Week 104 – FIREWIND

Welcome my HeadBangers, from Thessaloniki, Greece, the power/heavy metal band:

FIREWIND

“Welcome To The Empire”

Oh paska, I love these guys!!!!

“Rising Fire”

I am going right to the bio HeadBangers, you know how I am with a band that has history, and this is one of them:

Firewind is a Greek power/heavy metal band. Formed in 1998, the group is currently signed to Century Media Records and was originally a small project created by guitarist Gus G. to showcase his demo, Nocturnal Symphony in 1998. Firewind later became a full band over three years later when they recorded their debut album, Between Heaven and Hell. To date, the band has released nine studio albums and has been met with international success.

The band began in 1998 when the young Greek Gus G. decided to record a demo on a 4-track recorder with some close musician friends in the United States as Gus “briefly attended Berklee College of Music in Boston”. The project was entitled Firewind, and was used as a showcase for Gus’ guitar skills in an attempt to earn a professional recording deal. Gus G. was quoted as saying, “Firewind, the second Electric Sun album, that’s where I got the band name from. “R.Y.A.N. – Season2, Episode 4:  Gus G. The demo attracted the attention of Leviathan Records, but activity was put on hold when Gus was hired by Nightrage, Dream Evil,  and Mystic Prophecy.

After the release of his other bands’ debut albums, Gus’ attention returned to the Firewind project. Only he remained from the original formation – Leviathan owner David T. Castain brought in Vocalist Stephen Fredrick and drummer Brian Harris (both formerly of Kenziner), while Gus enlisted the help of bassist Konstantine. This line-up recorded the debut album Between Heaven and Hell.

Gus G. and Herbie Langhans

In 2003, new changes were instituted as drummer Stian Kristoffersen and bassist Petros Christo joined the band. Harris and Konstantine had been replaced as Gus was looking for a more permanent rhythm section that was prepared to tour. This lineup recorded Burning Earth and went on a tour of Japan with Rob Rock, but without vocalist Fredrick, who was not prepared to go on the road (despite prior guarantees to the contrary). At their October 2007 show at ProgPower USA, the band briefly reunited with Fredrick for a few songs off their first two albums.

Fredrick’s replacement on the Burning the Earth Tour, singer Chitral “Chity” Somapala, was given the job full-time. Fellow touring member Bob Katsionis was also hired permanently to play keyboards. Firewind got a worldwide deal with Century Media by the end of that year.

A few months after Forged By Fire was released, Chitral left due to personal and musical differences with the rest of the band. When his replacement, Apollo Papathanasio (of Time Requiem), was found, it was also announced that Kristoffersen would be leaving, to be replaced by British drummer Mark Cross. The reason for the split was that Gus wanted to have a set of Greek-based musicians willing to make Firewind their number one priority (probably to end the virtual revolving door of members) and Stian’s main band was the Norwegian outfit Pagan’s Mind. Gus also left his roles in Dream Evil, Mystic Prophecy and Nightrage.

Between 2004 and 2006, the band recorded Allegiance, which was released in July 2006. From November to December 2006, they toured the UK supporting DragonForce with All That Remains. Firewind accomplished their 2006/2007 world tour in Copenhagen at the Scandinavian Prog Power festival on November 10. The band went around the globe almost twice being on three continents including Asia, Africa, North America and Europe and played nearly 100 shows. The band went to Sweden to record The Premonition, which was released in 2008.

In November 2008, the band released their first DVD, Live Premonition, containing footage of their entire concert at their home town in Greece on January 12 of that year. The band toured with Stratovarius (One of my favorites HeadBangers) in the UK during May 2009. During this tour, they added two new songs to their setlist, “Losing Faith” and “Days of No Trust”. “Losing Faith”, which contains a line in the chorus “in the days of no trust”, was eventually to appear on 2009’s Days of Defiance. In 2010 Firewind appeared in Issue 3 of the Eternal Descent Comic Book series. The narrative was inspired by lyrics from ‘Angels Forgive Me’ featured on ‘The Premonition’.

“Losing Faith”

At the end of September 2009, Firewind began work on their sixth studio album, the band confirmed that they have written twelve vocal and two instrumental songs.

