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What do you think you sound like? "I like variety. My heart is in jazz music, but I enjoy playing a wide variety of styles and sounds."
Also nominated: Mark Southerland
At the Left Hand of God
What's good? "Currently recording our second release. Looking forward to Hammerween II, which is going to be one of the biggest metal shows of the year."
What do you think you sound like? "Our music is kind of an amalgam of all different types of metal. It's somewhat technical but still manages to attract the average listener with catchy choruses and groovy breakdowns. The song structures range from simpler verse-chorus styles to the more progressive I-will-repeat-nothing style. Our main focus as a band is to write good music that we all like and love to play."
Faster Than Hell
What's good? "We released a record online this year, but there's no physical album yet. People can download it on ReverbNation. We're planning a CD and video release for it in September, we hope. Gas prices are too high right now, so we want to work on stuff, get the CD done, then hopefully gas prices get better and we can tour. There have been a few Internet radio stations that have picked us up, and we're selling in Australia and New Zealand. We'd like to boost those sales and get a tour out there."
What do you think you sound like? "We've taken our influence from Clutch and White Zombie, but we all come from metal and rock backgrounds. It's a bunch of different things mixed together. We've been classified as stoner rock."
What's good? "We are all pretty excited about the new material we are writing and feel it is really pushing the boundaries of our musical abilities. We put out our second CD, Wolves at War's End, about a year ago. And Hammerween is a Halloween event we started last year that went really well. It's a way to get some of KC/Lawrence's finest metal bands together for one night to celebrate Halloween."
What do you think you sound like? "Always the million-dollar question. We have been told we are the new school of old-school thrash metal. I'll take it."
Inside at the Riot Room: CHEROKEE ROCK RIFLE
Cherokee Rock Rifle burst onto the scene earlier this year with ...And the Plains Are Burning, a searing, soul-scraping EP ripe with grungy guitars, thundering percussion and the captivating vocals of frontman Dutch Humphrey. The band is a newcomer, but the members are veterans, having played in local acts Sharp Weapons, Auternus, Sons of Great Dane and Atlantic Fadeout.
The Pitch: Tell us a band story that best personifies the group.
Dutch Humphrey, on a recent Riot Room show where he climbed to the roof of the patio and violated fire codes with a mouthful of Bacardi 151 and a Bic: We started playing 'Burn,' and during the bridge of our righteous jam, I took a mouthful of secret Satanic sky-fire liquid and breathed a pillar of white-hot sex-flame from forth my lips. The flame was roughly twice my standing height. The boys were just killing it beneath me. I couldn't even see them, but the crowd was sexy, dripping with sweat under a thermal July moon. At the end of the set, I popped a bottle of Andre from between my legs and sprayed the crowd because Tom Waits said it best: 'Champagne for real friends, real pain for sham friends.' "