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Sons of Zeus, Slayers of Gorgons: PerseuS Brings the Thunder

PerseuS

A late June Saturday night doesn’t necessarily conjure thoughts of machine gun kicks, chunky riffage with the tastiest of finger-licks or vocal pipes that make you wonder, if just for a moment, you’ve inadvertently stepped behind a Boeing jet engine, but if you were at The Blue Note in downtown Oklahoma City on the 30th, the last paragraph probably hit you like a Woodstock acid flashback.

In case you’re out of the loop, OKC has a new group of homegrown heroes; PerseuS hit the local metalcore scene in 2008 and, barring a brief hiatus, has been plowing their way to the big time. By all accounts, June 30th, 2019 was the best outing thus far, and let me tell you, it was a face-melter.

Another Round (the opener) got the room warmed up in top fashion, with a sound that reminded me of The Toadies and Alter Bridge (you’re welcome for that thought). Then, as if M. Night Shyamalan made the schedule, the headliners played the middle spot! Mind….. blown…. But I guess you can do what you want when you bring the furious thunder!

Click the link to check these guys out. Show your support and follow them on FB:

https://www.facebook.com/anotherroundokc/

Upon first glance, PerseuS seems like a ragtag band of misfits, admittedly, but don’t let your eyes fool you! Jordan Gorath (drums) may be quiet and unassuming off stage, but his timing and energy behind the kit blow those misconceptions away quick.

Jordan Gorath
Drums

And no, that’s not Toki Wartooth on the bass, that’s Gage Wayland! Together with Chris Gomez (rhythm guitar) the trio rhythm section is not to be trifled with!

Gage Wayland
Bass/VoX
Chris Gomez
Rhythm Guitar

Oh, you wanna know who the guy off to the left of stage is? It’s only Gabe Mark, lead guitar and composer! With an attitude that says “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!” Gabe seems content to ride the edge of the spotlight, but when you’re the brains of the operation, you can rock out wherever you damn well please. And with blistering sweeps and awesomely technical solos, rocking out is an understatement.

Gabe Mark
Lead Guitar/Composer

And last but certainly not least, the frontman, on lead vocals, Jeremy Knight. Jeremy has a way of connecting with the crowd, of drawing out energy, that one only gets with true passion for performing. He had the entire bar on their feet by the second song, and kept them there till he was done with them. A fireball of energy, PerseuS is bringing their tight, heavy stampede of fury to ever greater heights.

Jeremy Knight
VoX

Our boys are opening for Fit For A King with Norma Jean on July 31st @ Diamond Ballroom in OKC. Get your tickets here!! Check them out on Facebook and watch for more shows, I promise you won’t regret it.

https://www.facebook.com/ThePerseusBand

As always, I’ll leave you with a quote:

Shake for me, girl. I wanna be your backdoor man.” –Richard Milhous Nixon

Wanna see Slipknot play Rock Am Ring in Germany this weekend?

Well we’re giving away tickets to……. ok, no we’re not. This site doesn’t make that kind of money… yet! The good news, though, is that you don’t have to pay one red cent to catch the show.

The Nine will be live-streaming their headlining performance Sunday night, the band tweeted Thursday morning. It’ll give the group some (masked) face-time with their fans before the upcoming Knotfest Roadshow, which promises to be a kind of reestablishing of dominance, in the best way. This years lineup includes Volbeat, Gojira and Behemoth. (Warning: It Might Get a Little Loud!) We here at the Jam Hole are super- syched for We Are Not Your Kind, their 6th studio album, to drop in August.

Curtains-up is at 9:45pm UK time, which means the US east coast tunes in at 4:45pm, and 1:45pm for the west.

If you want to join in the festivities, just click the link below at the designated times on Sunday. http://slipknot1.com/events

Enjoy the show! And remember….you can’t see California without Marlon Brando‘s eyes 🤘😆

Is Nickleback… Cool Now?!


Okay, so, the short story is, no, not really (Sorry Chad). But, (and that’s a sizable “but”) I happened across the title track off their 2017 album Feed The Machine, and I had to look twice at who’s song it was! Chunky riffs, machine-gun kick-drums, and a rather guttural vocal track, at least compared to songs like ‘Photograph‘ and ‘How You Remind Me‘. I’ll admit I was impressed enough to skim through the rest of the album, and here’s what I came away with. Give it a listen and tell us what you think in the comments section!

First, I’m going to ask you to forget everything you know about Nickleback; the schlocky mom-rock singles from the early 2000’s, the attempt at reinvention with All The Right Reasons (2005) which gave us the rage-inducing D-side ‘Rockstar‘, a self-felating tribute to their pre-fame days, released well into their international touring career. I guess they don’t have irony in Canada…

See how easy it can be to slip into a prejudiced attitude?

Happens to the best of us.

Now that that’s out of our system, I’ll get down to nuts and bolts. The first and last tracks are strong. Solid drums and rhythm guitar riffs throughout, and I’d take those vocals any day of the week. There’s several more decent ones peppered in the middle as well, with varying degrees of awesomeness. Now, full disclosure, there ARE cheesy, archetypal “fillers” in there, which you’ll recognize about 15 seconds in, so keep your finger near the skip button. Audio to ‘Feed The Machine’ and ‘The Betrayal (Act III)’ are below for you to enjoy at your convenience.

