Are you ready for California’s premiere concert event?! Join Honest Brutality October 21st and 22nd in Sacramento’s Discovery Park for two days of metal and mayhem. We will be there shaking hands, handing out swag, kissing babies, and rocking the f%$k out with you! Watch our Facebook page for a chance to win tickets, and come party with us this year at Aftershock!
Art fulfills many a need of the human soul and psyche. For some, it’s a way to express the visceral feelings one has about society, nature, and emotions. For many, it’s a necessary escape from those same things. A need for artistic expression is almost as ingrained within humanity as the need find food, water, and shelter. However, the most important part of any art form, whether it be literature, paintings, photographs, music, or poetry, is not the physical piece of art itself. The most important piece of every art form created by humanity is the sense of community it brings to those who enjoy it. I’ve been to many a concert and festival in my life thus far, but there hasn’t been one that quite drove this point home like the Redwood Metal Fest in Ukiah this year.
The masterful organizational duo of Bryon and Jacob was a wonder to behold. Self described as the “people” and the “stuff”, respectively, these two wandered the park keeping everything running smoothly without a single bit of shown effort. Goofy metal nerds they may be, but they were some of the most professional, fun loving, and down to earth people I have ever had the pleasure to meet. With an obvious passion for what they do, it’s surprising that they both aren’t involved in something more massive. However given the turnout of the festival this year (which exceeded last year’s total by 3pm), they definitely aren’t far off from having something as large or notable as Aftershock or, Warped Tour, or Knotfest. They’ve found a formula for something that Mendocino County and the greater NorCal area have been craving for ages. Honestly, there’s still only up to go from here.
Now, the festivals I mentioned just a second ago do have one difference, (maybe a couple more) in that they get major national acts and draw tens of thousands of people. Yet, they didn’t just start out drawing huge bands like Slipknot or crowds of 60,000 people. Most major annual festivals started much like this one, a big dream of small folks who want a place for the music they love and the people they want to hang out with to synergize in the most wonderful way. Bryon and Jacob have the will, determination and the ability to make that sort of festival accessible to the Northern California area. 300-400 people in one year could easily be over 1,000 the next, and so on.
What about the bands?! Perfect question, because what is a quality music festival without quality music? Absolute garbage obviously, but that was far from the case in Ukiah this year. Of the 16 bands of the various subgenres of metal and punk and that played that day, there were almost no artists that I couldn’t imagine being on a stage at a major show.
Basically every single musician who stepped onto those stages was polished, comfortable, and clearly suited to be where they were. Now in the case of Skitzo and Potential Threat, this could have been because they have been at it for over 30 years and were totally in their zone since they’ve done it for so long. However, there were several comparatively younger acts that stood out as well, such as Niviane, and Autonomist, who had the crowd absolutely enthralled with their show. Every act brought their best game and funneled their energy into everybody who was there. To top it off, pretty much every single band in attendance stuck around to support the rest of the acts, which is something you don’t see often. There was truly a greater sense of community and humanity present in this small park in Ukiah. It’s definitely the most cohesive and communal festival I have ever been too
Despite the stigma that comes with being a metalhead or metal artist, (a stigma which is rightfully shrinking with each passing day, I might add) the genre remains one of the most passionate, soulful, and just plain real forms of artistic expression that exists. Yet, that passion and sense of soul doesn’t just reside with the artists. It resides within the core being of every single person who enjoys this music as well. Ukiah especially proved to me that metal is unifying in every possible way.
Young, old, man, woman, black, white, rhino, purple people eater, flying spaghetti monster, none of these superficial descriptions that we hear all the time mattered to a single person who was there that day. We were humans. Humans collectively enjoying an art that meant more than just dissonant riffs, brutal drum beats, and non-melodic vocal styles. Not a single person got into a fight, the language from the stage stayed clean, and the only time the an authority was involved was when a sheriff pulled off the road to rock out for a few minutes before returning to his daily grind.
Good food, great beer, fantastic music, and the best sides of all people coming to the surface. Truly, this festival was living proof that humans can just be peace loving beings enjoying the better parts of life. Redwood Metal Fest is a shining example of all that a music festival is meant to be. In this trying and divisive climate of reality, it’s refreshing to know that we can still just hang out in a park and focus on what really matters. Love of art, love of self, and love of others. I personally can’t thank Bryon, Jacob, and all the others involved in allowing myself and the rest of Honest Brutality to be a part of something so beautiful and harmonious. I can’t wait to see what the Mendo Metal Heads have in store for next year.