On January 13, 2010, Firewind announced that they were parting ways with drummer Mark Cross (Tower of Babel, God’s Army), with Michael Ehré (Uli Jon Roth, Metalium, Kee Marcello) playing at the live Mexico shows. Those shows, however, were cancelled. On May 7, the band recorded a cover of Judas Priest’s “Breaking the Law” for a compilation CD by the magazine Metal Hammer. On May 26, Firewind announced the name of their new album as Days of Defiance and confirmed Michael Ehré as a full-time member although Mark Cross had recorded all drums on the album.

On August 6, 2010, they confirmed an October release date for their sixth studio album Days of Defiance, and an August release date for the album’s first single “World on Fire”. On the weekend of August 20–22, Gus G guest appeared on the radio show Full Metal Jackie where he premièred a second song from the album, titled “Embrace the Sun”.

Almost a year after the release of Days of Defiance, Firewind did a European headlining tour, with Mats Leven as a replacement for Apollo who couldn’t make the European leg of the tour and a US headlining tour. Gus has said in an interview that Firewind will probably do a South America (this never happened) tour after the US tour and than enter the studio for a new album. Also has Michael Ehré left Firewind and Johan Nunez of Nightrage replaced him on the tours and now is a full member of the band.

Johan Nunez joined the session for the seventh studio album as drummer in Valve Studio in Greece.

Firewind debuted two songs, “Wall Of Sound” and “Losing My Mind”, from their seventh studio album at headlining shows in Greece. The band has been confirmed for the Summer Breeze Festival and the Masters Of Rock festival. In early 2012, Firewind and Century Media have announced that Firewind has re-signed with the label and that they will be releasing the new album titled “Few Against Many” May 21 in Europe and May 22 in North America. Also Firewind’s second album will be re-released throughout Japan with 2 bonus tracks in February 2012. The band was confirmed to perform at the Download Festival in June 2012. 

On September 5, 2012, Firewind released a music video entitled “Edge of a Dream” that features Apocalyptica. It was taken from their Few Against Many album released by Century Media Records earlier that year. Later in September 2012, Firewind announced that they would play four anniversary live shows in Greece in December (counting from the release date of Between Heaven and Hell), to celebrate their 10 years of existence. The shows took place on December 15 and 16 in Thessaloniki, and on December 20 and 21 in Athens. The band played different set lists each night in each city. The shows, as the band repeatedly announced were recorded for a live cd release in 2013. Anniversary merchandise was also sold at the venues. On January 15, 2013 Firewind announced that vocalist Apollo Papathanasio had quit the band due to not being able to keep up with the band’s touring and promotion schedule.

“Few Against Many”

On January 15, 2013, the band announced that Kelly Sundown Carpenter (Adagio, Beyond Twilight, Outworld, Darkology) would replace Apollo Papathanasio on vocals for their 2013 North American Tour. During an interview in June 2013 with Metal Shock Finland’s Blackdiamond, Gus mentioned Kelly as a fantastic singer and also he stated that they have no plans to record a new studio album yet.

In July 2016, Firewind entered the studio to begin recording a new album. In November 2016, it was announced that the album, titled Immortals, had been completed and would be released on January 20, 2017. On November 25, the band released the first single from this album, entitled “Hands of Time”.

“Hands Of Time”

In May 2019, it was announced by Gus G. that they will enter the studio to start working on a follow-up to Immortals in August of that year. However, on 9 March 2020, it was announced that Bob Katsionis will be leaving the band in order to focus on his studio work and his other projects. They also parted ways with singer Henning Basse, because of personal reasons, which may prevent him from continuing with the band, with Herbie Langhans, who worked with Sinbreed and Avantasia, replacing Basse on vocals. They also announced that the next album (with vocals finished by Langhans) will be released in 2020. On 20 March 2020, the band premiered a new single, “Rising Fire”, which is included on the band’s self-titled album, released on 15 May 2020.

Lets meet the band:

Left to right:

Johan Nunes – drums – 2011-present

Gus G. – Lead guitar, backing vocals – 2002-present

Herbie Langhans – lead vocals – 2020-present

Petros Christodoulidia – bass, backing vocals – 2003-present

“Ode To Leonidas”

I love this song and the movie even more.  I’m sure most of you should be familiar with the 300 Spartans.  King Leonidas was their leader at that time.  It is true there were only 300 Spartan soldiers at the Battle of Thermopylae but they were not alone, as the Spartans had formed an alliance with other Greek states. It is thought that the number of Greeks was closer to 7,000. The size of the Persian army is disputed.  I love this part of history.  They were fighting for their freedom and the freedom of all their people.  Maybe we could take a lesson from them.

