July 30, 2012

Heavy Metal at the Thirsty Dog: Blackleaf Gardens, Stone Monarch, Hedonic, Stormforge and Forsaken Age. BE THERE.

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I hope you’re not busy on Saturday night, because this is where you should be:


My husband’s band, Stone Monarch, are playing their debut show alongside Blackleaf Gardens, Forsaken Age, Stormforge and Hedonic, at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd. This is a piss-cheap show, at $5 bucks before 9pm, and $10 bucks after, so there’s no excuse for not being there. (Unless, of course, you live in Scandinavia, or you are going to the House of Capricorn, Triceratops, Bloodnut show on the same night – I’d be there if it weren’t for this show, so I forgive you).

Here’s a breakdown of the bands:

Fresh from their debut show at the King’s Arms last week, Stormforge promise a set of happy riffage, tight leather pants and soaring vocal highs. Already slated to become New Zealand’s premier entry into the annals of epic power metal history, Stormforge deliver fast and intricate solos, powerful riffs and catchy melodies.  Six Day War’s Jeremy Chapman flexes his power metal prowess on drums, outdone only by Flynn Fredriksson’s crotch-chafing pants and impressive chops. Courtney O’Leary’s signature vocals never fail to impress. Get in early if you want to catch these guys.

Stone Monarch are a hard rock/metal band mixing 70s groove with the undeniable catchiness of classic thrash. With former Trial by Fire/Heavy Artillery frontman Ross McGuide on vocals and guitar, Abaniv on bass and my own cantankerous drummer husband on drums, the trio will be playing a mix of songs from their 2011 demo, No Mercy … No Quarter, along with some new material.

Hedonic – I haven’t heard them, and their Facebook page tells NOTHING. All I know is that they’re the new projects of Lindsay Hamilton, formally of Heavy Artillery, so they should be bloody good.

Forsaken Age need no introduction. Everything about this band, from Warren Davis’ wicked riffs to Lee Scarfe’s solid, chugging bass and Chrissy Scarfe’s husky vocals remind you that these guys are serious about their mission – uniting the denim vest, leather clad metal warriors who believe Heavy Metal is a way of life and not for sale.

You will be hearing a lot more about Blackleaf Gardens on this blog in coming months. Winners of the 2012 Keep it Live and Loud Competition, these guys will be heading into the studio to record a new album, and if their live performance is anything to go by, it’s going to be one of the most intricate and original NZ releases this year.

The Official Facebook event is here: Heavy Metal at the Thirsty Dog.

Set times are:

Doors – 8pm
Stormforge – 8:20pm-9pm
Hedonic – 9:15pm-9:45pm
Stone Monarch – 10:00pm-10:30pm
Forsaken Age – 10:45pm-11:30pm
Blackleaf Gardens – 11:45pm -12:45am

I shall be there in full headbanging mode – hope to see you there, too \m/

One Comment on “Heavy Metal at the Thirsty Dog: Blackleaf Gardens, Stone Monarch, Hedonic, Stormforge and Forsaken Age. BE THERE.

July 30, 2012 at 12:46 pm

That sounds awesome! Have an amazing time!

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