne-october-12-2022/

© Wayne Edwards

Michael Schenker Group at Piere’s, Ft. Wayne, October 12, 2022