“Live and Die by the Sword”

My Thoughts:

Well my HeadBangers, I have found another Band that calls to me like a moth to the flame.  I love their songs, the beat of the music runs up my arms and down my spine, I’m totally hooked.   They have been through their ups and downs with the changing of band members.  But since 1998, Gus G. kept going and here they are still playing and playing strong.  Greece has given us several bands, they are all on the blog, Aetherian, Suicidal Angels, and Ghost Season to name a few.  There is something about the sound of the music in these Greek Bands.  I have talked about this before, it’s hard to explain.  If you listen to the music of different countries you will eventually be able to tell where they are from just by their sound.  It’s more than just listening to the music, it’s studying the music, the band.  It takes time but you will get there, I did.  In the meantime, sit back, and relax and breathe in the sound of Firewind.  They will be here for along time, these spartan warriors from Greece.  I love them.

That’s it for this week HeadBangers.  Join me next week for another band and another song.  In the meantime don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..

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Weekly Band List – and more to come

  • Week 104 – Oct 30 – Firewind – Power/Heavy Metal – Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Week 103 – Oct 23 – Shiraz Lane – Rock – Vantaa, Finland
  • Week 102 – Oct 16 – The Agonist – Metal – Montreal, Canada
  • Week 101 – Oct 9 – Butcher Babies – Heavy Metal – Los Angeles, CA
  • Week 100 – Oct 3 – BaYaT – Alternative Rock – Novi Sad, Serbia 
  • Week 98 –  Sept 25 – Dirt – Rock – Heksinki, Finland
  • Week 98 –  Sept 18 – Unearth – MetalCore – Boston, Massachusetts
  • Week 97 –  Sept 11 – Stratovarius – Power Metal – Finland
  • Week 96 –  Sept 4 – SynlakrosS – Mel Death Metal – Valencia, Spain
  • Week 95 – Aug 28 – Striker – New Wave Heavy Metal , Canada
  • Week 94 – Aug 21 – Turisas – Metal –  Hämeenlinna, Finland
  • Week 93 – Aug 14 – Tyr – Metal – Faroe Islands (Part of Denmark)
  • Week 92 – Aug 7 –  After Release of EP – Interview with WuF, Kasperi Merilainen
  • Week 91 – July 24 – Review of EP – Wake Up Frankie – Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 90 – July 17 –  SPECIAL ON THRASH METAL BANDS
  • Week 89 – July 13 – SPECIAL ON MELODIC DEATH METAL BANDS
  • Week 88 – July 10 –  Hinayana Band – Melodic Death/Doom – Austin, Texas
  • Week 87 –  July 3 –   Viikate – Rock/Metal – Kouvola, Finland
  • Week 86 – June 26 – Lumberhead – Metal – Leipzig, Saxony (Germany)
  • Week 85 – June 19 – Nidhoeggr – Pagan Death Metal – Bern, Switzerland
  • Week 84 – June 12 – Aetherian – Dark Melodic Death Metal – Athens, Greece
  • Week 83 – June 5 – Frosttide – Epic Dark Folk Metal – Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Week 82 – May 29 – Amthrya – Advantgarde Death Black Metal – Italy
  • Week 81 – May 22 – Suicidal Angels – Trash – Athens, Greece
  • Week 80 – May 15 – Heart of Jordan – Alter Metal – Lansing, Michigan
  • Week 79 – May 8 – Parasite, Inc. – Melodic Death Metal – Aalen, Germany
  • Week 78 – May 1 – Wake Up Frankie – Grove/Trash/Rock – Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 77 – Apr 24 – Abbath – Black Metal – Bergen, Norway
  • Week 76 – Apr 17 – Entombed – Dark/Rock Death/Metal – Stockholm, Sweden
  • Week 75 – Apr 10 – Cruish-Nir – Gothic/Doom – Romania
  • Week 74 – Apr 3 – [Amatory] – MetalCore – St. Petersburg, RussiaWeek 73 – Mar 27 – Njord – Viking Rock – Sandviken, Sweden
  • Week 72 – Mar 20 – Mystic Prophecy – Metal – Dortmund, Germany
  • Week 71 – Mar 13 – Astralborne  – Melodic Death Metal – Toledo, Ohio
  • Week 70 – Mar 6 –  Shakra – HardRock/Metal – Trub, Switzerland
  • Week 69 – Feb 28 –  The Browning – Metal – Kansas City, Missouri
  • Week 68 – Feb 21 –  Tempting Fate – Hard Rock/Metal – Los Angeles, California
  • Week 67 – Feb 14 –  Dynazty – Hard Rock/Metal – Stockholm, Sweden
  • Week 66 – Feb 7  –  Dreyelands – Melodic Progressive Metal – Budapest, Hungary
  • Week 65 – Jan 31 – HoundWolf – Heavy Metal – Witten, Germany
  • Week 64 – Jan 24 – Shadecrown – Melodic Death/Doom/Thrash Metal – Finland
  • Week 63 – Jan 17 – Sea of Treachery – Heavy Metal – Cincinnati, OH
  • Week 62 – Dec 21 – Immersed in Darkness – Black Metal – Brownsville, Texas
  • Week 61 – Dec 14 – Skälmöld – Metal – Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Week 60 – Dec 7  –  The Local Band – Rock – Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 59 – Nov 30 – Re-Armed – Melodic Death/Thrash Metal – Kerava, Finland
