Swamp Abyss Sorcery Fest – Saturday 10/13 @ BACKBOOTH by orlandooom407

Salutations readers. Our inactivity ends today. I went over to the fuse box this morning, flipped the switch and proceeded to breath in the gaseous dusty internet tumbling through the air. Not only has the blog been resuscitated, but we plan to begin hosting shows in Central Florida once again starting in December. I think all ya’ll will find yourselves presently surprised at the lineup for our comeback show.

But, before we get ahead of ourselves here’s a much more immediate means to satisfy the heavy appetite. This year, and month in particular, have been rife with new releases from the likes of big leaguers like Converge, Trash Talk and even those sci-fi dorks Between the Buried and Me. I’ve had the pleasure of attending three delicious festivals myself: Maryland Deathfest X, 305 Fest and Scion Rock Fest 2012. If you buy all this apocalypse garbage I’d say this year would qualify as a grand finale for any heavy enthusiast. Now, Orlando, yet again, gets to throw in to this gargantuan pile thanks to Ninety Proof Productions. Hopefully this next image jogs some memories:

If you haven’t snagged this yet, do your ears the favor. This compilation offers tracks from the best in Floridian extreme metal bar none. While the upcoming fest doesn’t feature every single band included there’s inarguable representation. Fast, slow, you name it you’ll hear it. Orlando’s representation includes the blackened humidity of Fire In The Cave, the tombstone ridden deathdoom hypnosis of Druid Lord and the apocalyptic doom country anthems of Hollow Leg. The Miami hat trick of Shroud Eater, Holly Hunt, and Orbweaver stand to stake their claim as our unconditionally loved cousins of the glades. Don’t forget St. Petersburg and Gainesville either, represented by the drunken metal punks flyingsnakes and midnight (pun intended) riders Hot Graves. Click the flier above for more details and some gut busting comments.

Now, one last order of business. We are actively accepting sample submissions for writers who want to contribute. If that sounds like you please contact Orlandooom407@gmail.com for more details.

Don’t forget you can always keep up with us on FACESPACE and TWATTER (@Orlandooom).

See ya’ll Saturday.

– Jared Oates Haggard


Scion Rock Fest Set Times Chart (IN COLOR)! by orlandooom407

Scion Rock Fest kicks off tomorrow at 2PM EST in Tampa, Florida. We all couldn’t surpass our current state of elation if we tried. Here’s a handy colorful chart, created by Floridian West Coast native Chris Elmore, to help you in breaking up your evening. Orlandooom contributors and friends are sure to litter to floors of The Rtiz, Czar Bar and The Orpheum. I don’t know about everyone else, but there’s no way I’d miss The Atlas Moth, Sleep, Witch Mountain, Church of Misery or Saint Vitus. Might dip out during Down to catch a peek at Merzbow to complete the day’s sonic overload. Here’s Scion A/V Metal‘s graphical running order too:

Scion Rock Fest Information

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Swamp Abyss Sorcery – A Guide to Floridian Metal Circa 2012 by orlandooom407

I sincerely apologize for the lack of updates over the past few days. Combined with sending this grotesque chimeric bastard’s likeness to many of the blogs and forums that I frequent I’ve been heavily preoccupied by life, Fire in the Cave writing sessions and other writing projects. His name is THROMBIBULOUS and he exemplifies what happens when Rick Scott reveals his true form, except well, his flamingo penis is probably significantly smaller. He’s the newest mascot for several of us Florida people who decided to compile our songs together for this FREE COMPILATION entitled Swamp Abyss Sorcery. Satanik Recordings and HOT GRAVES compiled and released this free digital compilation on Valentine’s Day equipped with lore and artwork by Jean Saiz:

To help consolidate all necessary free time for the sake of enjoying the music I’m going to provide a series of one sentence matter of fact explanations of each band:


Shroud EaterA  malevolent and equivocally dissonant stoner metal trio armed with a PhD in savagery.

Holly Hunt – Armageddon flavored instrumental drone doom duo with an enamoring gazey trim.

Orbweaver – Deranged psychedelic death metal hurdling through space at speeds that make The Milennium Falcon look like your little sister’s moped.


Druid Lord – Tomb smashing death-doom quartet smelt together by ancient witchery and venomous rhythms.

Fire in the CaveI don’t critique my own band. Grim Kim Kelly did though.

Tampa / St.Petersburg:

flyingsnakes -Explosive blackened crust that eviscerates boundaries between metallic and anarchic.

FatalUnabashed thrash that will trash your entire hash stash to fuel their toxic lashed dash.

Party Time – Hyper active hardcore punk in less than two minutes or your punishment’s free.

Jacksonville / Gainesville:

Hollow Leg – Ravenous Floridian cult classic doom quartet that’ll have you saying “WHAT?!” for days.

