BAMF Spotlight: Behold the Desecration

Every week, Wrecked will be highlighting bands playing the upcoming Bay Area Metal Festival. This week we’re melting your face off with Behold the Desecration from San Jose, CA.

For fans of Job for a Cowboy, Black Dahlia Murder, All Shall Perish, etc.

Don’t listen to Behold the Desecration if you like the way your face looks. Don’t listen to these guys if you’re in a nursery or china shoppe. Lastly, don’t listen to Behold the Desecration if you like you’re trying to currently undergoing psychological testing to prove you’re not insane. Why not? None of the scenarios I mentioned can handle the brutality BtD brings, and I’m not sure you can either. These guys like to take it straight to your face, with blistering fast drums, an insane level of shredding, and songs so punishingly brutal you’ll need to pick your stomach off the floor because you’ll have just thrown it up from this music kicking you in the balls so fucking hard. In all seriousness, if you’re a fan of extreme/death metal, you need to hear these guys, and you’ll need to see them live at BAMF this July.

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BAMF Spotlight: Hatriot

Every week, Wrecked will be highlighting bands playing the upcoming Bay Area Metal Festival. Check out Hatriot from Oakland, CA.

For fans of Slayer, Exodus, Megadeth, Strapping Young Lad, etc.

Fans of Exodus should know the name Steve “Zetro” Souza already, but for those that don’t, Souza was the frontman for the colossal thrash giant from 1986-1993, and again from 2002-04. I should probably have your attention now. Souza returns to the bay fronting the pissed off foursome, Hatriot, and they’ve come to rejuvenate your love for traditional American thrash. The guitars are very melodic for their speed, and Souza brings a pure unadulterated sense of chaos and rage to their sound that you really need to hear to believe. Check them at BAMF this July.

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BAMF Spotlight: Left of Christ

Every week, Wrecked will be highlighting bands playing the upcoming Bay Area Metal Festival. This week we’re showcasing Left of Christ from San Jose, CA.

For fans of Killswitch Engage, In Flames, Soilwork, As I Lay Dying, etc.

With all the extreme acts bringing in BAMF this year, it’s going to be a refreshing change of pace to welcome Left of Christ onto the stage. These guys know how to write some catchy melodies and pair it seamlessly with some good old fashioned brutality. These guys will get the pits going during their heavier moments, and get the kids singing along with their killer vocal hooks. Any fan of melodic metal in the bay should already be familiar with Left of Christ, but in case you’re not, your time to catch them is at BAMF this July. Don’t miss out.

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BAMF Spotlight: Short Fuse

very week, Wrecked will be highlighting bands playing the upcoming Bay Area Metal Festival. Check out Short Fuse from Redwood City, CA.

For fans of White Zombie, Cannibal Corpse, Death, Fear Factory, etc

Welcome to the gut punch that calls itself Short Fuse. Short Fuse brings a raw and menacing approach to metal with a uniquely honed sound few could even attempt to replicate. These guys leave no holds barred — one minute they’ll beat you over the face with a fury of blast beats, rip the heart from your chest with demonic low growls, and then hypnotize you with hauntingly melodic choruses. Short Fuse isn’t afraid to sacrifice speed at times, either, their signature sound of buzzsaw guitars and sludgy riffs don’t sacrifice an ounce of brutality in the process. Short Fuse bring a level of dynamics that goes unmatched by its peers, and is definitely a band you can’t afford to miss at the BAMF Festival this summer.

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BAMF Spotlight: Desecrater

Every week, Wrecked will be highlighting bands playing the upcoming Bay Area Metal Festival. This week we present Desecrater from San Jose, CA.

For fans of Slayer, Death, Metallica, Megadeth, etc

If you like your metal with a constant barrage of double bass and shredding guitars, we’ve got the band for you. Desecrater hails from San Jose with no intention of slowing down or compromising their sound. Led by the bellowing low vocals of guitarist/vocalist Sid Frankosky, Desecrater seeks only to inspire circle pits and beer-fueled brawls. They’re as traditional to metal as you can get; there are no gimmicks or sing-along choruses in sight, just a pure relentless attack. Make sure to check these guys out at BAMF This July.

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Sounds Like My Idols Fading

sounds of a playground fading

So here we are in yet another familiar situation: In Flames has put out a new studio album, and the metal community faces yet another controversial release from the (now) infamous Swedes. In case you aren’t up to speed with In Flames’ discography, every release they’ve put out since 2002’s Reroute to Remain has been met with mixed reactions – that was until 2008’s A Sense of Purpose, which was met with just about universal disappointment. In my opinion (and in many others’), A Sense of Purpose was undoubtedly the group’s weakest offering, and in turn made a whole lot of us dread the release of its follow up.

That brings us to Sounds of a Playground Fading, In Flames’ tenth full-length album, and despite having what’s probably the worst album title in all of meta everl, it’s actually not completely terrible.

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BAMF Spotlight: Potential Threat

Every week, Wrecked will be highlighting bands playing the upcoming Bay Area Metal Festival. This week we introduce the hard-hitting Potential Threat from Redwood City, CA.

For fans of Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer

This band reminds of the glory days of metal before people argued about breakdowns, before people “danced” in “mosh pits” and before Hetfield quit drinking. This band has very solid, no-bull shit metal sound. Lots of heavy riffs, seamless transitions and the perfect sound for drinking whiskey straight from the bottle. Seriously, I’m writing this at 11:00am and I’m sitting here thinking a quick swig would be nice before this song ends.

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BAMF Spotlight: Chained Existence

Every week, Wrecked will be highlighting bands playing the upcoming Bay Area Metal Festival. This week we bring you the pummeling Chained Existence from Mendocino, CA. 

For fans of old school thrash, metal, etc.

Do you remember the glory days of when punkers and metal heads united under the common umbrella of pissed off, grungy thrash with group chants and a fuck-you attitude? Chained Existence does. These guys are taking it upon themselves to bring back the energy that’s so easily forgotten with many contemporary bands. You’ll find some face melting solos, circle-pit inducing speed, and some nasty gutteral low growls to go along with all the headbanging you’ll be doing. This is the kind of thrash you expect on the newest edition of Songs to Induce Bar Fight Related Comas To, coming soon to your favorite family record store (if those existed anymore). If you’re looking to get plastered and fight people this weekend, but were a bit concerned by a lack of music to go along with it, have no fear, Chained Existence is here.

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BAMF Spotlight: Kinetik

Every week, Wrecked will be highlighting bands playing the upcoming Bay Area Metal Festival. This week we give you the tech-metal tyrants, Kinetik, from San Jose, CA. 

kinetik bamfFor fans of: Meshuggah, Sikth, Textures, Mnemic, Between the Buried & Me, etc…

Kinetik is a very technical and heavy metal band formed in 2007 in San Jose. Their sound is very thick and is very reminiscent of Meshuggah and Sikth, and seriously “Damn, that’s some fucking metal” was my reaction after hearing Kinetik for the first time. Each song starts with an awesome, in your face technical riff that’s pretty much designed to rip your balls off and would be best listened to during the good parts of any Michael Bay movie….explosions, guns, chicks and….over priced special effects? So if you’re looking for a dose of some down-tuned math metal, with some franticly aggressive vocals, look no further than the band on this page. These guys have a sound that can truly grab you by the throat, so make sure not to miss these guys at BAMF this July.

Click the jump to hear some of the wrath Kinetik will bring you..

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Limp Bizkit’s in the House…But You’ll Stay in the Closet

Limp Bizkit

Before we get started ladies and gentlemen, I have an announcement to make:

I….was a big Limp Bizkit fan and honestly, still enjoy them.

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