Nickleback on Spotify
Nickleback on Spotify

I think the reason this was on my heart today is because, despite general distaste for middle-of-the-road, flavorless music and the tendency of mainstream radio to play the ever-loving FUCK out of the 20 songs in their rotation, regardless of quality, I’ve come to this conclusion: If this was NB’s first album, I highly doubt they would’ve ended up as the industry’s proverbial whipping-boy.

While it’s far from the likes of Master of Puppets or Reign in Blood, I absolutely respect the course-correction that is Feed The Machine. And, admittedly, I have a soft spot for redemption stories


On This Day.

March 23rd, 1979

Following their super-successful 1978 debut album, Van Halen went on in completing their very first world tour. Come early December, just one week after tour, the band made their way back into the studio to begin recording their second album.

With in just a matter of days… recording came to it’s end and Van Halen II was ready to be released. It wasn’t long after that the album made way onto the charts, taking it’s Spot as number 6 on the Billboard 200… along with 2 hit singles that were featured on the Billboard 100.

Where the first album was more of a showcase for Eddie Van Halen’s “flaming fingers”, the sophomore record was the chance for the rest of the band to show that they well deserved that spot on stage, playing alongside “The Sultan of the Six-String.”

…We can go ahead and say, they didn’t disappoint!

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Metal-Show Etiquette

We all know “THAT guy”, don’t we? The dude that has too many overpriced beers, hollers “Freebird!!” after every song, and generally does his best to ruin the night for everyone in his immediate proximity? Yeah, THAT guy.

Well, I sat down and thought about some of the things that he should focus on before attending any more shows. In fact, I bet all of us have broken at least ONE of these at some point. So check out this list of rock-show do’s and don’ts, and maybe we’ll all have a little better if a time at the next one.


1. Look Out For Kids!

Now, I believe that if a parent decides to bring their 4-10 year-old to a metal show, they do so with the understanding that there’s probably going to be some grown-up shit being said and done, and they can’t expect the rest of the crowd to sensor themselves. That said, if you see a small child around you, try not to trample them in the pit. They are metal’s next generation, after all!

WATCH OUT

2. Be a Door, Not a Wall.

Believe me, I’ve been at the back of the crowd before. I know how righteous it feels to set a pick on some yuppie trying to reclaim his spot at the front after a pee break. But guys, yuppies gotta pee, too! Plus you’re more likely to get beer spilled on you if you pull a Snorlax. If you wanna be up front, show up earlier!!


3. Heckling

This should go without saying, but no one payed money to hear you call the lead singer a douche-bag. You’re here for the headliner, we get it, now sit down, shut up and pretend to be a normal human being, as hard as that may be!


4. Getting too messed up/fighting

Ok, it’s hot, you’re thirsty, probably have to pee and you’ve been standing in the same spot for 2 hours waiting for your guys to hit the stage. I can see how someone bumping your elbow while passing you could break the camel’s back, I guess. Stop. Think. If you get booted for fighting, you just suffered all that discomfort for nothing. Let it go, man. Let. It. Go…..


5. Crowd surfers

Here’s another one that shouldn’t need to be brought up, but please, PLEASE, if a fellow ranger is being passed forward, do your part and help out. Don’t throw. Don’t drop. Be cool. And if it’s a female, NO GROPING!! C’mon, guys, that’s stage 4 creeper shit, and you deserve more than an ass-whoopin’ for it.

⚠️ CAUTION ⚠️

6. Be nice to the staff/security/Respect the Facility

We’re all here to have a good time, right? Well these people make it happen for us. FOR A LIVING! Try to put your authority issues aside for the evening and remember that when we leave, they’re staying back cleaning up after our sloppy asses. So make their job a little easier and throw your trash away, shake the bouncer’s hand and smile at the box office lady. Don’t cost nuthin’, so why not?


7. Moshing

Not a lot to say with this one, except READ THE ROOM. There are mosh bands, and there are no-mosh bands. No one at a Dave Matthews show wants a stray fist to the forehead! Use your best judgement, fellas.


8. If You’re in the Front Row, BANG YOUR FUCKING HEAD!!!

Here we are, the entire reason I thought to write this. I can’t stand to see people, chests to the barricade, last song of the set, eyes half shut and jaws on the floor looking like damn zombies. As much as the band is here to perform for you, as the only audience members they can see, you owe it to them to throw that energy back. If you can’t or don’t want to, get out the way! There are literally hundreds of people behind you that would be glad to take your spot. I mean, you paid for the tickets, so get excited for fuck’s sake!!

🤘LET THE MUSIC CONSUME YOU 🤘

Look, I’m not trying to be preachy or anything, and please feel free to leave a comment, or an amendment, for that matter, if I’ve left something out or whatever. I just feel like concerts exist to give us a chance to be a community, one mass of like-minded individuals with one goal: to show support and admiration for the music we love. So I’ll leave you with a quote, and take it to heart…

Be excellent to each other.”

Bill S. Preston, Esq. & x Theodore Logan


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