Forty Winters and Friends Return to Orlando Tomorrow Night! by orlandooom407

Wednesday heaviness continues on into February of 2012 tomorrow night with Forty Winters, A Fight For Life, In Reference to A Sinking  Ship, Abdomen Canvas and Wavedash Through the Onslaught.

Most of our regular readers know exactly why I have my hands in this show despite that it’s populated by a genre of music I ardently loathe in most cases. To those who don’t, I FUCKING LOVE FORTY WINTERS. Hate if you will, but I’ll retort any hatred with my review of their 2011 LP.

Still not convinced? Check it:

These dudes are pissed, and they aren’t afraid to convey this anger with a half time riff or two. Fans of The Red Chord, Thick as Blood and Despised Icon will feel right at home mid-pulverization by the FW.

In Reference To A Sinking Ship doesn’t fuck around:

I again will omit my thoughts pertaining to this band’s agenda and lyricism, but musically they’re a tenacious metallic hardcore wrecking crew. Vocalist John Crowder reminds me of the singer from Harm’s Way for multiple different reasons; definitely a plus. The rest of the band performing together provides a buffet of neck fracturing half times, and enough irate focus to take down a pack of rabid elephants. Bare handed.

Local support consists of Abdomen Canvas and Wavedash Through the Super Smash Brothers Allusion. AC is a galloping brutal centric quintet from Orlando, and if you like The Black Dahlia Murder you’ll want to partake in their flavor of modernized deathcore:

Finally we’ve got the Wavedash ballers. These chaps are relatively green, but have been taking some serious dedicated steps into their band’s success:

See you dudes and dude ladies tomorrow. Wednesday’s aren’t dead here in O-town!

– Jared Oates Haggard


Forty Winters – Reflection by orlandooom407

South Floridian metalcore will always hold a soft spot in my ears and heart. I’ll give credit to Poison the Well and Remembering Never for that. That same notion applies to my buddy Xavier Vicuna and his three brutalizing companions in Forty Winters. The art here presents an assured tone that this record doesn’t carry any religious agenda baggage and exudes some pivotal attention to detail.

Tentacles, flowers and a decaying hundred foot tall zombie. None of these things are in your future while listening to FW, but the cover art is impressively detailed and malevolent.

Forget all the predictable devices implemented in your typical metal/death/whatthefuckever core band because while FW does prescribe to some traditional methods they also bare an unmistakable charm the comes with the 954 area code. And if you can’t forget them, or how they’ve influenced some social media bantering, this band probably isn’t for you. Also, anyone looking for a beep booping KORG Micro breakdown can promptly fuck off into a never ending bath with a battery powered toaster.

I won’t bullshit anyone here there are breakdowns, but they’re similar to the intensity of The Red Chord rather than  August Burns Who Gives a Fuck. What I’ve always hated about the McFarlane themed deathcore bands is that their obligatory puns normally disappoint. I take my puns very seriously. But with tracks titled Cam-pain I can’t help but comb a guilty smile across my face. Reflection does everything a pulverizing half time oriented record should do, and exceeds expectations by maintaining a cohesive breakdown:groove ratio. At times you’ll experience a big ‘ol left hand turn into a vulgar snare heavy build up that effortlessly transforms into a fist hurling groove akin to their SoFla cousins in Thick as Blood. Precision is key when crafting a hardcore oriented record, and you can feel that any member of FW didn’t skip out on band practice while preparing for tracking.

Just to touch briefly of the vocal style I think the intensity exudes confidence with simultaneously authenticity. What I’d like to hear more of if I could change one thing is an emphasis on mid range assaults similar to Xibalba. Xavier’s does do an excellent job with his lyrical organization and remaining splendiferous with his vocal stylistic shifting. No bree bree boredom is always a good thing.

Be sure to check out Dead Truth Recordings for more beat down beauty from the 954/305.

Summative Sentence: Lace up your Nike’s because Reflection unleashes abhorrent assaults of dissonant neck break riffing and pristine demoralizing half time segues sure to stagger any comfort zone.

Favorite Track: Cam-pain (Duh!)

Click here to download Reflection by Forty Winters FO FREE.

