Stoner rockers extraordinaireMeet the Band: Singer Gary Kane, guitarist Jay Bonnell, bassist Jason Clark, and drummer Jon Vinson.
Formed in Cleveland in 2006.
What They Do: Stoner rock, with elements of metal and some prog-doom thrown in for good measure.
Who They Sound Like: Corrosion of Conformity, the Cult, Life of Agony.
Skeletonwitch, Priestess, Hellyeah.
Latest Album: Forged in Flame are wrapping up their debut, which they hope to release in March. Kane says they have more than 20 songs ready to roll. They'll also be shooting videos for the song "Death and Counting/Sol Ruiner" soon.
Big Break: The band reached the top spot on the fan-driven Sign Me to Roadrunner Records website for unsigned groups. "The feedback was great," says Kane. "The reviews were brutally honest."
Why They Say They Matter:
"We've all grown up in the music scene here. We want to carry the Cleveland torch outside these walls and show other music lovers what we've done and who we are," says Kane.
Why We Say They Matter:
They're like a sludgier Soundgarden: heavy, fuzzy, and gloomy.
Where You Can Hear Them: myspace.com/forgedinflame
Where You Can See Them:
At Peabody's on January 7, Hard Rock Café on January 14, and Now That's Class on January 28. — Jara Anton