Orchid, Hell Fire, Haunt
DJ Rob Metal
June 23, 2018 8:00 pm
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Time: 8:00pm Day: Saturday Ages: 21+ Ages Price: $13
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Classic Heavy Rock is once again making an unstoppable advance onto the music scene. One of the greatest new acts of its kind is surely ORCHID. Founded in 2007 in San Francisco, the band is rapidly overtaking and destroying each and every competitor; and there are many reasons why.
Musically, ORCHID owe their sound to the grand masters of rock. They walk in the footsteps of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and even Pink Floyd – they certainly are generating abundant exhilaration wherever they roam. This musical genre, the mix of blues, folk and hard rock, was surely the most widespread bravura in the early seventies, and those legendary acts mentioned above would easily fill stadiums even today. Their timeless music has survived decades of trends and fashions. It has inspired multiple generations of hard rock acts and is once again spreading to the forefront of rock. It is hard music, music with groove, music that is authentic and true to its roots. It can fill the largest of arenas to enthrall millions of concertgoers around the globe.
ORCHID have since risen to the top of this genre and have quickly become one of it's most captivating new acts. It started all in the Bay Area a few years ago – today it has morphed into a triumphant march through international terrains. Rock Hard’s Gotz Künemund recently stated in a video interview that, “today, here at the Hammer of Doom Festival, I have witnessed the coolest band in many years. ORCHID have managed to blow away everything in their path. They were really the best band and their album Capricorn is a stroke of genius, a superb record that never leaves my player!”
ORCHID established their reputation early with the 2009 release of their first EP Through The Devil’s Doorway. The EP quickly received first-rate reviews around the world naming it an ingenious debut for a band with an auspicious future. Shortly after the release of Through The Devil’s Doorway, ORCHID began work on their full length album Capricorn which was released in 2011 by the small indie label The Church Within Records. The record immediately gained the band a huge following in Europe. The band around the charismatic lead singer Theo Mindell and his fascinating, psychedelic vocals were the new darlings of the retro heavy rock scene. International media stalwarts such as Metal-Planet, Metal Rules, Lord of Metal and Powermetal all spoke immediately about this being the best album of 2011. Quote: “I cannot say enough about this album other than the fact that it will end up on my best of 2011 list.”
Formed in San Francisco California, Hell Fire began when bass player Herman Bandala moved to San Francisco from Tijuana Mexico with the hopes of forming a heavy metal band. Herman posted an ad to craigslist which caught the attention of guitarist Tony Campos. Both shared interests in bands like Angel Witch, Iron Maiden, Rainbow, Exodus, Metallica, Riot etc. which was a hard thing to find in the Bay Area scene at the time.
Driven and determined Hell Fire's early years were all about performing, writing songs, having fun and getting a solid line up for the band to move forward. Jake Nunn and Mike Smith were both in Hysteria another high energy heavy metal band out of the Bay Area they started in high school. Hell Fire and Hysteria shared the stage multiple times becoming some of the bay areas most prominent up and coming heavy metal acts. However both bands struggled finding solid stable members.
Just before Hell Fire entered the studio to record their debut album 'Metal Masses' Jake Nunn joined on vocals. Replacing original singer Alex Orozco. The band spent several sessions at district studios in San Jose, California tracking the record and released it in the spring of 2016. After the release of Metal Masses the band was anxious and ready to write new material. Drummer Art Rios and guitarist Jon Mendle parted ways from Hell Fire after Metal Masses to pursue other projects.
Jake had previously played guitar and sang with Hysteria, so he was the first to be asked if he was up to the task of taking on guitar duties as well as singing. It just felt like the natural transition to move forward. Mike Smith already a close friend of the band was asked if he would like to try out on drums. After the first practice with the new line up, everything clicked perfectly and with only 2 months until it was time to hit the studio again the band got to work. In the spring of 2017 Hell Fire entered the studio to record their follow up album 'Free Again'. Recorded over a five day session at Louder Studios in Grass Valley with producer Tim Green. Now Hell Fire is in full support of their two records touring and looking towards the future. Labeled as one of the top up and comers of the new wave of traditional heavy metal Hell Fire is ready to take on the world and wave the heavy metal flag high!