There are a lot of great albums out there, but not many that could be considered "perfect". This week Keith, Lily and Lou talk about the 5 Perfect Hard Rock and Metal Albums
Featured Loudini Artists: Dark Entries Snake Head Ritual Meka Nism
☢ Drums: Francesco Fiorino
☠ Bass: Antonello Pallotta
☾ Guitar: Lorenzo Colonna
☥ Voice,Synth,Guitar: Donato Lacalamità (Darkamura)
A Tribute Band to the Great Masterpieces
of the 80's New-Wave & Gothic-Rock
Snake Head Ritual
Snake Head Ritual are hard rock rust belt perseverance embodied. This is a band that has weathered adversity and triumphed more than once, and it shows in their particular brand of riff distilled rock and roll. Their music is perfectly aged in the oak barrels of revered tradition like Zeppelin, Sabbath and Thin Lizzy, buried deep in the oxidized regional midwestern soil of The Stooges, Cactus and early Grand Funk Railroad. Like their predecessors though, SHR realized that there was no room for pretenders or copycats, and while the path may be lighted by their forebears, Snake Head Ritual are anything but orthodox pentatonic followers.
The first thing one notes about the music of SHR is the passion and individuality of both the songs and of the songwriters, who do not cling to their influences like children frightened to let go of the side of the pool. Rather, Snake Head Ritual use their influences only as a momentary springboard for jumping into the deep end, confident in their own skills. The only option is to swim.
With two remarkable full length albums under their belt since their formation in 2012 and a recently revamped lineup, SHR are honing their already extensive setlist for maximum live impact. Having done several years of legwork to build a fervent and loyal following, both regionally and internationally, Snake Head Ritual have the swagger and the songs to dominate any stage or studio they come in contact with.
Snake Head Ritual is:
Kevin “Chez” - lead vocals
Bill McCullough - guitar
Josh LaForge - drums
Nick Contreras - guitar
Mahlon Orrin - bass, backing vocals
Meka Nism is a metal band that is comprised of exquisitely talented musicians that seamlessly work in unison to create some of the most elaborate, unique and eclectic music on the planet. Members include, Meka (vocalist), Bobby Keller (lead guitar), Jarret Robinson (bass), Jay Adkisson (keys), and Christopher Lane (drums).
Meka Nism was formed back in 2006 and originated as Meka Nism and Her Rusty Tears. Meka was the former guitar player for Orlando punk legends Dirty Barby and Angel Autopsy, who enchanted audiences for years. Florida based Hidden Records quickly noticed her as being a unique talent and put her on their independent label. In 2006, “Mad to Love” was the first album recorded by Meka Nism and her Rusty Tears. The album was recognized as an exceptional artistic achievement of great beauty and passion. "Break," the second track from the album was the WINNER of the Songwriter's Showcase of America's (SSA) Best Experimental Song of the Year – 2006. Meka was also SSA's Solo Artist of the Month - January 2007. Explosive with enthusiasm, Meka made a scorching impact on the Central Florida music scene. She has a strong, loyal fan base, not only in Florida, but around the United States, in areas like Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and many more.
In 2010, with the return of Meka from touring in Japan with over 150 shows, the movement to solidify the group as “Meka Nism” began and in March of 2013, the debut EP “The Dance at the End of the World” was released as the band’s first collaborative collection of songs as a unit. The theme behind the EP was based off of a world that was destroyed, desolate and in dismay. It was meant to uplift spirits to a higher potential out of negative situations and to bring them to light. The idea of playing their music as the world came to an end was the ultimate triumph, which was based on 2012’s prediction of the world coming to an end. The band also released their first music video for the single “Bring the Sun Back” in October of 2013. Meka Nism’s debut EP “Dance at the End of the World” was proof that new sounds, new excitement and new frontiers have not only been explored but have been claimed as their own unique voice in the music industry.
After touring and playing numerous amounts of shows in Florida and in the South East, opening for Mastodon at the Kink Festival, and a headlining House of Blues show, Meka Nism began the journey to start “The Shift”. The EP was successfully funded by a Kickstarter campaign back in 2014. Brett Hestla, former bass player for Creed and vocals for Dark New Day, was chosen as the producer and recording began back in October of 2014. “The Shift” was released on May 1st with a massive CD Release show at the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida.
2015 was a big year for the band in that they toured for a month with platinum award winning band, Trapt, all across the mid-west and east coast. Earlier in the year, playing the Texas Showdown Festival in El Paso, Texas, opening for the likes of The Offspring, Limp Biscuit, Upon a Burning Body, and more. Followed by a tour across Texas with Otep.
In 2016, Meka Nism got the opportunity to tour with the Swedish power-house and one of metal's biggest up and coming bands, Avatar. The two bands wrecked havoc across the east coast and mid-west before ending in Minot, North Dakota. Upon returning home, Meka Nism was named Orlando's #1 Metal Band according to the Orlando Weekly and was chosen to headline the local stage at the 3rd Annual Kink Festival opening for Evanescence, Hellyeah, and InFlames.
Nothing has seemed to slow down. 2017 has proven to be a big year for the band so far. They were given the slot to open the main stage at WJRR's Earthday Birthday 24 with the likes of Alter Bridge, Sevendust, Nonpoint, and more. The name of the new EP, "The War Inside", was unveiled and the plans of recording it in Germany with world renowned producer and engineer, Lasse Lammert, were announced as well.
2016 Orlando Weekly Best of (#1 Metal Band in Orlando)
2015 Orlando Weekly Best of (#2 Metal Band in Orlando)... See More