Carn-Evil: A Metal lovers fiendly festival of games, contests, and bone crushing music was held at Malone’s in Santa Ana on 4/20. Sponsored by Dead Sea Records (Micheal Black of Black Oil) this Metal fest was more than music, it was an event. The day included almost 2 dozen bands, carnival games, and Metal, Metal, and more Metal.
Starting at noon and going ’til 2 am, it was a full buffet of music to feed your metal craving. The Metal music lineup for the day included: Lazarus Casket, Embryonic Devourment, Disgorge, Lord of War, Condemned, Exmortus, Lich King, The Opaque (playing their final show with its original members), Blood for our Brothers, Bloodscribe, Septic Slaughter, Galaxy Crusher (formerly known as Arbitrator, Black Raven Project, Enrot, Crimson, Embrace the Confusion, Deiform, Lanza, and more. It was a full day packed and stacked with Metal music.
All the bands were worth seeing, however for the sake of not making this the next epic novel to rival “War & Peace”, I am only going to highlight a few. However all the bands are worth checking out if you are a true metal fan.
Lazarus Casket: the best way to describe this band is brutal metal. The band is: Jason Tyler – vocals, Gabe – guitars, Aaron Miller – guitars, David Johnson – bass, and Tyrell Williamson (Whitey) – drums. This Long Beach band fits in the Death Metal/Experimental spectrum of the Metal genre. Lazarus Casket took the stage with brutal force, as always with hard drums, and Jason Tyler’s pure metal growl on lead vocals. This band was a metal fans dream. I suggest them to all my hard core, brutal, (I know I said that but that sums them up) fans.
Lich King is a East Coast Thrash Metal, in your face kind of band who was playing this show as part of a short West Coast tour.Tom – vocals, Rob – lead guitar, Brian – drums, Dave – bass, and Joe – rhythm guitars are Lich King. This band will tell you “The point was to create new old-school thrash metal in the vein of EXODUS, VIO-LENCE, S.O.D., SLAYER and others.” I can say they reached their goal. Their set was professional, hard, and true to the sound they were going for. I thought they sounded a bit like Overkill. I recommend this band to any metal fan who might enjoy the bands they listed as influences. They take all the great icons of old school Thrash Metal and create their own sound that results in must see/hear Metal.
Ed-GRRR (Vocals), Mario Macabre (Bass), Steve Spider (Guitar) and Chava Doom (Drums) are Blood for Our Brothers. This LA based band defines themselves as METALAL/DEATHMETAL/GRINDCORE. I have seen them more than once and I would see them again. This band has a great stage presences, interacts with the crowd, and I would recommend them to any metal fan.
As I said, all the bands were worth seeing and if you missed this event make sure to see the bands on another stage. The Metal community is one of the best scenes to be in and the bands love their fans as much as the fans love the bands. To make future shows and events like this possible, support your local music and hit a show.
Special Thanks to Michael Black and Dead Sea Records, not only for putting this festival together, but for also being a leader and relentless promoter of the Metal scene. If you are a true Metal fan or band that wants to see the scene thrive, give some Love and support to Michael Black, his band Black Oil, and his record label Dead Sea Records.
Written by: Melissa and Wes “Rockwell” Anderson, http://www.ROCKwellUnScene.com
Photos by: Rockwell Anderson Media, http://www.ROCKwellUnScene.com