Metal for the Military was what the last Freedom Beat Concert show was all about. Freedom Beat Concerts, a non-profit charitable organization, has a mission to get music gear and lessons to Veterans, active duty troops, and their families. At the shows gear is given to Veterans who attend the show. All music gear is bought through monetary donations or donated by music related companies. December 14th at Stinger’s Nightclub in San Bernardino, Tragic End, Hesperia, Dead Moves, Trip to the Morgue, and Burning In donated their time and talents for an explosive night of Metal Music for the Military.
Tragic End, a metal band from Victorville describes themselves like this, “Metal, with various influences from different heavy genres…our influences range from 90’s grunge/metal, to death metal, to Aggro-tech & Industrial.”. Members include: Travis – Guitar & Vocals, James – Guitar & Vocals,Chris – Bass, and John – Drums. Opening the night this band was hard, heavy and Metalriffic!. If you have not seen them and you are a metal fan I would check them out. Not only are they an awesome band, some members of the band are Veterans themselves, so this cause was near and dear to their heart.
Hesperia, out of Hesperia, CA, is a metal band that is sure to melt your face off. The 3 piece metal band was like no other metal band out there. They are for sure on the cutting edge with heavy, expermental metal. This band also has military ties with members being Veterans. They were second to take the stage and they killed it.
Dead Moves is a metal band with a twist. Two of its 4 members are female; the vocalist and the bass player. But don’t think that this makes this band any less metal than you would want it to be. In-fact, the singer has a big old school European metal voice. Members of the band are: Melissa Pinion – Vocals, Russell Ethridge – Lead & Rhythm Guitars, Peggy Murphy (DJ PJ) – Bass Guitar, Don Jones – Drums, Percussion. The band is a new band but the members have been rocking the scene in other projects for quite some time. If you like old school European metal with soaring vocals and lyrics, this is your band. This band is a huge supporter of the military. Bass Player Peggy Murphy told us “whatever I can do to support music for the troops I’m in”. Check them out metal fans.
Trip to the Morgue, another Victorville metal band had a stellar metal set. The 3 piece band includes: Cyco Dave The Undertaker- Bass/ Lead Vocals, Brew-The Hangman Lead Guitar/ Vocals, and Pat Trick Clown Boy on drums. Self described as “PUNK/METAL/Thrash/Crossover”, this band does not dissapoint. They weave thrash metal influences like D.R.I. and Suicidal Tendencies with punk in a hard core way. If you like in your face moshing hard core, this is the band for you.
Burning In is a must see. This metal band is on the level of SlipKnot not only in stage show but also in vocals. The whole band puts together a face melting metal experience. They showcase one of the best bass players around – not just SoCal, but everywhere. I’ve seen some of the best Bass players in the world including such greats as Steve Harris of Iron Maiden, Marco Mendoza of Thin Lizzy and others, & more bass players recognized at or near the top in the world – this guy is better and that’s hard for me to say because I am such a huge fan of Steve Harris. In my opinion this band should be signed. With members from the IE to San Diego this band traveled a long way to make this show. “It is for the military we will do it.” This band also features a couple Veterans. If you are a metal fan let this band invade your earholes, you will be pleased.
The night raised $100.00 in donations. That money will go towards mp3 players to send to the troops via Freedom Beat Concerts. On the mp3 players, local SoCal bands who have donated their music will be featured. Thank you to all the bands and fans that made this show possible. Also thank you to Stingers for hosting a second Freedom Beat Show.
By: Wes & Melissa Anderson, http://www.ROCKwellUnScene.com
Photos By: Melissa and Wes Anderson Rockwell Anderson Media