Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Heavy metal band name quiz: How many of these logos can you read?

Anal Cunt circa 2008
Over the years, heavy metal has produced some of the greatest band names in the history of music. From the unsettling (Dying Fetus, Cattle Decapitation) to the blasphemous (Rotting Christ, Deicide) to the gleefully profane (Anal Cunt), heavy metal has a long history of fantastic band names.

During a recent excursion down the good ol' information superhighway, I was fortunate enough to stumble across a company called Brutal Disorder Logos. From what I can gather, this guy is an artist who lives in Mexico and designs heavy metal band logos for the low, low price of only $30. On his MySpace page, he has an extensive gallery of work he's done for bands the world over. He's actually pretty good at what he does (so much so that I'm somewhat tempted to plunk down 30 bones to see what he comes up with for Tempe Carnivore), but what makes this so fantastic is some of the incredibly awesome band names.

I've picked out a few of my favorites to share with you all. Let's see how well you do at reading heavy metal band logos.  Below are 10 logos that should get progressively harder to discern. Write down your answers and then tally up your score. Answers and scoring key are at the bottom (no fair peeking)...

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

New Times roundup: Via Vengeance, A Storm of Light, Landmine Marathon, Antique Scream & Eyes Set to Kill

Via Vengeance
My sincerest apologies to all five of my faithful readers.  I had planned to update this blog more frequently, but I've been bogged down lately with writing that I actually get paid for.

Here is a feature I wrote on A Storm of Light and Via Vengeance. For those not in the know, Via Vengeance is the Phoenix-based one-man band by Shane Ocell. This guy plays guitar and drums and sings, all at the same time. A Storm of Light is fronted by former Valley resident and current Brooklynite Josh Graham. Check out my review of their show at The Underground in Mesa, a new concert venue in the basement of the old Nile Theater.