Bodyguards and hard bodies at Metal Blood Fest.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
With horror-inspired lyrics, voices that are half Freddy Krueger and half Cookie Monster, skull-splitting guitar riffs and drums that sound like machine guns on crank, the two-day, nine-band Monterey Metal Blood Fest could generate as much theatrics as a WWF Royal Rumble.
On the first day of festivities, Monterey favorite Counter Clockwise will take the stage, playing raucous titles about affixation like “Vexation,” in the tradition of Megadeth.
Another first-day highlight is Praetorian from Melbourne, Australia. The death metal band takes its name from Praetorian Guard, bodyguards of the ancient Roman emperors. “Tunguska,” one of the band’s hits, centers around the 1908 meteor explosion over Siberia. Pride Subject, Mudface and Mnemonic Device also perform.
Day two promises even more dramatic antics. A Band of Orcs from Santa Cruz resemble Gwar, the pioneers of horror/shock rock. The costumed band sings about mythical lands where their kind dominates and humans are food. Monterey’s Blood Print lists influences as: “brutality, Faces of Death, Halloween, fine ass females, shrooms, tits, blood and phobias.”
Miseria and the Sacramento-based Sexciety top off the evening.
THE MONTEREY METAL BLOOD FEST starts 8pm Friday and Saturday, April 24-25, at Jose’s Underground Lounge, 638 Wave St., Monterey. $5. 655-4419.