Extremely Rotten – Red herring gore grind brutality with vocal tones so low that if plumbers had spidey sense it would violently tingle against the subconscious.

HOT GRAVES – Menacing blackened thrash burning a glorious Midnight inspired homage straight through your mind’s eye.

If you haven’t already, CLICK HERE to download the entire compilation for free.

– Jared Oates Haggard

Exclusive Interview With The Proselyte by orlandooom407

I recently shared a delightful series of e-mails with members of the Bostonian stoney metal quartet The Proselyte. This interview is a highly personal look into the lives of these four mega furious musicians:

So being that you’re located in Boston what would you say are some of the best facets your city has to offer to you as a self proclaimed “post-grunge” band?

“post grunge” was something we were described as by a kid at a show.  We all liked it.  There’s a strange obsession with various eras of music from the pacific northwest within our camp so we let it stick.  Albums like Mudhoney’s Superfuzz Bigmuff really helped me decide what a guitar should sound like.  In Boston I’d say we benefit from the presence of an enormous quantity of talented heavy bands, and that’s not a recent development either.

Hah! Looks like you’ve pioneered your own last.fm tag. What heavy bands would you say are the most pivotal to the scene in Boston today?

That totally depends on one’s definition of pivotal.  What’s pivotal to me in the local bands I admire is that they are making something new.  I’m into locals like Western Syndrome, Furnace, Razormaze, Ramming Speed, Finisher, Lunglust, and Riff Cannon, as well as the staples like Converge, Cave In and Jonah Jenkins is doing some really cool stuff with Rawradarwar.

That’s quite the diverse list. I recently noticed that you guys entitled your newest release Sunshine. What’s the significance behind the title? Is it the cause of death for the flies stuck to that 400 year old fly paper on the cover?

After shows, folks would mention that they dug the accapella part in the song “Slaw”, which is where the album title is taken from.  That just always stuck in my mind. Plus, the subject matter of most of the songs is fairly dark. So we figured, juxtapositioning and all that, name the album Sunshine. Oooooo irony.

Literary devices in metal, just how I like it! Going on lyrical content are their any major influences, either lyrical or literary, that your content stems from or is it mostly stoned introspection?

Definitely a great deal of literary influences.  This was the first time we all sat down with many of the instrumental demos and wrote as a band.  It ended up a convergence of everything we had been reading and reading about.  Stuff like Lovecraft, Philip K Dick, books about whaling. Really whatever had been on our coffee tables at the time.

Would any of you consider yourselves professional whalers? If not, what types of recreation to you all enjoy? Smoking pot and watching Jerry Springer counts as recreation.

No whalers unfortunately.  All of us really enjoy cooking.  In fact on tour we often cook for the folks that put us up.  Brad has always been the tech guy in the camp.  He fixes everything for me and the majority of my pedals are his creations.  Smoking pot is definitely up there as well.  Haha!

Now that you’ve mentioned food you’ve got me wondering. What is the signature Proselyte dish? Also, if you guys were to have a burger at Kuma’s Corner what would it consist of?

A signature dish would be hard to pull off.  We’ve got Brad who is a veggie and Mitch who won’t eat anything but lean rare meat and protein shakes.  I guess if we were to have a burger made in our honor it would be a veggie burger with a regular burger on top of it.  Alec would like rice and beans while I would like lots of fried things.  We would then have to pick off what we don’t like.

All of that sounds delectable. I’m out of questions, so is there anything else you’d like published with the interview? A declaration of war perhaps?

We are preparing a split 7″ with Flyingsnakes and will hopefully be hitting the road with them late spring.

Click here to check out The Proselyte on Facebook.

Click here to hear/download the Sunshine LP on Bandcamp.

– Jared Oates Haggard

Black Tusk Interview by orlandooom407

All of these questions were collaboratively contributed by the staff of Orlandooom.com.

OD6 – Ever time I hear the name Black Tusk it’s normally coupled by adjectives like “furious”, “tenacious”, “battering” and what have you. How do you guys summon all that fury into your intense live performance?

We have always been that way with our live shows. we have so much fun playing music and shows that it is hard to contain ourselves. we figure if people are going to come and watch us and want to have a good time we will give them everything we have no matter what.

OD6 – What can you tell us about the significance of the artwork for your forthcoming LP: “Set the Dial”?

We did another collaboration with John Baizley. It has another version of our character Agatha on the cover surrounded by dogs, snakes, and clouds. This cover is a little more reserved than the ultra busy ones we have had in the past. Agatha is representing a goddess of mythology and the dogs are her instruments of wrath. The snakes still represent an aspect of betrayal and the sins of man. The thunder clouds are a depiction of impending doom.

OD6 – Would you say that Set the Dial was a conscious effort to integrate elements of heavy southern rock more so than with your prior releases?

