As a potential sign of the growing community for heavy music in Myrtle Beach, the area’s most prominent music venue will host its first ever all-local metal showcase this Saturday.
Myrtle Beach Rocks! Metal will take place at the House of Blues beginning at 8 p.m. tomorrow with what — according to Reverbnation rankings — are the area’s top three metal acts taking the stage.
Showcasing three distinct styles within the genre, the show will feature The Creepshow Mofo with it’s in-your-face grooves, Prowler with it’s classic metal arrangements and horror-themed lyrics and Conception of Being with an intense sound the band describes as “Blackened Thrash That's Been Grooved To Death.”
“We’re hoping to have a huge turnout to prove that metal is in fact very alive, as is the scene and fans that follows,” said Seth Greeson, drummer for Creepshow Mofo.
Eight years later, it’s time
For Greeson, playing the big stage at HOB has been a goal of his since moving to Myrtle Beach from Asheboro, N.C., in 2003.
“My first show at HOB was my favorite band, Slipknot, in 2004,” he said. “After catching a local Myrtle Beach Rocks show shortly after that I have been anxious to put a band together in hopes of one day playing that stage. Eight years later, it’s our time and we are set to destroy it.”
Though he’s been waiting for nearly a decade to play, Greeson’s band is a relatively new affair. Formed about 6 months ago, Creepshow Mofo has been working to make a name with a number of recent shows.
“Just from playing the handful of gigs that we have locally, we seem to have gotten a decent buzz and response from what were doing,” he says. “The performances are raw, in-your-face intensity that I personally think many local acts aren’t bringing as hard as they should.”
He says that fans can expect that same intensity and a unique stage presence during Saturday’s show as well as at a few other upcoming events including the group’s BBQ of Brutality event on Oct. 1 and Butter’s Pub’s Rock Fight in October.
Conception of a band
For Conception of Being playing their first show at the House of Blues is more than just a milestone to mark the progress of the band, it also serves as sort of a sentimental moment for the group of youngsters from Carolina Forest and Hemingway areas.
“Personally, for me, and probably the rest of the band, it was where we all met. At the Lamb Of God, Hatebreed, and 3 Inches Of Blood show last year,” says COB frontman Brandon Distel.
With that in mind, Distel says fans can truly expect their best effort on Saturday.
“That’s really our expectation every time, but this will even more than our best if that’s possible,” he says.
The group, who recently signed to regional label Brutality Records out of Aberdeen, N.C., is currently working with booking and promotions company Facedown Productions and is in the progress of recording its debut album.
Next up for them are shows including the aforementioned BBQ of Brutality, an event called Total Mayhem in Fayetteville, N.C., on Oct. 9 and the Holy City Hell Fest in Charleston in late October.
Fans help force HOB’s hand
For scene veteran Patrick Best, Prowler’s guitarist/vocalist, the chance to play Saturday’s show came as surprise.
Earlier in the summer, the House of Blues posted a message via Facebook asking fans to suggest bands they’d like to see play there. According to Best, based on a number of suggestions for the local metal trendsetters, HOB staff took notice and invited Prowler to play.
“We're excited to play HOB for the simple fact that our fans voted for us to play there. We didn’t even know about it,” he said. “So we just want to go out and say thanks to them by giving them our best performance ever!”
The band, which just released its second music video “Friday the 13th” is currently polishing off the third in its series of 2-song EPs “Prowler Pt. 3” which will be released with a show on Halloween weekend.
As to what folks can expect from that best performance ever, Best says Prowler’s set will be “a Thrash Horror Metal thrill ride and terror-iffic fun.”
Click here for more details on Prowler, Conception of Being or Creepshow Mofo, or visit the House of Blues website for more details on the show.