  • Week 58 – Nov 23 – Ashen Crown – Metal – West Midlands, UK
  • Week 57 – Nov 16 – FEJD –  Swedish Folk – Trollhattan, Sweden
  • Week 56 – Nov 9 – Forever Still – Hard Rock/Metal – Copenhagen, Denmark – This is where it all started.  ONE YEAR AGO, THEY WERE THE FIRST LET’S REVISIT
  • Week 55 – Nov 2  –  Krigere Wolf – Black Death Metal – Catania, Sicily
  • Week 54 – Oct 26 – Aephanemer – Melodic Death Metal – Toulouse, France
  • Week 53 – Oct 19 – Infected Rain – Nu Metal/Nu Metalcore – Chișinău, Moldova
  • Week 52 – Oct 12 – The Veer Union – Hard Rock/NuMetal – Vancouver, BC
  • Week 51 – Oct 5 – Ligature Marks – Metal – Portland, Oregon
  • Week 50 – Sept 28 – AEolian – Metal – Palma, Spain
  • Week 49 – Sept 21 – Smorrah – Thrash/Death Metal – Gelsenkirchen, Germany
  • Week 48 – Sept 14 – Beyond the Styx – Hardcore Metal – Tours, France
  • Week 47 – Sept 7 – Brackish Tide –  Metal – Somerset County, MD
  • Week 46 –  August 31 – Kryptos – Old School Heavy Metal – Bangalore, India
  • Week 45 – August 24 – Spyder Volt – Alternative Rock – Laredo, Texas
  • Week 44 –  August 17 – Descent of The ArchAngel – Underground Metalcore – US
  • Week 43 –  August 10 – Dark Messiah – Heavy Metal – Winnipeg, Canada
  • Week 42 –   August 3 – Arcsin -Modern Melodic Progressive Metal – Miami, FL 
  • Week 41 –  July 27 –  Methane Metal – Southern Thrash Metal – Sweden/Jersey
  • Week 40 –  July 20 –  Bloodred Hourglass – Melodic Death/Thrash – Mikkeli, FI
  • Week 39 –  July 13 –  Atarka – Metal – Birmingham, UK. 
  • Week 38 –  July 6   –  Silverbullet Band – Symp Heavy Metal – Riihimaki, Suomi
  • Week 37 –  June 29 –  Hammer Down Hard – New Age Hard Rock/Metal
  • Week 36 – June 22 –  Syth Glasgow – Old School Metal – Glasgow, Scotland
  • Week 35 –  June 15  – Virtues – Metalcore – Brisbane, Australia
  • Week 34 –  June 8  –  Vovkulaka  – Dark Angry Evil Metal – Odessa, Ukraine
  • Week 33 –  June 1  –  Executioner  – Hardcore Thrash – San Antonio, Texas
  • Week 32 – May 25 – Night Shadow – Power/Speed Metal – San Diego, California
  • Week 31 – May 18 – Primitive Machine – Rock, Dublin City, Ireland
  • Week 30 – May 11 – Daggerplay – Punk, R&R, Power Pop, Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 29 – May 4 –  Kalmo – Finnish Doom Metal – Kerava, Finland
  • Week 28 – April 27 – Repaid in Blood – Pure Fucking Geek Metal – San Jose, CA     
  • Week 27 – April 20 – Arch Enemy – Melodic Death Metal – Halmstad, Sweden 
  • Week 26 – April 13 – Falling Into Red – Hard Alter Rock – Pittsburg, PA
  • Week 25 – April 6 – Tulsadoom – Evil Barbaric Heavy Thrash – Vienna, Austria 
  • Week 24 – March 30 – Dream Troll – Old School Rock – Leeds, England
  • Week 23 – March 23 – The 69 Eyes – Goth & Roll – Helsinki Finland
  • Week 22 – March 16 – Ghost Season – Alternative Metal – Athens, Greece
  • Week 21 – March 9 – Vane – Pirate Melodeath Metal – Poland
  • Week 20 – March 2 – Ravenscroft – Rock – Orange, California
  • Week 19 – Feb 23 –  Love Machine – Heavy Rock – Milano, Italy
  • Week 18 – Feb 16 – Children of Bodom – Melodic Death Metal – Espoo, Finland
  • Week 17 – Feb 9 – 10 Gauge – Hard Rock – England, UK
  • Week 16 – Feb 2 – Everlit – Hard Rock – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Week 15 – Jan 26 – Victim of Illusion – Progressive Rock – Turin, Italy
  • Week 14 – Jan 19 – September Sky – Alternative Metal – Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Week 13 – Jan 12 – The Edge of Reason – Post Hardcore – Regensburg, Germany
  • Week 12 – January 1, 2019 New Years Day – The HU BAND – MONGOLIA
  • Week 11 – Dec 29 – Apocalyptica – Rock/Metal – Helsinki, Finland
  • Week 10 – Dec 22 – Hidden Scars – Prog/Indus Metal – Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Week  9 –  Dec 15 – In Hell – Black Death Metal – Lille, France
  • Week  8 –  Dec 08 – Fireproven – Prog Death Metal – Tampere, Finland
  • Week  7 – Nov 30 – Amon Amarth – Death Metal – Tumba, Sweden
  • Week  6 – Nov 23 – Chernobyls Uterus – Grindcore Metal – Pripyat, Ukraine
  • Week  5 – Nov 17 – Five Finger Death Punch – Metal – Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Week  4 – Nov 10 – Universal Theory – Gothic Metal – Madrid, Spain
  • Week  3 – Nov 03 – Mawcore – Hard Rock/Metal – Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
  • Week  2 – Oct 27 – Sin7 Band – Heavy Metal – Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Week  1 – Oct 20 – Forever Still – Hard Rock/Metal – Copenhagen, Denmark