Are you pissed off? Do people make you angry? Are you of the opinion that humanity is a festering infection on the face of the planet? Congratulations, you’re probably a misanthrope! Don’t despair at this fact, embrace it. People can be infuriating. If only there was an album by an awesome band that helped express how infuriating people are; but also helps you work through the rage in a natural, healthy, way that doesn’t come with 25 years to life in a prison cell. Luckily for you and I, there is! In fact, it’s so awesome that it doesn’t need a fancy title to express a hatred of humanity, it simply states it. This album is Mis-An-Thrope by Ded.
A young band of two years from the heart of Arizona, Ded have made all the right moves with their debut album. That’s right, debut album. This is by far one of the most explosive, hardcore, well constructed metal albums of this year. These young, highly talented musicians have made all the right moves. Mis-An-Thrope is impactful, it’s attention-grabbing, and so well put together you would think this band has been a professional national act for over a decade. They’ve kicked in the door of the metal scene, stormed right to the fridge, chugged the beer, and are now watching TV on the couch as if they’ve always been there.
So what makes Mis-An-Thrope so amazing? Well, Ded has taken the influence of such greats as Slipknot, Korn, Linkin Park, System Of A Down (those who helped us deal with the turning of not just a century, but a millennium) and refashioned the sound into something that makes sense in the nonsensical bullshit of what we call the 21st Century. It’s not a revival, it’s not a remake, it’s a complete reconstruction of the old sounds to carry us into the new age of metal music. Mis-An-Thrope slams on the gas pedal right from the start, and careens you down a crazy road of rage and passion, screaming the whole way, not slowing down until the last track where you finally have a chance to catch your breath and process the epic ride you just took.
Frankly, if you ignore this band, you’re an idiot. When Mis-An-Thrope drops on July 21st, 2017, you should already be camped out front of your local music store, (or staring red-eyed at your computer screen waiting for the digital purchase). Ded is already a big deal, and they’re set straight on a trajectory to being a gargantuan force in the years to come. Buy this album, go see this band live, display their merch on every part of your person, join them on the journey to being a metal giant. It will change the face of metal. Every single band, big and small, better bring their best after this release. It’s going to be hard to be impressive after Ded has splashed into the scene like this.Find the nearest show to you and get out there to witness history in the making.
Ded – Upcoming Tour dates
July 13 – Rock USA – Oshkosh, WI
August 9 – Diamondz Events Center – Jerome, ID (KEDJ show)
August 10 – 3rd Wheel – Lewiston, ID (KOZZ show)
August 11 – Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA (KHTQ show)
August 12 – Knitting Factory – Boise, ID (KQXR show)
DED Festival Appearances (More coming this fall)
7/16 — Chicago Open Air – Bridgeville, IL
7/22 — Rise Above Festival – Bangor, ME
9/9 – Revolution Rock Festival – Foxwoods Resort, CT
9/22 – High Elevation Rock Festival – Denver, CO
9/30 – Louder Than Life -Louisville, KY
10/1 – Sonic Boom – Janesville, WI
10/7 – Rock Allegiance – Camden, NJ
10/15 – Houston Open Air n- Houston, TX
10/22 – Aftershock – Sacramento, CA
11/5 – Ozzfest Meets Knotfest – San Bernadino, CA
1/18/18 – Shiprocked
DED with Korn, Stone Sour and more
07/19 – Syracuse, N.Y. — Lakeview Amphitheater
07/20 – Mansfield, Mass. — Xfinity Center
07/23 – Hartford, Ct. — Xfiniity Theatre
07/25 – Toronto, Ontario — The Molson Amphitheatre
07/26 – Camden, N.J. — BB&T Pavilion
07/27 – Holmdel, N.J. — PNC Bank Arts Center
07/29 – Noblesville, Ind. — Klipsch Music Center
07/30 – Clarkston, Mich. — DTE Energy Music Theatre
08/01 – Cincinnati, Ohio — Riverbend Music Center
08/02 – Cleveland, Ohio — Blossom Music Center
Connect with DED
iTunes Pre-order link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/mis-an-thrope/id1238486219
Smart URL to all streaming/sales outlets: http://smarturl.it/misanthrope