Beldam, Live At The Golden Pony (HPGD 2021)

The live album from sludge masters Beldam is an historical artifact of doom and despair.

This is one from the archives, recorded live at The Golden Pony in Harrisonburg, Virginia on January 8, 2017. Beldam is a band that started out in Charlottesville, Virginia and has moved around since then. In a mere three years they released two impressive albums, Still the Wretched Linger (2016) and Pasung (2018). The new one was captured in between these releases and completes a menacing triptych.

There are five looming tracks on the album. The first three are from Still the Wretched Linger, “The Foundling,” “From Grave To Cradle,” and “Needles.” From the opening bars that rise over the cheering crowd you get an intimate feeling of being in the room surrounded by the dark energy. The weight of the guitar and impenetrable bass is immense. The warbling, wandering lead guitar and searing vocals press the air from your lungs in the opener, and the music only gets heavier from there. The pace ranges from dead slow and absolutely crushing to pounding and assertive — the latter is particularly notable on “Needles.”

The two final pieces originally appeared on Pasung, so they are being performed here to promote that album. “Vial of Silence” sounds like it was recorded in a torture chamber that never closes.

“That Which Consumes You” identifies the burdens of life that wear on us and tells the story in an eerie, dank kaleidoscope of torment. It is an experience.

I would like to hear more music from this band but if the internet is to be believed, the future is uncertain. We do have the two studio albums and now this live musical artifact. Recommended.

Live At The Golden Pony is out now from Horror Pain Gore Death productions on CD and digital.

Links.

Bandcamp, https://hpgd.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-the-golden-pony

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

Horror Pain Gore Death Productions, https://www.horrorpaingoredeath.com/

Beldam, Live At The Golden Pony (HPGD 2021)

I Prevail ~ Frame 42 ~ Inner Image Photo Gallery

Here is another cache of three bands I took a few photos of grouped together for an eclectic rock gallery. I Prevail at Blue Ridge Rock Festival (Danville, Virginia), Frame 42 at Higher Ground (Burlington, Vermont), and Inner Image, also from Blue Ridge Rock Festival.

Here we go. The musical styles of these bands range far and wide, and they all gave us fantastic music to listen to in 2021.

All photos by Wayne Edwards

I Prevail
I Prevail
I Prevail
Frame 42
Frame 42
Frame 42
Inner Image
Inner Image

Links.

I Prevail, https://iprevailband.com/

Frame 42, https://www.frame42.com/

Inner Image, https://www.innerimagemusic.com/

Blue Ridge Rock Festival coverage at Ryze-Up magazinehttps://www.ryze-up.com/music-2/blue-ridge-rock-festival-2021/

© Wayne Edwards.

I Prevail ~ Frame 42 ~ Inner Image Photo Gallery

Cursor, Blue Ridge Rock Festival, Danville, Virginia, September 12, 2021

Cursor is an alternative metal band with a strong post-rock attitude that is front and center during their performances. Add a little grunge in there as well and you have a dominating combination.

All photos by Wayne Edwards.

Links.

Website, https://www.cursorofficial.com/

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

Blue Ridge Rock Festival coverage at Ryze-Up magazine, https://www.ryze-up.com/music-2/blue-ridge-rock-festival-2021/

© Wayne Edwards.

Cursor, Blue Ridge Rock Festival, Danville, Virginia, September 12, 2021

The Impurity, Blue Ridge Rock Festival, Danville, Virginia, September 11, 2021

The Impurity gave the crowd a healthy dose of straight-up heavy metal on late Saturday afternoon at the festival. They are another band I hadn’t seen before and was glad to catch. Great show.

All photos by Wayne Edwards.

Links.

Website, https://www.theimpurityofficial.com/

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

YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSWfkrYKLDZ6naVjcEkVx8w

Spotify, https://open.spotify.com/artist/0dkISN8OvhzddJlOHdjgxN

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© Wayne Edwards.

The Impurity, Blue Ridge Rock Festival, Danville, Virginia, September 11, 2021

Hatebreed, Blue Ridge Rock Festival, Danville, Virginia, September 11, 2021

I have been listening to Hatebreed closely for a few years now. Their most recent album, The Weight of the False Self, had a big impact on me and so they were one of the bands I was most looking forward to seeing at the festival.

All photos by Wayne Edwards.

Links.

Website, https://www.hatebreed.com/

YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/c/hatebreed

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

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© Wayne Edwards.

Hatebreed, Blue Ridge Rock Festival, Danville, Virginia, September 11, 2021

Body Count, Blue Ridge Rock Festival, Danville, Virginia, September 11, 2021

Body Count needs no introduction or explanation. Check out Carnivore to get in the game.

All photos by Wayne Edwards.

Links.

Spotify, https://open.spotify.com/artist/5KCph1z3jaSwhtwPzoYp6i

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

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© Wayne Edwards.

Body Count, Blue Ridge Rock Festival, Danville, Virginia, September 11, 2021

Saul, Blue Ridge Rock Festival, Danville, Virginia, September 10, 2021

Midwest favorites Saul brought catchy hard rock to Blue Ridge Rock Festival on Friday afternoon. Check out their album Rise As Equals to get a sense of exactly why their music has such a broad appeal.

All photos by Wayne Edwards.

Links.

Website, https://saulofficial.com/

YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfVimzkq5EqQ0ZDo_FrP7Lg

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

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© Wayne Edwards.

Saul, Blue Ridge Rock Festival, Danville, Virginia, September 10, 2021

Rise Against, Blue Ridge Rock Festival, Danville, Virginia, September 10, 2021

Veteran rockers Rise Against got the crowd going with an energetic set that featured some of their best known songs alongside new ones. Give their latest album Nowhere Generation (Loma Vista 2021) a listen.

All photos by Wayne Edwards.

Links.

Website, https://riseagainst.com/

YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/user/RiseAgainst

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

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© Wayne Edwards.

Rise Against, Blue Ridge Rock Festival, Danville, Virginia, September 10, 2021

Motionless In White, Blue Ridge Rock Festival, Danville, Virginia, September 10, 2021

Motionless In White put on an unforgettable show at the festival filled with creative lights and fire. They should always win the battle of competing stages if a choice has to be made. Great metal and a great visual experience.

All photos by Wayne Edwards.

Links.

Website, https://www.motionlessinwhite.net/

Spotify, https://open.spotify.com/artist/6MwPCCR936cYfM1dLsGVnl

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

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© Wayne Edwards.

Motionless In White, Blue Ridge Rock Festival, Danville, Virginia, September 10, 2021

Anthrax, Blue Ridge Rock Festival, Danville, Virginia, September 10, 2021

When classic thrash is on the bill and Anthrax is one of the best. They made a number of festival appearances in 2021 – I saw them three times. There set in Virginia was one of the best of the entire festival.

All photos by Wayne Edwards.

Links.

Website, https://www.anthrax.com/

Spotify, https://open.spotify.com/artist/3JysSUOyfVs1UQ0UaESheP

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

Blue Ridge Rock Festival coverage at Ryze-Up magazine, Blue Ridge Rock Festival 2021 – (ryze-up.com)

© Wayne Edwards.

Anthrax, Blue Ridge Rock Festival, Danville, Virginia, September 10, 2021