The “southern” sound is something that happens subconsciously and never strived for. Im not really even sure what that means in todays music. This is definitely a more heavy rock album than some of the last releases. It has a very groove orientated feel to most of the songs, a driving rhythm and beat.

OD6 – Who would you say are your absolute favorite bands to tour with and why?

There are so many bands that we have toured with and love that it is hard to pick a few. like is like trying to pick your favorite pet.

OD6 – Who has the worst smelling farts?

Does anyone have good smelling ones?

OD6 – If you could play a show in any country in the entire world that you haven’t played yet, where would that be?

All of them. we aint gonna stop till we have played them all!

OD6 – Ribs or Bacon?

That is another impossible question to answer. unless……bacon wrapped ribs.

OD6 – How long has Jonathonathonathon been growing his wicked wizard beard?

I have been growing this batch for about 6 or 7 years i think. its like a stray that you feed. one day it was there and thats how it has been ever since.

OD6 – What other bands (besides Baroness and Kylesa) should we be looking out for in the Savannah scene?

Dead Yet?, Whiskey Dick, Niche, Train Wrecks, Slave Grave

OD6 – (Breaking anonymity on this one, this question was submitted by Nick Sibilia of Saint Petersburg sludge slingers: flyingsnakes) Yeah I’ve got a question. Why does the tusk gotta be black?!

Once you go black you never come back!


Check out Black Tusk’s newest LP, Set the Dial, on their Bandcamp page!

-Athon—bass/vocals Black Tusk

North&south – Ghost by orlandooom407

Happy Friday everyone! Jean Saiz, of Shroud Eater, brought this band to my attention. I’m thankful she did, because I didn’t think I was ever going to have the pleasure of reviewing anything quite like North&south. This Miami based quartet integrates a triumphant blend of ambient guitar swells, and mesmerizing percussion patterns to usher in their tranquil soundscapes. The bass guitar provides a hearty compliment to each riff and build, and I particularly enjoyed its placement within the mix.  Hope you like delay pedals, because there’s certainly no shortage of those.

Technique aside, these refined instrumentalists definitely understand the power of cohesive song writing. What’s most outstanding though is that the organization of songs allows each one to independently journey within itself, rather than unifying a spacious exodus where track changes aren’t apparent. No vocals either, but they aren’t needed with the battalion of subtle sound filling the framework.

These folks are exceptionally generous too, because the Ghost EP is available on their Bandcamp page “for the reasonable price of fucking free.” See the bottom of this review for a link.

Tasteful electronics are found beneath the waves, but they don’t take any precedence over the guitars. One exception though, on track three titled The Room, begins and ends with a forefront synthesizer that gradually pulses and rings similar to the sound of intergalactic star ship reactor. If The Room were an onomatopoeia it would sound like this: wommmm woowwrrmmm wommrraarrmm wommm. The woms reveal a hushing passage back into the carefully placed drum rhythms that introduce the fourth track: An Ocean. Not to be confused with THE Ocean. Did I mention the drummer of N&s is actually Matthew Gossman formerly of Cooper City hardcore spazz specialists: Into the fucking Moat? Well he is, and as a Cooper City native myself, it’s quite captivating to see him embracing a new, but no less rudimentary, dynamic.

The latter half of the Ghost EP takes a satisfying patient turn by allowing riffs to linger noticeably longer to stew in their own ambient audio gravy. Track five, Day of the Movement, submits to a mood that feels strikingly similar to a sunrise gradually toasting a south Floridian patio on a lethargic Saturday morning. That is, before the thermostat finds it home at a predictable 104 degrees come 10:30am.

I invite everyone to check out this wonderful example of crisp and mature musicianship this weekend over your first cup of coffee.

Check out North&south’s Ghost EP on their Bandcamp page.

Oh also, N&s are joining the sludgy caravan of The Proselyte, flyingsnakes and Hyimn in Miami, FL at Beezlebub’s Cave TONIGHT for only five measly dollars:

– Jared Oates Haggard

The Proselyte, Flyingsnakes, Abuse and Knifehits for Only $5 This Thursday! by orlandooom407

Orlandooom.com and Sad Kyle Proudly Present – The Proselyte, Flyingsnakes, Abuse and Knifehits!

Uncle Lou’s – Located at 1016 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

$5 Donation for touring bands

The Proselyte (Cambridge Masstoner Metal) – http://theproselyte.bandcamp.com/

Flyingsnakes (St.Pete Blackened Sludge Metal) –

Abuse (Orlando Mathy Punk Madness) – http://welcometoabuse.bandcamp.com/

Knifehits (Orlando Grindcore) – http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=10000269872542

Click here for a link to the Facebook event page.

– Jared Oates Haggard