Week 103 – Shiraz Lane

Welcome my HeadBangers from Vaatna, Finland:

SHIRAZ LANE

“For Crying Out Loud”

“Mental Slavery”

Well my HeadBangers what do you think?  Definitely a bunch of hotties playing Rock for sure.

Let’s take a look at some bio on these guys taken from their site:

The story of Shiraz Lane began in 2011 (Vantaa, Finland) as a group of five had an ambition to form a new generation Rock band, through which it could channel its raging creativity and passion for music. After a couple of years of soul searching, the band started to blossom and reach its anticipated potential when the current desirable line-up was solidified in 2015. Shiraz Lane wreaks of creative variety, which resonates through their double-edged guitar sound (produced by lead guitarist Jani Laine and rhythm guitarist Miki Kalske), groovy-yet-solid ground pounding (Ana Willman drums & Joel Alex bass) and the unmistakably high-soaring melodies chanted by lead singer Hannes Kett. Despite their relative youth, they are already veterans of the underground circuit in their homeland and have developed a reputation for being uncompromising, loud, and most of all the genuine article. Although wearing inspiration and paying homage to their predecessors like Aerosmith and Guns N’ Roses, their sound and music is destined to develop into something unique. The “Big Guns” of the modern Rock, such as members from Halestorm, The 69 Eyes, Amorphis, Children Of Bodom, Lordi and Sonic Syndicate, have all described them as being one of the most entertaining bands they have seen in the upcoming Hard Rock scene, bringing a fresh breeze to the table in terms of both compositions and live performance.

Shiraz Lane’s debut five track EP named “Be The Slave Or Be The Change” was released in the spring of 2015. It was extremely well received by both public and the press and the single ”Mental Slavery” could even be described as an underground hit. Following this mini-record the band has released four EP supporting music videos, toured the biggest national summer festivals and played in Toronto (Canada), Tokyo (Japan) & Wacken Open Air in Germany. In the Autumn of 2015 Shiraz Lane embarked on an extensive national tour, playing the biggest club venues in Finland as a supporting act. The hype culminated with a worldwide record deal with Frontiers Music Srl, which was signed and sealed in September. Although music is not a matter of competition, it might be suitable to list winning the Hard Rock Rising 2014 and Wacken Metal Battle 2015 competitions as past merits.

