Local melodic Death Metal group Rose Funeral have released its second long-player for esteemed label Metal Blade. Now a slimmed down trio (though no less ferocious), the band’s Gates of Punishment came out at the end of September, but Rose Funeral is just now making its way back from tour to host a hometown release party.
The reviews of the new album are mixed but generally positive (SMN News calls it “an unrelenting album full of neck-destroying, brutal tunes”), with most saying it’s a big step forward for the band (who have been smeared online in the past for an alleged incident/altercation involving card-playing audience members). Gates of Punishment features special guests on two tracks — ex-Morbid Angel member Steve Tucker can be heard on “False Divine” and local opera singer Kate Alexander lends her pipes to “Malignant Amour.”
Sunday’s 8 p.m. release party at Bogart’s in Corryville features guests Flawless Among The Fallen and Death Broker. Tickets are $31.80 and available through livenation.com.
Promo Group Turns 1
Music promo company The Counter Rhythm Group — which has worked with numerous local musicians on radio promotions, marketing, publicity, tour management and more — celebrates its first birthday this weekend at Northside Tavern.
TCRG has worked with acts like Ampline, Walk the Moon, State Song and The Chocolate Horse and, for this weekend’s anniversary blow-out, two other bands that work with the company will headline and celebrate new releases.
On Friday, rockers Alone at 3 a.m. release the three-song 7-inch From an Ohio Basement, which features unreleased tracks from the band’s recording history. The single is in advance of the band’s forthcoming full-length, Midwest Mess, due early next year on Suburban Home Records, which also has artists like Drag the River, Tim Barry and Two Cow Garage. State Song and The Chocolate Horse’s Jason Snell open.
On Saturday, nationally acclaimed local crew Wussy releases its new full-length, Strawberry. Newcomers Slack Panther open. (See a review of Strawberry on page 22.)
Both shows are free. (thecounterrhythmgroup.com)
A Boo-tiful Week
With Halloween coming Monday, every live music event this weekend will have some sort of “spooky” component. Here are just a few (for more, visit the music blog at citybeat.com):
• Friday, Northside’s Mayday gets into the holiday spirit with two unique “tribute” acts featuring local music all-stars. The main event at “Ziggyween 2011” is a full-album re-creation of David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, costumes, codpieces and all. Also appearing: Scandinavian Leather, a tribute to Norwegian cult faves Turbonegro. And the staff of Mayday will be dressed as … the staff from the Gypsy Hut (the bar that occupied the space previously). (www.maydaynorthside.com)
• Thursday at the Southgate’s Juney’s Lounge, Mike Ingram of The Seedy Seeds gets an early jump on Halloween, performing a free show as Country legend George Jones, with an all-star backing group that includes pianist Ricky Nye. Showtime is 9 p.m. (and Ingram’s Seedy bandmate Margaret Darling is on the bill, so expect some George/Tammy duet action).
• Local ensemble The Cincy Brass hosts a free costume/Halloween party Friday at MOTR Pub as “The Heavy Metal Cincy Brass.” Known for brass renditions of Pop and Rock classics, the crew will play renditions of songs by Black Sabbath, Tool, Rush, Led Zeppelin and many others. (motrpub.com)
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