- Walter Novak
- Lux Interior, Cramping up at the Odeon last week.
Around 300 fans turned out at Peabody's two Mondays ago to see Mushroomhead play its first show with singer Waylon, the band's newly recruited replacement for departed frontman J. Mann.
The band's first non-Clevelander, Waylon previously sang with North Carolina's 3 Quarters Dead, an alt-metal group that toured with Mushroomhead.
The band took the stage in a blinding cloud of smoke, performing without props and wearing red-on-white fatigues. Vocally a dead ringer for Mann, Waylon won over the bulk of the crowd by nailing Mushroomhead's trademark bark-rap on the staple "Bwomp."
The new guy let the music do the talking. "What's up, Cleveland?" roared Waylon a few songs into the set, which drew heavily on last year's Universal Records release XIII and 2001's XX. "I guess you guys want me to say something. I've got something to say: This song is called 'Sun Doesn't Rise.'"
Leading the crowd through sing-alongs like "Never Let It Go," Waylon joined the Mushroomhead frontline, head painted white and shaved on the sides, a black cross running from his forehead to his nose, a crop of blond dreads flailing as his knees came dangerously close to his forehead. (The Mushroomhead street team has posted a picture of the new lineup at www.8infinite.com.)
The group has fall dates set for Florida, Michigan, and Columbus, and is wrapping production on a DVD. A new album should be under way by year's end.
" Metalcore crushers 13 Faces and horrorcore throwbacks American Werewolves have signed with Superhero Records, the German label that recently landed local metalers Dead Even. The one-disc deals will provide European distribution for both bands' last releases. The Werewolves are working on new packaging and expanded content for last year's We Won't Stay Dead.
13 Faces are still writing their sophomore LP and remain signed to Columbus-based Bandaloop records for U.S. distribution. Guitarist John Comprix says the band has eight songs finished and is hoping for an early 2005 release.
"It's a metal album," says Comprix. "It's more hardcore beats, but with metal riffs. I'm putting solos in the songs that deserve solos. It's like the stuff I grew up with -- Testament, Kreator."
" Singer-songwriter Connor O'Brien has been hired as the music supervisor for the Discovery Channel's The Kustomizer, a reality-based show that follows a California motor-vehicle customizer. The show is set to debut November 22.
" Citing a busy schedule, God Guns and Glory frontman Shawn Hackel (formerly of Cyde) has closed Akron's Grooveyard Studios, the resting place of the mixing board that was used to record Pink Floyd's The Wall and more recently albums from Jani Lane and CD Truth. While the board gathers dust, Hackel will continue as a partner in the adjacent Voodoo club.
" After a short break, DIY punk venue the 10-34 Club has relocated to 5310 W. 161st Street, off Brookpark Road, near Hopkins Airport.
" Cleveland modern rockers Audiblethread will play two acoustic shows at the Enclave Coffee House (4124 Erie Street, Willoughby) Friday and Saturday, October 22 and 23. Both shows will be filmed for the upcoming Suture Vol. 2 CD-DVD.