“War of Mine”

Their debut album For Crying Out Loud was released worldwide in April 2016, and it was a success story from the beginning, achieving 6/7 stars in Metal Hammer Germany and a lot of praise by the biggest Finnish music magazine Soundi. The young rockers spent the following Summer playing festivals and packed their gear for a two months long European tour with Lordi in the Fall of 2016, before heading to their first headliner tour in February 2017 in Spain.

Shiraz Lane has been extremely busy throughout the year 2017 composing, producing and recording their second album in collaboration with the Swedish producer-wizard Per Aldeheim. The first single ”Harder To Breathe” was released on October 11th 2017 accompanied by a music video. Straight after the band headed on yet another extensive European conquest opening for Brother Firetribe.

Paska my HeadBangers, FIRE on stage, you know I’m loving this!!

The ‘’Carnival Days’’ album was released in February 2018 and music videos for ‘’People Like Us’’ and ‘’The Crown’’ were released. Shiraz Lane continued on to play countless shows in Europe and Finland throughout the year 2018. In November & December of 2018, Shiraz Lane joined forces H.E.A.T for a month long European adventure. Since then Shiraz Lane has been busy working on new music and playing shows selectively during the summer.

In June 2019 Shiraz Lane announces that they have changed their record label to Ranka Kustannus which is operated by the legendary Riku Pääkkönen (the man behind the uprising of bands such as Nightwish and Children Of Bodom). New material is expected to be release.

Let’s meet this Rock Band:

Hannes Kett (Lead Vocals)
Jani Laine (Lead Guitar)
Miki Kalske (Rhythm Guitar)
Joel Alex (Bass)
Ana Willman (Drums)

“You Will Remain:

OK  Hannes you got me, “It’s ok to cry it’s ok to hurt, we have all lost someone, we have to change the way we live, we are  family”, to be that young and you guys get it, I have to tell you I am so impressed by you guys, I really am.  I hope your music and the word you are spreading are heard all over this planet.  I will blast this across all my social media.  The one thing that unites us is music, sure we don’t all like the same music, but it still make us family.  It is time we all really take stock of what has been happening over the last year, it’s like a bad movie, but we keep going.  There is so much descension and sadness that we have to change it.  In the meantime I try to spread the word through this blog, we are one family, one metal family.  We are always here for each other.  Good Luck guys I have no doubt that you will succeed in your dream, if there’s anything you want blasted out just contact me and I will be happy to do it.  Much love Shiraz Lane, you have a message, my HeadBangers listen to it, breathe it in.  You will feel it…..

Well that’s it for this week my HeadBangers.  Join me next week for another band and another song.  Until then don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn….

Ques/Comments From My HeadBangers

This weeks comment is from:

Gordon W.

Can I just say what a comfort to uncover somebody who really understands what they are talking about over the internet. You actually realize how to bring a problem to light and make it important. More people must read this and understand this side of your story. I was surprised you are not more popular given that you certainly have the gift.

Thank you so much Gordon for taking the time to leave a comment, and a nice one at that.  I really appreciate it.  I would like to take a few minutes to fill you and the rest of my HeadBangers in on how this all came about.  A couple years ago a co-worker told me I should do a blog.  If you look at the first couple I did, you will see the difference between 2018 and now.  I was looking at it myself yesterday and couldn’t believe how lacking they were, but the bands were still great to me.  Now I have been told we are called Music Journalist, Influencers, etc. I don’t know about all that, but what I do know is  that I am a student, by that I mean when I go to a gig, I’m not jumping around the Mosh Pit, or screaming, I’m observing everything about the band.  I watch the drummer, how fast does he move, the bass, which I love, the guitar player, how many times can they twirl that hair while still playing.  The singer, does he command the stage, does he have all eyes on him.  Does he fall to his knees to get that last growl vocal out of his stomach, like Finntroll Frontman, Vreth, from Finland.  I have seen them live and I kid you not, he went to the floor to pull that growl vocal out and that was it for me.

There are so many good Frontmen/women, I can’t even name them all here, but when I’m at a gig, that’s what I do, I watch and listen, and observe the crowd.   By doing this blog I have learned so much about my metal music, my metal family, and the bands, it is something that I will continue to do till the last song is played…..

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