Introducing the 2012 Pitch Music Showcase artists.

Talking with the 2012 Pitch Music Award Nominees 

Introducing the 2012 Pitch Music Showcase artists.

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We are all fans of the Project H and Ad Astra Arkestra.

Also nominated: Hearts of Darkness


METAL

At the Left Hand of God

What's new?

We recently parted ways with our longtime frontman and friend, Rikk Wolf, due to his recent success with Agony World Media. We have acquired a new singer who is also a longtime friend, Brett Carter (of Sicadis and Far Beyond Driven). We just released our new album, Bayonets and Tourniquets, which was produced by Dave Thompson and mastered at Westend Recording Studio here in Kansas City. It's available now; go check it out!

In a perfect world, how would music critics describe your band?

We suppose they would say "melodic progressive metal."

What are some other nominated acts you're a fan of?

We're a fan of a lot of the bands. Hammerlord and Cherokee Rock Rifle, to name a couple, are awesome bands and cool dudes.

Hammerlord

What's new?

We have been lying low this year. We felt that we overplayed KC and Lawrence last year and wanted to really concentrate on writing new material in 2012, so we have not played out too much. We rocked out with Danzig in May at the Uptown, but so far that has been our only show of the year. Right now the only other show we are scheduled to play this year is our annual Halloween show called Hammerween, October 20, at the Beaumont. We did release two new songs online: "Kali Bundy" and "We Live," so jump on our Facebook or Bandcamp and check them out!

In a perfect world, how would critics describe your music and band?

I always cringe, but I would say blazing thrash metal with a modern twist.

What keeps you in KC rather than moving to a bigger music city?

I am a firm believer that if you are a great band and work hard, people will hear about you. No reason to move somewhere else to get lost in the shuffle. One thing I love about KC is the unity between all the artists, no matter what genre they are. We are lucky to have the scene we have. Not all cities have it this good.

Wrath and Ruin

What's new?

We put out our debut album,

Mouth of Oblivion, last September. And after playing a few shows to support it, we immediately began writing for our next album. I think we're up to about a dozen new songs with a couple of more in the wings. In fact, our next show — August 30 at the Jackpot in Lawrence — will consist of almost all new material. When we hit the studio this fall, we will likely be recording for a couple of releases as well as a few covers for different bonus tracks and split 7-inches.

In a perfect world, how would music critics describe your band?

My favorite term I've seen so far is "cinematic." When you play so many different styles of heavy, all rolled into one band, labeling terms really seem to fall short of an accurate descriptor, but "cinematic" feels pretty good. Putting us in terms of other bands, I'd say the best description would be a hybrid of Godflesh, Meshuggah, Neurosis, Junius, Gojira ... really out-of-the-box stuff like that. Half of us are pretty solidly rooted in the older, darker metal, and a couple of us are more into the newer technical material out there — it's a great base to work from that allows you to pretty much do whatever you want musically.

What keeps you around KC rather than moving to a bigger music city?

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