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The Forty Winters quartet will be performing at Will’s Pub on February 1st in Orlando Florida. Click the flier below for more information:

– Jared Oates Haggard

Two Shows For National Metal Day? You damn right. by orlandooom407


(Click the fliers for more info at their individual Facebook event pages)

While the majority of this lineup is rather comical, but not in a satisfying way, Lowest and Green Street Elite (click their names to listen) won’t receive any negative criticism from this guy. Lace up the Nikes, but be prepared for some down time, for this extremely juxtaposed Hardcore pre-game party. $8 for some Southwest Florida Hardcore? Shut up and take my money.

And beginning promptly after this show’s conclusion:

Unfortunately I’m unfamiliar with I Will Break Thee and Worlds Within Us so I cannot comment on their music. Abdomen Canvas and The Rookies on the other hand will more than likely deliver their own unique blends of Metal and Hardcore without any contrived filler riffs. Continue the wrath at Will’s Pub for only $5. National Metal Day celebrations are much better when they’re a double header. Come party with OD6 and friends tonight on the one, the only, Mills50.

– Jared Oates Haggard

Orlando Metal Awards Voting Begins! by orlandooom407

Big props to Orlandooom’s own Keith Carlson for this exceptionally classy logo.  So, the Orlando Metal Awards have come again in October as usual. Since our inception at the beginning of this year all of the dedicated individuals that contribute to Orlandooom shows, blog posts, promotions, parties or what have you have been a family to me. Granted, as Tim of Hollow Leg put it, that family appears to be  “a bunch of satanic alcoholics” seen through the eyes of any average Joe who’s never heard a metal band that wasn’t Slipknot or Metallica’s Black Album.

Now, I’m asking our readers, friends, and supporters to help us leave a foot print on the scene we’ve all work so hard to build and nourish. Below you’ll find a list of my  nominations for Orlando’s Best  Metal Bands and Individual Musicians. I’m going to post every single band that’s been gracious enough to be part of one of our shows. My individual list, however, will only be my personal nominations for each category.


Doom and Sludge Nominations

Hollow Leg (Jaxlando Doom Metal) – Check out Hollow Leg on their Bandcamp page.

Junior Bruce (Sludge Metal, signed to A389 Records)Check out Junior Bruce on Facebook.

Demons (Sludge Metal) – Check out Demons on Youtube.

Swamp Ruins (Grind n’ Doom Metal) Check out Swamp Ruins on their Bandcamp page.

Six Dead Horses (Hypnotic Doom Metal) – Check out Six Dead Horses on their Bandcamp page.

Druid Lord (Death-Doom Metal) – Check out Druid Lord on their Bandcamp page.

Sterile Prophet (Doom Metal) – Check out Sterile Prophet on their Bandcamp page.

King Hippo (Sludge / Thrash Metal) – Check out King Hippo on Facebook.

Progressive Metal

Khann (Progressive Metal, signed to Black Market Activity) – Check out Khann on Facebook.

Abuse (Mathpunk Metal Madness) – Check out Abuse on their Bandcamp page.

With My Bear Hands (Progressive Metal) – Check out WMBH on their Bandcamp Page.

Primary Colors (Progessive Metal) – Check out Primary Colors on Facebook.

Black and Thrash Metal

Dissident Aggressor (Blackened Thrash) – Check out Dissident Aggressor on their Bandcamp page.

Ghede (Powerviolence / Black Metal) – Check out Ghede on their Bandcamp page.

Paper Street Soap Company (Thrash Metal) – Check out Paper Street on Facebook.

Death Metal

Ninety Minute Reflex (Deathgrind) – Check out Ninety Minute Reflex on Facebook.

Quarter the Villain (Deathgrind) – Check out QTV on their Bandcamp page.

Abdomen Canvas (Death Metal) – Check out Abdomen Canvas on Facebook.

My Nominations For Individual Performers

David Gayler – Vocalist for Demons

Jake Smith – Guitarist for Khann

Tom Crowther – Bassist for Junior Bruce and Hollow Leg

Joshua Dulcie – Drummer for Khann



Oh, and you can vote for my band (Fire in the Cave) if you want too, we’d greatly appreciate your support. 🙂

– Jared Oates Haggard